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Citation Information : International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems. Volume 7, Issue 5, Pages 1-6, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/ijssis-2019-082
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Published Online: 15-February-2020
Very high resolution power sensors are required for measuring the rate of heat production (~10 µW) of small samples of heart muscle (rat cardiac trabeculae, ~2 mm long and ~200 µm diameter). In this paper, we examine the design criteria for thermopiles to maximize their signal-to-noise ratio for heat balance calorimetry. We found that those thermopiles with a high thermoelectric figure-of-merit (ZT) are the best for power measurements. An initial prototype with a resolution of 53 nW has been built.
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