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Improved entrance optics design for ground-based solar spectral ultraviolet irradiance measurements and system absolute calibration
Author(s): Caihong Dai; Jialin Yu; Bo Huang; Yan Tian
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Paper Abstract

The angular response of entrance optics is an important parameter for solar spectral UV measurements, and ideal cosine entrance optics is required to measure ground-based global solar spectral UV irradiance including direct and diffuse radiation over a solid angle of 2π sr. Early international comparisons have shown that deviations from the ideal cosine response lead to uncertainties in solar measurements of more than 10%. A special spectroradiometer used for solar spectral UV measurements was developed at National Institute of Metrology (NIM). Based on Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) integrating sphere, seven kinds of cosine-entrance system were designed and compared. A special cosine measurement apparatus was developed to measure the angular response of the entrance optics. Experimental results show that, the integral cosine error <f2> is 1.41% for a novel combination entrance optics, which is composed by a PTFE integrating sphere, a spherical ground quartz diffuser and a special correction ring, and the cosine error is 0.08% for an incidence angle of θ=±30°, 0.84% at θ=±45°, -0.47% at θ=±60°, -0.74% at θ=±70°, and 5.47% at θ=±80°. With the new non-plane entrance optics, the angular response of the solar UV spectroradiometer is improved evidently, but on the other side, the system's absolute calibration becomes more difficult owing to the curved geometry of the new diffuser. The calibration source is a 1000W tungsten halogen lamp, but the measurement object is the global radiation of the solar, so a small error of the calibration distance will lead to an enormous measurement error of solar spectral UV irradiance. When the calibration distance is 500mm, for an actual diffuser with spherical radius 32.5mm and spherical height 20mm, the calibration error will be up to 3%~10% on the assumption that the starting point was calculated just from the acme or the bottom of the half-spherical diffuser. It was investigated that which point inside the threedimensional entrance optics should be used as the starting point of the calibration distance in this paper. According to the information of the geometrical shape of the diffuser, the different irradiance value on the spherical surface and the angular response of the receiver, mathematical methods are adopted to calculate the optical reference plane of the spherical entrance system. Furthermore, an experimental method was used to verify the feasibility of the theoretic formula.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7384, International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2009: Advances in Imaging Detectors and Applications, 73841P (6 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.835657
Show Author Affiliations
Caihong Dai, National Institute of Metrology (China)
Jialin Yu, National Institute of Metrology (China)
Bo Huang, National Institute of Metrology (China)
Yan Tian, The General Hospital of The Air Force P.L.A. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7384:
International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2009: Advances in Imaging Detectors and Applications
Kun Zhang; Xiang-jun Wang; Guang-jun Zhang; Ke-cong Ai, Editor(s)

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