Rayleigh scattering has been used to image density cross sections of a compressible boundary layer for the first time to our knowledge. These cross sections were made from a Mach 2.5 boundary layer by illuminating it with a UV laser sheet from an argon–fluoride laser (193 nm). Since Rayleigh scattering is linearly proportional to density, quantitative values are measured, which leads to new instantaneous and statistical information about the structure of this turbulent field.
© 1989 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 22, 1989
Manuscript Accepted: June 22, 1989
Published: September 1, 1989
Michael Smith, Alexander Smits, and Richard Miles, "Compressible boundary-layer density cross sections by UV Rayleigh scattering," Opt. Lett. 14, 916-918 (1989)