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Excellent Photodiode Linearity

These photodiodes show excellent linearity over a large dynamic range. This is ideal for use in applications that require high accuracy measurements down to the pW level, especially when combined with a high sensitivity power meter that can accommodate the large dynamic range of the optical signal.

Responsivity Variation over Temperature

A natural characteristic of a photodiode is for the its optical response to change as the temperature changes near the bandgap of semiconductor materials. Newport’s 918D series sensors feature a thermocouple near the photodiode, which allows certain Newport meters to read the temperature and automatically adjust the responsivity, ensuring the most accurate measurements.

Factors that Affect Maximum Measurable Power

The maximum measurable power of photodiode sensors is dependent on several factors such as the wavelength of incoming light, photodiode current output saturation, temperature, use of an attenuator and a power meter's maximum current input value. Newport provides maximum power specifications based on the power meter models, with and without an attenuator, and wavelength-dependent maximum power level. With these factors affecting measurable power in mind, choosing the proper detector for your application is critical.

Switchable OD3 Attenuation Filter with On/Off Sensor

These 818 Series wand-style photodiode sensors feature a built-in OD3 attenuation filter that is engaged with an On/Off switch. The OD3 attenuator when engaged can add up to 3 decades of power measurement range.

Wide Dynamic Range with OD3 Attenuator

The OD3 attenuators built in the housing extend the calibrated optical dynamic range of our detectors by three decades. Both the attenuator and detector have their serial number scribed on the part which, to maintain calibration, must match. Our attenuator design provides high damage threshold and spectral flatness. With the low noise equivalent power (NEP) associated with the photodiodes being used, a wider dynamic range is achieved. The clear aperture of the 884 Series attenuators is 10.3 mm.

NIST-traceable Sensor Calibration

Our calibrated photodiode sensors include a full spectral response calibration utilizing NIST-traceable standards calibrated with high-precision equipment maintained in Newport’s optical detector calibration facility. Tight calibration facility and process control allows the tightest calibration uncertainty in industry. Each detector is shipped with the calibration data, which is electronically stored inside the detector's EEPROM. A certificate of calibration as well as the actual calibration curves and data are shipped with each detector for attenuator and no attenuator models. To maintain accuracy and guarantee performance, Newport recommends annual photodiode detector calibration.

Detector calibration system block diagram.

Removable Calibration Module

The 818 series detectors include a BNC connector with a removable calibration module. The /DB suffix indicates a DB15-style calibration module that is directly compatible with Newport’s current power meters. Models with the /CM suffix, which include a legacy round 8-pin mini-DIN module and the BNC connector models, 818-xx, are no longer available. For older instruments that require no calibration module (BNC), we recommend that customers purchase 818-xx/DB and simply remove the DB15 calibration module. Please order the 818-SCAL-OPT when only a new calibration module is needed for the 818 Series photodiode detectors, without the need to recalibrate the detector.

Post-Mountable for Steady Positioning

The sensor can be placed in a fixed, steady position by mounting it on an optical post. Each wand detector includes 8-32 and M4 mounting holes on both sides of the device for versatility in placement within optical systems.

Clear Anodization for UV Detectors

Newport’s 918D-ST-UV and 818-ST2-UV/DB are offered in clear, anodized aluminum housings for maximum durability in harsh environments and to avoid laser burns, particularly in the UV range. The plastic materials in which many competitors' wand detectors are packaged are highly absorbent to high power laser beams, especially in the short UV wavelength range, potentially evaporating materials and causing damage to UV wavelength optical coatings.

Compatible Power Meters

Newport offers a comprehensive range of optical power meters from low cost, hand-held meters to the most advanced dual-channel benchtop meter available in the market. Presented here is a list of meters compatible with the 918D Series sensors. For more detailed information about our power meters, please see our Optical Power Meter Guide.

User Interface Touchscreen Advanced Advanced Simple Advanced Simple PMManager only
Measurement Modes Pwer,
Peak-to-Peak Power,
RMS Power,
Peak-to-Peak Power,
RMS Power,
Power Power,
Power Power
Analog Bandwidth Up to 200 kHz Up to 400 kHz Up to 20 kHz  15 Hz  15 Hz 15 Hz 
Data Storage 2 GB internal,
External USB memory size,
Via PMManager
250,000 pts internal Limited by USB memory size 843-R-USB: Via PMManager
843-R: None
Via PMManager
Measurement Rate per Second 10,000 10,000 20 15 15 15 
Trigger In/Out
Computer Interface USB
843-R-USB: USB
843-R: None

Only available with model 1830-R-GPIB

Additionally, please refer to Newport Power Meter and Detector Legacy and Compatibility for a complete list of meters that are compatible with this model.