Abstract

A technique is presented for measurements of two-dimensional velocity fields in gas flows. The single-mode frequency of an argon-ion laser is fixed in the wing of an absorption line of iodine molecules that are seeded at low level in the flow of interest. The emitted fluorescence is detected with an image-intensified 100 × 100 photodiode-array camera. Two pairs of counterpropagating laser sheets sequentially probe the flow to determine two velocity components. The frequency in one pair is shifted with respect to the other by an acousto-optic modulator. This two-frequency scheme eliminates the need to determine the slope of the line externally and offers the potential for combined pressure and velocity-field measurements.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

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