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Peter Coates joined NPL in 1966, having gained a BSc at Cambridge and a PhD at Imperial College working with shock tubes. On joining the National Physical Laboratory he initially constructed ultra-fast timing circuits for measuring the time of emission of radiation from atoms, a skill he took with him when he joined the temperature section to measure the emission of photons from poorly radiating surfaces by counting individual photons. He transferred to the Temperature Section in 1972, to apply his expertise in photon counting to the NPL primary photoelectric pyrometer built by T. J. Quinn and M. Ford. He was able to make significant improvements in precision use of photomultipliers in the days before silicon photodiodes became established. He and his colleagues, Terence Chandler and John Andrews, also improved the performance and use of pyrometric lamps, including feedback stabilisation of the radiance, and they made the first and most accurate determination of the freezing temperature of palladium for many years. Peter succeeded Terry Quinn as Section head in 1975, while continuing his work in pyrometry. He was an excellent theorist, and produced two or three seminal papers in pyrometry, notably exposing the weaknesses of multiwavelength methods, which had been much trumpeted as overcoming the difficulty of unknown emissivity, showing that it is fundamentally based on an unjustified extrapolation to zero wavelength and that passive techniques alone could not solve the problem. In the early 1980s, dissatisfied with the frustrations of management, he made a second career change and moved to the NPL Time and Frequency group, where he remained until his retirement. He meanwhile drafted most of an authoritative and muchneeded book on 'Radiation Pyrometry', as he preferred to call it. Since his death in 2013 the book has been completed by Dr David Lowe, a current practitioner at NPL. David Lowe gained a BSc in Physics at the University of Wales College of Cardiff and a PhD in engineering at Warwick where he developed optical reflectivity techniques to characterise semiconductor super-lattice structures. He started at NPL in 1999 where he built the replacement for the Quinn and Ford photoelectric pyrometer. While at NPL he has worked on high temperature thermometery reference standards, and has built a number of radiation thermometers for use as calibrated transfer standards.
`The Fundamentals of Radiation Thermometers' starts by giving a thorough introduction to the basics of thermometry and the fundamental thermal radiation laws, providing clear explanations that will be useful for any undergraduate studying thermodynamics. Having established a solid set of foundations, the book then describes what is needed to make world-leading temperature measurements, providing design considerations when building radiation thermometers and reminding the reader of techniques that will help to attain optimum performance. Clearly written and meticulous, this book provides a wealth of information that can be utilised by any radiation thermometrist - from new scientists taking their first steps in this field to those with more experience. This is a great book that I wish had been available when I first started! -Martin Dury, National Physical Laboratory Coates and Lowe aim to provide a firm theoretical background for radiation thermometry and radiation thermometer design and they manage to perform this task successfully and to a very high standard. Diverse areas of physics and engineering are pulled together cohesively, in addition to the authors' own contributions which are specific to radiation thermometry. Assembling this information would otherwise be a huge task even for the most experienced of radiation thermometer users, designers or researchers to do themselves. Providing a theoretical basis for radiation thermometers and thermometry, this book explores the link between the local measurements and traceability back to the SI in addition to a survey of the techniques for reducing measurement uncertainty and dealing with the variety of challenges found when using these devices to make measurements outside the controlled conditions of a lab. This text will be of great use to many professionals and academics. In particular, workers at the National Measurement Institutes will find this book provides sufficient scientific rigour for their purposes. Designers of radiation thermometers will find it useful in helping them rigorously consider their design parameters and will allow them to appreciate the theoretical basis for their thermometers. The book will also allow researchers and industrial users of radiation thermometers to make better use of radiation thermometers for their particular applications and avoid the associated pitfalls of not considering the measurement uncertainties correctly. `The Fundamentals of Radiation Thermometers' is fairly unique in my experience, certainly as a modern text, in providing foundational theory with such mathematical rigour while attempting to bring together all the various areas of scientific and engineering knowledge required in this field. -Dr Jon Willmott, Senior Lecturer in Sensor Systems, University of Sheffield `This is the book I needed when I started out', is a paraphrase of Dr Lowe's comment on first reading the manuscript of this book, which is indeed a masterful account of the fundamentals and techniques of radiation thermometry. The bulk of it was written 20 years ago, but the principles have not changed, and this book will stimulate the reader to think more deeply about the subject and understand it more thoroughly. It is not always an easy read - nor an easy subject - but having read it, a practitioner will possess insights to enable him or her to make a better informed judgement of what method and instrument is most suitable, and how to make the best use of it. After a general chapter on the quantity temperature, and temperature scales past and present, the book gets into its stride in Chapter 2 with a comprehensive account of the fundamental laws governing the emission of thermal radiation and the quantities which are important in characterising it. Subsequent chapters cover the optical properties of surfaces, thermometer design, detectors, signal processing and strategies for dealing with emissivity. In short, radiation thermometry is an indispensable measurement technique which has grown in importance and it has also become more affordable. This book covers most of what is needed to navigate through the difficult process of choosing the most effective option for a particular purpose. It may be argued that it deals with principles not with direct applications, such as how to measure the temperature of a steel billet or a silicon wafer or a glass gob. In fact the answers will be found here, once the measurement situation has been properly analysed, and I know of no better place to start looking for them. -Richard Rusby, Consultant and NPL Fellow Emeritus