A method is proposed and verified by experiments to suppress disturbing reflections in laser Doppler anemometer (LDA) measurements. Disturbing reflections occur in a variety of practical applications of LDA, such as backscatter measurements near walls or in two-phase fluid or particle velocity measurements. The method uses circularly polarized light that changes the handedness when reflected and is quenched by a suitably oriented polarization analyzer. Scattered light, however, is partially transmitted by the analyzer to give undisturbed seeding particle signals. Verification experiments have been performed to demonstrate the method; systems for practical applications are proposed.
© 1981 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 29, 1981
Published: December 1, 1981
J. Gardavský and Rolf Kleine, "Reflection suppression by polarization in backscatter LDA measurements near walls and in two-phase flows," Appl. Opt. 20, 4110-4123 (1981)