We present and compare two high-pressure, high-repetition-rate electric-discharge sources for the generation of supersonic beams of fluorine radicals. The sources are based on dielectric-barrier-discharge (DBD) and plate-discharge units attached to a pulsed solenoid valve. The corrosion-resistant discharge sources were operated with fluorine gas seeded in helium up to backing pressures as high as 30 bars. We employed a (3 + 1) resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization combined with velocity-map imaging for the optimization, characterization, and comparison of the fluorine beams. Additionally, universal femtosecond-laser-ionization detection was used for the characterization of the discharge sources at experimental repetition rates up to 200 Hz. Our results show that the plate discharge is more efficient in F2 dissociation than the DBD by a factor between 8 and 9, whereas the DBD produces internally colder fluorine radicals.

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