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8 November 2012 Real-time computer processing of image from THz passive imaging device for improving of images
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We demonstrate real-time computer code improving significantly the quality of images captured by the passive THz imaging system. The code is not only designed for a THz passive device: it can be applied to any kind of such devices and active THz imaging systems as well. We applied our code for computer processing of images captured by various passive THz imaging devices manufactured by different companies. The performance of current version of the computer code is greater than one image per second for a THz image having more than 5000 pixels and 24 bit number representation. Processing of THz single image produces about 20 images simultaneously corresponding to various spatial filters. The computer code allows increasing the number of pixels for processed images without noticeable reduction of image quality. The performance of the computer code can be increased many times using parallel algorithms for processing the image. We develop original spatial filters which allow one to see objects with sizes less than 2 cm. The digital imagery is produced by passive THz imaging devices which captured the images of objects hidden under opaque clothes. For images with high noise we develop an approach which results in suppression of the noise after using the computer processing and we obtain the good quality image. The results demonstrate the high efficiency of our approach for the detection of hidden objects and they are a very promising solution for the security problem.
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Vyacheslav A. Trofimov and Vladislav V. Trofimov "Real-time computer processing of image from THz passive imaging device for improving of images", Proc. SPIE 8544, Millimetre Wave and Terahertz Sensors and Technology V, 85440J (8 November 2012); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.965546
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