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  • Vol. 35, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1996
  • pp: 78–83

Irradiances of spectral lines in mercury pencil lamps

Joseph Reader, Craig J. Sansonetti, and J. Mervin Bridges  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 35, Issue 1, pp. 78-83 (1996)

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The irradiances of 37 spectral lines emitted by mercury pencil-type lamps were measured by comparison with calibrated continuum sources. The lines span the region 230–590 nm. For the 14 most prominent lines the absolute irradiances should be useful for radiometric calibrations at an uncertainty level of ∼15% (95% confidence). The ratios of the irradiances for this same group of lines are significantly more reproducible; they should be useful at an uncertainty level of ∼10%.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: April 14, 1995
Revised Manuscript: August 1, 1995
Published: January 1, 1996

Joseph Reader, Craig J. Sansonetti, and J. Mervin Bridges, "Irradiances of spectral lines in mercury pencil lamps," Appl. Opt. 35, 78-83 (1996)

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