10.25241/stomaeduj.2018.5(2).art.1 – abstract


Beam profile characterization of a dental light curing unit using a spectrometer-based method

DOI: https://doi.org/10.25241/stomaeduj.2018.5(2).art.1



Aim: The study aimed to characterize a broad spectrum light curing unit (LCU) by measuring the light beam profile output of the LCU using a spectrometer-based method and correlate it with a standard camera-based beam profile method.

Materials and Methods: A broad spectrum LED LCU (Ascent OL5, CAO Group) was mounted above a spectrometer (MARC® Resin Calibrator, BlueLight Analytics) at exposure distances of 1.0, 1.5 or 2.5 mm. The position of the center of the LCU was aligned with the spectrometer’s cosine corrector sensor, and then moved in 1-mm increments in the x-y plane, while concomitantly recording the irradiance. The recorded irradiance was systematically organized and reported in function of the distance from the center of the LCU exiting window. Using a standard camera-based beam profiler, a beam profile of the LCU was obtained and the above approach was emulated to the beam profile. For both methods, the irradiance decreases related to the value measured at the center position was analyzed by calculating the slope, using a linear correlation.

Results: Both methods showed that moving away from the center showed decreased irradiation. The beam profile of the LCU is asymmetric. The inhomogeneity of the beam was slightly lower with farther distance from the LCU’s light exciting window. Conclusion: The spectrometer-based method was able to characterize the beam profile of the LCU and can be used in the evaluation of LCUs.

Keywords: light curing units, beam profile, spectrometric analysis.