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A Solar Simulator Shaping The Research Of LiDAR Systems

Critical vision components require Class AAA Solar Simulation for Testing

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Precise Class AAA Light For Researching and Testing The Future Of LiDAR Sensors

From mapping and mining to self-driving cars and robotics, the expansion of areas in which LiDAR systems are being used continues to grow. As the task they are involved in becomes critical to their applications’ safety and success, so does choosing the right instrument for testing.

Utilizing a basic light source to replicate conditions like direct sunlight is no longer an option for their continued innovation. You need to know how the sensors will behave in changing light conditions the sensor will see in the lab before the device enters the field.

Errors in image gathering and untested spikes in noise found in real-world scenarios can spell disaster.

How do you test with precise light that is tunable to replicate various conditions your LiDAR devices are known to experience?

You go with a Class AAA tunable solar simulator from G2V Optics.

Replicate indoor to outdoor light conditions your LiDAR sensors will see from your lab and correct them before they see the field without the need for physical filters, costly maintenance, or field calibrations.

Advance the field of LiDAR sensors at the speed of light.

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Engineered Sunlight™ For Innovating LiDAR Research

Replicate real-world light conditions to explore image noise created by light from your lab

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Pico™ AAA LED Solar Simulator for LiDAR Testing

Your LiDAR research has created systems to map the moon to our earth and are moving into the future of autonomous applications. As the demand for improved vision from companies continues accurate ways to test real world lighting conditions becomes critical. The Pico™ solar simulator provides tunable class AAA light to accurately test the direct and indirect lighting conditions your devices will see from your lab.

Improved Light Testing for Accelerating the Future of LiDAR sensors.

Make light a lab condition you can completely control.


Sunbrick™ AAA LED Solar Simulator for LiDAR Testing

When you require multiple LiDAR sensors for one application you need the ability to accurately batch test the sensors under the same conditions. The Sunbrick™ class AAA solar simulator has a modular design that can scale without sacrificing class AAA quality. They are built with wavelength tunability, individual and group control to meet your present and future research requirements whether it is in a lab or on a manufacturing line.

Testing for the Future of LiDAR sensors with the technology of tomorrow.

Large scale flexibility without sacrificing quality.

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Exploring The Criteria and Pricing Of Solar Simulators

Optimize Your Future Solar Simulator Purchase To Test Your LiDAR Sensors and Systems

Innovating the field of LiDAR sensors is your job, our job is to supply you with solar simulator knowledge.

Checking endless vendor websites for answers on technical specifications, prices, and reliability just leaves you with more questions. You shouldn’t need to spend hours searching just to get an answer, so we did it for you.

We have compiled a comprehensive guide on the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) between solar simulators.

Our guide will walk you through the basic considerations in terms of cost-to-benefit ratio, and performance metrics for choosing between different simulators in the market, explain the factors in a purchase decision like initial cost and upkeep expenses, and discuss why choosing the right simulator is key to enabling scientific discovery.

Maximize your research time and save your budget.

Knowledge Base

Our Expertise. Your Home Base.

Scouring the internet for knowledge tangential to your applications is never a fun task. In order to save the scientific community time we have been building a knowledge base from aerospace to materials testing on how solar simulators are utilized in the field. Visit the knowledge base to learn more about Aerospace Sensor Testing, Calibrated Irradiance, Field of Solar Simulation, and much more!

Angle of Emission Explained

IEC 60904-9:2020 Standard for Solar Simulators

FAQs From LiDAR Sensor Experts

A solar simulator is not the same as a light source. A solar simulator does contain a light source but it’s so much more than that! Solar simulators are specialized instruments that also contain a collection of optical pieces and electronic components carefully calibrated to match the sun’s spectral composition and energy flux with high accuracy.

LEDs, even white ones, only emit narrow band radiation. Therefore, many LEDs with emission in multiple wavelengths are necessary to achieve an output true to natural sunlight. Additionally, LED output must be individually and globally adjusted for irradiance of 1000 W/m² which is the accepted standard for terrestrial earth. Solar simulators also should meet industry standards such as IEC60904-9 which outlines spatial uniformity, temporal stability, spectral match, spectral coverage, and spectral deviation benchmarks.

The takeaway is that solar simulators are a worthwhile investment due to the specialized components and considerable work that goes into calibrating them to produce engineered sunlight. Need a more in-depth comparison, check out our pricing guide for more details.

One of the key advantages of LED solar simulators is their very small warm up times. It takes LEDs less than a few microseconds to start emission light after they have been turned on. In the practice, you can expect class A steady-state output from the simulator around 5 minutes after it has been turned on.

The G2V simulators have been designed to meet class A+ temporal stability requirements. Unlike your existing Xenon solar simulator or optical light source, you should not see any meaningful variation in output even when testing a sample continuously over the course of several days. Take solace in knowing your experiment’s repeatability isn’t tied to your lights maintenance.

The Sunbrick and the directed Pico models produce light with an angular full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of approximately 20 to 30 degrees. Does your research require unique angles? Reach out to one of our Experts on a solution.

Yes! Both of our solar simulator products have software integration options available so that you can program the scheduling and testing routines best suited for your unique research. 

Our simulators have been designed to accurately reproduce the light output of the sun. Please avoid staring directly at the LEDs as UV light could damage your eyes. It is recommended to wear protective glasses when working with high reflectance surfaces.

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We love to talk about science and are always eager to hear about your research. So let’s talk about your needs.

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