When measuring rapid temperature change as well as measuring high temperatures (<2000 K) commercial pyrometers
reach the limits of their performance very quickly. Thus a novel type of high temperature measurement system using a
high-speed camera as a two-color pyrometer is introduced. In addition to the high temporal resolution, ranging between
10 μs – 100 μs, the presented system also allows the determination of the radiation temperature distribution at a very
high spatial resolution. The principle of operation including various image processing algorithms and filters is explained
by means of a concrete example, where the surface temperature decay of a carbon electrode heated by an electric arc is
The measurement results yield a temperature of a hot spot on the contact surface of 3100 K which declines to approx.
1800 K within 105 ms. The spatial distribution of surface temperatures reveal local temperature variations on the contact.
These variations might result from surface irregularities, such as protrusions or micro-peaks, due to inhomogeneous
An error analysis is given, for evaluating the potential accuracy inherent in practical temperature measurements.