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Pyroelectric Detectors
Unlike the thermocouple or bolometer, the pyroelectric infrared detector is a current source with an output proportional to the rate of change of its temperature. Capable of extremely rapid response and an insensitivity to DC effects, it is widely used in radiometric systems from industrial temperature measuring systems to environmental satellite instruments and in the analysis of infrared lasers.
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  • detector 1. A device designed to convert the energy of incident radiation into another form for the determination of the presence of the radiation. The device may function by electrical, photographic or visual means. 2. A device that provides an electric...
  • pyroelectric infrared detector Unlike the thermocouple or bolometer, the pyroelectric infrared detector is a current source with an output proportional to the rate of change of its temperature. Capable of extremely rapid response and an insensitivity to DC effects, it is widely...