Comparative studies on excitation of nickel ionic lines between argon and krypton glow discharge plasmas

Kazuaki Wagatsuma, Hitoshi Honda

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The emission characteristics of nickel ionic lines in a glow discharge plasma are investigated when argon or krypton was employed as the plasma gas. Large difference in the relative intensities of nickel ionic lines which are assigned to the 3d84p-3d84s transition is observed between the krypton plasma and the argon plasma. Different intense Ni II lines appear in the krypton spectrum and in the argon spectrum, such as the Ni II 231.601 nm for Kr and the Ni II 230.009 nm for Ar. The excitation energy of these Ni II emission lines can give a key in considering their excitation mechanisms. The explanation for these experimental results is that charge-transfer collisions between nickel atom and the plasma gas ion play a major role in exciting the 3d84p excited levels of nickel ion. The conditions for energy resonance in the charge-transfer collision determine particular energy levels having much larger population; for example, the 3d84p 4D7/2 level (6.39 eV) for Kr and the 3d84p 4P5/2 level (8.25 eV) for Ar.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1538-1544
Number of pages7
JournalSpectrochimica Acta - Part B Atomic Spectroscopy
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1


  • Argon plasma
  • Excitation mechanism
  • Glow discharge optical emission spectrometry
  • Krypton plasma
  • Nickel ionic line

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Spectroscopy


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