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Diagnostic study of four-wave-mixing-based electric-field measurements in high-pressure nitrogen plasmas.
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PMID:  22015362     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
We present the results of a diagnostic study of the use of coherent four wave mixing for in situ measurement of an electric field in air or in nitrogen-containing plasmas. Static electric fields in air at a nominal pressure of 625 Torr and temperature of 300 K are detected using vibrational CARS of nitrogen. It is shown that the ratio of the infrared signal to the vibrational N<sub>2</sub> CARS signal is equal to approximately 10<sup>-8</sup> at 8.33 kV/cm, a factor of approximately 50 less than that predicted assuming equal third-order nonlinear susceptibilities. It is also shown that the spatial resolution of a typical collinear geometry measurement is approximately 1 cm. Finally, it is shown that achieving sensitivities of the order of 1 kV/cm requires that the coherent Raman pumping be performed in the highly saturated and Stark broadened regime.
Authors:
Walter R Lempert; Sean P Kearney; Edward V Barnat
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Applied optics     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1539-4522     ISO Abbreviation:  Appl Opt     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0247660     Medline TA:  Appl Opt     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  5688-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
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