Instantaneous imaging of ozone in a gliding arc discharge using photofragmentation laser-induced fluorescence

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Ozone vapor, O3, is here visualized in a gliding arc discharge using photofragmentation laser-induced fluorescence. Ozone is imaged by first photodissociating the O3 molecule into an O radical and a vibrationally hot O2 fragment by a pump photon. Thereafter, the vibrationally excited O2 molecule absorbs a second (probe) photon that further transits the O2-molecule to an excited electronic state, and hence, fluorescence from the deexcitation process in the molecule can be detected. Both the photodissociation and excitation processes are achieved within one 248 nm KrF excimer laser pulse that is formed into a laser sheet and the fluorescence is imaged using an intensified CCD camera. The laser-induced signal in the vicinity of the plasma column formed by the gliding arc is confirmed to stem from O3 rather than plasma produced vibrationally hot O2. While both these products can be produced in plasmas a second laser pulse at 266 nm was utilized to separate the pump- from the probe-processes. Such arrangement allowed lifetime studies of vibrationally hot O2, which under these conditions were several orders of magnitude shorter than the lifetime of plasma-produced ozone.

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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

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  • gliding arc, imaging, laser-induced fluorescence, ozone, photofragmentation, plasma
Original languageEnglish
Article number135203
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Volume51
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 7
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes