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Photonics in nature: Yellowstone National Park in IR
Author(s): Michael Vollmer; Joseph A. Shaw; Paul W. Nugent; Wilson Harris; Kendra Gillis; William Weiss; Logan Carpenter; Amy Carpenter; Bryan Scherrer

Paper Abstract

Infrared thermal imaging is a valuable tool not only in science but also in optics and photonics education and outreach activities. Observing natural optical phenomena in a different spectral region like the thermal infrared often offers new insights. The commonly used false color images not only allow extraction of useful information about thermal properties of objects, but they can also provide aesthetic sights and are thus an excellent tool for public outreach activities. Recently we have pursued this kind of study using IR imaging within Yellowstone National Park, complementing earlier work on thermal pool colors and spectroscopy. We will discuss and compare images of a variety of VIS and IR cameras of hot springs, geysers, mud pools and other natural phenomena recorded in the park during 2012 and 2016.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2017
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10452, 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017, 104521B (16 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2266677
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Michael Vollmer, Brandenburg Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Joseph A. Shaw, Montana State Univ. (United States)
Paul W. Nugent, Montana State Univ. (United States)
NWB Sensors, Inc. (United States)
Wilson Harris, Montana State Univ. (United States)
Kendra Gillis, Brigham Young Univ.-Idaho (United States)
William Weiss, Brigham Young Univ.-Idaho (United States)
Logan Carpenter, Brigham Young Univ.-Idaho (United States)
Amy Carpenter, Brigham Young Univ.-Idaho (United States)
Bryan Scherrer, Montana State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10452:
14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017
Xu Liu; Xi-Cheng Zhang, Editor(s)

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