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Remote Sensing Of Oil Pollution By Ultraviolet Fluorescence
Author(s): Charles E. Campbell
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Paper Abstract

The ultraviolet fluorescence property of oil suggests the possibility of a more sensitive technique for the detection of oil pollution on water than either UV or visible photography alone. To demonstrate the advantages of this technique, several photographic methods of oil detection were compared in a feasibility experiment in the laboratory. Ultraviolet reflectance photography at 3600 A also gave good results. Theoretically, the fluorescence of oil by the 2537 A mercury line is stronger than fluorescence at 3600 A and therefore should be even more sensitive in detecting oil pollution. Methods of discriminating against ambient light are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1972
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0027, Remote Sensing of Earth Resources and the Environment, (1 May 1972); doi: 10.1117/12.978132
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Charles E. Campbell, Lockheed Electronics Company, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0027:
Remote Sensing of Earth Resources and the Environment
Yale H. Katz, Editor(s)

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