The goal of the CRF’s Laser Diagnostics research program is to develop and characterize optical laser techniques that enable detecting and quantifying important gas-phase species, temperature, and particulate matter in temporally and spatially resolved measurements.
A major component of the program is the investigating fundamental physical and chemical processes that directly affect quantitatively applying these diagnostic techniques to complex combustion systems. Ultimately this knowledge enables us to develop new approaches and comprehensive models for the diagnostic techniques. These models, then, serve as the interface between diagnostic research and experimental combustion research. The diagnostic models enable experimentalists to optimally configure their experiment and to extract meaningful data from their measurements, which facilitates the fruitful interaction between experimental and theoretical combustion research.