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Design and operation of a highly sensitive and accurate laser calorimeter for low-absorbtion materials
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Paper Abstract

This work surveys techniques to measure the absorption coefficient of low absorption materials. A laser calorimeter is being developed with a sensitivity goal of (1 +/- 0.2)X 10-5 cm-1 with one watt of laser power using a CO2 laser (9 (mu) m to 11 (mu) m), a CO laser (5 (mu) m to 8 (mu) m), a He-Ne laser (3.39 (mu) m), and a pumped OPO tunable laser (2 (mu) m to 4 (mu) m) in the infrared region. Much attention has been given to the requirements for high sensitivity and to sources of systematic error including stray light. Our laser calorimeter is capable of absolute electrical calibration. Preliminary results for the absorption coefficient of highly transparent potassium chloride (KCl) samples are reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3425, Optical Diagnostic Methods for Inorganic Transmissive Materials, (8 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.326660
Show Author Affiliations
Etsuo Kawate, National Institute of Standards and Technology (Japan)
Leonard M. Hanssen, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Simon G. Kaplan, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Raju V. Datla, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3425:
Optical Diagnostic Methods for Inorganic Transmissive Materials
Raju V. Datla; Leonard M. Hanssen, Editor(s)

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