This book provides a comprehensive framework for workers in materials science, physics, chemistry, metrology and non-destructive testing, entering the field of photothermal and thermal wave techniques and can be used by those making use of these methods for a wide range of applications. The essential physics is covered from basic principles, using thermal wave analysis to gain physical insight. Each of the commonly used measurement systems is described and assessed, and the major application areas: spectroscopy; non-destructive evaluation; thermal properties measurement and semiconductor material evaluation are each reviewed.
Introduction. History. Overview. Thermal waves. Optical generation of thermal waves - photothermal effect. Instrumentation and detection techniques. Transient thermal phenomena. Photoacoustic spectroscopy and its applications. Thermal wave non-destructive evaluation. Characterization of semiconducting materials. Thermal property measurement. Monitoring and measurement of gases and the atmosphere.