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Plasma and Fusion Research

Volume 1, 039 (2006)

Rapid Communications

Fireball Generation in a Water Discharge
Youichi SAKAWA, Kazuyoshi SUGIYAMA1), Tetsuo TANABE1) and Richard MORE2)
Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University
Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Science, Kyushu University
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(Received 30 June 2006 / Accepted 12 July 2006 / Published 7 August 2006)


Fireball generation in a water discharge has been investigated. Time evolution of visible spectra of the fireballs revealed that the emission of ionic lines of Ca and atomic lines of Na, K, Li, and Ca appeared early in time, followed by un-identified molecular-like spectra, and the emission of NaI resonance lines (588.9 and 589.5 nm), remained at the final stage of the fireball.


fireball, ball lightning, water discharge, plasmoid, fast camera, plasma spectroscopy

DOI: 10.1585/pfr.1.039


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This paper may be cited as follows:

Youichi SAKAWA, Kazuyoshi SUGIYAMA, Tetsuo TANABE and Richard MORE, Plasma Fusion Res. 1, 039 (2006).