LED spectral imaging with food and agricultural applications

Jens Michael Carstensen

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Strobed LED spectral imaging systems share some principles with illumination filter wheel systems. The major advantages of strobed LED systems are: 1) speed, 2) no mechanical movement, 3) no dependency on unstable broadspectrum incandescent light source, 4) potential for high dynamic range imaging through the illumination, and 5) combined spectral reflectance imaging and spectral fluorescence imaging. All of the above advantages are exploited in the proposed system where the spectral illumination source is combined with an integrating sphere and a calibration model that provides traceability, high reproducibility, spatial homogeneity, and focus on chemical properties of a heterogenous sample. Application areas of such systems are quite broad and high performance systems are seen within fields like agriculture, food, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, forensics, cultural heritage, and general manufacturing. We will present the elements of our strobed LED imaging systems and highlight how such systems can be advantageous to other spectral imaging techniques like pushbroom imaging. The powerful multivariate analysis technique, normalized canonical discriminant analysis (nCDA) is used to optimize the application performance as well as to get information about the data/noise structure and importance of specific spectral ranges. The performance is illustrated on a number of real applications from industries within the above mentioned fields. Applications on agricultural seed analysis, coating analysis, food contamination, and counterfeit detection will be shown.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE
Number of pages9
PublisherSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication date2018
Article number1065604
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventImage Sensing Technologies: Materials, Devices, Systems, and Applications V - Orlando, United States
Duration: 15 Apr 201819 Apr 2018


ConferenceImage Sensing Technologies: Materials, Devices, Systems, and Applications V
Country/TerritoryUnited States
SeriesProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering


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