Detection of ultraviolet B radiation with internal smartphone sensors

Turner, Joanna and Parisi, Alfio V. and Igoe, Damien P. and Amar, Abdurazaq (2017) Detection of ultraviolet B radiation with internal smartphone sensors. Instrumentation Science and Technology, 45 (6). pp. 618-638. ISSN 1073-9149


Smartphones have the potential to monitor ultraviolet radiation within the terrestrial solar spectrum. Additionally, the ability to accurately estimate personal ultraviolet exposure using a smartphone may one day allow an individual control of their ultraviolet exposure. Previous studies have demonstrated the detection of ultraviolet A from 320 to 400 nm with a smartphone. However, the measurement of ultraviolet B from 280 to 320 nm is desirable to monitor biological effects such as erythema. No previous reports have been reported for the detection of ultraviolet B detection with a smartphone camera. This study characterized the ultraviolet B response of smartphone cameras and shows that these devices detect this radiation without additional hardware. Three smartphones were tested in the ultraviolet B waveband for dark response, temperature response, irradiance response, and spectral response. The used protocols adhered to international standards where applicable. All characterized smartphones were sensitive to ultraviolet B radiation; however, each type provides a unique response.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher,
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 00:09
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 00:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: image capture, measurement, sensor, smartphone, ultraviolet B radiation
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0205 Optical Physics > 020504 Photonics, Optoelectronics and Optical Communications
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
10 Technology > 1099 Other Technology > 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10739149.2017.1298042

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