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The temperature of the outer housing has been measured with a Pt sensor and the temperature of the inner housing with the thermistor at the TS This temperature step has been realized by using the temperature control system. The change in the inner housing temperature over time can be fitted by using an exponential function. The outer housing temperature has been increased by about 0. Furthermore, the detector dark signal, which correlates with the temperature of the inner detector, and an exponential fit of the measurement of the inner housing temperature are depicted.

Based on this measurement, an effective thermal resistance R th of the isolation between outer and inner housing can be determined. The heat Q that has been flown into the inner detector housing at the time t i can be calculated by. The thermal resistance has been averaged over the time increments during the heating process:.

The calculation of the effective thermal resistance R th enables us to calculate the temperature increase in the inner detector housing due to received radiant power. Additionally, the detector is typically only exposed to radiation for a few minutes and not permanently. Therefore, it is not necessary to remove heat from the inner housing at these power levels, e. Furthermore, it is helpful to avoid an active temperature stabilization of the inner detector housing because the heat flow within the inner housing is then reduced to a minimum.

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Any heat flow through this housing would otherwise lead to temperature gradients and consequently to detector signals caused by temperature differences over the thermocouples. Additionally, the thermoelectric voltage U th of the TS has been measured during the temperature increase in the housing. This corresponds to a background signal sensitivity of about 0.

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Obviously, this sensitivity can be neglected considering that typical temperature fluctuations of the stabilized housing are less than 0. The measurement of the spectral responsivity of the thermopile detector TS has been repeated at a wavelength of As expected, the uncertainty contribution due to the detector noise has been reduced by the thermal stabilization of the thermopile detector.

The relative statistical uncertainty due to noise of the TS, of the radiant power, and of the cryogenic radiometer is about 0. This contribution can furthermore be reduced by repeating the measurement a convenient number of times. Additionally, the optimized housing is equipped with an aperture of the same size compared to the aperture of the cryogenic radiometer.

The effect of stray radiation on the measurement of the spectral responsivity is therefore reduced to a minimal level. The limiting contribution to the measurement uncertainty is now given by the uncertainty due to the measurement of the ZnSe window transmittances. The wavelength of the CO 2 laser is constrained to a certain number of laser lines around Assuming a wavelength uncertainty of 0. Furthermore, the wavelength uncertainty of the QCL is below 0. This specification of the QCL has been verified by using the tuneable radiation of this QCL for the measurement of the known transmission curve of a bandpass filter.

Finally, the wavelength uncertainty of the monochromatized radiation of the supercontinuum laser is below 0. The uncertainty contributions caused by the wavelength uncertainty can therefore be neglected. Finally, the combined relative standard uncertainty for the calibration of the spectral responsivity of the thermally stabilized TS against the cryogenic electrical substitution radiometer has been reduced from about 2.

It has to be mentioned that the relative standard uncertainty of the measurement of the window transmittance is much lower in the spectral range below 2. The interpolation of the spectral responsivity in the MIR will be improved based on these calibrations. This allows a deeper characterization of the slight increase in the spectral responsivity with increasing wavelength see Fig. The traceability of radiometric physical quantities to the International System of Units SI is realized by national metrology institutes like the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt by operating radiometric detector standards like cryogenic electrical substitution radiometers.

This traceability is furthermore important for SI traceable measurements in radiation thermometry or in photometry.

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Such a cryogenic electrical substitution radiometer facility at the PTB has recently been expanded for measurements in the MIR spectral range by implementation of additional mid-infrared laser radiation sources. The development of an optimized detector housing design for the TS significantly reduces the measurement uncertainty of the calibration of the spectral responsivity.

The instability of the TS is no longer the main contribution of the measurement uncertainty. The PTB will also characterize other types of mid-infrared detectors e. This work will also include semiconductor detectors which usually have much smaller sensitive areas in the MIR.

Furthermore, a new comparator facility will be built to calibrate customer detector devices with respect to their absolute and relative spectral responsivity traceable to the SI. All relevant measurement results are shown in the publication. However, the underlying measurement data are not publicly available and can be requested from the authors, if required.

DT contributed to characterization measurements of the detectors. TP and PM designed the temperature-stabilized detector housing and wrote the manuscript with contributions from all the authors. Adibekyan, A. Allison, R. Budzier, H. KGaA, Weinheim, Gottwald, A. Gutschwager, B.

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The theory goes on to dictate that wavelength does change, shortening by a proportion determined by the speed of the object relative to the observer. The lengthening is observable in the receding object's spectrum. Specifically, the emission lines of the light-absorbing and light-emitting gas of the object shift toward the longer-wavelength end of the spectrum. The light shift can be measured off the spectograph in terms of the absolute change of wavelength, i.

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Or the spectroscopic shift can be converted into the speed of the receeding object, and measured either in kilometers per second, or because on a galactic scale, speeds are so high as a proportion of the speed of light, e. Paul Dohrman's academic background is in physics and economics. He has professional experience as an educator, mortgage consultant, and casualty actuary. His interests include development economics, technology-based charities, and angel investing. About the Author. Photo Credits. The bottom panel shows a path that is made a half wavelength longer by moving the left-hand mirror a quarter wavelength further away, increasing the path difference by a half wavelength.

The result is the two beams are in opposition to each other at reassembly, and the recombined light intensity drops to zero clouds. Thus, as the spacing between the mirrors is adjusted, the observed light intensity cycles between reinforcement and cancellation as the number of wavelengths of path difference changes, and the observed intensity alternately peaks bright sun and dims dark clouds.

This behavior is called interference and the machine is called an interferometer. By counting fringes it is found how many wavelengths long the measured path is compared to the fixed leg. The length in wavelengths can be converted to a length in units of metres if the selected transition has a known frequency f.

By using sources of several wavelengths to generate sum and difference beat frequencies , absolute distance measurements become possible. This methodology for length determination requires a careful specification of the wavelength of the light used, and is one reason for employing a laser source where the wavelength can be held stable. Regardless of stability, however, the precise frequency of any source has linewidth limitations.

The measurement also requires careful specification of the medium in which the light propagates. A refractive index correction is made to relate the medium used to the reference vacuum, taken in SI units to be the classical vacuum. These refractive index corrections can be found more accurately by adding frequencies, for example, frequencies at which propagation is sensitive to the presence of water vapor. This way non-ideal contributions to the refractive index can be measured and corrected for at another frequency using established theoretical models.

It may be noted again, by way of contrast, that the transit-time measurement of length is independent of any knowledge of the source frequency, except for a possible dependence of the correction relating the measurement medium to the reference medium of classical vacuum, which may indeed depend on the frequency of the source. Where a pulse train or some other wave-shaping is used, a range of frequencies may be involved. For small objects, different methods are used that also depend upon determining size in units of wavelengths. For instance, in the case of a crystal, atomic spacings can be determined using X-ray diffraction.

Similar techniques can provide the dimensions of small structures repeated in large periodic arrays like a diffraction grating. Such measurements allow the calibration of electron microscopes , extending measurement capabilities.