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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 16 — Aug. 1, 2011
  • pp: 15627–15640
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Single-shot gas-phase thermometry using pure-rotational hybrid femtosecond/picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering

Joseph D. Miller, Sukesh Roy, Mikhail N. Slipchenko, James R. Gord, and Terrence R. Meyer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 16, pp. 15627-15640 (2011)
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Abstract

High-repetition-rate, single-laser-shot measurements are important for the investigation of unsteady flows where temperature and species concentrations can vary significantly. Here, we demonstrate single-shot, pure-rotational, hybrid femtosecond/picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (fs/ps RCARS) thermometry based on a kHz-rate fs laser source. Interferences that can affect nanosecond (ns) and ps CARS, such as nonresonant background and collisional dephasing, are eliminated by selecting an appropriate time delay between the 100-fs pump/Stokes pulses and the pulse-shaped 8.4-ps probe. A time- and frequency-domain theoretical model is introduced to account for rotational-level dependent collisional dephasing and indicates that the optimal probe-pulse time delay is 13.5 ps to 30 ps. This time delay allows for uncorrected best-fit N2-RCARS temperature measurements with ~1% accuracy. Hence, the hybrid fs/ps RCARS approach can be performed with kHz-rate laser sources while avoiding corrections that can be difficult to predict in unsteady flows.

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1. Introduction

Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) spectroscopy has found significant use in the measurement of gas-phase temperature and species concentration due to its ability to probe harsh environments and provide high spatio-temporal resolution in unsteady flows [1

1. S. Roy, J. R. Gord, and A. K. Patnaik, “Recent advances in coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy: Fundamental developments and applications in reacting flows,” Prog. Energ. Combust. 36(2), 280–306 (2010). [CrossRef]

3

3. J. Kiefer and P. Ewart, “Laser diagnostics and minor species detection in combustion using resonant four-wave mixing,” Prog. Energ. Combust. 37(5), 525–564 (2011). [CrossRef]

]. This technique utilizes a pump beam with frequency ω1 and Stokes beam with frequency ω2 to excite rotational or vibrational Raman resonances (ω1 – ω2) in a molecule. A probe pulse (ω3) is then used to generate a coherent anti-Stokes signal (ω1 – ω2 + ω3) with a spectral fingerprint that is sensitive, in part, to temperature and species concentration. Excitation of high-energy vibrational resonances is often utilized for thermometry in combusting flows up to 3500 K [1

1. S. Roy, J. R. Gord, and A. K. Patnaik, “Recent advances in coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy: Fundamental developments and applications in reacting flows,” Prog. Energ. Combust. 36(2), 280–306 (2010). [CrossRef]

]. In low-temperature unsteady flows, where physical probes would be ineffective, it is possible to excite well isolated hydrogen ro-vibrational transitions down to 300 K [4

4. S. A. Tedder, J. L. Wheeler, A. D. Cutler, and P. M. Danehy, “Width-increased dual-pump enhanced coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy,” Appl. Opt. 49(8), 1305–1313 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

] or, more commonly, low-energy pure-rotational transitions of species such as oxygen and nitrogen. Examples of the latter include studies in turbulent boundary layers from 300 to 500 K [5

5. S. P. Kearney, R. P. Lucht, and A. M. Jacobi, “Temperature measurements in convective heat transfer flows using dual-broadband, pure-rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS),” Exp. Therm. Fluid Sci. 19(1), 13–26 (1999). [CrossRef]

] and pre-ignition in internal combustion engines from 400 to 700 K [6

6. P. E. Bengtsson, L. Martinsson, M. Aldén, B. Johansson, B. Lassesson, K. Marforio, and G. Lundholm, “Dual-broadband rotational CARS measurements in an IC engine,” Proc. Combust. Inst. 25, 1735–1742 (1994).

]. Other low-temperature applications that may benefit from the sensitivity of the rotational CARS technique include pyrolysis reactors from 600 to 800 K [7

7. R. J. M. Westerhof, D. W. F. Brilman, W. P. M. van Swaaij, and S. R. A. Kersten, “Effect of temperature in fluidized bed fast pyrolysis of biomass: oil quality assessment in test units,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 49(3), 1160–1168 (2010). [CrossRef]

], biomass pretreatment systems from 500 to 600 K [8

8. W. Chaiwat, I. Hasegawa, and K. Mae, “Examination of the low-temperature region in a downdraft gasifier for the pyrolysis product analysis of biomass air gasification,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 48(19), 8934–8943 (2009). [CrossRef]

], and catalytic reformers from 400 to 700 K [9

9. J. A. Hoolroyd, “Low temperature oxidation catalyst development and applications,” American Filtration and Separation Society Annual Conference, Valley Forge, PA, 19–22 May 2008.

].

Unfortunately, high-power nanosecond (ns) laser sources required for single-shot detection are limited to ~10-30 Hz, a rate that is incapable of resolving the time-history of temperature or species concentrations in most unsteady flows. While offering excellent spectral resolution for measuring multiple molecular species and temperature [4

4. S. A. Tedder, J. L. Wheeler, A. D. Cutler, and P. M. Danehy, “Width-increased dual-pump enhanced coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy,” Appl. Opt. 49(8), 1305–1313 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

,10

10. S. Roy, T. R. Meyer, R. P. Lucht, M. Afzelius, P. E. Bengtsson, and J. R. Gord, “Dual-pump dual-broadband coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering in reacting flows,” Opt. Lett. 29(16), 1843–1845 (2004). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

], ns-CARS signals are also subject to interferences from nonresonant background [11

11. A. C. Eckbreth and R. J. Hall, “Cars concentration sensitivity with and without non-resonant background suppression,” Combust. Sci. Technol. 25(5), 175–192 (1981). [CrossRef]

] and molecular collisions [12

12. M. Afzelius, P.-E. Bengtsson, J. Bood, J. Bonamy, F. Chaussard, H. Berger, and T. Dreier, “Dual-broadband rotational CARS modeling of nitrogen at pressures up to 9 MPa. II. Rotational Raman line widths,” Appl. Phys. B 75(6-7), 771–778 (2002). [CrossRef]

] that can vary with temperature, density, and chemical composition. This is a source of uncertainty for single-shot measurements in unsteady flows.

Several developments in CARS spectroscopy in recent years have focused on alleviating these weaknesses. For example, picosecond (ps) CARS with ~100-ps pulses has been introduced to suppress nonresonant background [13

13. S. Roy, T. R. Meyer, and J. R. Gord, “Broadband coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy of nitrogen using a picosecond modeless dye laser,” Opt. Lett. 30(23), 3222–3224 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

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19. C. J. Kliewer, Y. Gao, T. Seeger, J. Kiefer, B. D. Patterson, and T. B. Settersten, “Picosecond time-resolved pure-rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy in sooting flames,” Proc. Combust. Inst. 33(1), 831–838 (2011). [CrossRef]

]. This is achieved by temporally separating the probe pulse from the pump and Stokes preparation pulses during the sub-ns coherence lifetime of the Raman resonance. This allows nonresonant background suppression by three orders of magnitude while maintaining excellent CARS signal levels and spectral resolution for frequency-domain detection and analysis [13

13. S. Roy, T. R. Meyer, and J. R. Gord, “Broadband coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy of nitrogen using a picosecond modeless dye laser,” Opt. Lett. 30(23), 3222–3224 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

19

19. C. J. Kliewer, Y. Gao, T. Seeger, J. Kiefer, B. D. Patterson, and T. B. Settersten, “Picosecond time-resolved pure-rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy in sooting flames,” Proc. Combust. Inst. 33(1), 831–838 (2011). [CrossRef]

]. A potential weakness of this approach is that probe delays in excess of 100 ps are required to suppress nonresonant interferences, which allows sufficient time for the spectra to become sensitive to collisional energy transfer, especially at lower temperature [17

17. T. Seeger, J. Kiefer, Y. Gao, B. D. Patterson, C. J. Kliewer, and T. B. Settersten, “Suppression of Raman-resonant interferences in rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy using time-delayed picosecond probe pulses,” Opt. Lett. 35(12), 2040–2042 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

19

19. C. J. Kliewer, Y. Gao, T. Seeger, J. Kiefer, B. D. Patterson, and T. B. Settersten, “Picosecond time-resolved pure-rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy in sooting flames,” Proc. Combust. Inst. 33(1), 831–838 (2011). [CrossRef]

]. These effects create an apparent shift in temperature due to rotational-level-dependent dephasing rates [17

17. T. Seeger, J. Kiefer, Y. Gao, B. D. Patterson, C. J. Kliewer, and T. B. Settersten, “Suppression of Raman-resonant interferences in rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy using time-delayed picosecond probe pulses,” Opt. Lett. 35(12), 2040–2042 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

19

19. C. J. Kliewer, Y. Gao, T. Seeger, J. Kiefer, B. D. Patterson, and T. B. Settersten, “Picosecond time-resolved pure-rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy in sooting flames,” Proc. Combust. Inst. 33(1), 831–838 (2011). [CrossRef]

], which may be difficult to model in unsteady flows with time-varying species concentrations. In addition to sensitivity to collisions, high-power ps lasers for single-shot detection have low repetition rates (~10-30 Hz) similar to that of ns lasers.

In contrast to the high spectral resolution of ns- and ps-CARS systems, time-domain CARS signals can be acquired using kHz-rate ultrafast lasers with pulse widths on the order of 100 fs. Instead of frequency-domain detection of the molecular distribution, the time-dependent molecular response is resolved by temporally delaying the CARS probe from the initial Raman resonance induced by the pump and Stokes pulses [1

1. S. Roy, J. R. Gord, and A. K. Patnaik, “Recent advances in coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy: Fundamental developments and applications in reacting flows,” Prog. Energ. Combust. 36(2), 280–306 (2010). [CrossRef]

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20. P. Beaud, H. M. Frey, T. Lang, and M. Motzkus, “Flame thermometry by femtosecond CARS,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 344(3-4), 407–412 (2001). [CrossRef]

26

26. S. Roy, D. Richardson, P. J. Kinnius, R. P. Lucht, and J. R. Gord, “Effects of N2-CO polarization beating on femtosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy of N2,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 94(14), 144101 (2009). [CrossRef]

]. By utilizing the slope of the initial decay of the CARS signal due to frequency-spread dephasing, it is possible to extract gas-phase temperatures without interferences from collisional energy transfer [23

23. R. P. Lucht, S. Roy, T. R. Meyer, and J. R. Gord, “Femtosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering measurement of gas temperatures from frequency-spread dephasing of the Raman coherence,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89(25), 251112 (2006). [CrossRef]

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26. S. Roy, D. Richardson, P. J. Kinnius, R. P. Lucht, and J. R. Gord, “Effects of N2-CO polarization beating on femtosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy of N2,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 94(14), 144101 (2009). [CrossRef]

]. Initial measurements utilized a slow-scan mechanical delay stage to probe the ro-vibrational Raman coherence at various time delays relative to the initial impulsive excitation [23

23. R. P. Lucht, S. Roy, T. R. Meyer, and J. R. Gord, “Femtosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering measurement of gas temperatures from frequency-spread dephasing of the Raman coherence,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89(25), 251112 (2006). [CrossRef]

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24. J. R. Gord, T. R. Meyer, and S. Roy, “Applications of ultrafast lasers for optical measurements in combusting flows,” Annu Rev Anal Chem (Palo Alto Calif) 1(1), 663–687 (2008). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. Subsequent efforts employed a chirped probe pulse to instantaneously encode the time decay into the spectral domain for single-shot, time-domain thermometry using a spectrometer [25

25. S. Roy, W. D. Kulatilaka, D. R. Richardson, R. P. Lucht, and J. R. Gord, “Gas-phase single-shot thermometry at 1 kHz using fs-CARS spectroscopy,” Opt. Lett. 34(24), 3857–3859 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. However, this approach is highly sensitive to the probe pulse shape and phase, which should be characterized in great detail for accurate measurements. Hence, spectral modeling for single-shot, chirped-probe fs CARS thermometry can be complicated by several factors, including nonresonant interferences (used to increase signal strength) [25

25. S. Roy, W. D. Kulatilaka, D. R. Richardson, R. P. Lucht, and J. R. Gord, “Gas-phase single-shot thermometry at 1 kHz using fs-CARS spectroscopy,” Opt. Lett. 34(24), 3857–3859 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

], interferences from resonant modes of multiple species [26

26. S. Roy, D. Richardson, P. J. Kinnius, R. P. Lucht, and J. R. Gord, “Effects of N2-CO polarization beating on femtosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy of N2,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 94(14), 144101 (2009). [CrossRef]

], and the presence of density gradients or test cell windows that may alter the characteristics of the probe pulse. Current research is attempting to address these challenges using advanced pulse shaping, calibration, and characterization techniques [27

27. Y. Coello, V. Lozovoy, T. Gunaratne, B. Xu, I. Borukhovich, C. Tseng, T. Weinacht, and M. Dantus, “Interference without an interferometer: a different approach to measuring, compressing, and shaping ultrashort laser pulses,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25(6), A140–A150 (2008). [CrossRef]

]. For pure rotational spectra, however, the complexity can increase significantly because many molecules are probed simultaneously [17

17. T. Seeger, J. Kiefer, Y. Gao, B. D. Patterson, C. J. Kliewer, and T. B. Settersten, “Suppression of Raman-resonant interferences in rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy using time-delayed picosecond probe pulses,” Opt. Lett. 35(12), 2040–2042 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

].

In an effort to exploit the advantages of both time- and frequency-resolved spectroscopy and utilize the high (kHz) repetition rate of ultrafast amplifiers, Miller et al. [28

28. J. D. Miller, M. N. Slipchenko, T. R. Meyer, H. U. Stauffer, and J. R. Gord, “Hybrid femtosecond/picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering for high-speed gas-phase thermometry,” Opt. Lett. 35(14), 2430–2432 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

] have investigated the use of hybrid fs/ps CARS for gas-phase thermometry. By using 100-fs pulses to excite multiple molecular transitions and then probing the molecular response in the frequency domain using a 1-10 ps probe pulse, nonresonant and collisional interferences can be avoided through time-delayed detection. However, sufficient spectral resolution is maintained in the transform-limited, ps probe pulse for detection of multiple species with much reduced sensitivity to probe-pulse characteristics [29

29. J. D. Miller, M. N. Slipchenko, and T. R. Meyer, “Probe-pulse optimization for nonresonant suppression in hybrid fs/ps coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering at high temperature,” Opt. Express 19(14), 13326–13333 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. In the case of vibrational hybrid fs/ps CARS, the temperature sensitivity is derived from the relative ratio of the fundamental and first-excited vibrational transitions [28

28. J. D. Miller, M. N. Slipchenko, T. R. Meyer, H. U. Stauffer, and J. R. Gord, “Hybrid femtosecond/picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering for high-speed gas-phase thermometry,” Opt. Lett. 35(14), 2430–2432 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. As a result, the technique is only sensitive at temperatures where there is appreciable population in the excited vibrational states, thus limiting the technique to ~1200 K and higher [1

1. S. Roy, J. R. Gord, and A. K. Patnaik, “Recent advances in coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy: Fundamental developments and applications in reacting flows,” Prog. Energ. Combust. 36(2), 280–306 (2010). [CrossRef]

]. In contrast, rotational CARS derives its temperature sensitivity from the distribution of rotational energy states, primarily in the ground vibrational state, which are active even at very low temperatures near 300 K [17

17. T. Seeger, J. Kiefer, Y. Gao, B. D. Patterson, C. J. Kliewer, and T. B. Settersten, “Suppression of Raman-resonant interferences in rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy using time-delayed picosecond probe pulses,” Opt. Lett. 35(12), 2040–2042 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. In addition, rotational CARS can potentially be used to detect multiple species due to the broadband nature of the fs pump and Stokes pulses.

2. Theory

The fs/ps RCARS technique developed in the current work is a variation of degenerate four-wave mixing (DFWM), which utilizes both fs and ps laser pulses to generate frequency-resolved rotational CARS spectra. As shown in Fig. 1(a)
Fig. 1 (a) Energy diagram for fs/ps RCARS illustrating spectral characteristics of pump (ω1), Stokes (ω2), probe (ω3), and CARS (ωCARS) beams, and (b) timing diagram of Gaussian probe-pulse generated by 4-f pulse shaper with time delay τ23 from pump and Stokes pulses.
, the pump, ω1, and Stokes, ω2, pulses are degenerate and spectrally broad. When the pulses are temporally overlapped as in Fig. 1(b), the difference-frequency between the pump and Stokes results in a broad excitation bandwidth. The impulsive excitation of the Raman coherence is particularly effective due to the multiple photon pairs which can mix to form a single difference frequency [24

24. J. R. Gord, T. R. Meyer, and S. Roy, “Applications of ultrafast lasers for optical measurements in combusting flows,” Annu Rev Anal Chem (Palo Alto Calif) 1(1), 663–687 (2008). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. The induced coherent Raman polarization decays in time according to the molecular response function and is detected using a spectrally-narrowed degenerate probe pulse, ω3, which can be delayed in time, τ23, from the pump and Stokes pulses. The RCARS signal with frequency ωCARS = ω1 – ω2 + ω3 is a function of both resonant and nonresonant contributions and propagates with wavevector k CARS = k 1k 2 + k 3 dictated by conservation of momentum.

A theoretical model for the pure-rotational hybrid fs/ps CARS spectra has been developed in accordance with the framework of Mukamel [30

30. S. Mukamel, Principles of Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy (Oxford University Press, 1995).

] based on previously published vibrational hybrid fs/ps CARS [28

28. J. D. Miller, M. N. Slipchenko, T. R. Meyer, H. U. Stauffer, and J. R. Gord, “Hybrid femtosecond/picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering for high-speed gas-phase thermometry,” Opt. Lett. 35(14), 2430–2432 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

,31

31. B. D. Prince, A. Chakraborty, B. M. Prince, and H. U. Stauffer, “Development of simultaneous frequency- and time-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering for ultrafast detection of molecular Raman spectra,” J. Chem. Phys. 125(4), 44502 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

] and fs/ps RIKES models [32

32. M. N. Slipchenko, B. D. Prince, S. C. Ducatman, and H. U. Stauffer, “Development of a simultaneously frequency- and time-resolved Raman-induced Kerr effect probe,” J. Phys. Chem. A 113(1), 135–140 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. For a given probe delay, τ 23, the rotational CARS signal, ICARS, is proportional to the absolute square of the summation of the resonant, P Res, and nonresonant, PNR, induced third-order polarization as given in Eq. (1),
ICARS(t,τ23)|PRes(3)(t,τ23)+PNR(3)(t,τ23)|2,
(1)
where the CARS intensity is a function of time, t, and probe delay. The frequency-domain spectrum is recovered via a Fourier transform of ICARS(t) while the time dependence comes through τ 23. The nonresonant-induced third-order polarization is an important term during the temporal overlap of all three input beams, but may be neglected for delays τ 23 > ~FWHM of the probe pulse [28

28. J. D. Miller, M. N. Slipchenko, T. R. Meyer, H. U. Stauffer, and J. R. Gord, “Hybrid femtosecond/picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering for high-speed gas-phase thermometry,” Opt. Lett. 35(14), 2430–2432 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

,29

29. J. D. Miller, M. N. Slipchenko, and T. R. Meyer, “Probe-pulse optimization for nonresonant suppression in hybrid fs/ps coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering at high temperature,” Opt. Express 19(14), 13326–13333 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. Neglecting the nonresonant term, the third-order polarization is given by Eq. (2),
PRes(3)(t,τ23)=(i)30dt30dt20dt1[R(t3,t2,t1)E3(tt3)×E2*(t+τ23t3t2)E1(t+τ23t3t2t1)ei(ω1ω2+ω3)t3ei(ω1ω2)t2eiω1t1],
(2)
where R is the molecular response function, E 1, E 2, and E 3 are the electric field envelopes for the pump, Stokes, and probe pulses, respectively, with carrier frequencies ω and associated coherence time scales t 1, t 2, and t 3. Because the individual pump, Stokes, probe, and CARS pulses are far from any resonant transitions, it can be assumed that the molecular response (electronic dephasing) is rapid with respect to variations in the pump and Stokes pulses during the integration of t 1 and the probe and CARS pulses during the integration of t 3 [28

28. J. D. Miller, M. N. Slipchenko, T. R. Meyer, H. U. Stauffer, and J. R. Gord, “Hybrid femtosecond/picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering for high-speed gas-phase thermometry,” Opt. Lett. 35(14), 2430–2432 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

,31

31. B. D. Prince, A. Chakraborty, B. M. Prince, and H. U. Stauffer, “Development of simultaneous frequency- and time-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering for ultrafast detection of molecular Raman spectra,” J. Chem. Phys. 125(4), 44502 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. In this case we can replace R(t 3,t 2,t 1) with δ(t 3)R(t 2)δ(t 1) and simplify the expression for the third-order polarization to Eq. (3),
PRes(3)(t,τ23)=(i)3E3(t)0dt2[R(t2)E2*(t+τ23t2)×E1(t+τ23t2)ei(ω1ω2)t2],
(3)
where the integrated term is the convolution of the pump and Stokes pulses with the molecular response function. A phenomenological model is used to describe the molecular response function of nitrogen where each transition from state m to n is given a frequency, ωnm, a collision-dominated Lorentzian linewidth, Γnm, and an intensity, Inm, as in Eq. (4).

R(t)=Inm(T)eiωnmtΓnmt.
(4)

For pure rotational S-branch transitions (Δv = 0 and ΔJ = + 2), the frequency of each transition is defined as the difference between energy state Ev,J and Ev,J + 2. Each energy state is computed using fourth-order Herzberg molecular parameters accessible in the CARSFT molecular parameter files [33

33. R. E. Palmer, “The CARSFT computer code for calculating coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectra: user and programmer information,” Sandia Rep. SAND–89–8206 (Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA, 1989).

].

The intensity of each transition is calculated as a function of both the Raman transition cross-section, (∂σ/∂Ω)J, and the population difference, ΔρJ,J + 2, between the upper and lower energy states. The transition intensity and cross-section are given in Eq. (5) and Eq. (6),
Inm(T)(σΩ)JΔρJ,J+2(T),
(5)
(σΩ)J445bJ,J+2(γ')2F(J),
(6)
where bJ,J + 2 is the Placzek-Teller coefficient representing the overlap integral of the upper and lower energy state wavefunctions, γ’ is the polarization anisotropy, and F(J) is a correction term for centrifugal distortion [34

34. F. Vestin, K. Nilsson, and P. E. Bengtsson, “Validation of a rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy model for carbon dioxide using high-resolution detection in the temperature range 294-1143 K,” Appl. Opt. 47(11), 1893–1901 (2008). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. This correction for vibrational-rotational interaction is the so-called Herman-Wallis factor [35

35. A. Bohlin, P.-E. Bengtsson, and M. Marrocco, “On the sensitivity of rotational CARS N2 thermometry to the Herman-Wallis factor,” J. Raman Spectrosc. , Available Online Feb. 11, 2011. [CrossRef]

] and is defined in the current model using the formulation of Martinsson as shown in Eq. (7),
F(J)=1+4.448(2Beωe)2(J2+3J+3),
(7)
where Be is the rotational constant, and ωe is the vibrational frequency. Although this formulation has been recently questioned, the error associated with this assumption is minimal (<3 K) for the temperatures explored in the current work [35

35. A. Bohlin, P.-E. Bengtsson, and M. Marrocco, “On the sensitivity of rotational CARS N2 thermometry to the Herman-Wallis factor,” J. Raman Spectrosc. , Available Online Feb. 11, 2011. [CrossRef]

]. The population difference is a strong function of temperature, T, based on the Boltzmann distribution and also a function of the degeneracy of the lower energy state, J. For N2, the rotational-nuclear degeneracy is dependent on J level and mass number and results in an intensity contrast between odd and even numbered rotational levels [36

36. K. P. Huber and G. Herzberg, Molecular spectra and molecular structure - IV. Constants of diatomic molecules (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979).

].

The linewidth term is theoretically a function of Doppler and collisional broadening. For pressures greater than 1 atm, N2 linewidths are dominated by collisional broadening and thus the individual Q-branch linewidths are computed using the Modified Exponential Gap (MEG) model with parameters from Rahn and Palmer [37

37. L. A. Rahn and R. E. Palmer, “Studies of nitrogen self-broadening at high-temperature with inverse Raman spectroscopy,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 3(9), 1164–1169 (1986). [CrossRef]

]. The approximation for the S-branch rotational transition linewidth [38

38. L. Martinsson, P. E. Bengtsson, M. Alden, S. Kroll, and J. Bonamy, “A test of different rotational Raman linewidth models: Accuracy of rotational coherent anti-Stokes-Raman ccattering thermometry in nitrogen from 295 to 1850 K,” J. Chem. Phys. 99(4), 2466–2477 (1993). [CrossRef]

] is shown in Eq. (8).

ΓJ,J+212(ΓJ,J+ΓJ+2,J+2).
(8)

The optical Stark effect, which should be considered for ns CARS with high-intensity electric fields (~2 TW/cm2·cm−1) [39

39. R. L. Farrow and L. A. Rahn, “Optical Stark splitting of rotational Raman transitions,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 48(6), 395–398 (1982). [CrossRef]

] is not included in the model. The total peak power used for single-shot measurements in the current work is ~0.5 TW/(cm2·cm−1). Also, for the nitrogen S-branch rotational transitions, Stark splitting can result in multiple lines with frequency shifts (~0.03 cm−1) and beat frequencies (~1 ns) that are not detectable in the broadband, short-pulse arrangement of fs/ps RCARS.

3. Experimental setup

The 1.6-W output of a regeneratively amplified ultrafast laser (Solstice, Spectra-Physics) with a nominal pulse width of 100 fs and diameter of 5 mm is divided into two beams using a thin-film polarizer with a 15:1 ratio, as shown in Fig. 2
Fig. 2 Experimental schematic of hybrid fs/ps RCARS system. WP: wave plate, TFP: thin-film polarizer, BS: ultrafast beam splitter, EMCCD: electron-multiplied charge-coupled device camera.
. The high-power beam is reserved for the probe pulse, while the low-power beam is used to produce the 45-μJ pump and Stokes pulses with an additional ultrafast 50/50 beam-splitter. A 2.1 cm−1 spectrally narrow probe pulse is generated using a folded 4-f pulse shaper with an adjustable square slit as previously reported by the authors [28

28. J. D. Miller, M. N. Slipchenko, T. R. Meyer, H. U. Stauffer, and J. R. Gord, “Hybrid femtosecond/picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering for high-speed gas-phase thermometry,” Opt. Lett. 35(14), 2430–2432 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

,29

29. J. D. Miller, M. N. Slipchenko, and T. R. Meyer, “Probe-pulse optimization for nonresonant suppression in hybrid fs/ps coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering at high temperature,” Opt. Express 19(14), 13326–13333 (2011). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. The overall throughput of the pulse shaper at this spectral resolution is less than 1% resulting in a probe pulse energy of 10 μJ.

The temporal delay between the pump and Stokes pulses is minimized and held constant, while the delay of the probe pulse is set using a high-resolution motorized delay stage (ILS-150-PP, Newport). The parallel-polarized pump, Stokes, and probe beams are focused into the heated probe volume using a BOXCARS phase-matching configuration [40

40. A. C. Eckbreth, “BOXCARS: Crossed-beam phase-matched CARS generation in gases,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 32(7), 421–423 (1978). [CrossRef]

] resulting in a cylindrical probe volume of 50-μm diameter and 1.1-mm length. To measure the diameter of the probe volume, a thin piece of aluminum is placed at the focal point and the hole produced by the beam is measured with a microscope. The interaction length is measured by passing a thin glass slide (190 μm) along the length of the probe volume and recording the 1/e2 width of the resulting nonresonant signal. The CARS signal generated in N2 is spatially filtered using an iris and focused into a 0.303-m spectrometer equipped with a 1200 line/mm grating (Shamrock SR-303i, Andor). The spectra are detected using an electron-multiplied charge-coupled device (EMCCD) camera capable of a 1-kHz non-EM acquisition rate and a 0.5-kHz rate in EM mode (DU-970P-UVB, Newton). The overall instrument resolution of the spectral detection system is measured to be 2.4 cm−1 at 790 nm.

Nitrogen is heated using a 1500-W inline heating element and routed to a 0.75-inch diameter windowless cell. The flow rate for all conditions is 15 standard liters per minute to maximize heating and minimize flow disturbance. A K-type thermocouple (0.0625-inch-diameter) is inserted upstream of the cell and used to verify the nominal flow temperature after slight corrections for radiation heat transfer. Because the maximum heating temperature is limited by cell design to 500 K, higher temperatures were measured in the exhaust of a stoichiometric H2–air flame with N2 dilution to control the temperature.

4. Results and discussion

An important feature of hybrid fs/ps CARS is the generation of both fs and ps laser pulses using a single source. This setup is advantageous in that it ensures perfect synchronization between laser pulses and can be implemented in a straightforward manner. In the current work, a folded 4-f pulse shaper is used to produce a narrowed probe linewidth of ~2.1 cm−1 (FWHM) from the broadband fs source, as shown in Fig. 3(a)
Fig. 3 Experimentally measured (a) broadband pump/Stokes and narrowband probe lineshapes, and (b) cross-correlation of nearly transform-limited shaped probe pulse. Solid lines are Gaussian fits to experimental data.
. This resolution is sufficient for spectrally resolving individual rotational transitions of the N2 molecule, which exhibit an average separation of ~8 cm−1. The slightly asymmetric shape of the broadband source is accounted for in the theoretical modeling.

Experimental spectrally-resolved N2 spectra at time zero and a delay τ23 = 13.5 ps are shown in Fig. 4
Fig. 4 Experimental N2 fs/ps RCARS spectra with 8.4-ps probe pulse delayed by 0 ps and 13.5 ps.
at 306 K. The spectrum at time zero is dominated by broad nonresonant background which must be modeled to accurately extract temperature and species concentration information. However, at a delay of 13.5 ps the nonresonant background has sufficiently decayed such that the spectrum is essentially nonresonant-background free. It is important to note that because the spacing between individual transitions is ~8 cm−1 for pure rotational S-branch transitions, the 2.1-cm−1 probe maintains sufficient spectral resolution to resolve individual transitions, thus spectral fitting is straightforward. The slight increase in the baseline of the delayed spectrum is due to a small overlap of the instrument function with adjacent transitions.

The time dynamics of the spectrally-integrated nonresonant signal from Argon and resonant signal from N2 at 306 K and 500 K are given in Fig. 5
Fig. 5 Normalized spectrally integrated fs/ps RCARS signal for nonresonant signal in Ar and spectrally-integrated resonant signal in pure N2 at 306 K and 500 K. Open symbols represent experimental data and solid lines represent simulations.
. The open symbols represent experimental data points while the solid lines are simulations of the probe and resonant contributions as a function of time. Because the nonresonant contribution decays rapidly with respect to variations in the pump, Stokes and probe pulses, the nonresonant signal persists for only the duration of the probe pulse. The resonant signal in Fig. 5 is long lasting and displays a characteristic exponential decay. The rate of decay is highly dependent on internal energy transfer through molecular collisions [16

16. W. D. Kulatilaka, P. S. Hsu, H. U. Stauffer, J. R. Gord, and S. Roy, “Direct measurement of rotationally resolved H2 Q-branch Raman coherence lifetimes using time-resolved picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 97(8), 081112 (2010). [CrossRef]

], and detection within the first few ps reduces sensitivity to collisional energy transfer and greatly simplifies spectral interpretation [17

17. T. Seeger, J. Kiefer, Y. Gao, B. D. Patterson, C. J. Kliewer, and T. B. Settersten, “Suppression of Raman-resonant interferences in rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy using time-delayed picosecond probe pulses,” Opt. Lett. 35(12), 2040–2042 (2010). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

19

19. C. J. Kliewer, Y. Gao, T. Seeger, J. Kiefer, B. D. Patterson, and T. B. Settersten, “Picosecond time-resolved pure-rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy in sooting flames,” Proc. Combust. Inst. 33(1), 831–838 (2011). [CrossRef]

]. The simulations of the time-dependent fs/ps RCARS signal at 306 K and 500 K are generated using the model described in the Theory section. The magnitude of the simulated data is adjusted to match the experimental intensities, although no adjustment was necessary for the time decay. Good agreement is found between the experimental and simulated time decays, with fs/ps RCARS exhibiting a relative signal-to-nonresonant-background ratio of ~800:1 at 13.5 ps for 306 K and 500 K.

The decay time constant of the rotational CARS spectra increases with an increase in temperature in accordance with a decrease in the linewidth [18

18. T. Seeger, J. Kiefer, A. Leipertz, B. D. Patterson, C. J. Kliewer, and T. B. Settersten, “Picosecond time-resolved pure-rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy for N(2) thermometry,” Opt. Lett. 34(23), 3755–3757 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

,37

37. L. A. Rahn and R. E. Palmer, “Studies of nitrogen self-broadening at high-temperature with inverse Raman spectroscopy,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 3(9), 1164–1169 (1986). [CrossRef]

]. This is in contrast to that observed for vibrational Q-branch CARS time-domain signals that decay more rapidly at higher temperature due to frequency-spread dephasing after the impulsive excitation [23

23. R. P. Lucht, S. Roy, T. R. Meyer, and J. R. Gord, “Femtosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering measurement of gas temperatures from frequency-spread dephasing of the Raman coherence,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 89(25), 251112 (2006). [CrossRef]

]. Although the fs/ps RCARS signal normalized relative to time zero increases with temperature (see Fig. 5), the absolute signal decreases due to a drop in density and, therefore, N2 concentration.

Although nonresonant suppression is not unique to fs/ps CARS [13

13. S. Roy, T. R. Meyer, and J. R. Gord, “Broadband coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy of nitrogen using a picosecond modeless dye laser,” Opt. Lett. 30(23), 3222–3224 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

15

15. T. R. Meyer, S. Roy, and J. R. Gord, “Improving signal-to-interference ratio in rich hydrocarbon-air flames using picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering,” Appl. Spectrosc. 61(11), 1135–1140 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

,18

18. T. Seeger, J. Kiefer, A. Leipertz, B. D. Patterson, C. J. Kliewer, and T. B. Settersten, “Picosecond time-resolved pure-rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy for N(2) thermometry,” Opt. Lett. 34(23), 3755–3757 (2009). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

], the advantage of fs/ps RCARS over pure fs CARS or pure ps CARS is the ability to achieve three orders of magnitude nonresonant suppression at sufficiently short probe delays for minimizing collisional effects, especially near 13.5 ps, while maintaining spectral resolution for frequency-domain detection. According to the data in Fig. 5, changes in the rate of collisional energy transfer from 306 K to 500 K are only significant beyond ~30 ps for the atmospheric-pressure conditions in this study.

It is well known that collisions between molecules can cause internal energy transfer which acts to decrease population of a given state as a function of time [37

37. L. A. Rahn and R. E. Palmer, “Studies of nitrogen self-broadening at high-temperature with inverse Raman spectroscopy,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 3(9), 1164–1169 (1986). [CrossRef]

]. In the time domain, this manifests itself as a decrease in CARS signal strength as a function of time [41

41. G. Knopp, P. Radi, M. Tulej, T. Gerber, and P. Beaud, “Collision induced rotational energy transfer probed by time-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering,” J. Chem. Phys. 118(18), 8223–8233 (2003). [CrossRef]

]. The decay rate is a strong function of thermodynamic properties, such as temperature, pressure, and molecular composition, that dictate the rate of collisions. The MEG model linearly relates the decay rate and pressure, while a more complex inverse relationship is given for the temperature and decay rate. In this way, for a given pressure the fastest rate of collisional energy transfer occurs at the lowest temperature, which is typically room temperature for many practical devices of interest. Additionally, the MEG model’s assumption of an exponential relationship between the rate of energy transfer and the energy difference between the initial and final states results in a decrease in the rate of energy transfer at higher rotational energy states [37

37. L. A. Rahn and R. E. Palmer, “Studies of nitrogen self-broadening at high-temperature with inverse Raman spectroscopy,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 3(9), 1164–1169 (1986). [CrossRef]

]. This is due to the increased angular momentum of higher J levels, which take longer to decay. The FWHM of the spectral linewidth can be calculated from the time constant of the exponential decay using the formulation of Kulatilaka et al. [16

16. W. D. Kulatilaka, P. S. Hsu, H. U. Stauffer, J. R. Gord, and S. Roy, “Direct measurement of rotationally resolved H2 Q-branch Raman coherence lifetimes using time-resolved picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 97(8), 081112 (2010). [CrossRef]

] and is given as Eq. (9),
ΓJ=12πcτCARS,J,
(9)
where ΓJ is the spectral linewidth in m−1 of the transition with initial state J, τ CARS,J is the time constant in seconds of a single-exponential function for the same transition, and c is the speed of light in m/s.

In traditional frequency-domain spectroscopy, the exponential decay of the CARS signal as a function of time is used to determine the spectral linewidth. The spectral shape takes the form of a Lorentzian function, the Fourier transform of the exponential decay. While fully frequency-domain techniques must model only the spectral linewidth effect of collisional energy transfer, time-domain spectroscopic techniques are directly sensitive to time-dependent signal decay. For both temporally- and spectrally-resolved techniques (ps RCARS or fs/ps RCARS) the collisional energy transfer is manifest in both domains. Experimentally measured spectra at 306 K and probe delays of 13.5 ps (typical of fs/ps RCARS) and 300 ps (typical of ps RCARS) are given in the inset of Fig. 6
Fig. 6 Direct time-domain measurement of J-level dependent collisional linewidths at 306 K. (a) Experimental data for J = 6 and J = 14 transitions along with best-fit single-exponential decays. Inset illustrates perceived shift of fs/ps RCARS spectra to higher temperature from probe delay of 13.5 to 300 ps. (b) Measured linewidth for each transition and published linewidth from Ref, [37]. Error bars represent 95% confidence interval for exponential fit.
. Each spectrum is normalized to unity. Because the high J-level transitions experience a relatively slower decay at room temperature as compared to the low J levels, the spectrally-detected signal appears to shift to higher frequencies and therefore higher temperature. The intensity of each transition can be independently analyzed as a function of time and fit using a single exponential decay, as shown in Fig. 6(a).

The difference in decay rate is easily observed for the J = 6 and J = 14 transitions. Because of the temporal and spectral resolution, the decay rate of each transition can be measured and the experimental linewidth computed using Eq. (6). The resulting spectral linewidths are plotted as a function of J level for N2-N2 collisions at 306 K in Fig. 6(b). The measured linewidths agree well with the published Q-branch data from Rahn and Palmer [37

37. L. A. Rahn and R. E. Palmer, “Studies of nitrogen self-broadening at high-temperature with inverse Raman spectroscopy,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 3(9), 1164–1169 (1986). [CrossRef]

] utilizing the approximation for S-branch transitions [38

38. L. Martinsson, P. E. Bengtsson, M. Alden, S. Kroll, and J. Bonamy, “A test of different rotational Raman linewidth models: Accuracy of rotational coherent anti-Stokes-Raman ccattering thermometry in nitrogen from 295 to 1850 K,” J. Chem. Phys. 99(4), 2466–2477 (1993). [CrossRef]

].

For probe delays less than 30 ps, however, there is no statistically significant difference between the collision-dependent and collision-free temperature measurements down to 300 K, which exhibit an error of ~1%. At atmospheric pressure, therefore, fs/ps RCARS thermometry can be performed while neglecting collisional energy transfer for temperatures greater than 300 K and probe delays less than 30 ps. This has implications for proper selection of the probe pulse delay. For nonresonant-free (~1000 × reduction) and collision-free (<1% error) measurements, the delay is limited to 13.5–30 ps in the current work. If systematic errors up to 2.5% and nonresonant contributions of 1% are acceptable, this interval could be extended to 10.5–50 ps. On the other hand, the range for collision-free measurements may be reduced at high pressure.

A significant advantage of fs/ps RCARS is the kHz repetition rate associated with ultrafast regenerative amplifiers, which is two to three orders of magnitude higher than current ns and ps sources used in CARS systems. To take advantage of the high repetition rates, accurate measurements must be possible using a single laser shot. An important factor when extracting temperature from an RCARS spectrum is the signal-to-noise ratio. The single-shot fs/ps RCARS spectra shown in Fig. 8
Fig. 8 Single-shot pure-rotational hybrid fs/ps RCARS spectra of N2 at (a) 306 K, (b) 500 K, and (c) 700 K. Open symbols represent experimental data while solid lines represent best fit simulations. Residual is shown shifted by −0.1.
display an SNR of 3900:1 at 306 K, 425:1 at 500 K, and 42:1 at 700 K. The residual is shown shifted by −0.1. A probe-pulse delay of 13.5 ps is used in all three cases, ensuring that the temperature bias due to collisions or nonresonant background is negligible. Hence, these spectra have sufficient SNR for best-fit temperatures to be extracted from the theoretical model with high accuracy. Single-shot spectra at 800 K were also collected while keeping all laser parameters constant, leading to an SNR of ~15:1 and representing the upper limit of single-shot temperature measurements for the current laser configuration. Application of this approach to higher temperatures by increasing the probe-pulse bandwidth (i.e., throughput of the 4-f pulse shaper) or by employing a laser with increased laser energy is the subject of future investigation.

5. Conclusions

Single-shot, collision- and nonresonant-background-free, pure-rotational hybrid fs/ps CARS thermometry of N2 is demonstrated using a kHz-rate fs laser source. By delaying the 8.4-ps probe pulse by 13.5 ps after the arrival of the 100-fs pump and Stokes pulses, it is possible to achieve a signal-to-nonresonant-background ratio of 800:1. The current approach also allows direct measurements of J-level dependent dephasing rates in the range of 13.5 to 100 ps, which are used to show that measured temperatures are collision free (to within 1% or less) for probe delays below 30 ps at atmospheric pressure. Using a frequency- and time-domain model, best-fit temperatures for current RCARS spectra at a probe delay of 13.5 ps exhibit accuracies of ~1% in the range of 306 K to 700 K without the need for corrections due to nonresonant background or collisions. This model is also used to show that the temperature bias due to collisions (i.e., J-level dependent dephasing) can be corrected for probe delays beyond 30 ps. The temperature correction at 100 ps, for example, is ~10% near 300 K. This has important implications for the effects of collisions when using ps CARS with ~100-ps pulses; this approach can require probe delays of at least 150 ps to avoid nonresonant background, leading to temperature corrections of ~30% or more. Hence, the collision- and nonresonant-background-free fs/ps-RCARS approach can reduce uncertainty in unsteady flows where temperature, density, or composition may fluctuate in time. This is achieved using a kHz-rate fs laser source, although new amplified laser sources can potentially allow measurements up to 10 kHz or beyond. Future work includes extension to higher temperatures using increased pulse energies and studies of collisional effects at higher pressure.

Acknowledgments

Funding was provided, in part, by the National Science Foundation (CBET-1056006, Dr. Arvind Atreya, Program Official), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Dr. Tatjana Curcic, Program Manager), and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) under Contract Nos. FA8650-09-C-2918 and FA8650-10-C-2008 (Ms. Amy Lynch, Program Manager). Equipment used for this work was funded, in part, by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Dr. Mitat Birkan, Program Manager). Joseph Miller was supported by the National Science Foundation and National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Programs. The authors also thank Dr. Hans Stauffer of Spectral Energies, LLC, Drs. Stephen Danczyk and Douglas Talley of the AFRL, and Drs. Sean Kearney and Darcie Farrow of Sandia National Laboratories for helpful discussions.

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OCIS Codes
(280.1740) Remote sensing and sensors : Combustion diagnostics
(300.6230) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering
(300.6530) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, ultrafast
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.5390) Ultrafast optics : Picosecond phenomena

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History
Original Manuscript: June 13, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 10, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 10, 2011
Published: July 29, 2011

Citation
Joseph D. Miller, Sukesh Roy, Mikhail N. Slipchenko, James R. Gord, and Terrence R. Meyer, "Single-shot gas-phase thermometry using pure-rotational hybrid femtosecond/picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering," Opt. Express 19, 15627-15640 (2011)
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