A tomographic numerical method based on the two-dimensional Radon formula for a cylindrical cavity has been employed for obtaining spatial distributions of the argon excited levels. The spectroscopy measurements were taken at different positions and directions to observe populations of excited species in the plasmoid region and the corresponding excitation temperatures. Excited argon states are concentrated near the tube walls, thus, confirming the assumption that the post discharge plasma is dominantly sustained by travelling surface wave. An automated optical measurement system has been developed for reconstruction of local plasma parameters of the plasmoid structure formed in an argon supersonic flowing microwave discharge. The system carries out angle and distance measurements using a rotating, flat mirror, as well as two high precision stepper motors operated by a microcontroller-based system and several sensors for precise feedback control.
Nikolić, M., Samolov, A., Čučkov, F., Popović, S., Vušković, L., Godunov, A. Characterization of the supersonic flowing microwave discharge using two dimensional plasma tomography (2013) Journal of Applied Physics, 113 (10), art. no. 103301. http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4793494