Abstract

We demonstrate the use of a novel technique for the detection of heterodyne laser-induced thermal acoustic signals that allows the construction of a highly stable seedless laser velocimeter. A common-path configuration is combined with quadrature detection to provide flow direction, to greatly improve robustness to misalignment and vibration, and to give reliable velocity measurement at low-flow velocities. Comparison with Pitot tube measurements in the free stream of a wind tunnel shows root-mean-square errors of 0.67 m/s over the 0–55-m/s velocity range.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

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