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The U.S. Army Program For Improving Near-Millimeter Wave Power And Energy Standards
Author(s): M. L. Fecteau
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we describe the US Army Metrology and Calibration Center's (USAMCC's) efforts to obtain about a five-fold improvement in the accuracy of power and energy standards for the Far Infrared (FIR) spectral region, 0.1-1.2 mm. Total uncertainties for most FIR calibrations are placed at ± 25% or worse, with no traceability to National Standards. Our goal is to establish, by the end of 1981, FIR reference standards with assigned uncertainties approaching ± 5%, directly traceable to infrared standards maintained by the US National Bureau of Standards (NBS). At that time, we also expect to initiate measurement and calibration services for the Army and other Department of Defense (DOD) agencies. To date, our program has resulted in the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the national standards laboratory of England, delivering to us a British power meter calibrated with an overall uncertainty of ± 11%. This recent NPL effort represents the latest state-of-the-art for FIR calibrations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 1981
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0259, Millimeter Optics, (27 February 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959639
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M. L. Fecteau, U.S. Army Metrology and Calibration Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0259:
Millimeter Optics
George A. Tanton, Editor(s)

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