Cavity Ring-Down Absorption of O2 in Air as a Temperature Sensor for an Open and a Cryogenic Optical Cavity. Academic Article uri icon


  • The A-band of oxygen has been measured at low resolution at temperatures between 90K and 373K using the phase shift cavity ring down (PS-CRD) technique. For temperatures between 90K and 295K, the PS-CRD technique presented here involves an optical cavity attached to a cryostat. The static cell and mirrors of the optical cavity are all inside a vacuum chamber at the same temperature of the cryostat. The temperature of the cell can be changed between 77K and 295K. For temperatures above 295K, a hollow glass cylindrical tube without windows has been inserted inside an optical cavity to measure the temperature of air flowing through the tube. The cavity consists of two highly reflective mirrors which are mounted parallel to each other and separated by a distance of 93cm. In this experiment, air is passed through a heated tube. The temperature of the air flowing through the tube is determined by measuring the intensity of the oxygen absorption as a function of the wavenumber. The A-band of oxygen is measured between 298K and 373K, with several air flow rates. To obtain the temperature, the energy of the lower rotational state for seven selected rotational transitions is linearly fitted to a logarithmic function that contains the relative intensity of the rotational transition, the initial and final rotational quantum numbers, and the energy of the transition. Accuracy of the temperature measurement is determined by comparing the calculated temperature from the spectra with the temperature obtained from a calibrated thermocouple inserted at the center of the tube. This flowing air temperature sensor will be used to measure the temperatures of cooling air at the input (cold air) and output (hot air) after cooling the blades of a laboratory gas turbine. The results could contribute to improvements in turbine blade cooling design.

published proceedings

  • Appl Spectrosc

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Nyaupane, P. R., Perez-Delgado, Y., Camejo, D., Wright, L. M., & Manzanares, C. E.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Nyaupane, Parashu R||Perez-Delgado, Yasnahir||Camejo, David||Wright, Lesley M||Manzanares, Carlos E

publication date

  • May 2017