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What are the functions of an integrating sphere?

It is possible to quantify the strength of laser light and the total amount of light emitted by lamps using integrating spheres, which are hollow spherical cavities with a highly reflecting and white covering. Cosine correctors and lenses are similar in that they are simply optics; but, in order for them to function, they must be linked to and calibrated with a detector such as an integrating sphere.

In order to conduct a measurement, a light source (the sample) is either positioned in front of the sphere opening (2°) to make an irradiance measurement or placed within the integrating sphere (4°) to collect the total radiant flux (see figure). Light rays will bounce off the reflective coating several times in each of these measurement settings, resulting in an uniform light distribution across the whole integrating sphere. Similarly to a spectroradiometers, when a tiny portion of light is reflected and recorded by a detector, this is called a baffle reflectance.


Baffling is critical because light entering an integrating sphere should not directly hit either the detector or a specific point on that sphere’s interior where direct reflectance is being gathered by the detector. Most integrating sphere designs use baffles to help them accomplish this goal. Because the integrating sphere is not a precisely formed spherical cavity when using baffles, this may lead to errors. In an integrating sphere, it makes logical to employ as few baffles and ports as possible.

Coatings that Reflect Light

Reflectance and durability should be addressed when choosing a reflective coating for an integrating sphere. To guarantee that all wavelengths of light entering the sphere are reflected, all components, including the baffles, should be coated with a highly reflective and diffuse substance. The sphere should be coated with a more durable, washable material if it will be used in environments where it is likely to accumulate dirt or dust. Dirt and dust must be avoided since they absorb light and may alter the reflectance of certain wavelengths.


Lighting flux measurement, which makes use of an optically transparent integrating sphere, is another use. The diameters of the integrating spheres used for these applications may range from a few centimetres to several metres. Large light sources usually dictate how big an integrating sphere should be. Because of their greater surface area, bigger spheres usually provide better homogeneity. It’s possible to get important spectrum characteristics including the dominant wavelength, chromaticity, and spectral power distribution from an integrating sphere when used in combination with a spectrometer

It is possible to integrate laser beams or other extremely divergent sources, such as laser diodes, using an integrating sphere. The signal at the detector is unaffected by a broad variety of incidence angles spread over a vast area. LISUN has the best collection of integrating spheres.

An integrating sphere, like a cosine corrector, is an excellent tool for determining irradiance. When an integrating sphere source’s output aperture is constructed properly, it may provide a diffuse and Lambertian light source that is almost ideal regardless of the viewing angle. When the light source is outside the integrating sphere, the measurement is referred to as a 2-pi.

Reflection and transmission measurements of materials are two more uses for integrating spheres. For materials like glass used in greenhouses, these measurements provide precise spectrum information.

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