Abstract

We report on high-speed CH planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) imaging in turbulent diffusion flames using a multimode-pumped optical parametric oscillator (OPO). The OPO is pumped by the third-harmonic output of a multimode Nd:YAG cluster for direct signal excitation in the A-X (0,0) band of the CH radical. The lasing threshold, conversion efficiency, and linewidth are shown to depend on the number of pump passes in the ring cavity of the OPO. Single-shot CH PLIF images are acquired at 10kHz with excitation energy up to 6mJ/pulse at 431.1nm. Signal-to-noise ratios of 2535 are the highest yet reported for high-speed CH PLIF.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

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