An extreme ultraviolet radiation source for the simulation of the ionosphere

K. I. Oyama, K. Suzuki, N. Kawashima, K. S. Zalpuri, S. Teii, Y. Nakamura

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An extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation source for space simulation of plasma and other related phenomena in the laboratory has been developed. A total of forty-eight small EUV lamps are put together to give a radiation diameter of more than 30 cm. The intensity of this lamp at the hydrogen Lyman-alpha line is more than twenty five times stronger than sunlight at the same wavelength and at a distance of about 30 cm from the source. The source is capable of emitting EUV radiations from 110 nm to the longer wavelengths, either continuously or in pulses, and has been used to produce a plasma of 105 els/cm 3 when the pressure of NO gas in the chamber was 10-4 Torr. Since this plasma is extremely calm and fairly Maxwellian, it can be used to study the electron collection mechanism of a probe in a collision dominant medium. The source was also utilized to study the interaction between vibrationally excited nitrogen molecules and thermal electrons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1721-1726
Number of pages6
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1991 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation

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