Arranging Fewest Possible Probes to Detect a Hidden Object with Industrial Application

Tetsuo ASANO

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E87-A    No.5    pp.1053-1058
Publication Date: 2004/05/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications)
computational geometry,  covering,  Minkowski sum,  light path alignment,  dual-plane scheme,  

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This paper addresses the problem of arranging fewest possible probes to detect a hidden object in a specified region and presents a reasonable scheme for the purpose. Of special interest is the case where an object is a double-sided conic cylinder which represents the shape of the energy distribution of laser light used in the optical network. The performance of our scheme is evaluated by comparing the number of probes to that of an existing scheme, and our scheme shows a potential for reducing the number of probes. In other words, the time for detection is significantly reduced from a realistic point of view.