Polarized Non-Line-of-Sight Imaging

Kenichiro Tanaka, Yasuhiro Mukaigawa, Achuta Kadambi; The IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2020, pp. 2136-2145


This paper presents a method of passive non-line-of-sight (NLOS) imaging using polarization cues. A key observation is that the oblique light has a different polarimetric signal. It turns out this effect is due to the polarization axis rotation, a phenomena which can be used to better condition the light transport matrix for non-line-of-sight imaging. Our analysis and results show that the use of a polarization for NLOS is both a standalone technique, as well as an enhancement technique to boost the results of other forms of passive NLOS imaging. We make a surprising finding that, despite 50% light attenuation from polarization optics, the gains from polarized NLOS are overall superior to unpolarized NLOS.

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author = {Tanaka, Kenichiro and Mukaigawa, Yasuhiro and Kadambi, Achuta},
title = {Polarized Non-Line-of-Sight Imaging},
booktitle = {The IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2020}