All FOTEMP-family signal conditioners for temperature measurements can be used in electromagnetically strongly influenced environment, in microwave fields, power plants or explosion- proof areas and wherever measurement with electrical temperature sensors is not possible.
The outer jacket of the fiber optic temperature sensors is made out of teflon, at the sensor tip a GaAs-crystal (gallium arsenide) is attached. The probe sensor is completely non-conductive. Optocon fiber optic sensors offer complete immunity to RF and microwave radiation with high temperature operating capability, intrinsic safety, and non-invasive use. The probes are also designed to withstand harsh and corrosive environments.
Starting at a light wave length of 850 nm GaAs becomes optical translucent. Since the position of the band gap is temperature dependent, it shifts about 0.4 nm/ Kelvin. The measurement device contains a light source and a device for the spectral detection of the band gap. This guaranties fast, repeatable and reproducible measurements.