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  • Vol. 31, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 1992
  • pp: 2839–2848

Rayleigh–Brillouin scattering to determine one-dimensional temperature and number density profiles of a gas flow field

James A. Lock, Richard G. Seasholtz, and W. Trevor John  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 31, Issue 15, pp. 2839-2848 (1992)

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Rayleigh–Brillouin spectra for heated nitrogen gas were measured by imaging the output of a Fabry–Perot interferometer onto a CCD array. The spectra were compared with the theoretical 6-moment model of Rayleigh–Brillouin scattering convolved with the Fabry–Perot instrument function. Estimates of the temperature and a dimensionless parameter proportional to the number density of the gas as functions of position in the laser beam were calculated by least-squares deviation fits between theory and experiment.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 27, 1990
Published: May 20, 1992

James A. Lock, Richard G. Seasholtz, and W. Trevor John, "Rayleigh–Brillouin scattering to determine one-dimensional temperature and number density profiles of a gas flow field," Appl. Opt. 31, 2839-2848 (1992)

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