Electromagnetic Reflectance on Cotton: A Review of Theory and Experiments

J. Alex Thomasson


This paper reviews literature concerning the many ways in which reflectance of electromagnetic energy has been used in cotton quality measurements. Visible light reflectance has been used in assessing the color and trash content of cotton samples. Near-infrared reflectance (NIR) has been used, primarily in research, in measuring moisture content, stickiness, and maturity/fineness. This paper provides a view of electromagnetic reflectance as one broad method for assessing cotton fiber quality.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 1467 - 1471
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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