Photoacoustic measurement of the Gruneisen parameter using an integrating sphere

Y.Y. Villanueva, Erwin Hondebrink, Wilhelmina Petersen, Wiendelt Steenbergen

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A method that uses an integrating sphere as a platform for photoacoustic measurement of the Grüneisen parameter Γ of absorbing liquids is developed. Derivation of a simple equation for determining Γ is presented. This equation only requires the voltage peak-to-peak value of the photoacoustic signal detected by a flat transducer and the relative energy of the incident light measured by a photodetector. Absolute detector sensitivities are not required. However, a calibration procedure is necessary. An experimental setup is constructed in order to implement and verify the method. Aqueous ink solutions are used as absorbing liquids to determine the calibration (instrument) constants. Validation of the equation is done by determining Γ of ethanol at room temperature. The obtained value of Γ ethanol = 0.72 ± 0.06 has a 7% relative difference to the calculated value from known thermal properties reported in literature.
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Article number074904
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JournalReview of scientific instruments
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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  • IR-94935

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