Non-local thermodynamic equilibrium in laser sustained plasmas

David K. Zerkle, Herman Krier

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Abstract

An argon laser sustained plasma (LSP) at atmospheric pressure has been studied spectroscopically and the existence of a non-local thermodynamic equilibrium state has been determined. The spectroscopic data consist of argon neutral and ion line emissions used to spatially resolve electronic energy level population densities in each plasma species. A hydrogen seed is added to the argon flow for the purpose of determining electron number density by Stark broadening analysis of the Balmer series alpha line. Electron and heavy particle kinetic temperatures are calculated through the use of an appropriate non-equilibrium model. The dominant non-equilibrium effect in this plasma is kinetic nonequilibrium where the electron kinetic temperature can be more than twice the heavy particle kinetic temperature in high laser power flux regions. Typical electron and heavy particle kinetic temperatures are 14000 K and 8000 K, respectively. Electron number density ranges from 6 × 1016 cm-3 to 2.1 × 1017 cm-3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
EventAIAA 23rd Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference, 1992 - Nashville, United States
Duration: Jul 6 1992Jul 8 1992

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OtherAIAA 23rd Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference, 1992
CountryUnited States
CityNashville
Period7/6/927/8/92

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Zerkle, D. K., & Krier, H. (1992). Non-local thermodynamic equilibrium in laser sustained plasmas. Paper presented at AIAA 23rd Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference, 1992, Nashville, United States.