Application of Pyrometry in High Temperature Measurement

Pyrometry is the measurement of high temperatures by observing the radiation from the hot body. There are however other methods which are sometimes used in this kind of high temperature measurement such as the insertion of a number of ceramic cones of slightly different compositions into the furnace. The melting points of these cones increase from one to the next by about 200C. The temperature of the furnace lies between the melting points of adjacent cones, one of which softens and collapses, and the other of which does not. The temperature of steel, when it is below red heat, can be judged by its color, which depends on the thickness of the oxide film upon it. Temperatures below red heat can also be estimated by the use of paints, which change color at known temperatures.

There are different types of pyrometers used in pyrometry such as total radiation pyrometers and optical pyrometers, which we shall discuss later, however, radiation pyrometers can be used only above red-heat temperatures(about 6000C).

Comparison of Pyrometers: How the Temperature of the Sun is Determined

In Pyrometry, the Total Radiation and Optical Pyrometers agree within the limits of experimental error 1/20C at 17500C, about 40 at 28000C. The choice between them is decided solely by convenience. The International temperature scale above the gold point (1063.0oC) is defined in terms of an optical pyrometer.

The range of a radiation pyrometer can be extended by cutting down the radiation admitted to it. A disc from which an angle, θ radians has been cut out is rotated in front of the pyrometer, so that the radiation entering is cut down in the ratio θ/2π. The pyrometer then indicates a temperature T1, which is less than the true temperature T2 of the source. The temperatures T are expressed in K to simplify the calculation which follows.

If the pyrometer is of the total radiation type, then we can use Stefan’s law. The radiation from a body at T2 K is proportional to T24. The pyrometer receives radiation represented by the temperature T1, and therefore proportional to T14.

Therefore,   θ/2π = T14/T24

Then, T2 = T1(2π/ θ)1/4

In this way, the surface temperature of the sun has been estimated. The value found agrees with that estimated from the wavelength of the sun’s most intense radiation which is about 6000K.

A sectored disc can be used to extend the range of an optical pyrometer, but the calculation is more difficult than for a total radiation pyrometer.

Pyrometry and Types of  Pyrometers

Pyrometry is the measurement of a material’s temperature through its thermal radiation. This allows pyrometers to provide accurate, non-contact temperature measurements.

They detect thermal radiation from a targeted object at a wavelength of 2-14um and transmit the information to a detector that is highly sensitive to radiation waves. This information is then used to determine the target temperature.

Pyrometry and Optical Pyrometers

Optical pyrometers are used in a variety of applications to measure noncontact temperatures. They work on the principle of determining the temperature of a distant object from its radiation, which depends on the surface temperature. The pyrometer consists of an optical system and a detector. The optical system focuses the thermal radiation on the detector, which converts it into an electrical signal. This signal is proportional to the temperature of the hot body, which can be calculated from Planck’s law and the Stefan-Boltzmann constant.

The basic optical pyrometer is composed of a lens, filament lamp, and red filter that are all lined up in a straight line. The lens captures the radiation from the hot body and reflects it onto the reference filament. The current flowing through the filament changes the brightness of the filament, which can be observed with the eyepiece and red filter. The temperature of the hot body is calculated by comparing the brightness of the filament with the color of the reflected radiation. The emissivity of the material is also determined by using tables provided by manufacturers.

This type of pyrometer is commonly used for substrate temperature measurement in MBE systems. However, it has a number of drawbacks. First, it is prone to stray light caused by items such as ion gauges and effusion sources. Additionally, it is difficult to calibrate. In addition, it is difficult to distinguish between the temperature of the substrate and the filament, which can result in inaccurate readings.

Another important factor to consider when selecting an optical pyrometer is its operating wavelength. The wavelength of the emission and absorption lines is different for every material. Therefore, the pyrometer must be selected to detect the emission lines that correspond to the material being measured. This is particularly important for MBE applications, where the temperature of the wafers and platen is critical to growth.

The main advantage of this type of pyrometer is its simplicity and low cost. It is an excellent choice for applications where the temperature of the sample must be measured quickly and accurately. However, it is not suitable for automatic temperature control systems.

Pyrometry and Infrared Pyrometers

Infrared pyrometers, also known as infrared thermometers, are non-contact temperature measurement devices that use advanced optics to focus on the thermal radiation emitted by an object. These sensors then convert this radiation into an electrical signal that is analyzed to give the temperature reading. They can detect a wide range of temperatures and are highly accurate. IR pyrometers can be used in many applications where contact probes are impractical or dangerous to use. They are often used in industrial settings where a temperature probe cannot be inserted into the process due to high temperatures or hazardous environments.

Infrared pyrometry is based on the fact that all objects above absolute zero emit electromagnetic energy in the form of thermal radiation. These thermal emissions are proportional to the surface temperature of the object. The infrared pyrometers use advanced optics to focus on the specific point of measurement of the object, which is referred to as the field of view (FOV). Using the principle of light diffraction, the FOV can be adjusted depending on the application.

A pyrometer is made up of a lens that produces a focused spot measurement on the object to be measured, a filter for the desired infrared wavelength response, and a detector. It then uses mathematical principles and algorithms to turn the infrared radiation into an output that is expressed as a temperature value. Infrared pyrometers come in different configurations to meet the needs of various industrial applications. Some use two different wavebands and a number of narrow wavelengths to calculate the temperature while others utilize just one of these spectral bands.

Typically, a pyrometer will have a percent energy capture specification, which indicates the percentage of the thermal radiation that is being captured by the sensor. A pyrometer with a low percent energy capture specification may measure a larger area of the object, which can include surfaces that are colder than the target, or surfaces on the side of the target or behind it. This can lead to inaccuracies in the measurements.

Pyrometry and Pyrometer systems are a vital part of industrial processes and provide curtail temperature measurement data that ensures safe and efficient operations. They are used in the glass industry to monitor melting of the molten glass, in metal/steel industries to measure the temperature of the molten metal, and in food and beverage processes to ensure that they are safe for consumption.

Dual-Wavelength Pyrometers

The term pyrometer (derived from the Greek root pyro, meaning fire) is a general description of a non-contacting device that intercepts thermal radiation to determine surface temperature. It can also be referred to as a radiation thermometer or an infrared thermometer. In pyrometry, a pyrometer can be used in conjunction with other measurement techniques, such as photoelectric and pressure sensors to perform multi-dimensional measurements of the sample. The resulting data can then be used to provide information on material microstructure and distribution of stresses in the sample.

Dual-Wavelength pyrometers use two separate and distinct wavelength sets on a filter wheel to measure the hottest temperature in their field of view. This design gives them some very unique capabilities. Dual-Wavelength pyrometers can tolerate water, steam, flames, plasma and laser energy, while remaining accurate. They are also more tolerant of scale, misalignment and optical obstructions than two-color pyrometers.

In the petrochemical industry, pyrometry also has application. Here, industrial infrared pyrometers are used for a variety of applications. These devices are used for monitoring flares and pyrometer reactors, as well as measuring temperatures on metal products like aluminum and steel billets in hot rolling mills. These pyrometers can also be used to monitor regenerative burners and other chemical reactors in process plants.

Williamson’s industrial infrared pyrometer technology is available in two different ratio technologies: two-color and our unique dual-wavelength sensor. Ratio pyrometers use the ratio of infrared energy measured at two different wavelengths to create a temperature reading. This allows the sensor to compensate for emissivity variation, partially filled fields of view, and optical obstructions.

A common problem with pyrometry is that pyrometers may not be able to measure the surface of some materials because something is interfering with infrared energy from the surface. This can be caused by a number of things, including cooling of the material, and is often caused by steam, smoke, or other atmospheric obstructions. It can also be caused by a poor focus on the target.

In these situations, it’s important to use a pyrometer with an adequate field of view and the correct optical aperture size. Using the wrong size lens can lead to a pyrometer that is unable to accurately measure the temperature of a target. It can also cause a pyrometer to overestimate the temperature of a target.


We can also observe pyrometry in thermocouples. Thermocouples are a common method for measuring temperature. They are used extensively in science and industry due to their versatility, cost-effectiveness and ability to measure a wide range of temperatures. Thermocouples are made up of two dissimilar metal wires joined together to form a junction that generates a small voltage when heated or cooled. The resulting current can be measured to determine the temperature of the hot or cold junction.

There are many types of thermocouples available, but all have the same basic structure. The pairs of wires that make up the thermocouple are insulated from each other except at the thermocouple sensor. Any contact between the different parts of the thermocouple will modify the voltage and produce a false reading. Thermocouple manufacturers carefully select the alloys that go into each type of thermocouple to ensure that the resulting voltages correspond to specific temperatures.

When measuring temperatures below freezing, it is important to choose the right thermocouple. Most common types (Type K, Type J, and Type T) can be used for temperature measurements as low as -200C, but the alloys need to be specially chosen to ensure that the published accuracies are met.

Optical pyrometers can also be used for very low temperatures. They use an infrared sensor to detect thermal radiation and convert it into a electrical signal. The signal is compared with the output of a calibrated light source and the temperature of the target object is determined from the difference.

Infrared pyrometers have the advantage of being non-contact. They can measure the temperature of an object even if it is in motion. This is especially important for applications such as welding, where the target might move or change shape.

Thermocouple voltages are not necessarily proportional to temperature, but they are linear and can be converted using standard tables. Thermocouple manufacturers produce a variety of voltage to temperature charts that can be downloaded from their websites. The chart will help you find the correct calibration for your specific thermocouple.

Thermocouples have a number of other benefits. They are robust, can handle high vibrations and have a fast response time. They can be easily connected to a PLC and are inexpensive, making them a very popular choice for temperature measurement in industrial processes.