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Insect monitoring with fluorescence lidar techniques: feasibility study

Mikkel Brydegaard, Zuguang Guan, Maren Wellenreuther, and Sune Svanberg  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 30, pp. 5668-5677 (2009)

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We investigate the possibilities of light detection and ranging (lidar) techniques to study migration of the damselfly species Calopteryx splendens and C. virgo. Laboratory and testing-range measurements at a distance of 60 m were performed using dried, mounted damselfly specimens. Laboratory measurements, including color photography in polarized light and spectroscopy of reflectance and induced fluorescence, reveal that damselflies exhibit reflectance and fluorescence properties that are closely tied to the generation of structural color. Lidar studies on C. splendens of both genders show that gender can be re motely determined, especially for specimens that were marked with Coumarin 102 and Rhodamine 6G dyes. The results obtained in this study will be useful for future field experiments, and provide guidelines for studying damselflies in their natural habitat using lidar to survey the air above the river surface. The findings will be applicable for many other insect species and should, therefore, bring new insights into migration and movement patterns of insects in general.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1100) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosol detection
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(300.2530) Spectroscopy : Fluorescence, laser-induced
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals
(240.5698) Optics at surfaces : Reflectance anisotropy spectroscopy

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: July 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 27, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 27, 2009
Published: October 12, 2009

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Vol. 4, Iss. 12 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Mikkel Brydegaard, Zuguang Guan, Maren Wellenreuther, and Sune Svanberg, "Insect monitoring with fluorescence lidar techniques: feasibility study," Appl. Opt. 48, 5668-5677 (2009)

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