High-speed CH planar laser-induced fluorescence imaging using a multimode-pumped optical parametric oscillator
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 10 kHz with excitation energy up to 6 mJ=pulse at 431:1nm. Signalto- noise ratios of ∼25–35 are the highest yet reported for high-speed CH PLIF.
This article is from Optics Letters 36 (2011): 3927, doi: 10.1364/OL.36.003927. Posted with permission.