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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 15 — Jul. 25, 2005
  • pp: 5853–5863

Polarization lidar measurements of honey bees in flight for locating land mines

Joseph A. Shaw, Nathan L. Seldomridge, Dustin L. Dunkle, Paul W. Nugent, Lee H. Spangler, Jerry J. Bromenshenk, Colin B. Henderson, James H. Churnside, and James J. Wilson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 15, pp. 5853-5863 (2005)

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A scanning polarized lidar was used to detect flying honey bees trained to locate buried land mines through odor detection. A lidar map of bee density shows good correlation with maps of chemical plume strength and bee density determined by visual and video counts. The co-polarized lidar backscatter signal was found to be more effective than the cross-polarized signal for detecting honey bees in flight. Laboratory measurements show that the depolarization ratio of scattered light is near zero for bee wings and up to 30% for bee bodies.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: June 14, 2005
Revised Manuscript: July 18, 2005
Published: July 25, 2005

Joseph Shaw, Nathan Seldomridge, Dustin Dunkle, Paul Nugent, Lee Spangler, Jerry Bromenshenk, Colin Henderson, James Churnside, and James Wilson, "Polarization lidar measurements of honey bees in flight for locating land mines," Opt. Express 13, 5853-5863 (2005)

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