Optical Diagnosis in Flows — Application — Experiments in Combustion

  • Louis Boyer
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 116)


The most important probe to study the systems and their dynamics is the electromagnetic radiation. For instance until the last two decades any knowledge of the universe had been obtained through processing of its visible or non visible light. In the labs, where the experiments can be prepared, numerous investigations are based on interaction of light with matter. Some of them give visualization,1 others, such as absorption of ultraviolet, visible and infrared radiation provide detailed informations on energy levels, of molecules and atoms,2. Here our aim will be to present how scattering of light provides many solutions for measuring physical quantities like velocity, temperature, concentration, their mean values as well as their fluctuations in flows with applications to an interesting reactive flow: combustion. Due to the importance of the subject we have been led to restrict the lectures to some aspects of optical diagnostics. This course concentrates on elastic and quasi elastic light scattering. Very important topics like Raman and coherent antistokes Raman scattering, Laser Induced fluorescence and a recent promising technique, the optogalvanic spectroscopy which give instantaneous and local informations on temperature and concentration will not deal with here.


Flame Front Doppler Frequency Scattered Field Premix Flame Turbulent Flame 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louis Boyer
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  1. 1.Department of Combustion - L.A. 72 CNRSUniversité de ProvenceMarseille cedex 13France

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