Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) has proven a reliable technique for nitric oxide (NO) diagnostics in practical combustion systems. However, a wide variety of different excitation and detection strategies are proposed in the literature without giving clear guidelines of which strategies to use for a particular diagnostic situation. We give a brief review of the high-pressure NO LIF diagnostics literature and compare strategies for exciting selected transitions in the <i>A</i>–<i>X</i>(0, 0), (0, 1), and (0, 2) bands using a different detection bandpass. The strategies are compared in terms of NO LIF signal strength, attenuation of laser and signal light in the hot combustion gases, signal selectivity against LIF interference from O<sub>2</sub> and CO<sub>2</sub>, and temperature and pressure sensitivity of the LIF signal. The discussion is based on spectroscopic measurements in laminar premixed methane-air flames at pressures between 1 and 60 bars and on NO and O<sub>2</sub> LIF spectral simulations.
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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. III. Comparison of A-X Excitation Schemes," Appl. Opt. 42, 4922-4936 (2003)