The Cosine Corrected Mini Quantum Sensor MQS-B is designed for light measurements in units relevant for plant leaves.
Light has been defined with regard to properties of the human eye; for photosynthesis research, sensors with spectral and directional sensitivity relevant for plants are required.
|Design:||Mini quantum sensor for selective PAR (photosynthetically active radiation) measurement, cosine corrected for PPFD (photosynthetic photon flux density) measurement.|
|Sensor housing:||Black anodised aluminium|
|Signal detection:||High stability silicon photovoltaic detector with filter set for PAR correction. Signal output typically -2 μA / (1000 μmol m-2 s-1)|
|Temperature coefficient of photodiode:||0.01 %/K|
|Absolute calibration:||± 5%|
|Angular dependence:||error < 4% between -80° to +80° from normal axis|
|Immersion coefficient:||Typically 1.32|
|Operating temperature:||– 5°C to + 45°C|
|Cable length:||3 m|
|Power supply:||Not required|
|Dimensions:||Height: 16 mm; diameter: 14 mm; Diffuser diameter: 5.5 mm|
The MQS-B sensor detects photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), which is the electromagnetic radiation between 400 and 700 nm.
More specifically, it measures photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD), which is the amount of PAR hitting a surface from one side, whereby beams not perpendicular to the surface only contribute with the cosine of their angle of incidence measured to the surface-normal. The unit for PPFD is μmol m-2 s-1.
For comparison Fig. 2, shows the response to energy fluence rate from 350 – 750 nm.