Calibration of Near-Infrared Detectors Using a Wavelength Tunable Light Source

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This paper presents the spectral responsivity calibrations of two indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) and one germanium based near-infrared photovoltaic detectors using a wavelength tunable laser source based on a supercontinuum laser developed at the Metrology Research Institute, Aalto University. The setup consists of a supercontinuum laser based on a photonic crystal fiber as the light source, a laser line tunable filter, and coupling optics. These responsivity calibrations are performed against a pyroelectric radiometer over a wide spectral range of 800–2000 nm. Our wavelength tunable laser source has a high spectral power up to 2.5 mW with a narrow spectral full-width-at-half-maximum of 3 nm at a wavelength of 1100 nm. Despite the sharp spectral intensity variations, no artifacts are observed in the spectral responsivities of the detectors. Comparison of the spectral responsivities of the InGaAs detectors measured using the wavelength tunable laser and the earlier calibrations performed at the Metrology Research Institute in 2010 and 2016, shows that the higher spectral power of wavelength tunable light source decreases the expanded uncertainty from approximately 4% to 2.2–2.6% over the spectral range of 820–1600 nm. Temperature dependence of the spectral responsivities near the band gap edges are also measured and analysed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-189
Number of pages7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed
EventJapan-Finland Joint Symposium on Optics in Engineering - Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
Duration: 26 Aug 201930 Aug 2019
Conference number: 13


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