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Development and testing of a hyperspectral imaging instrument for field spectroscopy
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Paper Abstract

Advancements in Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT) focal plane arrays (FPA) in recent years have allowed high performance longwave infrared imagers to prosper. In particular molecular and gas/chemical spectroscopy applications can be vastly advanced with these new products. However, for the transition from single pixel spectrometers to FPA base imaging spectrometers to succeed, a couple of parallel advancements must be made as well. Most Fourier transform spectrometers currently available are designed specifically for a 1 mm single pixel detector. Scientists who try to convert these systems into imaging spectrometers quickly run into throughput issues when FPAs reach sizes of up to 12.5mm, thus limiting the performance and greatly impacting the detection capabilities. Furthermore, for large FPAs the readout time can be significantly longer than the integration time. In turn, this requires slower sweep speeds with a higher degree of control of the scanning mechanism. The benefit of these new technologies in spectroscopy can only be demonstrated with a system optimally designed for imaging spectroscopy. This paper will address the issues of imaging spectroscopy and will show how an instrument designed for specifically imaging applications can dramatically improve the performance of the system and quality of the data acquired.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5546, Imaging Spectrometry X, (15 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.567741
Show Author Affiliations
Vincent Farley, Telops Inc. (Canada)
Charles Belzile, Telops Inc. (Canada)
Martin Chamberland, Telops Inc. (Canada)
Jean-Francois Legault, Telops USA (United States)
Karl R. Schwantes, Telops USA (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5546:
Imaging Spectrometry X
Sylvia S. Shen; Paul E. Lewis, Editor(s)

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