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Spectral reflectance variability of skin and attributing factors
Author(s): Catherine C. Cooksey; Benjamin K. Tsai; David W. Allen
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Paper Abstract

Knowledge of the spectral reflectance signature of human skin over a wide spectral range will help advance the development of sensing systems for many applications, ranging from medical treatment to security technology. A critical component of the signature of human skin is the variability across the population. We describe a simple measurement method to measure human skin reflectance of the inside of the forearm. The variability of the reflectance spectra for a number of subjects measured at NIST is determined using statistical methods. The degree of variability is explored and discussed. We also propose a method for collaborating with other scientists, outside of NIST, to expand the data set of signatures to include a more diverse population and perform a meta-analysis to further investigate the variability of human skin reflectance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9461, Radar Sensor Technology XIX; and Active and Passive Signatures VI, 94611M (21 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2184485
Show Author Affiliations
Catherine C. Cooksey, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Benjamin K. Tsai, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
David W. Allen, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9461:
Radar Sensor Technology XIX; and Active and Passive Signatures VI
G. Charmaine Gilbreath; Chadwick Todd Hawley; Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin Doerry, Editor(s)

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