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Optical Diagnostics for Nonequilibrium Plasmas

Call for Papers

Nowadays nonequilibrium plasmas are one of the most widely used tools in a broad range of areas such as material and energy science, electronics, environmental and aerospace technology, and medical science. Optical diagnostic methods are generally noninvasive and often they are the only available tools for the investigation of these plasmas. Consequently, these methods are among the most important experimental approaches when it comes to the characterization or the improvement of an existing plasma device or to the development of a novel one. A broad range of diagnostic methods fall into the category of optical diagnostics: from the passive collection and interpretation of the emission spectra to the active probing of plasmas with lasers. These methods can provide information on virtually all important plasma parameters: from the densities and temperatures of charged and neutral species through their distribution functions to the electric and magnetic fields in the plasma. Further, these diagnostics can achieve a high temporal resolution (of the order of nanoseconds) and a high spatial resolution (of the order of a few tens of micrometers). Therefore, the optical diagnostics field continues to gain importance in the plasma scientific and industrial areas.

This special issue aims to publish high-quality original articles on the latest developments in the optical diagnostic methods and to present recent results from plasma characterization using such optical methods.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Optical emission spectroscopy and collisional-radiative modeling
  • Laser-induced fluorescence diagnostics (LIF, LCIF, TALIF, PLIF, etc.)
  • Rayleigh and Thomson scattering
  • Gaseous Raman spectroscopy
  • Narrowband or broadband absorption spectroscopy (including cavity ring-down spectroscopy)
  • Optical diagnostics using the Stark or Zeeman effects
  • Optical determination of the populations of rotational and vibrational states
  • Plasma characterization by optical methods
  • Phase resolved optical emission diagnostics (PROES)
  • Optical methods for determination of cross sections and rate coefficients

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 4 May 2018
Publication DateSeptember 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

  • Xi-Ming Zhu, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

Guest Editors

  • Tsanko V. Tsankov, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany
  • Emile Carbone, Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics, Garching, Germany
  • Yun Wu, Air Force Engineering University, Xi’an, China
  • An-Bang Sun, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China