Experimental Study of a Laser Sustained Air Plasma
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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An experiment was performed to determine the temperature distribution within a stationary plasma in atmospheric air, produced by a continuously operating CO2 laser. A peak temperature of 17,000K was found to exist at a point 1.1 cm ahead of the focal point. The radiation surrounding the hot plasma core was found to consist, primarily, of the first negative system of nitrogen.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics