MEMS Based Thermopile ST60
Laser Components has been working with Dexter Research Centre, a leading manufacturer of thermopile detectors, and we are pleased to announce the launch of a new MEMS based thermopile that can withstand operating temperatures of 300 degrees centigrade. Thermopile detectors are passive radiation sensing devices that require no bias or cooling and generate an output in the range of micro to millivolts.
The ST60 has an active area of 0.61 x 0.61mm2 and can be fitted with a low cost polysilicon resistor which is used as a positive temperature coefficient thermistor. To operate at these elevated temperatures requires careful choice of the materials used to construct the detector, one example of this is the Diamond Like Carbon coated silicon window.
The voltage produced is proportional to the temperature gradient between junctions and, unlike pyroelectric detectors, thermopiles are very low noise devices generating no 1/f or microphonic noise. Also, thermopile detectors provide a stable output for DC radiation up to a frequency limited by the time constant of the detector.
Applications include non-contact temperature measurements such as tympanic thermometers, automobile climate control and occupancy sensing, process temperature monitoring, household appliances, and radiometers, gas analysis in medical, automotive, and petroleum industries, hazard control including flame and explosion detection, horizon sensors for scientific and space, and applications.