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PbS Detectors

PbS Detectors detect infrared radiation in the wavelength range between 1 µm and 3.3 µm.

Polycrystalline lead sulfide detectors

PbS detectors exhibit a higher sensitivity than PbSe detectors, by more than one order of magnitude; however, the time constant is longer. The IV-VI semiconductor PbS is a photodetector that reacts to incident IR radiation and changes its electrical resistance.

These detectors are used especially when large-area detectors are required because they are significantly less expensive than comparable InGaAs detectors. The typical chip size of LASER COMPONENTS’ standard detectors is 2 mm x 2 mm. Other configurations are also available upon request.

Application Fields:

The fields of application are manifold, examples of which include:


  • Temperature sensors – pyrometers
  • Flame and spark detectors
  • Moisture sensors
  • Measurement of coatings and oil films

PB25/27/30 – LASER COMPONENTS’ PbS Detectors

The standard size of detector elements in our lead sulfide series is 2 mm x 2 mm. Other sizes, as well as elements with Peltier cooling, are also available upon request.

Compared to InGaAs detectors, PbS elements, especially large-area designs, are available at a lower price and are thus still relevant.

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Our IR Detectors

Panchromatic, photoconductive and thermal detectors

InGaAs PIN Photodiodes

Modern InGaAs PIN photodiodes are panchromatic and convert broadband light to photocurrents in the Vis-NIR range. Concretely speaking, this means a sensitivity range from 500 nm to 1700 nm for regular InGaAs and – in increments – up to 2600 nm for extended InGaAs. Variations for data transmission are not panchromatic.


PbS and PbSe Detectors

PbS is a standard SWIR semiconductor detector (1 - 3.3 µm) whereas PbSe is used in the MWIR range (1 - 4.7 µm when uncooled; up to 5.2 µm when cooled). Our lead salt detectors are photoconductive; the detector resistance is reduced during illumination. The crystal structure is polycrystalline and is produced via chemical deposition.

Pyroelectric IR Detectors

A pyroelectric IR detector is a thermal detector in that it responds to the change in heat (IR) absorbed on its surface. Thermal detectors are polychromatic with a very wide spectral bandwidth.

The nature of the pyroelectric effect is that in a highly-ordered crystal (or ceramic), a temperature change in the element causes its atoms to move slightly out of position. This rearranges its electrical charge, which is measured in the electrodes on its surface.

The pyroelectric effect is found in many materials.  The most commonly-used materials are deuterated lanthanum α alanine-doped triglycine sulfate (DLaTGS) and lithium tantalate (LTO).

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