FURI | Spring 2021

Simultaneous Microscale Optical Spectroscopy and Thermoreflectance Analysis

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This research will study temperature-dependent spectral properties at the microscale by combining a microscope setup for Microscale Optical Reflection and Transmission (MORT) that analyzes light spectrum and the Scanning Laser Thermoreflectance (TR) setup that measures temperature using the optical reflectance for simultaneous measurement of both properties. Previous research has been done with TR to analyze temperature on the microscale, however, they have not studied its relationship to other properties. This will assist in understanding heat transfer related to optics, especially in understanding how the spectrum of light impacts the temperature of solar panels and therefore its efficiency.

Student researcher

Audrey Mendez

Audrey Mendez

Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2021