Research Interests

​My research interest lies in the development of advanced optical diagnostic techniques for engineering applications. More specifically, my research involves implementation of optical and spectroscopic techniques such as tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS), planar laser induced fluorescence (PLIF), Raman spectroscopy, Rayleigh scattering, two-color ratio pyrometry etc. for conducting quantitative measurements as well as imaging of high speed air flows, plasmas and combustion. These measurements help to develop a better understanding of the underlying physics of these applications.  While my current research is interdisciplinary and applied in nature, I am also interested in studying fundamental problems in optics and photonics.


Selected Publications

  • Rugged, scramjet inlet temperature and velocity sensor: design and ground test
    J. Kurtz, M. Aizengendler, Y. Krishna, P. Walsh, S. O’Byrne
    AIAA Journal, Vol: 54, Issue 2, 399-407 , (2016 )
  • Subsonic in-flight temperature and pressure measurements using a scramjet inlet flow sensor
    J. Kurtz , M. Aizengendler, Y. Krishna, P. Walsh, S. O’Byrne
    AIAA Journal, Vol: 54, Issue 3, 1007-1013 , (2016)
  • Numerically determining mach number and orientation in hypersonic inlets using absorption spectroscopy
    Y. Krishna, S. O’Byrne, S. Wittig, J. Kurtz
    Journal of propulsion and power, Vol: 31, Issue 1, 123-132 , (2015 )
  • Baseline correction for stray light in log-ratio diode laser absorption measurements”
    Y. Krishna, S. O’Byrne, J. Kurtz
    Applied Optics, Vol: 53, Issue 19, 4128-4135 , (2014 )
  • Engineering the size of dark core of an optical vortex
    A. Kumar, P. Vaity, Y. Krishna, P. Singh
    Optics and Lasers in Engineering, Vol: 48, Issue 3, 276-281 , (2010)

Education Profile

​Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia, 2015

M.Sc., (5-year integrated), Photonics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, India, 2010

Professional Profile

​2017-Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

2016-2017: Postdoctoral fellow, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India​


KAUST Affiliations

​Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)


International Affiliations

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