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Imaging phosphor thermometry from T = 20 °C to 450 °C using the time-domain intensity ratio technique

Sutton, G; Greenen, A; Roebuck, B; Machin, G (2019) Imaging phosphor thermometry from T = 20 °C to 450 °C using the time-domain intensity ratio technique. Measurement Science and Technology, 30 (4). 044002 ISSN 0957-0233

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Abstract

We present a traceable imaging phosphor thermometry system using the time-domain intensity ratio technique and demonstrate low uncertainty (u(T) < 1 °C) surface temperature measurements over the temperature range 20 °C to 450 °C, using the thermographic phosphor Mg4FGeO6:Mn. Typically, imaging phosphor thermometry systems make use of the intensity ratio of the phosphor emission in two discrete wavelength bands, measured simultaneously with two cameras viewing the same surface. However, difficulties can arise with image registration (the requirement to spatially align the two images) due to lens distortion, non-normal viewing angles and camera alignment, and this can result in large temperature errors. The time domain intensity ratio technique presented here avoids these difficulties by capturing two images at different times during the phosphorescence decay process with a single monochrome camera. Each pixel of the camera integrates the light collected over the exposure time. By careful selection of an appropriate exposure time, along with the timing of each exposure (image gating), it is possible to collect two specific time integrated portions of the phosphor decay curve. The phosphor decay constant can then be calculated quickly and uniquely from the ratio of these two signals and related to the temperature through suitable calibration. With this technique, there is no requirement for high frame-rates and satisfactory results can be obtained with a relatively inexpensive camera provided that suitable triggering and exposure control are available. Here, we provide a detailed description of the technique, the instrumentation, calibration, and preliminary measurements results. Additionally, a sensitivity analysis and an uncertainty budget are provided.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Phosphor, Imaging, Temperature, Ratio, Intensity
Subjects: Engineering Measurements > Thermal
Divisions: Engineering, Materials & Electrical Science
Identification number/DOI: 10.1088/1361-6501/ab04ea
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2019 12:58
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/8354

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