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16 February 2005 NICOLAU: compact unit for photometric characterization of automotive lighting from near-field measurements
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Proceedings Volume 5663, Photonics in the Automobile; (2005)
Event: European Workshop on Photonics in the Automobile, 2004, Geneva, Switzerland
The present works depicts a measurement technique intended to enhance the characterization procedures of the photometric emissions of automotive headlamps, with potential applications to any light source emission, either automotive or non-automotive. A CCD array with a precisely characterized optical system is used for sampling the luminance field of the headlamp just a few centimetres in front of it, by combining deflectometric techniques (yielding the direction of the light beams) and photometric techniques (yielding the energy travelling in each direction). The CCD array scans the measurement plane using a self-developed mechanical unit and electronics, and then image-processing techniques are used for obtaining the photometric behaviour of the headlamp in any given plane, in particular in the plane and positions required by current normative, but also on the road, on traffic signs, etc. An overview of the construction of the system, of the considered principle of measurement, and of the main calibrations performed on the unit is presented. First results concerning relative measurements are presented compared both to reference data from a photometric tunnel and from a plane placed 5m away from the source. Preliminary results for the absolute photometric calibration of the system are also presented for different illumination beams of different headlamps (driving and passing beam).
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Santiago Royo, Maria Jesus Arranz, Josep Arasa, Michel Cattoen, and Thierry Bosch "NICOLAU: compact unit for photometric characterization of automotive lighting from near-field measurements", Proc. SPIE 5663, Photonics in the Automobile, (16 February 2005);


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