Electric field strengths within a micro cavity plasma array measured by Stark shift and splitting of a helium line pair

  • The electric field is a fundamental parameter for plasma sources and devices. Its knowledge is a dominant setscrew for many processes such as controllable fluxes and energies of charged particles onto surfaces and for the electron energy distribution function. However, experimental data of electric field strengths in micro-structured surface dielectric barrier discharges are rare. Due to geometric configurations and dimensions in micrometer scale, probe-based investigations are challenging. To tackle these issues, we exploit the optical access into micro cavities of a plasma array operated with pure helium to use the Stark effect of the allowed 492.19 nm \((^{1}D \mapsto ^{1}P^{0})\) and forbidden 492.06 nm helium line \((^{1}F^{0} \mapsto ^{1}P^{0})\). Based on it, we present spatially-integrated and time-resolved electric field strengths in a range between 20 kV cm\(^{−1}\) and 60 kV cm\(^{−1}\) depending on various parameters such as cavity diameters in 100 μm range and excitation properties. The obtained electric fields can be controlled just by bipolarity of applied voltage and show a good agreement to previous simulated field strengths in pore and silicon-based devices. As expected from simulation dealing with discharges in pores, a smaller cavity dimension yields higher electric field strengths. Due to these high electric fields and the option of this plasma source to easily integrate a catalyst in the discharge volume, this micro cavity plasma array promises further insights into plasma-enhanced catalysis.

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Author:Sebastian DzikowskiGND, David SteuerORCiD, Sylvain IséniORCiD, Judith GoldaORCiDGND, Marc BökeORCiD, Volker Schulz-von der GathenORCiD
Parent Title (English):Plasma sources science and technology
Publisher:IOP Publishing
Place of publication:Bristol, Vereinigtes Königreich
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2024/02/02
Date of first Publication:2022/07/05
Publishing Institution:Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsbibliothek
Tag:Stark shifting and splitting; atmospheric pressure plasma; dielectric barrier discharge; micro cavity plasma array; microplasma; optical emission spectroscopy; plasma catalysis
Issue:6, Artikel 065014
First Page:065014-1
Last Page:065014-16
Institutes/Facilities:Institut für Experimentalphysik II
Dewey Decimal Classification:Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / Physik
open_access (DINI-Set):open_access
faculties:Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY 4.0 - Attribution 4.0 International