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How to measure the temperature of an arc discharge

  1. Jul 23, 2010 #1
    Hi all,

    I was thinking about measuring the temperature of an arc discharge. The size of the discharge is very small, in the order of micrometer. So it is not possible to put a thermocouple near the it.

    Thank you very much.
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  3. Jul 24, 2010 #2
    Get a spectrometer with a fiberoptic probe and measure the spectrum of the light.
  4. Jul 24, 2010 #3
    It's also going to be highly inhomogeneous.

    I'm not sure that the word temperature even makes much sense in the context.
  5. Jul 26, 2010 #4
    Thank you. Spectrometer seems to be a good idea. Also, I was wondering if it is possible to measure the temperature from the radiated electromagnetic fields of the arc?
  6. Jul 26, 2010 #5

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    That is what a spectrometer measures.
  7. Jul 26, 2010 #6
    Thank you.
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