Abstract

The different kinds of light sources available for the 0.15–20-μ spectral range are surveyed. Information was obtained from the published literature, unpublished reports, light source manufacturers, and also from individual persons. The aim has been to present sufficient information, where available, to show the relative advantages of different sources—intensity, stability, and output uniformity were of prime interest. Continuum and line sources are included but lasers and pulsed sources are omitted. The sources are described under the main headings: Arc Discharge Sources, Glow Discharge Sources, and Incandescent Sources, with another section, Miscellaneous Sources, to cover some which could not be included under the first three headings.

© 1969 Optical Society of America

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