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Non-contact passive temperature measuring system and method of operation using micro-mechanical sensors

United States Patent

April 18, 2000
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A non-contact infrared thermometer measures target temperatures remotely without requiring the ratio of the target size to the target distance to the thermometer. A collection means collects and focusses target IR radiation on an IR detector. The detector measures thermal energy of the target over a spectrum using micromechanical sensors. A processor means calculates the collected thermal energy in at least two different spectral regions using a first algorithm in program form and further calculates the ratio of the thermal energy in the at least two different spectral regions to obtain the target temperature independent of the target size, distance to the target and emissivity using a second algorithm in program form.
Thundat; Thomas G. (Knoxville, TN), Oden; Patrick I. (Knoxville, TN), Datskos; Panagiotis G. (Knoxville, TN)
09/ 047,358
March 25, 1998
This invention was made with Government support under contract DE-AC0S-960R22464 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation, and the Government has certain rights in this invention.