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dc.contributor.authorCamacho, J.J.-
dc.contributor.authorDíaz Sol, Luis-
dc.contributor.authorSantos, M.-
dc.contributor.authorPoyato, J.M.L.-
dc.identifierdoi: 10.1016/j.sab.2010.12.001-
dc.identifierissn: 0584-8547-
dc.identifier.citationSpectrochimica Acta - Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy 66: 57- 66 (2011)-
dc.description.abstractLaser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of helium plasma, initially at room temperature and pressures ranging from 12 to 101 kPa was investigated using a transverse excitation atmospheric CO2 pulsed laser (λ = 9.621 and 10.591 μm, a full width at half maximum of 64 ns, and an intensity from 1.5 to 5.36 GW cm-2). The helium breakdown spectrum is mainly due to electronic relaxation of excited He, He+ and H. Plasma characteristics were examined in detail on the emission lines of He and He + by the time-integrated and time-resolved optical emission spectroscopy technique. Optical breakdown threshold intensities, ionization degree and plasma temperatures were obtained. An auxiliary metal mesh target was used to analyze the temporal evolution of the species in the plasma. The results show a faster decay of the continuum emission and He+ species than in the case of neutral He atoms. The velocity and kinetic energy distributions for He and He+ species were obtained from time-of-flight measurements. Electron density in the laser-induced plasma was estimated from the analysis of spectral data at various times from the laser pulse incidence. Temporal evolution of electron density has been used for the estimation of the three-body electron-ion recombination rate constant. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.-
dc.description.sponsorshipWe gratefully acknowledge the support received in part by the DGICYT (Spain) Projects: MEC: CTQ2007-60177/BQU and MEC: CTQ2008-05393/BQU for this research.-
dc.titleTime-resolved optical emission spectroscopic measurements of He plasma induced by a high-power CO2 pulsed laser-
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