|Hyperspectral imaging system||- Hyperspectral|
Hyperspectral imaging is a very high spectral resolution form of multi-spectral imaging.
In hyperspectral imaging, one derives multiple images of the same area, through the effective use of multiple, contiguous, narrow band (for example, 10 nm Full Width Half Maximum = FWHM) optical filters.
A practical implementation of hyperspectral imaging is to be found in the Hyperion system developed by TRW.
The light for each of the three imaging systems is filtered using dichroic filters. Each pixel in the linescan is then split by wavelength, using a diffraction grating, into one of 256 bins. In order to increase the light level on each pixel, the dispersed images of successive line scans can be superimposed on the imaging CCD, with software then being used to extract the hyperspectral information from the superimposed data.
The enhancement of the mineral rich regions can be clearly seen in the hyperspectral composite image, above right, relative to the true colour image, above left.
information derived from hyperion.pdf .