MID-INFRARED DIODE-LASER DIAGNOSTICS OF THE GAS FLOW IN HIGH-MACH-NUMBER WIND TUNNELS

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 Title: MID-INFRARED DIODE-LASER DIAGNOSTICS OF THE GAS FLOW IN HIGH-MACH-NUMBER WIND TUNNELS Creators: Hight Walker, A. R.; Fraser, G. T.; Plusquellic, D. F. Issue Date: 1997 Publisher: Ohio State University Abstract: A rapid-scan, lead-salt, diode-laser spectrometer has been constructed to investigate infrared active gases in high Mach number (8 - 14 ) wind tunnels for measurement of temporal temperature, pressure, and velocity profiles. The spectrometer is capable of capturing 4000 sweeps of a $0.2 cm^{-1}$ spectral window at a sampling rate of 10,000 sweeps/s with a minimum detectable fractional absorption of $\sim 1%$ per sweep. For room temperature Doppler-limited absorption by CO, this corresponds to detection sensitivity of $\sim 5 \times 10^{-4}$ Torr-cm in a $100 \mu$s. In addition to a spectral channel the 12 bit data acquisition sampling system alternately captures an etalon trace to determine scan linearity and dispersion and a standard gas trace for correcting for frequency drifts. The choice of infrared chromophore to monitor is guided by real-time collection of a sample of the flow stream followed by laboratory analysis using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. Testing of the spectrometer is presently being undertaken on a Mach 8 wind tunnel. Description: Author Institution: Optical Technology Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/13971 Other Identifiers: 1997-RG-05