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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 2008
  • pp: 224–229

Radiometric characterization of ultrahigh radiance xenon short-arc discharge lamps

Doron Nakar, Asher Malul, Daniel Feuermann, and Jeffrey M. Gordon  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 2, pp. 224-229 (2008)

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Xenon short-arc discharge lamps exhibit ultrahigh radiance with substantial emission beyond the visible, primarily in the near infrared. Their radiance distributions are spatially and angularly inhomogeneous due to both the structure of the plasma arc and the infrared radiation from the electrodes. These characteristics are favorable for high-irradiance biomedical and high-temperature reactor applications that exploit both visible light and infrared radiation. For the affiliated optical designs, full-spectrum radiometry, rather than just visible photometry, is needed and not extensively available. We present experimental measurements for the spectral, spatial, and angular distributions of such 150 W lamps and relate the consequences for such novel applications.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5630) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Radiometry
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: July 30, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 18, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 30, 2007
Published: January 9, 2008

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Doron Nakar, Asher Malul, Daniel Feuermann, and Jeffrey M. Gordon, "Radiometric characterization of ultrahigh radiance xenon short-arc discharge lamps," Appl. Opt. 47, 224-229 (2008)

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