TITLE

Bench testing of a heterodyne CO2 laser dispersion interferometer for high temporal resolution plasma density measurements

AUTHOR(S)
Akiyama, T.; Van Zeeland, M. A.; Boivin, R. L.; Carlstrom, T. N.; Chavez, J. A.; Muscatello, C. M.; O'Neill, R. C.; Vasquez, J.; Watkins, M.; Martin, W.; Colio, A.; Finkenthal, D. K.; Brower, D. L.; Chen, J.; Ding, W. X.; Perry, M.
PUB. DATE
December 2016
SOURCE
Review of Scientific Instruments;Dec2016, Vol. 87 Issue 12, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A heterodyne detection scheme is combined with a 10.59 μm CO2 laser dispersion interferometer for the first time to allow large bandwidth measurements in the 10-100 MHz range. The approach employed utilizes a 40 MHz acousto-optic cell operating on the frequency doubled CO2 beam which is obtained using a high 2nd harmonic conversion efficiency orientation patterned gallium arsenide crystal. The measured standard deviation of the line integrated electron density equivalent phase resolution obtained with digital phase demodulation technique, is 4 × 1017 m-2. Air flow was found to significantly affect the baseline of the phase signal, which an optical table cover was able to reduce considerably. The heterodyne dispersion interferometer (DI) approach is found to be robustly insensitive to motion, with measured phase shifts below baseline drifts even in the presence of several centimeters of retroreflector induced path length variations. Plasma induced dispersion was simulated with a wedged ZnSe plate and the measured DI phase shifts are consistent with expectations.
ACCESSION #
120465448

 

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