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Traceability methods comparison of broadband UV radiometers
Author(s): Caihong Dai; Bo Huang; Zhifeng Wu; Huiquan OuYang; Jialin Yu
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Paper Abstract

Broadband UV radiometers are widely used for measuring UV irradiance or radiant exposure in various areas of health, industry, and science, such as in weather aging of materials, semiconductor lithography, non-destructive testing, UV curing, catalytic process, environmental monitoring, atmospheric research, water purification, medical diagnostics and therapy, space-based astrophysical observations and other applications. The accuracy of measurement is influenced by many factors such as the characteristics of the radiometer, operating conditions, environmental conditions and the UV sources to be measured. Due to the lack of spectral resolving power, significant measurement errors may occur if the radiometer has poor quality. Five different calibration and traceability methods of UV radiometers were realized and analyzed at National Institute of Metrology (NIM), including absolute spectral irradiance method based on standard lamps, absolute spectral power responsivity method of detectors, absolute thermoelectric radiometer method, electrically calibrated pyroelectric radiometer method and method of comparing with the standard radiometer. The above methods were used to realize the irradiance responsivity of a broadband UVA meter independently. Compared to absolute spectral irradiance method based on standard lamps, relative deviation of these traceability methods are 0%, 0.18%, 2.50%, -3.04% and 4.11% respectively. Absolute spectral power responsivity method of detectors is adopted by the most national metrology institute to realize UV irradiance responsivity. The deviation of absolute thermoelectric radiometer method results from poor signal-to-noise of the combination of radiation source and a UV filter, near to the sensitivity limit of the absolute radiometer. The largest deviation of method of comparing with the standard radiometer comes from different response wavelength, different receiving area between the standard radiometer and the test radiometer. Spectral irradiance method based on standard lamps is the principal traceability method of NIM tracing to the national spectral irradiance primary standard directly. This method was proved by international comparison of "Irradiance Responsivity of UVA Detectors APMP PR-S1". The comparison results showed that the consistency between the NIMs' value and the international reference one is the best among the seven participants. On the basis of the above theories and methods, the uncertainty of broadband ultraviolet irradiance standard under the defined conditions was cut down to 2.0% (k=1) from 10% (k=1).

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 November 2011
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8201, 2011 International Conference on Optical Instruments and Technology: Optoelectronic Measurement Technology and Systems, 82011M (30 November 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.905311
Show Author Affiliations
Caihong Dai, National Institute of Metrology (China)
Bo Huang, National Institute of Metrology (China)
Zhifeng Wu, National Institute of Metrology (China)
Huiquan OuYang, National Institute of Metrology (China)
Jialin Yu, National Institute of Metrology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8201:
2011 International Conference on Optical Instruments and Technology: Optoelectronic Measurement Technology and Systems
Xinyong Dong; Xiaoyi Bao; Perry Ping Shum; Tiegen Liu, Editor(s)

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