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Infrared Camera Decloaks Invisible Flames

Photonics Spectra
May 1997
A shoebox-size infrared camera could be a firefighter's most effective weapon in avoiding deadly invisible flames from hydrogen or alcohol fires. Engineers at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi discovered that filters on black-and-white surveillance cameras provide a clear, near-infrared view of flammable situations. Commercial cameras should reach the market later this year for around $5000.

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