J. Phys. Colloques
Volume 49, Number C1, Mars 1988IAU Colloquium N° 102 on UV and X-ray Spectroscopy of Astrophysical and Laboratory Plasmas
|Page(s)||C1-243 - C1-246|
J. Phys. Colloques 49 (1988) C1-243-C1-246
ULTRAVIOLET ABSORPTION OF REFRACTORY ELEMENTS BY A DUAL LASER PLASMA METHODJ.T. COSTELLO1, W.G. LYNAM2 et P.K. CARROLL2
1 School of Physical Sciences, NIHED., Dublin 9, Republic of Ireland
2 Physics Department, University College, Dublin 4, Republic of Ireland
The dual laser-produced plasma technique for the study of ionic absorption spectra has been developed by the use of two Q-switched ruby lasers to enable independent generation of the absorbing and back-lighting plasmas. Optical pulse handling is used in the coupling cicuits to enable reproducible pulse delays from 250 nsec. to 10 msec. to be achieved. At delay times > 700 nsec. spectra of essentially pure neutral species are observed. The technique is valuable, not only for obtaining the neutral spectra of highly refractory and/or corrosive materials but also for studying behaviour of ionic species as a function of time. Typical spectra are shown in Fig. 1.