Abstract

Broadband vibrational and dual-broadband pure rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) have been compared in a high-temperature oven, in which the accuracy and single-shot precision of gas temperature and relative O2- and N2-concentration measurements in hot air were probed over a temperature range that is typical for many combustion processes. To ensure a realistic comparison, we used nearly the same experimental setup for both CARS techniques. Besides temperature information, dual-broadband pure rotational CARS offers the possibility of achieving simultaneous single-shot concentration measurements. The comparison shows that this technique also has significant advantages in temperature evaluation over a large temperature range in comparison with vibrational CARS.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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