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LCS-100 Solar Simulator, Manual Shutter Only
5 Weeks
94011A LCS-100 Solar Simulator, Manual Shutter Only
5 Weeks
LCS-100 Solar Simulator, Manual and Electronic Safety Shutter
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94011A-ES LCS-100 Solar Simulator, Manual and Electronic Safety Shutter
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Class A Solar Spectrum Match

The 94011A solar simulator meets Class A requirements for spectral match as shown.

Certification data from 94011A Solar Simulator showing the Class A spectral match.

Simplicity and Economy

Simplicity and economy were the design criteria for these Solar Simulators. The electronics are built into the lamp housing and are factory pre-set to run the lamp at the proper current and voltage – just power the system and ignite the lamp! There are no high voltage cables to connect, no power supply settings to optimize, and no optical alignments required. They operate a 100 W Xe lamp with integrated reflector. Replacement lamp assemblies simply drop in place with no lamp adjustment required.

AM1.5G Standard Filter

The LCS-100 models come standard wih an AM1.5G filter to meet the Class A Spectral Match specifications. An optional AM0 or AM Direct filter is available. Contact Newport Sales for additional information.

Spectral output of LCS-100 Solar Simulator with standard AM1.5G filter.

Adjusting the Output Irradiance

The LCS-100 series simulators have been factory certified to generate 1 Sun irradiance with an AM1.5G filter. The recommended way to increase or decrease the output intensity is to vary the distance between the sample and the simulator, which can easily be done by adjusting the simulator's positioning on the included optical rod assembly. Note, class ABB is certified only at the working distance of 7.0 inches (178 mm).

Manual or Electronic Shutter

We offer two models of LCS-100 Systems; both include a simple manual slide shutter to close off the beam for safety reasons. We also offer a model with an electronic shutter for external trigger applications. The shutter drive has an open/close switch and a TTL input. The rise/fall time of the shutter blade is ~0.l second, but there is a delay before the blade starts to close the shutter.

Optional Reference Cell

A calibrated reference cell is an integral part of solar simulator calibration and solar cell I-V characterization. The Oriel model 91150V consists of a readout meter and a 2 x 2 cm calibrated solar cell made of monocrystalline silicon. The cell is also equipped with a thermocouple assembled in accordance with IEC 60904-2. The certification is accredited by NIST to the ISO-17025 standard and is traceable both to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and to the International System of Units (SI). It reads solar simulator irradiance in "SUN" units; where one SUN is equal to 1000 W/m2 at 25 °C and AM 1.5G. The meter includes two connectors for analog outputs for the sun irradiance and the temperature.
We also offer reference cells with KG5 windows in place of the quartz window.

Mounting the LCS-100

Both models of the LCS-100 include an optical rod assembly for vertical translation of the instrument. These rod assemblies can be hard mounted to either an inch or metric optical table, breadboard or baseplate. Four mounting feet are included for customers who wish to remove the rod assembly and "sit" the simulator on a surface. For those customers who do not have the option of hard mounting the simulator to an optical surface, we recommend ordering the SA2-12 (Inch) or M-SA2-12 (metric) baseplate; these baseplates are 12 x 24 inch (304 x 610 mm). The SA2-12 has 1/4 - 20 holes on 1 inch centers; the M-SA2-12 has M6 holes on 25 mm centers.