Electric field measurements in a xenon discharge using Spark spectroscopy

E. Wagenaars, M.D. Bowden, G.M.W. Kroesen

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Measurements of electric field distributions in a low-pressure xenon discharge are presented. The measurement technique is based on Stark spectroscopy, using a 2 + 1 excitation scheme with fluorescence dip detection. Electric fields can be measured by detecting Stark shifts of high-lying Rydberg levels in xenon atoms. Quantification of electric field strengths is done by comparing experimental Stark shifts with theoretical calculations. The measurement technique is tested in the sheath of a xenon DC glow discharge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Low Temperature Plasma Diagnostics VI, Centre de Physique, Les Houches, France, 17 – 21 April, 2005
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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