17 January 2002 Effect of ambient temperature and internal relative humidity on spectral sensitivity of broadband UV detectors
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Abstract
Within the frame of the Austrian UV Monitoring Network, repeated recalibrations of Solar Light Sunburn Meters between December 1997 and March 2000 have shown significant temporal changes in the instruments' relative spectral response function as well as in their absolute calibration. Therefore, laboratory investigations of the effects of ambient temperature and internal relative humidity on the behavior of two Sunburn Meters have been performed. Despite internal temperature stabilization, both instruments show significant dependence of their spectral response function on ambient temperature. When the outside temperature of the detector's housing varies between 13 degree(s)C and 44 degree(s)C, spectral sensitivity changes by up to 10% in the UVB range and by up to a factor of 2 in the UVA range, depending on internal relative humidity. As a consequence, output voltage variations of 10% are observed when the detector is mounted in front of a 1000 W halogen lamp and its internal relative humidity is changed while its ambient temperature is kept constant. Whereas temperature effects take place within several hours, instabilities due to variations in internal relative humidity show typical time constants in the order of several days.
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Martin Huber, Mario Blumthaler, Josef Schreder, "Effect of ambient temperature and internal relative humidity on spectral sensitivity of broadband UV detectors", Proc. SPIE 4482, Ultraviolet Ground- and Space-based Measurements, Models, and Effects, (17 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.452917; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.452917
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