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  • Vol. 5, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1966
  • pp: 187–194

On the Possibility of Excitation Heating of Ions to High Temperature

J. Rand McNally, Jr., M. R. Skidmore, P. M. Jenkins, and J. E. Francis, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 5, Issue 2, pp. 187-194 (1966)

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Cyclic or chainlike inelastic collision processes are invoked as an hypothesis to explain the grossly non-thermodynamic properties of energetic carbon and gas-fed carbon arcs confined by magnetic fields. Elastic collisions between the fast electrons (v > v+ but EE+) and the hot ions appear to be only about one-tenth as efficient a process for heating the ions as the proposed multiple inelastic collision process, which we call excitation-heating. In addition, a revised treatment of the rate of energy transfer from hot carbon ions to the very cold electrons (v < v+) reduces the conventional ion cooling rate by a factor of about 6.

© 1966 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: October 11, 1965
Published: February 1, 1966

J. Rand McNally, M. R. Skidmore, P. M. Jenkins, and J. E. Francis, "On the Possibility of Excitation Heating of Ions to High Temperature," Appl. Opt. 5, 187-194 (1966)

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  1. J. R. McNally, M. R. Skidmore, Appl. Opt. 2, 699 (1963). This paper gives a comprehensive review of earlier experiments. See also Optical Spectrometric Measurements of High Temperatures, P. J. Dickerman, ed. (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1961), pp. 70–94. [CrossRef]
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  7. The ionization of helium in the collision of two metastable helium atoms has an estimated σvof 5 × 10−8cm3/sec (A. R. Tynes, thesis, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, Oregon, 1964), i.e., He* + He* → He2** → He2* + e(or He + He++ e). The cross section for triplet–triplet deactivation collisions has also been determined as 10−14cm2at 300°K [A. V. Phelps, J. P. Molnar, Phys. Rev. 89, 1202 (1953)]. P. L. Pakhomov, I. Y. Fugol, Dokl. Akad. Nauk SSSR 159, 59 (1964), report a rate one-half as large at 77°K as that of Phelps and Molnar at 300°K. [CrossRef]
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  15. The charge-exchange reaction C2++ Ar → C++ Ar++ 8.6 eV has a cross section with a broad maximum of 2 × 10−15cm2at about 1-keV C2+giving σv~ 2.5 × 10−8cm3/sec (see ref. 5).

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