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Reflective Optical sensor

I am working on a project that uses TCRT5000 reflective optical sensor. Sensor datasheet is here I tested this sensor in a room, the voltage at the output pin is high it is above 2.5V. while showing ...
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Photo-multiplier Tube Pin Configuration

Pin configuration of a photo-multiplier tube (PMT) is presented in its manual as can be seen in the attached image. All dynodes have been related to specified pins (numbered circles in the image) ...
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HP C8941 Photosensor wire colors

I removed a photosensor from an OLD hp Inkject Printer. The photosensor is called "C8941-80018". I can't find any datasheet online. Does anyone know what wire color is what?
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Detecting a very fast moving object with a photoelectric sensor

I want to use a photoelectric sensor to detect a ball that is moving past the sensor at 85mph, which also equals 136kph or 3800cm/sec. The ball is 7cm in diameter. If my logic is correct that means ...
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Photodiode temperature compensation

The goal is to design a circuit that can accurately measure light intensity with little temperature dependency. Common application uses photodiodes to do so. Photodiodes can be measured either in ...
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What is the origin of multiplicative noise from a DSLR sensor?

I'm trying to understand the behavior of my DSLR camera sensor (Canon 80D). I've taken a picture of a gradient from top-right to bottom-left corners of a square. This square is positioned at the right-...
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Solar Panel-Photocell Wiring

I am trying to help my dad with a project of his where were trying to build a lighthouse powered by solar panel in which it spins a motor at night and charges battery during the day. This is a DC ...
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What options exist for a for low-latency (<1ms) photosensor?

I'm wanting to build a computer keyboard-to-display lag measuring tool using an Ardunio: User places the photosensor right-up to their computer monitor. User presses a button on the Ardunio. The ...
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5 wire, Logic Output Photointerupter/Slotted Optical Switch

I am trying to get a digital output from a 5 wire photointerupter. The p/n is OPB903w55z, it is configured as an inverted open collector. I have used 4 terminal transistor output photointerupters ...
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Manufacturer of photosensor

Does anyone know name of manufacturer of this couple photosensors? It says SPT 3G on sender and TED 12G on receiver.
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Current to Voltage Feedback Capacitance for SiPM

I'm having an issue with my Silicon Photomultiplier (SiPM) feedback circuit. The output is not behaving as expected. I apologize for the layout of the schematic, but this was the best way I could ...
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Is the charge accumulation linear in time for image sensors?

Reformulating the question: Does the rate of charge of the pixels photodiodes in an image sensor depends of the previous accumulated charge? The pixel sensor integrates light during a specific ...
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Infrared Sensor for drug detection [closed]

I saw that there has been a push to make a drug detector that can identify cannabis since it has been legalized. I was looking at mouser.com and found this ir sensor: https://www.mouser.com/...
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Pachislo Token Sensor Optical sensor replacement part#?

Pachislo Token Sensor Optical sensor As shown above I have a Pachislo Mazya Dynamite Kid's Machine which has a bad Token Sensor Booard. Can someone please advise on what a suitable replacement part ...
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Convert a Dusk-to-dawn outlet device to Dawn-To-Dusk? [closed]

I recently purchased a Dusk-to-dawn outlet sensor (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00002NB2X?ref_=pe_2640190_261118450_302_E_DDE_dt_1), but I'm wanting to convert this thing into a Dawn-to-Dusk device ...
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Replacing obsolete photodarlington with phototransistor

I've got an old circuit design I need to replicate, function wise, to fit into an existing larger design. Logic I can usually handle, anything with transistors starts to get me lost. My strength is ...
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Can linearity of photoreceptor be improved by calibration?

I am trying to determine if equipment I already have can be used to take a reading in mcd/m2, for a quality control test. I have a sensor which meets all the requirements listed in the standard test ...
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How do phototransistor and photodiode work in multisim ? How can one cause the photodiode to trigger the phototransistor?

I would like to design this circuit shown in the picture. I have simulated it in Multisim. It functions as follows: When the switch is open, the phototransistor is high impedance, when the switch is ...
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identify infrared receiver

My CD player's infrared receiver for its remote control has failed. (The remote still works with a friend's identical player.) I'd like to buy a replacement receiver and solder it in. How do I ...
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Driving Avalanche Photodiodes (PCBs)

I am using Avalanche Photodiodes and I was told that they use a much higher voltage then standard photodiodes and I was wondering if I need a High Voltage PCB to drive them? I am currently just using ...
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Please explain this formula for the relationship between bandwidth and the temporal response of a photodetector

I am reading "Optoelectronic Sensors" by Didier Decoster and Joseph Harari. At section 1.8.2 they start explaining the relationship between rise time and bandwidth, and they give a very weird formula ...
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How to find polarity of photo interrupter

I have scavenged some photo interrupters from multiple printers but I am trying to figure out the polarity and the voltage. I've tried searching up photo interrupter polarity but couldn't find ...
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Dusk dawn motor driver with polarity reversal

I'm trying to accomplish this. When a dusk dawn switch is on, drive a small DC motor for a few seconds and then stop. when the dusk dawn switch is turned back off, then turn a small DC motor THE ...
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Modeling a photomultiplier in LTspice with basic components

I am working with the SensL MicroFJ-60035-TSV photomultiplier. A link to the product can be found below: http://sensl.com/products/j-series/ I'm trying to develop models with it using LTspice in ...
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Photo-diode for a high-frequency tachometer

I intend to build a tachometer, which is capable of detecting rotations up to 1kHz (60 000 RPM). From the Internet I know that this is possible to do with a magnet and a Hall detector. However, I ...
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Can I build a camera that is sensitive at 2.4GHz?

I want to build a camera obscura as an art project that produces photos of WiFi signals. The idea for now is to build a 125cm x 125cm x 125cm Faraday cage (using fine copper mesh) with a centered hole ...
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Design of output stage for CNY70 reflective sensor

I have built the following circuit for a reflective sensor: The resistor \$R_D\$ has been given the value 200 \$\Omega\$ and the resistor \$R_T\$ is to be dimensioned. \$V_{CC}\$ is 5 V. I have ...
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What are the limitations of using a LDR sensor?

I have to explain limitations for a photoresistor/LDR . I've read the book, and searched online but find nothing. Can I get help with this ? Are things that the sensor can NOT do, which other tools ...
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Why popular line detection use Infrared(IR) based sensor? [closed]

Popular line sensor use IR LED as transmitter and IR photodiode as receiver to distinguish reflective color such as white and less reflective color like black. Consider that infrared LED is hard to ...
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Why there is difference between image size and video resolution of a specific camera? [closed]

I was searching to buy a camera, but I saw in specs they wrote: 2MP(full hd) video recording 5MP image size Why the vido size is 2MP but image size is 5MP? How ...
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How to increase sensitivity of Light Dependent Resistor (LDR) [closed]

I am using LDR sensor in my project. The source of light comes from the different colour of images. As we know, the spectrum of each colour is different and it will produce a different intensity of ...
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What type of photo sensor/light combo best for detecting a falling drop of water?

I am trying to setup a rig for water drop photography. This is where you take a picture as a water drop is impacting against another object or body of water. The trick is to detect the drop as it ...
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I need help in rewiring a chicken coop pop door

4 years ago I purchased an automatic chicken pop door for my coop. It is 12 volts and the door opens at dawn and shuts at dusk by means of a photosensor. It is a home built device that works quite ...
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LDR Photoresistive Track

I completely understand the working principle of light dependent resistor. But there is one thing I am bothered about: Does the LDRs surface has to be equaly illuminated upon all its surface/upon all ...
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Sensitive photosensor

I'm looking for an extremely sensitive photosensor. I have a setup where a beam of light of some sort (weak laser, or something else) will be shining into the photosensor. Every now and then, a ...
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Make a homemade photo sensor?

I have always wondered if it's possible to make a homemade primitive photo sensor for capturing photos in an acceptable range and in low resolution using environmental light? I know that it's possible ...
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Can LED be used for both light emission and sensing

I have read about LED in Wikipedia, and it says that LED can be used for both light emission and sensing. Is it possible to achieve this and how?
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Photo diode / light sensor to detect backlight PWM frequency of LED displays?

Hi and thanks in advance I'm not from the field so please understand. I need a mean to detect a PWM frequency of pc/laptop displays externally. Some led displays use PWM mechanism to produce ...
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Extrapolating parameters for SPICE model for a Silicon Photomultiplier

I've been working on a circuit involving a silicon photomultiplier, but I'm having trouble modeling the SiPM in LTspice. I found an article below that shows a proposed model for an SiPM in SPICE: ...
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APD temperature variation

I know that the gain (M factor) of APD (Avalance Photo Diode) changes with temperature at a give reverse bias voltage, therefore, we need to a compensation either using a thermoelectric cooler or a ...
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How can I get a raw image from a consumer camera? [closed]

I have an SLT camera (Sony A7R2) and while it has a raw output interface for video (via microHDMI out), it doesn't seem to have any way of outputting RAW apart from writing it onto the SD card. My ...
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DIY laser range-finder

I would like to develop a laser range-finder board similar to Extech DT300. I would like to achieve a centimeter precision at 20 meters. I don't know if devices such as DT300 use a "standard" time-of-...
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Help identify this IR receiver

This part came out of a Logitech nanoVX mouse. It is the IR sensor that is part of the scroll wheel mechanism. It has letters LT written on top and on the back it seems to have "H0fVE" or "HOfVE" or ...
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Photodiode - Modes of Operation, Currents and Voltages

Problem Statement Consider a pin-Photodiode, whose depletion region, space charge profile and electric field profile can be visualized as follows (screenshot of the Semiconductor Applet Service by ...
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Sensor to rapidly sample light intensity of a small area at a distance?

I'm looking for a sensor or method of rapidly sensing light intensity of a 1-inch x 1-inch square of a LCD monitor at a distance of 1-1.5 feet away. Does anyone know if such a thing exists, or has ...
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What is the term for a photo sensor that takes low-resolution, black-and white, closeup images?

For work I used to have to read and log 7-segment LCD numbers off this tiny (3cm x 1cm) screen tens of times per day. Now I have a webcam setup that reads it for me and does some OCR to automatically ...
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Help Interpreting “Max light exposure” rating for TSL1406R

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. ...
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Help selecting component to detect red laser light [closed]

While I did find a little information in searching your site I am still unsure what to use in my application. I want to detect the (red) laser light hitting a screen or target. My questing is what is ...
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Maximum output voltage from photo sensor to detect high intensity pulse of light

I'm trying to work with the OPL550 photologic sensor http://optekinc.com/datasheets/opl560.pdf (Sense a pulse of light around 8kW/m^2 in intensity and around 100us in duration to trigger data ...
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What is RadioShack 276-0326?

It says it is an ambient light sensor, but is it a phototransistor? Something else? It has Vcc and Vout pins. Bonus points if you include a data sheet.