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Title: Luminescence from Liquid Helium Excited by Corona Discharges
Authors: Li, Z.-L.
Bonifaci, N.
Aitken, F.
Denat, A.
von Haeften, Klaus
Atrazhev, V. M.
Shakhatov, V. A.
First Published: Jun-2009
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Citation: Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, IEEE Transactions on, 2009, 16 (3), pp. 742 - 750.
Abstract: Liquid helium (LHe) at 4.2 K was electronically excited using a corona discharge for both negative and positive high voltages. The experiments were carried out for different pressures in the range from 0.1 to 10 MPa at constant temperature. The light emitted from the zone close to the tip was spectroscopically analyzed showing features from atoms and excimer helium. The shifts and widths of the observed lines and bands were found to depend on the applied hydrostatic pressure and on the tip polarity. Our analysis showed that classic pressure broadening theory cannot account for the observed widths and shifts rather than the presence of bubbles which surround single excited atoms and molecules. For positive tip polarities red shifted features distinct from pure He and He2* were observed and tentatively assigned to “red satellites”.
DOI Link: 10.1109/TDEI.2009.5128514
ISSN: 1070-9878
Type: Article
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