Abstract

A new nonintrusive velocimetry diagnostic that combines the sensitivity of frequency-modulated (FM) absorption spectroscopy techniques and the spectral discrimination afforded by atomic-vapor absorption filters is presented. Doppler-shifted light from a FM Ti:sapphire laser scattered from a supersonic flow is imaged through a potassium-vapor cell and is detected by FM spectroscopy. The difference between the potassium resonance frequency and the laser frequency when the scattered light is in resonance is the flow-induced Doppler shift.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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