Measurement of Particle Accelerations with the Laser Doppler Technique

  • H. Nobach
  • M. Kinzel
  • R. Zimmermann
  • C. Tropea
  • E. Bodenschatz
Part of the Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design book series (NNFM, volume 110)


An extension of the laser Doppler technique for measuring particle acceleration is presented. The basic principles of the technique follow closely those introduced in [11], although numerous improvements have been implemented in the signal processing for increasing the reliability of individual estimates of particle acceleration. The main contribution of this study is to identify and quantify the errors due to optical fringe divergence in the detection volume of the present laser Doppler system, to introduce an appropriate experiment involving a falling wire and to compare the acceleration measurements of the laser Doppler system to the results of a particle tracking system with high-speed cameras in a highly turbulent flow. Noteworthy is the fact that all measurements were performed with a commercial off-the-shelf laser Doppler system.


Particle Image Velocimetry Particle Acceleration Beam Waist Particle Tracking Velocimetry Acceleration Measurement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Nobach
    • 1
  • M. Kinzel
    • 2
  • R. Zimmermann
    • 3
  • C. Tropea
    • 2
  • E. Bodenschatz
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck institute for Dynamics and Self-OrganisationGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Chair of Fluid Mechanics and AerodynamicsDarmstadt University of TechnologyDarmstadtGermany
  3. 3.Laboratoire de physique ENS LyonLyon Cedex 07France

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