Infrared 100


Sponsored by FLIR Infrared Systems AB

The Royal Astronomical Society
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BQ
7-8 October 2010

In October 1910 Professor Robert Wood presented his paper to the Royal Photographic Society in London "Photography by Invisible Rays", describing the use of an infrared plate to make a permanent image in the near infrared. Since that time significant advances have been made in infrared thermal imaging, with applications across a broad spectrum from medicine, industry and astronomy.

Two day seminars, the first on the development and general applications of infrared imaging, and the second on infrared imaging in astronomy, will be held in London. The first will be organised under the auspices of The Royal Photographic Society, Imaging Science Group, and the second by the Royal Astronomical Society.

The identification of infrared rays is attributed to Sir William Herschel who presented his findings to the Royal Society in 1800. Sir William became the first president of the Royal Astronomical Society that was founded in 1820. In 2009, the Herschel Space telescope was launched carrying a multi-spectral infrared camera system. Some of the first observational images from this current mission will form part of the second day seminar.

N.B. Further information about other events being held to celebrate the anniversary can be found on Andy Finney's Infrared 100 Blog

Some Modern Infrared Thermograms

Toucan Elephant

7 October 2010 - organised by the RPS Imaging Science Group
(10:15 am - 5 pm)

Mrs Rosemary Willman Hon.FRPS, President of The Royal Photographic Society

Keynote Lecture: RW Wood at Johns Hopkins - A Panchromatic Legacy
Prof. Paul Feldman, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

A Century of Infrared Photography
Mr. Andy Finney

Infrared Thermal Imaging of the Human Body: from Analogue to Digital
Prof. Francis Ring

High-Performance Thermal Imagery from 1st and 2nd Generation Cameras
Prof. C.T. Elliott, FRS

"Your Tiny Hand is Frozen"
Prof. Kurt Ammer, Vienna


Thermal Behaviour of the African Elephant
Prof. James Mercer, Univ. N. Norway

Sleep Deprivation and Frustration - Filming Wildlife for Television using Infra-Red
Mr.Colin Jackson, BBC Bristol

IR surveys of Buildings, the Energy Conservation Story
Mr. John Snell, Vermont, USA

Satellite and Terrestrial Thermal Imaging to Monitor Volcanoes
Mr. Talfan Barnie, Cambridge, UK

Visualising the Earth with Infrared (in a multispectral context)
Dr. G. Awcock, Brighton University

8 October 2010 - organised by The Royal Astronomical Society
(10:30 am - 3:30 pm)

10:30 - 10:50
The UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey: Steve Warren (Imperial College London)

10:50 - 11:20
Infrared and Cosmology: Michael Rowan-Robinson (Imperial College London)

11:20 - 11:50
Multi-wavelength far infrared imaging: HERSCHEL today and SPICA tomorrow: Matt Griffin (Cardiff)

11:50 - 12:10
SWIRE: FIR Luminosity function and the SFR of galaxies at 0 < z < 1.5: Harsit Patel (Imperial College London)

12:10 - 12:30
AKARI observations of the Galactic Plane: Mireya Etxaluze (Harvard Smithsonian CfA)

12:30 - 13:00
The impact of HERSCHEL on studies of star formation: Derek Ward-Thompson (Cardiff)


14:00 - 14:20
Near-infrared performance of the wide-field survey telescope VISTA: Jim Emerson (QMUL)

14:20 - 14:40
Direct imaging of extra solar planets in the infrared: Anne-Marie Lagrange (Grenoble)

14:40 - 15:10
Exploring the Universe with WISE: Ned Wright (UCLA)

15:10 - 15:30
Infrared Imaging with JWST: Gillian Wright (UKATC)