Alien vision : exploring the electromagnetic spectrum with by Austin Richards

By Austin Richards

Austin Richards takes readers on a visible journey of the electromagnetic spectrum past the diversity of human sight, utilizing imaging expertise because the skill to 'see' invisible gentle. Dozens of colourful photos and transparent, concise descriptions make this an exciting, obtainable technical booklet. Richards explains the sunshine spectrum, together with obvious gentle, and describes the complex imaging applied sciences that allow people to synthesize our personal model of 'alien' imaginative and prescient at diverse wavelengths, with functions starting from fireplace struggling with and legislation enforcement to botany and medicine.

Contents

- checklist of Figures

- Preface

- advent

- Infrared and Ultraviolet: the perimeters of the Rainbow

- Thermal Imaging: all of us Glow in the dead of night

- Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Imaging: Piercing the Veil

- X Rays and Gamma Rays: Crookes Tubes and Nuclear mild

- Acoustic Imaging: Seeing with Sound

- Sweeping in the course of the Spectrum: Comparative Imagery

- Epilogue

- thesaurus

- Bibliography and web assets

- Index

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11 Visible (left) and LWIR (right) images of fired handgun. 12 shows a man sneaking around the back of a house. An uncooled camera made this image at night. Even though the scene was completely dark as viewed in visible light, the man glows brightly in the LWIR band, since he is about 10°C hotter than the other objects in the scene. Notice the glow coming from underneath the car. Residual heat in the exhaust system lights up the asphalt underneath the car with LWIR energy. The rear windshield is reflective in the LWIR band, and since it is canted at an angle, it reflects the cold sky into the camera and thus appears very black (cold) in this image.

The scientists also found that the standard military-issue Arctic camouflage issued to Canadian troops was rendered ineffective by their photographic technique. Soldiers on Arctic duty wear snow-colored parkas and pants and transport gear on white sleds, all of which appear very dark when imaged in the near-UV (350–380 nm), as shown in Fig. 15. Ultraviolet light, like infrared, penetrates through some materials that are opaque to visible light. This property allows us to image through obscurant materials, allowing for noninvasive analysis of materials.

The Japanese honeybee, Apis japonica, has developed a novel defense against predatory hornets. When a hornet approaches a hive, the bees will often sense its chemical odor. They will mass around the hornet in a ball and begin shivering their muscles rapidly, creating a hot blanket around the hornet. The temperature inside the ball reaches 47°C, which is one degree hotter than the maximum temperature that the hornet can withstand, yet only one degree cooler than the maximum temperature the bees can withstand.

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