Hypersonic‐helium‐flow‐field measurements with the resonant Doppler velocimeter Academic Article uri icon


  • A low density of sodium atoms seeded into a hypersonic helium flow is used to quantitatively determine flow-field properties. By observing fluorescence from a point as a single-mode dye laser is tuned through the sodium D 2 line, the absorption profile may be found. This profile is fitted to a properly weighted sum of Voigt functions to yield the velocity, temperature, and pressure at the observation point. The fluorescence is strong enough to use this technique for qualitative flow-field visualization.

author list (cited authors)

  • Zimmermann, M., & Miles, R. B.

citation count

  • 65

publication date

  • November 1980