A Review of Techniques for Measuring Small Optical Losses in Infrared Transmitting Materials

  • Lyn H. Skolnik
Part of the Optical Physics and Engineering book series (OPEG)


We review some recent developments in techniques for measuring small absorption coefficients in the infrared spectral region. This paper considers thermal methods such as thermocouple, optical, and acoustic calorimetry as well as some direct loss techniques including laser differential attenuation measurements and emittance spectroscopy. The various methods are compared on the basis of sensitivity and ease of implementation; advantages and disadvantages of each technique are discussed. Some consideration is given to methods for separating surface, bulk, and scattering losses.


Heat Transfer Coefficient Surface Acoustic Wave Optical Loss Absorption Loss Laser Window 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lyn H. Skolnik
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  1. 1.Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories (AFSC)Hanscom AFBUSA

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