Photothermal deflection spectroscopy

Photothermal deflection spectroscopy

Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy is a kind of spectroscopy that measures the change in refractive index due to laser heating of a surface. It works via the mirage effect where a refractive index gradient exists adjacent to the substrate's surface. The test laser beam is diffracted or bent in a manner proportional to the temperature of the surface. From this the ratio of absorption over scattering can be determined.

It is of particular value in situations where "pass through" or transmission spectroscopy can't be used.

Typically the surface is heated using a pulsed light source. A lock-in amplifier is then used to measure deflections found at this frequency.

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Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy is a kind of spectroscopy that measures the change in refractive index due to light induced heating of a surface. It works via the mirage effect where a refractive index gradient exists adjacent to the substrate's surface. The test laser beam is diffracted or bent in a manner proportional to the temperature of the surface. From this the ratio of absorption over scattering can be determined.

It is of particular value in situations where "pass through" or transmission spectroscopy can't be used.

Typically the surface is heated using a pulsed light source. A lock-in amplifier is then used to measure deflections found at this frequency.

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