Continuing Development of Optical Combustion Diagnostics for Propulsion Applications

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Advanced measurement techniques that exploit lasers and optics have become well-established tools for characterizing combustion. Such noninvasive measurement approaches are often ideally suited for visualizing complex reacting flows and quantifying key chemical-species concentrations, temperature, and fluid-dynamic parameters. The fundamental information these techniques provide is essential for achieving a detailed understanding of the chemistry and physics of combustion processes. Approaches based on linear and nonlinear spectroscopies for point, line, planar, and volumetric measurements will be explored in this seminar, especially those based on ultrashort-pulse (picosecond, femtosecond) lasers and burst-mode lasers with emphasis on kHz-rate data acquisition.

Jim Gord, Air Force Research Laboratory
Bowen Hall
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Room 222
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 3:30pm
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Speaker Bio

DR. JAMES R. GORD, Principal Research Chemist with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Aerospace Systems Directorate, leads the development and application of optical measurement techniques for advanced propulsion and fuel systems as Director of the Combustion and Laser Diagnostics Research Complex. His work has produced five patents, four book chapters, more than 160 peer-reviewed journal articles, and more than 810 conference papers and presentations, including more than 190 delivered upon invitation. Dr. Gord studied at Miami University as a National Merit and Ohio Board of Regents Scholar, receiving a B.S. in chemistry with University and Departmental Honors in 1986. He performed his doctoral research at Purdue University with Prof. Ben S. Freiser through fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the American Chemical Society, receiving a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry with Highest Honors in 1990. Thereafter he pursued postdoctoral studies in chemical physics at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) with Prof. W. Carl Lineberger. Dr. Gord joined the Air Force research team in 1991. In 2007 he was named a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. In 2005 he received AFRL’s top honor when he was named an AFRL Fellow. Dr. Gord is a two-time winner of AFRL’s Award for Outstanding Scientific and Technical Achievement (2004, 2001) and was named one of Dayton’s 40 Superachievers Under 40 in 2004. He is also a three-time winner of the Propulsion Directorate’s S. D. Heron Award (2010, 2005, 1999) for outstanding technical achievement and a two-time winner of the Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award. In 2001 he was named the Propulsion Directorate’s Scientist of the Year. Dr. Gord has been named a Distinguished Alumnus of Purdue University, Miami University, and Miami East High School. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Associate Fellow), the American Institute of Physics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Combustion Institute, the Optical Society of America (Fellow), Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.