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Optical Engineering

Interferometric oil-spill detection system
Author(s): Yen-Chieh Huang; U. C. Liang
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Paper Abstract

Oil spillage in a body of water has been of great environmental concern. We present in this paper an automatic oil-spill detection system, which employs thin-film and wavefront-splitting interference techniques to determine the existence of surface oil or oil drops in water. Two independent automatic decision-making systems have been built to provide a reliable means of oil-spill detection. Initially a LabVIEWTM computer code and a charge-coupled-device camera were employed to discern and monitor the interference fringes generated from oil slicks. The LabVIEW imaging system was then replaced by a compact and low-cost imaging circuit that functions reliably in a buoy with relatively low power consumption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2001
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 40(5) doi: 10.1117/1.1359795
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 40, Issue 5
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Yen-Chieh Huang, National Tsing-Hua Univ. (Taiwan)
U. C. Liang, National Tsinghua Univ. (Taiwan)

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