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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 39, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 2000
  • pp: 3704–3711

Flow characterization of a diamond-depositing dc arcjet by laser-induced fluorescence

Wolfgang Juchmann, Jorge Luque, and Jay B. Jeffries  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 21, pp. 3704-3711 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.39.003704


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Abstract

Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) measurements of seeded nitric oxide and naturally occurring species in a diamond-depositing dc arcjet of hydrogen/argon/methane (0.8:1.0:0.005) at 25 Torr are used to determine the temperature and velocity fields in a gas jet. LIF measurements are also used to demonstrate the importance of gas recirculation on the chemical composition of the arcjet plume. The gas flow in the arcjet plume is supersonic, with a maximum axial speed of 2.6 km/s at the center of the nozzle exit. This axial velocity decreases with radius with a parabolic distribution in the plume. There is no measurable radial velocity in the free stream of the arcjet plume, and the radial expansion of the plume is consistent with diffusion. The maximum temperature at the plume center is 2400 K and varies less than 15% with chamber pressures of 10–50 Torr. The substrate is placed in the arcjet plume normally to the directed velocity, producing a stagnation point. The gas temperature above this stagnation point is observed to rise abruptly as a consequence of the supersonic shock. The radial velocity near the stagnation point becomes significant, and a maximum radial velocity of 1300 m/s is determined.

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OCIS Codes
(280.2490) Remote sensing and sensors : Flow diagnostics
(300.2530) Spectroscopy : Fluorescence, laser-induced
(310.3840) Thin films : Materials and process characterization

History
Original Manuscript: November 15, 1999
Revised Manuscript: April 14, 2000
Published: July 20, 2000

Citation
Wolfgang Juchmann, Jorge Luque, and Jay B. Jeffries, "Flow characterization of a diamond-depositing dc arcjet by laser-induced fluorescence," Appl. Opt. 39, 3704-3711 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-39-21-3704

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