Laser-Induced Thermal Emission (LITE) spectroscopy is introduced as an analytical technique for condensed-phase specimens. In this technique, a laser beam is used to locally heat the specimen, and the mid-infrared thermal emission is observed. Two different materials and different thicknesses
of each material were examined with LITE. The equilibrium temperature attained during a LITE measurement was estimated to be about 50°C. The advantages of LITE over conventional thermal emission are noted. The multiple dimensions of information present and some of the potential analytical
applications of LITE are discussed.
Department of Chemistry, BG-10, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195
Publication date: March 1, 1988
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