Abstract

We report on interferometric experiments which show that evaporography together with cw far-infrared (FIR) sources in the 10-mW-power level is suited for two-dimensional FIR interferometry of stationary plasmas, while pyroelectric image recording in principle allows pulsed two-dimensional FIR interferometry with FIR pulse energies in the millijoule range. As an example, the electron density distribution in a carbon arc is determined interferometrically with a cw HCN laser (λ = 337 μm). In addition, some specific problems of two-dimensional interferometry in the FIR are discussed.

© 1977 Optical Society of America

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