Estimación de Radiación Fotosintéticamente Activa (PAR) usando un espectrómetro de bajo costo (Estimation of Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) using a low cost spectrometer)

Juan Sebastian Botero Valencia (, Sandra Navarro (, Nestor Giraldo (, Lucia Atehortúa (

1Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano
2Universidad de Antioquia

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: March 2014
Volume: 12,   Issue: 2 
ISSN: 1548-0992

In the area of the biotechnology is fundamental the correct measurement of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) when is necessary assessing the effect exerted by the light on the productivity of plants and other photosynthetic microorganisms. The commercial PAR sensors available to make these determinations have maximum response peaks in the range between 400 and 700 nm. As a result of this spectral response is common to find multiple nonlinearities that lead to errors and thus to have inaccurate and sometimes unsuitable detectors for several analyzes. Considering this, it is advisable convert the units obtained with different spectrometers into similar units that allow accurate and weighted information. Additionally, the measure obtained from the specific power in the range of measurement calculation PAR, provide additional information to researchers about the ratio of the energy of the photosynthetic efficiency. This article presents the development of a tool that uses a spectrometer with wavelength between 200 to 1100 nm to estimate the extent and irradiance in the PAR range from 400 to 700 nm. The purpose of this work is to improve the quality of information that can be obtained from biological experiments and optimize the data acquisition and processing using software platforms.

Index Terms:
Photosynthetic Active Radiation, Photosynthesis, Spectrometry, Irradiance   

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