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Scattering of light from a plasma jet. Kamp, Garth Stephen John Paul, van der

Abstract

The electron density in a plasma jet has been determined as a function of position in the jet by measurements of the coherent scattering of laser light. The electron density profiles thus obtained are compared with profiles obtained from measurements of spectral line intensities. The results of these two diagnostic methods are seen to agree within experimental error. For the experiment described here, the scattering is from correlated motion of the electrons, and the scattered light spectrum has distinct electron satellites. It is shown that the width of these satellites, observed in earlier work by Chan and Nodwell (1966), may be accounted for by the electron density gradients in the plasma. This thesis gives a short review of techniques and relevant theory, with emphasis on experimental problems. A brief discussion of perturbation of the plasma by the laser light is also included.

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