Applied Physics B

, Volume 69, Issue 5, pp 505–507

Planar laser-induced fluorescence imaging of carbon monoxide using vibrational (infrared) transitions

  • B.J. Kirby
  • R.K. Hanson
Rapid communication

DOI: 10.1007/s003400050843

Cite this article as:
Kirby, B. & Hanson, R. Appl Phys B (1999) 69: 505. doi:10.1007/s003400050843


We report a new imaging diagnostic suitable for measurements of infrared-active molecules, namely infrared planar laser-induced fluorescence (IR PLIF), in which a tunable infrared source is used to excite vibrational transitions in molecules and vibrational fluorescence is collected by an infrared camera. A nanosecond-pulse Nd:YAG-pumped KTP/KTA OPO/OPA system is used to generate 12 mJ of tunable output near 2.35 μm which excites the 2ν band of carbon monoxide (CO); fluorescence resulting from excited CO is collected at 4.7 μm by using an InSb focal plane array. Quantitative, high-SNR PLIF imaging of gas-phase CO is demonstrated at a 10-Hz acquisition rate with a minimum detection limit of 1350 ppm at 300 K.

PACS: 32.50.+d; 34.50.Ez; 39.30.+w

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© Springer-Verlag 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • B.J. Kirby
    • 1
  • R.K. Hanson
    • 1
  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-3032, USA (Fax: +1-650/723-1748, E-mail: