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OH-thermometry using laser polarization spectroscopy and laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy in the OH A-X (1,0) band

By J. Kiefer, A. Meyerhoefer, T. Seeger, A. Leipertz, Zhongshan Li and Marcus Aldén


Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) and polarization spectroscopy (PS) is used for OH-thermometry utilizing the off-diagonal A-X (1,0) band. Both techniques are used simultaneously in order to allow a comparison of the results. For deriving temperature information from the spectra, three methods are employed: (1) a contour fit method comparing experimental and calculated spectra, (2) spectral fitting of a single highly resolved spectral line and (3) a two-line intensity ratio approach. In general, both spectroscopic techniques gave similar results. The high-resolution approach (2) did not deliver reasonable results in our experiments. The most accurate but also most time consuming method was the contour fit (1). For future two-dimensional temperature measurements, the 2-line-method (3) was identified to be the method of choice. The present study contains, to the best of our knowledge, the first polarization spectroscopic study in the A-X (1,0) band of OH. Copyright (C) 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

Topics: Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics, thermometry, OH, hydroxyl, polarization spectroscopy, laser-induced fluorescence
Publisher: 'Wiley'
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1002/jrs.2230
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