Physical Aspects of Infrared Thermography

  • J. Steketee


Thermography in the widest sense of the term can be defined as the recording of temperature. In a similar way the well known rotating drum which records the air-temperature can be thought of as a thermograph. Indeed, such an instrument is often combined with a barograph and/or a hygrograph. However, nowadays the term thermography is mostly used in a narrower sense for a method of forming an image (the thermogram) of the temperature distribution over the surface of a body1 and this is achieved by using the radiation emitted from the surface of the body. Some authors call this tele-thermography to distinguish the method from contact thermography in which the thermal sensor is in direct contact with the body (eg liquid crystal thermography).2 In (tele-) thermography we may distinguish:
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    Infrared thermography using the infrared radiation emitted by the surface of the body at wavelengths between 0.8 μm and 1 mm.

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    Microwave Thermography using the microwave energy emitted by the body at wavelengths between 1 mm and 1 m.3



Heat Transfer Coefficient Skin Temperature Modulation Transfer Function Spectral Emissivity Infrared Thermography 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Steketee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological and Medical PhysicsErasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

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