Generalized Image Acquisition and Analysis

Measuring BRDFs of Immersed Materials

We investigate the effect of immersing real-world materials into media of different refractive indices. We show, that only some materials follow the Fresnel-governed behaviour. In reality, many materials exhibit unexpected effects such as stronger localized highlights or a significant increase in the glossy reflection due to microgeometry. In this paper, we propose a new measurement technique that allows for measuring the BRDFs of materials that are immersed into different media.


An evaluation of optical flow algorithms for background oriented schlieren imaging

Bradley Atcheson, Wolfgang Heidrich, Ivo Ihrke
In: Experiments in Fluids 2009.


The background oriented schlieren method (BOS) allows for accurate flow measurements with a simple experimental configuration. To estimate per-pixel displacement vectors between two images, BOS systems traditionally borrow window-based algorithms from particle image velocimetry. In this paper, we evaluate the performance of more recent optical flow methods in BOS settings. We also analyze the impact of different background patterns, suggesting the use of a pattern with detail at many scales. Experiments with both synthetic and real datasets show that the performance of BOS systems can be significantly improved through a combination of optical flow algorithms and multiscale background.
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author = {Bradley Atcheson and Wolfgang Heidrich and Ivo Ihrke},
title = {An evaluation of optical flow algorithms for background oriented schlieren imaging},
journal = {Experiments in Fluids},
year = {2008},
volume = {to appear},
number = {},
pages = {},
doi = {10.1007/s00348-008-0572-7}
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