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dc.contributor.advisorCurry, Randy D.eng
dc.contributor.authorYeckel, Christopher, 1983-eng
dc.date.issued2010eng
dc.date.submitted2010 Summereng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on Aug. 25, 2010).eng
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.eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Randy Curry.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2010.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Electrical and computer engineering.eng
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.eng
dc.format.extentx, 87 pageseng
dc.identifier.merlinb8070802xeng
dc.identifier.oclc690023301eng
dc.identifier.otherYeckelC-082510-T318eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/9286eng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartof2010 Freely available theses (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2010 Theseseng
dc.subject.lcshPlasma spectroscopyeng
dc.subject.lcshPlasma engineeringeng
dc.subject.lcshSwitching circuitseng
dc.subject.lcshTrigger circuitseng
dc.subject.lcshTemperature measurementseng
dc.subject.lcshBlackbody radiationeng
dc.titleSpectrographic temperature measurement of a breakdown arc within the rimfire gas switcheng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineElectrical and computer engineering (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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