Optical Techniques for Local Measurement

  • Stefan Dilhaire
  • Danièle Fournier
  • Gilles Tessier
Part of the Topics in Applied Physics book series (TAP, volume 107)


Optical measurement techniques are well suited to many heat transfer problems, insofar as they are non-contact and generally non-invasive. Far-field measurements of infrared thermal emission were for a long time the predominant method. But today these techniques have reached their limits: the spatial resolution is not adequate for micro and nanoheat transfer analysis.

In this Chapter, we shall review the main optical techniques devised recently to overcome these limitations. A great many of these techniques operate in a modulated regime, taking advantage of the excellent signal-to-noise ratio provided by lock-in detection, but also exploiting the spatial confinement of the modulated part of the heat obtained in the alternating regime.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Dilhaire
    • 1
  • Danièle Fournier
    • 2
  • Gilles Tessier
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre de Physique Moléculaire Optique et HertzienneUniversity of BordeauxBordeaux
  2. 2.Laboratoire d’Optique Physique, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de ParisUniversity of Paris VIParis
  3. 3.Laboratoire d’Optique PhysiqueEcole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de ParisParis

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