Kirlian photography refers to a form of photogram made with high voltage. It is named after Semyon Kirlian, who in 1939 accidentally discovered that if an object on a photographic plate is connected to a source of high voltage, small corona discharges (created by the strong electric field at the edges of the object) create an image on photographic plate.
Use of Kirlian Photography in Fatigue Assessment (59 Pages) – In this research, assessment of fatigue by using Kirlian photography was investigated. Both mental and physical fatigue were included in the study. The mental stressor used was engineering graduate school class lectures; the physical stressor was softball games played under hot, humid atmospheric conditions. The photograph parameter used to indicate fatigue was the fingertip’s corona diameter. A Wilcoxon signed rank test at the 0.99 level of significance determined statistically significant corona diameter changes did occur in both cases. The diameter significantly increased after applying the physical stressor and decreased after applying the mental stressor.