A laboratory facility for characterizing biological dosimeters for the measurement of UV radiation has been built and tested. The facility is based on a solar simulator, stabilized by photofeedback, and monitored by a spectroradiometer, with a versatile filter arrangement. This enables the following characteristics of the dosimeters to be ascertained: spectral response, linearity, and reciprocity; angular acceptance and response; calibration in simulated sunlight. The system has been tested on a variety of dosimeters and has the potential to be used with other radiometers, subject currently to the size of their active surface.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 13, 1999
Revised Manuscript: February 11, 2000
Published: June 1, 2000
David Bolsée, Ann R. Webb, Didier Gillotay, Birgit Dörschel, Peter Knuschke, Andreas Krins, and Irina Terenetskaya, "Laboratory facilities and recommendations for the characterization of biological ultraviolet dosimeters," Appl. Opt. 39, 2813-2822 (2000)