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Supercontinuum fiber laser source for reflectance calibrations in remote sensing



Clarence J. Zarobila, Heather J. Patrick


The Optical Technology Division of the NIST provides reference measurements of specular and diffuse reflectance of materials, including measurements that provide traceability for diffuser plaques that are used as onboard calibration standards in remote sensing. We are developing new instrumentation that will enable angle-resolved BRDF measurements using a supercontinuum fiber laser-based source and a tunable monochromator. A significant improvement in optical power density at the specimen over that of lamp-based sources is expected. We present an overview of the source design and evaluation, including the predicted impact of supercontinuum sources on our next generation of BRDF measurement instrumentation.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of SPIE
Conference Dates
August 1-5, 2010
Conference Location
San Diego, CA
Conference Title
Earth Observing Systems XV


supercontinuum, bidirectional, diffuse, BRDF, monochromator, reflectance, STARR


Zarobila, C. and Patrick, H. (2010), Supercontinuum fiber laser source for reflectance calibrations in remote sensing, Proceedings of SPIE, San Diego, CA, [online], (Accessed July 22, 2024)


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Created August 1, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017