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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1981
  • pp: 525–527

Spatially resolved saturated absorption spectroscopy in flames

J. E. M. Goldsmith  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 6, Issue 11, pp. 525-527 (1981)

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This Letter describes the extension of saturated absorption spectroscopy to spatially resolved (point) absorption measurements for diagnostic applications. The technique modifies the standard configuration of Doppler-free saturation spectroscopy by using crossed, rather than counterpropagating, saturating and probe beams. The method is demonstrated in a study of the distribution of atomic sodium aspirated from a salt solution into an atmospheric-pressure hydrogen–air flame. Similar adaptations of other two-beam Doppler-free spectroscopic methods can be used to provide spatially resolved measurement techniques.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: June 30, 1981
Published: November 1, 1981

J. E. M. Goldsmith, "Spatially resolved saturated absorption spectroscopy in flames," Opt. Lett. 6, 525-527 (1981)

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