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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 2009
  • pp: B65–B72

Development of a picosecond lidar system for large-scale combustion diagnostics

Billy Kaldvee, Andreas Ehn, Joakim Bood, and Marcus Aldén  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 4, pp. B65-B72 (2009)

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In the present work, a picosecond lidar system aiming at single-ended combustion diagnostics in full-scale combustion devices with limited optical access, such as power plants, is described. The highest overall range resolution of the system was found to be < 0.5 cm . A demonstration has been made in a nonsooty and sooty Bunsen burner flame. A well-characterized ethylene flame on a McKenna burner was evaluated for different equivalence ratios using Rayleigh thermometry. The results indicate both that picosecond lidar might be applicable for single-shot Rayleigh thermometry, even two-dimensional, and that there is a possibility to qualitatively map soot occurrence. Furthermore, differential absorption lidar has been investigated in acetone vapor jets for fuel visualization purposes.

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OCIS Codes
(120.1740) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Combustion diagnostics
(280.1910) Remote sensing and sensors : DIAL, differential absorption lidar
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar
(280.6780) Remote sensing and sensors : Temperature

Original Manuscript: July 15, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 28, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 9, 2008
Published: December 5, 2008

Billy Kaldvee, Andreas Ehn, Joakim Bood, and Marcus Aldén, "Development of a picosecond lidar system for large-scale combustion diagnostics," Appl. Opt. 48, B65-B72 (2009)

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