Spectrographic investigation of a plasma jet
Booth, Roger G.
Albers, William P.
Head, Richard M.
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The visible radiation from the direct current arc jet at the u. S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, was observed with a three meter grating spectrograph, The arc jet was operated at 15 to 79 Kw using helium, argon, or nitrogen under 1.0 to 3·3 atmospheres pressure. Temperature measurements were attempted using Cyanogen (CN) band spectra intensity distribution and Stark line broadening techniques. Temperatures of 5000 to 5300 K were obtained using the band spectra technique and about13,000 K using Stark broadening. The difficulties and inaccuracies involved in the Stark broadening technique make this procedure prohibitive for use in connection with an arc jet wind tunnel