For an intense pulsed light (IPL) device, knowledge of the spectral output is useful in order to provide effective treatment and target specific structures in the skin. It is also a requirement in order to perform a safety assessment. A novel spectral measurement system has been developed to detect the optical radiation output of intense pulsed light devices. The system has a time resolution of 450 mus and a wavelength resolution of 0.6 nm. This enabled us to observe spectral changes, both within a pulse and between pulses, in a pulse train. The output from a free discharge IPL source and four different treatment handpieces was measured. A shift in the spectral distribution between pulses, and within a pulse, was discovered. The spectral shift is more prominent for higher radiant exposures.
- Optics and Photonics
- Spectrum Analysis