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http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2049724
Just bought this. Is this somehow a IR emitter and detector in one, or just an emitter?
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Detector.  The photocurrent gets amplified by the transistor action so you get more current for a given amount of
light than a photodiode...
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[ actually to be complete I should say that all semiconductor pn-junctions can emit light, especially if designed
with a transparent package, but a phototransistor is optimized for detection, not emitting, a good emitter LED
will be orders of magnitude brighter than a random bipolar device. ]

The reason plastic transistor packages are black is specifically to prevent unwanted photo-transistor action, BTW!
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