Abstract

Development of N2 laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) techniques is desirable for probing reacting and non-reacting air flows. However, the absence of N2 absorption spectra accessible to available lasers prevented, until now, the development of such techniques. We identified experimentally an efficient multi-photon, laser-induced N2 ionization process. The resulting ions can serve for temperature measurements or as tracers for velocity measurements in hostile environments or in-flight applications. The ionization path, ion concentration, quenching parameters, and application of a scheme for velocity and temperature measurements were evaluated.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

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