Abstract

Imaging in low light is significant but challenging in many applications. Adding the polarization information into the imaging system compromises the drawbacks of the conventional intensity imaging to some extent. However, generally speaking, the qualities of intensity images and polarization images cannot be compatible due to the characteristic differences in polarimetric operators. In this Letter, we collected, to the best of our knowledge, the first polarimetric imaging dataset in low light and present a specially designed neural network to enhance the image qualities of intensity and polarization simultaneously. Both indoor and outdoor experiments demonstrate the effectiveness and superiority of this neural network-based solution, which may find important applications for object detection and vision in photon-starved environments.

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Visualization 1       This presentation aims to show that the proposed IPLNet network can enhance the quality of both intensity and polarization images in continuously changed outdoor scenes effectively.

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