2007 Volume 2 Pages S1116
We obtained the local foil properties of the JT-60U imaging bolometer foil (a single graphite-coated gold foil with an effective area of 9 × 7 cm2 and a nominal thickness of 2.5 μm) such as the thermal diffusivity, κ, and the product of the thermal conductivity, k, and the thickness, tf , by calibrating some parts of the foil. Calibration of the foil was made in situ using a He-Ne laser (∼27 mW) as a known radiation source to heat the foil. The thermal images of the foil are provided by an infrared (IR) camera (microbolometer type). The parameters are determined by finite element modeling (FEM) of the foil temperature and comparing the solution to the experimental results. In this work we apply this calibration technique to investigate the spatial variation of the foil parameters. Significant variation in the local temperature rise of the foil due to local heating by the laser beam indicates a spatial variation of the foil parameters κ, k and tf. This variation is possibly due to nonuniformity in carbon coating and/or the thickness of the foil.