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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 9, Iss. 7 — Sep. 24, 2001
  • pp: 360–372

Visualization of laser-induced breakdown and ignition

Ying-Ling Chen and J. W. L. Lewis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 9, Issue 7, pp. 360-372 (2001)

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Laser-induced gas breakdown and ignition of atmospheric pressure NH3/O2 mixtures are investigated. The nanosecond-pulsed, 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser is used to create the cascade-type optical breakdown. The post-breakdown plasma and ignition are studied using spectroscopic techniques that include spontaneous emission and NH planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF). These time-resolved two-dimensional images provide not only radiative and gas dynamic information but also the space-time loci of the temperature and transient species concentrations. The results provide an understanding of the plasma kernel dynamics and the flame development that is essential to verify on-going simulation modeling of laser-ignition.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3440) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced breakdown
(190.1900) Nonlinear optics : Diagnostic applications of nonlinear optics
(280.1740) Remote sensing and sensors : Combustion diagnostics
(300.6500) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, time-resolved

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Original Manuscript: August 10, 2001
Published: September 24, 2001

Ying-Ling Chen and J. W. L. Lewis, "Visualization of laser-induced breakdown and ignition," Opt. Express 9, 360-372 (2001)

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