Robert P. Lucht

Robert Lucht

Ralph & Bettye Bailey Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088

Office: CHAF 114

Phone: +1 765 49-45623


  • B.S. Purdue, '77
  • M.S. Purdue, '79
  • Ph.D. Purdue, '81

Research Interests

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

Application Area(s)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Graduated with Highest Distinction (1977)
  • Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship (1977-1980)
  • Fellow, Optical Society of America (Elected 1998)
  • G. Paul Pepper Professor, Texas A&M University (Appointed 1999)
  • Recipient of the Discovery in ME Award, Purdue University, 2006
  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Elected 1999)
  • Ralph and Bettye Bailey Professor of Combustion, Purdue University (2007-present)
  • Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Award, AIAA (2008)

Selected Publications

S. V. Naik, W. D. Kulatilaka, K. K. Venkatesan and R. P. Lucht, "Measurements of Pressure, Temperature and Velocity in Underexpanded Free Jets using Planar LIF Imaging of Nitric Oxide," AIAA Journal 47, 839-849 (2009).

C.C. Tseng, D.M. Voytovych, W.D. Kulatilaka, A.H. Bhuiyan, R.P. Lucht, C.L. Merkle, J.R. Hulka, and G.W. Jones, "Structure and Mixing of a Transient Flow of Helium Injected into an Established Flow of Nitrogen: Two-Dimensional Measurement and Simulation," Experiments in Fluids 46, 559-575 (2009).

A. H. Bhuiyan, D. R. Richardson, S. V. Naik, and R. P. Lucht, "Development of an Injection-Seeded Optical Parametric Generator/Pulsed Dye Amplifier System for High-Resolution Spectroscopy," Applied Physics B 94, 559-567 (2009).

S. Roy, D. R. Richardson, P. J. Kinnius, R. P. Lucht, and J. R. Gord, "Effects of N2-CO Polarization Beating on Femtosecond Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) Spectroscopy of N2," Applied Physics Letters 94, Article No. 144101 (2009).

A. K. Patnaik, S. Roy, R. P. Lucht, J. R. Gord and T. B. Settersten, "Effects of Collisions on Electronic-Resonance-Enhanced Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering of Nitric oxide," Journal of Chemical Physics 130, Article No. 214304 (2009).

S. Roy, D. R. Richardson, W. D. Kulatilaka, R. P. Lucht, and J. R. Gord, "Gas-Phase Thermometry at 1-kHz Using Femtosecond Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (fs-CARS) Spectroscopy," Optics Letters 34, 3857-3859(2009).

M. P. Thariyan, V. Ananthanarayanan, A. H. Bhuiyan, S. V. Naik, J. P. Gore, and R. P. Lucht, "Dual-Pump CARS Temperature and Major Species Concentration Measurements in Counter-Flow Methane Flames Using Narrowband Pump and Broadband Stokes Lasers," Combustion and Flame 157, 1390-1399 (2010).

N. Chai, R. P. Lucht, W. D. Kulatilaka, S. Roy, and J. R. Gord, "Electronic-Resonance-Enhanced Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering Spectroscopy of Nitric Oxide: Nonperturbative Time-Dependent Modeling and Saturation Effect," Journal of Chemical Physics 133, Article Number 084310 (2010).

D. R. Richardson, R. P. Lucht, S. Roy, W. D. Kulatilaka, and J. R. Gord, "Single-Laser-Shot Femtosecond Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering Thermometry at 1000 Hz in a Driven H2-Air Flame," Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, accepted for publication (2010).

M. P. Thariyan, A. H. Bhuiyan, S. E. Meyer,S. V. Naik, J. P. Gore, and R. P. Lucht, "Dual-Pump Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (DP-CARS) System for Temperature and Species Measurements in an Optically-Accessible High-Pressure Gas Turbine Combustor Facility," Measurement Science and Technology 22, Article Number 015301 (2011).