Plasma Physics

My group has an interest in quantifying the behaviour of pulsed nanosecond-duration plasma discharges.

We recently published a paper on very high-speed plasma diagnostics, investigating the temperature and number density of a metastable state of argon.  The result is very interesting, we think, because it shows selective excitation of the metastable state to temperatures well above the equilibrium temperature.

ns discharge in Ar

Nanosecond discharge in argon – Rounak Manoharan