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Characterization Setup
Model: HO-PDC-01

No detector has a constant spectral responsivity under all conditions of use. For instance, the responsivity of photodiode detectors falls off above a certain incident power level due to saturation effects. Full evaluation of a detector requires characterisation of such effects. This information allows the identification of the detector with the best performance for a particular application. Also, a detector to be used for calibration purposes should be fully characterised in order to evaluate the uncertainty of such calibrations.

In all cases the detector under test is compared with a standard detector of known spectral responsivity / quantum efficiency.

300F Monochromator is used to select a narrow wavelength band from a broad band quartz halogen lamp. Wavelength range of monochromator is between 200 - 2000 nm. The wavelength can readily be tuned continuously allowing measurement of spectral responsivity across the wavelength range for which the detector is used.

    Photocurrent measurement range :     0.1 nA to 1 A
    Bias voltage :     +15V to -15V
    Bias voltage step size :     100 mV
    Light Source :     50 W tungsten halogen lamp
    Monochromator type :     Czerny Turner with two holographic gratings and 2nd order filters
    Wavelength range :     350 nm to 1600 nm
    Maximum sample size :     50 mm
    Sample holder with manual three axis positioning using knobs
    Pogo pins or multimeter like probe tips to make contact with the sample
    Note : PC is not in the scope of supply

HOLMARC Model: HO-PDC-01 designed for characterisation / measurement of the following detector parameters:

Linearity range : This is the range of incident radiant power levels over which the detector output varies linearly with incident power. (Laser-based methods is used for measuring saturation threshold of a detector).

Spatial non-uniformity of response : The variation of responsivity across the active area of a detector is determined by scanning a small spot of radiation at a selected wavelength over the surface.

Noise Equivalent Power (NEP) : the incident radiant power at a specific wavelength and modulation frequency necessary to produce a signal-tonoise ratio of 1 at the detector output.

Temperature coefficient of response : the variation of responsivity with temperature

Detector shunt resistance : the slope of the current-voltage curve of a photovoltaic detector at zero-volt bias.

Spectral response of a photodiode

Solar cell response at different temperatures

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