Microlux detector for low-level light measurement

March 3, 2009
A new photometric detector has a large-diameter front lens for high sensitivity illuminance measurement.

The VL-6000 photometric detector has a large-diameter front lens for high-sensitivity illuminance measurement. It uses a large-area low-noise silicon photodiode with a precise photometric correction filter and front barrel housing a 50-mm-diameter achromatic-corrected lens. In combination with a single or multichannel optometer, illuminance resolution is less than 1 microlux (50 µlx with a signal to noise ratio of 50).
Gigahertz-Optik, Newburyport, MA
www.gigahertz-optic.com


PRESS RELEASE
MICROLUX DETECTOR FOR LOW LEVEL LIGHT MEASUREMENT
A new photometric detector with a large diameter front lens for high sensitivity illuminance measurement has been developed by Gigahertz-Optik for night vision applications, sleep studies, sky light simulation, zoological night habit studies and general low light level photometry.

The VL-6000 employs a large area low noise Silicon photodiode with a precise photometric correction filter (f1' less than 5%) and front barrel housing a 50-mm-diameter achromatic corrected lens.
In combination with a Gigahertz-Optik single or multichannel optometer illuminance resolution is less than 1 microlux (50 μlx with a signal to noise ratio of 50). For comparison, starlight illuminance is about one millilux.

Certification of absolute calibration in amperes/lux (typical sensitivity 477nA/lx) including relative spectral responsivity plot is supplied for each detector. Optional calibration in cd/m² for luminance measurements (typical luminance sensitivity 0.3 nA/cd/m²) is also available. The VL-6000 field of view is 1.72 degrees.

The VL-6000 Detector price is $2460 including calibration.

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