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Robert Lucht

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Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
Mechanical Engineering
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Prof. Lucht is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. His research activities center around the development and application of advanced laser diagnostic techniques for probing reacting gas phase media such as flames and plasmas, as well as nonreacting fluid flows. His research program has a spectrum of projects ranging from fundamental research on the physics of emerging laser techniques to development of diode-laser-based sensors for pollutant detection using ultraviolet and mid-infrared absorption. 

Prof. Lucht and his research group have been very active in developing new techniques for the measurement of species concentrations using coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS). His research group has pioneered the development and application of dual- and triple-pump CARS techniques for the simultaneous measurement of multiple species. Recently, his group has demonstrated the technique of electronic-resonance-enhanced dual-pump CARS for measurements of minor species. His research group has also investigated the fundamental physics of emerging laser diagnostic techniques such as degenerate four-wave mixing (DFWM) and laser-induced polarization spectroscopy (LIPS). Advanced laser diagnostic techniques have been used to probe the structure of both atmospheric-pressure and low-pressure diamond-forming flames. In the last couple of years, he has established an active research effort in diode-laser-based sensor development. His research group has developed laser systems to produce cw laser radiation in the ultraviolet for optical absorption measurements of NO and OH, and in the mid-infrared for absorption measurements of CO and CO2. 

Prof. Lucht has authored or co-authored over 90 refereed articles in archival journals. In 1998 he was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. He was elected an Associate Fellow of the AIAA in 1999. From 1998 to 2002 he was the G. Paul Pepper Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University.  


Expertise: Laser diagnostics 
Diode-laser-based sensors 
Gas turbine and internal engine combustion 
Materials processing and synthesis
Combustion science 
Fluid mechanics and heat transfer




B.S., Purdue, 1977 
M.S., Purdue, 1979 
Ph.D., Purdue, 1981


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