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Peter Lynch

Jan 1, 1970
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The plan is to build some sort of meter for measuring the UV light
from the sun. Now I'm not talking about UV-indexes or any sort of
medical/lab-quality measurements, just a hobby level goofing around
project.
I know that a normal LED can be used "backwards" as a detector, so
one option I'm considering is to use an ultraviolet LED, with emmissions
around 395 nm as the detector. I realise it will probably detect
normal light too, but hopefuly with a bit of experimentation using LEDs
of different colours I can take this into account.

Has anyone got any experience of this kind of thing and in particular
will a uv LED actually detect at long-uv wavelengths?

Pete
 
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Vladimir Dergachev

Jan 1, 1970
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Peter said:
The plan is to build some sort of meter for measuring the UV light
from the sun. Now I'm not talking about UV-indexes or any sort of
medical/lab-quality measurements, just a hobby level goofing around
project.
I know that a normal LED can be used "backwards" as a detector, so
one option I'm considering is to use an ultraviolet LED, with emmissions
around 395 nm as the detector. I realise it will probably detect
normal light too, but hopefuly with a bit of experimentation using LEDs
of different colours I can take this into account.

Has anyone got any experience of this kind of thing and in particular
will a uv LED actually detect at long-uv wavelengths?

I am not certain about that - myself, I would try using UV-sensitive
photodiode (they do make them).

I would also suggest getting two of the devices, hooking to the opposite
ends of a differential amplifier and blocking one with glass (which filters
UV).

best

Vladimir Dergachev
 
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