Measurements of fluorescence lifetimes are needed to quantify concentration measurements when using linear laser-induced fluorescence. However, lifetimes are only a few nanoseconds for many important species at atmospheric pressure. When using a typical Q-switched laser with a pulse width of about 10 ns, the fluorescence follows the shape of the laser pulse and the lifetime cannot be easily measured. In this paper, a technique is described for experimentally determining the fluorescence lifetime in atmospheric-pressure flames using a nanosecond-pulsed laser; that is, measurement of a lifetime an order-of-magnitude faster than the laser pulse itself. This technique relies on an observable temporal shift in the fluorescence signal as a function of the lifetime. Simulations show the efficacy of this approach, and data in liquid samples and in an atmospheric-pressure flame show excellent agreement with prior picosecond measurements. This technique is successful because only the temporal shift is examined and details of the fluorescence profile are ignored.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics|
|State||Published - Feb 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
- Physics and Astronomy (all)