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Proceedings IEEE Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision (1992)
Palm Springs, CA, USA
Nov. 30, 1992 to Dec. 2, 1992
ISBN: 0-8186-2840-5
pp: 298-305
A.R. Rao , IBM Res. Div., Thomas J. Watson Res. Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA
N. Ramesh , IBM Res. Div., Thomas J. Watson Res. Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA
F.Y. Wu , IBM Res. Div., Thomas J. Watson Res. Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA
J.R. Mandeville , IBM Res. Div., Thomas J. Watson Res. Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA
ABSTRACT
Confocal imaging is an emerging technique for the measurement of surface topography in inspection. The authors present a system designed for fast acquisition and processing of confocal images, which consists of an optical front end using tilted confocal scanning, and an image processing module. The function of the image processing module is to improve signal resolution, perform smoothing and detect surfaces in the incoming signal. The input signal is first deconvolved in order to improve the depth resolution, and then processed to identify significant peaks. These peaks represent the position of different surfaces in the object being inspected. These peak locations are smoothed using a cluster based smoothing scheme to combat noise. For semi-transparent materials, the authors system is capable of detecting up to two surfaces at a given location.<>
INDEX TERMS
automatic optical inspection, surface topography measurement
CITATION

A. Rao, N. Ramesh, F. Wu, J. Mandeville and P. Kerstens, "Algorithms for a fast confocal optical inspection system," Proceedings IEEE Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision(ACV), Palm Springs, CA, USA, , pp. 298-305.
doi:10.1109/ACV.1992.240299
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