Advanced Vacuum Equipment for Laser Plasma Research
Final rept. 1 Mar 97-31 Aug 98
WISCONSIN UNIV-MADISON DEPT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
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This equipment grant was utilized to provide two state-of-the-art vacuum facilities for seeded air plasma research on the AFOSR Grant F49620-97-0262 entitled Laser and Radiofrequency Plasma Sources. Over 24,000 in University matching funds were provided to acquire the equipment. The laser plasma facility provided a first class vacuum facility with dry, chemically hardened, turbopump and mechanical pumps, vacuum windows and lenses for the ultraviolet laser, a residual gas analyzer and a vacuum spectrometer to diagnose the plasma. The radiofrequency vacuum facility provided a first class vacuum facility with dry, chemically hardened, turbopump and mechanical pumps, vacuum gauges, vacuum pipe and connections, a power supply for the magnetic field, and radiofrequency wave detection equipment. These two facilities are described and several of our journal publications during the past year were made possible by this equipment grant. A copy of the AFOSR annual report for last year is also attached and the research results obtained from the vacuum facilities are described. These facilities will provide an excellent basis for further contributions to the air plasma research program in the coming years.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics