Accurate Photopyroelectric Calorimetry Applied to Isotopic Liquid Mixtures

D. Dadarlat, C. Neamtu, V. Tosa, M. Streza

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The suitability of the photopyroelectric (PPE) calorimetry for detection of molecular associations in binary liquid mixtures was investigated. Accurate PPE measurements in two detection configurations (using the information contained only in the phase of the PPE signal) were performed to obtain the values of thermal diffusivity and effusivity. The limits of the method were tested by detecting isotopic effects in H2OD2O and DMSO(6H)DMSO(6D) mixtures. The composition behaviour of the above mentioned thermal parameters for DMSO(6H)H2O mixtures was presented for comparison. Small isotopic effects in thermal diffusivity were observed for H2OD2O and DMSO(6H)DMSO(6D) mixtures (about 4% and 8%, respectively).

Keywords: photopyroelectric calorimetry, thermal diffusivity, thermal effusivity, molecular associations, isotopic mixtures