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Optical Engineering

Backscatter Reduction for Artificially Illuminated In-Water Camera Systems
Author(s): R. B. Patterson
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Paper Abstract

In order to optimize the lighting geometry of deep-sea camera systems, theoretical expressions have been developed for determining the loss of contrast due to backscatter. These expressions indicate that significant gains in area coverage result from increasing light-camera separation up to distances on the order of 10 m. This large a lateral separation is not practical for a towed system, so the LIght BEhind Camera technique was used. Field tests indicate that the LIBEC sys-tem has a better than 2 : 1 range advantage over the previously used equipment which had a 1 m lateral separation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1975
PDF: 9 pages
Opt. Eng. 14(4) 144357 doi: 10.1117/12.7971845
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 14, Issue 4
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R. B. Patterson, Naval Research Laboratory (United States)

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