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A broadband field portable reflectometer to characterize soils and chemical samples
Author(s): Eldon Puckrin; Louis Moreau; Hugo Bourque; Real Ouellet; Florent Prel; Claude Roy; Christian Vallieres; Guillaume Theriault
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Paper Abstract

The developments of optical methods to characterize soils and various surface contaminants require complete and reliable databases of spectral signatures of various objects, including chemical and representative background surfaces. Ideally, the databases should be acquired in the field to properly consider the chemical mixing and heterogeneity of the surfaces. Spectral characterization instruments are common in the visible and the shortwave infrared but there are few solutions in the midwave and thermal infrared regions.

ABB recently developed a broad band reflectometer based on a small FTIR spectrometer. It is capable of measuring diffuse spectral reflectance from various surfaces in the infrared from 0.7 to 13.5 microns. This sensor has been developed to be operated in the field by one person. It is lightweight (about 12 kg); it is battery powered and ruggedized for operation in harsh environments. Its operation does not require sophisticated training; it has been designed to be operated by a non-specialist. The sensor can be used to generate spectral libraries or to perform material identification if a spectral library already exists.

Examples of measurements in the field will be presented.


Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 2013
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8709, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVIII, 870917 (7 June 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2017886
Show Author Affiliations
Eldon Puckrin, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier (Canada)
Louis Moreau, ABB Bomem Inc. (Canada)
Hugo Bourque, ABB Bomem Inc. (Canada)
Real Ouellet, ABB Bomem Inc. (Canada)
Florent Prel, ABB Bomem Inc. (Canada)
Claude Roy, ABB Bomem Inc. (Canada)
Christian Vallieres, ABB Bomem Inc. (Canada)
Guillaume Theriault, ABB Bomem Inc. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8709:
Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVIII
J. Thomas Broach; Jason C. Isaacs, Editor(s)

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