Measuring physical flow properties, such as density and temperature, at high frequency in high temperature and pressure environments is very challenging. Rapid fluctuations of these properties often have an impact on combustion efficiency and stability. We hereby attempt to measure density fluctuations in high-pressure premixed combustion using high temporal resolution laser Rayleigh scattering. The Rayleigh scattering intensity was assessed by counting individual photons due to the low signal to noise ratio. The measurement system was first verified at various air pressures without combustion. Combustion experiments were then conducted at four different pressures, from 1 to 7 bar. The density fluctuations increased with pressure, but the dominant fluctuation frequency decreased. Proper orthogonal decomposition analysis of high-speed schlieren images of the flame front was used to verify the results.

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