Processing of low-intensity CCD images for temperature mapping in industrial processes

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The temperature-mapping system presented is based on a grayscale CCD camera, rotating near infrared filters and an image processing software which is used for thermal imaging of heated metal parts in heat treatment processes (plasma nitriding). Due to relatively low process temperatures of about 300°C - 500°C the received light intensity of the glowing metal parts is very weak. The quality of these images can be improved by applying modern image processing filter methods. A precondition for a correct application of these denoising filters is an exact noise characterisation of the imaging system. A camera characterisation procedure based on the photon transfer technique and the system transfer function is presented. Based on these results, examples for density and intensity estimations of Poisson noise images with multiresolution methods (Platelets) are presented. The results are used to improve image quality and measurement accuracy of CCD based thermal images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-239
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventOptical Metrology in Production Engineering - Strasbourg, France
Duration: 27 Apr 200430 Apr 2004


  • CCD camera characterisation
  • Image denoising
  • Image processing
  • Platelet-filtering
  • Temperature mapping
  • Thermal imaging


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