Laser Thomson scattering was successfully applied to measure electron temperature (Te) and electron density (ne) in a micro-discharge plasma. This is the first time that this method has been used to obtain otherwise inaccessible plasma information from the near vicinity (0.3 mm) of a material surface. The key of the success was the suppression of strong stray laser light by using a triple-grating spectrometer. Values of electron temperature and density were Te = (0.4-1.6) eV and ne = (6-10) × 1018 m-3, depending on the time from the beginning of the pulsed discharge. The technique developed here is readily applicable to plasma display panel (PDP) discharges.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)