TITLE

Measurement of plasma decay processes in mixture of sodium and argon by coherent microwave scattering

AUTHOR(S)
Zhili Zhang; Shneider, Mikhail N.
PUB. DATE
March 2010
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Mar2010, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p033108
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper presents the experimental measurement and computational model of sodium plasma decay processes in mixture of sodium and argon by using radar resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI), coherent microwave Rayleigh scattering of REMPI. A single laser beam resonantly ionizes the sodium atoms by means of 2+1 REMPI process. The laser beam can only generate the ionization of the sodium atoms and have negligible ionization of argon. Coherent microwave scattering in situ measures the total electron number in the laser-induced plasma. Since the sodium ions decay by recombination with electrons, microwave scattering directly measures the plasma decay processes of the sodium ions. A theoretical plasma dynamic model, including REMPI of the sodium and electron avalanche ionization (EAI) of sodium and argon in the gas mixture, has been developed. It confirms that the EAI of argon is several orders of magnitude lower than the REMPI of sodium. The theoretical prediction made for the plasma decay process of sodium plasma in the mixture matches the experimental measurement.
ACCESSION #
48912101

 

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