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Internally baffled integrating sphere cosine collector
Author(s): Blake G. Crowther; Kurtis J. Thome; Stuart F. Biggar; Charles J. Burkhart
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Paper Abstract

Cosine collector designs based on internally baffled integrating spheres have been difficult to evaluate in the past due to the expense and difficulty of building the spheres and measuring their angular response. A Monte Carlo model has been developed that enables integrating sphere designs to be evaluated relatively quickly and efficiently. The model was applied to an integrating sphere employing an internal conical baffle. The angular response and overall throughput of the sphere as predicted by the model are presented and discussed. Construction of the sphere was recently completed and the relative angular response was measured in the field. A solar radiometer was used to determine the solar irradiance at the entrance aperture of the sphere, enabling the response of the sphere to be found as a function of the solar zenith angle. Results of the measurement are presented and compared with the model results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 1997
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3117, Earth Observing Systems II, (18 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.283811
Show Author Affiliations
Blake G. Crowther, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona and Hughes Missile Systems Co. (United States)
Kurtis J. Thome, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Stuart F. Biggar, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Charles J. Burkhart, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3117:
Earth Observing Systems II
William L. Barnes, Editor(s)

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