Infrared Radiation and the Eye

  • Per G. Söderberg
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 242)


With the industrial revolution large groups of workers in the steel and glass industry became exposed to high doses of infrared radiation (IRR). In the 18th century this lead to a discussion on whether intense longterm exposures to IRR could induce cataract. The invention of high intensity light sources such as the carbon arc lamp, the xenon lamp and the tungsten lamp created new powerful IRR sources with potential hazards for the eye at moderate exposure times. The recent development of IRR lasers has created a need for detailed knowledge about IRR toxicity to the eye at short to extremely short exposures with high power densities.


Infrared Radiation Steel Industry High Irradiance Black Body Radiator Spectral Radiance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Per G. Söderberg
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  1. 1.Dept. of Ophthalmology and Dept. of Medical BiophysicsKarolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden

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