Simultaneous real-time visible and infrared video with single-pixel detectors

Matthew. P. Edgar, Graham M. Gibson, Richard W. Bowman, Baoqing Sun, Neal Radwell, Kevin J. Mitchell, Stephen S. Welsh, Miles J. Padgett

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Conventional cameras rely upon a pixelated sensor to provide spatial resolution. An alternative approach replaces the sensor with a pixelated transmission mask encoded with a series of binary patterns. Combining knowledge of the series of patterns and the associated filtered intensities, measured by single-pixel detectors, allows an image to be deduced through data inversion. In this work we extend the concept of a ‘single-pixel camera’ to provide continuous real-time video at 10 Hz , simultaneously in the visible and short-wave infrared, using an efficient computer algorithm. We demonstrate our camera for imaging through smoke, through a tinted screen, whilst performing compressive sampling and recovering high-resolution detail by arbitrarily controlling the pixel-binning of the masks. We anticipate real-time single-pixel video cameras to have considerable importance where pixelated sensors are limited, allowing for low-cost, non-visible imaging systems in applications such as night-vision, gas sensing and medical diagnostics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10669
Number of pages8
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2015

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    Edgar, M. P., Gibson, G. M., Bowman, R. W., Sun, B., Radwell, N., Mitchell, K. J., Welsh, S. S., & Padgett, M. J. (2015). Simultaneous real-time visible and infrared video with single-pixel detectors. Scientific Reports, 5, [10669].