We present the first results from a portable spectrometer for the visible and very near infrared based upon the principle of heterodyned holographic Fourier transform spectroscopy (HHS) (Dohi and Suzuki 1971, Dohlen 1994). The instrument uses a Michelson interferometer where one of the mirrors is replaced with a grating. This produces a spatially located, frequency-shifted interferogram which is read out by an all-reflective relay lens and a photo-diode array and processed on a portable PC. A battery pack ensures an autonomy of about 7 hours. Instrumental assets include high optical throughput, variable resolving power, and no moving parts.
We have successfully used the instrument in two different remote sensing applications: detection of vegetation reflectance and atmospheric absorption.