Time resolved spectroscopy of laser induced air plasma

Kurt, Mustafa
The laser beam interaction with matter and the plasma generation have been studied for many years. In some applications what is really important is to understand the composition and the temporal evolution of the species in the interested medium. In this thesis, time resolved optical spectroscopy was employed to understand the evolution of the plasma which is produced by interaction of Infrared (1.064 m) laser beam with air. In this thesis, a new technique is suggested to analyze the time evolution of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy. The suggested method and the instrumentation of the setup are tested with a single gas (He). After the tests, we analyzed time sequence spectra of Laser Induced Air Breakdown. The suggested method is based on triggering the laser and the spectrometer at different time and applying the spectrometer trigger time by adding the time delay (Δt) between them by using the pulse generator. The results show that the decay rates are slowing down microseconds after the excitation of the plasma. The results of the time-resolved measurements of the line spectra show that different component of the air has different decay rate, and lifetime. The lifetime of helium is 20 s, and the decay start 5 s after the initiation of plasma. Air has 12 s lifetime, and the decay start 3 s after the initiation of the plasma. Also, the decay rate and the lifetime depend on the state. We also calculate Doppler velocity for different component and different emission states. Doppler velocities show that the component which has great mass has small velocity, the component which has small mass has high velocity.
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M. Kurt, “Time resolved spectroscopy of laser induced air plasma,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2007.