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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 4 — May. 4, 2011

Optical filter for highlighting spectral features Part I: design and development of the filter for discrimination of human skin with and without an application of cosmetic foundation

Ken Nishino, Mutsuko Nakamura, Masayuki Matsumoto, Osamu Tanno, and Shigeki Nakauchi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 7, pp. 6020-6030 (2011)

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Light reflected from an object’s surface contains much information about its physical and chemical properties. Changes in the physical properties of an object are barely detectable in spectra. Conventional trichromatic systems, on the other hand, cannot detect most spectral features because spectral information is compressively represented as trichromatic signals forming a three-dimensional subspace. We propose a method for designing a filter that optically modulates a camera’s spectral sensitivity to find an alternative subspace highlighting an object’s spectral features more effectively than the original trichromatic space. We designed and developed a filter that detects cosmetic foundations on human face. Results confirmed that the filter can visualize and nondestructively inspect the foundation distribution.

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OCIS Codes
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color
(330.6180) Vision, color, and visual optics : Spectral discrimination
(310.6845) Thin films : Thin film devices and applications

ToC Category:
Vision, Color, and Visual Optics

Original Manuscript: November 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 7, 2011
Published: March 17, 2011

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Vol. 6, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Ken Nishino, Mutsuko Nakamura, Masayuki Matsumoto, Osamu Tanno, and Shigeki Nakauchi, "Optical filter for highlighting spectral features Part I: design and development of the filter for discrimination of human skin with and without an application of cosmetic foundation," Opt. Express 19, 6020-6030 (2011)

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