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Pico™ Small Area LED Solar Simulator

Software Control from AM0 to AM1.5G and Beyond for Big Results.

Pico LED Solar Simulators Are Trusted By

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Small Area LED Solar Simulation for
Photobiological testing Material degradation tests Photochemistry testing Small solar cell testing Weathering tests Photochromic lab tests Aerospace ground testing

A Small Area AAA LED Solar Simulator To Fit Your Needs

Your days are spent changing the world. One paper, one invention, or one idea at a time. You invest all of this effort into making a difference for everyone else, yet when it comes to your solar simulator it seems as though development has stagnated.

Your time is spent tinkering with expensive filters, replacing what seems like endless bulbs, and calibrating over and over just for peace of mind that your results are sound. Time spent daily, weekly, and monthly on tasks that never seem to be resolved in the next model.

What if these traditional barriers were no longer an issue? 

Better yet, what if you could switch from AM1.5 to AM0 spectrum and not worry about these archaic practices?

Meaning no wasted space shelving expensive filters, no worrying about dimming bulbs, and no manual recalibration. You can get back to what matters, changing the world. 

Welcome to a AAA solar simulator finally being on par with your forward thinking.

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Solar Spectral Match

Exceeding Class A

Pico offers a high-consistency, high-precision spectral mismatch of less than 5% to exceed Class A requirements by a factor of 5 – as defined by ASTM E927, IEC 60904-9, and JIS C8912 Standards.

(Spectral Mismatch of <5%)

If you want to know if Pico can help support your research and meet your goals, talk to one of our experts.

Meeting Class AAA requirements with a small footprint

The Power of the G2V Pico® Class AAA LED Solar Simulator

Never choose between spectral match, uniformity, and long or short temporal instability again. With a compact footprint, you won’t be sacrificing quality in order to free up workspace. Finally, you will be able to take solace in knowing the precision, accuracy, and repeatability of AAA solar simulation found in the G2V Pico™ is backing your findings. 

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Class A Spectral Match

AM1.5G spectral match exceeds IEC 60904-9:2020r standards. Variable spectra available for intensity adjustment, control of up to 32 wavelength channels, and automation via Python API. AM0 and custom spectra available upon request.

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Class A Spatial Uniformity

One-sun equivalent irradiance area in 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm square, achieving spatial non-uniformity <2%.

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Class A Short and Long
Temporal Stability

Short-term Temporal Instability (STI) <0.1% for 1 Hz sampling over 100 seconds, exceeding Class A requirements.

Long-term Temporal Instability (LTI) <2% for 3,000 hours at 1 sample/day, meeting Class A requirements.

Class AAA Testing for Standard Reference Cells

Whether you’re testing research-grade photodiodes or validating standard reference cells, the G2V Pico™ can provide you with Class AAA sunlight to accurately validate device performance.
Need to probe specific wavelength junctions?
Tune the Pico™ with a click of a button. No filters or calibration needed.

Solar cell sizes research diode to 25 mm tested by G2V Optics Pico
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Sunbrick Solar Simulator

Need a Large Area AAA LED Solar Simulator?

You need a large-scale light source for your applications.

Don’t forfeit precise and accurate light for size or scaling ever again.

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Customizable Technology

Designed To Grow With Your Research Needs.

Your research matters. You can’t afford imprecise light that gives inaccurate results.

The G2V Pico™ is a research-grade instrument suitable for testing any photosensitive materials or processes, including solar cells, sunscreen, plastics, photochromic devices, photochemical processes, environmental degradation, aerospace materials, and more.

Your solar simulator should be flexible to ensure your results are accurate and valid, wherever your research takes you. This is why the Pico™ allows you to choose a spectral range, the ability to upgrade to completely control spectrum & intensity all the way to measuring photovoltaic IV characteristics and even adding the ability to obtain low-resolution EQE measurements.

Customization To Futureproof Your Ongoing Needs

The G2V Pico solar simulator has become a core tool in our research providing both the versatility and reliability that we need.

Jillian Buriak
Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alberta & Editor-in-Chief - ACS Chemistry of Materials

Knowledge is Power

Learn More About The Pico™ Class AAA LED Solar Simulator

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Deep dive into the technical specifications

When it comes to illuminating the dark areas of scientific discovery you need to verify every technical specification of the tool. Not an easy task, but a necessary one. Having come from the scientific field we get it.

That’s why we have a brochure and spec sheet for you to download and explore at your leisure. It has all the latest information to allow you to make an informed decision before committing any amount of your budget. 

Pico Upgrades

Harness The Power of the Only Upgradable LED AAA Solar Simulator

Your research is taking you on another scientific adventure. Your existing solar simulator should be able to make the journey.

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Variable Spectra Module

The Variable Spectra module unlocks full spectral control with software-controlled intensity manipulation. This upgrade enables control of up to 32 tunable channels depending on your model to replicate virtually any solar condition.

The module’s software-controlled, user-programmable spectrum enables users to simulate and conduct spectrum-specific research.

Includes spectral presets for AM1.5G and AM0 to AM40, for intensities from 0 to 1.1 suns.

One Click Sun (beta) Software Module

Test your applications as if they were anywhere in the world, during any season, and at any time of the day with the power of One Click Sun.

Need to have it cycle through the days faster? It does this as well.

Our software is crafted to be simple, accurate and easily configurable. Test with added confidence without needing to fly around the world.

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IV Hardware Module

Integrated data collection hardware and software for PV Power Conversion Efficiency (PCE) measurements.

The IV module will measure the performance of a solar cell and generate a characterization report with all electrical characteristics – following the ASTM E1021 standard test method.

Obtain fast and accurate measurements for your research cells with Current-Voltage (IV) testing, and enjoy the ease of a system that integrates all the necessary analysis and equipment.

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Low-Resolution EQE Hardware Module

Integrated data collection hardware and software for low-resolution EQE measurement

The Low-Resolution EQE module provides wavelength-resolved measurements of your photovoltaic device’s external quantum efficiency (EQE) under operational conditions without needing finicky set-ups requiring monochromators or external bias lighting, saving you time when you only need a quick check instead of high-resolution data.

Following a test method analogous to the ASTM E1021 standard test method, the EQE module allows you to gain insight into the factors limiting solar cell performance.

Pico Solar Simulator

Benefits of an LED Solar Simulator

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Minimal Warmup Time
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No Bulb Replacement
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No Explosive Bulb Failure
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No Manual Calibration

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A Small Area LED Solar Simulation For Every Research Need

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To ASTM E927, IEC 60904-9, and JIS C8912 Standards
SKU: PICO-C-LMN

400 nm - 1100 nm Spectral Range

7 cm Working Distance

Illumination Area of
2.5 cm x 2.5 cm

1.1 suns equivalent
max intensity

Directed Optics

pico solar simulator with UV ribbon


To ASTM E927, IEC 60904-9, and JIS C8912 Standards
SKU: PICO-C-KLMN

350 nm - 1100 nm Spectral Range

7 cm Working Distance

Illumination Area of
2.5 cm x 2.5 cm

1.1 suns equivalent
max intensity

Directed Optics

pico solar simulator with NIR ribbon


To ASTM E927, IEC 60904-9, and JIS C8912 Standards
SKU: PICO-C-LMNO

400 nm - 1500 nm Spectral Range

7 cm Working Distance

Illumination Area of
2.5 cm x 2.5 cm

1.1 suns equivalent
max intensity

Directed Optics

pico solar simulator with UV and NIR ribbon


To ASTM E927, IEC 60904-9, and JIS C8912 Standards
SKU: PICO-C-KLMNO

350 nm - 1500 nm Spectral Range

7 cm Working Distance

Illumination Area of
2.5 cm x 2.5 cm

1.1 suns equivalent
max intensity

Directed Optics

Pico Configurations

Customizable Mounting Solutions To Fit Your Needs

Your research is taking you on another scientific adventure. Your existing solar simulator should be able to make the journey.

Do You Require A Custom Solar Simulator Solution?

Vertical, horizontal, wall, glovebox, or custom mounting?

Our team of engineers explores solutions to fit your needs!

Pico FAQs

Have questions about small area LED solar simulators?

Get the answers you need to create solutions that can change the world.

With the variable spectrum add-on for the Pico, you gain the ability to individually adjust up to 32 LED channels (depending on the model). The spectral width of each LED varies, but a general rule of thumb is that the bandwidth is 10% of the peak wavelength in nm. For example, an LED with a peak at 400 nm has an approximate bandwidth of 40 nm, while a 1000 nm LED has an approximate bandwidth of 100 nm. Depending on your application, this LED bandwidth may be suitably monochromatic for testing specific wavelength dependencies.

I saw that the pictures on the official website are illuminated vertically. However, we need a light source in the horizontal direction.

The Pico comes with either an imperial or metric mounting plate, specified upon ordering, which allow for horizontal mounting. The imperial plate provides two ¼”-20 threaded holes separated by 4”, suitable for mounting to standard ½” optical posts and imperial optomechanical breadboards. The metric plate provides two M6 threaded holes separated by 100 mm, suitable for mounting to 12 mm optical posts and metric optomechanical breadboards. Be sure to specify your preferred configuration when ordering.

Any of the Pico models with “UV” in their name contain light from 350 nm to 400 nm. The advantage of this wavelength range is that it does not produce ozone; however, if you require UV light below 350 nm, we do not currently offer that in any of our products. If wavelengths below 350 nm are of interest to you, please let us know so we can prioritize in our ongoing product development roadmap.

There is a Python API for controlling the Pico through Python scripting, which allows for automation. The API provides the ability to turn channels on and off, load spectra, and more, without the need to use G2V’s graphical interface. For more detailed information and examples of methods and properties, visit the Python API’s repository on Github.

G2V Optics’ solar simulators are suitable for testing the following solar cell technologies: crystalline silicon, amorphous silicon, perovskite, multijunction, tandem, gallium arsenide (GaAs), cadmium telluride (CdTe), dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), organic photovoltaics (OPV), inorganic solar cells, quantum dots, copper-indium gallium selenide (CIGS), thin-film solar cells based on kusachiite (CuBi2O4), and most other thin-film, multicrystalline, concentrator and/or heterostructure solar cells.

The Pico can be used for testing multijunction devices, however, accurate testing requires proper validation for that specific design of the multijunction device. G2V is currently unable to validate the Pico for out-of-the-box performance and calibrated output for use with multijunction-based solar devices due to the lack of standardization among formulations and designs of these devices. Different junction designs will sample different portions of the solar spectrum as well as have their own spectral responsivities, potentially resulting in spatial non-uniformity and spectral mismatch characterization outside of the Class A standards for those junctions and spectral responsivities.

Thus G2V recommends that customers working with multijunction cells perform their own validation on-site in order to ensure their G2V product is performing to the customers’ desired standards for specific junctions.


If you are willing to submit a sample of your device that you are wanting to be tested prior to the purchase of a Pico, it is possible for G2V to calibrate a unit for that device for an extra fee.

The Pico is the most configurable and controllable LED solar simulator available today, designed to meet the rapidly changing needs of the world's leading research teams.

Michael Taschuk
Ph.D., P.Eng.
Founder & CTO
- G2V Optics

Knowledge Base

Our Expertise. Your Home Base.

We ensure our customers have access to resources that help them understand applications, standards, and how our products exceed them. Visit the knowledge base to learn more about Aerospace Materials Testing, Custom Solutions, Photovoltaics and much more.

Angle of Emission Explained

IEC 60904-9:2020 Standard for Solar Simulators

Solar Simulation

Still have questions about the Pico™

Your application needs are unique, and your time is valuable. The brochure and our website have answered most of your questions, but a few lingering questions remain. 

We love hearing about your work and enjoy answering those persistent questions.

Download the G2V Solar Simulation Brochure

For the latest information on the Pico small area solar simulator please download the LED Solar Simulation Brochure. Included is everything you need to know about the Pico, as well as a complete specification sheet. If you would like to know more please get in touch.