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Plasma Diagnostics - NEVF505
Title: Diagnostika plazmatu
Guaranteed by: Department of Surface and Plasma Science (32-KFPP)
Faculty: Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Actual: from 2020
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 3
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: unlimited
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech, English
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information:
Guarantor: prof. RNDr. Milan Tichý, DrSc.
Class: DS, fyzika plazmatu a ionizovaných prostředí
Classification: Physics > Surface Physics and P. of Ion.M.
Comes under: Pro rok 2020/2021 + 2022/2023...
Year 2020/2021 + 2022/2023...
Annotation -
Last update: T_KEVF (18.05.2005)
Overview of plasma diagnostic methods. Optical methods (emission and absorption spectroscopy). Technique of microwave measurements (microwave cavity method, microwave interferometer). Probe methods (Langmuir probe and their modifications, heated probe, emissive probe, rf probe, plasma oscillation probe). Corpuscular diagnostic (mass spectrometry, detection of charged particles, ion sources). For postgraduate study only. Available in even years.
Course completion requirements -
Last update: prof. RNDr. Milan Tichý, DrSc. (06.10.2017)

The necessary condition of the successful termination of the subject is the successful pass through the examination, i.e. the marking of the examination by the "prospěl" mark. The examination must be performed within the time period prescribed by the time schedule (harmonogram) of the academic year that corresponds to the date of the subject registration.

Literature -
Last update: T_KEVF (11.05.2010)

R. H. Huddlestone, S. L. Leonard (Eds.): Plasma Diagnostic Techniques. Academic Press, New York London, 1965.

F. F. Chen: Plasma Diagnostic Techniques. (Ed. by R. H. Huddlestone and S. L Leonard), Academic Press, New York 1965.

P. M. Chung, L. Talbot, K. J. Touryan: Electrical Probes in Stationary and Flowing Plasmas. Springer, Boston 1975.

G. V. Marr: Plasma Spectroscopy. Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, London, New York 1968.

L. Schott: Plasma Diagnostics. (Ed. by W. Lochte-Holtgreven), North-Holland Publishing Comp., Amsterdam 1968.

S. Svanberg: Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg New York 1992.

J. D. Swift, M. I. R. Schwar: Electrical Probes for Plasma Diagnostics. Illife Books, New York 1969.

Teaching methods -
Last update: RNDr. Štěpán Roučka, Ph.D. (06.10.2020)

The lecture is conducted on-line in the winter semester 2020. For more information, see

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: prof. RNDr. Milan Tichý, DrSc. (06.10.2017)

The form of the examination is oral; the student expresses his knowledge to two topics. The requirements correspond to the syllabus of the subject in the scope that was presented during the lecture course.

Syllabus -
Last update: T_KEVF (18.05.2005)
1. Probe diagnostics of plasma
Basis of probe measurements. Estimation of plasma parameters from probe characteristics. Influence of charged-particles-neutral collisions on the interpretation of probe characteristic. Probe measurements in time-varying plasma. Probe measurements in magnetic field. Other types of probes for plasma diagnostics. Technical problems of probe measurements.

2. Microwave diagnostisc of plasma
Basis of microwave technique. Methods of measuring impedance and other physical quantities in microwave band of frequencies. Resonator (microwave cavity) method for estimation of plasma density and collision frequency. Microwave interferometer, principle and application.

3. Optical plasma diagnostics
Selected methods of optical plasma diagnostics (optical emission spectroscopy, optical absorption spectroscopy). Spectral and optical devices used in optical plasma diagnostics. Photographic plasma diagnostic.

4. Corpuscular (mass-spectrometric) plasma diagnostics
Types and principles of mass-spectrometers. Principles of construction of vacuum apparatus equipped with mass-spectrometer. Interpretation of mass-spectra.

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