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New ultrasensitive pickup device for deep-sea robots: underwater super-HARP color TV camera
Author(s): Hirotaka Maruyama; Kenkichi Tanioka; Tetsuo Uchida
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Paper Abstract

An ultra-sensitive underwater super-HARP color TV camera has been developed. The characteristics -- spectral response, lag, etc. -- of the super-HARP tube had to be designed for use underwater because the propagation of light in water is very different from that in air, and also depends on the light's wavelength. The tubes have new electrostatic focusing and magnetic deflection functions and are arranged in parallel to miniaturize the camera. A deep sea robot (DOLPHIN 3K) was fitted with this camera and used for the first sea test in Sagami Bay, Japan. The underwater visual information was clear enough to promise significant improvements in both deep sea surveying and safety. It was thus confirmed that the Super- HARP camera is very effective for underwater use.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 November 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2247, Sensors and Control for Automation, (9 November 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.193942
Show Author Affiliations
Hirotaka Maruyama, NHK Science and Technical Research Labs. (Japan)
Kenkichi Tanioka, NHK Science and Technical Research Labs. (Japan)
Tetsuo Uchida, Japan Marine Science and Technology Ctr. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2247:
Sensors and Control for Automation
Markus Becker; R. W. Daniel; Otmar Loffeld, Editor(s)

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