A number of techniques have been developed to determine gas temperatures in electrical discharges. However they either reposes on questionable assumptions made on the equilibrium between rotational and translational temperature (emission spectroscopy, LIF on rotational level of ground state
), or they are based on Doppler broadening of the absorption signal of a probe atoms (usually Argon) which implies necessarily a spatial averaging along the line of sight. We have therefore constructed a narrow-line-width pulsed ultraviolet laser to allow measurement of atomic Doppler profiles by TALIF, and demonstrate its application to oxygen atoms in a simple DC discharge in pure oxygen. This news technique opens the door to spatially and time resolved measurements of gas temperature in non thermal plasmas providing a chance to improve one of the major source of discrepancies of all kinetic models.
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Atmospheric pressure plasma jets have been extensively studied for the last years especially because of their potential applications for surface treatments and biomedical applications. Their interaction with a dielectric substrate is therefore the core of any further developments of these technologies. The work we have just published in collaboration with Dr. Ana Sobota from Eindhoven University of Technology, characterizes the morphology of the spreading of a plasma jet when reaching a target surface for all possible controlling parameters of the jet source. Further details can be found by downloading the paper here.
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