Determining the shape of reflectance reference samples for curved surface reflectors

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Research units

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology
  • Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais


Foils made of different materials are often used as reflective insulators. Many manufacturers aim to accurately measure their optical properties to estimate and improve their performance. However, flat reflectance reference samples used in measurements do not correctly represent reflective insulators and cause discrepancies between different measurement techniques. The current work presents a method for modelling surface shape of appropriate reflectance reference samples that could be produced by additive manufacturing. The method is based on studying the reflection distribution of reflective insulators and is described with an example of aluminium foil. The method's performance is validated using Monte-Carlo simulations.


Original languageEnglish
Article number054010
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • additive manufacturing, curved surface, foil, Monte-Carlo, reference sample, reflectance, reflective insulators

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