8th Workshop on Photoacoustics and Photothermics
J. Phys. IV France
The 8t International Workshop on Photoacoustics and Photothermics took place at Tourist-Sport Center
"Zagro" in Szczyrk as a part of 32nd Winter School on Molecular and Quantum Acoustics. These
Workshops have been organized every year since 1996, by the Upper-Silesian Division of Polish
Acoustical Society in co-operation with Institute of Physics, Silesian Technical University of Gliwice.
Traditionally, the workshops take place in small towns in Beskidy Mountains in the last week of
February. They always start on Thursday afternoon and end on Friday evening.
The workshop is a place where scientists and
students working either in the field of photoacoustics
and photothermics or simply applying photoacoustic and photothermal effects in another investigations
may present their own, original results, discuss problems and ideas, listen to review lectures presented by
representatives of research group and laboratories from different countries. In addition, what is also very
important, participants may establish new acquaintances essential for future cooperation.
The meeting brings together members
of all Polish research groups working in photoacoustics and
photothermics and invited guests from abroad. Scientists who join the meeting for the first time present
review lectures, characterizing activity of their research groups. Contributed papers are devoted to the
newest results. It is also possible to show results of ongoing projects in the form of posters.
The Proceedings contain full
texts of 15 papers presented during the 8th Workshop on
Photoacoustics and Photothermics. Physical and technical topics concerning use of thermal waves in
measurements were the main subject of interest. Papers comprise problems of theoretical description of
photothermal phenomenon, models of different detection schemes, proposals of new measuring methods.
A few papers present results of material studies. There are also very interesting contributions showing
potential applications of photoacoustic measurements in medicine and biology. Two papers concem
advantages and disadvantages of photoacoustic spectroscopy in chemistry, surface sciences and
The Organizers gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Polish State Committee of
Scientific Research received via the Polish Acoustical Society.
I would also like to thank the authors, chairmen of the sessions,
and debaters for their
contributions, the whole group of colleagues and co-workers for their assistance in organizing the meeting
and helping to provide a good scientific and social atmosphere during the Workshop.
I would dedicate this Proceedings to the
Memory of Prof. Zygmunt Kleszczewski, Director of the
Institute of Physics, Silesian University of Technology, who died suddenly in May 2003. Since the idea
of these Workshops arose in 1995, he has always supported it and helped me in this undertaking. He will
be greatly missed for his friendly personality.
(Silesian University of Technology,Gliwice, 12th May 2003)
© EDP Sciences 2003