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Influence of mercury traces on nitrogen post-discharge kinetics



Year of publication 2007
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry
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Faculty of Science

Field Inorganic chemistry
Keywords Afterglow; glow discharge; pink afterglow; post discharge; optical emission spectroscopy; nitrogen; mercury; kinetics;
Description This paper presents results obtained during spectroscopic observations of dc flowing postdischarges of a pure nitrogen plasma and a nitrogen plasma containing traces of mercury. The plasmas were studied by emission spectroscopy in the range of 300 850 nm where three nitrogen spectral systems were identified: NOb bands were observed just above the noise level at the latest decay times over 35 ms. The discharge and post discharge were studied in nitrogen with mercury traces at bout 3.7 ppb. The total gas pressure was 700 Pa and the discharge current was kept at 150 mA. The relative populations of N2 (B 3Pig), N2 (C 3Piu) and N2 + (B 2Sigma+u ) states were calculated by the dependence on the post discharge time in the range 3 40 ms. As the uncontrolled oxygen traces were recorded in the mercury flow, the experiment with a nitrogen oxygen mixture at the same discharge conditions was added. The results showed strong quenching of the nitrogen pink afterglow by mercury traces. The kinetic explanation can be made through a strong depopulation of the level N2 (X 1Sigma+g , v = 19) (creating the mercury 3P1 state) and of the levels N2 (X 1Sigma+ g , v = 28) or N2 (A 3Sigma+u , v = 4) (creating the mercury 1S0 state). Both mercury states are origins of the UV light emission (254 and 185 nm, respectively) which could not be detected in our experimental setup.
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