Helpful Tips for Users From FLIR
Meer, Belgium — FLIR Systems has published a new technical note that investigates and describes how to use low-cost materials to increase target emissivity to enable accurate measurement using a thermal imaging camera.
Clean, unoxidized, bare metal surfaces such as are found in many R&D applications have low emissivity. Consequently they are difficult to analyse with a thermal imaging camera.
To get good accurate temperature measurements there is a consequent need to increase the emissivity of these problematic targets.
The technical note provides an informative introduction to emissivity and how a target’s emissivity, reflectance and thermal conductivity values are highly dependent on material properties. Read More »
The library includes observations of terrestrial rock and mineral samples for comparison with the spectra of Mars returned by TES and also for interpreting remote sensing data collected with Earth as the target.
The links below lead to detailed information about the ASU facility and the contents of the Spectral Library. Read More »
MGS-TES Special Products
TES, The Thermal Emission Spectrometer at Arizona State University (ASU), is one of five instruments carried on the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft (MGS).
MGS was launched in November 1996 and made the last transmission to Earth in November 2006.
Their website presents data from the TES instrument at Mars, as well as an introduction to infrared spectroscopy and access to the Spectral Library at Arizona State University.
You will also find links to many other Mars-related websites, including their very active ASU-Mars K-12 outreach program.