13 February 2016 Quantum cascade laser based active hyperspectral imaging for standoff detection of chemicals on surfaces
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We employ active hyperspectral imaging using tunable mid-infrared (MIR) quantum cascade lasers for contactless identification of solid and liquid contaminations on surfaces. By collecting the backscattered laser radiation with a camera, a hyperspectral data cube, containing the spatially resolved spectral information of the scene is obtained. Data is analyzed using appropriate algorithms to find the target substances even on substrates with a priori unknown spectra. Eye-save standoff detection of residues of explosives and precursors over extended distances is demonstrated and the main purpose of our system. However, it can be applied to any substance with characteristic reflectance / absorbance spectrum. As an example, we present first results of monitoring food quality by distinguishing fresh and mold contaminated peanuts by their MIR backscattering spectrum.
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S. Hugger, F. Fuchs, J. Jarvis, Q. K. Yang, M. Rattunde, R. Ostendorf, C. Schilling, R. Driad, W. Bronner, R. Aidam, J. Wagner, T. Tybussek, K. Rieblinger, "Quantum cascade laser based active hyperspectral imaging for standoff detection of chemicals on surfaces", Proc. SPIE 9755, Quantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics XIII, 97550A (13 February 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2210913; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2210913
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