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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2001
  • pp: 957–964

Diode-laser tomography for arcjet plume reconstruction

Feng-Yuan Zhang, Toshitaka Fujiwara, and Kimiya Komurasaki  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 6, pp. 957-964 (2001)

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Diode-laser absorption tomography is described with which the spatial temperature and the atomic number density distribution of a 3-kW class arcjet can be derived simultaneously by reconstruction of the absorption coefficient field of the arcjet’s argon exhaust plume. One can perform various parameter measurements by changing the arcjet’s mass-flow rates and discharge currents. The maximum temperature and atomic number density increase with the mass-flow rate and the discharge current. The trend for increase is not always found for a specific input power, although at a fixed mass-flow rate the power increases at that rate.

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OCIS Codes
(280.2490) Remote sensing and sensors : Flow diagnostics
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption
(300.6260) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, diode lasers
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

Original Manuscript: February 14, 2000
Revised Manuscript: September 12, 2000
Published: February 20, 2001

Feng-Yuan Zhang, Toshitaka Fujiwara, and Kimiya Komurasaki, "Diode-laser tomography for arcjet plume reconstruction," Appl. Opt. 40, 957-964 (2001)

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