Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF) Probe for In-situ Nitric Oxide Concentration Measurement in a Non-thermal Pulsed Corona Discharge Plasma Reactor
ABSTRACT Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) is an effective in-situ probe for NO concentrations below 300ppm in a non-thermal plasma reactor. A new method has been developed to measure in-situ NO concentration in the reactor discharge region using a long-time—on the order of seconds—averaged fluorescence detection. This method, for quantifying NO concentration in a nonthermal plasma reactor, is simpler than a short-time—on the order of nanoseconds—fluorescence detection. For accurate measurement based on the new method, the LIF intensity must be close to the corona-induced fluorescence (CIF) intensity; the CIF intensity serves as a guide in selecting the LIF intensity. We find that a kinetic model proposed earlier works for two-tube reactors and represents the NO concentration in the middle of the reactor, which verifies the assumption of gas plug flow.