I've purchased a TSL1406 Linear Sensor Array to read the position of a laser dot. The "Absolute Maximum Ratings" section in the datasheet specifies "Maximum light exposure at 638nm" as 5 mJ/cm^2. Being inexperienced with this sort of sensor, I would have expected a "max light" rating to be given in terms of something like mW/cm^2 and I'm not sure what to make of a mJ/cm^2 rating.
Q1: Does this mean that "something bad" will happen if the integration time multiplied by the mW/cm^2 of my laser dot exceeds 5 mJ/cm^2?
Q2: What is that "something bad"? Will the integrating capacitors fry? Or will they simply be unable to accumulate anymore, resulting in bad readings for that particular frame?