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Advances in Optical Technologies
Volume 2012, Article ID 484650, 7 pages
Research Article

Micro-Scale Thermal Imaging of Organic and Polymeric Materials with Cooled and Uncooled Infrared Cameras

1Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1, S8-29, Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8550, Japan
2ai-Phase Co., Ltd., 2-15-19, Kami-osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0021, Japan

Received 10 August 2012; Revised 19 November 2012; Accepted 22 November 2012

Academic Editor: Antoni Rogalski

Copyright © 2012 J. Morikawa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The emissivity corrected thermal imaging combined with a real-time direct imposed-signal system on the freezing of biological cells is presented, which makes it possible to visualize the exothermic latent heat at a minus temperature. The applicability of the uncooled micro bolometer (thermal detector) to the micro-scale thermal analysis on the phase transitions of organic and polymeric materials is discussed in comparison with the photon detector, equipped with the optics originally designed.