The accuracy and precision of time-resolved one-dimensional temperature measurements using single-pulse one-dimensional N<sub>2</sub> vibrational coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering along a line have been investigated in air in the temperature range from 300 to 1500 K. For this, the experimental spectra were taken in a high-temperature oven at atmospheric pressure. A planar BOXCARS phase-matching geometry was employed to generate the signal along a 6.16-mm line directed perpendicular to the beam propagation. With the used imaging optics, in this direction a spatial resolution of 86 μm was achieved. Depending on the set temperature, the agreement between the thermocouple readings and the mean values of the evalutated coherent anti-Stokes Raman-scattering temperatures is better than 40 K. The applicability of this new technique for the time-resolved measurement of temperature gradients is demonstrated along a line that crosses the flame front in a premixed laminar CH<sub>4</sub>–air flame.
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J. Jonuscheit, A. Thumann, M. Schenk, T. Seeger, and A. Leipertz, "Accuracy and precision of single-pulse one-dimensional vibrational coherent anti-Stokes Raman-scattering temperature measurements," Appl. Opt. 36, 3253-3260 (1997)