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Optical attenuators extend dynamic range but alter angular response of planar ultraviolet-C dosimeters

See — A challenge for sensors used in ultraviolet-C (UV-C) decontamination protocols of N95 respirators is validation that the entire N95 surface receives the minimum acceptable dose. Photochromic indicators (PCIs) can accurately measure UV-C dose on nonplanar surfaces, but often saturate below doses required to decontaminate porous, multilayered textiles such as N95s. Here, we investigate the use of optical attenuators to extend PCI dynamic range while maintaining a nearideal angular response – critical for accurate measurements when UV-C is uncollimated. Through an analytical model, we show that tuning attenuator refractive index, attenuation coefficient, and thickness can extend dynamic…
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