Custom Capabilities

Highly Collimated Solar Simulators

  • Collimation angles as small as 0.35° half angle
  • AM0, AM1.5G, and other spectral matches available
  • Target areas up to 70 cm or more
  • Highly uniform irradiance on target plane available

We specialize in highly collimated solar simulators with beams that closely match the solar divergence. With our special optical and mechanical design team, we can achieve the smallest possible divergence angle required for your research purposes, designed to fit your space.

Additional Information

Applications:
  • Aerospace research
  • Concentrated photovoltaic testing
  • Solar disc simulation (requiring a close match to the angular diameter of the sun as observed from earth)
Available Features and Accessories:
  • Different irradiance spectra (AM0, AM1.0D, AM1.5G etc.)
  • Various additional spectral characteristics and distributions
  • Highly uniform irradiance over the illumination area
  • Various illumination areas

Success Stories

Highly collimated solar simulator for a space agency

Collimation angle: 0.35° half angle

  • 35 cm diameter beam
  • AM0 spectral match
  • Up to Class A uniformity

Read more about this project

Highly collimated solar simulator for pollution studies

Collimation angle: 1° half angle

  • 70 cm diameter beam
  • AM0 spectral match
  • Specially designed to be fitted into an enclosed space
  • Beam directed into a rotating cylindrical drum
  • Intensity variable from 0.25-1 sun

Large Area Solar Simulators

  • Custom sizes up to several metres
  • AM0, AM1.5G, specialty spectral matches available
  • Various degrees of collimation
  • Multiple mounting options, incl. ceiling

We have experience building large-area solar simulators to fit specialized applications. We can incorporate special spectral matches and filtering, as well as collimation and intensity adjustment to suit each project’s needs.

Success Stories

Highly collimated solar simulator for pollution studies

Target Size: 70 cm diameter

  • 70 cm diameter beam
  • Collimation 1° half angle
  • AM0 spectral match
  • Specially designed to be fitted into an enclosed space
  • Beam directed into a rotating cylindrical drum
  • Intensity variable from 0.25-1 sun
Custom Large area IR solar simulator, project A

Target Size: 1m × 1m and 1.5m × 1.5m

  • Uniformity requirements:
    • 1m × 1m: ±10%
    • 1.5m × 1.5m: ±30%
  • Depth of field: ±15cm, with changes ≤ ±5% intensity
  • Intensity: 1.0 Suns, variable from 0.1 to 1.0 in 10 steps
  • Free-standing
Custom Large area IR solar simulator, project B

Target Size: 1m × 1m and 1.5m × 1.5m

  • Uniformity requirements:
    • 1m × 1m: ±10%
    • 1.5m × 1.5m: ±30%
  • Depth of field: ±15cm, with changes ≤ ±5% intensity
  • Intensity: 1.0 Suns, variable from 0.1 to 1.0 in 10 steps
  • Ceiling-mounted

Concentrator Solar Simulators

  • Light sources provide irradiance up to 4000 Suns
  • Variety of target sizes
  • Options for solar filters, uniformities and collimation angles
  • Flash or steady state
  • Flash: variable pulse durations

We have experience in building and custom designing solar simulators and light sources to provide high power densities on illumination areas.

Additional Information

Applications:
  • Concentrated photovoltaic testing
  • Monocrystalline / polycrystalline silicon panel testing
  • Multijunction solar cells/panels new product research and development
  • Solar thermal studies

Success Stories

Spot-Focused Image Furnace for Ultra-high Temperature Oxidation Studies

Irradiance: up to equivalent of 10,000 Suns

  • Concentrated solar radiation created a "spot furnace"
  • Used 4 high-power arc lamps
  • Target size: Maximum 10cm diameter

Vacuum Compatibility

  • Inherently vacuum-maintaining products (down to 10 torr)
  • Optical coupling to vacuum chambers
  • Pressurized chambers for vacuum integration

Special requests such as temperature controlling, connections to vacuum feedthroughs, special coatings etc. can also be accommodated.

Additional Information

We have three branches of vacuum expertise:

  • Systems that themselves maintain a vacuum
  • Pressurized chambers to operate our standard systems within a vacuum
  • Coupling optically from normal atmosphere into a vacuum chamber

Notable Systems Using Vacuum Technology

SPS-300 FTIR systems

Feature: Includes 10 torr chamber

  • Modular polarizing Fourier Transform Spectrometers
  • Designed for far infrared or THz spectral region
  • Can be operated within a vacuum
  • Can support a 10 torr vacuum within their stainless steel housing and optics chamber
  • Vacuum minimizes the spectral absorption effects of atmospheric water vapor
  • Output ports are ISO 100 vacuum rated flanges

Read more about our FTIR systems.

Large-area solar light source for large vacuum chamber coupling

Feature: Coupling into vacuum through port

  • Designed to operate outside a large vacuum chamber
  • Beam directed through a small (28 cm diameter) port
  • Beam expands to cover a 1m × 1m target area
  • Irradiance of 0.5 suns (for non-earth orbit solar simulation)
Highly collimated, vacuum compatible, Fresnel solar simulator

Feature: Pressurized chamber for solar simulator in vacuum environment

  • 30 cm diameter target area
  • Collimation angle of 0.7° half angle
  • Pressurized housing chamber built to position the solar simulator within a vacuum environment
  • Housing was over-pressured to 2 atm
  • Tested with a mass spectrometer leak detector for a guaranteed leak-tight operation (Calibrated minimum sensitivity of 2×10-10 cc/sec of helium)

Opto-Mechanical Moving Systems

  • Automated movement of systems in X, Y, Z, and two perpendicular rotational axes
  • Automated stages for uniformity measurement

Sciencetech can incorporate opto-mechanical assemblies into our custom built optical systems.

Success Stories

Highly collimated solar simulator for a space agency

Movement: X, Y, Z, and 2 rotational axes

  • Custom-designed solar simulator
  • Movement in several axes to accommodate fixed test articles (see video)
  • Collimation angle of 0.35° half angle
  • AM0 spectral match
 
Automated stage for uniformity measurements

Movement: Automated X-Y measurement stage for uniformity

This measurement stage was developed to assess the uniformity of illumination areas of previously designed large area solar simulators.

Custom Large area IR solar simulator
  • Illuminates target areas of 1m × 1m and 1.5m × 1.5m
  • Uniformity requirements:
    • 1m × 1m: ± 10%
    • 1.5m × 1.5m: ± 30%
  • Depth of field: ± 15 cm, with change ≤ ± 5% Intensity

Integrated Research Programs

  • Leveraging cutting edge research knowledge
  • Mentorship opportunities for students by our experienced industry professionals
  • Small projects to large-scale custom instruments

Sciencetech has collaborated with many research institutions in the past: notably the University of Western Ontario, McMaster University, the University of Waterloo, and Ryerson University.

Success Stories

LED Solar Simulator - Student project with Ryerson University

An undergraduate student undertook a research project to develop a solar simulator using only LEDs. The student was able to develop a prototype under the mentorship of his supervisor and our experienced engineers. The prototype helped to inform a current LED solar simulator design we are now manufacturing, bringing benefits to both parties.

SPS-300 – Product Development with McMaster University

Developed to respond to custom research needs, we partnered with an expert in FTIR and THz spectroscopy. A product was developed for the immediate need, which quickly matured into a full-fledged product line for specialized spectral requirements. Now, a large number of accessories and different methods can be appended to the main system.

Clean Room

  • In-house clean room
  • Up to ISO 5 available
  • Applications: pharmaceuticals, aerospace, automotive

Sciencetech’s manufacturing unit is equipped with an in-house clean room which is used to manufacture and test equipment to comply with clean room standards.

Products we have manufactured in this environment include: our far infra-red spectrometer, solar simulators and light sources (aerospace applications), and spectroscopy systems (standards institutions and aerospace applications).

Background

Contaminants that are produced by living organisms, machinery, and other equipment can have dire effects in highly sensitive testing environments. Clean rooms are often used to protect contamination-sensitive procedures.

Equipment to be operated in clean rooms also needs to be manufactured in a clean room environment, to prevent the instrument itself from introducing particles into the testing environment.

Clean room requirements are standardized in such a way that the concentration of airborne particles in a clean room is known, limited, and controlled. Clean room standards are classified according to the number of particles found per cubic meter at a specified particle size.

Standards

The most well-known and often requested standards are classified under ISO 14644-1:

Class Maximum Particles/m² FED STD 209E Equivalent
≥ 0.1 µm ≥ 0.2 µm ≥ 0.3 µm ≥ 0.5 µm ≥ 1 µm ≥ 5 µm
ISO 3 1,000 237 102 35 8 Class 1
ISO 4 10,000 2,370 1,020 352 83 Class 10
ISO 5 100,000 23,700 10,200 3,520 832 29 Class 100
ISO 6 1,000,000 237,000 102,000 35,200 8,320 293 Class 1,000
ISO 7 352,000 83,200 2,930 Class 10,000
ISO 8 3,520,000 832,000 29,300 Class 100,000

Industries Served

Cleanroom standards enable a large number of technologically advanced industries to continue their work in a monitored and standardized environment, such as:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • many cutting-edge research disciplines

Read more about Sciencetech special projects meeting clean room compatibility