Correcting projector lens distortion in real time with a scale-offset model for structured light illumination

Geyou Zhang, Bin Xu, Daniel L. Lau, Ce Zhu, Kai Liu

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In fringe projection profilometry, inevitable distortion of optical lenses decreases phase accuracy and decreases the quality of 3D point clouds. For camera lens distortion, existing compensation methods include real time look-up tables derived from the related parameters of camera calibration. However, for projector lens distortion, so far, post-undistortion methods iteratively correcting lens distortion are relatively time-consuming while, despite avoiding iteration, pre-distortion methods are not suitable for binary fringe patterns. In this paper, we aim to achieve real-time phase correction for the projector by means of a scale-offset model that characterizes projector distortion by four correction parameters within a small-enough area, and thus we can speed up the post-undistortion by looking up tables. Experiments show that the proposed method can suppress the distortion error by a factor of 20 ×, i.e., the error of root mean square is less than 45 µm/0.7%0, while also proposed improving the computation speed by a factor of 50× over traditional iterative post-undistortion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24507-24522
Number of pages16
JournalOptics Express
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 4 2022

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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