An airborne laser fluorosensor is described that was designed to detect and identify targets by means of the characteristic fluorescence emission spectrum. The first field trials of the sensor over marine oil and dye spills are reported. A correlation technique has been developed that, when applied to the data collected during these field trials, clearly differentiated among dye, the two crude oils, and the general fluorescence background of ocean water.
© 1980 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 1, 1979
Published: March 15, 1980
R. A. O’Neil, L. Buja-Bijunas, and D. M. Rayner, "Field performance of a laser fluorosensor for the detection of oil spills," Appl. Opt. 19, 863-870 (1980)