This paper presents the methodology to design and integrate a liquid crystal tunable filter (LCTF) based shortwave infrared (SWIR) spectral imaging system. The system consisted of an LCTF-based SWIR spectral imager, an illumination unit, a frame grabber, and a computer with the data acquisition software. The spectral imager included an InGaAs camera (320 × 256 pixels), an SWIR lens (50. mm, F/1.4), and an LCTF (20. mm aperture). Four multifaceted reflector halogen lamps (35. W, 12 VDC) were used to build the illumination unit. The system was integrated by a LabVIEW program for data acquisition. It can capture hyperspectral or multispectral images of the test object in the spectral range of 900-1700. nm. The system was validated by differentiating sugar from wheat flour, and water from 95% ethanol. The results showed that the system can distinguish these materials in both spectral and spatial domains. This SWIR spectral imaging system could be a potential useful tool for nondestructive inspection of food quality and safety.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Agronomy and Crop Science
- Computer Science Applications