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Spectroscopic interferometer for coherence length spectroscopy of pulsed discharge plasma

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2 Author(s)
Kim, Yong W. ; Department of Physics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015, USA ; Poolyarat, Nopporn

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We have designed and constructed a spectroscopic interferometer, and test run its operation with a pulsed discharge plasma. The plasma is produced by capacitor discharge across a gap filled with neutral argon at selected pressures. Ablation of iron from the cathode adds to argon to form equilibrium plasma of an argon-iron mixture. The ablative mass addition is measured and incorporated into the system of Saha equations. The calculated plasma energy is compared to independently measured total energy injected into the plasma to determine the peak plasma temperature. The measured coherence length of an argon emission line shows a dependence on the direction of the line of sight and a scaling with collision time within the plasma.

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Review of Scientific Instruments  (Volume:79 ,  Issue: 10 )