Abstract

The spectrally resolved low-level absorption of thin films and of solid and liquid surfaces was measured by cavity-enhanced photothermal spectroscopy. The technique is ultrasensitive and can determine surface-specific absorbances α(ω) ~ 10−6 at a power density of 104W/cm2. Both cases of continuous wave and modulated laser light absorption were studied experimentally and are interpreted theoretically. It is shown that it is possible to achieve a spatial resolution of absorbance variations in the few-micrometer range. The thermal diffusivity can also be simultaneously measured by observing the time evolution of the surface temperature during laser irradiation.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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