Determination of electron-impact transfer rate coefficients between argon 1s2 and 1s3 states by laser pump–probe technique

E.A.D. Carbone, S. Hubner, J.J.A.M. Mullen, van der, G.M.W. Kroesen, N. Sadeghi

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Abstract

In a microwave argon plasma, the electron-impact population transfers between the first four excited states of argon are studied by time-resolved laser pump–probe technique. Metastable atoms in the 1s5 state (in Paschen's notation) are selectively pumped up to the 2p3 state, with a nanosecond pulsed dye laser tuned to the 706 nm argon transition and the temporal response of the densities in the 1s3, 1s4 and 1s5 states are monitored by time-resolved laser diode absorption. The electron density and temperature are also measured by Thomson scattering along the plasma column for different pressures. The rate coefficient measured for the 1s3 to 1s2 state transfer, for which only rough estimations exist in the literature is found to be 9 × 10-13 m3 s-1, almost five times larger than the value commonly assumed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number415202
Pages (from-to)415202-
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Volume46
Issue number41
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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