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Old 07-13-2012, 07:32 AM #17
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Default Re: Question on combining beams and more!

if power density is the key to burning... is there really much of a difference between colors?

also, if there was and it was measurable/noticeable, then wouldn't that show up on LPMs? like if I got a multimeter calculated that something with a 'low power density' (to use the term) was using exactly 1W, and the same but with something with a 'high power density', wouldn't that show up as different readings on an LPM?


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Default Re: Question on combining beams and more!

Well a watt is a watt is a watt, but you first need to be able to absorb that light before you can do anything with it (i.e. convert it to heat). If you're not absorbing any light at a particular wavelength most of the light will simply be reflected away. So yes, the absorption spectrum (i.e. the "color") is important.

For LPMs, ideally the LPM will utilize a surface that will absorb all wavelengths equally. That's why the surfaces of thermopile-based LPMs have a black matte surface. The LPM should also be able to provide the same reading regardless of the power density. This can be facilitated by using a material that spreads out the absorbed heat, or with multiple sensors spread over a large area (which you integrate the output over). TEC-based LPMs use the latter approach. They read the same output regardless of the density of the energy because a large beam spot will cover multiple P-N contacts, while a smaller spot of the same power will affect few contacts but each will have an increased output. In that manner the reading will (ideally) be the same.
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Well a watt is a watt is a watt, but you first need to be able to absorb that light before you can do anything with it (i.e. convert it to heat). If you're not absorbing any light at a particular wavelength most of the light will simply be reflected away. So yes, the absorption spectrum (i.e. the "color") is important.

For LPMs, ideally the LPM will utilize a surface that will absorb all wavelengths equally. That's why the surfaces of thermopile-based LPMs have a black matte surface. The LPM should also be able to provide the same reading regardless of the power density. This can be facilitated by using a material that spreads out the absorbed heat, or with multiple sensors spread over a large area (which you integrate the output over). TEC-based LPMs use the latter approach. They read the same output regardless of the density of the energy because a large beam spot will cover multiple P-N contacts, while a smaller spot of the same power will affect few contacts but each will have an increased output. In that manner the reading will (ideally) be the same.
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65010 nanometer laser/6 led flashlight, <5 mW
red (I guess ~650, don't know how to test it) keychain laser/1 led flaslight, <3 mW
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