, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 214-216
Date: 10 Sep 2003

Multi-mode fibre laser Doppler anemometer (LDA) with high spatial resolution for the investigation of boundary layers

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A novel LDA system using laser diode arrays and multi-mode fibers in the transmitting optics is presented. The use of high numerical aperture multi-mode step-index fibres results in measurement volumes with, for example, 80 µm length and minimal speckle effects. Because of the high spatial resolution and low relative fringe spacing variation of Δd/d≈5×10−4 the multi-mode fibre LDA is predestined for investigating turbulent flows. Boundary layer measurements carried out show excellent agreement with theoretical velocity profiles.