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Handheld hyperspectral imager for standoff detection of chemical and biological aerosols
Author(s): Michele Hinnrichs; James O. Jensen; Gerard McAnally
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Paper Abstract

Pacific Advanced Technology has developed a small hand held imaging spectrometer, Sherlock, for gas leak and aerosol detection and imaging. The system is based on a patent technique that uses diffractive optics and image processing algorithms to detect spectral information about objects in the scene of the camera (IMSS Image Multi-spectral Sensing). This camera has been tested at Dugway Proving Ground and Dstl Porton Down facility looking at Chemical and Biological agent simulants. The camera has been used to investigate surfaces contaminated with chemical agent simulants. In addition to Chemical and Biological detection the camera has been used for environmental monitoring of green house gases and is currently undergoing extensive laboratory and field testing by the Gas Technology Institute, British Petroleum and Shell Oil for applications for gas leak detection and repair. The camera contains an embedded Power PC and a real time image processor for performing image processing algorithms to assist in the detection and identification of gas phase species in real time. In this paper we will present an over view of the technology and show how it has performed for different applications, such as gas leak detection, surface contamination, remote sensing and surveillance applications. In addition a sampling of the results form TRE field testing at Dugway in July of 2002 and Dstl at Porton Down in September of 2002 will be given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5268, Chemical and Biological Standoff Detection, (27 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.519163
Show Author Affiliations
Michele Hinnrichs, Pacific Advanced Technology (United States)
James O. Jensen, U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (United States)
Gerard McAnally, Defence Science and Technology Lab. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5268:
Chemical and Biological Standoff Detection
James O. Jensen; Jean-Marc Theriault, Editor(s)

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