Choosing a Light Source

From UV to the IR, Pulsed or Continuous, Low to High power, Oriel Light Sources Have You Covered

Newport's Oriel® Instruments light source offerings are varied and significant. With so many options, it can be difficult to choose the best system for your application. For light source technical information, see the links below. For a summary of the major advantages of each type of light source see below. Also, don't hesitate to contact us to consult with our Light Sources specialists to ensure that you choose the right light source for your application.

What Type of Light Source Do I Need?

Ask yourself the following questions to help determine the type of light source required:

1) Do I need a continuous or a pulsed light source?

We have a large selection of pulsed light sources as well as UV to far-IR continuous sources. See the information below on what we offer.

2) What wavelength(s) or wavelength region do I need?

Using the information below you can match a light source to your wavelength requirements.

3) What output power do i need?

You can use the spectral irradiance curves for the lamps to help you calculate the output power from an Oriel light source. You may need to compare the results of of several light sources to get the desired power at the required wavelength(s), as a lamps input power is not directly correlated to output power.

Continuous (CW) Light Sources

Type Wavelength Range Features
LS-pg3-4a Deuterium Light Sources 160 to 400 nm
  • Light source with the lowest wavelength output
  • Preferred source for UV spectroscopy for best S/N
  • Smooth continuous UV spectrum
  • Negligible VIS-IR output
LS-pg4-40a Arc Lamp Sources 200 to 2500 nm
  • Produces highest irradiance of small targets
  • Has small, high irradiance arc
  • Intense UV output
  • Can simulate the solar spectrum
LS-pg7-44a Solar Simulators 400 to 1100 nm
  • Best match to natural sunlight
  • Compliant to content, uniformity, and stability standards
  • Used to test solar cells, sun screen, and materials for photo-stability
LS-pg5-14a Quartz Tungsten Halogen (QTH) Sources 240 to 2700 nm
  • Excellent stability
  • Ideal for radiometric and photometric applications
  • High total visible output
  • Easy and inexpensive to operate
FTIR Source and PS_1 Infrared Light Sources 700 nm to 25 µm
  • Excellent for IR spectroscopy
  • Models covering various IR regions
  • Long Life
laser and power supply HeNe Lasers 493 nm, 633 nm, 1.52 µm or 3.39 µm
  • Clean TEM00 mode
  • Low cost
  • Visible output is ideally suited for alignment
LS-pg2-7a-1 Calibration Sources Various
  • Easy to use tool for calibrating spectral instruments
  • Intense, discrete UV, VIS and NIR spectral lines
  • Highly stable long-term output
6916_mainFiber-Illum Fiber Optic Illuminators Various
  • Refractive optics for superior beam quality
  • Compact, economical and easy to operate
  • Deuterium, Arc, QTH lamps or IR elements

Spectral Irradiance Data

Spectral irradiance curves for our lamps and solar simulators can be found at their respective product family and product detail pages. See Using Spectral Irradiance Curves and Information on Spectral Irradiance Data for more information on how to use the curves, and how curve data was obtained.