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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2014
  • pp: 1089–1093

Argon mini-arc meets its match: use of a laser-driven plasma source in ultraviolet-detector calibrations

Uwe Arp, Robert Vest, Jeanne Houston, and Thomas Lucatorto  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 6, pp. 1089-1093 (2014)

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology operates two spectral comparator facilities, both of which are used to provide detector calibrations from the ultraviolet to the near-infrared spectral range. One, the Ultraviolet Spectral Comparator Facility (UV SCF), has been in operation for more than two decades, providing one of the core calibration services. Recently, the illumination source used in the UV SCF has been changed from an argon mini-arc source to a laser-driven plasma light source. This new source has higher brightness, a smaller source size, better temporal stability, and much better conversion efficiency than the previous source. The improvements in the capabilities are summarized.

OCIS Codes
(040.5160) Detectors : Photodetectors
(040.7190) Detectors : Ultraviolet
(120.5630) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Radiometry

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: December 19, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 15, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 16, 2014
Published: February 13, 2014

Uwe Arp, Robert Vest, Jeanne Houston, and Thomas Lucatorto, "Argon mini-arc meets its match: use of a laser-driven plasma source in ultraviolet-detector calibrations," Appl. Opt. 53, 1089-1093 (2014)

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