Effect of the wavelength dependence of the emissivity on inferred soot temperatures measured by spectrally resolved laser-induced incandescence
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Flame-generated soot was heated using a pulsed laser, and temperatures of the irradiated soot were inferred by fitting the Planck function to spectrally resolved laser-induced incandescence with the temperature as an adjustable parameter. The effect of the wavelength dependence of the emissivity on the inferred temperatures of the irradiated soot was studied using selected expressions for the soot emissivity in the fit. Depending upon the choice of the functional form of the emissivity, the maximum temperature reached by the soot during the laser pulse was calculated to span a range of 341 K (3475–3816 K) at a 1064-nm laser fluence of 0.1 J/cm2 and 456 K (4115–4571 K) at a 1064-nm laser fluence of 0.4 J/cm2 with a 1σ standard deviation about the mean of ∼25 K. Comparison of the present results with temperature measurements from previous studies suggests that the emissivity may depend on flame conditions and that further investigation on the subject is needed. The use of two-color or spectrally resolved LII to infer the soot temperature during or after laser heating requires a careful characterization of the wavelength dependence of the emissivity. The spread in temperature leads to large uncertainties regarding the physico-chemical processes occurring at the surface of the soot during the laser heating.
KeywordsEmissivity Laser Heating Wavelength Dependence Soot Volume Fraction Soot Emission
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