Photothermal Techniques Applied to the Thermal and Optical Characterization of Curcuma longa

  • M. L. Alvarado-Noguez
  • C. Hernández-Aguilar
  • F. A. Domínguez-Pacheco
  • A. Cruz-Orea
  • F. Sánchez-Sinéncio
ATPC 2016
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Asian Thermophysical Properties Conference Papers


In recent years, has been reported an increasing interest to study vegetables and fruits in order to know their benefits to prevent different types of health problems. Curcuma longa has a great potential to prevent diseases as different types of cancer. In the present study, C. longa samples, of different trademarks, were optically and thermally characterized by using photoacoustic spectroscopy and photopyroelectric techniques, obtaining their optical absorption spectra, optical absorption length spectra, the thermal diffusivity, effusivity, conductivity and heat capacity per unit volume, observing optical absorptions corresponding to antioxidant elements, reported such as beneficial for health. These properties also could be important in the food industry for the commercialization of functional foods.


Curcuma longa Photoacoustic spectroscopy Photopyroelectric technique Thermal diffusivity Thermal effusivity 



The authors acknowledge the partial economic support from CONACyT through Project No. 241330, and also the support from Instituto Politécnico Nacional through COFAA, EDI and CONACyT scholarship. We also thank Ing. Esther Ayala Maycotte and Dr. Patricia Rodríguez for their technical support at the Physics Department, CINVESTAV-IPN.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. Alvarado-Noguez
    • 1
  • C. Hernández-Aguilar
    • 1
  • F. A. Domínguez-Pacheco
    • 1
  • A. Cruz-Orea
    • 2
  • F. Sánchez-Sinéncio
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto Politécnico Nacional - SEPI-ESIME, ZacatencoMexico CityMéxico
  2. 2.Departamento de FísicaCentro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados-IPNMexico CityMéxico

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