Abstract

An enhanced-precision, high-signal method for velocity measurements with photothermal deflection spectroscopy is presented. A transient refractive-index grating is formed by the interference of two pulsed, pump-laser beams in an absorbing gas. The motion of the grating is detected by the oscillatory deflection of a probe beam, which has a diameter smaller than the fringe spacing. This two-beam pump improves on single-beam pumps because there are more markers for the velocity determination, and the larger thermal gradients increase the probe deflection. The method is illustrated by velocity maps in a laminar ethylene/nitrogen jet using a CO2 pump laser. Velocity distributions and noise levels were also measured with grid-induced turbulence above the jet.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

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