LISST-TAU – High-Precision Transmissometer

Optical Transmission and Beam Attenuation

LISST-Tau is a high-precision transmissometer for underwater vehicles, profiling packages, CTDs, and other systems.

COMING SOON

 

  • – Measures optical transmission and beam attenuation
  • – Externally powered
  • – RS-232 and analog real-time outputs
  • – Ambient light rejection
  • – Onboard temperature compensation

 

LISST-Tau is a high-precision transmissometer for underwater vehicles, profiling packages, CTDs, and other systems. With high-quality optics and a carefully selected LED source, it transmits a collimated beam through the water, and precisely measures the light transmitted through its 15 cm path. Light modulation with synchronous detection rejects ambient light, while oversampling and averaging yield better than 16-bit resolution. LISST-Tau’s digital controller applies calibration coefficients, corrects for temperature effects, and transmits data from both digital and analog outputs. Included software provides real-time display of data, and functions for checking and updating pure-water calibrations. An optional flow-through chamber simplifies calibrations and experiments. LISST-Tau advances the state of the art for in-situ transmissometers.

 

 

Parameters Measured

 

  • – Optical transmission
  • – Beam attenuation

 

Operating Ranges and Stability

 

  • – Operational temperature range: -3 °C to 40 °C
  • – Storage temperature range: -20 °C to 60 °C
  • – Beam attenuation range: ~0 m-1 to 30 m-1
  • – Linearity (concentration): >99 %
  • – Short-term stability (1 min standard deviation)
    • Transmission: ~0.002 %FS
    • Beam attenuation: ~0.00013 m-1
  • – Long-term stability (6 hr test)
    • Transmission: ~0.003 %FS/hr
    • Beam attenuation: ~0.00016 m-1∙hr-1

Technology

 

  • – Optical path length: 15 cm
  • – Source wavelength: ~532 nm LED
  • – Source spectral bandwidth: <10 nm FWHM
  • – Acceptance angle (half angle, in water): 1.0 °
  • – Optical transmission @ 16-bit resolution

 

Mechanical and Electrical

 

  • – Dimensions [Ø x L]: 5.1 cm x 40.6 cm (2.00″ x 16″)
  • – Weight [air / seawater]: 1.140 kg / 0.585 kg (2.5 lbs / 1.3 lbs)
  • – Depth rating: 2,000 m
  • – Sampling rate: Up to 1 Hz (default)
  • – External power input: 7 VDC to 25 VDC
  • – Current drain @ 12V: 42 mA average during sampling
  • – Connector: SubConn MCBH6M

 

 

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