Detailed knowledge of combustion mechanisms allows an informed decision about future (bio)-fuels and engines. Tomographic absorption measurements via quantum cascade lasers (QCL) give space-resolved information about temperature and concentration of several species in the flame. This noncontact approach improves data obtained by invasive molecular beam mass spectrometry (MBMS). Together these techniques verify models of combustion mechanisms.
J. Koppmann, A. Brockhinke, K. Kohse-Höinghaus
Contributions to combustion chemistry research; 8th U. S. National Combustion Meeting.