Selection of spectral lines and transition probability data in plasma temperature measurements by photoelectric scanning spectrometry
A strict, comparative investigation of published transition probabilities for thermometric lines and an experimental study of determinations of plasma temperatures were made for improving the accuracy in temperature measurements by the well-known slope method. Four sets of FeI lines which satisfy the requirements for the thermometric lines were selected in the wavelength region of 200-400 nm. A statistical method was used to evaluate degrees of agreement among different sets of transition probabilities. In the experimental study, excitation temperatures of a stabilized arc plasma were determined from relative line-intensities recorded by photoelectric scanning spectrometry. In conclusion, two recommended combinations of lines and transition probability data are presented for the slope temperature measurement. Line pairs used in combination of selected transition probabilities suitable for the two-line method are also given.