Measurement Systems and Calibrations for UV Radiation

Article by Dr. Ðenan KONJHODŽIĆ

The system best suited for UV measurements consists of a high-precision spectroradiometer with stray light correction and irradiance probes or PTFE coated integrating spheres for total radiant flux measurements. However, the reliable and traceable calibration of the system is the challenging factor. So far, no national metrological institute has been able to offer a reference standard for the total radiant flux in the UV-B and UV-C spectral region. Therefore, we have realized traceable UV LED calibration standards that complete the measurement system for UV radiation presented here.

The UV LED calibration standards were developed for the typical peak wavelengths of 280 nm (UV-C), 305 nm (UV-8) and 365 nm (UV-A). The traceability of the radiant flux is ensured by the precise calibration of the spectroradiometer with the irradiance probe and a subsequent integrative measurement using a goniospectroradiometer. Such UV LED calibration standards can be used for monitoring and for absolute calibration of UV measurement equipment consisting of the stray light corrected spectroradiometer and the integrating sphere. The largest contribution to the measurement uncertainties of the systems containing integrating spheres is the fluorescence of the reflective material. A special manufacturing procedure with optically pure Polytetrafluorethylen (PTFE) enabled us to produce new integrating spheres with permanently low fluorescence.

published in LED professional Review 5/21