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[en] We present a photoacoustic technique for in situ sensing of particulates in reacting flows. The method is demonstrated by measuring soot distribution in laminar flat flames. The excitation source is a high-repetition-rate pulsed fibre laser. The resulting acoustic signals are measured using a uni-directional microphone and lock-in amplifier. Based on an Allan–Werle plot, the detection limit is estimated to be a soot volume fraction of 3 parts-per-billion. Fluence curves are presented, showing a plateau region similar to the behaviour typically observed for laser-induced incandescence. A dependence of the photoacoustic signal on pulse repetition rate is also demonstrated.