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Optical temperature sensor using thermochromic semiconductors

United States Patent

5,772,328
June 30, 1998
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An optical temperature measuring device utilizes thermochromic semiconductors which vary in color in response to changes in temperature. The thermochromic material is sealed in a glass matrix which allows the temperature sensor to detect high temperatures without breakdown. Cuprous oxide and cadmium sulfide are among the semiconductor materials which provide the best results. The changes in color may be detected visually using a sensor chip and an accompanying color card.
Kronberg; James W. (Aiken, SC)
The United States of America as represented by the United States (Washington, DC)
08/ 667,058
June 20, 1996
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC09-89SR18035 between the United States Department of Energy and Westinghouse Savannah River Company.