Dosimetric and spectroradiometric investigations of glass-filtered solar UV

Parisi, Alfio V. and Turnbull, David J. and Kimlin, Michael G. (2007) Dosimetric and spectroradiometric investigations of glass-filtered solar UV. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 83 (4). pp. 777-781. ISSN 0031-8655


The aims of this paper were to investigate how glass filtered UV irradiances vary with glass thickness, lamination of the glass and the effect of SZA, and to measure the glass filtered UV exposures to different receiving planes with a newly developed UVA dosimeter. Spectroradiometric and dosimetric techniques were employed in the experimental approach. The percentage of the glass filtered solar UV compared to the unfiltered UV ranged from 59% to 70% and was influenced to a small extent by the glass thickness and the solar zenith angle (SZA). The laminated glass transmitted 11 to 12% and the windscreen glass transmitted 2.5 to 2.6%. The influence of the SZA was less for the thicker glass than it was for the thinner glass. The change in transmission was less than 14% for the SZA between 48 and 71 degrees. There was negligible influence due to the SZA on the glass transmitted UV of the laminated and windscreen glass. The influence of the glass thickness in the range of 2 mm to 6 mm on the percentage transmission was less than 16%. The influences of the glass thickness and the SZA on the glass transmitted UV have been incorporated in the use of a UVA dosimeter for the glass transmitted UV exposures. The UVA dosimeter was employed in the field to measure the glass filtered UV exposures to different receiving planes. The UVA dosimeter reported has the potential for personal solar UVA exposure measurements.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive version is available at This invited paper is part of the Symposium-in-Print: UV Effects in Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2007 12:32
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: glass; skin cancer; UVA; filtered; dosimeter; solar spectroradiometer
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029904 Synchrotrons; Accelerators; Instruments and Techniques
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1562/2006-08-20-RA-1007

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