Abstract

Two-dimensional temperature fields are measured in lean and sooting flames by means of two-color laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) imaging that uses seeded NO. Vibrational thermometry is performed by the probing of different vibrational ground-state levels. Spectral properties of the excited transitions within the A 2Σ+X 2Π system are well known from previous studies. The energy difference of 1974 cm-1 between the (0,0)Q 1 + P 21(33.5) and the (0,2)O12(5.5) lines offers great sensitivity in the temperature range that is relevant for combustion processes. Excitation is possible by use of a tunable KrF excimer laser on its fundamental (248-nm) and Raman shifted (in H2, 225-nm) wavelengths. An excitation scheme for instantaneous two-line measurements by use of a single laser is developed. The possibility of single-shot measurements is discussed.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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