I developed the DOLPi-UI filter-wheel-based all-mode camera capable of working in the infrared-visible-ultraviolet range both for imaging and polarimetric analysis. I added a FLIR Lepton® module to extend the camera’s imaging capability (though not polarimetry) to the longwave IR (“thermal” IR).
DOLPi-UI is based on the Raspberry Pi NoIR camera, two servos, two filter wheels, a servo hat, and a Raspberry Pi 2.
The bandpass filter wheel is populated with the following filters:
- Blank for full-spectrum imaging
- IR bandstop (e.g. Schott BG-39 glass) for visible-range imaging
- IR longpass at 680nm
- IR longpass at 780nm
- Infrared-supressed near-UV (stack of Schott UG-1 + BG-39 glass filters)
The polarization analyzer filter wheel is rotated by a 90⁰ servo. It is populated with the following filters:
- Blank for non-polarized imaging
- Wire-grid polarizer film at 0⁰
- Wire-grid polarizer film at 90⁰
- Wire-grid polarizer film at 45⁰
- Wire-grid polarizer film at -45⁰
- RH circular polarizer
- LH circular polarizer
Very detailed construction and use instructions for the DOLPi-UI camera are available in the following whitepaper: DOLPi_Polarimetric_Camera_D_Prutchi_2015_v5. More details on the construction process are also available in my other blog diyPhysics.com.
This project was a winner in the prestigious 2015 Hack-a-Day Prize!