Abstract

Several self-scanning photodiode arrays (IPDA) used for CARS spectroscopy are shown to exhibit a greater image persistence than has generally been realized, and to exhibit a falloff in sensitivity that is logarithmic with decreasing output signal. These effects are attributed to the P-20 phosphor based intensifiers used in the IPDAs and are probably generic to all such detectors. A strategy for minimizing the image persistence in CARS spectroscopy is presented. A prototype detector incorporating a much faster rare earth phosphor is evaluated and shown to be more suited to single pulse CARS measurements in turbulent combustion than the IPDAs incorporating P-20 phosphors.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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