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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 8 — Mar. 10, 2006
  • pp: 1839–1843

Optical detection of honeybees by use of wing-beat modulation of scattered laser light for locating explosives and land mines

Kevin S. Repasky, Joseph A. Shaw, Ryan Scheppele, Christopher Melton, John L. Carsten, and Lee H. Spangler  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 8, pp. 1839-1843 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.45.001839


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Abstract

An instrument is demonstrated that can be used for optical detection of honeybees in a cluttered environment. The instrument uses a continuous-wave diode laser with a center wavelength of 808 nm and an output power of 28   mW as the laser transmitter source. Light scattered from moving honeybee wings will produce an intensity-modulated signal at a characteristic wing-beat frequency ( 170 270   Hz ) that can be used to detect the honeybees against a cluttered background. The optical detection of honeybees has application in the biological detection of land mines and explosives, as was recently demonstrated.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.3420) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser sensors

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing

History
Original Manuscript: April 14, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 15, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: September 16, 2005

Virtual Issues
Vol. 1, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Kevin S. Repasky, Joseph A. Shaw, Ryan Scheppele, Christopher Melton, John L. Carsten, and Lee H. Spangler, "Optical detection of honeybees by use of wing-beat modulation of scattered laser light for locating explosives and land mines," Appl. Opt. 45, 1839-1843 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-45-8-1839

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