Thermometer vs. Pyrometer

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Main Difference

The main difference between Thermometer and Pyrometer is that the Thermometer is a device to measure temperature and Pyrometer is a remote-sensing thermometer used to measure high temperatures.

  • Thermometer

    A thermometer is a device that measures temperature or a temperature gradient. A thermometer has two important elements: (1) a temperature sensor (e.g. the bulb of a mercury-in-glass thermometer or the digital sensor in an infrared thermometer) in which some change occurs with a change in temperature, and (2) some means of converting this change into a numerical value (e.g. the visible scale that is marked on a mercury-in-glass thermometer or the digital readout on an infrared model). Thermometers are widely used in industry to monitor processes, in meteorology, in medicine, and in scientific research.

    Some of the principles of the thermometer were known to Greek philosophers of two thousand years ago. The modern thermometer gradually evolved from the thermoscope with the addition of a scale in the early 17th century and standardisation through the 17th and 18th centuries.

  • Pyrometer

    A pyrometer is a type of remote-sensing thermometer used to measure the temperature of a surface. Various forms of pyrometers have historically existed. In the modern usage, it is a device that from a distance determines the temperature of a surface from the amount of the thermal radiation it emits, a process known as pyrometry and sometimes radiometry.

    The word pyrometer comes from the Greek word for fire, “πῦρ” (pyr), and meter, meaning to measure. The word pyrometer was originally coined to denote a device capable of measuring the temperature of an object by its incandescence, visible light emitted by a body which is at least red-hot. Modern pyrometers or infrared thermometers also measure the temperature of cooler objects, down to room temperature, by detecting their infrared radiation flux.

  • Thermometer (noun)

    An apparatus used to measure temperature.

  • Pyrometer (noun)

    A thermometer designed to measure high temperatures.

  • Pyrometer (noun)

    An instrument for measuring the thermal expansion of solids.

  • Pyrometer (noun)

    an instrument for measuring high temperatures, especially in furnaces and kilns

    “radiation pyrometer”

    “optical pyrometer”

Oxford Dictionary

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