Abstract

Spatial averaging is a potential problem in the application of coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS) to combustion diagnostics when varying temperatures and composition are present at spatial scales smaller than the typical 1–2-mm spatial resolution of CARS. The observed CARS spectrum is then a mixture of the hot and cold components. We show that simulated, spatially averaged spectra, generated by the incoherent addition of intensities, can be significantly different from those obtained by the coherent addition of the electric field amplitudes of the component spectra. The analyses of these simulated, spatially averaged CARS spectra demonstrate that the use of theoretical CARS spectra, generated by the addition of intensities of the hot and cold components of a binary gas mixture, can lead to errors in the estimated flame temperatures.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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