24 February 2014 Evaluation of the shape of the specular peak for high glossy surfaces
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Gloss is the second most relevant visual attribute of a surface beside its colour. While the colour originates from the wavelength repartition of the reflected light, gloss originates from its angular distribution. When an observer is asked to evaluate the gloss of a surface, he always first orientate his eyes along the specular direction before lightly tilting the examined sample. This means that gloss is located in and around the specular direction, in a peak that is called the specular peak. On the one hand, this peak is flat and broad on matte surfaces on the other hand, it is narrow and sharp on high gloss surfaces. For the late ones, the FWHM of the specular peak is less than 2° which can be quite difficult to measure. We developed a dedicated facility capable of measuring specular peak with a FWHM up to 0,1 °. We measured the evolution of the peak according to the angle of illumination and the specular gloss of the sample in the restricted field of very glossy surface. The facility and peaks measured are presented in the paper. The next step will be to identify the correlations between the peak and the roughness of the sample.
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Gaël Obein, Shiraz Ouarets, Guillaume Ged, "Evaluation of the shape of the specular peak for high glossy surfaces", Proc. SPIE 9018, Measuring, Modeling, and Reproducing Material Appearance, 901805 (24 February 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2040350; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2040350
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