An HDR imaging method with DTDI technology for push-broom cameras
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Conventionally, high dynamic-range (HDR) imaging is based on taking two or more pictures of the same scene with different exposure. However, due to a high-speed relative motion between the camera and the scene, it is hard for this technique to be applied to push-broom remote sensing cameras. For the sake of HDR imaging in push-broom remote sensing applications, the present paper proposes an innovative method which can generate HDR images without redundant image sensors or optical components. Specifically, this paper adopts an area array CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) with the digital domain time-delay-integration (DTDI) technology for imaging, instead of adopting more than one row of image sensors, thereby taking more than one picture with different exposure. And then a new HDR image by fusing two original images with a simple algorithm can be achieved. By conducting the experiment, the dynamic range (DR) of the image increases by 26.02 dB. The proposed method is proved to be effective and has potential in other imaging applications where there is a relative motion between the cameras and scenes.
KeywordsPush-broom cameras HDR imaging remote sensing
The completion of this paper owns a great deal to the associate editor and anonymous reviewers for their valuable suggestions. The first author is grateful to Xiangzhi Fu for her language help, Guangxing Ding and Dongdong Zeng for their advice. All the authors of this paper express their gratitude to CIOMP for its experiment and site support. And all of us gratefully acknowledge the supports provided for this research by Jilin Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 201505200059JH).
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