Nonlinearity Measurements of High-Power Laser Detectors at NIST


We briefly explain the fundamentals of detector nonlinearity applicable to both electrical and optical nonlinearity measurements. We specifically discuss the attenuation method for optical nonlinearity measurement that the NIST system is based upon, and we review the possible sources of nonlinearity inherent to thermal detectors used with high-power lasers. We also describe, in detail, the NIST nonlinearity measurement system, in which detector responsivity can be measured at wavelengths of 1.06 µm and 10.6 µm, over a power range from 1 W to 1000 W. We present the data processing method used and show measurement results depicting both positive and negative nonlinear behavior. The expanded uncertainty of a typical NIST high-power laser detector calibration including nonlinearity characterization is about 1.3 %.

DOI: 10.6028/jres.109.030

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@inproceedings{Li2004NonlinearityMO, title={Nonlinearity Measurements of High-Power Laser Detectors at NIST}, author={Xiaoyu Li and Thomas R. Scott and Shao Yang and Chris Cromer and Marla L Dowell}, booktitle={Journal of research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology}, year={2004} }