Accession Number:

ADA002010

Title:

Experimental Study of a Laser Sustained Air Plasma

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Report Date:

1974-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE