Probing anisotropic heat transport using time-domain thermoreflectance with offset laser spots

Joseph P. Feser, David G. Cahill

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An analytic solution is derived for the time-domain thermoreflectance signal that occurs using non-concentric pump and probe beams on multilayer anisotropic materials. When in-plane heat transport is negligible, the experimental signal is the same as for the concentric case. However, for samples where in-plane heat diffusion distances are comparable to the spot size, the signal is sensitive to in-plane heat transport. This sensitivity to in-plane transport can be exploited to measure the in-plane thermal conductivity. Examples with experimental data are given for thin-film Al and the in-plane thermal conductivity of pyrolytic graphite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104901
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation

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