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Publication Citation: AC-Mode SW-IR Radiation Thermometers for Measurement of Ambient Temperatures

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Author(s): George P. Eppeldauer; Howard W. Yoon;
Title: AC-Mode SW-IR Radiation Thermometers for Measurement of Ambient Temperatures
Published: Date Unknown
Abstract: Recent improvements in the fabrication technology of short-wave infrared (SWIR) quantum detectors opened a new era in radiation thermometry. Ambient and higher temperatures can be measured with low uncertainties using thermoelectrically (TE) cooled extended-InGaAs (E-IGA) and short-wave photovoltaic-HgCdTe (sw-MCT) detectors. These detectors, because of their low (2.5 ?m and 2.8 ?m, respectively) cut-off wavelengths, have orders of magnitude lower background noise than traditionally used broad-band infrared detectors such as cryogenically cooled, quantum detectors or thermal detectors. Because of the low detector cut-off wavelength, traditional glass-based optics can be used in the radiation thermometers. To measure low temperatures, the signal measured should be in alternating-current (AC), modulated or chopped, mode to separate it from the background-radiation-produced direct-current (DC) signal and its fluctuations. Design considerations and characteristics of a newly developed SWIR radiation thermometer are discussed. A noise-equivalent temperature difference (NETD) of < 3 mK for a 50 ?C blackbody is found. At the human body temperature of 36 ?C, the measured NETD ? 10 mK indicates that these detectors can be used in non-contact temperature measurements to replace the current thermopile or pyroelectric based radiation thermometers.
Conference: TEMPMEKO
Proceedings: TEMPMEKO Conference | 2007 |
Location: Chateau lake Louise, CA
Dates: May 21-25, 2007
Keywords: ambient temperatures;infrared;input optics;NEP;NETD;noise;optical radiation;radiance;radiation thermometer
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