Abstract

We present an analysis of laser calorimetric data that deduces both the bulk and the surface absorption in a single run. The method involves use of long rod geometry combined with an analytical solution of the heat equation for the temperature distribution in a sample that is heated both internally and on the surfaces. Bulk and surface absorption coefficients, heat transfer coefficient, and thermal diffusivity appear as parameters; the last is treated as known, and the thermal rise curve is fitted to the three others. The solution obtained is valid at all points and times, and measurement of the temperature during and after laser heating at different points therefore narrows the possible fit considerably. Examples illustrating the method are presented for ZnSe, CaF2, NaF:Li, NaCl, KBr, and KCl at 2.7 μm, 3.8 μm, and 10.6 μm. Surface absorption is found to be dominant in all cases.

© 1976 Optical Society of America

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