3 May 2017 High-speed mid-infrared hyperspectral imaging using quantum cascade lasers
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We report on a standoff chemical detection system using widely tunable external-cavity quantum cascade lasers (ECQCLs) to illuminate target surfaces in the mid infrared (λ = 7.4 – 10.5 μm). Hyperspectral images (hypercubes) are acquired by synchronously operating the EC-QCLs with a LN2-cooled HgCdTe camera. The use of rapidly tunable lasers and a high-frame-rate camera enables the capture of hypercubes with 128 x 128 pixels and >100 wavelengths in <0.1 s. Furthermore, raster scanning of the laser illumination allowed imaging of a 100-cm2 area at 5-m standoff. Raw hypercubes are post-processed to generate a hypercube that represents the surface reflectance relative to that of a diffuse reflectance standard. Results will be shown for liquids (e.g., silicone oil) and solid particles (e.g., caffeine, acetaminophen) on a variety of surfaces (e.g., aluminum, plastic, glass). Signature spectra are obtained for particulate loadings of RDX on glass of <1 μg/cm2.
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David B. Kelley, David B. Kelley, Anish K. Goyal, Anish K. Goyal, Ninghui Zhu, Ninghui Zhu, Derek A. Wood, Derek A. Wood, Travis R. Myers, Travis R. Myers, Petros Kotidis, Petros Kotidis, Cara Murphy, Cara Murphy, Chelsea Georgan, Chelsea Georgan, Gil Raz, Gil Raz, Richard Maulini, Richard Maulini, Antoine Müller, Antoine Müller, } "High-speed mid-infrared hyperspectral imaging using quantum cascade lasers", Proc. SPIE 10183, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing XVIII, 1018304 (3 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2261851; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2261851

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