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Optical Emission and Langmuir Probe Diagnostic Measurements in DC Electrode Pulse Discharge in Nitrogen

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Optical emission of selected nitrogen bands is analyzed for different nitrogen fill pressure and input electrical power to find the changes in spectral intensities with changing discharge conditions. The electron temperature Te is inferred from the intensity ratio \(\left( {{{I_{{BX}}^{ + }} \mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {{I_{{BX}}^{ + }} {{{I}_{{CB}}}}}} \right. \kern-0em} {{{I}_{{CB}}}}}} \right)\) of (0–0, 391.44 nm) and (0–2, 380.49 nm) band heads whereas electron number density ne from the intensity ratio and the corresponding rate coefficient X (cm3 s–1) for the given temperatures. Both band heads belonging to the first negative system and second positive system of nitrogen have a different threshold of excitation energies, and therefore the corresponding emission intensities provide a direct correlation between the group of electrons involved in optical emission (a part of electron energy distribution function above the excitation and ionization thresholds) and electron temperature. Measured intensity ratio \(\left( {{{I_{{BX}}^{ + }} \mathord{\left/ {\vphantom {{I_{{BX}}^{ + }} {{{I}_{{CB}}}}}} \right. \kern-0em} {{{I}_{{CB}}}}}} \right)\) and resulting Te both increase with input power and decrease with gas fill pressure following almost the same trend. Besides, time-averaged triple probe measurements have been performed to determine Teff and ne under the same discharge conditions for the sake of comparison. The spectroscopic method provides the variation of Te and ne at various discharge power and gas pressure in comparison with probe measurements. This study will help to optimize the discharge conditions in terms of active species concentration, electron temperature and electron number density for technological applications.

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The authors are grateful to Dr. Sajid Mehmood (Late) from National Tokamak Fusion Program (NTFP) for his valuable suggestions that help to improve the quality of paper. The authors also take this opportunity to thank Dr. S.M. Javed Akhtar, ex. member science, and Mr. Liaqat Ali DG TNO for their endless support.


Financial support from Planning Commission of Pakistan and IAEA through Coordinated Research Project (CRP) “Utilization of the Network of Small and Medium Size Magnetic Confinement Fusion Devices for Fusion Research (F13019)” under Contract no. 22771 is also acknowledged.

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Qayyum, A., Deeba, F., Ahmad, S. et al. Optical Emission and Langmuir Probe Diagnostic Measurements in DC Electrode Pulse Discharge in Nitrogen. High Temp 57, 821–831 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1134/S0018151X19070022

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