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Uncertainty Propagation for NIST Visible Spectral Standards



J L. Gardner


Uncertainties in the NIST spectral standards for detectors and sources in the visible wavelength range are propagated from the high-accuracy cryogenic radiometer measurements, taking correlations into account at every stage. Partial correlations between spectral values at different wavelengths, important for subsequent radiometric calculations, are estimated. Uncertainty propagation through fitting and through transfer spectral measurements is described in detail. Detector uncertainties are propagated through the Spectral Comparator Facility for external calibrations and for internal photometric quantities. Uncertainties in spectral irradiance are derived for the detector-based temperature determination, then propagated through working standards to calibrated artifacts. Spectral irradiance calibrations are generally provided at a limited number of wavelengths. Interpolation, rather than fitting, is recommended for expanding the calibration to more wavelengths within the range of the NIST-provided values.
Journal of Research (NIST JRES) -
109 No. 3


irradiance, radiometry, responsivity, uncertainty


Gardner, J. (2004), Uncertainty Propagation for NIST Visible Spectral Standards, Journal of Research (NIST JRES), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed May 22, 2024)


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Created September 1, 2004, Updated February 17, 2017