This objective of this study was to obtain instantaneous gas temperature measurements using a coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectrometer (CARS) in a laboratory-scale, gas-turbine combustor (LSGTC) with a pre-mixed, swirl-stabilized, natural gas flame. These measurements complement PLIF measurements of OH radical, and LDA measurements of velocity which are presented in companion papers [1,2]. Gas temperature measurements were obtained at each of four operating conditions (high swirl and medium swirl at fuel equivalence ratios of 0.80 and 0.65). Results of mean and standard deviation measurements are included in this paper for all four test cases. Additionally, example probably density functions (PDF) for the gas temperature at the 40 mm, 60 mm, and 80 mm axial locations are presented for the for the high swirl (HS) φ = 0.80 case (most stable flame) and the medium swirl (MS) φ = 0.65 case (least stable flame).

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