Monthly Archives: March 2019

Metamaterials Improve LIDAR

Light Detection and Ranging or LIDAR is a remote sensing method. The technique uses the time of flight of pulsed laser light to measure variable distances. Airborne systems record additional data, which, when combined with the data from the light pulses are able to generate three-dimensional information about the neighboring environment that offer precise surface characteristics. In general, a LIDAR comprises a laser, a scanner, and a specialized receiver for Global Positioning System or GPS. Although Read more [...]

Role of LEDs in Horticulture

While LEDs have revolutionized indoor and exterior lighting methods, they have been revolutionizing operations involving indoor grow facilities. This is mainly because LEDs are highly flexible in their spectral output, while their efficiency is very high. That means they emit much lower heat. A new standard from ASABE specifies the performance of LED lighting products for horticulture applications. The standard spells out the test methods to measure the optical radiation from LEDs in the range 280-800 Read more [...]

Automation Applications of Thermopile Arrays

For a temperature difference occurring between two ends of a thermocouple, it develops an electrical voltage difference. A series of such thermocouples form a thermopile sensor, with each element being a thin wire made from two materials differing in the thermal activity. All the hot junctions of the thermocouples are placed on a thin common absorbing area that forms the sensor face, while the cold junctions are placed on a heat sink with a high thermal mass. As an instrument, the thermopile sensor Read more [...]