Ruggedized, field-ready snapshot light-guide-based imaging spectrometer for environmental and remote sensing applications. Academic Article uri icon


  • A field-ready, fiber-based high spatial sampling snapshot imaging spectrometer was developed for applications such as environmental monitoring and smart farming. The system achieves video rate frame transfer and exposure times down to a few hundred microseconds in typical daylight conditions with 63,000 spatial points and 32 spectral channels across the 470nm to 700nm wavelength range. We designed portable, ruggedized opto-mechanics to allow for imaging from an airborne platform. To ensure successful data collection prior to flight, imaging speed and signal-to-noise ratio was characterized for imaging a variety of land covers from the air. The system was validated by performing a series of observations including: Liriope Muscari plants under a range of water-stress conditions in a controlled laboratory experiment and field observations of sorghum plants in a variety of soil conditions. Finally, we collected data from a series of engineering flights and present reassembled images and spectral sampling of rural and urban landscapes.

published proceedings

  • Opt Express

author list (cited authors)

  • Flynn, C., Stoian, R. I., Weers, B. D., Mullet, J. E., Thomasson, J. A., Alexander, D., & Tkaczyk, T. S.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Flynn, Christopher||Stoian, Razvan I||Weers, Brock D||Mullet, John E||Thomasson, J Alex||Alexander, David||Tkaczyk, Tomasz S

publication date

  • March 2022