Accession Number:

ADA207054

Title:

Spectroscopic Diagnostics of Electron Temperature and Energy Conversion Efficiency of Laser-Sustained Plasma in Flowing Argon

Descriptive Note:

Rept. for 1 Sep 1987-8 Aug 1988

Corporate Author:

ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA DEPT OF MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-08-25

Pagination or Media Count:

91.0

Abstract:

Laser sustained plasmas are often formed during laser materials interaction. The Universitys 10 kW CW CO2 laser has been used to study argon plasmas for the application to laser supported propulsion and laser materials processing. The spectroscopic diagnostic method has been applied to study laser-sustained plasmas in 1 atmosphere pure argon gas flow with an f7 on-axis laser focusing scheme. High flow speeds of 2 to 10 msec are achieved. Plasma electron temperatures distributions are determined from the 415.8 nm ArI line and its adjacent continuum intensities. Plasma core temperatures as high as 20,000 K are reported. The total absorption of the incident laser power and the radiation loss by the plasma are calculated from the temperature distribution. Results indicated that up to 86 percent of the incident laser power can be absorbed and nearly 60 percent of the incident laser power can be retained by the flowing argon gas to provide thrust. Further research is called for in the laser induced fluorescence LIF technique for diagnostics of the downstream mixing zone and the plasma outer region. Experiments over a wider range of operating conditions, as well as multiple plasma testings, are required to find the optimum operating scheme. Keywords Laser sustained plasmas, Spectroscopy, Plasmas, Beamed energy conversion.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Lasers and Masers
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE