Velocity measurement by the vibrational tagging of diatomic molecules Patent uri icon


  • First and second relatively high power laser beams are directed into a volume enclosing a flow field of molecules of a molecular species. The beams are focussed to form an overlapping region of the beams in the flow field, for tagging a portion of the associated molecules by driving them into their first vibrational state by stimulated Raman pumping. A high intensity beam of light is directed into the flow field proximate the overlap region for intercepting the tagged molecules, and causing them to fluoresce, thereby permitting their displacement to be measured through observation thereof, for determining the velocity of the associated molecules and flow field.

author list (cited authors)

  • Miles, R. B., & Lempert, W. R.

complete list of authors

  • Miles, RB||Lempert, WR

publication date

  • May 1992