Measurements and Analysis of Spatial Profiles of 777.4 nm Line in a Townsend Discharge in Oxygen

Željka Nikitović, Aleksandra Strinić, Gordana Malović, Vladimir Stojanović and Zoran Lj. Petrović

Institute of Physics, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Belgrade, Serbia
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We have presented measurements of spatial profiles of electron induced emission coefficients for the 777.4 nm radiation
of oxygen in low current discharges. Measurements were performed by the drift tube technique in low-current self-sustained
Townsend type discharges. We have also compared results for the delay distance for electrons in oxygen calculated
using Monte Carlo simulation code and results from a semi-empirical formula adjusted to fit the oxygen data. Finally,
from the spatial profiles we have determined ionization coefficients. The spatial profiles of emission provide us also
with information on heavy particle excitation and on the reflection of electrons from the anode. The absolutely calibrated
spatial profiles of emission may be used to separate the effects of electrons and heavy particles in excitation at
high E/N values and obtain the cross sections for fast neutral excitation.

Keywords: Oxygen, spatial profiles, ionization and emission coefficients, delay distance