Measuring the reflectance of hidden color objects with acoustically modulated laser speckle

Optics Letters (Impact Factor: 3.29). 10/2012; 37(19):4092-4. DOI: 10.1364/OL.37.004092
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We demonstrate a technique to measure the reflectance of colored objects, including blue, green, and yellow, hidden behind an opaque slab based on acoustically modulated laser speckle. One colored paper at a time was placed behind a 1 cm thick opaque slab with an air gap of 5 mm. Small periodic movements (nanometer scale) at 200 Hz were induced in the colored paper. A coherent red He-Ne laser illuminated the front of the slab, producing acoustically modulated speckle patterns, which were captured by a CCD camera. The magnitude of the time-varying speckle intensity is indicative of the hidden colored paper's reflectance.

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    ABSTRACT: The acoustically modulated laser speckle contrast technique has been employed to quantify and classify 25 colors (made up by different percentages of the two base colors cyan and magenta) hidden behind a 5 mm thick opaque layer with 0.24% transmittance. The main components included two He-Ne lasers (543 and 633 nm), a consumer grade digital camera (Nikon 1 J1), focusing optics and a loudspeaker. The camera captured the laser speckle patterns with the sound on and off, respectively, from which the speckle contrast differences were calculated and used in a nearest neighbor classification algorithm. The classification accuracy was between 55% and 88% depending on the underlying reflectance of all the colors to be classified.
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