This book is a stop-gap contribution to the science and technology of carbon plasmas and carbon vapors. It strives to cover two strongly related fields: the molecular quantum theory of carbon plasmas and carbon nanostructures; and the molecular and atomic spectroscopy of such plasmas and vapors. These two fields of research are strongly intertwined and thus reinforce one another.Even though the use of carbon nanostructures is increasing by the day and their practical uses are emerging, there is no modern review on carbon plasmas, especially from molecular theoretical and spectroscopic viewpoints. The importance of the present book is therefore great from both educational and practical aspects. This review might be the first step towards bringing such textbooks into existence for university education. Similarly, for applied and engineering works in carbon nanostructures, the book provides a theoretical salient point for technologists in the field.
Kinetic and Diagnostic Studies of Carbon-Containing Plasmas Using Laser Absorption Techniques; Optical Emission Spectroscopy of C2 and C3 Molecules in Laser Ablation Carbon Plasma; Spectroscopic Studies on Laser-Prouced Carbon Vapor; Spectroscopy of Carbon Nanotube Production Processes; Electronic Spectra of Small Carbon Clusters in the Gas Phase; Carbon Stars; Laser Spectroscopy of Transient Carbon Species in the Context of Soot Formation; Dynamics of Laser-Ablated Carbon Plasma for Thin Film Deposition: Spectroscopic and Imaging Applications; Spectroscopy of Carbon Clusters at Heavy Ion Storage Rings.