Infrared devices and techniques

Authored by: Antoni Rogalski , Krzysztof Chrzanowski

Handbook of Optoelectronics

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781482241785
eBook ISBN: 9781315157009
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Looking back over the past 1000 years, we notice that infrared (IR) radiation itself was unknown until 200 years ago when Herschel’s experiment with a thermometer was first reported. Herschel built a crude monochromator that used a thermometer as a detector so that he could measure the distribution of energy in sunlight [1]. Following the works of Kirchhoff, Stefan, Boltzmann, Wien, and Rayleigh, Max Planck culminated the effort with the well-known Planck’s law.

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