A method for the determination of the effective measurement plane of spectroradiometer diffusers at various wavelength regions is described. The method is based on the inverse-square law of the distance dependence of the measured signal. The scheme is tested with three planar and one dome-shaped spectroradiometer diffuser at four wavelength bands. The distance offsets of the diffusers determined in the UVA region are from 0 mm to 2.1 mm for the planar diffusers and 6.4 mm for the dome diffuser, whereas the corresponding values in the NIR region are from 0 mm to 7.7 mm and 8.2 mm.
The uncertainties of the measured reference plane positions of the diffusers are estimated to be 0.3 mm. If the reference plane position is not properly taken into account in calibration measurements with lamps, large systematic errors may appear when measuring radiation from distant sources. We also investigate the wavelength dependence of the angular responsivity of the diffusers. A clear correlation appears between the wavelength dependences of the distance offsets and the angular responsivity curves.
Manninen, P., Hovila, J., Seppälä, L., Kärhä, P., Ylianttila, L. and Ikonen, E., 2006. Determination of distance offsets of diffusers for accurate radiometric measurements. Metrologia, 43(2), p.S120.
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