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Effect of laser energy and polarization on RF emission characteristics of laser induced air plasma
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Paper Abstract

Radio frequency (RF) emissions in the range of 30 ~ 800 MHz from laser induced air plasma by a 532 nm nanosecond laser are investigated. The RF emissions from air plasma induced by different laser energies and laser polarization are obtained. It is noted there is no consistency of the radio frequency emission with the change of laser energy. Unlike the optical emissions from plasma, which origins from electron transition between energy levels, RF radiation generates from oscillation of electric dipoles in plasma. The space distribution of the electric dipoles in plasma is not symmetrical along the laser propagation direction. As the laser parameters change, the distribution of the electric dipoles varies, so the radio frequency emissions do not change continuous. The RF signal of air plasma is found to depend on laser polarization directions and laser energy. The amplitudes of RF emissions are observed first increase and then decrease with further increase of laser energy, which is due to higher of ionization degree and electron density at larger laser energy, thus made the RF radiation quickly decay. The dominant frequencies and amplitude of RF emissions were observed vary with the laser polarization direction, and it is found that the maximum amplitude of the output of RF emissions were detected when the polarization direction of laser beam is along the axis of the antenna and minimum when the polarization direction of the laser beam is perpendicular to the axis of the antenna. Potential physical mechanism responsible for laser parameter dependent on RF emission, rich emission lines of air plasma was discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 December 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11209, Eleventh International Conference on Information Optics and Photonics (CIOP 2019), 112090Q (20 December 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2542882
Show Author Affiliations
Xingsheng Wang, Changchun Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Yujia Dai, Changchun Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Xun Gao, Changchun Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Jingquan Lin, Changchun Univ. of Science and Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11209:
Eleventh International Conference on Information Optics and Photonics (CIOP 2019)
Hannan Wang, Editor(s)

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