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  • Vol. 11, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1972
  • pp: 1822–1832

Quantitative Schlieren Techniques Applied to High Current Arc Investigations

U. Kogelschatz and W. R. Schneider  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 11, Issue 8, pp. 1822-1832 (1972)

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Applications of quantitative schlieren techniques to pulsed high current electric arcs are described. A new formalism for the Abel inversion is derived that does not start from the small angle approximation. The numerical treatment of experimental data is given special attention. A pulsed argon laser was constructed that gives enough background intensity to outshine a 2000-A arc. Several high speed schlieren techniques were tried to obtain quantitative information about the density and temperature in the neighborhood of the arc.

© 1972 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 22, 1971
Published: August 1, 1972

U. Kogelschatz and W. R. Schneider, "Quantitative Schlieren Techniques Applied to High Current Arc Investigations," Appl. Opt. 11, 1822-1832 (1972)

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