Volume 2, Issue 10 (November 2005)

    Photo Thermal Micro-Spectroscopy — A New Method for Infared Analysis of Materials

    (Received 11 June 2004; accepted 17 May 2005)

    Published Online: 2005


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    Many modern materials are composite structures with complex morphologies that play a large role in determining the material function. The ability to investigate the relationship between structure and property on a microscopic scale can play a crucial role in material development. Micro-Thermal Analysis (μTA)™ is a unique set of analytical techniques for characterizing materials on a micrometer and nanometer scale. Micro-TA combines the imaging power of atomic force microscopy with the ability to analyze physical, mechanical, thermal, and chemical characteristics at a specific point of interest on the surface of a material. At the heart of the technique is a miniaturized thermal probe. In a new technique termed Photo Thermal Micro-Spectroscopy (PTMS), this thermal probe is used to detect temperature fluctuations in samples that have been irradiated by IR radiation. A Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectrum can be constructed from this information. This paper describes the PTMS technique and discusses recent applications.

    Author Information:

    Slough, CG
    TA Instruments, New Castle, DE

    Hammiche, A
    Lancaster University, Lancaster,

    Reading, M
    University of East Anglia, Norwich,

    Pollock, HM
    Lancaster University, Lancaster,

    Stock #: JAI12800

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI12800

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    Title Photo Thermal Micro-Spectroscopy — A New Method for Infared Analysis of Materials
    Symposium Techniques in Thermal Analysis:Hyphenated Techniques, Thermal Analysis of the Surface, and Fast Rate, 2004-05-25
    Committee E37