Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An instrument that measures radiant energy by correlating the radiation-induced change in electrical resistance of a blackened metal foil with the amount of radiation absorbed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sensitive device for detecting and measuring the energy of electromagnetic radiation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument for measuring minute quantities of radiant heat, especially in different parts of the spectrum; -- called also actinic balance, thermic balance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An instrument devised by Professor S. P. Langley of the United States for measuring very small amounts of radiant heat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an instrument that measures heat radiation; extremely sensitive

Etymologies

Greek bolē, ray; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots + -meter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
bolo- + -meter (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Professor Langley is at work upon it with new and specially constructed apparatus, including a "bolometer" so sensitive that, whereas previous experimenters have thought themselves fortunate if they could get deflections of ten or twelve galvanometric divisions to work with, he easily obtains three or four hundred.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 443, June 28, 1884

  • We have no time or space here to describe Professor Langley's "bolometer;" it must suffice to say that it seems to stand to the thermopile much as that does to the thermometer.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 443, June 28, 1884

  • "The new scintillating bolometer has performed excellently, proving its viability as a detector in experiments to look for dark matter, and also as a gamma spectrometer a device that measures this type of radiation to monitor background radiation in these experiments", says García Abancéns.

    A Prototype Detector for Dark Matter in the Milky Way | Universe Today

  • The scintillating bolometer is currently at the Orsay University Centre in France, where the team is working to optimise the device's light gathering, and carrying out trials with other BGO crystals.

    A Prototype Detector for Dark Matter in the Milky Way | Universe Today

  • The QUaD telescope is a bolometer, essentially a thermometer that measures how certain types of radiation increase the temperature of the metals in the detector.

    New CMB Measurements Support Standard Model | Universe Today

  • The researchers from the University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR) and the Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS, in France), made assumptions about the nature of dark matter based on theoretical studies, and developed device called a "scintillating bolometer" to detect the result of interaction of dark matter with material inside the detector.

    A Prototype Detector for Dark Matter in the Milky Way | Universe Today

  • The latest is a "scintillating bolometer", a 46-gram device that, in this case, contains a crystal "scintillator", made up of bismuth, germinate and oxygen BGO: Bi4Ge3O12, which acts as a dark matter detector.

    A Prototype Detector for Dark Matter in the Milky Way | Universe Today

  • Though the last-named investigator has extended our knowledge of it to a point much beyond the lowest visible ray, there yet remains a still remoter region, more extensive than the whole visible spectrum, the study of which has been entered on at Alleghany, by means of the linear bolometer.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 363, December 16, 1882

  • This sorts out the different narrow spectral images, without danger of overlapping, and after their passage through the prism we find them again, and fix their position by means of the bolometer, which for this purpose is attached to a special kind of spectrometer, where its platinum thread replaces the reticule of the ordinary telescope.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 363, December 16, 1882

  • By means of an ingenious modification of the electrical pyrometer, named the bolometer, valuable researches in measuring solar radiations had been made by Professor

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 384, May 12, 1883

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