Laser based diagnostics

Are you interested in what you can do with lasers? Maybe you have studied atomic physics and quantum mechanics and are keen on learning how light and matter interact? Or is your focus to learn how various techniques can be used to study reacting- and non-reacting flows, and in the long run aid in the development of a more sustainable society? Whether or not your aim is academic or more from an engineering viewpoint, this is the course for you!

The course deals with laser-diagnostic methods and their abilities of measuring various parameters relevant for many chemical and physical processes, such as temperature, concentration and flow velocity. The underlying physics on which the laser-diagnostic methods are based is highlighted. Also the quality of the measurements is discussed in terms of accuracy and precision. Major parts of the course involve exersices, laboratory exersices and also a small project.

General information




Laboratory practicals

Administrative info

Course code: FBRN05, FYST28, FBR002F
Period: VT1
Credits: 7,5 Hp
Responsible: Mattias Richter
Introduction: 18/1, 13:15, E420

Contents and outline

The course starts with an introduction where the concepts of combustion, lasers, optics, detectors, and molecular physics are discussed.

Laser-diagnostic methods that are discussed include Rayleigh scattering, Laser-induced incandescence, Particle Imaging Velocimetry, Laser Doppler Anemometry, Laser-induced fluorescence, Raman scattering, and Coherent anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (CARS). Additional information about these techniques is available on our research pages.

Measurement methods

The course consists of 15 lectures, 2 exercises and 2 laboratory practicals. There are also 10  exercises that put the theory into use and a small project where each student reads a scientific article, writes a 1-page summary, and makes a short oral presentation in front of the class. A written exam ends the course. To pass the course you will need at least the grade 3 on the exam (i.e. a 50% score).