Büttner, L. & Czarske, J. Exp Fluids (2004) 36: 214. doi:10.1007/s00348-003-0684-z
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.