Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the industrial sensing applications of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) with an emphasis on wavelengths other than visible light. The paper is in two parts. This, the first, considers radiations with shorter wavelengths than visible light, i.e. γ radiation, X‐rays and ultra‐violet (UV). Design/methodology/approach – The paper discusses the sensing applications of short wavelength EMR through reference to the techniques employed, products and their uses. Findings – The paper shows that γ radiation, X‐rays and UV radiation are used in a wide range of industrial sensors for the measurement of physical variables, chemical compounds and gases. The phenomena employed include absorption, backscatter, photoionisation, fluorescence and reflection. Applications are extremely varied and embrace a diversity of industries. Originality/value – The paper provides a detailed, technical review of the sensing uses of short wavelength EMR.
Sensor Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 27, 2008
Keywords: Electromagnetism; Radiation; Sensors; Ultraviolet radiation; X‐rays; Gamma radiation
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