Spectroscopic measurement of n[subscript e] and T[subscript e] profiles using atomic and kinetic models for Argon in the Texas Helimak
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Profiles for electron density and temperature were determined in a self-consistent way using line emission spectroscopy and collisional radiative models for neutral and singly ionized Argon (Ar I and Ar II) in the Texas Helimak. Neutral Argon density profiles were calculated using a kinetic gas model. Electron-impact excitation and Ionization rates were corrected to account for the electron velocity distribution deviating slightly from a true Maxwellian distribution due to inelastic electron-neutral collisions. Results show an electron temperature which roughly agrees with probe diagnostics. This method gives an electron density that is about twice as high, which may be possible from a power balance perspective.