Gas temperature measurements in weakly ionized glow discharges with filtered Rayleigh scattering. Academic Article uri icon


  • We report the first gas temperature measurements in plasmas to our knowledge obtained by filtered Rayleigh scattering (FRS). A narrow-linewidth Ti:sapphire laser is used as the illumination source, and a mercury filter provides strong suppression of elastic background. We perform measurements in weakly ionized glow discharges in pure argon and in an argon-plus-1%-nitrogen mixture. Where possible, we verify the FRS technique by comparing filtered measurements with unfiltered measurements. We present point measurements of axial temperature with uncertainties of less than 5%. We use a planar scheme to obtain radial temperature profiles with uncertainties of 10%.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yalin, A. P., Ionikh, Y. Z., & Miles, R. B.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Yalin, Azer P||Ionikh, Yury Z||Miles, Richard B

publication date

  • June 2002