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A Hyperspectral Image Projector for Hyperspectral Imagers



Joseph P. Rice, Steven W. Brown, Jorge E. Neira, Robert R. Bousquet


We have developed and demonstrated a Hyperspectral Image Projector (HIP) intended for system-level validation testing of hyperspectral imagers, including the instrument and any associated spectral unmixing algorithms. HIP, based on the same digital micromirror arrays used in commercial digital light processing (DLP) displays, is capable of projecting any combination of many different arbitrarily programmable basis spectra into each image pixel at up to video frame rates. We use a scheme whereby one micromirror array is used to produce light having the spectra of endmembers (i.e. grass, water, minerals, etc), and a second micromirror array, optically in series with the first, projects any combination of these arbitrarily programmable spectra into the pixels of a 1024 x 768 element spatial image, thereby producing temporally-integrated images having spectrally mixed pixels. HIP goes beyond conventional DLP projectors in that each spatial pixel can have an arbitrary spectrum, not just arbitrary color. As such, the resulting spectral and spatial content of the projected image can simulate realistic scenes that a hyperspectral imager will measure during its use. Also, the spectral radiance of the projected scenes can be measured with a calibrated spectroradiometer, such that the spectral radiance projected into each pixel of the hyperspectral imager can be accurately known. Use of such projected scenes in a controlled laboratory setting would alleviate expensive field testing of instruments, allow better separation of environmental effects from instrument effects, and enable system-level performance testing and validation of hyperspectral imagers as used with analysis algorithms. For example, known mixtures of relevant endmember spectra could be projected into arbitrary spatial pixels in a hyperspectral imager, enabling tests of how well a full system, consisting of the instrument + calibration + analysis algorithm, performs in unmixing (i.e. de-convolving) the spectra in all pixels. We discuss here the performance of the HIP as applied to a laboratory hyperspectral imager working in the visible spectral range. The technology is readily extendable to the ultraviolet and infrared spectral ranges, and the scenes can be static or dynamic.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the SPIE | 2007 |
Conference Dates
April 9-13, 2007
Conference Title


Digital Micromirror Device, Hardware-in-the-Loop, hyperspectral, image, imaging, multispectral, projector, spectroscopy, testing


Rice, J. , Brown, S. , Neira, J. and Bousquet, R. (2007), A Hyperspectral Image Projector for Hyperspectral Imagers, Proceedings of the SPIE | 2007 |, [online], (Accessed June 17, 2024)


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Created September 3, 2007, Updated February 17, 2017