Numerical simulation of photothermal effects in solids with inhomogeneous thermal properties
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A numerical simulation procedure for the calculation of surface temperature in thermally inhomogeneous solids induced by a harmonically modulated external heat source is presented. The procedure is based on the separation of a basic heat conduction equation into two first-order differential equations, followed by their approximation in a forward difference manner. The applicability of the procedure is then demonstrated in two issues which are important for the photothermal spectroscopy of thermally inhomogeneous solids.