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    Default Science surplus spectrometer calibration help needed.

    So, I bought a science surplus spectrometer a few weeks ago and finally got to calibrating it. It has a 1800 l/mm grating installed. For calibration I used a used a mercury vapor black light lamp, 175W mercury vapor lamp, 532nm green laser and a red HeNe.

    After recording the pixel number of light sources listed above I fit the numbers to a 3rd degree polynomial. This equation generates the coefficients the software needs to convert the ccd pixel number to wavelength.

    Everything looks good so far. I tested the spectrometer with the 532 laser and the HeNe. Dead on. Next I checked with the blacklight bulb. The Uv spectrum is just slightly off a few nanometers. Close enough to get started I thought. First I checked the WL of a cheap red pointer... 660nm. Good! I'm thinking I must be close. Next, I checked one of the new 465 diodes. This came in at around 446nm. Certainly not right. The lower end must be off enough to cause this I though. Moved on to a g71 diode. This thing measured around 624nm. Thats not right! hooked up a oclaro 700mw red. Same thing 624nm. This should be higher than the HeNe. Hmmm..

    Ok, so next I reset the software to read pixel number again. I measured the HeNe as a known baseline then shone the Oclaro diode on the fiber input at the same time. It is showing a lower pixel number than the HeNe. How is this? The cheap red pointer also shows a lower pixel number.

    At this point I am confused. I haven't opened the unit up yet. Maybe another diffracted order is bouncing off something. But then the CCD would show two lines at once.

    Help....

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    They need to be aligned... Check out Wolfgang's site for information: http://hololaser.kwaoo.me/electronics/spectrometer.html

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    Default link to download BWtek spectrometer alignment information

    Here is where to download the information to align the BWTEK spectrometers. These were sold on ebay from science-surplus.

    http://www.science-surplus.com/produ...edirects=0&d=1

    I have one too, but have yet to align it.

    -G

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    Thanks for the links.

    I think I will try to calibrate the longest wavelength to a 660nm diode as this would be the lowest freq I should need.

    Currently the laser lines look very symmetrical and the curve fit to the wavelengths I used is only slightly curved. Im still scratching my head as to why the laser diode reads lower nm than the HeNe?

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