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Research Project: Nondestructive Quality Assessment and Grading of Fruits and Vegetables

Location: Sugarbeet and Bean Research

Title: Introduction to light and optical theories

item Lu, Renfu

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/25/2015
Publication Date: 5/1/2016
Citation: Lu, R. 2016. Introduction to light and optical theories. In: Lu, R., editor. Light Scattering Technology for Food Property, Quality and Safety Assessment. Abingdon, United Kingdom: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. p. 1-18.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Light scattering occurs as a result of the interaction of photons with matter, and it is dependent on the structure and chemical composition of the material. Over the past 15 years, significant progress and numerous applications in light scattering have been made for assessing properties, quality and safety of food and agricultural materials. To understand light scattering phenomena and develop effective measurement techniques, it is important to have basic knowledge of light and its interactions with biological materials. This chapter presents an introduction about the basic concepts of light and optical theories, followed by a brief overview of light scattering technology and its applications to food and agricultural products.