A tunable diode laser has been used as a light source for line-of-sight absorption and Doppler-shift measurements. We have applied the method to perform plasma diagnostics in a magneto plasma dynamic (MPD) pulsed propulsor device and of an Ar+ laser tube plasma. Spectrally resolved argon absorption lineshapes of transitions of neutral and single ionized argon were recorded. A high temporal resolution (a few microseconds) is achieved by fast tuning the laser frequency at a repetition rate greater than 100 kHz. From the recorded spectra, we deduce the dynamics of the neutral components of the plasma in the thruster. We also demonstrate the possibility of direct ion diagnostics by the observation of ionic transitions, using red diode lasers in an Ar+-laser commercial tube.

Time-Resolved Plasma Diagnostic by Laser-Diode Spectroscopy

BEVERINI, NICOLO';MACCARRONE, FRANCESCO;STRUMIA, FRANCO;PAGANUCCI, FABRIZIO;ANDRENUCCI, MARIANO
1996

Abstract

A tunable diode laser has been used as a light source for line-of-sight absorption and Doppler-shift measurements. We have applied the method to perform plasma diagnostics in a magneto plasma dynamic (MPD) pulsed propulsor device and of an Ar+ laser tube plasma. Spectrally resolved argon absorption lineshapes of transitions of neutral and single ionized argon were recorded. A high temporal resolution (a few microseconds) is achieved by fast tuning the laser frequency at a repetition rate greater than 100 kHz. From the recorded spectra, we deduce the dynamics of the neutral components of the plasma in the thruster. We also demonstrate the possibility of direct ion diagnostics by the observation of ionic transitions, using red diode lasers in an Ar+-laser commercial tube.
Beverini, Nicolo'; DEL GOBBO, G.; Genovesi, G. L.; Maccarrone, Francesco; Strumia, Franco; Paganucci, Fabrizio; Turco, A.; Andrenucci, Mariano
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