Our journey in to the UV world began when we were approached by a UK police service to try to develop a digital UV photography system. This was to replace the film based system, which at the time was the only available means for obtaining UV images.
Our digital UV products and flash equipment have now been in production for more than 10 years, and have been at the forefront of the change from film to digital in this field.
Beginning in 2005 our equipment was tested alongside other products in a 2 year investigation by Cardiff University and NHS Wales. This investigation resulted in a number of academic papers, and held our UV equipment to be the best in the field by a very significant margin.
ACS UV converted cameras and flash equipment are now in use in the majority of police forensic services throughout the UK, and in hospitals, universities and scientific institutions throughout the world.
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APPLICATIONS FOR UV PHOTOGRAPHY
UV photography has uses in improved imaging of latent fingerprint residues, body fluid traces and contaminants and stains. Imaging of shoe prints on surfaces where visible light contrast is low, documentation of injuries and evidence. UV flash can also be used to fluoresce many materials for visible light photography.
Uses include dermatology; skin damage, the effects of the sun, melanoma. Imaging of bite marks and other pattern injuries on skin.
Among the great many applications for UV photography in this field are these: imaging the cloud patterns of Venus which are highlighted in the UV spectrum. Improved imaging of the lunar surface which shows greater detail and contrast in UV.
UV can be used to study how plants attract pollinating insects. Pollen itself fluoresces in UV and the markings on flowers and petals are very clear to see in UV.
Conservation of Art
UV can show where paintings have been repaired in the past, even when repairs are difficult or impossible to see with the naked eye. Also, certain pigments and binders can be identified with UV photography or UV fluorescence, and can be used in dating.
Conservation of Antiquities
UV imaging can be used for improving imaging of carving and other surface markings in ivory and other materials. UV fluorescence can identify pigments, minerals and even patterns in textiles, which can also be used to date objects.
Conservation of Manuscripts
In Palimpsests where text has been obscured or overwritten, UV can be used to highlight text or increase contrast and generally improve legibility when imaging some documents.
A great many birds and animals are either able to see UV or have UV markings themselves. Many use UV as either predator or prey to aid their survival. Our equipment is regularly used by the BBC, ITV and many other nature film makers to illustrate this, and also by universities and institutions in their studies.
Our UV equipment is used throughout the world across many different disciplines. UV imaging is used for many applications including; imaging of lightening, high voltage emissions, spark propagation, transmission line faults, analysis of chemicals and materials.