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Title: Molecular formation in the stagnation region of colliding laser-produced plasmas

The laser-produced colliding plasmas have numerous attractive applications and stagnation layer formed during collisions between plasmas is a useful system for understanding particle collisions and molecular formation in a controlled way. In this article, we explore carbon dimer formation and its evolutionary paths in a stagnation layer formed during the interaction of two laser-produced plasmas. Colliding laser produced plasmas are generated by splitting a laser beam into two sub-beams and then focus them into either a single flat (laterally colliding plasmas) or a V-shaped graphite targets (orthogonally colliding plasmas). The C2 formation in the stagnation region of both colliding plasma schemes is investigated using optical spectroscopic means and compared with emission features from single seed plasma. Our results show that the collisions among the plasmas followed by the stagnation layer formation lead to rapid cooling causing enhanced carbon dimer formation. In addition, plasma electron temperature, density and C2 molecular temperature were measured for the stagnation zone and compared with seed plasma.
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Journal ID: ISSN 1361-6595
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Plasma Sources Science and Technology; Journal Volume: 25; Journal Issue: 6
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Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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United States
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; laser ablation (LA); Laser-produced plasma; plasma diagnostics; Colliding plasmas