A High-Performance Spectrometer with Two Spectral Channels Sharing the Same BSI-CMOS Detector

Kai Yan Zang, Yuan Yao, Er Tao Hu, An Qing Jiang, Yu Xiang Zheng, Song You Wang, Hai Bin Zhao, Yue Mei Yang, Osamu Yoshie, Young Pak Lee, David W. Lynch, Liang Yao Chen*

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Optical spectrometers play an important role in modern scientific research. In this work, we present a two-channel spectrometer with a pixel resolution of better than 0.1 nm/pixel in the wavelength range of 200 to 950 nm and an acquisition speed of approximately 25 spectra per second. The spectrometer reaches a high k factor which characterizes the spectral performance of the spectrometer as k = (working wavelength region)/(pixel resolution) = 7500. Instead of using mechanical moving parts in traditional designs, the spectrometer consists of 8 integrated sub-gratings for diffracting and imaging two sets of 4-folded spectra on the upper and lower parts, respectively, of the focal plane of a two-dimensional backside-illuminated complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (BSI-CMOS) array detector, which shows a high peak quantum efficiency of approximately 90% at 400 nm. In addition to the advantage of being cost-effective, the compact design of the spectrometer makes it advantageous for applications in which it is desirable to use the same two-dimensional array detector to simultaneously measure multiple spectra under precisely the same working conditions to reduce environmental effects. The performance of the finished spectrometer is tested and confirmed with an Hg-Ar lamp.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12660
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 1

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