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Integrating Sphere, InGaAs, 1 µW to 3 W, Ø12 mm, 800-1700 nm
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  • Product Name
  • Type
    Divergent Beam
  • Sphere Size
    1.6 inch Inner Diameter
  • Aperture Size
    Ø12 mm
  • Detector Type
    InGaAs Photodiode
  • Spectral Range
    800-1700 nm
  • Minimum Power
    1 µW
  • Maximum Average Power
    3 W
  • Maximum Pulse Energy
    500 µJ
  • Maximum Average Power Density
    0.2 kW/cm²
  • Response Time
    0.2 s
  • Dimensions
    68 x 95 x 46 mm (LxWxD)
  • Cable Length
    1.5 m
  • CE Compliance
  • UKCA Compliance
  • China RoHS Compliance


Integrating Spheres for Divergent Light Sources

Integrating spheres are used when we have divergent light sources. As shown in the illustration, an integrating sphere has its inner surface coated with a surface that highly reflects (typically 99%) in a scattering, nonspecular way. Thus when a divergent beam hits the walls of the integrating sphere, the light is reflected and scattered many times until the light hitting any place on the walls of the sphere has the same intensity. 

A detector placed in the sphere thus gets the same intensity as anywhere else and the power the detector detects is thus proportional to the total incident power independent of the beam divergence. (The detector is so arranged that it only sees scattered light and not the incident beam). An ideal integrating sphere has a surface with reflective properties are Lambertian. This means that light incident on the surface is scattered uniformly in all directions in the 2pi steradians solid angle above the surface. The surface used by Ophir closely approximates a Lambertian surface.

Two Integrating Spheres in Series

The 3A-IS series has two 50 mm integrating spheres in series with a photodiode detector. The two series spheres scramble up the light very well thus giving output very independent of incident beam divergence angle. The two spheres in series also insure that the light hitting the detector is greatly reduced in intensity thus allowing use up to 3 Watts even though photodiodes saturate at about 1 mW. There are two models, the 3A-IS with a silicon photodiode for 400-1100 nm and the 3A-ISIRG with an InGaAs detector for 800-1700 nm.

Calibration Stability of 3A-IS Integrating Sphere Sensors

The Ophir integrating sphere sensors, models 3A-IS and 3A-IS-IRG have a white diffuse reflecting coating on the inside of the integrating sphere. The sensitivity of the sensor is quite sensitive to the reflectivity of the coating. If the coating absorption goes up 1%, it can cause a 5% change in reading. Therefore, care must be taken not to soil or damage the white coating of the sensors. Also it may be a good idea to send the sensors for recalibration yearly.

How to Measure Laser Power in Telecom Applications

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Measuring Beams Coming Out of A Fiber

When you need to measure a beam coming out of a fiber, there are some parameters that might have a somewhat different meaning than they do when referring to "regular" beam measurements. Missing some of these points could lead to incorrect measurement, and possible equipment damage. This video clarifies some issues you'll need to keep in mind so you can set up -- and perform -- this measurement correctly.

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