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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 1981
  • pp: 1333–1344

Photothermal deflection spectroscopy and detection

W. B. Jackson, N. M. Amer, A. C. Boccara, and D. Fournier  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 20, Issue 8, pp. 1333-1344 (1981)

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The theory for a sensitive spectroscopy based on the photothermal deflection of a laser beam is developed. We consider cw and pulsed cases of both transverse and collinear photothermal deflection spectroscopy for solids, liquids, gases, and thin films. The predictions of the theory are experimentally verified, its implications for imaging and microscopy are given, and the sources of noise are analyzed. The sensitivity and versatility of photothermal deflection spectroscopy are compared with thermal lensing and photoacoustic spectroscopy.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: October 16, 1980
Published: April 15, 1981

W. B. Jackson, N. M. Amer, A. C. Boccara, and D. Fournier, "Photothermal deflection spectroscopy and detection," Appl. Opt. 20, 1333-1344 (1981)

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