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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 1997
  • pp: 9117–9118

Pyroelectric Trap Detector for Spectral Responsivity Measurements

J.H. Lehman  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 36, Issue 34, pp. 9117-9118 (1997)

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We have designed and built a pyroelectric optical detector for use as a transfer standard for the calibration of optical power meters. The pyroelectric element is made from lithium tantalate (LiTaO3). Gold black is used as the optical absorber in a multiple reflection wedge-shaped trap structure, with a 5-mm diameter input aperture and an f/4 field-of-view. The detector’s spatial responsivity varies less than 1%. The responsivity as a function of wavelength varies less than 1% over a range from 0.45–1.55 µm and less than 4% from 1.55–10.6 µm. The measured noise equivalent power (NEP) is 5 × 10−8 W/Hz1/2. For this wavelength range and detector area, the measured NEP and spatial uniformity represents a significant improvement over comparable predecessors.

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J.H. Lehman, "Pyroelectric Trap Detector for Spectral Responsivity Measurements," Appl. Opt. 36, 9117-9118 (1997)

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