J. Phys. IV France
Volume 125, June 2005
Page(s) 109 - 111

J. Phys. IV France 125 (2005) 109-111

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2005125025

Photoreflectance imaging of a quasi one-dimensional "thermal wave"

G. Tessier1, J. Jumel2, D. Rochais3, F. Enguehard3 and D. Fournier1

1  UPR A0005 /ESPCI, Laboratoire d'Optique Physique, 10 rue Vauquelin, 75005 Paris, France
2  LMT Cachan, 61 Av. du Président Wilson, 94235 Cachan, France
3  CEA/Le Ripault, BP. 16, 37260 Monts, France

We propose a simple configuration to obtain images of the diffusion of a quasi 1-dimensional "thermal wave" in homogeneous or heterogeneous media. One side of the sample is broadly heated by a modulated CO2 laser beam, while the alternative temperature distribution is imaged on a perpendicular facet using a CCD-based thermoreflectance microscope. We validate the principle of this technique on a simple aluminium-coated glass substrate, in which amplitude and phase images of the reflectivity variations are measured. From these measurements, we derive a diffusivity of 10-2 cm-2s-1, which is close to that of glass. This measurement geometry should prove useful for the characterization of complex media in which micro scale heat diffusion is difficult to measure and model.

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