Santa Barbara Infrared’s Infinity Series of Differential Blackbodies (DB Series) are designed to support the most critical IR testing requirements. The Infinity blackbodies offer the best performance available. Fast, stable, uniform, accurate and reliable, these blackbody systems provide performance enhancements and features that set them apart from previously available systems.
A key feature is the new iProbe from SBIR. This intelligent temperature sensor is calibrated independently of the blackbody system. To re-calibrate the system you need only exchange the probe with a recently calibrated one. No special equipment is required thus minimizing downtime. Additionally, an optional new ultra-black surface coating – VANTABlack®-S – can be applied to the source plate providing unprecedented emissivity on a flat plate blackbody system.
Our blackbody radiation sources are designed for use as flood sources for non-uniformity correction or sensor calibration, and as differential sources for MRT, MTF, SiTF and other standard IR sensor characterization tests.
The iProbe from SBIR is an intelligent temperature sensor that is calibrated independently of the blackbody system. To re-calibrate the system you need only exchange the probe with a recently calibrated one. No special equipment is required thus minimizing downtime.
Ultra-stable, highly responsive iProbes are used to provide very precise control and accurate system performance. The iProbes are calibrated to an accuracy of 0.010ºC. System uncertainty including calibration and stability is +/- 0.01ºC or +/- 0.1% of set delta T whichever is greater.
The Infinity blackbody incorporates design and construction features that maximize spatial uniformity and minimize convection influences resulting in typical surface uniformity of > 98% of set differential temperature or 0.010ºC, whichever is greater over 90% of the emitting surface area.
A surface treatment is used to create a spectrally flat emissivity of > 0.970 (3µm to 5.5µm), > 0.950 (8µm to 14µm)
Milli-Kelvin Temperature Stability
SBIR has developed unique temperature measurement and analog-to-digital conversion circuitry with integrated control logic that results in extremely responsive temperature control. True set point and precise milli-kelvin control have been achieved allowing for precision testing at contrast levels of 1 milli-kelvin.
LabVIEW Driver Support
SBIR Infinity blackbodies and integrating spheres can be easily incorporated into your LabVIEW application routines.
The 19″ 2U rack mountable controller features a touch screen display and supports remote computer control over Ethernet and optional IEEE-488 (GPIB) or RS-232 interfaces.
Automatic Radiometric Compensation (Optional Upgrade)
Attenuation caused by optics, differences in emissivity, ambient temperature change, and waveband of interest may result in reduced radiometric accuracy. When operating the controller in the radiometric mode, compensation for these factors is automatically applied, adjusting the blackbody as required to produce the correct radiometric output. This option includes a probe block and temperature sensor for accurate ambient temperature measurement.
IRWindows™ Advanced EO Test and Analysis Tool (Optional Upgrade)
The Infinity Series is optimized for seamless integration with the SBIR’s IRWindows™4 test system. IRWindows™4 is an advanced software tool that automates the setup, execution, data collection and results analysis for industry standard performance testing of infrared, visible and laser sensor systems.
The Infinity Differential Blackbody system includes a temperature controller (19” rack mount or desktop configuration), blackbody head, interconnect cable, power cable and manual. The blackbody heads are available with emitting surface sizes including 4”, 6”, 8” and 12” square. Standard and optional temperature ranges can be viewed in the Specifications section.
VANTABlack®-S High Emissivity
An optional coating utilizing VANTABlack®-S can be applied to the source plate providing unprecedented blackbody emissivity in both the MWIR and LWIR. MWIR emissivity is greater than 99.8% +/-0.1% and LWIR emissivity is greater than 99.5% +/-0.15%. SBIR now offers the Vantablack coating on blackbody applications worldwide under an exclusive licensing agreement with the manufacturer of this exciting proprietary treatment.
All Infinity systems come with ethernet communication. In addition, IEEE-488(GPIB) and RS-232 communication channels are also included for remote computer control of all blackbody, calibration, illuminator and target wheel functions.
Radiometric Differential Temperature
Radiometric differential temperature accuracy is enhanced with this feature by accounting for error due to optical attenuation background temperature differences and non-unity emissivity. This option includes a probe block and temperature sensor for accurate ambient temperature measurement.
Many standard and custom infrared targets are available. These targets can be supplied with either emissive or reflective coatings. See the Target section for details.
Target Wheels & Illuminators
Multiple targets can be rapidly and precisely positioned in front of the blackbody. Target position can be set from the front panel of the controller or via the computer interface. For details on the full line of target wheels with optional illuminators see SBIR’s Target Wheel section.
The blackbody controller is designed for bench-top or standard 19 inch rack use. Rack mounting ears come standard with the instrument. A rack slide kit is also available.
IRWindows™ Advanced E-O Test and Analysis Tool
The Infinity Series is also optimized for seamless integration with the SBIR’s IRWindows™4 test system. IRWindows™4 is an advanced software tool that automates the setup, execution, data collection and results analysis for industry standard performance testing of infrared, visible and laser sensor systems.
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|Available Sizes||4”, 6”, 8”, 12”|
|Standard Temperature Range A||-25ºC to +75ºC ΔT, 0ºC to 100ºC Absolute|
|Optional Range B||-25ºC to +150ºC ΔT, 0ºC to 175ºC Absolute|
|Optional Range C1||-20ºC to +75ºC ΔT, -40ºC to +100 Absolute|
|Optional Range D1||-20ºC to +150ºC ΔT, -40ºC to +175 Absolute|
|Emissivity (Average)||> 0.970 (3µm to 5.5µm), > 0.950 (8µm to 14µm)|
|Uniformity||>98% of Tset – Tambient or 0.010ºC whichever is greater, over 90% of the emitting surface area|
|Absolute Accuracy||±0.010ºC for 0ºC<T<50ºC or ±0.0005 (T-25) elsewhere|
|Differential Accuracy||±√[(T1 error)2+(T2 error)2] where error is ±0.010ºC
for 0ºC<T<50ºC and ±(T-25)(0.0005) elsewhere
|Stability||σT≤0.001ºC (0ºC to 50ºC), σT≤0.002ºC (-40ºC to 0ºC and 50ºC to 100ºC),
σT≤0.003ºC (110ºC to 175ºC)
|Display Resolution||0.001ºC or 0.0001ºC|
|Ready Indicator Selectable||±0.001ºC to ±5.000ºC|
|Approximate Heating Rate||+0.40ºC/sec. at 25ºC|
|Approximate Cooling Rate||-0.20ºC/sec. at 25ºC|
|Settling Time||<45 seconds|
|Operating Temperature||0˚C to 50˚C|
|Storage Temperature||-20˚C to 70˚C|
|Relative Humidity||5% to 95%, non-condensing|
|Power Requirements||100-120/220-240 VAC at 60/50Hz|
|Maximum Power Consumption||850W-1600W depending on size and temperature range|
|Approximate Blackbody Weight||DB-04—15 lbs., DB-06—25.0 lbs., DB-08—40.0 lbs., DB-12—50 lbs.|
|Approximate Controller Weight||15.0 lbs.|
1. For use in a thermal chamber from (-20˚C thru +50˚C ambient)
2. Slew rate for 4” model shown. Slew rates vary depending on blackbody size and environmental conditions
* Specifications subject to change without prior notice
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DB Series, DDB Series & EX Series 3D models for download:
SBIR classifies blackbody model numbers based on six different features that a customer can choose from. Features include blackbody size, temperature range, country’s power cable type, specified cable length, communications interface options and configuration option.
For example, a DB Series blackbody with a temperature range of 0ºC to +100ºC, 115/60 Hz US country’s input voltage, 10 foot cable length, IEEE 488 GPIB communication interface and a target support plate for mounting stand-alone targets has the following part number: DB-04-A-L-10-EGS-P
A DB Series 4 inch blackbody with VANTABlack®-S high emissivity coating, a temperature range of 0ºC to +100ºC, 115/60 Hz US country’s input voltage, 10 foot cable length, IEEE-488 GPIB communication interface and a target support plate for mounting stand-alone targets has the following part number: DB-04H-A-L-10-EGS-P
• Differential Blackbody: DB
• Differential Blackbody Size: 04″, 06″, 08″ or 12″
• Temperature Range:
- A = -25ºC to 75ºC ΔT, 0ºC to 100ºC Absolute
- B = -25ºC to 150ºC ΔT, 0ºC to 175ºC Absolute
- C1 = -20ºC to 75ºC ΔT, -40ºC to 100ºC Absolute
- D1= -20ºC to 150ºC ΔT, -40ºC to 175ºC Absolute
• Power Cable :
- H- Europe (Germany, Netherlands, France, Sweden), South Korea & Turkey
I- Australia & China
J- UK & Ireland
L- US & Japan
M- India & South Africa
• Cable Length: 10 ft., 25 ft., 50 ft.
• Interface Options:
- EGS- Ethernet, IEEE-488 GPIB and RS-232
• Target Probe Options:
- P- Target Support Plate
- Q- No Target Support Plate
- R- Radiometric Compensation
- For use in a thermal chamber from (-20ºC thru +50ºC ambient)
Please contact the SBIR sales team at (805) 965-3669 or firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure the proper part number and to receive a quotation.
Information subject to change without notice.