More than just a few colours

Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) has been used for a couple of decades in applications such as satellite imaging, air reconnaissance and other markets that are not overly price sensitive. Classical hyperspectral-imaging cameras use prisms or gratings as dispersive elements. These cameras are bulky, sensitive to misalignment and very expensive. The advent of alternative approaches makes HSI attractive for volume markets or even consumer products and applications–for example, cancer detection, precision farming, food testing in supermarkets and many more.

Delta Optical Thin Film A/S develops and manufactures custom Bifrost Continuously Variable Bandpass Filters (CVBPF) for mid-size and full-frame CCD/CMOS sensors (e.g., 30 mm x 25 mm or 24 mm x 36 mm). These filters offer very high transmission and are fully blocked in the light-sensitive wavelength range of silicon-based detectors (200 nm to 1150 nm). The combination of CVBPFs with silicon detectors allows the design of very compact, robust and affordable HSI detectors that offer several advantages and benefits over conventional approaches:

Huge aperture compared with grating and prism
Higher transmission than grating and prism
Short measurement time
High suppression of stray light
Excellent signal to background ratio

Ask us for your custom designed Bifrost Continuously Variable Bandpass Filter! Available for immediate testing are filters with the following specifications:

Centre wavelength range 450 nm to 850 nm, bandwidth approximately 4% of centre wavelength, transmission 70% to 90%, blocking range 200 nm to 1100 nm, blocking level OD4, for sensor size (maximum) 25 mm x 30 mm

2nd Gen Hyperspectral Imaging filter

Centre wavelength range 450 nm to 950 nm, bandwidth approximately 2% of centre wavelength, exponential dispersion, transmission 20% to 90%, blocking range 200 nm to 1200 nm, blocking level OD4, for sensor size (maximum) 36 mm x 30 mm

NIR Hyperspectral Imaging filter

Centre wavelength range 800 nm to 1100 nm, bandwidth approximately 1% of centre wavelength, transmission >85%, blocking range 200 nm to 1150 nm, blocking level OD4, for sensor size (maximum) 18 mm x 23 mm

The sizes are given as length x height, where length is along the wavelength gradient and height is perpendicular to the wavelength gradient. The filters can be diced to smaller sizes.

Learn more about these filters by downloading our presentation, or watch a recording of the presentation that was shown at Photonics West 2017. An article comparing our filter solution with classical Hyperspectral Imaging cameras and other new approaches is published in Optik & Photonik, DOI: 10.1002/opph.201600012.

Ingmar Renhorn and his collaborators published two articles about their camera:

High spatial resolution hyperspectral camera based on a linear variable filter in Optical Engineering. It can be openly accessed via //opticalengineering.spiedigitallibrary.org/article.aspx?articleid=2587755

Three-dimensional hyperspectral imaging technique in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10198. It can be accessed via //spie.org/Publications/Proceedings/Paper/10.1117/12.2262456

Martin Hubold et al. presented their work about an Ultra-compact micro-optical system for multispectral imaging at SPIE Photonics West 2018. It can be accessed via //spie.org/Publications/Proceedings/Paper/10.1117/12.2295343


Observe the continuous change of center wavelength as we move the filter through the collimated beam of a supercontinuum (white light) laser.

Recording of our presentation 3D and snapshot hyperspectral cameras based on continuously variable filters at Spectronet Collaboration Forum in August 2018.

Demo of Hyperspectral Imaging camera developed by LDP LLC. More application examples on YouTube.

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