Radiometry and photometry (Light and illumination)

B. Ralph Chou, MSc, OD

Course outline

  1. Introduction to radiometry and photometry
    • The candela
    • The Relationship between Radiometry and Photometry
  2. Terminology and units
    • Radiometric
    • Photometric
  3. Radiation detectors
    • Detector characteristics
    • Photodiodes
    • Photomultiplier tubes
    • Pyrometers
    • Thermocouples
    • Charge coupled devices (CCDs)
  4. Spectrophotometry and spectroradiometry
    • Principles of operation
    • Low transmittance samples
    • Applications
  5. Principles of colorimetry
    • Human colour vision
    • CIE colorimetry System
    • Colour temperature
  6. Harmful effects of optical radiation on the eye and skin
    • Fundamental processes of tissue damage
    • Acute & Chronic effects
    • Occupational exposure limits
  7. Fundamentals of laser safety
    • Laser characteristics
    • Eye and skin hazards
    • ANSI laser hazard classification
    • Exposure calculations
    • Safety controls
    • Designing a laser safety programme