Friday, September 14, 2012

Nichia 365nm flashlight: Beam Homogenizer for reflected UV photography and UV induced visible fluorescence

Today, after having previously shown the Nichia based NC4U133 (365nm) / NC4U134 (385nm) systems and my newest High Power UV LED Radiation System with easily exchangeable radiation heads for nominal wavelength of 365nm, 385nm, 395nm, 400nm and 405nm using the most modern 40W UV LEDs, I present something much easier: a simple beam homogenizing solution for the meanwhile quite commom 365nm Nichia flashlights which use the single dice NCSU033A and NCSU033B chips.

After a long search I finally located a specifically designed beam homogenizing solution that sufficiently transmits UV and allows to generate a quite even radiation field, which is beneficial to have, especially for photography which usually requires even illumination of the target.

I have also tested it working with the newer 4 dice Nichia NC4U133 (365nm) and NC4U134 (385nm) chips, but those are not used for portable flashlights yet as far as I know.

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Radiation field without homogenizing solution: 

Radiation field with homogenizing solution: 

Transmission of the homogenizing solution in use:

Theses simple flashlights are useful for different applications, such as stimulating visible fluorescence, reflected UV photography, forensic, dermatological and detal examinations and photographic recording, curing of UV glue / bonding, as well as leakage detection etc.

Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site