In the near future, optical ice detection could become a standard sensor for cars, for ice-detection on the blades of windturbines,
for de-icing procedures for aircrafts in the airport, or ice-detection on pavements, roads and buildings.
Ice appears in many variants. Some ice types are opaque, due to sever
scattering of light, other types appear transparent, while they still scatter
light significantly, and finally, ice can be entirely single-crystalline, where
only its birefringence will give it away. And particularly, with a water film
above a transparent layer of ice it can be difficult to spot the ice underneath
even for the trained eye.
The project will be carried out at DTU Risø Campus near Roskilde.