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Spectral analysis of argon emission in the ALEXIS plasma column.

SPECTRAL ANALYSIS OF ARGON EMISSION IN THE ALEXIS PLASMA COLUMN. IVAN ARNOLD, CONNOR BALLANCE, STUART LOCH, AND EDWARD THOMAS, DEPT. OF PHYSICS, AUBURN UNIVERSITY, AUBURN, AL 36849.

Performing spectroscopic measurements of emission lines in relatively cold laboratory plasmas is challenging because the plasma is often neutral-dominated and is not in thermal equilibrium. However, these types of plasma do offer a unique opportunity for benchmarking the fundamental atomic data. We report on new level-resolved calculations for the dielectronic recombination and collisional excitation of the low charge states of argon. The dielectronic recombination results are compared with existing configuration-average distorted-wave results and semi-empirical calculations. The collisional excitation rates are used to generate synthetic spectra, which are compared to experimental observations. The new dielectronic recombination and collisional excitation rate coefficients, along with existing ionization rate coefficients, are processed into metastable-resolved effective ionization and recombination rate coefficients. These are then used in non-equilibrium ionization balance modeling of an argon plasma experiment on the Auburn ALEXIS facility. This project is supported by the US Dept, of Energy.

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Title Annotation:Physics and Mathematics Poster Abstracts
Publication:Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science
Article Type:Author abstract
Date:Apr 1, 2014
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