Assessing audience exposure in laser shows

Michael Higlett

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Abstract

Lasers have been used in the entertainment industry for over 40 years. The laser provides high visual effects such as scanned images and beam patterns to enhance the overall show experience for the audience. Scanned patterns may lead to the potential for audience exposure and the risk of injury, particularly, to the eye, where a person receives a burst of laser pulses as the pattern passes across the face. Although safety of laser shows is increasingly better appreciated, every year a few suspected eye injuries are reported. Prototype field measurement equipment to assess the safety of the laser shows has now been completed. This equipment provides a tool able to carry out a comprehensive real time assessment of a show. Data is captured during the show which is assessed in real time to monitor possible risk of overexposure to the audience. If at anytime through the show a hazardous level is observed, the remote operator receives information on the event that took place. This allows immediate feedback to prevent further hazardous levels from occurring. Details of the prototype design will be reported along with results from an actual laser show.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe World's Leading Conference on Laser Safety, ILSC 2013 - International Laser Safety Conference
PublisherLaser Institute of America
Pages299-304
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780912035970
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 International Laser Safety Conference: The World's Leading Conference on Laser Safety, ILSC 2013 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 18 Mar 201321 Mar 2013

Publication series

NameThe World's Leading Conference on Laser Safety, ILSC 2013 - International Laser Safety Conference

Conference

Conference2013 International Laser Safety Conference: The World's Leading Conference on Laser Safety, ILSC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period18/03/1321/03/13

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