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Waveguide-based Microwave Discharge


Plasma flow: Under expanded CO_{2} plasma flow
Plasma flow: Under expanded CO2 plasma flow


A portable waveguide microwave discharge (WMD) is used for the development of advanced optical diagnostics relevant for the study of aerospace plasma flows. Several configurations of the torch can be realized, which makes it possible to operate with different plasma flow regimes in low pressure environments.

Advanced numerical modelling capability is also available to assist in designing experiments, to extract more information from test results, and for relating test conditions to flight.


Plasma flow: Under expanded CO_{2} plasma flow
Torche scheme: Schematic view of the microwave plasma system