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Steven Adams, Ph.D. (Committee Co-Chair); Amit Sharma, Ph.D. (Committee Co-Chair); Jason Deibel, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


This work was an investigation of nanosecond repetitively pulsed discharges in air by measuring the evolution of electron density and electron temperature between pulses using Thomson scattering of laser light. Bursts of repetitive pulses within several microseconds after the initial pulse were found to exhibit a coupling effect and create an even higher electron density than the initial pulse. The wide range of temperatures and densities of the electrons existing between pulses allow an opportunity to explore both the collective and non-collective regimes of Thomson scattering. By measuring electron density and temperature at a variety of times, an accurate description of the coupling between discharges can been formulated which provides insight into the behavior and potential applications of nanosecond repetitive pulse discharges.

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Department of Physics

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