Vitor S. Zanuto, Otávio A. Capeloto, Marcelo Sandrini, Luis C. Malcarne, Nelson G. C. Astrath, Stephen E. Bialkowski.

Applied Spectroscopy – Volume:71 , Issue:5 , Pages: 1-7 , DOI: 10.1177/0003702816662888.

Recent improvements in the modeling of photo-induced thermo–optical–mechanical effects have broadened the application of photothermal techniques to a large class of solids and fluids. During laser excitation, changes in optical reflectivity due to temperature variation may affect the photothermal signal. In this study, the influence of the reflectivity change due to heating is analyzed for two pump–probe photothermal techniques, thermal lens and thermal mirror. A linear equation for the temperature dependence of the reflectivity is derived, and the solution is tested using optical properties of semitransparent and opaque materials. For semi-transparent materials, the influence of the reflectivity change in photothermal signals is less than 0.01%, while for opaque materials it is lower than 3%.