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High-speed thermo-microscope for imaging thermal desorption phenomena



Matthew E. Staymates, John G. Gillen


In this work, we describe a new imaging system, called a thermo-microscope, that can be used to visualize atmospheric pressure thermal desorption phenomena at high heating rates and frame rates. The system consists of a zoom lens coupled to a high-speed video camera that is focused on the surface of an aluminum nitride heating element. In a typical experiment, the material of interest is rapidly heated beyond its boiling point while the camera captures images at several thousand frames per second. A data acquisition system, along with an embedded thermocouple and infrared pyrometer are used to measure the temperature of the heater surface. We demonstrate that, while a typical thermocouple lacks the response time to accurately measure temperature ramps that approach 150°C per second, it is possible to calibrate the system by using a combination of infrared pyrometry, melting point standards, and a thermocouple. Several examples of high-explosives undergoing rapid thermal desorption are also presented.
Review of Scientific Instruments


thermal desorption, high-speed videography


Staymates, M. and Gillen, J. (2012), High-speed thermo-microscope for imaging thermal desorption phenomena, Review of Scientific Instruments (Accessed December 9, 2023)
Created July 25, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017