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Fluorescence lifetime imaging in a flame

Elsevier Science Inc
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  • Lifetime Imaging
  • Time-Resolved Spectroscopy
  • Laser-Induced
  • Fluorescence
  • Fluorescence Quantum Yield
  • Physics And Astronomy


A novel method for two-dimensional fluorescence lifetime imaging is presented. The technique is demonstrated on averaged planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) signals recorded in a flame. Although demonstrated on averaged images, the concept applies equally well to single-shot images. Formaldehyde was probed through pico-second excitation at 355 nm in a rich methane/oxygen flame (Phi = 2.6). Images were recorded with a dual ICCD camera detection setup with different gate characteristics of the two cameras. The recorded images were analyzed using simulated values of LIF signal detection to generate two-dimensional images of effective lifetimes. Measured lifetimes range from roughly 1 to 4.5 ns. The lifetime image data were used for quenching correction of the LIF images, which, after correction, showed better qualitative agreement compared to a formaldehyde concentration profile simulated with the GRI 3.0 mechanism. (C) 2010 The Combustion Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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