Thermoreflectance of metal transducers for optical pump-probe studies of thermal properties

R. B. Wilson, Brent A. Apgar, Lane W. Martin, David G. Cahill

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We report measurements of the temperature dependence of the optical reflectivity, dR/dT of fifteen metallic elements at a wavelength of λ = 1.03 μm by time-domain thermoreflectance (TDTR); and the thermoreflectance of thin-films of Pt, Ta, Al, Au, SrRuO3, and LaNiO3 over the wavelength range 0.4 <λ< 1.6 μm using variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry. At λ = 1.03 μm, Al, Ta, Re, Ru, have high values of thermoreflectance, dR/dT > 6·10-5K-1, and are good choices as optical transducers for TDTR experiments using a Yb:fiber laser oscillator. If low optical reflectivity and the associated high degree of steady-state heating are not a concern, LaNiO3 provides an exceptionally sensitive thermometer in the infrared; (1/R)(dR/dT) > 2.5·10-4 K-1 in the wavelength range 0.85 < λ < 1.3 μm. This compilation of data will assist in the design and interpretation of optical pump-probe studies of thermal properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28829-28838
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Issue number27
StatePublished - Dec 17 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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