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Measurement Procedures for Characterization of High Voltage Spark Sources

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Procedures are presented for calibration of electronic adjustable waveform capacitor discharge spark sources. Both individual component measurements and system measurements are discussed. Characterization of components and subsystems involved in capacitor charging, spark formation, and discharge current control is described. Specific measurement devices and techniques are discussed, and precision requirements for various degrees of characterization of both components and systems are given. Application of the characterization procedures to routine source monitoring and to source development are also presented.

Keywords: Emission spectroscopy; Instrumentation; Plasma source electrical properties; Spark discharge emission spectroscopy

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 2: Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 53706; present address: Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202

Publication date: March 1, 1978

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