Detection of ultraviolet B radiation with internal smartphone sensors.


Smartphones have the potential to monitor ultraviolet radiation within the terrestrial solar spectrum. Additionally, the ability to accurately estimate personal ultraviolet exposure using a smartphone may one day allow an individual control of their ultraviolet exposure. Previous studies have demonstrated the detection of ultraviolet A from 320 to 400 nm with a smartphone. However, the measurement of ultraviolet B from 280 to 320 nm is desirable to monitor biological effects such as erythema. No previous reports have been reported for the detection of ultraviolet B detection with a smartphone camera.

This study characterized the ultraviolet B response of smartphone cameras and shows that these devices detect this radiation without additional hardware. Three smartphones were tested in the ultraviolet B waveband for dark response, temperature response, irradiance response, and spectral response. The used protocols adhered to international standards where applicable. All characterized smartphones were sensitive to ultraviolet B radiation; however, each type provides a unique response.


Turner, J., Parisi, A.V., Igoe, D.P. and Amar, A., 2017. Detection of ultraviolet B radiation with internal smartphone sensors. Instrumentation Science & Technology, 45(6), pp.618-638.

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