We have obtained density and temperature informations on an expanding KrF laser-ablated magnesium plume via optical Thomson scatter with a frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser. The electron temperature was found to decay with the expected Te t-1 dependence. However, we have found the electron density to have a time dependence ne t-4.95 which can be explained by strong recombination processes. We also observed atomic Raman satellites originating from transitions between the different angular momentum levels of the metastable 3P0 term in Mg I.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)