In this work, we study a cascaded arc in argon that is used as a broadband light source for spectroscopic applications. In this arc, the arc channel is geometrically constricted. A numerical model is used to investigate the plasma parameters and light output of the arc. It is found that constricting leads to a higher electron density in the constricted area, which strongly enhances the local broadband emission of the plasma. A parameter study, in which the current is varied, is performed. The simulated arc voltages are compared with measured arc voltages, and excellent agreement is found. Furthermore, it is found that the emissivity increases strongly for increasing current, making the current a suitable control parameter to control the light output of the arc.
Broks, B. H. P., Keizer, J. G., Zijlmans, R. A. B., & Mullen, van der, J. J. A. M. (2006). Modelling of a pinched cascaded arc light source using argon. Plasma Sources Science and Technology, 15(4), 865-872. https://doi.org/10.1088/0963-0252/15/4/033