Application of an Acousto-optic Laser Deflector to Interferometric Measurement of Discharges in Air

Tetsuo Fukuchi, Koshichi Nemoto, Kouji Matsumoto, Kiichiro Uchino

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Abstract

An acousto-optic laser deflector was applied to laser interferometric measurement of impulse discharges in air as a high-speed shutter. Laser interference fringes were obtained at exposure times of about 1 µs. The deflector was also used for time-resolved imaging of laser interference fringes by using a sequence of high frequency signals with different frequencies to deflect the laser beam to different angles at different times, allowing multiple interference images to be captured on a single video frame. Changes in laser interference fringes due to an impulse discharge in air showed electron densities of about 2×1024 m−3 and perturbation in the neutral density expanding at speeds of about 103 m/s.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-61
Number of pages6
JournalThe transactions of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan.A
Volume124
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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