Odon S. Aréstegui, Patricia Y. N. Poma, Leandro S. Herculano, Gustavo V. B. Lukasievicz, Francine B. Guimarães, Luis C. Malacarne, Mauro L. Baesso, Stephen E. Bialkowski, Nelson G. C. Astrath

Applied Spectroscopy – Volume: 68; Issue: 7; Pages: 777-83; DOI: 10.1366/13-07404

We propose a combined thermal lens and thermal mirror method as concurrent photothermal techniques for the physical characterization of polymers. This combined method is used to investigate polymers as a function of temperature from room temperature up to 170 °C. The method permits a direct determination of thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity. Additional measurements of specific heat, linear thermal expansion, and temperature-dependent optical path change are also performed. A complete set of thermal, optical, and mechanical properties of polycarbonate and poly (methyl methacrylate) samples are obtained. Methods presented here can be useful for in situ characterization of semitransparent materials, where fast and non-contacting measurements are required.