Photoacoustic & Photothermal Phenomena
Research in Photoacoustic and Photothermal Phenomena is represented by a Gordon Research Conference which was first established in 1992 by G. Diebold of Brown University and was held at Colby-Sawyer College, in New London, New Hampshire. This meeting, which is held on a biannual basis, attracts researchers from a wide range of disciplines, from applied physics and engineering to chemistry, biology, medicine, agricultural and the environmental sciences. This GRC is customarily held in alternate years to the International Topical Meeting on Photoacoustic and Photothermal Phenomena, which is a world wide congress representing this research community. Related conferences sharing common interests with those of this field include the Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, the Ultrasonics International Symposium, The European Thermophysics Symposium, the IEEE UFFC Ultrasonics Symposia, SPIE Thermosense and the Topical Meeting on the Nondestructive Characterization of Materials.
Despite the diversity of the research areas represented by this conference, the common interest of all participants is the observation and measurement of thermal, acoustic and related effects which occur when materials are exposed to modulated or transient beams of radiation. From the first investigations, the vast potential for photoacoustic and photothermal phenomena has provided a diverse array of sensitive detection techniques and new imaging mechanisms for the analysis of material structure.
What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.