Absolute optical calibration using a simple tungsten light bulb: Experiment

Kosch, M. J. and Mäkinen, S. and Sigernes, F. and Harang, O. (2003) Absolute optical calibration using a simple tungsten light bulb: Experiment. In: Proceedings of the 30th Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods, 1900-01-01.

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Abstract

Absolute spectral intensity calibration of optical detectors has always been difficult. Up to now it was only possible through the use of expensive sources, which are cross-calibrated against national standards. At the 28AM optical meeting, a simple theoretical approach to absolute optical calibrations was described using any ordinary tungsten light bulb [1]. A key element of the theory is transforming tungsten into its equivalent blackbody radiator. This permits direct application of Stefan-Bolzmann’s and Planck’s formulas of radiation. The theory has been tested by comparing three household tungsten light bulbs with a calibrated source at several wavelengths typically used in auroral research. The results of this experiment are most encouraging.

Item Type: Contribution to Conference (Other)
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 30th Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 6736
Deposited By: ep_importer_dcs
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2008 15:57
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2019 00:11
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6736

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