Abstract

A significant amount of energy is consumed by the typical illumination systems of underwater vehicles. Attempts to utilize more efficient LED illumination underwater have been unsuccessful because the light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were coupled to a standard imaging system and they were not able to generate enough light to adequately illuminate the scene. In cases where the LEDs were grouped together, to provide more scene illumination, the lighting assembly was inefficient in size. The recent availability of high intensity LEDs provides a way to produce efficient and adequate lighting from a compact assembly. This paper covers the development of a deep ocean assembly based on these high intensity LEDs.

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2001

M. G. Craford, N. Holonyak, Jr.F. A. Kish, Jr."In pursuit of the ultimate lamp," Scientific Amer. 63-67 (2001).

1999

S. H. D. Haddock, J. F. Case, "Bioluminescence spectra of shallow and deep-sea gelatinous zooplankton: Ctenophores, medusae, and siphonophores," Marine Biol. 133, 571-582 (1999).

Marine Biol.

S. H. D. Haddock, J. F. Case, "Bioluminescence spectra of shallow and deep-sea gelatinous zooplankton: Ctenophores, medusae, and siphonophores," Marine Biol. 133, 571-582 (1999).

Scientific Amer.

M. G. Craford, N. Holonyak, Jr.F. A. Kish, Jr."In pursuit of the ultimate lamp," Scientific Amer. 63-67 (2001).

Other

L. M. McBride, B. L. Johnson, K. R. Reisenbichler, "MBARI's midwater ecology low-light imaging system development," Proc. IEEE Oceans 2006 (2006).

J. E. Sergent, A. Krum, Thermal Management Handbook for Electronic Assemblies (McGraw Hill, 1998).

Quantities and Units—Part 6: Light and Related Electromagnetic Radiations ISO 31-6: 1992(E) 1992-09-01.

E. A. Widder, "SPLAT CAM: Mapping plankton distributions with bioluminescent road-kill," Proc. MTS/IEEE Oceans 2002 pp. 1711-1715.

D. Walther, D. R. Edgington, C. Koch, "Detection and tracking of objects in underwater video," IEEE Int. Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) (2004).

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