<i>A</i>–<i>X</i>(0, 1) excitation is a promising new approach for NO laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) diagnostics at elevated pressures and temperatures. We present what to our knowledge are the first detailed spectroscopic investigations within this excitation band using wavelength-resolved LIF measurements in premixed methane/air flames at pressures between 1 and 60 bar and a range of fuel/air ratios. Interference from O<sub>2</sub> LIF is a significant problem in lean flames for NO LIF measurements, and pressure broadening and quenching lead to increased interference with increased pressure. Three different excitation schemes are identified that maximize NO/O<sub>2</sub> LIF signal ratios, thereby minimizing the O<sub>2</sub> interference. The NO LIF signal strength, interference by hot molecular oxygen, and temperature dependence of the three schemes are investigated.
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Wolfgang G. Bessler, Christof Schulz, Tonghun Lee, Jay B. Jeffries, and Ronald K. Hanson, "Strategies for Laser-Induced Fluorescence Detection of Nitric Oxide in High-Pressure Flames. II. A–X(0, 1) Excitation," Appl. Opt. 42, 2031-2042 (2003)