Folded beam path architecture for highly efficient filter-based spectral sensors
This paper demonstrates a method to significantly enhance the detection efficiency of filter-based spectral sensors without the use of additional dichroic optics for spectral preselection. The fundamental principle is that light reflected from one interference filter or filter segment can be used consecutively, reducing the overall system losses. The proof-of-concept is presented using two compact optical modules. The first module uses 10 individual filters between 520 and 800 nm, and the second is capable of continuous spectrum acquisition between 450 and 825 nm using a linear variable filter (LVF) as a key element. An efficiency increase factor of up to approximately 100 compared to a common system, where the entire LVF is directly illuminated, was demonstrated.