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dc.contributor.advisorCurry, Randy D.en_US
dc.contributor.authorYeckel, Christopher, 1983-en_US
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.date.submitted2010 Summeren_US
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on Aug. 25, 2010).en_US
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Randy Curry.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2010.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Electrical and computer engineering.en_US
dc.description.abstractA procedure for obtaining the temperature of optically thick plasma is described. The plasma is in the form of a gas breakdown arc which conducts approximately 10-kJ of energy in 1-[mu]s. A spectrographic analysis of the trigger-section of the 6-MV RIMFIRE laser triggered gas switch used in Sandia National Laboratory's "Z-Machine" has been completed. It is assumed that the breakdown plasma has achieved approximate local thermodynamic equilibrium allowing a black-body temperature model to be applied. This model allows the plasma temperature and radiated power to be approximated. The gas dielectric used in these tests was pressurized SF6. The electrode and the insulator materials are stainless steel and PMMA, respectively. A spectrum range from 250 to 450 nanometers has been observed and calibrated using two spectral irradiance lamps and three spectrograph gratings. The approximate plasma temperature and radiated power are reported.en_US
dc.format.extentx, 87 pagesen_US
dc.identifier.merlinb8070802x
dc.identifier.oclc690023301en_US
dc.identifier.otherYeckelC-082510-T318en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/9286
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2010 Freely available theses (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2010 Theses
dc.subject.lcshPlasma spectroscopyen_US
dc.subject.lcshPlasma engineeringen_US
dc.subject.lcshSwitching circuitsen_US
dc.subject.lcshTrigger circuitsen_US
dc.subject.lcshTemperature measurementsen_US
dc.subject.lcshBlackbody radiationen_US
dc.titleSpectrographic temperature measurement of a breakdown arc within the rimfire gas switchen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineElectrical and computer engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US


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