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  1. Measurement of the argon plasma temperature by use of pyrometer

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    The author describes in detail how to use pyrometer to measure the plasma temperature. The temperatures of shock-generated argon plasmas are given in the present work. Measured results of temperature-pressure curve are compared with calculated results using Saha-Debye-Huckel model, which are in good agreement

  2. Electron density measurements of high pressure argon surface wave plasmas

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    The electron density of an argon standing surface wave plasma has been measured from Stark broadening of the hydrogen H/sub beta/ (4861A) line. The experimental setup, consisting of two coaxial cavities, was similar to that reported by Rogers and Asmussen. The plasma was generated by 45 watts per cavity of CW, 2.54 GHz microwave power in a 6 mm O.D. (4 mm I.D.) quartz tube. Experimental argon gas pressure varied from 50 torr to over one atmosphere. Small amounts (1-5%) of hydrogen added to the argon plasma were found to shorten the plasma by as much as 80%. Thus, the Stark measurements were made using trace amounts of hydrogen. The line width of H/sub beta/ was measured with a 1 meter Czerny-Turner grating spectrometer. The Stark broadening measurements revealed that the electron density is between 1013 and 1014 electrons/cc for a pressure range of 50 to 1000 torr. These measurements agree very well with the electron density determined from the wavelength of standing surface waves. The volume of the plasma was also measured photographically and average plasma power densities (absorbed power in the plasma divided by the plasma volume) was calculated

  3. Opacity measurements in shock-generated argon plasmas

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    Erskine, D.

    1993-07-01

    Dense plasmas having uniform and constant density and temperature are generated by passage of a planar shock wave through gas. The opacity of the plasma is accurately measured versus wavelength by recording the risetime of emitted light. This technique is applicable to a wide variety of species and plasma conditions. Initial experiments in argon have produced plasmas with 2 eV temperatures, 0.004--0.04 g/cm{sup 3} densities, and coupling parameters {Gamma} {approximately}0.3--0.7. Measurements in visible light are compared with calculations using the HOPE code. An interesting peak in the capacity at 400 nm is observed for the first time and is identified with the 4s-5p transition in excited neutral argon atoms.

  4. Argon plasma coagulation

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    Zenker, Matthias

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC is an application of gas discharges in argon in electrosurgery, which is increasingly used especially in endoscopy. The major application fields are haemostasis, tissue devitalization and tissue reduction.This review describes the physics and technology of electrosurgery and APC. Some characteristics of the argon discharge are shown and discussed, and thermal effects in biological tissue are described. Subsequently, examples of medical applications are given.

  5. Neutral gas temperature measurements within transformer coupled toroidal argon plasmas

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    Spatially resolved neutral gas temperature of Ar plasmas within a new type of transformer-coupled toroidal plasma source was measured by fitting unresolved rovibrational bands of trace gas N2 (C 3Πu→B 3Πg). With power density as high as 4.8 W/cm3, the maximum neutral gas temperature inside Ar plasmas was found to be 2000 K. The position with maximum neutral gas temperature was off the center of the cross section and close to the ferrite core, where higher electric field contributes to higher heating power. The dependence of neutral gas temperature on pressure was measured and can be empirically fitted by proportionality between gas temperature and logarithm of the pressure, as found by other researchers. A simple physical model gives the dependence of pressure as the sixth order of neutral gas temperature, which fits the experimental data as well. It was also found that added N2 gas perturbed Ar plasmas obviously, and therefore we recommend adding less than 1% N2 as trace gas. There is no dependence of fitted neutral gas temperature on the optical resolution of monochromator, as would be expected

  6. Microwave Argon Plasma Torch

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    Felizardo, Edgar; Pencheva, Mariana; Benova, Evgenia; Dias, Fransisco; Tatarova, Elena

    2009-10-01

    A theoretical and experimental investigation of a microwave (2.45 GHz) Argon plasma torch driven by a surface wave is presented. The theoretical model couples in a self-consistent way the wave electrodynamics and the electron and heavy particle kinetics. The set of coupled equations includes: Maxwell's equations, the electron Boltzmann equation, including electron-electron collisions, and the particle balance equations for electrons, excited atoms (4s, 4p, 3d, 5s, 5p, 4d, 6s), and atomic (Ar^+) and molecular ions (Ar2^+). The input parameters of the model are: gas pressure (760 Torr), plasma radius (R = 0.75 cm), dielectric permittivity (ɛd = 4.0) and tube thickness (d = 0.15 cm) as well as the measured axial profile of the gas temperature (3500 K - 1500 K). The latter was determined from measurements of the rotational temperature of the OH molecular band in the range 306 - 315 nm. Phase and amplitude sensitive recording provides the data for the axial wavenumber and wave attenuation coefficient. The wavenumber decreases along the generated plasma torch. The electron density (Ne) axial profile as determined from measurements of Hβ Stark broadening is in agreement with the theoretical one.

  7. Two-dimensional profile measurement of plasma parameters in radio frequency-driven argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet

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    Seo, B. H.; Kim, J. H., E-mail: jhkim86@kriss.re.kr [Center for Vacuum Technology, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon 305-340 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, D. W. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon 305-338 (Korea, Republic of); You, S. J., E-mail: sjyou@cnu.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-09-15

    The two-dimensional profiles of the electron density, electron temperature, neutral translational temperature, and molecular rotational temperature are investigated in an argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet, which is driven by the radio frequency of 13.56 MHz by means of the laser scattering methods of Thomson, Rayleigh, and Raman. All measured parameters have maximum values at the center of the discharge and decrease toward the plasma edge. The results for the electron temperature profile are contrary to the results for the microwave-driven plasma. From our experimental results, the profiles of the plasma parameters arise from the radial contraction of plasmas and the time averaged profile of the electric field, which is obtained by a microwave simulation performed under identical conditions to the plasma jet. In the case of the neutral temperature, a higher translational temperature than the rotational temperature is measured, and its discrepancy is tentatively explained in terms of the low ion-neutral charge exchange rate and the additional degrees of freedom of the molecules. The description of our experimental results and the underlying physics are addressed in detail.

  8. Two-dimensional profile measurement of plasma parameters in radio frequency-driven argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet

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    The two-dimensional profiles of the electron density, electron temperature, neutral translational temperature, and molecular rotational temperature are investigated in an argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet, which is driven by the radio frequency of 13.56 MHz by means of the laser scattering methods of Thomson, Rayleigh, and Raman. All measured parameters have maximum values at the center of the discharge and decrease toward the plasma edge. The results for the electron temperature profile are contrary to the results for the microwave-driven plasma. From our experimental results, the profiles of the plasma parameters arise from the radial contraction of plasmas and the time averaged profile of the electric field, which is obtained by a microwave simulation performed under identical conditions to the plasma jet. In the case of the neutral temperature, a higher translational temperature than the rotational temperature is measured, and its discrepancy is tentatively explained in terms of the low ion-neutral charge exchange rate and the additional degrees of freedom of the molecules. The description of our experimental results and the underlying physics are addressed in detail

  9. Argon plasma irradiation of polypropylene

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    Polypropylene samples were exposed to argon plasma discharge and the changes of the PP surface properties were studied by different methods. Surface wettability was derived from contact angle measured by standard goniometry and chemical structure of the plasma modified PP was studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), surface morphology and roughness of samples using AFM. Zeta potential of pristine and modified PP was determined with the SurPASS. The presence of incorporated oxygen in the PP surface layer, about 60 nm thick, was observed in RBS spectra. Oxygen concentration is a decreasing function of the depth. With progressing aging time the oxygen concentration on the PP surface decreases. Plasma treatment results in a rapid decrease of the contact angle, which increases again with increasing aging time. In XPS measurement the oxygen containing structures, created by the plasma treatment, were found on the very surface of the modified PP and the zeta potential being changed too. The significant difference in zeta potential between pristine and plasma treated PP clearly indicates that the plasma treatment leads to a more hydrophilic PP surface.

  10. Opacity of Shock-Generated Argon Plasmas

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    王藩侯; 陈敬平; 周显明; 李西军; 经福谦; 孟续军; 孙永盛

    2001-01-01

    Argon plasmas with uniform density and temperature are generated by a planar shock wave through argon gas. The opacities of argon plasma, covering the thermodynamic states at temperatures of 1.4-2.2eV and in densities of 0.0083- 0.015 g/cm3, are investigated by measuring the emitted radiance versus time at several visible wavelengths. Comparison of the measured opacities with those calculated demonstrates that the average atom model can be used well to describe the essential transport behaviour of photons in argon plasma under the abovementioned thermodynamic condition. A simplified and self-consistent method to deduce the reflectivity R(λ) at the baseplate surface is applied. It demonstrates that the values of R(λ) are all around 0.4 in the experiments, which are basically in agreement with those given by Erskine previously (1994 J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat.Transfer 51 97).

  11. Measurements of the populations of metastable and resonance levels in the plasma of an RF capacitive discharge in argon

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    The behavior of the populations of two metastable and two lower resonance levels of argon atoms in the plasma of an RF capacitive discharge was studied. The populations were measured by two methods: the method of emission self-absorption and the method based on measurements of the intensity ratios of spectral lines. It is shown that the populations of resonance levels increase with increasing power deposited in the discharge, whereas the populations of metastable levels is independent of the RF power. The distribution of the populations over energy levels is not equilibrium under these conditions. The population kinetics of argon atomic levels in the discharge plasma is simulated numerically. The distribution function of plasma electrons recovered from the measured populations of atomic levels and numerical simulations is found to be non-Maxwellian

  12. Measurements of the populations of metastable and resonance levels in the plasma of an RF capacitive discharge in argon

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    Vasilieva, A. N.; Voloshin, D. G.; Kovalev, A. S., E-mail: kovalev@dnph.phys.msu.su; Kurchikov, K. A., E-mail: kkyrchikov@bk.ru [Moscow State University, Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics (Russian Federation)

    2015-05-15

    The behavior of the populations of two metastable and two lower resonance levels of argon atoms in the plasma of an RF capacitive discharge was studied. The populations were measured by two methods: the method of emission self-absorption and the method based on measurements of the intensity ratios of spectral lines. It is shown that the populations of resonance levels increase with increasing power deposited in the discharge, whereas the populations of metastable levels is independent of the RF power. The distribution of the populations over energy levels is not equilibrium under these conditions. The population kinetics of argon atomic levels in the discharge plasma is simulated numerically. The distribution function of plasma electrons recovered from the measured populations of atomic levels and numerical simulations is found to be non-Maxwellian.

  13. Temperature measurements in microwave argon plasma source by using overlapped molecular emission spectra

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    Abdel-Fattah, E.; Bazavan, M.; Shindo, H.

    2015-09-01

    The electron excitation temperature Texc, vibrational Tvib, and rotational Trot temperatures were measured in a high-pressure line-shaped microwave plasma source in argon over a wide range of gas pressure and microwave power, by using optical emission spectra. The selected ArI transition lines 5p-4s and 4p-4s were chosen to calculate electron excitation temperature using Boltzmann's plot method. Meanwhile, the emission spectra of hydroxyl OH molecular ( A 2 Σ + - X 2 Π i , Δ ν = 0 ) band and the nitrogen N2 second positive system ( C 3 Π u - B 3 Π g , Δ ν = + 1 ), both second diffraction order, were used to evaluate the vibrational Tvib and rotational Trot temperatures using the method of comparing the measured and calculated spectra with a chi-squared minimization procedure. The components of the overlapped spectrum are greatly influenced by the gas pressure; however, they are independent on microwave power. For temperatures, it was found that the Texc dramatically decreases from 2.5 to 0.75 eV, which qualitatively agrees with T e deduced from zero-global model. Both of Tvib and Trot significantly decrease with as gas pressure increase from 0.4 to 50 Torr. Yet, they behave differently with microwave power.

  14. Simulations and Measurement of Electron Energy and Effective Electron Temperature of Nanosecond Pulsed Argon Plasma%Simulations and Measurement of Electron Energy and Effective Electron Temperature of Nanosecond Pulsed Argon Plasma

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    闻雪晴; 信裕; 冯春雷; 丁洪斌

    2012-01-01

    The behavior of argon plasma driven by nanosecond pulsed plasma in a low-pressure plasma reactor is investigated using a global model, and the results are compared with the experimental measurements. The time evolution of plasma density and the electron energy probability function are calculated by solving the energy balance and Boltzmann equations. During and shortly after the discharge pulse, the electron energy probability function can be represented by a bi-Maxwellian distribution, indicating two energy groups of electrons. According to the effective electron temperature calculation, we find that there are more high-energy electrons that play an important role in the excitation and ionization processes than low-energy electrons. The effective electron temperature is also measured via optical emission spectroscopy to evaluate the simulation model. In the comparison, the simulation results are found to be in agreement with the measure- ments. Furthermore, variations of the effective electron temperature are presented versus other discharge parameters, such as pulse width time, pulse rise time and gas pressure.

  15. Measurement of Copper Vapors in Water-Argon Thermal Plasma Jet

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    Mašláni, Alan; Sember, Viktor; Hrabovský, Milan

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 2, č. 2 (2015), s. 159-162. ISSN 2336-2626. [Symposium on Physics of Switching Arc/21./. Nové Město na Moravě, 07.09.2015-11.09.2015] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-19444S Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : DC arc * plasma jet * copper atoms * excitation temperature Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics http://fyzika.feld.cvut.cz/misc/ppt/articles/2015/maslani.pdf

  16. Measurement of Stark width of some Ar I transitions and the investigation of local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) in an atmospheric d.c. argon plasma jet

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    The Stark widths of seven Ar I transitions are reported. Axial line shape data from an atmospheric d.c. argon plasma jet were Abel-inverted to obtain radial line shapes. The electron-density was determined by Stark width measurements of the hydrogen Hβ transition. In the electron-density region of ≤6 x 1022 m-3 the experimental Ar I Stark widths are fitted to a linear dependence on the electron-density. Values of Stark width extrapolated to other electron densities are compared to measurements reported in the literature on the 4s-4p array. Experimental values are up to 45% smaller than those predicted by Griem's theory of Stark broadening. Conditions for local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) to exist in an atmospheric argon plasma jet were studied. The experiment measures the emission coefficient of seven Ar I transitions and the line shape of the hydrogen Hbeta transition. After transforming the side-on data into radial space the excited neutral argon atom-density and the electron-density are determined. It is found LTE does not exist below an electron-density of 6 x 1033 m-3 in the experimental conditions

  17. Investigation of non-equilibrium argon and hydrogen plasmas

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    Theoretical and experimental investigations are made into non-equilibrium argon and hydrogen partially-ionized plasmas characteristic of glow-discharge devices such as thyratrons and discharge tubes. For an argon plasma, the development and use of a collisional-radiative, steady-state, three-energy-level model is presented, and experimental measurements on pulsed argon plasmas are briefly mentioned. Two different theoretical argon plasma models are discussed; the first is numerically solved using a non-Maxwellian electron distribution function, while the second is solved analytically, including atom-atom inelastic collisions, assuming Maxwellian electron and atom distribution functions. For a hydrogen plasma, experimental measurements using fluorescence and laser-induced fluorescence have been made in a modified hydrogen thyratron over a wide current density range (from 100 to 8000 A/cm2) for the atomic hydrogen population densities n = 2,3,4. A pronounced rise in the atomic hydrogen excited state populations is observed after the end of the current pulse. A new method to measure the time-resolved electron density was developed and results are presented

  18. Flow Parameters of Argon plasma Discharge

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    Owing to the viscosity, the plasma will be adhering to the inner surface of the outer electrode and outer surface of the inner one. As result that the discharge will be eroding the walls of coaxial system. The thickness of the boundary layer near the walls has been estimated at different positions from the breech of coaxial plasma gun. It is found that the thickness of layer 0.008 cm at the end of inner electrode (17 cm). A coaxial plasma gun device is operated in argon gas at ambient pressure 0.6 Torr and discharge voltage about 10 KV. The electron temperature of argon discharge has been determined by using spectroscopic technique. It is found that kTe=3.4 eV. By knowing the thickness of the boundary layer, the density can be determined. The Reynolds number R=105 and Mach number M=5 i.e. the flow is compressible and hypersonic

  19. Spectroscopic measurement of temperature and composition of a plasma jet generated by a hybrid water argon arc torch

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    Sember, Viktor

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 52, supplement D (2002), s. 643-650. ISSN 0011-4626. [Symposium on Plasma Physics and Technology/20th./. Prague, 10.06.2002-13.06.2002] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2043910 Keywords : plasma jet, spectroscopic measurement Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics Impact factor: 0.311, year: 2002

  20. Zinc, lead and copper in human teeth measured by induced coupled argon plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES)

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    Inductively Coupled Argon Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES) has been used to determine Pb, Zn and Cu levels in 47 exfoliated human teeth (all of which required extraction for orthodontic reasons). Lead concentrations for the group were 1.7 μg (g tooth mass)-1 to 40.5 μg (g tooth mass)-1, with a median of 9.8 (g (g tooth mass)-1. A median lead level in excess of the group value was found for the teeth of six lorry drivers who were included in the study. A more significant enhancement was found for the seven subjects whose age was in excess of 60 years. The median values for Zn and Cu were 123.0 and 0.6 μg (g tooth mass)-1 respectively. Present values for tooth-Zn are lower than published data for other ethnic groups

  1. Atomic oxygen in a cold argon plasma jet: TALIF spectroscopy in ambient air with modelling and measurements of ambient species diffusion

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    By investigating the atomic oxygen density in its effluent, two-photon absorption laser-induced fluorescence (TALIF) spectroscopy measurements are for the first time performed in a cold argon/oxygen atmospheric pressure plasma jet. The measurements are carried out in ambient air and quenching by inflowing air species is considered. We propose a novel absorption technique in the VUV spectral range, where emission originating from within the discharge is used as light source to determine the inflow of atmospheric oxygen into the effluent. Furthermore, we propose a modelling solution for the on-axis density of inflowing ambient air based on the stationary convection–diffusion equation. (paper)

  2. Argon plasma irradiation of polypropylene

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    Vasina, A.; Malinský, Petr; Slepička, P.; Macková, Anna; Švorčík, V.

    Cambridge: IOP, Institute of physics, 2009. s. 83-83. [19th International conference on Ion beam analysis . 07.09.2009-11.09.2009, Cambridge] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LC06041 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505 Keywords : polypropylene * plasma treatment * RBS * XPS * zeta potential Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders

  3. Metastable argon beam source using a surface wave sustained plasma

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    A new source of metastable argon atoms in the thermal energy range is reported. The source is based on expanding a plasma sustained by electromagnetic surface waves in a quartz tube through a converging nozzle and extracting a beam from the supersonic free-expansion jet. The beam was characterized by time-of-flight measurements which yielded the absolute intensity and velocity distribution of the argon metastables. The source produced a maximum intensity of 6.2x1014 metastables per second per steradian, the highest time-averaged intensity of thermal argon metastables of any source reported to date. A simple picture of an expanding plasma in a recombination regime is used to explain the dependence of the metastable intensity on absorbed power

  4. X ray diagnostics of the argon filled dense plasma focus

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    An experimental investigation has been conducted to use a Dense Plasma Focus Machine as a prospected high intensity pulsed x ray source. The argon was chosen for the plasma discharge. An effort to reach the highest x ray intensity emission has been made. Although it has not yet been possible to operate with as high energy in argon as in hydrogen, the argon focus provides an intensified ''point source'' of x ray. Based on the diagnostic data and the characteristic difference between argon and hydrogen, a theoretical model of the shock wave was proposed. The x ray energy spectrum of the focus was determined by a crystal spectrometer. Analyzing this spectrum, one can obtain a combined radiation from a 3 keV thermal plasma and a 48 keV electron beam bombarding the center electrode. The polarization of the x ray was measured at a direction perpendicular to the DPF axis. The change of the polarization with time indicated that the plasma impinged radially and then followed by an axial flow. The correlation of the x ray signal with the voltage signal showed that the plasma resistance was rising after the density reached its maximum, and associated the increase of the resistivity as a result of ion-acoustic instability

  5. Argon plasma irradiation of polypropylene

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    Slepička, P.; Vasina, A.; Kolská, Z.; Luxbacher, T.; Malinský, Petr; Macková, Anna; Švorčík, V.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 268, 11-12 (2010), s. 2111-2114. ISSN 0168-583X. [19th International conference on Ion beam analysis. Cambridge, 07.09.2009-11.09.2009] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/09/0125; GA MŠk(CZ) LC06041; GA AV ČR(CZ) KAN400480701 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505 Keywords : Polypropylene * Plasma treatment * RBS Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders Impact factor: 1.042, year: 2010

  6. Electron Density and Temperature Measurement by Stark Broadening in a Cold Argon Arc-Plasma Jet at Atmospheric Pressure

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    ZHOU Qiuping; CHENG Cheng; MENG Yuedong

    2009-01-01

    Determination of both the electron density and temperature simultaneously in a cold argon arc-plasma jet by analyzing the Stark broadening of two different emission lines is presented.This method is based on the fact that the Stark broadening of different lines has a different dependence on the electron density and temperature.Therefore,a comparison of two or more line broadenings allows us to diagnose the electron density and temperature simultaneously.In this study we used the first two Balmer series hydrogen lines H_α and H_β for their large broadening width.For this purpose,a small amount of hydrogen was introduced into the discharge gas.The results of the Gigosos-Cardenoso computational model,considering more relevant processes for the hydrogen Balmer lines,is used to process the experimental data.With this method,we obtained reliable electron density and temperature,1.88 ×10 ~(15) cm~(-3 )and 13000 K,respectively.Possible sources of error were also analyzed.

  7. Optical emission spectroscopy of argon and hydrogen-containing plasmas

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    Siepa, Sarah; Danko, Stephan; Tsankov, Tsanko V.; Mussenbrock, Thomas; Czarnetzki, Uwe

    2015-09-01

    Optical emission spectroscopy (OES) on neutral argon is applied to investigate argon, hydrogen and hydrogen-silane plasmas. The spectra are analyzed using an extensive collisional-radiative model (CRM), from which the electron density and the electron temperature (or mean energy) can be calculated. The CRM also yields insight into the importance of different excited species and kinetic processes. The OES measurements are performed on pure argon plasmas at intermediate pressure. Besides, hydrogen and hydrogen-silane plasmas are investigated using argon as a trace gas. Especially for the gas mixture discharges, CRMs for low and high pressure differ substantially. The commonly used line-ratio technique is found to lose its sensitivity for gas mixture discharges at higher pressure. A solution using absolutely calibrated line intensities is proposed. The effect of radiation trapping and the shape of the electron energy distribution function on the results are discussed in detail, as they have been found to significantly influence the results. This work was supported by the Ruhr University Research School PLUS, funded by Germany's Excellence Initiative [DFG GSC 98/3].

  8. One- and two-dimensional density and temperature measurements of an argon-neon Z-pinch plasma at stagnation

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    In order to benchmark and improve current 2D radiation magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) models of Z-pinch plasmas, we have performed experiments which characterize the plasma -conditions at stagnation. In the experiments the SATURN pulsed power facility at Sandia National Laboratory was used to create an imploding -Ar-Ne plasma. An absolutely calibrated, high resolution space- and time- resolving Johann crystal spectrometer was used to infer the electron temperature Te from the slope of the hydrogenlike Ne free-bound continuum, and the ion density ni from the Stark broadening of the Ar heliunlike Rydberg series. 2D electron temperature profiles of the plasma are obtained from a set of imaging crystals also focused on the Ne free-bound continuum. We shot two types of gas nozzles in the experiment, annular and uniform fill which varies the amount of mass in the plasma. 2D local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) and non-LTE MM models predict a radiating region denser and cooler than measured

  9. Development of a low-cost inductively coupled argon plasma

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    The aim of this investigation is to drastically reduce running costs of an inductively coupled plasma. This is done by reducing the argon consumption from 20 l/min to about 1 l/min. First, a sample introduction system operating on 0.1 l/min of carrier argon is described. This system ensures a high ratio of plasma argon and carrier argon even at the low total argon consumptions intended. Next, the developed low consumption plasma is presented. In the proposed design, air is blown perpendicularly against the outside of the torch. A different coil has been developed to make air-cooling efficient. Preliminary data on coupling efficiency for the air-cooled plasma are presented. A similarly low argon consumption has been achieved with water as an external coolant medium. It is concluded that a cheaper alternative to the current ICP has become available. (Auth.)

  10. Measurement of ion density in an atmospheric pressure argon with pin-to-plate dielectric barrier discharge by resonance of plasma radiation

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    The measurements of the ion densities in the atmospheric AC barrier corona argon discharge are carried out by receiving and analyzing the frequencies of the electromagnetic radiation emitted from the plasma. An auxiliary excitation source composed of a pin-to-pin discharge system is introduced to excite the oscillations of the main discharge. To analyze the resonance mechanism, a complemented model based on a one-dimensional description of forced vibrations is given. Calculations indicate that Ar2+ is the dominant ion (∼89% in number density). By analyzing resonance frequencies, the ion densities of Ar2+ are in the order of 1019∼1020m−3 and increase slowly as the applied voltage increases

  11. Nitrogen Removal from Molten Steel under Argon DC Glow Plasma

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    SUN Ming-shan; DING Wei-zhong; LU Xiong-gang

    2005-01-01

    Under argon DC glow plasma, the nitrogen removal from molten steel was studied. The experimental result showed that nitrogen mass percent could be reduced to 0.000 8%. The change of polarity had no impact on nitrogen removal when the nitrogen mass percent was low. The mechanism of denitrogenation of molten steel under argon DC glow plasma was discussed.

  12. Measurements on scintillation light from liquid argon

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    It is shown that an argon calorimeter can operate as a scintillation detector, provided that xenon is added. With the addition of 170 ppm xenon a light yield of 70% has been obtained. In addition the light yield is determined under influence of an electric field, from differently ionising particles and by the use of aluminium mirrors acting as light guides. Finally first measurements with a photomultiplier working at liquid argon temperatures are reported. (orig.)

  13. Membrane separation processes for argon plasma gas recovery

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    Harlacher, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    A mixture of argon and hydrogen is used as plasma gas in a thermal plasma synthesis for the production of silicon carbide. Next to argon and hydrogen, the exhaust gas of the ceramic synthesis contains carbon monoxide. Since argon is an expensive gas, the plasma gas needs to be recycled. For this purpose, the carbon monoxide has to be removed from the exhaust gas. The applicability of a membrane based gas separation process for this separation task was investigated in this study. A process rou...

  14. Characterisation of an RF excited argon plasma cathode electron beam gun

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    Del Pozo, S.; Ribton, C; Smith, DR

    2014-01-01

    This work describes the experimental set up used for carrying out spectroscopic measurements in a plasma cathode electron beam (EB) gun. Advantages of plasma cathode guns over thermionic guns are described. The factors affecting electron beam power such as plasma pressure, excitation power and plasma chamber geometry are discussed. The maximum beam current extracted was 53 mA from a 0.5 mm diameter aperture in the plasma chamber. In this work, the electron source is an argon plasma excited at...

  15. An Experimental Study of the Electrical Conductivity of an Argon Plasma with an Ionizing Additive

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    The electrical conductivity of a weakly ionized argon plasma in a direct current arc was determined experimentally. The paper describes the experimental rig, which consists of an arc heater giving an argon stream with a temperature of 1000-2000°K and a measuring section. An experimental method is proposed for varying the ratio between the contaminated and neutral components of the plasma over a wide range by introducing an easily ionizable seed. Measurements were carried out at temperatures of 4000-5000°K for contaminated particle concentrations in the range 1013-1015 cm-3. The experimental data were used to study the validity of different approximations of the Chapman-Cowling theory as applied to calculating the electric conductivity of a weakly ionized argon plasma. It is shown that the fourth approximation of the theory is unsatisfactory for calculating the electrical conductivity of an argon plasma in the range of contaminated particle concentrations concerned. (author)

  16. Argon plasma-assisted PDMS–LTCC bonding technique for microsystem applications

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    A method for transparent polymer (polydimethylosiloxane, PDMS) to glass-covered low-temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) using microwave argon plasma is reported in this paper. Changes in the composition of both materials before and after plasma treatment are investigated with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflection and contact angle measurements. The results obtained for PDMS and glass-covered LTCC modified with argon plasma are compared with previously reported results received for oxygen plasma. Moreover, a comparison of adhesion between PDMS and glass-covered LTCC bonded together using Ar and O2 plasma is made using a material testing machine

  17. Density of atoms in Ar*(3p{sup 5}4s) states and gas temperatures in an argon surfatron plasma measured by tunable laser spectroscopy

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    Huebner, S.; Carbone, E. A. D.; Mullen, J. J. A. M. van der [Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600MB Eindhoven (Netherlands); Sadeghi, N. [LIPhy, Universite Joseph Fourier and CNRS, UMR 5588, Grenoble F-38041 (France)

    2013-04-14

    This study presents the absolute argon 1 s (in Paschens's notation) densities and the gas temperature, T{sub g}, obtained in a surfatron plasma in the pressure range 0.6510 mbar, for which the pressure broadening can no more be neglected. T{sub g} is in the range of 480-750 K, increasing with pressure and decreasing with the distance from the microwave launcher. Taking into account the line of sight effects of the absorption measurements, a good agreement is found with our previous measurements by Rayleigh scattering of T{sub g} at the tube center. In the studied pressure range, the Ar(4 s) atom densities are in the order of 10{sup 16}-10{sup 18} m{sup -3}, increasing towards the end of the plasma column, decreasing with the pressure. In the low pressure side, a broad minimum is found around 10measured by Thomson scattering. The Ar(4 s) densities are successfully compared to a detailed Collisional Radiative Model.

  18. Turbulence and transport in a magnetized argon plasma

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    An experimental study on turbulence and transport in the highly ionized argon plasma of a hollow cathode discharge is described. In order to determine the plasma parameters three standard diagnostics have been used, whilst two diagnostics have been developed to study the plasma turbulence. (Auth.)

  19. Bacteria Inactivation Using DBD Plasma Jet in Atmospheric Pressure Argon

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    A coaxial dielectric barrier discharge plasma jet was designed, which can be operated in atmospheric pressure argon under an intermediate frequency sinusoidal resonant power supply, and an atmospheric pressure glow-like discharge was achieved. Two kinds of typical bacteria, i.e., the Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Escherichia coil (E. coil), were employed to study the bacterial inactivation mechanism by means of the non-thermal plasma. The killing log value (KLV) of S. aureus reached up to 5.38 with a treatment time of 90 s and that of E. coil up to 5.36 with 60 s, respectively. According to the argon emission spectra of the plasma jet and the scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of the two bacteria before and after the plasma treatment, it is concluded that the reactive species in the argon plasma played a major role in the bacterial inactivation, while the heat, electric field and UV photons had little effect. (plasma technology)

  20. Common versus noble Bacillus subtilis differentially responds to air and argon gas plasma.

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    Winter, Theresa; Bernhardt, Jörg; Winter, Jörn; Mäder, Ulrike; Schlüter, Rabea; Weltmann, Klaus-Dieter; Hecker, Michael; Kusch, Harald

    2013-09-01

    The applications of low-temperature plasma are not only confined to decontamination and sterilization but are also found in the medical field in terms of wound and skin treatment. For the improvement of already established and also for new plasma techniques, in-depth knowledge on the interactions between plasma and microorganism is essential. In an initial study, the interaction between growing Bacillus subtilis and argon plasma was investigated by using a growth chamber system suitable for low-temperature gas plasma treatment of bacteria in liquid medium. In this follow-up investigation, a second kind of plasma treatment-namely air plasma-was applied. With combined proteomic and transcriptomic analyses, we were able to investigate the plasma-specific stress response of B. subtilis toward not only argon but also air plasma. Besides an overlap of cellular responses due to both argon and air plasma treatment (DNA damage and oxidative stress), a variety of gas-dependent cellular responses such as growth retardation and morphological changes were observed. Only argon plasma treatments lead to a phosphate starvation response whereas air plasma induced the tryptophan operon implying damage by photooxidation. Biological findings were supported by the detection of reactive plasma species by optical emission spectroscopy and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy measurements. PMID:23794223

  1. Characterization of SF6/Argon Plasmas for Microelectronics Applications; TOPICAL

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    This report documents measurements in inductively driven plasmas containing SF(sub 6)/Argon gas mixtures. The data in this report is presented in a series of appendices with a minimum of interpretation. During the course of this work we investigated: the electron and negative ion density using microwave interferometry and laser photodetachment; the optical emission; plasma species using mass spectrometry, and the ion energy distributions at the surface of the rf biased electrode in several configurations. The goal of this work was to assemble a consistent set of data to understand the important chemical mechanisms in SF(sub 6) based processing of materials and to validate models of the gas and surface processes

  2. Nanotextured Shrink Wrap Superhydrophobic Surfaces by Argon Plasma Etching

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    Jolie M. Nokes

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available We present a rapid, simple, and scalable approach to achieve superhydrophobic (SH substrates directly in commodity shrink wrap film utilizing Argon (Ar plasma. Ar plasma treatment creates a stiff skin layer on the surface of the shrink film. When the film shrinks, the mismatch in stiffness between the stiff skin layer and bulk shrink film causes the formation of multiscale hierarchical wrinkles with nano-textured features. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM images confirm the presence of these biomimetic structures. Contact angle (CA and contact angle hysteresis (CAH measurements, respectively, defined as values greater than 150° and less than 10°, verified the SH nature of the substrates. Furthermore, we demonstrate the ability to reliably pattern hydrophilic regions onto the SH substrates, allowing precise capture and detection of proteins in urine. Finally, we achieved self-driven microfluidics via patterning contrasting superhydrophilic microchannels on the SH Ar substrates to induce flow for biosensing.

  3. ECR Plasma Sterilisation, Argon and Nitrogen Treated Plasma

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    Helhel, Selcuk; Oksuz, Lutfi; Cerezci, Osman; Rad, Abbas Y.

    2004-09-01

    ECR type plasma system was built to produce plasma in axial direction. Plasma was initiated in a specially designed Nickel - Chrome cylindrical vacuum tube which is being driven through dielectric window by 2.45GHz commercial magnetron source. Tube is also surrounded by a coil driving 150ADC to generate approximately 875Gauss magnetic field at the center. Langmuir probe and ICCD for optical spectrometry were used to characterize internal parameters like electron density, electron temperature and different characteristics of the plasma. Bacillus Subtilis var nigar, bacillus Stearothermophilus, bacillus pumilus E601, Escherichia coli and staphylococcus aureus type bacteria were selected as a reference. Each is resistant for different actions while the Bacilus cereus is the most resistant bacteria for microwave interaction. This study presents the effect of system on used bacteria. Those are gram positive and gram negative bacteria that refers to structure of cell wall. The sterilization efficacy of Argon type ECR plasma was found to be over 99, 5% in Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Bacillus subtilis (vegetative cell), Bacillus cereus (vegetative cell), Bacillus pumilus and Escherichia coli. System response type is less than 2 minutes.

  4. Atmospheric Pressure Humid Argon DBD Plasma for the Application of Sterilization - Measurement and Simulation of Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Hydrogen Peroxide Formation

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    Kirkpatrick, Mike; Dodet, Bénédicte; Odic, Emmanuel

    2007-01-01

    Hydrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen peroxide have been measured downstream of an atmospheric pressure humid argon dielectric barrier discharge. The yield of the three species was studied as a function of the discharge power and gas flow rate. Hydrogen peroxide was measured after dissolution into water downstream of the discharge, while hydrogen and oxygen were measured in the gas phase. The production rates of both hydrogen and oxygen were found to be at least one order of magnitude greater than t...

  5. Emission Rates in ASTRAL Argon Plasmas.

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    Kamar, Ola; Boivin, Robert; Loch, Stuart; Munoz, Jorge; Ballance, Connor

    2006-10-01

    Relative Emission rates measured in the ASTRAL (Auburn Steady sTate Research fAciLity) helicon plasma source are compared to theoretical predictions. A spectrometer which features a 0.33 m Criss-Cross Scanning monochromator and a CCD camera is used for this study. ASTRAL produces bright intense Ar plasmas with the following parameters: ne = 10^12 to 10^13 cm-3 and Te = 2 to 10 eV. A rf compensated Langmuir probe is used to measure Te and ne. In a first series of experiment Ar I, Ar II and Ar III transitions are monitored as a function of plasma density and this for constant electron temperature. In the second series of experiments, the same transitions are observed as a function of Te while ne is this time kept constant. Observations revealed that Te is by far the most significant parameter affecting the emission rate coefficients in the ASTRAL plasma. The spectroscopy measurements are compared with spectral modeling from the ADAS suite of codes. Our collisional-radiative formalism assumes that the excited levels are in quasi-static equilibrium with the ground and metastable populations. We use existing standard R-matrix electron-impact excitation data in our modeling, and assess this dataset against the results from a new R-matrix with pseudo-states calculation.

  6. Influence of oxygen traces on an atmospheric-pressure radio-frequency capacitive argon plasma discharge

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    An atmospheric-pressure capacitive discharge source driven by radio-frequency power supply at 13.56 MHz has been developed experimentally that is capable of producing a homogeneous and cold glow discharge in O2/Ar. With respect to the influence of oxygen component when diluted into argon plasma discharge on the discharge characteristics, the measurements of the electrical parameters (impedance, phase angle, resistance, and reactance) are made systematically and the densities of the metastable and resonant state of argon are determined by means of optical emission spectroscopy (OES). It is shown that the admixture of oxygen into argon plasma not only changes the electric characteristics but also alters the optical emission spectra greatly due to strong interaction between the oxygen content and the argon in the plasma environment.

  7. Surface modification of polypropylene using argon plasma: Statistical optimization of the process variables

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    Low pressure plasma treatment using radiofrequency (rf) discharge of argon gas was employed to improve the hydrophilicity of polypropylene. The effects of argon plasma on the wettability, surface chemistry and surface morphology of polypropylene were studied using static contact angle measurements, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Increase in surface energy of polypropylene was observed as a result of argon plasma treatment. SEM and AFM images revealed the increased surface roughness. A set of identified process variables (rf power, pressure, argon flow rate and time) were used in this study and were optimized using central composite design (CCD) of response surface methodology (RSM). A statistical model was developed to represent the surface energy in terms of the process variables mentioned above. Accuracy of the model was verified and found to be high.

  8. RF-ARGON PLASMA INDUCED SURFACE MODIFICATION OF PAPER

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    HALIL TURGUT SAHIN

    2008-01-01

    The radio frequency (RF) argon plasma induced surface modification of paper revealed novel surface characteristics and substantially changed surface topography. It was found that RF-argon glow discharge affects surface properties resulting in photo-degradation and chain-scission mechanism on paper network structure. High-power and extended treatment time caused increasing elemental carbon, while decreasing the oxygen concentration on paper surface. However, increased hydroxyls and the creatio...

  9. Surface modification of poly (vinyl chloride) by long-distance and direct argon RF plasma

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    2006-01-01

    This paper reports the effects of long- distance and direct argon radio frequency (RF) plasma surface treatment on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) films in terms of changes in surface wettability and surface chemistry. The surface properties are characterized by the water contact angle measurement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The mechanism is further analyzed and the role of all kinds of active species, e.g. electrons, ions and free radicals involved in plasma surface modification is further evaluated. Results show that the long-distance and direct RF plasma treatments modify the PVC surface in morphology and composition, and both modifications cause surface oxidation of PVC films, in the forming of functional groups enhancing polymer wettability. The effect of the long-distance argon RF plasma is more notable. This suggests that long-distance argon RF plasma could restrain the ion and electron eroding effect and enhance free radical reaction.

  10. Effect of argon addition on plasma parameters and dust charging in hydrogen plasma

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    Experimental results on effect of adding argon gas to hydrogen plasma in a multi-cusp dusty plasma device are reported. Addition of argon modifies plasma density, electron temperature, degree of hydrogen dissociation, dust current as well as dust charge. From the dust charging profile, it is observed that the dust current and dust charge decrease significantly up to 40% addition of argon flow rate in hydrogen plasma. But beyond 40% of argon flow rate, the changes in dust current and dust charge are insignificant. Results show that the addition of argon to hydrogen plasma in a dusty plasma device can be used as a tool to control the dust charging in a low pressure dusty plasma.

  11. Radiating plasma species density distribution in EUV-induced plasma in argon: a spatiotemporal experimental study

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    van der Horst, R. M.; Beckers, J.; Osorio, E. A.; van de Ven, T. H. M.; Banine, V. Y.

    2015-12-01

    In this contribution we experimentally study temporally and spatially resolved radiating plasma species density distribution in plasma induced by irradiating a low pressure argon gas with high energy photons with a wavelength of 13.5 nm, i.e. extreme ultraviolet (EUV). This is done by recording the optical emission spatially and temporally resolved by an iCCD camera as a function of the argon gas pressure. Our experimental results show that the emission intensity, i.e. density of radiating plasma species, depends quadratically on the gas pressure. The linear term is due to photoionization and simultaneous excitation by EUV photons, the quadratic term due to electron impact excitation by electrons generated by photoionization. The decay of radiating plasma species can be divided into two phases. At time scales shorter than 10 μs (first phase), the decay is governed by radiative decay of radiating plasma species. At longer time scales (second phase, >10 μs), the decay is dominated by diffusion and subsequent de-excitation at the wall. The experimental decay and expansion during this phase corresponds well with a simplified diffusion model. In order to gain more insight in this exotic type of plasma, we compare the electron density from previous measurements with the results obtained here.

  12. Gas temperature effect on the time for onset of particle nucleation in argon diluted acetylene plasma

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    Stefanovic, I; Berndt, J; Winter, J; Stefanovic, Ilija; Kovacevic, Eva; Berndt, Johannes; Winter, Jorg

    2004-01-01

    In our work we are focused on study of powder formation in C2H2/Ar plasmas. In this scope we used a combination of FTIR and mass spectroscopy, which are the mostly used experimental techniques for plasma powder formation diagnostics. To test the proposed mechanism for particle nucleation delay we measured the particle nucleation under different plasma conditions: firstly we increased the gas temperature and secondly we changed the background gas from argon to helium.

  13. Spectroscopic Investigations of Air Entrainment into an Argon Plasma Jet

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    Hlína, Jan; Něnička, Václav; Šlechta, Jiří; Krejčí, Luděk; Dolínek, Vladimír; Sopuch, Pavel

    Vol. 3. Orléans : GREMI, CNRS/University of Orléans, 2001 - (Bouchoule, A.; Pouvesle, J.), s. 1107-1110 [INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PLASMA CHEMISTRY /15./. Orléans (FR), 09.07.2001-13.07.2001] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1057001; GA ČR GA202/99/0389 Keywords : nitrogen molecular bands * dependence of nitrogen radiations on the argon flow rate Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  14. Modeling of an argon cascaded arc plasma by ANSYS FLUENT

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    In this work, an argon cascaded arc plasma is simulated by the business software ANSYS FLUENT. In fact, thus plasma is a high temperature arc (plasma window) with an average temperature of 12000 °C, which can be used as a medium between high pressure and vacuum mainly due to its characteristics of high temperature. According to the simulating results, the temperature can reach as high as 11500 °C which is in great agreement with that of other reports about plasma window.

  15. An update of argon inelastic cross sections for plasma discharges

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    This paper proposes a coherent set of electron impact inelastic cross sections for argon, based on recent experimental measurements. The updated set is validated by comparing calculated swarm parameters and rate coefficients (obtained by solving the two-term approximation electron Boltzmann equation) with available experimental data. This validation procedure is usually adopted when the cross section set is to be later used in plasma discharge modelling. Simulation results for the electron drift velocity and characteristic energy are in very good agreement with experimental values of these quantities. Calculations, using cross section sets proposed by different authors, of the total (direct + cascade) excitation coefficients to the 4s and 4p states, and of the Townsend ionization coefficient, show that the present set ensures the best overall agreement with measured values. The agreement is particularly good for the excitation coefficient to metastable 4s'[1/2]0 and the Townsend ionization coefficient, which are probably the most relevant electron macroscopic coefficients in the modelling of discharge plasmas

  16. Interaction of an argon plasma jet with a silicon wafer

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    Engelhardt, Max; Pothiraja, Ramasamy; Kartaschew, Konstantin; Bibinov, Nikita; Havenith, Martina; Awakowicz, Peter

    2016-04-01

    A filamentary discharge is ignited in an argon plasma jet under atmospheric pressure conditions. The gas discharge is characterized with voltage-current measurements, optical emission spectroscopy and an ICCD-camera with a high temporal resolution down to 10 ns. In the effluent of the plasma jet, filaments come into contact with the surface of a silicon wafer and modify it, namely etching traces are produced and microcrystals are deposited. These traces are studied with optical and electron microscopes. The material of the deposited microcrystals and the surface modifications of the silicon wafer are analyzed with Raman microspectroscopy. Amorphous silicon is found within the etching traces. The largest part of the deposited microcrystals are composed of nitratine (NaNO3) and some of them are calcite (CaCO3). Analyzing the possible reasons for the silicon wafer modifications we come to the conclusion that plasmoids, which are produced near the substrate surface by interaction with ionization waves, are a plausible explanation for the observed surface modifications of the silicon wafer.

  17. Surface modification of fluorosilicone acrylate RGP contact lens via low-temperature argon plasma

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    A fluorosilicone acrylate rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens was modified via argon plasma to improve surface hydrophilicity and resistance to protein deposition. The influence of plasma treatment on surface chemical structure, hydrophilicity and morphology of RGP lens was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS), contact angle measurements and scanning electron microscope (SEM), respectively. The contact angle results showed that the hydrophilicity of the contact lens was improved after plasma treatment. XPS results indicated that the incorporation of oxygen-containing groups on surface and the transformation of silicone into hydrophilic silicate after plasma treatment are the main reasons for the surface hydrophilicity improvement. SEM results showed that argon plasma with higher power could lead to surface etching

  18. Surface modification of fluorosilicone acrylate RGP contact lens via low-temperature argon plasma

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    Yin Shiheng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Analytical and Testing Center, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Wang Yingjun [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Ren Li [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China)], E-mail: psliren@scut.edu.cn; Zhao Lianna [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Kuang Tongchun [Analytical and Testing Center, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Chen Hao [Wenzhou Medical College, Wenzhou 325035 (China)], E-mail: chenhao823@mail.wz.zj.cn; Qu Jia [Wenzhou Medical College, Wenzhou 325035 (China)

    2008-11-15

    A fluorosilicone acrylate rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens was modified via argon plasma to improve surface hydrophilicity and resistance to protein deposition. The influence of plasma treatment on surface chemical structure, hydrophilicity and morphology of RGP lens was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS), contact angle measurements and scanning electron microscope (SEM), respectively. The contact angle results showed that the hydrophilicity of the contact lens was improved after plasma treatment. XPS results indicated that the incorporation of oxygen-containing groups on surface and the transformation of silicone into hydrophilic silicate after plasma treatment are the main reasons for the surface hydrophilicity improvement. SEM results showed that argon plasma with higher power could lead to surface etching.

  19. The main properties of microwave argon plasma at atmospheric pressure

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    Plasma torch sustained by surface wave at atmospheric pressure is theoretically studied by means of 1D model. A steady-state Boltzmann equation in an effective field approximation coupled with a collisional-radiative model for high-pressure argon discharge is numerically solved together with Maxwell's equations for an azimuthally symmetric TM surface wave. The axial dependences of the electrons, excited atoms, atomic and molecular ions densities as well as the electron temperature, the mean power per electron and the effective electron-neutral collision frequency are determined. A strong dependence of the plasma properties on the discharge conditions and the gas temperature is obtained.

  20. The main properties of microwave argon plasma at atmospheric pressure

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    Benova, E.; Pencheva, M.

    2010-01-01

    Plasma torch sustained by surface wave at atmospheric pressure is theoretically studied by means of 1D model. A steady-state Boltzmann equation in an effective field approximation coupled with a collisional-radiative model for high-pressure argon discharge is numerically solved together with Maxwell's equations for an azimuthally symmetric TM surface wave. The axial dependences of the electrons, excited atoms, atomic and molecular ions densities as well as the electron temperature, the mean power per electron and the effective electron-neutral collision frequency are determined. A strong dependence of the plasma properties on the discharge conditions and the gas temperature is obtained.

  1. The main properties of microwave argon plasma at atmospheric pressure

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    Benova, E; Pencheva, M, E-mail: benova_phys@deo.uni-sofia.b [Department for Language Teaching and International Students, University of Sofia, 27 Kosta Loulchev Street, BG-1111 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2010-01-01

    Plasma torch sustained by surface wave at atmospheric pressure is theoretically studied by means of 1D model. A steady-state Boltzmann equation in an effective field approximation coupled with a collisional-radiative model for high-pressure argon discharge is numerically solved together with Maxwell's equations for an azimuthally symmetric TM surface wave. The axial dependences of the electrons, excited atoms, atomic and molecular ions densities as well as the electron temperature, the mean power per electron and the effective electron-neutral collision frequency are determined. A strong dependence of the plasma properties on the discharge conditions and the gas temperature is obtained.

  2. The role of metastable atoms in argon-diluted silane radiofrequency plasmas

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    Sansonnens, L.; Howling, A.A.; Hollenstein, C.; Dorier, J. L.; Kroll, U.

    2008-01-01

    The evolution of the argon metastable states density has been studied by absorption spectroscopy in power-modulated plasmas of argon and a mixture of 4% silane in argon. A small concentration of silane suppresses the argon metastable states density by molecular quenching. This molecular quenching adds to the electronic collisional dissociation to increase the silane dissociation rate as compared with pure silane plasmas. Using time-resolved emission spectroscopy, the role of metastable states...

  3. Some transport properties in plasmas containing argon and fluorine

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    Novaković R.N.V.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper some results of numerical evaluation of transport coefficients in plasmas in the mixtures of argon and fluorine are presented. These transport characteristics are given in the function of the temperature for low pressures ranging from 0,1 kPa to 1,0 kPa and for low temperatures between 500 K and 5 000 K in argon plasmas with 20% and 30% of the fluorine added. It is assumed that the system is kept under constant pressure and that a corresponding state of local thermodynamical equilibrium (LTE is attained in it. The equilibrium plasma composition, necessary for the evaluations, was determined on the ground of the Saha equations for ionization processes and the law of mass action for the thermal dissociation of F2, combined with the charge conservation relation and the assumption that the pressure remained constant in the course of temperature variations. The ionization energy lowering, required in conjunction with the Saha equations, was obtained with the aid of a modified expression for the plasma Debye radius proposed previously. A previously derived expression for the modified Debye radius, offering the possibility to treat the plasmas considered as weakly non-ideal in the whole temperature range, is used. The cut-off at the Landau length rather than of the smallest of ionic radii is introduced. This alteration in the evaluation procedure brings different considerable changes in the final numerical results for the all relevant quantities.

  4. Calculation of ion energy distributions of argon excimer ions generated in helicon plasma

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    Fang Tong-Zhen; Jiang Nan; Wang Long

    2005-01-01

    A program is developed to calculate the ion energy distributions (IEDs) of Ar2+ making use of a simplified kinetic model with a combination of Monte Carlo method. Several coefficients are used to realize good match between the calculated and measured results. Some important assumptions are confirmed: argon excimer ions have short lifetime,hence they are formed in a short range before the collecting electrode. The excimer ions that encounter collisions will be discarded because they turn to other ion species after they collide with argon atoms. From the calculated results some plasma parameters such as the cross section or neutral density in discharge could be evaluated.

  5. Trimming a Metallic Biliary Stent Using an Argon Plasma Coagulator

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    Background. Distal migration is one of the common complications after insertion of a covered metallic stent. Stent repositioning or removal is not always possible in every patient. Therefore, trimming using an argon plasma coagulator (APC) may be a good alternative method to solve this problem. Methods. Metallic stent trimming by APC was performed in 2 patients with biliary Wallstent migration and in another patient with esophageal Ultraflex stent migration. The power setting was 60-100 watts with an argon flow of 0.8 l/min. Observations. The procedure was successfully performed and all distal parts of the stents were removed. No significant collateral damage to the nearby mucosa was observed. Conclusions. In a patient with a distally migrated metallic stent, trimming of the stent is possible by means of an APC. This new method may be applicable to other sites of metallic stent migration

  6. Pulsed microwave-driven argon plasma jet with distinctive plume patterns resonantly excited by surface plasmon polaritons

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    Atmospheric lower-power pulsed microwave argon cold plasma jets are obtained by using coaxial transmission line resonators in ambient air. The plasma jet plumes are generated at the end of a metal wire placed in the middle of the dielectric tubes. The electromagnetic model analyses and simulation results suggest that the discharges are excited resonantly by the enhanced electric field of surface plasmon polaritons. Moreover, for conquering the defect of atmospheric argon filamentation discharges excited by 2.45-GHz of continued microwave, the distinctive patterns of the plasma jet plumes can be maintained by applying different gas flow rates of argon gas, frequencies of pulsed modulator, duty cycles of pulsed microwave, peak values of input microwave power, and even by using different materials of dielectric tubes. In addition, the emission spectrum, the plume temperature, and other plasma parameters are measured, which shows that the proposed pulsed microwave plasma jets can be adjusted for plasma biomedical applications. (paper)

  7. Cell Proliferation of HaCaT Keratinocytes on Collagen Films Modified by Argon Plasma Treatment

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    Jorge López García

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Argon plasma treatment was used to modify the surface of atelocollagen films using a plasmochemical reactor. To evaluate the effects of the treatment, the untreated and treated samples were characterized by Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM imaging, and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS techniques. Cell growth was carried out by culturing human immortalized keratinocyte (HaCaT cells and proliferation was measured via MTT assay. It was observed that argon plasma treatment significantly enhanced the extent of cell proliferation, which was ascribed to the favourable role of plasma treatment in inducing surface oxygen-containing entities together with increasing surface roughness. This can be considered as a potentially promising approach for tissue regeneration purposes.

  8. Determination of the number densities of argon metastables in argon-hydrogen plasma by absorption and self-absorption methods

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    Gavare, Z [Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, University of Latvia, Skunu str. 4, Riga LV -1050 (Latvia); Goett, D [Institute for Low Temperature Plasma Physics, 17489 Greifswald (Germany); Pipa, A V [Institute for Low Temperature Plasma Physics, 17489 Greifswald (Germany); Roepcke, J [Institute for Low Temperature Plasma Physics, 17489 Greifswald (Germany); Skudra, A [Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, University of Latvia, Skunu str. 4, Riga LV -1050 (Latvia)

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    The number densities of Ar 3s{sup 2}3p{sup 5}4s levels have been measured by means of two methods: a self-absorption method with a mirror behind the discharge vessel and an absorption method with a high-frequency electrodeless discharge lamp. Concentrations ranging from 6 x 10{sup 7}-4 x 10{sup 9} cm{sup -3} were obtained for the Ar 3s{sup 2}3p{sup 5}4s levels, depending on the argon content (10-100% Ar) in Ar/H{sub 2} microwave plasma. The populations of various sublevels of measured resonant and metastable states coincide within the experimental errors. It was observed that values from measurements of both methods are in good agreement.

  9. Observations of acoustic-wave-induced superluminescence in an argon plasma

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    It is shown that in an argon discharge plasma it is possible to obtain overpopulation of certain electronic levels of atomic argon under the influence of acoustic waves. When the specified threshold is exceeded, then a superluminescence (in the form of light flashes) from the overpopulated electronic levels of atomic argon is observed

  10. Investigation of capacitively coupled argon plasma driven at various frequencies and validation of surface waves excitation

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    Abdel-Fattah, E., E-mail: essam29@hotmail.com [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Zagazig 44519 (Egypt); Physics Department, College of Science, Salman bin AbdulAziz University, Al-Kharj, P.O. 83, Al-Kharj 11942 (Saudi Arabia)

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    The influence of excitation frequency (13.56–96 MHz) on the characteristics of capacitively coupled argon plasma is investigated by means of Langmuir probe and a high-voltage probe. Measurements are performed in argon pressure of 40 and 60 mTorr at a fixed discharge voltage V{sub pp}=200 V. The measured electron energy distribution function EEPFs are a bi-Maxwellian type irrespective of the driving frequency and gas pressure. The electron density and temperatures show peak over frequency range of 54–72 MHz, beyond which it decreases. The non-monotonic dependences of plasma parameters with driving frequency were interpreted in terms of excited surface wave excited at the powered electrode.

  11. A Thermodynamic Model for Argon Plasma Kernel Formation

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    James Keck

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Plasma kernel formation of argon is studied experimentally and theoretically. The experiments have been performed in a constant volume cylindrical vessel located in a shadowgraph system. The experiments have been done in constant pressure. The energy of plasma is supplied by an ignition system through two electrodes located in the vessel. The experiments have been done with two different spark energies to study the effect of input energy on kernel growth and its properties. A thermodynamic model employing mass and energy balance was developed to predict the experimental data. The agreement between experiments and model prediction is very good. The effect of various parameters such as initial temperature, initial radius of the kernel, and the radiation energy loss have been investigated and it has been concluded that initial condition is very important on formation and expansion of the kernel.

  12. Argonmeasurement on DIII endash D by Ross filters technique (abstract)

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    Techniques to reduce the heat flux to the divertor plates in tokamak power plants and the consequent erosion of, and subsequent damage to the divertor target plates include the injection of impurities such as argon, that can dissipate the energy (through radiative or collisional processes) before it reaches the target plates. An important issue with this type of scheme is poisoning of the plasma core by the impurities introduced in the divertor region. Subsequently, there is a desire to measure the profiles of the injected impurities in the core. X-ray Ross filters with an effective narrow band pass centered on the argon Kα line at 3.2 keV, have been installed on two of the existing x-ray arrays on DIII endash D in order to help determine the argon concentration profiles. Emissivity profiles of the Kα lines and the emissivity profiles for the argon enhanced continuum can be inferred from the inverted filtered x-ray brightness signals if Te, ne, and Ar18+ profiles are known. The MIST code is used to couple the filtered x-ray signals to the time dependent measurements of Te and ne. Further, the Ar16+ profiles measured by charge transfer spectroscopy, are used as a constraint on the MIST code runs to calculate Ar18+ profiles and unfold the argon emissivity profiles. A discussion of the Ross filters, the DIII endash D argon data, and the data analysis scheme for inferring argon emissivity profiles will be discussed. Estimates of the total argon concentration in the core determined from this technique in DIII endash D argon puff experiments will be presented. copyright 1999 American Institute of Physics

  13. Surface Modification of Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) Using Low Pressure Argon and Oxygen Plasma

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    In this study, commercial poly vinyl chloride (PVC) films were treated by oxygen and argon plasmas in a cylindrical glass tube which was surrounded by a DC variable magnetic field, with different sample positions in the plasma reactor and also different exposure durations. Effects of the plasma treatment on the hydrophilic properties of the films were studied by measuring the water drop contact angle on the surface of the samples. The surface topography of the untreated and plasma treated films was analyzed and compared by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The optical characteristic changes in treated samples were investigated using reflective spectrophotometry. Also, the chemical changes which appeared on the surface of the samples were investigated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The results show that the plasma treated PVC becomes more hydrophilic with an enhanced wettability. A sharp decrease in the water contact angle may also be a consequence of the surface texturization. The aging effect on wettability of the samples was also investigated. The results show that the effect of oxygen plasma on the surface properties of the samples is more pronounced compared with that of argon plasma.

  14. On the plasma chemistry of a cold atmospheric argon plasma jet with shielding gas device

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    Schmidt-Bleker, Ansgar; Winter, Jörn; Bösel, André; Reuter, Stephan; Weltmann, Klaus-Dieter

    2016-02-01

    A novel approach combining experimental and numerical methods for the study of reaction mechanisms in a cold atmospheric \\text{Ar} plasma jet is introduced. The jet is operated with a shielding gas device that produces a gas curtain of defined composition around the plasma plume. The shielding gas composition is varied from pure {{\\text{N}}2} to pure {{\\text{O}}2} . The density of metastable argon \\text{Ar}≤ft(4\\text{s}{{,}3}{{\\text{P}}2}\\right) in the plasma plume was quantified using laser atom absorption spectroscopy. The density of long-living reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS), namely {{\\text{O}}3} , \\text{N}{{\\text{O}}2} , \\text{NO} , {{\\text{N}}2}\\text{O} , {{\\text{N}}2}{{\\text{O}}5} and {{\\text{H}}2}{{\\text{O}}2} , was quantified in the downstream region of the jet in a multipass cell using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The jet produces a turbulent flow field and features guided streamers propagating at several \\text{km}~{{\\text{s}}-1} that follow the chaotic argon flow pattern, yielding a plasma plume with steep spatial gradients and a time dependence on the \\text{ns} scale while the downstream chemistry unfolds within several seconds. The fast and highly localized electron impact reactions in the guided streamer head and the slower gas phase reactions of neutrals occurring in the plasma plume and experimental apparatus are therefore represented in two separate kinetic models. The first electron impact reaction kinetics model is correlated to the LAAS measurements and shows that in the guided streamer head primary reactive oxygen and nitrogen species are dominantly generated from \\text{Ar}≤ft(4\\text{s}{{,}3}{{\\text{P}}2}\\right) . The second neutral species plug-flow model hence uses an \\text{Ar}≤ft(4\\text{s}{{,}3}{{\\text{P}}2}\\right) source term as sole energy input and yields good agreement with the RONS measured by FTIR spectroscopy.

  15. Decay of femtosecond laser-induced plasma filaments in air, nitrogen, and argon for atmospheric and subatmospheric pressures.

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    Aleksandrov, N L; Bodrov, S B; Tsarev, M V; Murzanev, A A; Sergeev, Yu A; Malkov, Yu A; Stepanov, A N

    2016-07-01

    The temporal evolution of a plasma channel at the trail of a self-guided femtosecond laser pulse was studied experimentally and theoretically in air, nitrogen (with an admixture of ∼3% O_{2}), and argon in a wide range of gas pressures (from 2 to 760 Torr). Measurements by means of transverse optical interferometry and pulsed terahertz scattering techniques showed that plasma density in air and nitrogen at atmospheric pressure reduces by an order of magnitude within 3-4 ns and that the decay rate decreases with decreasing pressure. The argon plasma did not decay within several nanoseconds for pressures of 50-760 Torr. We extended our theoretical model previously applied for atmospheric pressure air plasma to explain the plasma decay in the gases under study and to show that allowance for plasma channel expansion affects plasma decay at low pressures. PMID:27575227

  16. Effect of the electron energy distribution on total energy loss with argon in inductively coupled plasmas

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    The total energy lost per electron-ion pair lost εT is investigated with the electron energy distribution function (EEDF). The EEDFs are measured at various argon powers in RF inductively coupled plasma, and the EEDFs show a depleted distribution (a discontinuity occurring at the minimum argon excitation threshold energy level) with the bulk temperature and the tail temperature. The total energy loss per electron-ion pair lost εT is calculated from a power balance model with the Maxwellian EEDFs and the depleted EEDFs and then compared with the measured εT from the floating probe. It is concluded that the small population of the depleted high energy electrons dramatically increases the collisional energy loss, and the calculated εT from the depleted EEDFs has a value that is similar to the measured εT

  17. Effects of argon gas pressure on its metastable-state density in high-density plasmas

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    The effect of argon gas pressure on its metastable density in inductively coupled plasmas (ICPs) is investigated by using the laser-induced fluorescence method. Our results show that the metastable-state density of argon varies with the gas pressure depending on the measurement position; the density decreases with the pressure at a position far from the ICP antenna, whereas it increases with the pressure at a position near the antenna. This contrast in the metastable-state density trend with the pressure is explained by considering the electron temperature variations at the two measurement positions. The theoretical interpretation and calculation using a global model are also addressed in detail in this paper

  18. Measurement of Longitudinal Electron Diffusion in Liquid Argon

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    Li, Yichen; Thorn, Craig; Qian, Xin; Diwan, Milind; Joshi, Jyoti; Kettell, Steve; Morse, William; Rao, Triveni; Stewart, Jim; Tang, Wei; Viren, Brett

    2015-01-01

    We report the measurement of longitudinal electron diffusion coefficients in liquid argon for electric fields between 100 and 2000 V/cm with a gold photocathode as a bright electron source. The measurement principle, apparatus, and data analysis are described. Our results, which are consistent with previous measurements in the region between 100 to 350 V/cm [1] , are systematically higher than the prediction of Atrazhev-Timoshkin[2], and represent the world's best measurement in the region between 350 to 2000 V/cm. The quantum efficiency of the gold photocathode, the drift velocity and longitudinal diffusion coefficients in gas argon are also presented.

  19. Normal and abnormal evolution of argon metastable density in high-density plasmas

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    A controversial problem on the evolution of Ar metastable density as a function of electron density (increasing trend versus decreasing trend) was resolved by discovering the anomalous evolution of the argon metastable density with increasing electron density (discharge power), including both trends of the metastable density [Daltrini et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 061504 (2008)]. Later, by virtue of an adequate physical explanation based on a simple global model, both evolutions of the metastable density were comprehensively understood as part of the abnormal evolution occurring at low- and high-density regimes, respectively, and thus the physics behind the metastable evolution has seemed to be clearly disclosed. In this study, however, a remarkable result for the metastable density behavior with increasing electron density was observed: even in the same electron density regime, there are both normal and abnormal evolutions of metastable-state density with electron density depending on the measurement position: The metastable density increases with increasing electron density at a position far from the inductively coupled plasma antenna but decreases at a position close to the antenna. The effect of electron temperature, which is spatially nonuniform in the plasma, on the electron population and depopulation processes of Argon metastable atoms with increasing electron density is a clue to understanding the results. The calculated results of the global model, including multistep ionization for the argon metastable state and measured electron temperature, are in a good agreement with the experimental results

  20. Attenuation measurements of vacuum ultraviolet light in liquid argon revisited

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    Neumeier, A; Himpsl, A; Hofmann, M; Oberauer, L; Potzel, W; Schönert, S; Ulrich, A

    2015-01-01

    The attenuation of vacuum ultraviolet light in liquid argon in the context of its application in large liquid noble gas detectors has been studied. Compared to a previous publication several technical issues concerning transmission measurements in general are addressed and several systematic effects were quantitatively measured. Wavelength-resolved transmission measurements have been performed from the vacuum ultraviolet to the near-infrared region. On the current level of sensitivity with a length of the optical path of 11.6 cm, no xenon-related absorption effects could be observed, and pure liquid argon is fully transparent down to the short wavelength cut-off of the experimental setup at 118 nm. A lower limit for the attenuation length of pure liquid argon for its own scintillation light has been estimated to be 1.10 m based on a very conservative approach.

  1. Comparison between modeled and experimental emission rates in ASTRAL argon plasmas.

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    Munoz, J.; Boivin, R.; Gardner, A.; Kamar, O.; Loch, S.; Ballance, C.

    2007-11-01

    Argon emission rate coefficients are measured in the ASTRAL helicon plasma source using a 0.33 m scanning monochromator and a CCD camera. ASTRAL produces bright intense Ar plasmas with the following parameters: ne = 10^12 - 10^13 cm-3 and Te = 2 - 10 eV, B-field ASTRAL helicon plasma source. Recent R-matrix electron-impact excitation data are combined with a new R-matrix calculation that includes pseudo-states contributions. Our collisional-radiative formalism assumes that the excited levels are in quasi-static equilibrium with the ground and metastable populations. Good to excellent agreement has been obtained by including Te and ne profiles in the modeling. The experiment-theory comparison confirms that Te is the dominant parameters in determining the emission rate coefficients in these plasmas.

  2. Emission properties of an atmospheric pressure argon plasma jet excited by barrier discharge

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    An atmospheric-pressure argon plasma jet is initiated by the barrier discharge in a capillary, through which argon was flown. The spectral composition of radiation emitted by the jet in the atmosphere and its variation in the space are analyzed in detail. The jet radiation spectrum is shown to be predominantly formed by spectral transitions of argon and oxygen atoms, by electron-vibrational transitions of the first positive system of nitrogen molecules N2, and by transitions of hydroxyl radical OH

  3. Diagnosis of the Argon Plasma in a PECVD Coating Machine

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    WANG Qing; BA Dechun; FENG Jian

    2008-01-01

    A Langmuir probe plasma diagnostic system was developed to measure the plasma parameters in a PECVD vacuum coating machine. The plasma was a capacitively coupled plasma (CCP) driven by a radio-frequency (RF) power supply. To avoid the disturbanqe of radio-frequency field on the Langmuir probe measurement, a passive compensation method was applied. This method allowed the 'dc' component to be passed and measured in the probe circuit. It was found that the electron temperature in the range from 2.7 eV to 6.4 eV decreased with the increase in RF power. The measured plasma density ranged from 8×1016 m-3 to 0.85×1015 m-3 and increased with the increase in RF power.

  4. Effect of neutral gas heating in argon radio frequency inductively coupled plasma

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    Heating of neutral gas in inductively coupled plasma (ICP) is known to result in neutral gas depletion. In this work, this effect is considered in the simulation of the magnetic field distribution of a 13.56 MHz planar coil ICP. Measured electron temperatures and densities at argon pressures of 0.03, 0.07 and 0.2 mbar were used in the simulation whilst neutral gas temperatures were heuristically fitted. The simulated results showed reasonable agreement with the measured magnetic field profile. (author)

  5. Two-dimensional ion velocity distribution functions in inductively coupled argon plasma

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    Zimmerman, David C [Optical Sciences Company, Anaheim, CA 92806 (United States); McWilliams, Roger [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697 (United States); Edrich, David A [Scientific Applications and Research Associates Inc., Cypress, CA 90630 (United States)

    2005-08-01

    Two-dimensional ion velocity distribution functions (IVDFs) of argon plasmas have been measured with optical tomography via laser-induced fluorescence (LIF). An inductive radio-frequency (RF) coil created the plasmas, and IVDFs were measured versus RF frequency, gas pressure and location (bulk plasma or presheath of a plate). Typical gas pressure was 0.3-0.4 mTorr, RF power 25 W and magnetic field 130 G. Effective perpendicular ion temperature decreased with increasing RF frequency, and changed little with pressure. Optical tomography reveals features of the presheath IVDF that cannot be deduced from LIF scans parallel and perpendicular to the plate alone. Progress also has been made toward performing optical tomography on a commercial ion beam source (Veeco/Ion Tech 3 cm RF Ion Source, Model no. 201). In particular, it has been discovered that the beam energy fluctuates in a range of about 20 eV over the timescale of a few minutes.

  6. Photoionized argon plasmas induced with intense soft x-ray and extreme ultraviolet pulses

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    Bartnik, A.; Wachulak, P.; Fok, T.; Węgrzyński, Ł.; Fiedorowicz, H.; Skrzeczanowski, W.; Pisarczyk, T.; Chodukowski, T.; Kalinowska, Z.; Dudzak, R.; Dostal, J.; Krousky, E.; Skala, J.; Ullschmied, J.; Hrebicek, J.; Medrik, T.

    2016-01-01

    In this work, photoionized plasmas were created by irradiation of gaseous argon with soft x-ray (SXR) and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) intense radiation pulses. Two different laser-produced plasma sources, employing a low energy Nd:YAG laser and a high energy iodine laser system (PALS), were used for creation of photoionized plasmas. In both cases the EUV or SXR beam irradiated the Ar stream, injected into a vacuum chamber synchronously with the radiation pulse. Emission spectra, measured for the Ar photoionized plasmas indicated strong differences in ionization degree for plasmas produced using low and high energy systems. In case of the the EUV driving pulses, emission lines corresponding to neutral atoms and singly charged ions were observed. In case of the SXR pulses utilized for the photoionized plasma creation, only Ar V-VIII emission lines were recorded. Additionally, electron density measurements were performed by laser interferometry employing a femtosecond laser system synchronized with the irradiating system. Maximum electron density for the Ar photoionized plasma, induced using the high energy system, reached 1.9 · 1018 cm-3. Interferometric measurements performed for the moment of maximum intensity of the main laser pulse (t  =  0) revealed no fringe shift. Detection limit for the interferometric measurements was estimated. It allowed to estimate the upper limit for electron density at t  =  0 as 5 · 1016 cm-3.

  7. The influence of C2H2 and dust formation on the time dependence of metastable argon density in pulsed plasmas

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    Stefanovic, Ilija; Sadeghi, Nader; Winter, Jörg

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Diode laser absorption at 772.38 nm is used to measure the time resolved density of Ar*(3 P 2) metastable atoms in a capacitively coupled radio-frequency (RF) discharge running in argon/acetylene mixture at 0.1 mbar. The RF power is pulsed at 100 Hz and the density of Ar*(3 P 2) atoms in the 5 ms ON time and in the afterglow are recorded. Different plasma conditions, namely: 1) pure argon, 2) argon + 7% acetylene before powder formation, 3) argon + 7% acetylene after dust particle...

  8. Surface modification of argon/oxygen plasma treated vulcanized ethylene propylene diene polymethylene surfaces for improved adhesion with natural rubber

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    Vulcanized ethylene propylene diene polymethylene (EPDM) rubber surface was treated in a radio frequency capacitatively coupled low pressure argon/oxygen plasma to improve adhesion with compounded natural rubber (NR) during co-vulcanization. The plasma modified surfaces were analyzed by means of contact angle measurement, surface energy, attenuated total reflection-infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray sulfur mapping and atomic force microscopy. Several experimental variables such as plasma power, length of exposure time and composition of the argon-oxygen gas mixture were considered. It was delineated that plasma treatment changed both surface composition and roughness, and consequently increased peel strength. The change in surface composition was mainly ascribed to the formation of C-O and -C=O functional groups on the vulcanized surfaces. A maximum of 98% improvement in peel strength was observed after plasma treatment.

  9. Argon metastable state densities in inductively coupled plasma in mixtures of Ar and O2

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    We have measured the densities of 1s5 and 1s3 argon metastables as a function of the abundance of molecular oxygen in an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) in mixtures of Ar and O2. Laser absorption spectroscopy was used to determine the densities of the metastables. It was found that even small abundances of oxygen lead to large increases in metastable density, mostly due to the reduction in the electron number density, since electron-induced quenching determines the metastable density. At abundances higher than 7% to 15% for powers between 50 and 150 W, quenching by oxygen molecules begins to dominate and the metastable density drops again.

  10. Spectroscopic characterization of a radio-frequency argon plasma jet discharge in ambient air

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    Cullen, P. J.; Milosavljević, V.

    2015-06-01

    This study includes a detailed experimental investigation of the spatial and temporal spectroscopic emission of an argon plasma jet discharge. The study is carried out in ambient air and quenching by inflowing air species is considered. The optical emission spectroscopy of neutral atomic spectral lines and molecular bands, over a range of plasma process parameters, is investigated. Wavelength-resolved argon optical emission profiles are used to monitor the electron energy distribution function and the density of argon metastable atoms. The experimental data indicates that the argon flow rate, in a confined open-air plasma discharge, limits the impact of molecular oxygen in the creation of oxygen radicals. The absolute calibrated emission spectra facilitate the possibility of standardization of the so-called plasma dose.

  11. Surface activation of polyethylene with an argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet: Influence of applied power and flow rate

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    Highlights: • Surface modification of polyethylene by an argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet. • Investigation of the influence of the applied power and argon flow rate. • Turbulence in the gas flow leads to a shorter afterglow. • Turbulence in the gas flow results in a lower wettability of the polyethylene. • Increasing the applied power increases the wettability of the polyethylene. - Abstract: Atmospheric pressure plasma technology offers attractive perspectives to alter the surface properties of polymers. Within this context, the surface modification of polyethylene (LDPE) by an argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) is profoundly investigated in this work. The influence of two different parameters (applied power and argon flow rate) on the plasma jet characteristics and the LDPE surface properties is examined in detail. In a first step, the APPJ is electrically and visually characterized and visual inspection of the afterglow clearly shows that mainly a variation in argon flow rate can result in a changing afterglow length. A maximum afterglow length is obtained at an argon flow rate of 1–1.25 slm, while higher gas flows result in turbulence leading to a shorter afterglow. Secondly, the surface modification of LDPE is examined using different analyzing techniques namely water contact angle (WCA) measurements for the wettability, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) for the chemical composition and atomic force microscopy (AFM) for the surface morphology determination. WCA measurements show that by increasing the applied power the wettability of the LDPE increases. Increasing the argon flow rate up to 1.25 slm gives a decrease in WCA value or in other words an increased wettability. From 1.25 slm on, an increase in argon flow rate during plasma treatment decreases the LDPE wettability as can be concluded from the increased WCA values. An increased wettability can be explained by the incorporation of oxygen moieties. By increasing the

  12. Surface activation of polyethylene with an argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet: Influence of applied power and flow rate

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    Van Deynse, A., E-mail: Annick.VanDeynse@ugent.be [Department Industrial Technology and Construction, Faculty of Engineering & Architecture, Ghent University, Valentin Vaerwyckweg 1, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Cools, P., E-mail: Pieter.Cools@ugent.be [Research Unit Plasma Technology (RUPT), Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Engineering & Architecture, Ghent University, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Leys, C., E-mail: Christophe.Leys@ugent.be [Research Unit Plasma Technology (RUPT), Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Engineering & Architecture, Ghent University, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); De Geyter, N., E-mail: Nathalie.DeGeyter@ugent.be [Research Unit Plasma Technology (RUPT), Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Engineering & Architecture, Ghent University, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Morent, R., E-mail: Rino.Morent@ugent.be [Research Unit Plasma Technology (RUPT), Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Engineering & Architecture, Ghent University, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, 9000 Ghent (Belgium)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • Surface modification of polyethylene by an argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet. • Investigation of the influence of the applied power and argon flow rate. • Turbulence in the gas flow leads to a shorter afterglow. • Turbulence in the gas flow results in a lower wettability of the polyethylene. • Increasing the applied power increases the wettability of the polyethylene. - Abstract: Atmospheric pressure plasma technology offers attractive perspectives to alter the surface properties of polymers. Within this context, the surface modification of polyethylene (LDPE) by an argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) is profoundly investigated in this work. The influence of two different parameters (applied power and argon flow rate) on the plasma jet characteristics and the LDPE surface properties is examined in detail. In a first step, the APPJ is electrically and visually characterized and visual inspection of the afterglow clearly shows that mainly a variation in argon flow rate can result in a changing afterglow length. A maximum afterglow length is obtained at an argon flow rate of 1–1.25 slm, while higher gas flows result in turbulence leading to a shorter afterglow. Secondly, the surface modification of LDPE is examined using different analyzing techniques namely water contact angle (WCA) measurements for the wettability, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) for the chemical composition and atomic force microscopy (AFM) for the surface morphology determination. WCA measurements show that by increasing the applied power the wettability of the LDPE increases. Increasing the argon flow rate up to 1.25 slm gives a decrease in WCA value or in other words an increased wettability. From 1.25 slm on, an increase in argon flow rate during plasma treatment decreases the LDPE wettability as can be concluded from the increased WCA values. An increased wettability can be explained by the incorporation of oxygen moieties. By increasing the

  13. Spectroscopic Characterization of a Radio-Frequency Argon Plasma Jet Discharge in Ambient Air

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    Cullen, Patrick; Milosavljevic, Vladimir

    2015-01-01

    This study includes a detailed experimental investigation of the spatial and temporal spectroscopic emission of an argon plasma jet discharge. The study is carried out in ambient air and quenching by inflowing air species is considered. The optical emission spectroscopy of neutral atomic spectral lines and molecular bands, over a range of plasma process parameters, is investigated. Wavelength-resolved argon optical emission profiles are used to monitor the electron energy distribution functio...

  14. Measurement of longitudinal electron diffusion in liquid argon

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    Li, Yichen; Tsang, Thomas; Thorn, Craig; Qian, Xin; Diwan, Milind; Joshi, Jyoti; Kettell, Steve; Morse, William; Rao, Triveni; Stewart, James; Tang, Wei; Viren, Brett

    2016-04-01

    We report the measurement of longitudinal electron diffusion coefficients in liquid argon for electric fields between 100 and 2000 V/cm with a gold photocathode as a bright electron source. The measurement principle, apparatus, and data analysis are described. In the region between 100 and 350 V/cm, our results show a discrepancy with the previous measurement [1]. In the region between 350 and 2000 V/cm, our results represent the world's best measurement. Over the entire measured electric field range, our results are systematically higher than the calculation of Atrazhev-Timoshkin [2]. The quantum efficiency of the gold photocathode, the drift velocity and longitudinal diffusion coefficients in gas argon are also presented.

  15. Exploring the electron density in plasma induced by EUV radiation: II. Numerical studies in argon and hydrogen

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    Astakhov, D. I.; Goedheer, W. J.; Lee, C. J.; Ivanov, V. V.; Krivtsun, V. M.; Koshelev, K. N.; Lopaev, D. V.; van der Horst, R. M.; Beckers, J.; Osorio, E. A.; Bijkerk, F.

    2016-07-01

    We used numerical modeling to study the evolution of EUV-induced plasmas in argon and hydrogen. The results of simulations were compared to the electron densities measured by microwave cavity resonance spectroscopy. It was found that the measured electron densities can be used to derive the integral amount of plasma in the cavity. However, in some regimes, the impact of the setup geometry, EUV spectrum, and EUV induced secondary emission should be taken into account. The influence of these parameters on the generated plasma and the measured electron density is discussed.

  16. Exploring the electron density in plasma induced by EUV radiation: II. Numerical studies in argon and hydrogen

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    Astakhov, D I; Lee, C J; Ivanov, V V; Krivtsun, V M; Koshelev, K N; Lopaev, D V; van der Horst, R M; Beckers, J; Osorio, E A; Bijkerk, F

    2016-01-01

    We used numerical modeling to study the evolution of EUV-induced plasmas in argon and hydrogen. The results of simulations were compared to the electron densities measured by microwave cavity resonance spectroscopy. It was found that the measured electron densities can be used to derive the integral amount of plasma in the cavity. However, in some regimes, the impact of the setup geometry, EUV spectrum, and EUV induced secondary emission should be taken into account. The influence of these parameters on the generated plasma and the measured electron density is discussed.

  17. Development of a diffuse air-argon plasma source using a dielectric-barrier discharge at atmospheric pressure

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    Tang Jie; Jiang Weiman; Zhao Wei; Wang Yishan; Li Shibo; Wang Haojing [State Key Laboratory of Transient Optics and Photonics, Xi' an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics of CAS, Xi' an 710119 (China); Duan Yixiang [State Key Laboratory of Transient Optics and Photonics, Xi' an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics of CAS, Xi' an 710119 (China); Research Center of Analytical Instrumentation, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China)

    2013-01-21

    A stable diffuse large-volume air plasma source was developed by using argon-induced dielectric-barrier discharges at atmospheric pressure. This plasma source can be operated in a filamentary discharge with the average areal power density of 0.27 W/cm{sup 2} and the gas temperature of 315{+-}3 K. Spatial measurement of emission spectrum and temperature indicates that this plasma is uniform in the central region along the transverse direction. It is also found that the formation of diffuse air plasma mainly lies in the creation of sufficient seed electrons by the Penning effect through collisions between two argon or nitrogen metastables at low electric fields.

  18. Plasma diagnostics by optical emission spectroscopy on argon and comparison with Thomson scattering

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    A novel optical emission spectroscopy (OES) technique for the determination of electron temperatures and densities in low-pressure argon discharges is compared with Thomson scattering (TS). The emission spectroscopy technique is based on the measurement of certain line ratios in argon and a collisional-radiative model (CRM) including metastable transport. The investigations are carried out in a planar inductively coupled neutral loop discharge (NLD) over a wide range of pressures, p = 0.05 Pa-5 Pa. This discharge is a weakly magnetized novel radio-frequency (rf) plasma source, proposed for plasma etching. The NLD is operated in pure argon at a frequency of f = 13.56 MHz and powers varied between P = 1 kW and 2 kW. Both diagnostics, OES and TS, are applied in parallel. The electron energy distribution functions obtained by TS are clearly Maxwellian at low pressures but exhibit a certain enhancement of the energetic tail at higher pressures. Electron densities and temperatures obtained by both diagnostic techniques are compared. Further, absolute numbers of the metastable densities derived from the measurement by the CRM are compared with earlier measurements under similar conditions. Excellent agreement is found throughout if depletion of the neutral gas density by increasing gas temperature and electron pressure is included in the CRM. Electron pressure is the dominant depletion mechanism at gas pressures p ≤ 0.1 Pa and rf powers P > 1 kW. There, the electron pressure exceeds more than 3 times the neutral pressure and the ionization degree approaches 7% while at pressures p > 1 Pa the degree of ionization is relatively low (-3) and neutral gas depletion is dominated by gas heating.

  19. Precision Mass Measurement of Argon Isotopes

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    2002-01-01

    % IS388\\\\ \\\\ A precision mass measurement of the neutron-deficient isotopes $^{32,33,34}$Ar is proposed. Mass values of these isotopes are of importance for: a) a stringent test of the Isobaric-Multiplet- Mass-Equation, b) a verification of the correctness of calculated charge-dependent corrections as used in super-allowed $\\beta$- decay studies aiming at a test of the CVC hypothesis, and c) the determination of the kinematics in electron-neutrino correlation experiments searching for scalar currents in weak interaction. The measurements will be carried out with the ISOLTRAP Penning trap mass spectrometer.

  20. Surface treatment of para-aramid fiber by argon dielectric barrier discharge plasma at atmospheric pressure

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    Highlights: ► We use DBD technique to modify the surface of Kelvar29 fibers. ► The changed parameters include treated power, time and argon flux. ► There exists an optimum experimental condition of plasma treatment. ► Adhesion and wettability properties of fibers are improved through plasma treatment. - Abstract: This paper is focused on influence of argon dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma on the adhesive performance and wettability of para-aramid fibers and three parameters including treated power, exposure time and argon flux were detected. The interfacial shear strength (IFSS) was greatly increased by 28% with 300 W, 60 s, 2 L min−1 argon flux plasma treatment. The content of oxygen atom and oxygen-containing polar functional groups were enhanced after the argon plasma treated, so as the surface roughness, which contributed to the improvement of surface wettability and the decrease of contact angle with water. However, long-time exposure, exorbitant power or overlarge argon flux could partly destroy the prior effects of the treatment and damage the mechanical properties of fibers to some degree.

  1. Plasma characteristics of argon glow discharge produced by AC power supply operating at low frequencies

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    Kongpiboolkid, Watcharapon; Mongkolnavin, Rattachat [Department of Physics, Facuty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (Thailand); Plasma Technology and Nuclear Fusion Research Unit, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (Thailand)

    2015-04-24

    Non-thermal properties of Argon glow discharge operating with various operating pressures were measured and presented in this work. The Argon plasma is produced by a parallel conducting electrodes coupling with a high voltage AC power supply. The power supply can generate high AC voltage at various frequencies. The frequencies for the operation are in the range of a few kHz. The system is capable of generating electric field between the two metal electrodes discharge system. The characteristics of plasma produced were measured by optical emission spectroscopy (OES) technique where electron temperature (T{sub e}) and electron number density (n{sub e}) can be determined by line intensity ratio method. The value of electron number density was then determined from the Saha-Eggert equation. Our results show that the electron number density of the discharge obtained is of the order of 10{sup −17} − 10{sup −18} m{sup −3} where the electron temperature is between 1.00−2.00 eV for various operating frequencies used which are in good agreement with similar results published earlier.

  2. Plasma characteristics of argon glow discharge produced by AC power supply operating at low frequencies

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    Non-thermal properties of Argon glow discharge operating with various operating pressures were measured and presented in this work. The Argon plasma is produced by a parallel conducting electrodes coupling with a high voltage AC power supply. The power supply can generate high AC voltage at various frequencies. The frequencies for the operation are in the range of a few kHz. The system is capable of generating electric field between the two metal electrodes discharge system. The characteristics of plasma produced were measured by optical emission spectroscopy (OES) technique where electron temperature (Te) and electron number density (ne) can be determined by line intensity ratio method. The value of electron number density was then determined from the Saha-Eggert equation. Our results show that the electron number density of the discharge obtained is of the order of 10−17 − 10−18 m−3 where the electron temperature is between 1.00−2.00 eV for various operating frequencies used which are in good agreement with similar results published earlier

  3. Method to determine argon metastable number density and plasma electron temperature from spectral emission originating from four 4p argon levels

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    Mariotti, Davide; Sasaki, Takeshi; Koshizaki, Naoto; 10.1063/1.2390631

    2010-01-01

    A simple model and method is proposed here to determine argon metastable number densities and electron temperature with the assumption of a Maxwell-Boltzmann electron energy distribution. This method is based on the availability of experimental relative emission intensities of only four argon lines that originate from any of the 4p argon levels. The proposed model has a relatively wide range of validity for laboratory plasmas that contain argon gas and can be a valuable tool for the emerging field of atmospheric microplasmas, for which diagnostics is still limited.

  4. Study of collisional and radiatif processes for atmospheric pressure argon plasma in stationary state and quenching

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    The positive column of a wall-stabilized arc burning in argon at atmospheric pressure is studied. In the first part, experimental values of electron and atom number densities are presented. They have been obtained in stationary state and during the arc decay by means of spectroscopy and two wavelengths laser interferometry measurements. The theoretical study has been developed with a collisional-radiative model coupled with the electron energy balance. Electron-ion recombination and ionization coefficients have been calculated solving rate equations. Then the model has been adapted for studying a stationary plasma and the calculated results are in good agreement with the experimental values. The theoretical study of the plasma decay has allowed us to determine the influence of recombination, ionization, diffusion and convection in the evolution of densities and temperatures. Temporal variations of the difference between electron temperature and gas temperature have been explained by analysing the electron energy balance

  5. Thermalization of electrons in decaying extreme ultraviolet photons induced low pressure argon plasma

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    Beckers, J.; van der Horst, R. M.; Osorio, E. A.; Kroesen, G. M. W.; Banine, V. Y.

    2016-06-01

    We monitored—in the pressure range: 0.5–15 Pa—the electron temperature in decaying plasmas induced in argon gas by pulsed irradiation with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) photons with wavelengths closely around 13.5 nm. For this purpose, temporal measurements of the space-averaged and electric field weighted electron density after pulsed EUV irradiation are combined with an ambipolar diffusion model of the plasma. Results demonstrate that electrons are thermalized to room temperature before the plasma has fully expanded to the chamber walls for pressures of 3 Pa and higher. At pressures below 3 Pa, the electron temperature was found to be up to 0.1 eV above room temperature which is explained by the fact that plasma expansion is too quick for the electrons to fully thermalize. The comparison between plasma expansion duration towards a surface, plasma decay at a surface and time needed for thermalization and cooling of electrons is essential for designers of EUV lithography tools and EUV sources since the temperature of electrons dictates many fundamental physical processes.

  6. Influence of argon plasma treatment on polyethersulphone surface

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    N L Singh; S M Pelagade; R S Rane; S Mukherjee; U P Deshpande; V Ganeshan; T Shripathi

    2013-01-01

    Polyethersulphone (PES) was modified to improve the hydrophilicity of its surface, which in turn helps in improving its adhesive property. The modified PES surface was characterized by contact angle measurement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Vicker’s microhardness measurement. The contact angles of the modified PES reduces from 49° to 10° for water. The surface free energy (SFE) calculated from measured contact angles increases from 66.3 to 79.5 mJ/m2 with the increase in plasma treatment time. The increase in SFE after plasma treatment is attributed to the functionalization of the polymer surface with hydrophilic groups. The XPS analysis shows that the ratio of O/C increases from 0.177 to 0.277 for modified PES polymer. AFM shows that the average surface roughness increases from 6.9 nm to 23.7 nm due to the increase in plasma treatment time. The microhardness of the film also increases with plasma treatment.

  7. Generation of uniform atmospheric pressure argon glow plasma by dielectric barrier discharge

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    Raju Bhai Tyata; Deepak Prasad Subedi; Rajendra Shrestha; Chiow San Wong

    2013-03-01

    In this paper, atmospheric pressure glow discharges (APGD) in argon generated in parallel plate dielectric barrier discharge system is investigated by means of electrical and optical measurements. Using a high voltage (0–20 kV) power supply operating at 10–30 kHz, homogeneous and steady APGD has been observed between the electrodes with gap spacing from 0.5 mm to 2 mm and with a dielectric barrier of thickness 2 mm while argon gas is fed at a controlled flow rate of 11/min. The electron temperature and electron density of the plasma are determined by means of optical emission spectroscopy. Our results show that the electron density of the discharge obtained is of the order of 1016 cm-3 while the electron temperature is estimated to be 0.65 eV. The important result is that electron density determined from the line intensity ratio method and stark broadening method are in very good agreement. The Lissajous figure is used to estimate the energy deposited to the glow discharge. It is found that the energy deposited to the discharge is in the range of 20 to 25 $\\$J with a discharge voltage of 1.85 kV. The energy deposited to the discharge is observed to be higher at smaller gas spacing. The glow discharge plasma is tested to be effective in reducing the hydrophobicity of polyethylene film significantly.

  8. Effects of metastable species in helium and argon atmospheric pressure plasma jets (APPJs) on inactivation of periodontopathogenic bacteria

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    Yoon, Sung-Young; Kim, Kyoung-Hwa; Seol, Yang-Jo; Kim, Su-Jeong; Bae, Byeongjun; Huh, Sung-Ryul; Kim, Gon-Ho

    2016-05-01

    The helium and argon have been widely used as discharge gases in atmospheric pressure plasma jets (APPJs) for bacteria inactivation. The APPJs show apparent different in bullet propagation speed and bacteria inactivation rate apparently vary with discharge gas species. This work shows that these two distinctive features of APPJs can be linked through one factor, the metastable energy level. The effects of helium and argon metastable species on APPJ discharge mechanism for reactive oxygen nitrogen species (RONS) generation in APPJs are investigated by experiments and numerical estimation. The discharge mechanism is investigated by using the bullet velocity from the electric field which is obtained with laser induced fluorescence (LIF) measurement. The measured electric field also applied on the estimation of RONS generation, as electron energy source term in numerical particle reaction. The estimated RONS number is verified by comparing NO and OH densities to the inactivation rate of periodontitis bacteria. The characteristic time for bacteria inactivation of the helium-APPJ was found to be 1.63 min., which is significantly less than that of the argon-APPJ, 12.1 min. In argon-APPJ, the argon metastable preserve the energy due to the lack of the Penning ionization. Thus the surface temperature increase is significantly higher than helium-APPJ case. It implies that the metastable energy plays important role in both of APPJ bullet propagation and bacteria inactivation mechanism.

  9. Spectroscopic Characterization of Post-Cluster Argon Plasmas During the Blast Wave Expansion

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    In this work we present temperature diagnostics of an expanding laser-produced argon plasma. A short-pulse (35fs) laser with an intensity of I = 1017W/cm2 deposits ∼ 100 mJ of energy into argon clusters. This generates a hot plasma filament that develops into a cylindrically expanding shock. We develop spectral diagnostics for the temperatures of the argon plasma in the shock region and the preionized region ahead of the shock. A collisional-radiative model is applied to explore line intensity ratios derived from Ar II - Ar IV spectra that are sensitive to temperatures in a few eV range. The results of hydrodynamic simulations are employed to derive a time dependent radiative transport calculation that generates the theoretical emission spectra from the expanding plasma

  10. Prediction of radiative heat transfer in argon arc plasmas using the method of partial characteristics

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    Aubrecht, Vladimír

    Brno : VUT, 2003, s. 13-16 ISBN 80-214-2307-2. [Symposium on Physics of Switching Arc /15./. Brno (CZ), 22.09.2003-26.09.2003] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA102/03/0813 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2076919 Keywords : plasma radiation * argon arc Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  11. Simulations of geometrically pinched argon plasmas using an extended one-dimensional model

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    K.T.A.L. Burm,; W. J. Goedheer,; D.C. Schram,

    2001-01-01

    The subject of this paper is the modelling of a wall-stabilized cylinder symmetric cascaded are which is to be used as a high-density plasma source. To enhance the ion flux emerging from cascaded are argon plasmas the confining wall can be changed into a nozzle geometry. Such pinched geometries incr

  12. Experimental characterization of an argon laminar plasma jet at atmospheric pressure

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    This paper deals with a dc laminar pure argon plasma jet operating at atmospheric pressure in ambient air that was experimentally studied in order to obtain temperature and velocity. Plasma jet temperature was evaluated by optical emission spectroscopy and the plasma jet velocity was determined by various methods using a pressure sensor. It is shown that the maximum plasma jet temperature is 15 000 K and the maximum plasma jet velocity is 250 m s-1 at the plasma jet centre. Finally, a study of the ambient air amount entrained into the plasma jet is presented.

  13. Experimental characterization of an argon laminar plasma jet at atmospheric pressure

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    Langlois-Bertrand, Emilie; De Izarra, Charles, E-mail: charles.de_izarra@univ-orleans.fr [Groupe de Recherche sur l' Energetique des Milieux Ionises, UMR6606 Universite d' Orleans - CNRS, Faculte des Sciences, Site de Bourges, rue Gaston Berger, BP 4043, 18028 BOURGES Cedex (France)

    2011-10-19

    This paper deals with a dc laminar pure argon plasma jet operating at atmospheric pressure in ambient air that was experimentally studied in order to obtain temperature and velocity. Plasma jet temperature was evaluated by optical emission spectroscopy and the plasma jet velocity was determined by various methods using a pressure sensor. It is shown that the maximum plasma jet temperature is 15 000 K and the maximum plasma jet velocity is 250 m s{sup -1} at the plasma jet centre. Finally, a study of the ambient air amount entrained into the plasma jet is presented.

  14. Influence of Additive Gas on Electrical and Optical Characteristics of Non-equilibrium Atmospheric Pressure Argon Plasma Jet

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    Electrical and optical properties of an argon plasma jet were characterized. In particular, effects of an additive gas, namely nitrogen or oxygen, on these properties were studied in detail. The plasma jet was found to be of a glow-like discharge, which scarcely changed upon the injection of an additive gas, either directly or through a glass capillary. Optical emission spectroscopy characterization revealed that excited argon atoms were the predominant active species in this plasma jet. Metastable argon atoms were highly quenched, and N2(C3Πu) became the main energy carrier following nitrogen injection. When oxygen was added to the afterglow zone through a glass capillary, no significant quenching effect was observed and the number of oxygen atoms decreased with the increase in oxygen concentration. Finally, to demonstrate an application of this plasma jet, a high-density polyethylene surface was treated with argon, argon/nitrogen, and argon/oxygen plasmas.

  15. Power dissipation, gas temperatures and electron densities of cold atmospheric pressure helium and argon RF plasma jets

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    A set of diagnostic methods to obtain the plasma parameters including power dissipation, gas temperature and electron density is evaluated for an atmospheric pressure helium or argon radio frequency (RF) plasma needle for biomedical applications operated in open air. The power density of the plasma is more or less constant and equal to 1.3 × 109 W m−3. Different methods are investigated and evaluated to obtain the gas temperature. In this paper the gas temperatures obtained by rotational spectra of OH(A–X) and N2+ (B–X) are compared with Rayleigh scattering measurements and measurements of the line broadening of hydrogen and helium emission lines. The obtained gas temperature ranges from 300 to 650 K, depending on the gas. The electron densities are estimated from the Stark broadening of the hydrogen α and β lines which yield values between 1019 and 1020 m−3. In the case of helium, this is an overestimate as is shown by a power balance from the measured power density in the plasma jet. The obtained plasma parameters enable us to explain the radial contraction of the argon plasma compared with the more diffuse helium plasma. The accuracy of all considered diagnostics is discussed in detail.

  16. An Experimental Study of the Drag Force on a Cylinder Exposed to an Argon Thermal Plasma Cross Flow

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    XinTao; XiChen; 等

    1992-01-01

    Experimental data are presented concerning the drag force on a cylinder exposed to an argon plasma cross flow with temperatures about 104 K and velocities about 102 m/s.Using a method of sweeping a cylindrical probe across an argon plasma jet,the total drag force on the cylinder can be measured as a function of the lateral distance of cylindrical probe with respect to the plasma-jet axis.Through the Abel inversion,the drag force for per unit of cylinderlength and thus the drag coefflcient of cylinder have been measured under plasma conditions and compared with the values obtained from the standard drag curve of the cylinder in an isothermal flow.Experimental results show that the measured grag forces are always less than their counterparts read from the standard drag curve with the smae Reynolds numbers based on the oncoming plasma properties.Thew drag force on the cylinder exoposed to a thermal plasma flow is shown to be approximately proportional to the square root of cylinder diameter in the present experiment and it increases slightly proportional to the square root of cylinder diameter in the present experiment and if increases slightly with increasing surface temperature of the cylinder,.It is also shown that applying a voltage between the drag prode and the anode of the plasma jet generator has little effect on the drag force of cylinder under the experimental conditions.The drag force on a cylinder with finite length exposed to an argon plasma with the axis parallel to the plams jet is independent of ration of cylinder length to its dismeter L/d for the cases when L/d≤1.

  17. Laser light scattering from silicon particles generated in an argon diluted silane plasma

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    Qin, Y.; Kortshagen, U. R.; Aydil, E. S.

    2016-03-01

    We conducted laser light scattering (LLS) measurements in a 13.56 MHz capacitively coupled dusty plasma maintained in silane and argon to study the spatial distribution of silicon nanoparticles and nanoparticle agglomerates. Specifically, we focused on the temporal evolution of their spatial distribution in the plasma as a function of pressure and power. We observed three distinct types of temporal evolution behavior of the nanoparticle dust cloud in the plasma and classified these into three regimes based on pressure and power. Each regime features a distinct pattern in laser light scattering measurements. At low pressures (˜80-100 mTorr) and high powers (˜40-60 W) we observed periodically repeating expansions and contractions of a continuous dust cloud for the first time. Dust voids, which have been reported before, were also observed at high pressures (˜100-150 mTorr) and low powers (˜20-40 W) in the center of the plasma. A mechanism is proposed to explain the observed dynamics of the nanoparticles. The balance between the ion drag force and electrostatic forces and their dependence on particle size are hypothesized to be the dominant factors that determine the nanoparticle cloud dynamics.

  18. Atmospheric Pressure Cold Argon/Oxygen Plasma Jet Assisted by Preionization of Syringe Needle Electrode

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    An atmospheric pressure nonequilibrium argon/oxygen plasma jet assisted by the preionization of syringe needle electrode discharge is reported. With the syringe needle plasma as its pre-ionization source, the hybrid barrier-jet was shown to generate uniform discharge with a lower breakdown voltage and a relatively low gas temperature varying from 390 K to 440 K, even when the vol.% oxygen in argon was up to 6%. Utilizing the actinometry method, the concentration of atomic oxygen was estimated to be about in an orders of magnitude of 1017 cm-3. The argon/oxygen plasma jet was then employed to clean out heat transfer oil, with a maximum cleaning rate of 0.1 mm/s achieved.

  19. Modeling and simulation of ion-filtered inductively coupled plasma using argon plasma

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    An ion-filtered inductively coupled plasma (IF-ICP) is proposed to reduce ion bombardment and provide high metastable species density for chemical vapor deposition. Argon plasma, which has simple reaction mechanism, is simulated to show the effects of ion filter. Compared to typical ICP, the maximum density of ions of IF-ICP is lower while that of metastable species is higher. The filter can absorb ions effectively and relatively small amount of metastable species, with the absorption coefficient proportional to its surface area. A proper gap between filter and substrate can achieve more metastable species and less ions on the substrate. The pressure and RF power need to be optimized based on the tradeoff between deposition rate and ion damage. The density of ions on the substrate can be reduced by two orders of magnitude while that of metastable species are maintained in the order of 1017 m-3 under the optimized conditions. (author)

  20. Structural characteristics of copper/hydrogenated amorphous carbon composite films prepared by microwave plasma-assisted deposition processes from methane-argon and acetylene-argon gas mixtures

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    Copper/hydrogenated amorphous carbon (Cu/a-C:H) composite films have been deposited on silicon substrates by a hybrid technique combining microwave plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition and sputter-deposition from methane-argon and acetylene-argon gas mixtures. The major objective of this work was to investigate the effect of the carbon gas precursor on the structural characteristics of Cu/a-C:H composite films deposited at ambient temperature. The major characteristics of CH4-argon and C2H2-argon plasmas were analyzed by Langmuir probe measurements. The composition of films was determined by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, energy recoil detection analyses and nuclear reaction analyses. The carbon content in the films was observed to vary in the range 20-77 at.% and 7.5-99 at.% as the CH4 and C2H2 concentrations in the gas phase increased from 10 to 100%, respectively. The atom number ratio H/C in the films was scattered approximately 0.4 whatever the carbon gas precursor used. The crystallographic structure and the size of copper crystallites incorporated in the a-C were determined by X-ray diffraction techniques. The copper crystallite size decreased from 20 nm in pure copper films to less than 5 nm in Cu/a-C:H films containing more than 40 at.% of carbon. Grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering measurements were performed to investigate the size distribution and distance of copper crystallites as functions of the deposition parameters. The structural characteristics of copper crystallites were dependent on the hydrocarbon gas precursor used. The crystallite size and the width of the size distribution were homogeneous in films deposited from CH4. Copper crystallites with an anisotropic shape were found in films deposited from C2H2. The major radicals formed in the plasma and condensed on the surface of growing films, namely CH and C2H radicals for films produced from CH4 and C2H2, respectively, play probably a crucial role in the growth

  1. Influence of Non-equilibrium Effects on Plasma Property Functions in Hybrid Water-Argon Plasma Torch

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    Křenek, Petr; Hrabovský, Milan

    Patras : University of Patras Plasma Technology Lab, 2008. s. 97-97. ISBN N. [Biennial European Plasma Conference HTTP-10/10th./. 07.07.2008-11.07.2008, Patras] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/08/1084 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : hybrid water-argon plasma torch * plasma property functions * thermophysical properties of non-isothermal plasmas * non-isothermal plasma composition * non-isothermal thermodynamic properties Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  2. Graphite Nanostructures Produce in the Acetilene, Argon-Acetylene and Argon-Hydrogen-Acetylene Plasmas

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    Grigonis A.; Marcinauskas L.; Carnauskas M.; Kaliasas R.

    2012-01-01

    The amorphous carbon films were deposited on silicon-metal substrates by plasma jet chemical vapor deposition (PJCVD) and plasma enchanted CVD (PECVD). PJCVD carbon coatings have been prepared at atmospheric pressure in Ar/ C2H2 and Ar/H2/C2H2 mixtures. The films prepared in Ar/C2H2 plasma are at-tributed to graphite-like carbon films. Addition of the hydrogen decreases growth rate and the surface roughness of the coatings, but coatings have low fraction of oxygen (~5 at.%) The formation of t...

  3. Investigation of supercapacitors with carbon electrodes obtained from argon-acetylene arc plasma

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    Kavaliauskas, Žydrūnas

    2010-01-01

    The dissertation examines topics related to the formation of supercapacitors using plasma technology and their analysis. Plasma spray technology was used to form supercapacitors electrodes. Carbon was deposited on stainless steel surface using the atmospheric pressure argon-acetylene plasma. The deposition of nickel oxide on the surface of carbon electrodes was made using magnetron sputtering method. The influence of acetylene amount to the supercapacitors electrodes and the electrical charac...

  4. Shifts in plasmon resonance due to charging of a nanodisk array in argon plasma

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    Ian Lapsley, Michael; Shahravan, Anaram; Hao, Qingzhen; Krishna Juluri, Bala; Giardinelli, Stephen; Lu, Mengqian; Zhao, Yanhui; Chiang, I-Kao; Matsoukas, Themis; Jun Huang, Tony

    2012-01-01

    A method for generating charge-induced plasmonic shifts, using argon plasma to charge nanoparticle arrays, is presented. Particles develop a negative charge, due to enhanced collisions with high-temperature electrons, in low-temperature plasmas. The negative charge generated causes a blue shift in the localized surface plasmon resonance. The dynamics of the shift were recorded and discussed. This effect could be used as a real-time method for studying the dynamics for charging in plasma.

  5. Shifts in plasmon resonance due to charging of a nanodisk array in argon plasma

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    Ian Lapsley, Michael; Shahravan, Anaram; Hao, Qingzhen; Krishna Juluri, Bala; Giardinelli, Stephen; Lu, Mengqian; Zhao, Yanhui; Chiang, I-Kao; Matsoukas, Themis; Jun Huang, Tony

    2012-01-01

    A method for generating charge-induced plasmonic shifts, using argon plasma to charge nanoparticle arrays, is presented. Particles develop a negative charge, due to enhanced collisions with high-temperature electrons, in low-temperature plasmas. The negative charge generated causes a blue shift in the localized surface plasmon resonance. The dynamics of the shift were recorded and discussed. This effect could be used as a real-time method for studying the dynamics for charging in plasma. PMID:22454552

  6. Study of a contracted glow in low-frequency plasma-jet discharges operating with argon

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    In this work, we present an experimental and theoretical study of a low frequency, atmospheric plasma-jet discharge in argon. The discharge has the characteristics of a contracted glow with a current channel of submillimeter diameter and a relatively high voltage cathode layer. In order to interpret the measurements, we consider the separate modeling of each region of the discharge: main channel and cathode layer, which must then be properly matched together. The main current channel was modeled, extending a previous work, as similar to an arc in which joule heating is balanced by lateral heat conduction, without thermal equilibrium between electrons and heavy species. The cathode layer model, on the other hand, includes the emission of secondary electrons by ion impact and by additional mechanisms, of which we considered emission due to collision of atoms excited at metastable levels, and field-enhanced thermionic emission (Schottky effect). The comparison of model and experiment indicates that the discharge can be effectively sustained in its contracted form by the secondary electrons emitted by collision of excited argon atoms, whereas thermionic emission is by far insufficient to provide the necessary electrons

  7. Study of a contracted glow in low-frequency plasma-jet discharges operating with argon

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    Minotti, F.; Giuliani, L.; Xaubet, M.; Grondona, D. [Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, C1428EHA, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Instituto de Física del Plasma (INFIP), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Universidad de Buenos Aires - UBA, C1428EHA, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2015-11-15

    In this work, we present an experimental and theoretical study of a low frequency, atmospheric plasma-jet discharge in argon. The discharge has the characteristics of a contracted glow with a current channel of submillimeter diameter and a relatively high voltage cathode layer. In order to interpret the measurements, we consider the separate modeling of each region of the discharge: main channel and cathode layer, which must then be properly matched together. The main current channel was modeled, extending a previous work, as similar to an arc in which joule heating is balanced by lateral heat conduction, without thermal equilibrium between electrons and heavy species. The cathode layer model, on the other hand, includes the emission of secondary electrons by ion impact and by additional mechanisms, of which we considered emission due to collision of atoms excited at metastable levels, and field-enhanced thermionic emission (Schottky effect). The comparison of model and experiment indicates that the discharge can be effectively sustained in its contracted form by the secondary electrons emitted by collision of excited argon atoms, whereas thermionic emission is by far insufficient to provide the necessary electrons.

  8. Quantitative shadowgraphy on a laminar argon plasma jet at atmospheric pressure

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    This paper deals with the diagnostics of a dc laminar argon plasma jet operating at atmospheric pressure in ambient air using three techniques. Through the pumping effect of ambient air by the laminar jet, it is possible to observe the UV OH spectrum at 306.357 nm (transition A 2Σ, ν = 0 → X 2Π, ν′ = 0) and to perform emission spectroscopy in order to find the OH rotational temperature close to the thermodynamic temperature of the gas. In addition, measurements of the refractive index are made by considering two different methods: optical interferometry and quantitative shadowgraphy. It is shown that the temperatures obtained by the three diagnostics techniques are very close. (paper)

  9. Exploring the electron density in plasmas induced by extreme ultraviolet radiation in argon

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    van der Horst, R. M.; Beckers, J.; Osorio, E. A.; Banine, V. Y.

    2015-07-01

    The new generation of lithography tools use high energy EUV radiation which ionizes the present background gas due to photoionization. To predict and understand the long term impact on the highly delicate mirrors, it is essential to characterize these kinds of EUV-induced plasmas. We measured the electron density evolution in argon gas during and just after irradiation by a short pulse of EUV light at 13.5 nm by applying microwave cavity resonance spectroscopy. Dependencies on EUV pulse energy and gas pressure have been explored over a range relevant for industrial applications. Our experimental results show that the maximum reached electron density depends linearly on pulse energy. A quadratic dependence caused by photoionization and subsequent electron impact ionization by free electrons is found from experiments where the gas pressure is varied. This is demonstrated by our theoretical estimates presented in this manuscript as well.

  10. CFD Simulation of a Hydrogen/Argon Plasma Jet Reactor for Coal Pyrolysis

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    CHEN H. G.; XIE K. C.

    2004-01-01

    A Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model was formulated for DC arc hydrogen/argon plasma jet reactors used in the process of the thermal H2/Ar plasma pyrolysis of coal to acetylene. In this model, fluid flow, convective heat transfer and conjugate heat conductivity are considered simultaneously. The error caused by estimating the inner-wall temperature of a reactor is avoided. The thermodynamic and transport properties of the hydrogen/argon mixture plasma system, which are usually expressed by a set of discrete dats, are fitted into expressions that can be easily implemented in the program. The effects of the turbulence are modeled by two standard k-s equations. The temperature field and velocity field in the plasma jet reactor were calculated by employing SIMPLEST algorithm. The knowledge and insight obtained are useful for the design improvement and scale-up of plasma reactors.

  11. The Effect of SF6 dilution in an Argon plasma

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    Koirala, Sudip; Gordon, Matt

    2010-02-01

    Plasma etching is widely used in semiconductor industries. There have been extensive studies in the dilution of rare gases; however, limited studies are found in the dilution of electronegative gases. In this work, SF6 content is varied from 5% to 60% in an Ar plasma in a deep reactive ion etching system. A Langmuir probe is used to measure electron temperature (Te), electron density (ne), and electron energy distribution function (eedf). Te decreases monotonically with increasing SF6 at first, and then increases for SF6 content greater than 20%. This increase is attributed to the loss of low energy electrons in attachment and high energy electrons in excitation and ionization. As the content of SF6 is increased above 20%, the dissociation of SF6 increases and most of the low energy electrons are lost in attachment and hence the average electron temperature increases. ne decreases by an order of magnitude as the SF6 dilution is increased from 5% to 60%. eedf shows that the distribution shifts towards high energy with the increase of SF6 content, which is because of the depletion of low energy electrons. )

  12. Electron Temperature Control in Inductively Coupled Nitrogen Plasmas by Adding Argon/Helium

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    康正德; 蒲以康

    2002-01-01

    A new technique, adding argon or helium into nitrogen plasma, has been used to regulate the electron temperature in an inductively coupled plasma. The electron temperature is determined by analysing the intensity ratio of two nitrogen spectrum lines. The results show that, when the total pressure is 0.7Pa, the electron temperature increases with the increase of the He partial pressure in He/N2 plasma, but the electron temperature decreases with the increase of the Ar partial pressure in Ar/N2 plasma. The regulation effect of electron temperature is weaker in higher pressure N2/He plasma of 2.6Pa.

  13. Ionic Wind Phenomenon and Charge Carrier Mobility in Very High Density Argon Corona Discharge Plasma

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    Nur, M.; Bonifaci, N.; Denat, A.

    2014-04-01

    Wind ions phenomenon has been observed in the high density argon corona discharge plasma. Corona discharge plasma was produced by point to plane electrodes and high voltage DC. Light emission from the recombination process was observed visually. The light emission proper follow the electric field lines that occur between point and plane electrodes. By using saturation current, the mobilities of non-thermal electrons and ions have been obtained in argon gas and liquid with variation of density from 2,5 1021 to 2 1022 cm-3. In the case of ions, we found that the behaviour of the apparent mobility inversely proportional to the density or follow the Langevin variation law. For non-thermal electron, mobility decreases and approximately follows a variation of Langevin type until the density <= 0,25 the critical density of argon.

  14. Effects of water addition on OH radical generation and plasma properties in an atmospheric argon microwave plasma jet

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    Srivastava, Nimisha; Wang Chuji [Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Energy Institute, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762 (United States)

    2011-09-01

    Water vapor was added to the feeding gas of a continuous atmospheric argon (Ar) microwave plasma jet to study its influence on plasma shape, plasma gas temperature, and OH radical concentrations. The plasma jet was created by a 2.45 GHz microwave plasma source operating at constant power of 104 W with H{sub 2}O-Ar mixture flow rate of 1.7 standard liter per minute (slm). With an increase in the H{sub 2}O/Ar ratio from 0.0 to 1.9%, the plasma jet column length decreased from 11 mm to 4 mm, and the plasma jet became unstable when the ratio was higher than 1.9%; elevation of plasma gas temperature up to 330 K was observed in the plasma temperature range of 420-910 K. Optical emission spectroscopy showed that the dominant plasma emissions changed from N{sub 2} in the pure Ar plasma jet to OH with the addition of water vapor, and simulations of emission spectra suggested non-Boltzmann distribution of the rotational levels in the OH A-state (v'=0). Spatially resolved absolute OH number densities along the plasma jet axis were measured using UV cavity ringdown spectroscopy of the OH (A-X) (0-0) band in the H{sub 2}O/Ar ratio range of 0.0-1.9%. The highest OH number density is consistently located in the vicinity of the plasma jet tip, regardless of the H{sub 2}O/Ar ratio. OH number density in the post-tip region follows approximately an exponential decay along the jet axis with the fastest decay constant of 3.0 mm in the H{sub 2}O/Ar ratio of 1.5%. Given the low gas temperature of 420-910 K and low electron temperature of 0.5-5 eV along the jet axis, formation of the OH radical is predominantly due to electron impact induced dissociation of H{sub 2}O and dissociative recombination of H{sub 2}O{sup +} resulting from the Penning ionization process.

  15. Effect of Fast Curing Lights, Argon Laser, and Plasma Arc on Bond Strengths of Orthodontic Brackets: An In Vitro Study

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    M. Hashem-Hoseini

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Nowadays light-cured composites are used widely by orthodontists to bond brackets. As these composites require 20-40 seconds time per tooth to be light cured, more chair-time in needed compared to self-cured composites. In recent years, the argon laser and plasma arc lights have been introduced in dentistry to reduce this curing time. The purpose of this study was to compare bond strength of brackets bonded with the argon la-ser and plasma arc light with those bonded with the conventional halogen light.Materials and Methods: Fifty-one intact human premolars were randomly divided into three groups of 17 teeth each. Stainless steel twin premolar brackets (018- in Dyna lock, 3M Unitek were bonded to the teeth using one of these curing devices in each group: the halogen unit (Coltolux 75, Switzerland, the argon laser unit (Bo-5, Iran , and the plasma arc unit (Remecure 15, Belgium. The orthodontic adhesive was the same in the three groups (Transbond XT, 3M Unitek. After thermal cycling, the diametral tensilebond strength of specimens was measured using a debonding plier in a Zwick Universal Testing machine (Z/100, Germany.Results: The mean bond strengths was 17.344 MPa (SD=4.567 for halogen 19.172 MPa(SD=6.328 for laser and 19.322 MPa (SD=4.036 for plasma arc groups. No statistically significant difference existed in the mean bond strengths among three groups.Conclusion: Argon laser lights, significantly reducing the curing time of orthodonticbrackets without affecting bond strength, have the potential to be considered as advanta-geous alternatives to conventional halogen light.

  16. Spatial characterization of laser induced Yb plasma in argon using optical emission spectroscopy: Pressure effect

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    Highlights: • Laser induced Yb plasma at different pressure of Argon is spatially investigated. • O-TOF profiles and excitation temperature are used to characterize the plasma. • At 100 Pa of argon background gas, shock wave begins to be formed. • Drag force expansion describes the plasma propagation at pressures bigger than 1 Pa. • Two components of velocity distribution of the Yb atoms are estimated. - Abstract: Spatial and temporal behavior of laser induced Ytterbium plasma plume is studied using optical emission spectroscopy technique. A third harmonic Nd:YAG nanosecond laser was used to generate Yb plasma plume at different Argon background pressures (1, 10, 102, 103 and 104 Pa). The plasma dynamics was investigated based on the spatial behavior of the excitation temperature coupled with optical time of flight (O-TOF) profiles of neutral Yb emission line (555.65 nm) along the propagation axe of the plasma plume. Drag force model was appropriate to describe the propagation dynamics at all pressures except of the lowest one (1 Pa) where free expansion model is dominant. The velocity distribution of Yb I atoms were extracted using two terms of Shifted Maxwell–Boltzmann (SMB) distribution. The correlation between the spatial comportment of both excitation temperature and O-TOF profiles is discussed

  17. Systematic studies of covalent functionalization of carbon nanotubes via argon plasma-assisted UV grafting

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    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with 1-vinylimidazole species covalently attached to their sidewalls and end caps have been prepared by ultraviolet (UV) irradiation in 1-vinylimidazole monomer. This process can be greatly assisted by argon (Ar) plasma pretreatment, which generates more defect sites at the tube ends and sidewalls acting as the active sites for the subsequent UV grafting of 1-vinylimidazole molecules. The effects of total deposited energy of Ar plasma treatment, either by change of treatment time or discharge power, on the functionalization degree and structural morphology of the resulting nanotubes are systematically studied. By control of the Ar plasma treatment time within 5 min at the discharge power of 200 W, no visible chopping of the functionalized SWNTs was observed. Under this advised optimum processing condition, the functionalization degree, estimated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurement, is as high as around 26 wt% 1-vinylimidazole molecules grafted onto the nanotubes. This method may be extended to other reactive vinyl monomers and offers another diverse way of covalent functionalization of SWNTs

  18. Studies on surface graft polymerization of acrylic acid onto PTFE film by remote argon plasma initiation

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    The graft polymerization of acrylic acid (AAc) was carried out onto poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) films that had been pretreated with remote argon plasma and subsequently exposed to oxygen to create peroxides. Peroxides are known to be the species responsible for initiating the graft polymerization when PTFE reacts with AAc. We chose different parameters of remote plasma treatment to get the optimum condition for introducing maximum peroxides (2.87 x 10-11 mol/cm2) on the surface. The influence of grafted reaction conditions on the grafting degree was investigated. The maximum grafting degree was 25.2 μg/cm2. The surface microstructures and compositions of the AAc grafted PTFE film were characterized with the water contact angle meter, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Contact angle measurements revealed that the water contact angle decreased from 108o to 41o and the surface free energy increased from 22.1 x 10-5 to 62.1 x 10-5 N cm-1 by the grafting of the AAc chains. The hydrophilicity of the PTFE film surface was greatly enhanced. The time-dependent activity of the grafted surface was better than that of the plasma treated film

  19. Influence of acoustic waves on Radiation Spectra of Argon Gas-discharge Plasma

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    Aramyan, A R

    2002-01-01

    It is shown that under the definite regime of interaction of the acoustic waves with low-temperature, partially ionized plasma it is possible to change the intensity of some spectral lines of atomic argon. It is shown also, that the dependence of the intensities of these spectral lines on the intensity of the acoustic wave has a hysteresis behavior.

  20. INDUCTIVELY COUPLED ARGON PLASMA AS AN ION SOURCE FOR MASS SPECTROMETRIC DETERMINATION OF TRACE ELEMENTS

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    Solution aerosols are injected into an inductively coupled argon plasma (ICP) to generate a relatively high number density of positive ions derived from elemental constituents. A small fraction of these ions is extracted through a sampling orifice into a differentially pumped vac...

  1. Effect of hydrogen addition on the deposition of titanium nitride thin films in nitrogen added argon magnetron plasma

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    Saikia, P.; Bhuyan, H.; Diaz-Droguett, D. E.; Guzman, F.; Mändl, S.; Saikia, B. K.; Favre, M.; Maze, J. R.; Wyndham, E.

    2016-06-01

    The properties and performance of thin films deposited by plasma assisted processes are closely related to their manufacturing techniques and processes. The objective of the current study is to investigate the modification of plasma parameters occurring during hydrogen addition in N2  +  Ar magnetron plasma used for titanium nitride thin film deposition, and to correlate the measured properties of the deposited thin film with the bulk plasma parameters of the magnetron discharge. From the Langmuir probe measurements, it was observed that the addition of hydrogen led to a decrease of electron density from 8.6 to 6.2  ×  (1014 m‑3) and a corresponding increase of electron temperature from 6.30 to 6.74 eV. The optical emission spectroscopy study reveals that with addition of hydrogen, the density of argon ions decreases. The various positive ion species involving hydrogen are found to increase with increase of hydrogen partial pressure in the chamber. The thin films deposited were characterized using standard surface diagnostic tools such as x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy (RS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Although it was possible to deposit thin films of titanium nitride with hydrogen addition in nitrogen added argon magnetron plasma, the quality of the thin films deteriorates with higher hydrogen partial pressures.

  2. Radiation Fluxes in SF6 and Argon Arc Plasmas

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    Aubrecht, Vladimír; Bartlová, M.

    Vol. I. Minsk : Trovant (Trojsk), 2000, s. 212-215. ISBN 5-89513-04-8. [International Conference on Plasma Physics and Plasma Technology (PPPT-3) /3./. Minsk (BY), 18.09.2000-22.09.2000] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA102/00/1586 Institutional research plan: CEZ:MSM 262200010 Keywords : fluxes * radiation Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  3. Enthalpy Probe Diagnostics of Steam/Argon Plasma Jet

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    Hlína, Michal; Hrabovský, Milan

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 2, č. 2 (2015), s. 142-145. ISSN 2336-2626. [Symposium on Physics of Switching Arc/21./. Nové Město na Moravě, 07.09.2015-11.09.2015] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-19444S Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : enthalpy probe * thermal plasma * plasma diagnostics Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics http://fyzika.feld.cvut.cz/misc/ppt/ articles .html

  4. Experimental investigation of MHD impact on argon plasma flows by variation of magnetic flux density

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    Knapp, A.; Fulge, Hannes; Herdrich, Georg; Ono, N.; Wernitz, Ricarda; AUWETER-KURTZ, Monika; Röser, Hans-Peter; Fasoulas, Stefanos

    2012-01-01

    The interaction between a probe body and argon plasma flow is investigated to examine to what extent the probe head temperature and the bow shock distance can be influenced by applying a strong magnetic field. The experiments are performed using a strong permanent magnet installed inside a probe body with a spherical, coated probe head. Former investigations showed strong influence on the bow shock geometry but also on the inflow plasma jet. Several boundary conditions have been varied to eva...

  5. Thermodynamic diagrams for high temperature plasmas of air, air-carbon, carbon-hydrogen mixtures, and argon

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    Kroepelin, H; Hoffmann, K-U

    2013-01-01

    Thermodynamic Diagrams for High Temperature Plasmas of Air, Air-Carbon, Carbon-Hydrogen Mixtures, and Argon provides information relating to the properties of equilibrium gas plasmas formed from hydrocarbons, from air without argon, from pure argon, and from mixtures of air and carbon at various compositions, temperatures and pressures. The data are presented in graphical rather than tabular form to provide a clearer picture of the plasma processes investigated. This book is composed of four chapters, and begins with the introduction to the characteristics of plasmas, with emphasis on their th

  6. Emission Spectroscopy of OH Radical in Water-Argon Arc Plasma Jet

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    Alan Mašláni; Viktor Sember

    2014-01-01

    Emission spectra of OH radical are studied in the plasma jet generated by a plasma torch with hybrid water-argon stabilization. Plasma jet is located in a chamber with pressures 4 kPa and 10 kPa. In spite of high temperatures of produced plasma, OH spectra are observed in a large area of the jet. OH spectra are used to obtain rotational temperatures from the Boltzmann plots of resolved rotational lines. Due to line-of-sight integration of radiation, interpretation of the temperatures is not s...

  7. Photoionized argon plasmas induced with intense soft x-ray and extreme ultraviolet pulses

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    Bartnik, A.; Wachulak, P.; Fok, T.; Węgrzyński, L.; Fiedorowicz, H.; Skrzeczanowski, W.; Pisarczyk, T.; Chodukowski, T.; Kalinowska, Z.; Dudžák, Roman; Dostál, Jan; Krouský, Eduard; Skála, Jiří; Ullschmied, Jiří; Hřebíček, Jan; Medřík, Tomáš

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 58, č. 1 (2016), s. 014009. ISSN 0741-3335 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LM2010014 EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 284464 - LASERLAB-EUROPE Institutional support: RVO:61389021 ; RVO:68378271 Keywords : laser-plasma * plasma radiation * photoionization * Argon plasma * Nd:YAG laser * PALS iodine laser Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics; BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers (FZU-D) Impact factor: 2.186, year: 2014 http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0741-3335/58/1/014009

  8. Quantification of water and plasma diagnosis for electrothermal vaporization-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry: the use of argon and argide polyatomics as probing species

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    The water content of the carrier flow originating from an electrothermal vaporization unit (ETV) attached to an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer was monitored by following the argon hydride ion (ArH+) at m/z=37. The goal was to measure the water expelled by the ETV at sample vaporization and evaluate the influence of this parameter on the ion-generation efficiency. Linear responses from the argon hydride were obtained when the water loading in the plasma injector flow was increased from 0 to 3.3 mg/min. Other argides and water-derived species (Ar+, Ar+2 and O+2) were also monitored simultaneously and the effects from operating parameters have been calculated for each species. The magnitude of these effects can eventually be used as diagnosis tools. It was also found that signals for zinc, copper, lead, antimony and arsenic were greatly influenced by slight variations in water loading at low water levels. These signal fluctuations are greatly attenuated and transients' shapes restored by convoluting each element transient with the ArH+ or Ar+2 curves that were recorded simultaneously. Envisioned applications that would benefit from a water-enhanced signal include spray electrothermal vaporization, direct sample insertion and laser ablation for inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. The argon dimer Ar+2 seems more appropriate for making the correction since it provides a direct insight on the plasma temperature and provides a robust signal. (Copyright (c) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  9. Spatio-temporal evolution of the dust particle size distribution in dusty argon rf plasmas

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    Killer, Carsten; Mulsow, Matthias; Melzer, André

    2015-04-01

    An imaging Mie scattering technique has been developed to measure the spatially resolved size distribution of dust particles in extended dust clouds. For large dust clouds of micrometre-sized plastic particles confined in an radio frequency (rf) discharge, a segmentation of the dust cloud into populations of different sizes is observed, even though the size differences are very small. The dust size dispersion inside a population is much smaller than the difference between the populations. Furthermore, the dust size is found to be constantly decreasing over time while the particles are confined in an inert argon plasma. The processes responsible for the shrinking of the dust in the plasma have been addressed by mass spectrometry, ex situ microscopy of the dust size, dust resonance measurements, in situ determination of the dust surface temperature and Fourier transform infrared absorption (FT-IR). It is concluded that both a reduction of dust size and its mass density due to outgassing of water and other volatile constituents as well as chemical etching by oxygen impurities are responsible for the observations.

  10. Spatially resolved Langmuir probe diagnostics in a capacitively coupled radio frequency argon and oxygen plasma

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    Axial and radial profiles of the positive ion saturation current were measured by Langmuir probe diagnostics in a capacitively coupled radio frequency (RF) plasma in argon and oxygen. Under certain conditions these profiles provide the spatial density distribution of the positive ions, which corresponds approximately to the electron density in the electropositive plasma. Particularly in oxygen at low RF power a peak in the ion saturation current appears in the radial direction at the electrode boundary. The axial position s at the maximum ion saturation current depends on total pressure with s ∝ p−1/3, which reveals the pressure dependence of a collisional RF sheath. Furthermore, Langmuir probe characteristics were evaluated in terms of the Druyvesteyn method to determine the radial behavior of the electron energy probability function (EEPF). From the EEPF the radially resolved effective electron temperature and electron density were calculated. The radial electron density profile from the Langmuir probe was numerically integrated to calculate a line integrated electron density for comparison with the measured line integrated density from 160 GHz microwave interferometry. The integration over the Langmuir probe density results in a line integrated density, which amounts to 40% of the line integrated density from microwave interferometry. (paper)

  11. Plasma Diagnostics Using K-Line Emission Profiles of Argon

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    Chen, Yiling; Reinholz, Heidi; Röpke, Gerd

    2014-01-01

    K-line profiles emitted from a warm dense plasma environment are used for diagnostics of Ar droplet plasmas created by high energy laser pulses. We observe temperature gradients within the Ar droplet from cold temperatures of the order of some 10 eV up to higher temperatures of about 170 eV. Non-perturbative wave functions are calculated as well as ionization energies, binding energies and relevant emission energies using a chemical {\\it ab initio} code. The plasma screening is considered within a perturbative approach to the Hamiltonian. The plasma effect influences the many-particle system resulting in energy shifts due to electron-ion and electron-electron interaction. With this approach we get a good reproduction of spectral features that are strongly influenced by ionization and excitation processes within the plasma. Comparing with the widely known FLYCHK code, counting for internal degrees of freedom (bound states) and treating pressure ionization within our quantum statistical approach leads to differ...

  12. On the argon and oxygen incorporation into SiOx through ion implantation during reactive plasma magnetron sputter deposition

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    van Hattum, E.D.; Boltje, D. B.; Palmero Acebedo, A.; Arnoldbik, W.M.; Rudolph, H.; Habraken, F.H.P.M.

    2008-01-01

    The incorporation of argon in SiOx (0 x 2) during reactive plasma magnetron sputter deposition using a O2/Ar plasma and a silicon sputter cathode has been investigated and related to the flux of argon ions created in the plasma afterglowregion on the growth surface. The argon concentration in the grown films appears to be mainly a function of the x-value, independent of the extent of ion bombardment on the growing surface, and only slightly dependent on the substrate temperature during the gr...

  13. XUV radiation from gaseous nitrogen and argon target laser plasmas

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    Vrba, Pavel; Vrbová, M.; Brůža, P.; Pánek, D.; Krejčí, F.; Kroupa, M.; Jakůbek, J.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 370, č. 1 (2012), s. 012049. ISSN 1742-6588. [Latin American Workshop on Plasma Physics (LAWPP 2011)/14/. Mar del Plata, 20.11.2011-25.11.2011] R&D Projects: GA MŠk LA08024; GA MŠk(CZ) LC528 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : Laser plasma source of XUV radiation in water window range * RHMD Z* engine code Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers http://iopscience.iop.org/1742-6596/370/1/012049/pdf/1742-6596_370_1_012049.pdf

  14. Surface modification of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) by argon plasma

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    Liu Hengjun; Pei Yanan [Key Laboratory for Advanced Technologies of Materials, Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Xie Dong [Key Laboratory for Advanced Technologies of Materials, Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); School of Physical Science and Technology, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Deng Xingrui [Key Laboratory for Advanced Technologies of Materials, Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Leng, Y.X., E-mail: yxleng@263.net [Key Laboratory for Advanced Technologies of Materials, Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China); Jin Yong, E-mail: jyct@163.com [Interventional Therapy Department, The Second Affiliated Hospital, Soochow University, Suzhou 215004 (China); Huang Nan [Key Laboratory for Advanced Technologies of Materials, Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031 (China)

    2010-04-01

    In this work, argon (Ar) plasma generated by microwave electron cyclotron resonance (MWECR) has been used to modify the UHMWPE in order to increase the wear resistance. The results showed that the wettability, anti-scratch and wear resistance of UHMWPE treated by the Ar plasma had been improved, comparing with native UHMWPE. The FTIR and XPS spectra indicated the improvement of wettability should come from the oxygen based functional groups generated on the surface of UHMWPE. The improvement of anti-scratch and wear resistance may come from the enhancement of crosslinking of UHMWPE by Ar plasma treatment.

  15. Surface modification of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) by argon plasma

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    In this work, argon (Ar) plasma generated by microwave electron cyclotron resonance (MWECR) has been used to modify the UHMWPE in order to increase the wear resistance. The results showed that the wettability, anti-scratch and wear resistance of UHMWPE treated by the Ar plasma had been improved, comparing with native UHMWPE. The FTIR and XPS spectra indicated the improvement of wettability should come from the oxygen based functional groups generated on the surface of UHMWPE. The improvement of anti-scratch and wear resistance may come from the enhancement of crosslinking of UHMWPE by Ar plasma treatment.

  16. Surface roughening of silicon, thermal silicon dioxide, and low-k dielectric coral films in argon plasma

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    The surface roughness evolutions of single crystal silicon, thermal silicon dioxide (SiO2), and low dielectric constant film coral in argon plasma have been measured by atomic force microscopy as a function of ion bombardment energy, ion impingement angle, and etching time in an inductively coupled plasma beam chamber, in which the plasma chemistry, ion energy, ion flux, and ion incident angle can be adjusted independently. The sputtering yield (or etching rate) scales linearly with the square root of ion energy at normal impingement angle; additionally, the angular dependence of the etching yield of all films in argon plasma followed the typical sputtering yield curve, with a maximum around 60 deg. -70 deg. off-normal angle. All films stayed smooth after etching at normal angle but typically became rougher at grazing angles. In particular, at grazing angles the rms roughness level of all films increased if more material was removed; additionally, the striation structure formed at grazing angles can be either parallel or transverse to the beam impingement direction, which depends on the off-normal angle. More interestingly, the sputtering caused roughness evolution at different off-normal angles can be qualitatively explained by the corresponding angular dependent etching yield curve. In addition, the roughening at grazing angles is a strong function of the type of surface; specifically, coral suffers greater roughening compared to thermal silicon dioxide

  17. Transport and turbulence in a magnetized argon plasma

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    Three aspects of the longitudinal motion of ionized and neutral particles in a hollow cathode arc are investigated. The longitudinal plasma momentum balance of the column has been investigated, we have studied the momentum balance in relation to turbulence and we have investigated the source properties of the cathode. The study of the plasma momentum balance contains two aspects: (1) to collect experimental data on ion drift velocities and temperatures with Fabry-Perot interferometry, on electron densities and temperatures with Thomson scattering or optical spectroscopy and on neutral densities with a collisional radiative model combined with the ion energy balance; (2) to check the (classical) theory of the momentum balance with these data. The coupling between these aspects has been investigated and found to be in good agreement. (Auth.)

  18. Argon-hydrogen rf plasma study for carbon film deposition

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    In this work the effect of hydrogen addition on the physical properties and the sputtering efficiency of an radio-frequency (rf) (13.56 MHz) Ar plasma was investigated. The discharges in Ar-H2 were used to sputter-deposit carbon films from a graphite cathode, with a hydrogen concentration in the feed gas ranging from 0 to 100% (the useful range for film growth was however limited to 0-85%). The physical plasma parameters were determined using a Langmuir probe, which, coupled with a chemical modelling of the ion-molecule and electron-molecule reactions in gas phase, enabled us to define the energy flux conditions at the cathode. The results show that hydrogen exerts a positive effect on the film deposition rate at the lowest end of the hydrogen concentration range, an enhancing deposition effect correlated with a high density of ArH+ ions in the plasma and a high energy flux carried by the ions to the cathode. Nonetheless, an analysis of the processes at the cathode indicates that the sputtering mechanism was essentially physical in the low [H2] range (3-20%) but that a chemical assistance of the process should be considered too for the remaining [H2] range. Besides, even in the physical sputtering regime, the target material removal occurred with a reactive sputtering mechanism, which implies a chemical modification of the target surface layers and surface binding energy

  19. Argon-hydrogen rf plasma study for carbon film deposition

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    Laidani, N [ITC-Irst, Divisione Fisica-Chimica delle Superfici ed Interfacce, Via Sommarive 18, Povo 38050, Trento (Italy); Bartali, R [ITC-Irst, Divisione Fisica-Chimica delle Superfici ed Interfacce, Via Sommarive 18, Povo 38050, Trento (Italy); Tosi, P [Dipartimento di Fisica, Laboratorio Fasci Molecolari, Universita degli Studi di Trento, Via Sommarive 15, Povo 38050, Trento (Italy); Anderle, M [ITC-Irst, Divisione Fisica-Chimica delle Superfici ed Interfacce, Via Sommarive 18, Povo 38050, Trento (Italy)

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    In this work the effect of hydrogen addition on the physical properties and the sputtering efficiency of an radio-frequency (rf) (13.56 MHz) Ar plasma was investigated. The discharges in Ar-H{sub 2} were used to sputter-deposit carbon films from a graphite cathode, with a hydrogen concentration in the feed gas ranging from 0 to 100% (the useful range for film growth was however limited to 0-85%). The physical plasma parameters were determined using a Langmuir probe, which, coupled with a chemical modelling of the ion-molecule and electron-molecule reactions in gas phase, enabled us to define the energy flux conditions at the cathode. The results show that hydrogen exerts a positive effect on the film deposition rate at the lowest end of the hydrogen concentration range, an enhancing deposition effect correlated with a high density of ArH{sup +} ions in the plasma and a high energy flux carried by the ions to the cathode. Nonetheless, an analysis of the processes at the cathode indicates that the sputtering mechanism was essentially physical in the low [H{sub 2}] range (3-20%) but that a chemical assistance of the process should be considered too for the remaining [H{sub 2}] range. Besides, even in the physical sputtering regime, the target material removal occurred with a reactive sputtering mechanism, which implies a chemical modification of the target surface layers and surface binding energy.

  20. Nonthermal Argon Plasma Generator and Some Potential Applications

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    Bunoiu M.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A laboratory - made nonthermal plasma generator is presented. It has a diameter of 0.020 m and length of 0.155 m and contains two electrodes. The first electrode is a 2% Th-W alloy, 0.002 m in diameter bar, centred inside the generator’s body by means of a four channel teflon piece; the other three channels, 0.003 m in diameter, are used for Ar supply. The second electrode is a nozzle of 0.002 m - 0.008 m diameter and 0.005m length. A ~500 kV/m electric field is generated between the two electrodes by a high frequency source (13.56 MHz ±5%, equipped with a OT-1000 (Tungsram power triode. For Ar flows ranging from 0.00008 m3/s to 0.00056 m3/s, a plasma jet of length not exceeding 0.015 m and temperature below 315 K is obtained. Anthurium andraeanumis sample , blood matrix, human hair and textile fibers may be introduced in the plasma jet. For time periods of 30 s and 60 s, various effects like, cell detexturization, fast blood coagulation or textile fiber or hair cleaning and smoothing are obtained. These effects are presented and discussed in the paper.

  1. On the difference between breakdown and quench voltages of argon plasma and its relation to 4p–4s atomic state transitions

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    Using a relaxation oscillator circuit, breakdown (VBD) and quench (VQ) voltages of a DC discharge microplasma between two needle probes are measured. High resolution modified Paschen curves are obtained for argon microplasmas including a quench voltage curve representing the voltage at which the plasma turns off. It is shown that for a point to point microgap (e.g., the microgap between two needle probes) which describes many realistic microdevices, neither Paschen's law applies nor field emission is noticeable. Although normally VBD > VQ, it is observed that depending on environmental parameters of argon, such as pressure and the driving circuitry, plasma can exist in a different state with equal VBD and VQ. Using emission line spectroscopy, it is shown that VBD and VQ are equal if the atomic excitation by the electric field dipole moment dominantly leads to one of the argon's metastable states (4P5 in our study)

  2. The population distribution of argon atoms in Paschen 1s levels in an inductively coupled plasma

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    The population distribution of argon atoms in Paschen 1s levels in inductively coupled plasmas is investigated using a collisional-radiative model and the optical emission spectroscopy method. The modelling results of population densities are in good agreement with the experimental ones. According to this model, the population distribution of 1s levels is affected mainly by the electron impact transfer and the resonance radiation processes. As a result, a simple relationship on the population ratio of 1s4 and 1s5 is obtained. From this relationship, three kinetic regimes with different electron densities and discharge pressures are identified, which can be used to characterize the population distribution of argon 1s levels in inductively coupled plasmas.

  3. Formation mechanism of graphite hexagonal pyramids by argon plasma etching of graphite substrates

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    Glad, X.; de Poucques, L.; Bougdira, J.

    2015-12-01

    A new graphite crystal morphology has been recently reported, namely the graphite hexagonal pyramids (GHPs). They are hexagonally-shaped crystals with diameters ranging from 50 to 800 nm and a constant apex angle of 40°. These nanostructures are formed from graphite substrates (flexible graphite and highly ordered pyrolytic graphite) in low pressure helicon coupling radiofrequency argon plasma at 25 eV ion energy and, purportedly, due to a physical etching process. In this paper, the occurrence of peculiar crystals is shown, presenting two hexagonal orientations obtained on both types of samples, which confirms such a formation mechanism. Moreover, by applying a pretreatment step with different time durations of inductive coupling radiofrequency argon plasma, for which the incident ion energy decreases at 12 eV, uniform coverage of the surface can be achieved with an influence on the density and size of the GHPs.

  4. Effect of argon on the properties of plasma polymerized thin films deposited from benzene using (PECVD) method

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    Plasma polymerized organic thin films were deposited at room temperature by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) method using benzene (C6H6) as a precursor material. Radio frequency (r.f.) with 13.56 MHz was applied at a constant r.f. power of 100 Watt. Films were deposited under different benzene/argon ratios of 100:0, 20:80, 15:85, and 10:90. Chemical structures of the deposited film were analyzed using Infrared Reflectance Absorbance Spectroscopy (IRRAS), Fourier Transformation Infra Red (FTIR) system. Contact angle (θ) measurements were carried out to study the changes in the surface free energy of the materials due to plasma treatments. Surface roughness of deposited films was investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The corrosion protective abilities of films on aluminum magnesium alloy type 6061 as substrate were examined by potentiodynamic curves measurements in 3.5 wt. % NaCl solutions. The effect of benzene/argon ratios on the properties of deposited film were mainly studied in this work. (author)

  5. The study of FTO surface texturing fabrication using Argon plasma etching technique for DSSC applications

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    Jayanti, Lindha; Kusumandari; Sujitno, Tjipto; Suryana, Risa

    2016-02-01

    This paper is aimed to investigate the fabrication of the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) texturing by using Argon (Ar) plasma etching. The pressure and temperature of Ar gas during plasma etching were 1.6 mbar and 240-285oC, respectively. The plasma etching time was varied from 3 and 10 min. We also prepared without etching samples as reference. UV-Vis spectrophotometer showed that the transmittances of etching samples are higher than the without etching samples. The root mean square roughness (Rq) of etching samples are lower than the without etching samples. It is considered that the Ar ions bombardment can modify the FTO surfaces. However, the etching time does not significantly affect the FTO surfaces for 3 min and 10 min. The Rq of the without etching sample, the etching sample for 3 min, and the etching sample for 10 min are 11.697 nm, 9.859 nm, and 9.777 nm, respectively. These results are good agreement with the four point probe measurement that indicated that the sheet resistance (RS) for each the without sample, the etching sample for 3 min, and the etching sample for 10 min are 16.817 Ωsq, 16.067 Ω/sq, and 15.990 Ω/sq. In addition, the optical transmittance of the etching sample for 3 min and the etching sample for 10 min at wavelengths of 350 - 850 nm are almost similar. This is evidence that the etching time below 10 min cannot significantly change the morphology, optical and electrical properties.

  6. Bronchial asthma control after argon plasma coagulation turbinectomy in patients with chronic rhinitis

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    Jura-Szołtys, Edyta; Ficek, Rafał; Ficek, Joanna; Markowski, Jarosław; Chudek, Jerzy

    2013-01-01

    Bronchial asthma is frequently accompanied by chronic rhinitis. It has been observed that effective treatment of rhinitis may reduce asthma symptoms. The aim of the study was the evaluation of the control of bronchial asthma symptoms in patients with chronic rhinitis after argon plasma coagulation turbinectomy (APCt). The effect of APCt was assessed in 47 adults with drug-resistant chronic rhinitis and bronchial asthma 3-month post-procedure. Changes of asthma symptoms were scored using Asthm...

  7. Cell Proliferation of HaCaT Keratinocytes on Collagen Films Modified by Argon Plasma Treatment

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    Jorge López García; Ahmad Asadinezhad; Jiří Pacherník; Marián Lehocký; Ita Junkar; Petr Humpolíček; Petr Sáha; Pavel Valášek

    2010-01-01

    Argon plasma treatment was used to modify the surface of atelocollagen films using a plasmochemical reactor. To evaluate the effects of the treatment, the untreated and treated samples were characterized by Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) imaging, and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) techniques. Cell growth was carried out by culturing human immortalized keratinocyte (HaCaT) cells and proliferation was m...

  8. Absolute measurement of the relativistic magnetic dipole transition energy in heliumlike argon.

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    Amaro, Pedro; Schlesser, Sophie; Guerra, Mauro; Le Bigot, Eric-Olivier; Isac, Jean-Michel; Travers, Pascal; Santos, José Paulo; Szabo, Csilla I; Gumberidze, Alexandre; Indelicato, Paul

    2012-07-27

    The 1s2s (3)S(1)→1s(2) (1)S(0) relativistic magnetic dipole transition in heliumlike argon, emitted by the plasma of an electron-cyclotron resonance ion source, has been measured using a double-flat crystal x-ray spectrometer. Such a spectrometer, used for the first time on a highly charged ion transition, provides absolute (reference-free) measurements in the x-ray domain. We find a transition energy of 3104.1605(77) eV (2.5 ppm accuracy). This value is the most accurate, reference-free measurement done for such a transition and is in good agreement with recent QED predictions. PMID:23006085

  9. Measurement of air entrainment in plasma jets

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    The concentration and temperature of air entrained into argon and helium plasma jets has been measured using coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS). The argon plasma flow field is characterized by a short region of well behaved laminar flow near the nozzle exit followed by an abrupt transition to turbulence. Once the transition of turbulence occurs, air is rapidly mixed into the jet core. The location of the transition region is determined by the rapid cooling of the jet and the resulting increase in Reynolds number. In contrast, the helium plasma flow field never exceeds a Reynolds number of 200 and remains laminar. The entrainment process in this case is controlled by molecular diffusion rather than turbulent mixing. 9 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab

  10. Irradiation of silver and agar/silver nanoparticles with argon, oxygen glow discharge plasma, and mercury lamp

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    Ahmad, Mahmoud M; Abdel-Wahab, Essam A; El-Maaref, A A; Rawway, Mohammed; Shaaban, Essam R

    2014-01-01

    The irradiation effect of argon, oxygen glow discharge plasma, and mercury lamp on silver and agar/silver nanoparticle samples is studied. The irradiation time dependence of the synthesized silver and agar/silver nanoparticle absorption spectra and their antibacterial effect are studied and compared. In the agar/silver nanoparticle sample, as the irradiation time of argon glow discharge plasma or mercury lamp increases, the peak intensity and the full width at half maximum, FWHM, of the surfa...

  11. An investigation of non-equilibrium effects in thermal argon plasmas

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    This thesis deals with the study of the validity of the assumption of Local Thermal Equilibrium (LTE) in the description of the parameters of a thermal argon plasma. The aim is twofold. As the studied plasma is close to, but not completely in equilibrium, the author first attempts to obtain a simple description of the plasma in terms of an LTE model in which suitable corrections for the deviations of the plasma parameters from their LTE values is introduced. To this end the plasma parameters are studied by means of a diagnostic method in which the assumption of LTE is not made. The evaluation of the usefulness of this method is the second aim of this thesis. (Auth.)

  12. First measurement of the ionization yield of nuclear recoils in liquid argon

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    Joshi, T. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Nuclear Engineering; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Sangiorgio, Samuele [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Bernstein, A. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Foxe, Michael P. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States). Dept. of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering; Hagmann, Chris [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Jovanovic, Igor [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States). Dept. of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering; Kazkaz, K. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Mozin, Vladimir V. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Norman, E. B. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Nuclear Engineering; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Pereverzev, S. V. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Rebassoo, Finn O. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Sorensen, Peter F. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2014-05-01

    Liquid phase argon has long been used as a target medium for particle detection via scintillation light. Recently there has been considerable interest in direct detection of both hypothetical darkmatter particles and coherent elastic neutrino nucleus scattering. These as-yet unobserved neutral particle interactions are expected to result in a recoiling argon atom O(keV), generally referred to in the literature as a nuclear recoil. This prompts the question of the available electromagnetic signal in a liquid argon detector. In this Letter we report the first measurement of the ionization yield (Qy), detected electrons per unit energy, resulting from nuclear recoils in liquid argon, measured at 6.7 keV. This is also the lowest energy measurement of nuclear recoils in liquid argon.

  13. First steps towards the reaction kinetics of HMDSO in an atmospheric pressure plasma jet in argon

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    Loffhagen, Detlef; Becker, Markus M.; Foest, Rüdiger; Schäfer, Jan; Sigeneger, Florian

    2014-10-01

    Hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) is a silicon-organic compound which is often used as precursor for thin-film deposition by means of plasma polymerization because of its high deposition rate and low toxicity. To improve the physical understanding of the deposition processes, fundamental investigations have been performed to clarify the plasma-chemical reaction pathways of HMDSO and their effect on the composition and structure of the deposited film. The current contribution represents the main primary and secondary plasma-chemical processes and their reaction products in the effluent region of an argon plasma jet at atmospheric pressure. The importance of the different collision processes of electrons and heavy particles are discussed. Results of numerical modelling of the plasma jet and the Ar-HMDSO reaction kinetics indicate that the fragmentation of HMDSO is mainly initiated by collisions with molecular argon ions, while Penning ionization processes play a minor role for the reaction kinetics in the effluent region of the jet. The work has been supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) under Grant LO 623/3-1.

  14. The Non-Equilibrium Conductivity in an Argon-Potassium Plasma in Crossed Electric and Magnetic Fields

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    It is well known that the electron temperature and conductivity of a noble gas alkali plasma may be raised by passing an electric current through it. If a magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the current, the simple theory predicts that the electron temperature and scalar conductivity will not be affected by the magnetic field if the current density remains the same. We have measured the tensor conductivity in an argon-potassium plasma under MHD generator conditions ( i.e. crossed electric and magnetic fields). Typical conditions in the streaming plasma were: pressure 1.2 atm., gas temperature 2000°K, argon flow rate 16 g/sec, gas mixture 0.2% K +98.8% Ar, magnetic field 0-17 kG. The measurement volume was 15 mm x 20 mm x 100 mm. The electric field strength and direction were measured with tungsten probes set in the measurement channel. The uniformity of the current density and its direction could be checked by the electric field uniformity. The homogeneity of the current density distribution could also be checked by measuring the intensity distribution of the light. emitted from the plasma in the direction of the magnetic field. The tensor conductivity (scalar conductivity τ and Hall coefficient ωτ would be calculated from the known electric field, current density vector, and the angle between them. The electron temperature was measured as a function of current density and magnetic field by the line reversal method. The measured scalar conductivity as a function of the measured electron temperature is compared, for different magnetic fields, with the results of calculations by Feneberg. He has solved the Boltzmann equation by using the Enskog approximation and expanding the distribution function in a series of Laguerre polynominals. The expansion was terminated so as to reproduce the well-known electrical conductivity of a Lorentz gas. The approximation tested in this way was then used to calculate the conductivity of an argon-potassium mixture at

  15. Plasma waves generated during an artificial argon-ion beam experiments in the ionosphere

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    An active ion experiment was performed in the nighttime polar cap ionosphere. The active ion-beam experiment, Auroral Rocket for Controlled Studies ARC 3, was designed to perturb the ionosphere in a controlled manner. The plasma perturbations were observed by instruments on board the main payload (MPL) and subpayload (SPL). The ARCS 3 experiment was different from previous experiments in that two plasma generators, located on the SPL, were oriented so as to inject a beam approximately perpendicular and anti-parallel to the magnetic field. The ARCS 3 experiment included 9 perpendicular and 8 parallel ion beam injections. During the experiment electrostatic ion waves near the harmonics of the hydrogen, oxygen, and possibly argon gyrofrequency were excited by the perpendicular argon ion beam. An absorption feature of the vlf hiss band at the hydrogen gyrofrequency harmonics was also observed during the fourth perpendicular event. During parallel events, the sixth, and seventh perpendicular events electric field fluctuations were recorded near the lower hybrid (LH) frequency. It is suggested that the unexpected perpendicular ion flux observed during parallel events and the perpendicular ion flux observed during parallel events and the perpendicular argon ion beam generates the waves near the LH frequency. Electric-field fluctuations were observed up to and including the seventh perpendicular and parallel events

  16. Optical diagnostics of a low power—low gas flow rates atmospheric-pressure argon plasma created by a microwave plasma torch

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    Wang, Chuji; Srivastava, Nimisha; Scherrer, Susan; Jang, Ping-Rey; Dibble, Theodore S.; Duan, Yixiang

    2009-05-01

    We employ a suite of optical techniques, namely, visual imaging, optical emission spectroscopy and cavity ringdown spectroscopy (CRDS), to characterize a low power, low gas flow rates, atmospheric-pressure argon microwave induced plasma. The plasma is created by a microwave plasma torch, which is excited by a 2.45 GHz microwave with powers ranging from 60 to 120 W. A series of plasma images captured in a time-resolution range of as fine as 10 µs shows that the converging point is actually a time-averaged visual effect and the converging point does not exist when the plasma is visualized under high time resolution, e.g. Tv), the rotational temperature (Tr) and the gas temperature (Tg) at different locations along the axis of the plasma column are all determined to be in the range 1800-2200 K. Thermal equilibrium properties of the plasma are discussed. OH radical concentrations along the plasma column axis are measured by CRDS and the concentrations are in the range 1.6 × 1013-3.0 × 1014 cm-3 with the highest density at the tail of the plasma column. The upper limit of electron density ne is estimated to be 5.0 × 1014 cm-3 from the Lorentzian component of the broadened lineshape obtained by ringdown spectral scans of the rovibrational line S21 of the OH A-X (0-0) band.

  17. Emission Spectroscopy of OH Radical in Water-Argon Arc Plasma Jet

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Emission spectra of OH radical are studied in the plasma jet generated by a plasma torch with hybrid water-argon stabilization. Plasma jet is located in a chamber with pressures 4 kPa and 10 kPa. In spite of high temperatures of produced plasma, OH spectra are observed in a large area of the jet. OH spectra are used to obtain rotational temperatures from the Boltzmann plots of resolved rotational lines. Due to line-of-sight integration of radiation, interpretation of the temperatures is not straightforward. It seems that excited OH molecules can be formed by various mechanisms, mainly in the outer parts of the jet, where thermal processes are not as dominant as in the hot central region.

  18. Characteristic study of the argon plasma excited by the slot antennas of annular waveguide

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    A new large area microwave plasma source has been developed. The source consists of slots on the inner side which acts as a field applicator to sustain a plasma. The plasma is restricted in a Pyrex glass cylinder with an inner diameter of 30 cm and a height of 50 cm. The distance between slots is one half waveguide wavelength. A double Langmuir probe is used to characterize argon plasma as a function of microwave power, pressure and position. The results indicate that the electron temperature is 0.8-3.0 eV and maximum ion density is 4.3 x 1010 cm-3 for a microwave power range of 200-600 W and a pressure range of 40-600 Pa

  19. Measurements of plasma potential in high-pressure microwave plasmas

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    Plasma potential of a high-pressure (∼1 Torr) microwave-generated argon plasma is measured using a Langmuir probe and a cold emissive probe. The operation of a hot emissive probe in a high-pressure plasma has been very difficult due to frequent burn-outs and significantly reduced lifetime of the probe filament, which, in turn, limits the possibility of collecting a wide range of data. The I-V characteristics from both Langmuir and emissive probes are interpreted using the collisionless probe theory since the collision correction factor is not very significant. The plasma potential determined from both Langmuir and cold emissive probe characteristics agrees well with one another and is observed to be dependent on the operating gas pressure but relatively unchanged as a function of the microwave power. An average plasma potential determined over the operating range of microwave powers varies nonlinearly with the gas pressure.

  20. Reduction of a collisional-radiative mechanism for argon plasma based on principal component analysis

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    This article considers the development of reduced chemistry models for argon plasmas using Principal Component Analysis (PCA) based methods. Starting from an electronic specific Collisional-Radiative model, a reduction of the variable set (i.e., mass fractions and temperatures) is proposed by projecting the full set on a reduced basis made up of its principal components. Thus, the flow governing equations are only solved for the principal components. The proposed approach originates from the combustion community, where Manifold Generated Principal Component Analysis (MG-PCA) has been developed as a successful reduction technique. Applications consider ionizing shock waves in argon. The results obtained show that the use of the MG-PCA technique enables for a substantial reduction of the computational time

  1. A hybrid model of radio frequency biased inductively coupled plasma discharges: description of model and experimental validation in argon

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    Wen, De-Qi; Liu, Wei; Gao, Fei; Lieberman, M. A.; Wang, You-Nian

    2016-08-01

    A hybrid model, i.e. a global model coupled bidirectionally with a parallel Monte-Carlo collision (MCC) sheath model, is developed to investigate an inductively coupled discharge with a bias source. This hybrid model can self-consistently reveal the interaction between the bulk plasma and the radio frequency (rf) bias sheath. More specifically, the plasma parameters affecting characteristics of rf bias sheath (sheath length and self-bias) are calculated by a global model and the effect of the rf bias sheath on the bulk plasma is determined by the voltage drop of the rf bias sheath. Moreover, specific numbers of ions are tracked in the rf bias sheath and ultimately the ion energy distribution function (IEDF) incident on the bias electrode is obtained. To validate this model, both bulk plasma density and IEDF on the bias electrode in an argon discharge are compared with experimental measurements, and a good agreement is obtained. The advantage of this model is that it can quickly calculate the bulk plasma density and IEDF on the bias electrode, which are of practical interest in industrial plasma processing, and the model could be easily extended to serve for industrial gases.

  2. E-H mode transition in low-pressure inductively coupled nitrogen-argon and oxygen-argon plasmas

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    This work investigates the characteristics of the E-H mode transition in low-pressure inductively coupled N2-Ar and O2-Ar discharges using rf-compensated Langmuir probe measurements and optical emission spectroscopy (OES). As the ICP power increases, the emission intensities from plasma species, the electron density, the electron temperature, and the plasma potential exhibit sudden changes. The Ar content in the gas mixture and total gas pressure have been varied in an attempt to fully characterize the plasma parameters. With these control parameters varying, the changes of the transition threshold power and the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) are explored. In N2-Ar and O2-Ar discharges at low-pressures of several millitorr, the transition thresholds are observed to decrease with Ar content and pressure. It is observed that in N2-Ar plasmas during the transition, the shape of the EEDF changes from an unusual distribution with a flat hole near the electron energy of 3 eV in the E mode to a Maxwellian distribution in the H mode. However, in O2 -Ar plasmas, the EEDFs in the E mode at low Ar contents show roughly bi-Maxwellian distributions, while the EEDFs in the H mode are observed to be nearly Maxwellian. In the E and H modes of O2-Ar discharges, the dissociation fraction of O2 molecules is estimated using optical emission actinometry. During the E-H mode transition, the dissociation fraction of molecules is also enhanced.

  3. Measurements of the ratio between the transverse diffusion coefficient and the mobility for argon ions in argon

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    The ratio DT/μ between the transverse diffusion coefficient and the mobility for 40Ar+ ions in argon has been determined from directly measured transverse current density distribution profiles of mass-analysed ions, as a function of the ratio E/n0 between the electric field and the gas number density in the interval 50≤E/n0≤4000 Td, at gas temperature T=294 K using a variable-length drift tube mass spectrometer. The error (two standard deviations) in the results is believed to be less than ±4% for E/n0o-values. (author)

  4. Atmospheric dispersion of argon-41 from anuclear research reactor: measurement and modeling of plume geometry and gamma radiation field

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    Lauritzen, Bent; Astrup, Poul; Drews, Martin; Jørgensen, Hans; Mikkelsen, Torben; Thykier-Nielsen, Søren; Aage, Helle Karina; Korsbech, Uffe C C; Bargholz, Kim; Rojas-Palma, Carlos; Van Ammel, Raf

    2003-01-01

    An atmospheric dispersion experiment was conducted using a visible tracer along with the routine release of argon-41 from the BR1 research reactor in Mol, Belgium. Simultaneous measurements of plume geometry and radiation fields for argon-41 decay were performed as well as measurements of the argon...

  5. In situ absolute air, O3 and NO densities in the effluent of a cold RF argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet obtained by molecular beam mass spectrometry

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    van Ham, B. T. J.; Hofmann, S.; Brandenburg, R.; Bruggeman, P. J.

    2014-06-01

    A molecular beam mass spectrometer has been calibrated and used to measure the air entrainment, nitric oxide and ozone concentrations in the effluent of a cold atmospheric pressure argon RF driven plasma jet. The approaches for calibrating the mass spectrometer for different species are described in detail. Gas phase densities of ozone and nitric oxide up to 7.5 ppm and 4 ppm, respectively, have been measured in the far effluent of the argon plasma jet. The difference in air entrainment when the plasma is undisturbed or is close to a well, which is the case for e.g. in vitro plasma-cell interaction studies, is shown. In addition, an exponential decay of the positive ion flux as a function of distance in the effluent is obtained. Furthermore, the effect of plasma power, duty cycle and air and O2 admixtures introduced into the argon flow on the NO and O3 production is presented, including the possibility of independent control of the NO and O3 flux from the jet.

  6. Spectra of heliumlike carbon, aluminium and argon under strongly coupled plasma

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    Spectral line positions for the highly stripped helium like carbon, aluminium and argon embedded in intense plasma environments have been calculated theoretically to compare with the existing data available from laser plasma experiments. The changes in the ionization potentials for such ions have been determined and the excitation energies, oscillator strengths and transition probabilities for the transitions 1s2 1S → 1snp 1P (n 2-5) have been evaluated for the diagnostic determination of such plasmas. The ion sphere (IS) model was used for estimating the effect of strongly coupled plasma on the ions within the non-relativistic as well as the relativistic framework. Time dependent perturbation theory has been applied for obtaining the linear response properties of the ions in the non-relativistic approximation. The effects of the plasma environment on such properties of the ions under the Debye screening model with suitable cut off radii have also been considered for comparing the data with those obtained from the IS model of the plasma. These results show that the IS model seems to be a viable method for predicting the data obtained from experiments involving strongly coupled plasmas generated in laser produced Icf plasmas

  7. Spectra of heliumlike carbon, aluminium and argon under strongly coupled plasma

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    Sil, A. [Heidelberg Univ., Theoretische Chemie (Germany); Anton, J. [Ulm Univ., Institut fur Elektrochemie (Germany); Fritzsche, S. [Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung Darmstadt, Darmstadt (Germany); Mukherjee, P.K. [Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata (India); Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Univ., West Bengal (India); Fricke, B. [Kassel Univ., Institut fur Physik (Germany)

    2009-12-15

    Spectral line positions for the highly stripped helium like carbon, aluminium and argon embedded in intense plasma environments have been calculated theoretically to compare with the existing data available from laser plasma experiments. The changes in the ionization potentials for such ions have been determined and the excitation energies, oscillator strengths and transition probabilities for the transitions 1s{sup 2} 1S -> 1snp {sup 1}P (n 2-5) have been evaluated for the diagnostic determination of such plasmas. The ion sphere (IS) model was used for estimating the effect of strongly coupled plasma on the ions within the non-relativistic as well as the relativistic framework. Time dependent perturbation theory has been applied for obtaining the linear response properties of the ions in the non-relativistic approximation. The effects of the plasma environment on such properties of the ions under the Debye screening model with suitable cut off radii have also been considered for comparing the data with those obtained from the IS model of the plasma. These results show that the IS model seems to be a viable method for predicting the data obtained from experiments involving strongly coupled plasmas generated in laser produced Icf plasmas

  8. Effect of Argon Plasma Treatment Variables on Wettability and Antibacterial Properties of Polyester Fabrics

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    Senthilkumar, Pandurangan; Karthik, Thangavelu

    2016-04-01

    In this research work, the effect of argon plasma treatment variables on the comfort and antibacterial properties of polyester fabric has been investigated. The SEM micrographs and FTIR analysis confirms the modification of fabric surface. The Box-Behnken design was used for the optimization of plasma process variables and to evaluate the effects and interactions of the process variables, i.e. operating power, treatment time and distance between the electrodes on the characteristics of polyester fabrics. The optimum conditions of operating power 600 W, treatment time 30 s, and the distance between the electrodes of 2.8 mm was arrived using numerical prediction tool in Design-Expert software. The plasma treated polyester fabrics showed better fabric characteristics particularly in terms of water vapour permeability, wickability and antibacterial activity compared to untreated fabrics, which confirms that the modified structure of polyester fabric.

  9. Theoretical Study of Plasma Parameters Dependence on Gas Temperature in an Atmospheric Pressure Argon Microwave Discharge

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    The gas temperature is an important parameter in many applications of atmospheric pressure microwave discharges (MW). That is why it is necessary to study the influence of that temperature on the plasma characteristics. Our investigation is based on a self-consistent model including the wave electrodynamics and gas-discharge kinetics. We adopt a blocks' energy structure of the argon excited atom. More specifically, we consider 7 different blocks of states, namely 4s, 4p, 3d, 5s, 5p, 4d, and 6s. Each block k is characterized by its effective energy uk (derived as an average energy of all levels in the block), as well as its effective g-factor and population. The argon dimmer, atomic and molecular ions are also taken into account in the model. We solve the Boltzmann equation in order to get the electron energy distribution function and the necessary rate constants of the elementary processes. The collisional-radiative part of the model is based on 87 processes. As a result we obtain the electron and ions' number densities, mean electron energy, mean power for sustaining an electron--ion pair in the discharge bulk, as well as the population of the excited blocks of states of the argon atom as functions of the gas temperature

  10. Theoretical Study of Plasma Parameters Dependence on Gas Temperature in an Atmospheric Pressure Argon Microwave Discharge

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    Pencheva, M.; Benova, E.; Zhelyazkov, I.

    2008-03-01

    The gas temperature is an important parameter in many applications of atmospheric pressure microwave discharges (MW). That is why it is necessary to study the influence of that temperature on the plasma characteristics. Our investigation is based on a self-consistent model including the wave electrodynamics and gas-discharge kinetics. We adopt a blocks' energy structure of the argon excited atom. More specifically, we consider 7 different blocks of states, namely 4s, 4p, 3d, 5s, 5p, 4d, and 6s. Each block k is characterized by its effective energy uk (derived as an average energy of all levels in the block), as well as its effective g-factor and population. The argon dimmer, atomic and molecular ions are also taken into account in the model. We solve the Boltzmann equation in order to get the electron energy distribution function and the necessary rate constants of the elementary processes. The collisional-radiative part of the model is based on 87 processes. As a result we obtain the electron and ions' number densities, mean electron energy, mean power for sustaining an electron—ion pair in the discharge bulk, as well as the population of the excited blocks of states of the argon atom as functions of the gas temperature.

  11. Thermophysical properties of carbon-argon and carbon-helium plasmas

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    Wang Weizong; Rong Mingzhe; Wu Yi [State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an Shaanxi 710049 (China); Murphy, Anthony B [CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, PO Box 218, Lindfield NSW 2070 (Australia); Spencer, Joseph W; Yan, Joseph D; Fang, Michael T C, E-mail: mzrong@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, University of Liverpool, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69 3GJ (United Kingdom)

    2011-09-07

    The calculated values of thermodynamic and transport properties of mixtures of carbon and argon, and carbon and helium, at high temperatures are presented in this paper. The thermodynamic properties are determined by the method of Gibbs free energy minimization, using standard thermodynamic tables. The transport properties including electron diffusion coefficients, viscosity, thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity are evaluated using the Chapman-Enskog method expanded up to the third-order approximation (second order for viscosity). Collision integrals are obtained using the most accurate cross-section data that could be located. The calculations, which assume local thermodynamic equilibrium, are performed for atmospheric pressure plasmas in the temperature range from 300 to 30 000 K for different pressures between 0.1 and 10 atm. The results are compared with those of previously published studies. Good agreement is found for pure argon and helium. Larger discrepancies occur for carbon and mixtures of carbon and argon, and carbon and helium; these are explained in terms of the different values of the collision integrals that were used. The results presented here are expected to be more accurate because of the improved collision integrals employed.

  12. Thermophysical properties of carbon-argon and carbon-helium plasmas

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    The calculated values of thermodynamic and transport properties of mixtures of carbon and argon, and carbon and helium, at high temperatures are presented in this paper. The thermodynamic properties are determined by the method of Gibbs free energy minimization, using standard thermodynamic tables. The transport properties including electron diffusion coefficients, viscosity, thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity are evaluated using the Chapman-Enskog method expanded up to the third-order approximation (second order for viscosity). Collision integrals are obtained using the most accurate cross-section data that could be located. The calculations, which assume local thermodynamic equilibrium, are performed for atmospheric pressure plasmas in the temperature range from 300 to 30 000 K for different pressures between 0.1 and 10 atm. The results are compared with those of previously published studies. Good agreement is found for pure argon and helium. Larger discrepancies occur for carbon and mixtures of carbon and argon, and carbon and helium; these are explained in terms of the different values of the collision integrals that were used. The results presented here are expected to be more accurate because of the improved collision integrals employed.

  13. Waves generated in the vicinity of an argon plasma gun in the ionosphere

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    Cahill, L. J., Jr.; Arnoldy, R. L.; Lysak, R. L.; Peria, W.; Lynch, K. A.

    1993-01-01

    Wave and particle observations were made in the close vicinity of an argon plasma gun carned to over 600 km altitude on a sounding rocket. The gun was carned on a subpayload, separated from the main payload early in the flight. Twelve-second argon ion ejections were energized alternately with a peak energy of 100 or 200 eV. They produced waves, with multiple harmonics, in the range of ion cyclotron waves, 10 to 1000 Hz at rocket altitudes. Many of these waves could not be identified as corresponding to the cyclotron frequencies of any of the ions, argon or ambient, known to be present. In addition, the wave frequencies were observed to rise and fall and to change abruptly during a 12-s gun operation. The wave amplitudes, near a few hundred Hertz, were of the order of O. 1 V/m. Some of the waves may be ion-ion hybrid waves. Changes in ion populations were observed at the main payload and at the subpayload during gun operations. A gun-related, field-aligned, electron population also appeared.

  14. Ozone-stimulated emission due to atomic oxygen population inversions in an argon microwave plasma torch

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    It is shown that, in a microwave torch discharge in an argon jet injected into an oxygen atmosphere at normal pressure, quasi-resonant energy transfer from metastable argon atoms to molecules of oxygen and ozone generated in the torch shell and, then, to oxygen atoms produced via the dissociation of molecular oxygen and ozone leads to the inverse population of metastable levels of atomic oxygen. As a result, the excited atomic oxygen with population inversions becomes a gain medium for lasing at wavelengths of 844.6 and 777.3 nm (the 33P-33S and 35P-35S transitions). It is shown that an increase in the ozone density is accompanied by an increase in both the lasing efficiency at these wavelength and the emission intensity of the plasma-forming argon at a wavelength of 811.15 nm (the 2P04s-2P04p transition). When the torch operates unstably, the production of singlet oxygen suppresses ozone generation; as a result, the lasing effect at these wavelengths disappears.

  15. Particle-in-Cell Modeling of Magnetized Argon Plasma Flow Through Small Mechanical Apertures

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    Adam B. Sefkow and Samuel A. Cohen

    2009-04-09

    Motivated by observations of supersonic argon-ion flow generated by linear helicon-heated plasma devices, a three-dimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) code is used to study whether stationary electrostatic layers form near mechanical apertures intersecting the flow of magnetized plasma. By self-consistently evaluating the temporal evolution of the plasma in the vicinity of the aperture, the PIC simulations characterize the roles of the imposed aperture and applied magnetic field on ion acceleration. The PIC model includes ionization of a background neutral-argon population by thermal and superthermal electrons, the latter found upstream of the aperture. Near the aperture, a transition from a collisional to a collisionless regime occurs. Perturbations of density and potential, with mm wavelengths and consistent with ion acoustic waves, propagate axially. An ion acceleration region of length ~ 200-300 λD,e forms at the location of the aperture and is found to be an electrostatic double layer, with axially-separated regions of net positive and negative charge. Reducing the aperture diameter or increasing its length increases the double layer strength.

  16. Theoretical and experimental investigation of the plasma source with argon rf barrier discharge at atmospheric pressure

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    Glow characteristics of capacitive radio frequency discharge with isolated electrodes in atmospheric pressure argon in low-current and high-current modes are determined experimentally and calculated by the hybrid hydrodynamic model. Comparative analysis of obtained experimental data and simulated spatio-temporal distributions of concentrations of discharge plasma electrons and heavy species, mean energy of electrons in the RF barrier discharge enabled interpretation of the discharge structure peculiarities in low-current α,α-gamma transition and high-current modes.

  17. Theoretical investigation of thermophysical properties in two-temperature argon-helium thermal plasma

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    The thermophysical properties of argon-helium thermal plasma have been studied in the temperature range from 5000 to 40 000 K at atmospheric pressure in local thermodynamic equilibrium and non-local thermodynamic equilibrium conditions. Two cases of thermal plasma considered are (i) ground state plasma in which all the atoms and ions are assumed to be in the ground state and (ii) excited state plasma in which atoms and ions are distributed over various possible excited states. The influence of electronic excitation and non-equilibrium parameter θ = Te/Th on thermodynamic properties (composition, degree of ionization, Debye length, enthalpy, and total specific heat) and transport properties (electrical conductivity, electron thermal conductivity, and thermal diffusion ratio) have been studied. Within the framework of Chapman-Enskog method, the higher-order contributions to transport coefficient and their convergence are studied. The influence of different molar compositions of argon-helium plasma mixture on convergence of higher-orders is investigated. Furthermore, the effect of different definitions of Debye length has also been examined for electrical conductivity and it is observed that electrical conductivity with the definition of Debye length (in which only electrons participate in screening) is less than that of the another definition (in which both the electrons and ions participate in screening) and this deviation increases with electron temperature. Finally, the effect of lowering of ionization energy is examined on electron number density, Debye length, and higher-order contribution to electrical conductivity. It is observed that the lowering of the ionization energy affects the electron transport-properties and consequently their higher-order contributions depending upon the value of the non-equilibrium parameter θ.

  18. In situ absolute air, O3 and NO densities in the effluent of a cold RF argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet obtained by molecular beam mass spectrometry

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    A molecular beam mass spectrometer has been calibrated and used to measure the air entrainment, nitric oxide and ozone concentrations in the effluent of a cold atmospheric pressure argon RF driven plasma jet. The approaches for calibrating the mass spectrometer for different species are described in detail. Gas phase densities of ozone and nitric oxide up to 7.5 ppm and 4 ppm, respectively, have been measured in the far effluent of the argon plasma jet. The difference in air entrainment when the plasma is undisturbed or is close to a well, which is the case for e.g. in vitro plasma–cell interaction studies, is shown. In addition, an exponential decay of the positive ion flux as a function of distance in the effluent is obtained. Furthermore, the effect of plasma power, duty cycle and air and O2 admixtures introduced into the argon flow on the NO and O3 production is presented, including the possibility of independent control of the NO and O3 flux from the jet. (paper)

  19. Effect of secondary emission on the argon plasma afterglow with large dust density

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    A zero-dimensional, space-averaged model for argon plasma afterglow with large dust density is developed. In the model, three groups of electrons in the plasma afterglow are assumed: (i) thermal electrons with Maxwellian distribution, (ii) energetic electrons generated by metastable-metastable collisions (metastable pooling), and (iii) secondary electrons generated at collisions of ions with the electrodes, which have sufficiently large negative voltages in the afterglow. The model calculates the time-dependencies for electron densities in plasma afterglow based on experimental decay times for metastable density and electrode bias. The effect of secondary emission on electron density in the afterglow is estimated by varying secondary emission yields. It is found that this effect is less important than metastable pooling. The case of dust-free plasma afterglow is considered also, and it is found that in the afterglow the effect of secondary emission may be more important than metastable pooling. The secondary emission may increase thermal electron density ne in dust-free and dusty plasma afterglows on a few ten percentages. The calculated time dependencies for ne in dust-free and dusty plasma afterglows describe well the experimental results

  20. EPR-Spin Trapping and Flow Cytometric Studies of Free Radicals Generated Using Cold Atmospheric Argon Plasma and X-Ray Irradiation in Aqueous Solutions and Intracellular Milieu

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    Uchiyama, Hidefumi; Zhao, Qing-Li; Hassan, Mariame Ali; Andocs, Gabor; Nojima, Nobuyuki; Takeda, Keigo; Ishikawa, Kenji; Hori, Masaru; Kondo, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)-spin trapping and flow cytometry were used to identify free radicals generated using argon-cold atmospheric plasma (Ar-CAP) in aqueous solutions and intracellularly in comparison with those generated by X-irradiation. Ar-CAP was generated using a high-voltage power supply unit with low-frequency excitation. The characteristics of Ar-CAP were estimated by vacuum UV absorption and emission spectra measurements. Hydroxyl (·OH) radicals and hydrogen (H) atoms...

  1. Theoretical investigation of the effect of hydrogen addition on the formation and properties of soliton in direct current argon plasma

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    In this study the effect of hydrogen addition on the formation and properties of soliton in direct-current (DC) argon plasma is theoretically investigated. By coupling fluid equations with Poisons equation for such multi-component plasma, the Mach number and amplitude of the soliton are determined following pseudo potential method. Addition of hydrogen in argon discharge leads to the decrease of electron, Ar+ ion density while a reverse trend was observed for ArH+ and hydrogen like ions. It was found that presence of hydrogen like ions in argon plasma affects the formation of soliton with its amplitude significantly decreases as concentration of hydrogen increases. On the other hand, increase in ion to electron temperature ratios of the lighter ions in the discharge also has a significant influence on the amplitude and formation of soliton. The inverse relation between solitons width and amplitude is found to be consistent for the entire range of study

  2. Photoluminescence enhancement by inductively coupled argon plasma exposure for quantum-well intermixing

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    The exposure of InGaAs/InGaAsP quantum-well (QW) structures to argon (Ar) plasma in an inductively coupled system has been studied. An increase in photoluminescence (PL) intensity without PL peak shift was observed for 5-min Ar plasma exposure compared to the as-grown sample. The exposure creates point defects, and upon rapid thermal annealing produces intermixing between barriers and QWs, resulting in the blueshift of QWs. A selective intermixing using a 200-nm-thick of SiO2 layer as an intermixing mask exhibited a differential band-gap blueshift of 86 nm, with a differential linewidth broadening of 0.3 nm between masked and unmasked section. The improvement of PL intensity in combination with selective intermixing process can pave the way for high-quality hybrid photonic and optoelectronic integrated circuits

  3. Generation of Cold Argon Plasma Jet at the End of Flexible Plastic Tube

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    Kostov, Konstantin G; Prysiazhnyi, Vadym

    2014-01-01

    This brief communication reports a new method for generation of cold atmospheric pressure plasma jet at the downstream end of a flexible plastic tube. The device consists of a small chamber where dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) is ignited in Argon. The discharge is driven by a conventional low frequency AC power supply. The exit of DBD reactor is connected to a commercial flexible plastic tube (up to 4 meters long) with a thin floating Cu wire inside. Under certain conditions an Ar plasma jet can be extracted from the downstream tube end and there is no discharge inside the plastic tube. The jet obtained by this method is cold enough to be put in direct contact with human skin without electric shock and can be used for medical treatment and decontamination.

  4. Deposition of a-SiC:H using organosilanes in an argon/hydrogen plasma

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    Selected organosilanes were examined as precursors for the deposition of amorphous hydrogenated silicon carbide in an argon/hydrogen plasma. Effect of process variables on the quality of the films was established by means of FTIR, Auger spectroscopy, XPS, XRD, chemical analysis, and weight losses upon pyrolysis. For a given power level there is a limiting feeding rate of the precursor under which operation of the system is dominated by thermodynamics and leads to high quality silicon carbide films that are nearly stoichiometric and low in hydrogen. Beyond that limit, carbosilane polymer formation and excessive hydrogen incorporation takes place. The hydrogen content of the plasma affects the deposition rate and the hydrogen content of the film. In the thermodynamically dominated regime the nature of the precursor has no effect on the quality of the film, it affects only the relative utilization efficiency

  5. Volume Measurements of Laser-generated Pits for In Situ Geochronology using KArLE (Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment)

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    French, R. A.; Cohen, B. A.; Miller, J. S.

    2014-01-01

    The Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment( KArLE), is composed of two main instruments: a spectrometer as part of the Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) method and a Mass Spectrometer (MS). The LIBS laser ablates a sample and creates a plasma cloud, generating a pit in the sample. The LIBS plasma is measured for K abundance in weight percent and the released gas is measured using the MS, which calculates Ar abundance in mols. To relate the K and Ar measurements, total mass of the ablated sample is needed but can be difficult to directly measure. Instead, density and volume are used to calculate mass, where density is calculated based on the elemental composition of the rock (from the emission spectrum) and volume is determined by pit morphology. This study aims to reduce the uncertainty for KArLE by analyzing pit volume relationships in several analog materials and comparing methods of pit volume measurements and their associated uncertainties.

  6. Pose Measurement Performance of the Argon Relative Navigation Sensor Suite in Simulated Flight Conditions

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    Galante, Joseph M.; Eepoel, John Van; Strube, Matt; Gill, Nat; Gonzalez, Marcelo; Hyslop, Andrew; Patrick, Bryan

    2012-01-01

    Argon is a flight-ready sensor suite with two visual cameras, a flash LIDAR, an on- board flight computer, and associated electronics. Argon was designed to provide sensing capabilities for relative navigation during proximity, rendezvous, and docking operations between spacecraft. A rigorous ground test campaign assessed the performance capability of the Argon navigation suite to measure the relative pose of high-fidelity satellite mock-ups during a variety of simulated rendezvous and proximity maneuvers facilitated by robot manipulators in a variety of lighting conditions representative of the orbital environment. A brief description of the Argon suite and test setup are given as well as an analysis of the performance of the system in simulated proximity and rendezvous operations.

  7. Evidence of weak plasma series resonance heating in the H-mode of neon and neon/argon inductively coupled plasmas

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    Wendt, A. E.; Boffard, John B.; Jung, R. O.; Lin, Chun C.; Aneskavich, L. E.

    2012-10-01

    The shape of the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) in low-temperature plasmas governs the relative rates of electron-impact processes that determine key discharge properties. Comparison of EEDFs measured with probes and optical emission [1] in argon and neon inductively coupled plasmas (ICP) has revealed a surplus of high-energy electrons in neon-containing plasmas. The abundance of these extra high energy electrons is correlated with the sheath thickness near the rf antenna and can be reduced by either adding a Faraday shield or increasing the plasma density. These trends suggest an association of the surplus high-energy electrons with stochastic heating of electrons in capacitively-coupled electric fields in the sheath adjacent to the antenna. Conventional stochastic heating, however, is found to be insufficient to account for the EEDF observations, and a comparison of modeled and experimental values of the 13.56 MHz time modulation of select neon emission lines strongly suggests plasma series resonance (PSR) heating adjacent to the ICP antenna as the source of the extra high-energy electrons. [4pt] [1] Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 20, (2011) 055006.

  8. Laser scattering diagnostics of an argon atmospheric-pressure plasma jet in contact with vaporized water

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    Seo, B. H.; Kim, J. H.; You, S. J.; Seong, D. J.

    2015-12-01

    The radial profiles of the electron density, electron temperature, and molecular rotational temperature are investigated in an argon atmospheric-pressure plasma jet in contact with vaporized water, which is driven by a 13.56 MHz radio frequency by means of the Thomson and Raman laser scattering methods. There is a distinct difference in the radial profiles of the plasma parameters between plasmas in contact with water and those without water contact. In the case of plasmas without vaporized water contact, all the parameters have a single-peak distribution with maximum values at the center of the discharge. In the case of plasmas in contact with vaporized water, all parameters have double-peak distributions; a neighboring peak appears beside the main peak. The new peak may have originated from the ripple of the water surface, which works as a cathode, and the peak of the ripple offers a sharp curvature point, playing the role of a pin. Our experimental results and the underlying physics are described in detail.

  9. Numerical Modeling of an RF Argon-Silane Plasma with Dust Particle Nucleation and Growth

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    Girshick, Steven; Agarwal, Pulkit

    2012-10-01

    We have developed a 1-D numerical model of an RF argon-silane plasma in which dust particles nucleate and grow. This model self-consistently couples a plasma module, a chemistry module and an aerosol module. The plasma module solves population balance equations for electrons and ions, the electron energy equation under the assumption of a Maxwellian velocity distribution, and Poisson's equation for the electric field. The chemistry module treats silane dissociation and reactions of silicon hydrides containing up to two silicon atoms. The aerosol module uses a sectional method to model particle size and charge distributions. The nucleation rate is equated to the rates of formation of anions containing two Si atoms, and a heterogeneous reaction model is used to model particle surface growth. Aerosol effects considered include particle charging, coagulation, and particle transport by neutral drag, ion drag, electric force, gravity and Brownian diffusion. Simulation results are shown for the case of a 13.56 MHz plasma at a pressure of 13 Pa and applied RF voltage of 100 V (amplitude), with flow through a showerhead electrode. These results show the strong coupling between the plasma and the spatiotemporal evolution of the nanoparticle cloud.

  10. ULTRAVIOLET INDUCED MOTION OF A FLUORESCENT DUST CLOUD IN AN ARGON DIRECT CURRENT GLOW DISCHARGE PLASMA

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    Hvasta, M.G.; and Zwicker, A.

    2008-01-01

    Dusty plasmas consist of electrons, ions, neutrals and nm-μm sized particles commonly referred to as dust. In man-made plasmas this dust may represent impurities in a tokamak or plasma etching processing. In astrophysical plasmas this dust forms structures such as planetary rings and comet tails. To study dusty plasma dynamics an experiment was designed in which a 3:1 silica (<5 μm diameter) and fl uorescent dust mixture was added to an argon DC glow discharge plasma and exposed to UV radiation. This fl uorescent lighting technique offers an advantage over laser scattering (which only allows two-dimensional slices of the cloud to be observed) and is simpler than scanning mirror techniques or particle image velocimetry. Under typical parameters (P=150 mTorr, V anode= 100 V, Vcathode= -400 V, Itotal < 2mA) when the cloud is exposed to the UV light (100W, λ = 365 nm) the mixture fl uoresces, moves ~2mm towards the light source and begins rotating in a clockwise manner (as seen from the cathode). By calibrating a UV lamp and adjusting the relative intensity of the UV with a variable transformer it was found that both translational and rotational velocities are a function of UV intensity. Additionally, it was determined that bulk cloud rotation is not seen when the dust tray is not grounded while bulk translation is. This ongoing experiment represents a novel way to control contamination in man-made plasmas and a path to a better understanding of UV-bathed plasma systems in space..

  11. Application of a wall-stabilized argon plasma arc for the determination of some volatile hydride-forming elements

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    Eid, M.A. [Spectroscopy Department, National Research Centre, Dokki, Cairo (Egypt)]. E-mail: profmaeid@yahoo.com; Moustafa, H.R. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Girls Branch, Al Azhar University, Cairo (Egypt); Al Ashkar, E.A. [Spectroscopy Department, National Research Centre, Dokki, Cairo (Egypt); Ali, S.S. [Spectroscopy Department, National Research Centre, Dokki, Cairo (Egypt)

    2006-04-15

    Volatile hydrides of As, Se, Sb and Sn, produced by a continuous manifold hydride generator, have been swept with argon and injected into the plasma of home-made direct current wall-stabilized argon plasma arc via one of its stabilizing segments. The arc burns in argon with an arc current of 20 A and a cathode-anode voltage of 40 V. Measurements were carried out using a 1 m focal length computer-controlled monochromator (Jobin Yvon 1000R) equipped with a holographic grating having 2400 grooves mm{sup -1}. Optimal values of the experimental variables that give the highest value of intensity ratio of line-to-background were determined. These are: plasma gas flow rate 1.0 l min{sup -1}, carrier gas flow rate 0.35 l min{sup -1} for As and Sb and 0.6 l min{sup -1} for Se and Sn, concentration of nitric acid used for acidification of the sample 2 M for As and Sb, 0.5 M for Se and 0.1 M for Sn and sodium borohydride concentration: 1.5% for As and Se and 2% for Sb and Sn. Chemical interference of some transition elements that affect the hydride generation process and a trial to mask their interference effect were investigated. Calibration curves were linear and limits of detection calculated on the base of 3{sigma} of the background were found to be as low as 3.9, 6.8, 9.8 and 13.2 ng ml{sup -1} for As, Se, Sb and Sn, respectively. Finally, the analytical applicability of the arc device was tested by the determination of As in four lake sediment samples, LKSD 1, LKSD 2, LKSD 3 and LKSD 4, of the Centre for Mineral and Energy Technology, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, which have been analyzed for As using atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS). The results were in good agreement with those obtained by AAS.

  12. Simulation of DBD plasma actuators, and nanoparticle-plasma interactions in argon-hydrogen CCP RF discharges

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    Mamunuru, Meenakshi

    The focus of this work is modeling and simulation of low temperature plasma discharges (LTPs). The first part of the thesis consists of the study of dielectric barrier (DBD) plasma actuators. Use of DBD plasma actuators on airfoil surfaces is a promising method for increasing airfoil efficiency. Actuators produce a surface discharge that causes time averaged thrust in the neutral gas. The thrust modifies the boundary layer properties of the flow and prevents the occurrence of separation bubbles. In simulating the working of an actuator, the focus is on the spatial characteristics of the thrust produced by the discharge over very short time and space scales. The results provide an understanding of the causes of thrust, and the basic principles behind the actuator operation. The second part of this work focusses on low pressure plasma discharges used for silicon nanoparticle synthesis. When reactive semiconductor precursor gases are passed through capacitively coupled plasma (CCP) radio frequency (RF) reactors, nano sized particles are formed. When the reactors are operated at high enough powers, a very high fraction of the nanoparticles are crystallized in the chamber. Nanoparticle crystallization in plasma is a very complex process and not yet fully understood. It can be inferred from experiments that bulk and surface processes initiated due to energetic ion impaction of the nanoparticles are responsible for reordering of silicon atoms, causing crystallization. Therefore, study of plasma-particle interactions is the first step towards understanding how particles are crystallized. The specific focus of this work is to investigate the experimental evidence that hydrogen gas presence in argon discharges used for silicon nanocrystal synthesis, leads to a superior quality of nanocrystals. Influence of hydrogen gas on plasma composition and discharge characteristics is studied. Via Monte Carlo simulation, distribution of ion energy impacting particles surface is studied

  13. Morphology and characteristics of laser-induced aluminum plasma in argon and in air: A comparative study

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    Bai, Xueshi; Cao, Fan; Motto-Ros, Vincent; Ma, Qianli; Chen, Yanping; Yu, Jin

    2015-11-01

    In laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), ablation takes place in general in an ambient gas of the atmospheric pressure, often in air but also in noble gas such as argon or helium. The use of noble gas is known to significantly improve the performance of the technique. We investigate in this work the morphology and the characteristics of induced plasma in argon and in air. The purpose is to understand the mechanism of the analytical performance improvement by the use of argon ambient with respective to air ambient and the dependence on the other experimental parameters such as the laser fluence. The observation of plasma morphology in different ambient gases provides also information for better design of the detection system which optimizes the signal collection according to the used ambient gases. More specifically, the expansion of the plasma induced on an aluminum target with nanosecond infrared (1064 nm) laser pulse in two ambient gases, argon and the atmospheric air, has been studied with spectroscopic imaging at short delays and with emission spectroscopy at longer delays. With relatively low ablation laser fluence (65 J/cm2), similar morphologies have been observed in argon and in air over the early stage of plasma expansion, while diagnostics at longer delay shows stronger emission, higher electron density and temperature for plasma induced in argon. With higher ablation laser fluence (160 J/cm2) however, different expansion behaviors have been observed, with a stagnating aluminum vapor near the target surface in air while a propagating plume away from the target in argon. The craters left on the target surface show as well corresponding difference: in air, the crater is very shallow with a target surface chaotically affected by the laser pulse, indicating an effective re-deposition of the ablated material back to the crater; while in Ar a deeper crater is observed, indicating an efficient mass removal by laser ablation. At longer delays, a brighter

  14. Atomic data generation and collisional radiative modeling of argon II, argon III, and neon I for laboratory and astrophysical plasmas

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    Munoz Burgos, Jorge Manuel

    Accurate knowledge of atomic processes plays a key role in modeling the emission in laboratory as well as in astrophysical plasmas. These processes are included in a collisional-radiative model and the results are compared with experimental measurements for Ar and Ne ions from the ASTRAL (Auburn Steady sTate Research fAciLity) experiment. The accuracy of our model depends upon the quality of the atomic data we use. Atomic data for near neutral systems present a challenge due to the low accuracy of perturbative methods for these systems. In order to improve our model we rely on non-perturbative methods such as R - Matrix and RMPS ( R -Matrix with Pseudo-States) to include correlation in the collision cross-sections. In the case of Ar + we compared R -Matrix electron-impact excitation data against the results from a new RMPS calculation. The aim was to assess the effects of continuum-coupling effects on the atomic data and the resulting spectrum. We do our spectral modeling using the ADAS suite of codes. Our collisional-radiative formalism assumes that the excited levels are in quasi- static equilibrium with the ground and metastable populations. In our model we allow for N e and T e variation along the line of sight by fitting our densities and temperature profiles with those measured within the experiment. The best results so far have been obtained by the fitting of the experimental temperature and density profiles with Gaussian and polynomial distribution functions. The line of sight effects were found to have a significant effect on the emission modeling. The relative emission rates were measured in the ASTRAL helicon plasma source. A spectrometer which features a 0.33 m Criss-Cross Scanning monochromator and a CCD camera is used for this study. ASTRAL produces bright intense Ar and Ne plasmas with n e = 10 11 to 10 13 cm -3 and T e = 2 to 10 eV. A series of 7 large coils produce an axial magnetic field up to 1.3 kGauss. A fractional helix antenna is used to

  15. The influence of the EUV spectrum on plasma induced by EUV radiation in argon and hydrogen gas

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    van der Horst, R. M.; Osorio, E. A.; Banine, V. Y.; Beckers, J.

    2016-02-01

    Plasmas induced by EUV radiation are scarcely investigated, although they are unique since they are created without any discharge. These plasmas are also of interest from an applicational point of view, since they are related to the lifetime of optics in EUV lithography tools. In order to assess this impact, it is essential to characterize and understand EUV-induced plasma. In this contribution the influence of the background gas (argon and hydrogen) in the lithography tool and the spectrum of the illumination source on the electron density of EUV-induced plasma is investigated using microwave cavity resonance spectroscopy. The experimental results showed that out-of-band radiation (>20 nm) is the main contributor to EUV-induced plasma in both argon and hydrogen. In hydrogen, this contribution is relatively more important than in argon due to the stronger wavelength dependence of the photoionization cross section of hydrogen than of argon. Furthermore, the production of electrons by out-of-band radiation lasts longer than the production by in-band radiation (10-20 nm) due to the longer temporal width of out-of-band radiation. Finally, the obtained results correspond reasonably well with estimates from a simplified absorption model.

  16. Irradiation of silver and agar/silver nanoparticles with argon, oxygen glow discharge plasma, and mercury lamp.

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    Ahmad, Mahmoud M; Abdel-Wahab, Essam A; El-Maaref, A A; Rawway, Mohammed; Shaaban, Essam R

    2014-01-01

    The irradiation effect of argon, oxygen glow discharge plasma, and mercury lamp on silver and agar/silver nanoparticle samples is studied. The irradiation time dependence of the synthesized silver and agar/silver nanoparticle absorption spectra and their antibacterial effect are studied and compared. In the agar/silver nanoparticle sample, as the irradiation time of argon glow discharge plasma or mercury lamp increases, the peak intensity and the full width at half maximum, FWHM, of the surface plasmon resonance absorption band is increased, however a decrease of the peak intensity with oxygen glow plasma has been observed. In the silver nanoparticle sample, as the irradiation time of argon, oxygen glow discharge plasma or mercury lamp increases, the peak intensity of the surface plasmon resonance absorption band is increased, however, there is no significant change in the FWHM of the surface plasmon resonance absorption band. The SEM results for both samples showed nanoparticle formation with mean size about 50 nm and 40 nm respectively. Throughout the irradiation time with the argon, oxygen glow discharge plasma or mercury lamp, the antibacterial activity of several kinds of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria has been examined. PMID:25184109

  17. Second derivative Langmuir probe measurements in Faraday dark space in Argon d.c. gas discharge at intermediate pressures

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    In a d.c. discharge tube with sectional cathodes and a common grid anode, second derivative Langmuir probe measurements were performed in the Faraday dark space in argon gas discharge at intermediate pressures. Experimental results for different radial probe positions and different distances from the cathode in axial direction are presented. It is shown that the electron energy distribution function is bi-Maxwellian. Taking into account the electron depletion caused by their sinking on the probe surface, an extension of the Druyvesteyn formula is applied for more accurate determination of the electron temperature value, T, the electron density, n, and the plasma potential, Upl, from the experimental results acquired

  18. Plasma of Argon Affects the Earliest Biological Response of Different Implant Surfaces: An In Vitro Comparative Study.

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    Canullo, L; Genova, T; Tallarico, M; Gautier, G; Mussano, F; Botticelli, D

    2016-05-01

    The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the early cell response and protein adsorption elicited by the argon plasma treatment of different commercially available titanium surfaces via a chair-side device. Sterile disks made of grade 4 titanium (n= 450, 4-mm diameter) with 3 surface topographies (machined, plasma sprayed, and zirconia blasted and acid etched) were allocated to receive 4 testing treatments (2% and 10% protein adsorption and cell adhesion with MC3T3-E1 and MG-63). Furthermore, the specimens were divided to undergo 1) argon plasma treatment (10 W, 1 bar for 12 min) in a plasma reactor, 2) ultraviolet (UV) light treatment for 2 h (positive control group), or 3) no treatment (control group). Pretreatment surface analyses based on a scanning electron microscope and profilometer images were also performed. Profilometric analysis demonstrated that the evaluated specimens perfectly suit the standard parameters. The use of argon plasma was capable of affecting the quantity of proteins adsorbed on the different surfaces, notwithstanding their roughness or topographic features at a low fetal bovine serum concentration (2%). UV light treatment for 2 h attained similar results. Moreover, both the plasma of argon and the UV light demonstrated a significant increase in the number of osteoblasts adherent at 10 min in all tested surfaces. Within its limitations, this in vitro study highlights the potential biological benefits of treating implant surfaces with plasma of argon or UV, irrespective of the roughness of the titanium surface. However, in vivo experiments are needed to confirm these preliminary data and settle the rationale of a treatment that might be clinically relevant in case of bone-reparative deficiencies. PMID:26848069

  19. Argon-argon age measurements and calculations of temperatures resulting from asteroidal break-up

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    In addition to providing chronological information, (40Ar-39Ar) measurements on meteorites can be used as a geothermometer providing a record of the thermal history of the fragmentation events that have led from asteroidal parent body to museum specimen. A simple method of treating the experimental data is in terms of effective outgassing temperature. This is the temperature required to produce in the laboratory, a fractional release of neutron induced 39Ar equal to the loss of radiogenic 40Ar determined from the 40Ar-39Ar age spectrum. An equation relating effective temperature, Tsub(e), of a meteorite heated during a single parent-body fragmentation or cratering event is given. An attempt has been made to relate the experimentally observed distribution of Tsub(e) for meteorites to the unknown distribution of fragmentation temperatures, by using a Monte Carlo model to predict the distribution of fragment cooling times. It is concluded that for ordinary chondrites the mean temperature rise during at least one such event is of the order of 200 to 400 K, corresponding to a mean energy dissipation of more than 2x105 J kg-1. Two mechanisms are suggested to account for these high values. (U.K.)

  20. Temporally and spatially resolved characterization of microwave induced argon plasmas: Experiment and modeling

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    Baeva, M.; Andrasch, M.; Ehlbeck, J.; Loffhagen, D.; Weltmann, K.-D.

    2014-04-01

    Experiments and modeling of the plasma-microwave interaction have been performed in a coaxial microwave plasma source at a field frequency of 2.45 GHz generating argon plasmas at pressures of 20 and 40 millibars and a ratio of flow rate to pressure of 0.125 sccm/Pa. The incident microwave power between 100 W and 300 W is supplied in a regime of a pulse-width modulation with cycle duration of 110 ms and a power-on time of 23 ms. The experiments are based on heterodyne reflectometry and microwave interferometry at 45.75 GHz. They provide the temporal behaviour of the complex reflection coefficient, the microwave power in the plasma, as well as the electron density in the afterglow zone of the discharge. The self-consistent spatially two-dimensional and time-dependent modeling complements the analysis of the plasma-microwave interaction delivering the plasma and electromagnetic field parameters. The consolidating experimental observations and model predictions allow further characterizing the plasma source. The generated plasma has a core occupying the region close to the end of the inner electrode, where maximum electron densities above 1020 m-3 and electron temperatures of about 1 eV are observed. Due to a longer outer electrode of the coaxial structure, the plasma region is extended and fills the volume comprised by the outer electrode. The electron density reaches values of the order of 1019 m-3. The heating of the gas occurs in its great part due to elastic collisions with the plasma electrons. However, the contribution of the convective heating is important especially in the extended plasma region, where the gas temperature reaches its maximum values up to approximately 1400 K. The temporally and spatially resolved modeling enables a thorough investigation of the plasma-microwave interaction which clearly shows that the power in-coupling occurs in the region of the highest electron density during the early stage of the discharge. In the steady state phase

  1. RADICAL FORMATION ON CTMP FIBERS BY ARGON PLASMA TREATMENTS AND RELATED LIGNIN CHEMICAL CHANGES

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    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available The changes at molecular level induced by cold argon plasma treat-ments on fibers obtained from chemi-thermo-mechanical pulp (CTMP fibers were investigated. The radicals formed on CTMP fibers after treatments were identified and quantified by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR spectroscopy. The plasma conditions which maximize the formation of radicals on fibers were assessed: after treatment with 0.4 mbar Ar pressure and 75 W radiofrequency power, phenoxy radicals triple their concentration in only 60 s and reach a value 4 times higher than that reported for laccase-catalyzed lignin oxidation. It was found that in plasma-treated fibers, the formation of radicals competes with their coupling. This latter result leads to cross-linkages of the lignin mono-meric units and formation of new intermonomeric C-C and C-O bonds, for the first time assigned to specific molecular interactions through Heteronuclear Single Quantum Coherence (2D-HSQC spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy of carbon (13C-NMR. These results were confirmed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectros-copy of phosphorous (31P-NMR. The lack of evidences of inter-fiber bond interactions, deduced from Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC data, suggests the possible application of plasma treatments for the production of wood fiber-based composites.

  2. Sterilization using a microwave-induced argon plasma system at atmospheric pressure

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    The use of microwave plasma for sterilization is relatively new. The advantages of this method are the relatively low temperature, time-savings and its nontoxic nature, in contrast to traditional methods such as heat and gas treatment, and radiation. This study investigated the sterilization effects of microwave-induced argon plasma at atmospheric pressure on materials contaminated with various microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi. A low-cost and reliable 2.45 GHz, waveguide-based applicator was designed to generate microwave plasma at atmospheric pressure. This system consisted of a 1 kW magnetron power supply, a WR-284 copper waveguide, an applicator including a tuning section, and a nozzle section. Six bacterial and fungal strains were used for the sterilization test. The results showed that regardless of the strain, all the bacteria used in this study were fully sterilized within 20 seconds and all the fungi were sterilized within 1 second. These results show that this sterilization method is easy to use, requires significantly less time than the other traditional methods and established plasma sterilization methods, and it is nontoxic. It can be used in the field of sterilization in medical and dental clinics as well as in laboratory settings

  3. Experimental behaviour of a argon plasma, which is passed by a high current intensity, with different magnetic field configurations; Comportamiento experimental de un plasma de argon en diferentes configuraciones de campo magnetico y a elevadas corrientes

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    Lozano, J.

    1964-07-01

    In a lineal discharge, the longitudinal and azimuthal magnetic fields produced by the current through the tube and the returning conductors, which have 4 different forms, are determined with a magnetic probe, which has a radial and longitudinal displacement. The plasma is produced discharging a 135{mu}F and 9 KV capacitor bank through Argon at 10{sup -}1 Torr. (Author) 5 refs.

  4. Experimental Measurement for Shock Velocity-Mass Velocity Relationship of Liquid Argon Up to 46 GPa

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    孟川民; 施尚春; 董石; 杨向东; 谭华; 经福谦

    2003-01-01

    Shock properties of liquid argon were measured in the shock pressure up to 46 GPa by employing the two-stage light gas gun. Liquid nitrogen was used as coolant liquid. The cryogenic target system has been improved to compare with the previous work. Shock velocities were measured with self-shorting electrical probes. Impactor velocities were measured with an electrical-magnetic induction system. Mass velocities were obtained by mean of shock impedance matching method. The experimental data shows that the slope of experimental Hugoniot curve of liquid argon begins to decrease above 30 GPa.

  5. Numerical study on iron particles behaviour injected in an argon plasma from an electric transferred arc

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    Douce, A.; Flour, I.

    1995-11-01

    In the scope of the Research and Development Project `Control of Plasma/Product Interaction`, the aim of this study is to analyze the behaviour of iron particles injected in an argon plasma flow from an electric transferred arc. It includes particle trajectories and, heat and mass transfer (as the particle undergoes smelting and evaporation), using a 3 dimensional Lagrangian simulation with the numerical code ESTET. The plasma flow is a result of a calculation done using Melodie, a 2 dimensional axisymmetrical software, in the scope of a modelling bath heating with plasma transferred arc. The first step consists of an analysis on the forces applied to a single particle. Simulations show that equation of motion would reduce, finally, to the sum of the drag force and the gravitational effects. In a second step, special attention is given to the effect of steep temperature gradients (across the boundary layer around the particle) on the evaluation of the plasma properties, the drag coefficient, and the heat and mass transfer coefficients. The comparison of several correlations show that the definition of the mean temperature mainly controls the calculation of plasma properties across the boundary layer around the particle.At least, several particle injection conditions are tested on four different sizes particles (50, 100, 150 et 200{mu}m), showing that the 200 {mu}m particle is the only one falling into the bath, without being completely evaporated. However, taking into account the `blow-up effect`, induced by evaporation, leads to a decrease of the heat transfer coefficient which slow down the evaporation, and then modify the conclusion made before. (authors). 18 refs., 41 figs., 5 tabs., 4 appends.

  6. Epinephrine plus argon plasma or heater probe coagulation in ulcer bleeding

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    Ahmet Karaman; Mevlut Baskol; Sebnem Gursoy; Edip Torun; Alper Yurci; Banu Demet Ozel; Kadri Guven; Omer Ozbakir; Mehmet Yucesoy

    2011-01-01

    AIM: To compare the effectiveness of argon plasma coagulation (APC) and heater probe coagulation (HPC) in non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding. METHODS: Eighty-five (18 female, 67 male) patients admitted for acute gastrointestinal bleeding due to gastric or duodenal ulcer were included in the study. Upper endoscopy was performed and HPC or APC were chosen randomly to stop the bleeding. Initial hemostasis and rebleeding rates were primary and secondary end-points of the study. RESULTS: Initial hemostasis was achieved in 97.7% (42/43) and 81% (36/42) of the APC and HPC groups, respectively (P 0.05). CONCLUSION: APC is an effective hemostatic method in bleeding peptic ulcers. Larger multicenter trials are necessary to confirm these results.

  7. Some metals determination in beers by atomic emission spectrometry of induced argon plasma

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    It was made the identification and determination of metals in brazilian bottled and canned beer, using atomic emission spectrometry with d.c. are and argon coupled plasma excitation sources. The elements Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Pb and Zn were determined in beer samples, after treatment with HNO sub(3) conc. /H sub(2) O sub(2) (30%). In the determination of Co, Cr, Cu, Pb and Zn and alternative method using HNO sub(3) conc. /O sub(3) was proved be useful. The results obtained for Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Pb and Zn were below the limits established by brazilian legislation, showing the good quality of the beer concerning the metals. The results of this work were requested by the previous Ministerio do Meio Ambiente e Urbanismo in order to contribute to review the brazilian legislation in foods and beverages about metals contents. (author)

  8. Sulphate analysis in uranium leach iron(III) chloride solutions by inductively coupled argon plasma spectrometry

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    Inductively coupled Argon Plasma Spectrometry is used for the indirect determination of sulphate in iron(III) chloride leach solution of Elliot Lake uranium ores via addition of a known amount of barium ions and analyzing for excess of barium. The ore contains ∼ 7 wt% pyrite, FeS2, as the major mineral which oxidizes to generate sulphate during leaching with Fe(III). The effects of pH, the concentrations of Fe(III) and chloride ions and for presence of ethanol in the test samples on the accuracy of analysis are studied. It is found that unlike the Rhodizonate method, removal of iron(III) from or addition of ethanol to the test sample prior to analysis are not required. Linear calibration curves are obtained. (author)

  9. A case of radiation hemorrhagic gastritis successfully treated by endoscopic argon plasma coagulation

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    A 72-year-old woman underwent irradiation of 46 Grey in total dose, for lumbago of the advanced pancreatic cancer in August 2000. She was admitted to our hospital due to severe anemia in February 2001 with occasionally positive fecal occult blood. Endoscopy revealed erosive gastric mucosa diffuse in the lower body of the stomach, which resulted from radiation. We applied argon plasma coagulation (APC) in March 2001 and succeeded in hemostasis of the widely spreading radiation hemorrhagic gastritis. The progress of the severe anemia improved without cicatricial stenosis. As the coagulation of the APC is limited in the surface mucosa, APC is an easy and effective treatment for radiation hemorrhagic gastritis. (author)

  10. Time- and space-resolved spectroscopic characterization of a laser carbon plasma plume in an argon background

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    We present time- and space-resolved spectroscopic observations of a laser-produced carbon plasma, in an argon background. An Nd : YAG laser pulse, 370 mJ, 3.5 ns, at 1.06 µm, with a fluence of 6.9 J cm−2, is used to produce a plasma from a solid graphite target in a 0.5 to 415 mTorr argon background. The spectral emission in the visible is recorded with 15 ns time resolution. We use 20 ns time resolution plasma imaging, filtered at characteristic carbon species emission wavelengths, to study the dynamics of the expanding plasma. The carbon plasma emission is found to evolve from the characteristic of single ionized carbon, to a more complex one, where C2 and C3 molecular bands dominate. Several plasma fronts, with either ionic or molecular composition, are seen to detach from the laser target plasma. The temporal and spatial features of the molecular carbon species evolution are found to be dependent on the actual argon background pressure. (paper)

  11. Superhydrophilic poly(L-lactic acid) electrospun membranes for biomedical applications obtained by argon and oxygen plasma treatment

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    Correia, D. M.; Ribeiro, C.; Botelho, G.; Borges, J.; Lopes, C.; Vaz, F.; Carabineiro, S. A. C.; Machado, A. V.; Lanceros-Méndez, S.

    2016-05-01

    Poly(L-lactic acid), PLLA, electrospun membranes and films were plasma treated at different times and power with argon (Ar) and oxygen (O2), independently, in order to modify the hydrophobic nature of the PLLA membranes. Both Ar and O2 plasma treatments promote an increase in fiber average size of the electrospun membranes from 830 ± 282 nm to 866 ± 361 and 1179 ± 397 nm, respectively, for the maximum exposure time (970 s) and power (100 W). No influence of plasma treatment was detected in the physical-chemical characteristics of PLLA, such as chemical structure, polymer phase or degree of crystallinity. On the other hand, an increase in the roughness of the films was obtained both with argon and oxygen plasma treatments. Surface wettability studies revealed a decrease in the contact angle with increasing plasma treatment time for a given power and with increasing power for a given time in membranes and films and superhydrophilic electrospun fiber membranes were obtained. Results showed that the argon and oxygen plasma treatments can be used to tailor hydrophilicity of PLLA membranes for biomedical applications. MTT assay results indicated that plasma treatments under Ar and O2 do not influence the metabolic activity of MC3T3-E1 pre-osteoblast cells.

  12. Experimental behaviour of a argon plasma, which is passed by a high current intensity, with different magnetic field configurations

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    In a lineal discharge, the longitudinal and azimuthal magnetic fields produced by the current through the tube and the returning conductors, which have 4 different forms, are determined with a magnetic probe, which has a radial and longitudinal displacement. The plasma is produced discharging a 135μF and 9 KV capacitor bank through Argon at 10-1 Torr. (Author) 5 refs

  13. ANALYSIS OF A WASTEWATER FOR SEVEN PRIORITY POLLUTANT ELEMENTS BY D.C. ARGON PLASMA EMISSION SPECTROSCOPY

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    This limited project was conducted to determine the usefulness of the D.C. argon plasma for the analysis of wastewater. Seven priority pollutant elements, arsenic (As), beryllium (Be), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), nickel (Ni), lead (Pb), and thallium (Tl), were selected for use i...

  14. Comment on ‘Correlating metastable-atom density, reduced electric field, and electron energy distribution in the post-transient stage of a 1 Torr argon discharge’ (2015 Plasma Source Sci. Technol. 24 034009)

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    Sadeghi, N.

    2016-06-01

    Several important errors and misinterpretations present in a recent publication by Franek et al (2015 Plasma Source Sci. Technol. 24 034009) are pointed out and discussed. In particular, it is shown that the electron densities deduced by the resonance cavity frequency shift technique are highly underestimated. So the conclusion of authors on validity of the method for the estimate of argon metastable density from the 420.1/419.8 nm emission intensity ratio is not justified. In a recent publication, hereafter referred as (Franek et al 2015 Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 24 034009), Franek et al have studied the correlation existing in argon plasma between 420.1/419.8 nm emission intensity ratio and combined metastable atoms density (Arm), electron density (n e) and reduced electric field (E/N). Experiments were carried out in a 1 Torr argon plasma afterglow, during which Arm was measured by Diode-Laser absorption and n e by frequency shift of a μ-wave resonance cavity into which the plasma tube was inserted. Authors concluded that in any argon plasma Arm can be deduced, without directly measuring it, from the 420.1/419.8 nm emission intensity ratio, provided that n e and E/N are known. The purpose of this comment is to point out several important errors present in that paper, dealing mostly with electron density measurement.

  15. Predictive modelling of the impact of argon injection on H-mode plasmas in JET with the RITM code

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    Unterberg, B [Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Ass. Euratom-FZ Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Kalupin, D [Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Ass. Euratom-FZ Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Tokar' , M Z [Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Ass. Euratom-FZ Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Corrigan, G [EURATOM UKAEA Fusion Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3DB (United Kingdom); Dumortier, P [Laboratory for Plasma Physics, Ass. Euratom-Belgian State, Koninklijke Militaire School-Ecole Royale Militaire, B-1000 Brussels (Belgium); Huber, A [Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Ass. Euratom-FZ Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Jachmich, S [Laboratory for Plasma Physics, Ass. Euratom-Belgian State, Koninklijke Militaire School-Ecole Royale Militaire, B-1000 Brussels (Belgium); Kempenaars, M [FOM-Instituut voor Plasmafysica ' Rijnhuizen' , Ass. Euratom-FOM, PO Box 1207, 3430 BE Nieuwegein (Netherlands); Kreter, A [Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Ass. Euratom-FZ Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Messiaen, A M [Laboratory for Plasma Physics, Ass. Euratom-Belgian State, Koninklijke Militaire School-Ecole Royale Militaire, B-1000 Brussels (Belgium); Monier-Garbet, P [Ass. Euratom-CEA, DRFC, CEA Cadarache, St Paul lez Durance (France); Ongena, J [Laboratory for Plasma Physics, Ass. Euratom-Belgian State, Koninklijke Militaire School-Ecole Royale Militaire, B-1000 Brussels (Belgium); Puiatti, M E [Associazione Euratom-ENEA sulla Fusione, Consorzio RFX, Padova (Italy); Valisa, M [Associazione Euratom-ENEA sulla Fusione, Consorzio RFX, Padova (Italy); Hellermann, M von [FOM-Instituut voor Plasmafysica ' Rijnhuizen' , Ass. Euratom-FOM, PO Box 1207, 3430 BE Nieuwegein(Netherlands)

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    Self-consistent modelling of energy and particle transport of the plasma background and impurities has been performed with the code RITM for argon seeded high density H-mode plasmas in JET. The code can reproduce both the profiles in the plasma core and the structure of the edge pedestal. The impact of argon on core transport is found to be small; in particular, no significant change in confinement is observed in both experimental and modelling results. The same transport model, which has been used to reproduce density peaking in the radiative improved mode in TEXTOR, reveals a flat density profile in Ar seeded JET H-mode plasmas in agreement with the experimental observations. This behaviour is attributed to the rather flat profile of the safety factor in the bulk of H-mode discharges.

  16. Investigations of laser-induced plasma in argon by Thomson scattering

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    The Thomson scattering method was applied to quantify the electron number density and temperature of a laser spark formed in argon. The laser spark was generated by focusing a 15 mJ beam from the second harmonic (λL = 532 nm) of a nanosecond Nd:YAG laser with an 80 mm focal length lens. Images of the spark emission were obtained for times between 1 ns and 20 μs after the laser pulse in order to characterize its spatial evolution. The electron density and temperature for the core of the plasma plume at different instants of its evolution were determined from the Thomson scattered spectra of another nanosecond Nd:YAG laser (532 nm, 10 to 60 mJ/pulse). In the time interval between 400 ns and 10 μs between the laser induced plasma and Thomson scattering probe pulses, we found ne and Te to decrease from 4.3 × 1023 m−3 to 2.4 × 1022 m−3 and from 50 700 K to 11 100 K, respectively. Special care was paid to the plasma disturbance by the probe laser pulse in Thomson scattering experiments due to absorption of laser photons by electrons through the inverse bremsstrahlung process.

  17. Investigations of laser-induced plasma in argon by Thomson scattering

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    Mendys, A., E-mail: agata.mendys@uj.edu.pl [Instytut Fizyki im. M. Smoluchowskiego, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, ulica Reymonta 4, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Dzierzega, K.; Grabiec, M. [Instytut Fizyki im. M. Smoluchowskiego, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, ulica Reymonta 4, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Pellerin, S. [GREMI - site de Bourges, Universite d' Orleans, CNRS, rue Gaston Berger BP 4043, 18028 Bourges (France); Pokrzywka, B. [Obserwatorium Astronomiczne na Suhorze, Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny, ulica Podchorazych 2, 30-084 Krakow (Poland); Travaille, G.; Bousquet, B. [Centre de Physique Moleculaire Optique et Hertzienne, Universite Bordeaux 1, 351 Cours de la Liberation, 33405 Talence CEDEX (France)

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    The Thomson scattering method was applied to quantify the electron number density and temperature of a laser spark formed in argon. The laser spark was generated by focusing a 15 mJ beam from the second harmonic ({lambda}{sub L} = 532 nm) of a nanosecond Nd:YAG laser with an 80 mm focal length lens. Images of the spark emission were obtained for times between 1 ns and 20 {mu}s after the laser pulse in order to characterize its spatial evolution. The electron density and temperature for the core of the plasma plume at different instants of its evolution were determined from the Thomson scattered spectra of another nanosecond Nd:YAG laser (532 nm, 10 to 60 mJ/pulse). In the time interval between 400 ns and 10 {mu}s between the laser induced plasma and Thomson scattering probe pulses, we found n{sub e} and T{sub e} to decrease from 4.3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 23} m{sup -3} to 2.4 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 22} m{sup -3} and from 50 700 K to 11 100 K, respectively. Special care was paid to the plasma disturbance by the probe laser pulse in Thomson scattering experiments due to absorption of laser photons by electrons through the inverse bremsstrahlung process.

  18. Plasma Formed in Argon, Acid Nitric and Water Used in Industrial ICP Torches

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    F. BENDJEBBAR; P. ANDRE; M. BENBAKKAR; D. ROCHETTE; S. FLAZI; D. VACHER

    2012-01-01

    Inductively coupled plasmas (ICPs) are used in spectrochemical analyses. The introduction of the sample by means of an aerosol are widely used. The introduction and the total evaporation of the aerosol is required in order to obtain a good repeatability and reproducibility of analyses. To check whether the vaporization of the aerosol droplets inside the plasma is completed, a solution could be used to compare the experimental results of the emission spectral lines with theoretical results. An accurate calculation code to obtain monatomic spectral lines intensities is therefore required, which is the purpose of the present paper. The mixtures of argon, water and nitric acid are widely used in spectrochemical analyses with ICPs. With these mixtures, we calculate the composition, thermodynamic functions and monatomic spectral lines intensities of the plasma at thermodynamic equilibrium and at atmospheric pressure. To obtain a self sufficient paper and also to allow other researchers to compare their results, all required data and a robust accurate algorithm, which is simple and easy to compute, are given.

  19. Dentin surface treatment using a non-thermal argon plasma brush for interfacial bonding improvement in composite restoration

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    Ritts, Andy Charles; Li, Hao; Yu, Qingsong; Xu, Changqi; Yao, Xiaomei; Hong, Liang; Wang, Yong

    2010-01-01

    The objective of this study is to investigate the treatment effects of non-thermal atmospheric gas plasmas on dentin surfaces for composite restoration. Extracted unerupted human third molars were used by removing the crowns and etching the exposed dentin surfaces with 35% phosphoric acid gel. The dentin surfaces were treated by using a non-thermal atmospheric argon plasma brush for various durations. The molecular changes of the dentin surfaces were analyzed using FTIR/ATR and an increase in...

  20. Titanium surface modification by using microwave-induced argon plasma in various conditions to enhance osteoblast biocompatibility

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    Seon, Gyeung Mi; Seo, Hyok Jin; Kwon, Soon Young; Lee, Mi Hee; Kwon, Byeong-Ju; Kim, Min Sung; Koo, Min-Ah; Park, Bong Joo; Park, Jong-Chul

    2015-01-01

    Background Titanium is a well proven implantable material especially for osseointegratable implants by its biocompatibility and anti-corrosive surface properties. Surface characteristics of the implant play an important role for the evolution of bone tissue of the recipient site. Among the various surface modification methods, plasma treatment is one of the promising methods for enhance biocompatibility. We made microwave-induced argon plasma at atmospheric pressure to improve in titanium sur...

  1. Electron properties and air mixing in radio frequency driven argon plasma jets at atmospheric pressure

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    A time modulated radio frequency (RF) plasma jet operated with an Ar mixture is investigated by measuring the electron density and electron temperature using Thomson scattering. The measurements have been performed spatially resolved for two different electrode configurations and as a function of the plasma dissipated power and air concentration admixed to the Ar. Time resolved measurements of electron densities and temperatures during the RF cycle and after plasma power switch-off are presented. Furthermore, the influence of the plasma on the air entrainment into the effluent is studied using Raman scattering

  2. Excitation temperature and electron number density distributions experienced by analyte species in an inductively coupled argon plasma

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    Spatially resolved, radial excitation temperatures and radial electron number density distributions experienced by analyte species in the observation zone of 15 to 25 mm above the load coil of a toroidally shaped, inductively coupled argon plasma (ICP) are presented and related to the analytical performance of these plasmas. A comparison of radial temperatures measured with support gas (Ar I) lines and with a typical analyte thermometric species (Fe I) at 15 mm above the load coil is given. Radial (Fe I) excitation temperatures obtained at three observation heights (15, 20, and 25 mm) are compared for aerosol carrier gas flows of 1.0 l/min and 1.3 l/min. The addition of a large amount of an easily ionized element (6900 μg Na/ml) did not significantly change Fe I excitation temperature distributions at the respective aerosol carrier gas flows and observation heights. A comparison of radial electron number density distributions measured by the Saha-Eggert ionization and Stark broadening methods is given for an observation height of 15 mm above the load coil. The differences between the electron number density values obtained by these methods are discussed. The effect of addition of 6900 μg Na/ml on Saha-Eggert electron density distributions at these observation heights is also discussed. The computer programs employed in this investigation and discussions of the computational procedures incorporated in these programs are given in Appendices A - D

  3. Impedance measurement system for a microwave-induced plasma

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    An impedance measurement system for an atmospheric microwave-induced plasma is proposed using equivalent transmission line theory and a de-embedding process of an input impedance. An argon plasma was generated by using a microwave-induced discharge. The generator consists of a 2.45 GHz solid state power oscillator (SSPO), a circulator, a directional coupler, a three-stub tuner, a gas flow meter, and a plasma jet. The microwave source power was varied from 10 to 25 W, and the argon gas flux was varied from 1 to 5 L/min at atmospheric pressure. The experimental results for the microwave-induced plasma show the impedance behaviors of the resistance and the inductive reactance. The near unity voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) from the experiment results ensures that the proposed measurement system is valid.

  4. Impedance measurement system for a microwave-induced plasma

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    Kim, Jae Duk; Kim, Sang Hoon; Kim, Hyoung Jong; Shin, Suk Woo; Choi, Jin Joo; Na, Young Ho [Kwangwoon University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-03-15

    An impedance measurement system for an atmospheric microwave-induced plasma is proposed using equivalent transmission line theory and a de-embedding process of an input impedance. An argon plasma was generated by using a microwave-induced discharge. The generator consists of a 2.45 GHz solid state power oscillator (SSPO), a circulator, a directional coupler, a three-stub tuner, a gas flow meter, and a plasma jet. The microwave source power was varied from 10 to 25 W, and the argon gas flux was varied from 1 to 5 L/min at atmospheric pressure. The experimental results for the microwave-induced plasma show the impedance behaviors of the resistance and the inductive reactance. The near unity voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) from the experiment results ensures that the proposed measurement system is valid.

  5. A novel diagnostic for time-resolved spectroscopic argon and lithium density measurements

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    A new diagnostic technique for determining neutral gas and metal vapor densities over a wide pressure range with high time resolution is described. A compact, current-stabilized hollow cathode/anode discharge is use to ionize the gas and/or trace impurity to be analyzed. We report proof-of-principle operation of the diagnostic in a well characterized argon discharge in the pressure range 6.7-265 Pa. The intensity ratio of neutral and singly ionized argon lines (I ArI/I ArII) is shown to increase monotonically with the neutral argon density. In a second experiment, absolute neutral lithium vapor densities have been measured using this diagnostic

  6. Investigations of the cathode region of an argon arc plasma by degenerate four-wave mixing laser spectroscopy and optical emission spectroscopy

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    Degenerate four-wave mixing (DFWM) laser spectroscopy was used in local studies of atmospheric pressure argon plasma generated in a free-burning arc. The results of plasma diagnostics using the DFWM method were compared to the results obtained with optical emission measurements. In the cathode region of the arc the maxima of both the DFWM signal and the emission coefficient for the 696.5 nm Ar I line depend on the distance from the cathode tip. This effect proves the departure of the plasma state from local thermal equilibrium (LTE) as it has been reported by many authors. On the other hand the Stark shifts of the 696.5 nm Ar I line determined by the DFWM method in relation to plasma diagnostic results show no deviations from LTE on the arc axis down to 1.0 mm from the cathode tip

  7. Characterization of Modified Tapioca Starch in Atmospheric Argon Plasma under Diverse Humidity by FTIR Spectroscopy

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    Deeyai, P.; Suphantharika, M.; Wongsagonsup, R.; Dangtip, S.

    2013-01-01

    Tapioca is economical crop grown in Thailand and continues to be one of the major sources of starch. Nowadays, tapioca starch has been widely used in industrial applications, however the native form of starch has limited the applications. Thus scientists try to modify the properties of starch for increasing the stability of the granules, pastes to low pH, heat, and shear during the food process. We modify the tapioca starch by plasma treatment under an argon atmosphere. The degree of modification is determined by following water content in the starch granules. The tablet samples of native starch are also prepared and compared with the plasma treated starch. Before plasma treatment, the starch tablets are stored under three different relative humilities (RH) including 11%, 68%, and 78%RH, respectively. The samples are characterized using FTIR spectroscopy associated with the degree of cross-linking. The results show that the water molecules are engulfed into the starch structure in two ways, a tight bond and a weak absorption of water molecules which is represented at two wave number of 1630 cm-1 and 3272 cm-1, respectively. The degree of cross-linking can be identified from the relative intensity of these two peaks with the C—O—H peak at 993 cm-1. The results show that the degree of cross-linking increase in the plasma treated starch. The degree of cross-linking of the treated starch with high relative humidity is less than that of the treated starch with low relative humidity.

  8. Characterization of Modified Tapioca Starch in Atmospheric Argon Plasma under Diverse Humidity by FTIR Spectroscopy

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    Tapioca is economical crop grown in Thailand and continues to be one of the major sources of starch. Nowadays, tapioca starch has been widely used in industrial applications, however the native form of starch has limited the applications. Thus scientists try to modify the properties of starch for increasing the stability of the granules, pastes to low pH, heat, and shear during the food process. We modify the tapioca starch by plasma treatment under an argon atmosphere. The degree of modification is determined by following water content in the starch granules. The tablet samples of native starch are also prepared and compared with the plasma treated starch. Before plasma treatment, the starch tablets are stored under three different relative humilities (RH) including 11%, 68%, and 78%RH, respectively. The samples are characterized using FTIR spectroscopy associated with the degree of cross-linking. The results show that the water molecules are engulfed into the starch structure in two ways, a tight bond and a weak absorption of water molecules which is represented at two wave number of 1630 cm−1 and 3272 cm−1, respectively. The degree of cross-linking can be identified from the relative intensity of these two peaks with the C—O—H peak at 993 cm−1. The results show that the degree of cross-linking increase in the plasma treated starch. The degree of cross-linking of the treated starch with high relative humidity is less than that of the treated starch with low relative humidity

  9. Heat and momentum transfer from an atmospheric argon hydrogen plasma jet to spherical particles

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    In this thesis the author describes the energy and momentum transfer from the plasma jet to the spray particles. This is done both experimentally and theoretically. Also the internal energy process of the recombining plasma is discussed. All elastic and inelastic collisional and radiative processes, as well as transport effects within the plasma are considered. In the next section, the so called passive spectroscopy is treated. It describes the diagnostics of electron density and temperature measurement, as well as the investigation on heat content of the particles. Spatially resolved electron density and temperature profiles are presented. Next, the active spectroscopy, i.e. the laser Doppler anemometer is dealt with. With this diagnostic, axial spray-particle velocities inside the plasma jet were determined. The author also presents heat and momentum transfer modelling of the plasma, related to the plasma particle interaction. Finally, a one dimensional model verification is made, using the experimentally determined particle velocity and plasma temperature profiles. (Auth.)

  10. Dynamics of self-compressed argon and helium plasma streams in the MPC facility

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    Ladygina, M. S.; Marchenko, A. K.; Solyakov, D. G.; Petrov, Yu V.; Makhlaj, V. A.; Yeliseyev, D. V.; Garkusha, I. E.; Cherednichenko, T. N.

    2016-07-01

    The results of experimental investigations on self-compressed plasma streams and compression zone formation are presented for varied mass flow rate and initial concentrations of particles of working gas that depend on initial pressure. Experiments were carried out in the Magnetoplasma Compressor (MPC) facility. Space–time distributions of the electric current and electron density in the plasma stream compression region were measured under different experimental conditions. High-speed images of plasma stream dynamics in the MPC accelerating channel with a high temporal resolution were also obtained for different initial pressures. The experimental results show a strong dependence of plasma stream parameters and compression zone location on the initial gas concentration. The maximum electron density is obtained in the range of Ne = (1 ÷ 5) × 1018 cm‑3. Plasma streams have a good radial symmetry under all experimental conditions. The distributions of plasma parameters along the plasma stream flows are discussed.

  11. Pollution of liquid argon after neutron irradiation measured at SARA: summary of raw data

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    Andrieux, M L; de Saintignon, P; Ferrari, A; Hostachy, J Y; Martin, P; Wielers, M; Belymam, A; Hoummada, A; Merkel, B; Puzo, P M; Sauvage, D

    1998-01-01

    The SARA fast neutron facility has been used to irradiate various pieces of materials due to be used in the ATLAS electromagnetic calorimeter, immersed in a liquid argon cryostat. The subsequent pollution was measured. The raw data have been summarized in this paper.

  12. Drift time measurement in the ATLAS liquid argon electromagnetic calorimeter using cosmic muons

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    Aad..[], G.; Dam, Mogens; Hansen, Jørgen Beck; Hansen, John Renner; Hansen, Jørn Dines; Hansen, Peter Henrik; Xella, Stefania; Klinkby, Esben Bryndt; Nilsson, Björn Stefan

    2010-01-01

    The ionization signals in the liquid argon of the ATLAS electromagnetic calorimeter are studied in detail using cosmic muons. In particular, the drift time of the ionization electrons is measured and used to assess the intrinsic uniformity of the calorimeter gaps and estimate its impact on the...

  13. A differentially pumped argon plasma in the linear plasma generator Magnum-PSI: gas flow and dynamics of the ionized fraction

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    Magnum-PSI is a linear plasma generator designed to reach the plasma-surface interaction (PSI) regime of ITER and nuclear fusion reactors beyond ITER. To reach this regime, the influx of cold neutrals from the source must be significantly lower than the plasma flux reaching the target. This is achieved by a differential pumping scheme, where the vacuum vessel is divided by skimmers into separate chambers which are individually pumped. The non-magnetized expansion of 5 Pa m3 s-1 (3 slm) argon in a low background pressure was studied in the differentially pumped vacuum vessel fitted with non-cooled flat skimmers. The behavior of the neutral component was studied with direct simulation Monte Carlo simulations and Rayleigh scattering measurements. Thomson scattering and double Langmuir probe measurements were performed on the ionized fraction. It was found that the electrons and neutral particles are not completely coupled in the shock front. The neutral fraction shows clear signs of invasion from hotter background gas, causing the average temperature and density to increase before the shock. This is also shown in the ionization ratio, which has been determined in front of and behind the first skimmer. This study helps us to understand the behavior of the gas flow in the machine and validates our modeling.

  14. Radiative Transition Line Shape in Warm and Dense Argon Plasma: a Two-Centre Model Study

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    MENG Cong-Sen; ZHAO Zeng-Xiu; YUAN Jian-Min

    2008-01-01

    A two-centre model is employed to study the electronic structure of argon plasma at a density of 1022cm-3 and a temperature of 5eV. The model takes into account the influence of the nearest neighbour on the electronic structure of the radiator and gives a proper description of the transient molecular behaviour in dense plasmas where the mean interatomic distance can be the order of the orbital spatial extent. The orbital energies of quasi-molecular Ar,2 against the interatomic distance are calculated in the framework of density functional theory. It is shown that the orbital energies are not monotonic functions of the distance because of two competitive effects: the repulsive potential between electrons and the attractive potential between electrons and nuclei. The characteristics of this two-centre system can be categorized by three regimes depending on the ratio between the electron wavelength and the interatomic distance: atomic regime, screened atomic regime, and quasi-molecular regime. This classification agrees qualitatively with the conclusion of full quantum-mechanical approach [Yonger S M et al 1988 Phys. Rev. Lett. 61962].

  15. Study of argon plasma treatment of polycarbonate substrate and its effect on film deposition

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    Results of polycarbonate plasma treatment in argon r.f. glow discharges as concern the chemical structure and surface free energy are presented. The oxygen-to-carbon ratio increased after the treatment indicating an increase of oxygen containing functional groups on the polycarbonate surface. Small amount of silicon as a result of previous depositions of organosilicon thin films in the same reactor and small amount of nitrogen coming probably from an exposure of the reactive surface to the atmosphere were found on the surface. The surface free energy increased after the treatment from the original value of 35 mJ/m2 to 63-74 mJ/M2. Effect of treatment time, gas flow rate, pressure and aging on the surface free energy was studied too. In order to study an improvement of adhesion between between the polycarbonate and an additional coatings the organosilicon thin films were deposited on the untreated and plasma treated polycarbonate. The interfacial fracture resistance of such a system was qualitatively tested by cross-hatch peel test. The initiation and propagation stage of the fracture were studied by depth sensing indentation method followed by an observation of the samples with an optical microscope (Authors)

  16. On the difference between breakdown and quench voltages of argon plasma and its relation to $4p-4s$ atomic state transitions

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    Forati, Ebrahim; Sievenpiper, Dan

    2014-01-01

    Using a relaxation oscillator circuit, breakdown ($V_{\\mathrm{BD}}$) and quench ($V_{\\mathrm{Q}}$) voltages of a DC discharge microplasma between two needle probes are measured. High resolution modified Paschen curves are obtained for argon microplasmas including a quench voltage curve representing the voltage at which the plasma turns off. It is shown that, for a point to point microgap (e.g. the microgap between two needle probes) which describes many realistic microdevices, neither Paschen's law applies nor field emission is noticeable. Although normally $V_{\\mathrm{BD}}>V_{\\mathrm{Q}}$, it is observed that depending on environmental parameters of argon, such as pressure and the driving circuitry, plasma can exist in a different state with equal $V_{\\mathrm{BD}}$ and $V_{\\mathrm{Q}}$. Using emission line spectroscopy, it is shown that $V_{\\mathrm{BD}}$ and $V_{\\mathrm{Q}}$ are equal if the atomic excitation by the electric field dipole moment dominantly leads to one of the argon's metastable states ($4P_{5...

  17. On the difference between breakdown and quench voltages of argon plasma and its relation to 4p–4s atomic state transitions

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    Forati, Ebrahim, E-mail: forati@ieee.org; Piltan, Shiva; Sievenpiper, Dan, E-mail: dsievenpiper@ucsd.edu [University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093 (United States)

    2015-02-02

    Using a relaxation oscillator circuit, breakdown (V{sub BD}) and quench (V{sub Q}) voltages of a DC discharge microplasma between two needle probes are measured. High resolution modified Paschen curves are obtained for argon microplasmas including a quench voltage curve representing the voltage at which the plasma turns off. It is shown that for a point to point microgap (e.g., the microgap between two needle probes) which describes many realistic microdevices, neither Paschen's law applies nor field emission is noticeable. Although normally V{sub BD} > V{sub Q,} it is observed that depending on environmental parameters of argon, such as pressure and the driving circuitry, plasma can exist in a different state with equal V{sub BD} and V{sub Q.} Using emission line spectroscopy, it is shown that V{sub BD} and V{sub Q} are equal if the atomic excitation by the electric field dipole moment dominantly leads to one of the argon's metastable states (4P{sub 5} in our study)

  18. Calculations on charge state and energy loss of argon ions in partially and fully ionized carbon plasmas.

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    Barriga-Carrasco, Manuel D; Casas, David; Morales, Roberto

    2016-03-01

    The energy loss of argon ions in a target depends on their velocity and charge density. At the energies studied in this work, it depends mostly on the free and bound electrons in the target. Here the random-phase approximation is used for analyzing free electrons at any degeneracy. For the plasma-bound electrons, an interpolation between approximations for low and high energies is applied. The Brandt-Kitagawa (BK) model is employed to depict the projectile charge space distribution, and the stripping criterion of Kreussler et al. is used to determine its equilibrium charge state Q(eq). This latter criterion implies that the equilibrium charge state depends slightly on the electron density and temperature of the plasma. On the other hand, the effective charge Q(eff) is obtained as the ratio between the energy loss of the argon ion and that of the proton for the same plasma conditions. This effective charge Q(eff) is larger than the equilibrium charge state Q(eq) due to the incorporation of the BK charge distribution. Though our charge-state estimations are not exactly the same as the experimental values, our energy loss agrees quite well with the experiments. It is noticed that the energy loss in plasmas is higher than that in the same cold target of about, ∼42-62.5% and increases with carbon plasma ionization. This confirms the well-known enhanced plasma stopping. It is also observed that only a small part of this energy loss enhancement is due to an increase of the argon charge state, namely only ∼2.2 and 5.1%, for the partially and the fully ionized plasma, respectively. The other contribution is connected with a better energy transfer to the free electrons at plasma state than to the bound electrons at solid state of about, ∼38.8-57.4%, where higher values correspond to a fully ionized carbon plasma. PMID:27078472

  19. Calculations on charge state and energy loss of argon ions in partially and fully ionized carbon plasmas

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    Barriga-Carrasco, Manuel D.; Casas, David; Morales, Roberto

    2016-03-01

    The energy loss of argon ions in a target depends on their velocity and charge density. At the energies studied in this work, it depends mostly on the free and bound electrons in the target. Here the random-phase approximation is used for analyzing free electrons at any degeneracy. For the plasma-bound electrons, an interpolation between approximations for low and high energies is applied. The Brandt-Kitagawa (BK) model is employed to depict the projectile charge space distribution, and the stripping criterion of Kreussler et al. is used to determine its equilibrium charge state Qeq. This latter criterion implies that the equilibrium charge state depends slightly on the electron density and temperature of the plasma. On the other hand, the effective charge Qeff is obtained as the ratio between the energy loss of the argon ion and that of the proton for the same plasma conditions. This effective charge Qeff is larger than the equilibrium charge state Qeq due to the incorporation of the BK charge distribution. Though our charge-state estimations are not exactly the same as the experimental values, our energy loss agrees quite well with the experiments. It is noticed that the energy loss in plasmas is higher than that in the same cold target of about, ˜42 -62.5 % and increases with carbon plasma ionization. This confirms the well-known enhanced plasma stopping. It is also observed that only a small part of this energy loss enhancement is due to an increase of the argon charge state, namely only ˜2.2 and 5.1 % , for the partially and the fully ionized plasma, respectively. The other contribution is connected with a better energy transfer to the free electrons at plasma state than to the bound electrons at solid state of about, ˜38.8 -57.4 % , where higher values correspond to a fully ionized carbon plasma.

  20. A measurement of E/. pi. for a fast lead liquid argon calorimeter

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    Makowiecki, D.; Gordon, H.A.; Ma, H.; Murtagh, M.; Radeka, V.; Rahm, D.; Rescia, S. (Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)); Abrams, G.S.; Groom, D.E.; Kirsten, F.; Levi, M.; Siegrist, J. (Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States)); Amako, K.; Inaba, O.; Kondo, T. (National Lab. for High Energy Physics, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)); Baden, A.R.; Fong, D.; Hadley, N.; Kunori, S.; Skuja, A. (Maryland U

    1990-01-01

    The NA34 (HELIOS) calorimeter has measured e/{pi} {congruent} 1.1 in a uranium/liquid argon calorimeter with a shaping time of 135 nsec. Lead may be a viable alternative, but e/{pi} must first be measured at fast shaping times in lead. We re preparing to measure e/{pi} at momenta ranging from 0.5 to 20 GeV/c and with shaping times of 50, 100 and 150 nsec.

  1. A measurement of E/{pi} for a fast lead liquid argon calorimeter

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    Makowiecki, D.; Gordon, H.A.; Ma, H.; Murtagh, M.; Radeka, V.; Rahm, D.; Rescia, S. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Abrams, G.S.; Groom, D.E.; Kirsten, F.; Levi, M.; Siegrist, J. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States); Amako, K.; Inaba, O.; Kondo, T. [National Lab. for High Energy Physics, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan); Baden, A.R.; Fong, D.; Hadley, N.; Kunori, S.; Skuja, A. [Maryland Univ., College Park, MD (United States); Bowen, T.; Forden, G.; Jenkins, E.; Johns, K.; Rutherfoord, J.; Shupe, M. [Arizona Univ., Tucson, AZ (United States); Burnett, T.; Cook, V.; Davisson, R.; Mockett, P.; Rothberg, J.; Williams, R.W. [Washington Univ., Seattle, WA (United States); Cremaldi, L.; Reidy, J.; Summers, D. [Mississippi Univ., University, MS (United States); DiGiacomo, N. [Martin Marietta Aerospace, Denver, CO (United States). Astronautics Group; Draper, P.; Ferbel, T.; Lobkowicz, F. [Rochester Univ., NY (United States); Faust, J.; Hauptman, J.; Pang, M. [Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames, IA (United States); Gabriel, T.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Hagopian, V.; Womersley, J. [Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL (United States); Handler, T. [Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States); Hitlin, D. [California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA (United States); Mulholland, G.T. [Fermi National Accelerator Lab., Batavia, IL (United States); Watanabe, Y. [Tokyo Inst. of Tech. (Japan); Weerts, H. [Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI (United States)

    1990-12-31

    The NA34 (HELIOS) calorimeter has measured e/{pi} {congruent} 1.1 in a uranium/liquid argon calorimeter with a shaping time of 135 nsec. Lead may be a viable alternative, but e/{pi} must first be measured at fast shaping times in lead. We re preparing to measure e/{pi} at momenta ranging from 0.5 to 20 GeV/c and with shaping times of 50, 100 and 150 nsec.

  2. Experimental investigation of the structure and the dynamics of nanosecond laser-induced plasma in 1-atm argon ambient gas

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    Ma, Qianli; Motto-Ros, Vincent; Bai, Xueshi; Yu, Jin

    2013-11-01

    We have investigated the structure and the dynamics of the plasma induced on a metallic target in 1-atm argon ambient by a nanosecond laser pulse with irradiance in the range of 10 GW/cm2. The structure is revealed to be sensitively dependent on the laser wavelength. A layered structure of different species characterizes the plasma induced by ultraviolet 355 nm pulse, while an effective mixing between the ablation vapor and the shocked ambient gas is observed with infrared 1064 nm pulse. The absorption property of the shocked gas is found to be crucial for determining the structure of the plasma.

  3. Laser light scattering in a laser-induced argon plasma: Investigations of the shock wave

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    Pokrzywka, B. [Obserwatorium Astronomiczne na Suhorze, Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny, ulica Podchorazych 2, 30-084 Krakow (Poland); Mendys, A., E-mail: agata.mendys@uj.edu.pl [Instytut Fizyki im. M. Smoluchowskiego, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, ulica Reymonta 4, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Dzierzega, K.; Grabiec, M. [Instytut Fizyki im. M. Smoluchowskiego, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, ulica Reymonta 4, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Pellerin, S. [GREMI, site de Bourges, Universite d' Orleans, CNRS, rue Gaston Berger BP 4043, 18028 Bourges (France)

    2012-08-15

    Shock wave produced by a laser induced spark in argon at atmospheric pressure was examined using Rayleigh and Thomson scattering. The spark was generated by focusing a laser pulse from the second harmonic ({lambda} = 532 nm) of a nanosecond Nd:YAG laser using an 80 mm focal length lens, with a fluence of 2 kJ{center_dot}cm{sup -2}. Images of the spark emission were recorded for times between 30 ns and 100 {mu}s after the laser pulse in order to characterize its spatial evolution. The position of the shock wave at several instants of its evolution and for several plasma regions was determined from the Rayleigh-scattered light of another nanosecond Nd:YAG laser (532 nm, 40 J{center_dot}cm{sup -2} fluence). Simultaneously, Thomson scattering technique was applied to determine the electron density and temperature in the hot plasma core. Attempts were made to describe the temporal evolution of the shock wave within a self-similar model, both by the simple Sedov-Taylor formula as well as its extension deduced by de Izarra. The temporal radial evolution of the shock position is similar to that obtained within theory taking into account the counter pressure of the ambient gas. Density profiles just behind the shock front are in qualitative agreement with those obtained by numerically solving the Euler equations for instantaneous explosion at a point with counter pressure. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We investigated shock wave evolution by Rayleigh scattering method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 2D map of shockwave position for several times after plasma generation is presented. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Shock wave evolution is not satisfactorily described within self-similar models. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Evolution of shock position similar to theory taking into account counter pressure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Density profile behind the shock similar to numerical solution of Euler equations.

  4. Laser light scattering in a laser-induced argon plasma: Investigations of the shock wave

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    Shock wave produced by a laser induced spark in argon at atmospheric pressure was examined using Rayleigh and Thomson scattering. The spark was generated by focusing a laser pulse from the second harmonic (λ = 532 nm) of a nanosecond Nd:YAG laser using an 80 mm focal length lens, with a fluence of 2 kJ·cm−2. Images of the spark emission were recorded for times between 30 ns and 100 μs after the laser pulse in order to characterize its spatial evolution. The position of the shock wave at several instants of its evolution and for several plasma regions was determined from the Rayleigh-scattered light of another nanosecond Nd:YAG laser (532 nm, 40 J·cm−2 fluence). Simultaneously, Thomson scattering technique was applied to determine the electron density and temperature in the hot plasma core. Attempts were made to describe the temporal evolution of the shock wave within a self-similar model, both by the simple Sedov–Taylor formula as well as its extension deduced by de Izarra. The temporal radial evolution of the shock position is similar to that obtained within theory taking into account the counter pressure of the ambient gas. Density profiles just behind the shock front are in qualitative agreement with those obtained by numerically solving the Euler equations for instantaneous explosion at a point with counter pressure. - Highlights: ► We investigated shock wave evolution by Rayleigh scattering method. ► 2D map of shockwave position for several times after plasma generation is presented. ► Shock wave evolution is not satisfactorily described within self-similar models. ► Evolution of shock position similar to theory taking into account counter pressure. ► Density profile behind the shock similar to numerical solution of Euler equations.

  5. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study of Argon-Plasma-Treated Fluoropolymers

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    Golub, Morton A.; Lopata, Eugene S.; Finney, Lorie S.

    1994-01-01

    Films of poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) and of a tetrafluoroethylene-perfluoroalkyl vinyl ether (approximately 49:1) copolymer (PFA) were exposed to a radio-frequency argon plasma and then examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The use of fluoropolymer films nearly free of surface hydrocarbon contamination as well as the use of a monochromatized X-ray source for XPS removed two factors contributing to conflicting reports on the effect of exposure time on the fluorine-to-carbon (F/C) and oxygen-to-carbon (O/C) ratios for several Ar-plasma-treated fluoropolymers. Contrary to literature indications, a common pattern was found for PTFE and PFA: a moderate decrease in F/C ratio (from 1.99 to 1.40, and from 1.97 to 1.57, respectively), together with a moderate increase in O/C ratio (from negligible to about 0.10, and from 0.012 to about O.10, respectively) at very short exposures, after which the F/C ratios remained essentially constant on prolonged exposures, while the O/C ratios for PTFE and PFA leveled off at 0.11 and 0.15, respectively. The XPS C(sub 1s), spectra for these polymers exposed to the Ar plasma for 20 min were similar and presented, besides a prominent peak at 292.0 eV (CF2,) and a minor peak at 294.0 or 294.1 eV (CF3), a composite band of four curve-resolved peaks (approximately 285-290 eV) representing various CH, CC, CO, CN, and CF functionalities.

  6. Comparison between helium and argon plasma jets on improving the hydrophilic property of PMMA surface

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    Wang, Ruixue; Shen, Yuan; Zhang, Cheng; Yan, Ping; Shao, Tao

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, a plasma jet driven by an in-house developed microsecond pulse is used for polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) surface modification. The hydrophilic modification effects of He and Ar plasma jets are compared under the same condition. The He and Ar plasma jets are characterized by optical emission spectrometer (OES). Water contact angle (WCA) measurement is used to evaluate the wettability of PMMA samples. The evolution on morphology and chemical composition of PMMA before and after plasma treatment are also analyzed. The OES results demonstrate that He plasma is composed with higher intensities of reactive species, like OH, O, N2 and N2+ than that of Ar plasma and show a better modification effect. In addition, it is observed that the surface roughness and oxygen-containing groups like Csbnd O/Csbnd OH and Odbnd Csbnd O increase on the PMMA surface after plasma treatment, which are responsible for the hydrophilic modification. During the storage, the WCA of each sample increases gradually for both He and Ar plasma treatments. The He plasma treated PMMA also shows a slower aging effect than that of Ar plasma treated PMMA.

  7. Angular distribution of energetic argon ions emitted by a 90 kJ Filippov-type plasma focus

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    Characteristics of the energetic argon ions emitted by a 90 kJ Filippov-type plasma focus are studied by employing an array of Faraday cups. The Faraday cups are designed to minimize the secondary electron emission effects on their response. Angular distribution of the ions is measured, and the results indicate a highly anisotropic emission with a dip at the device axis and a local maximum at the angle of 7° with respect to the axis. It has been argued that this kind of anisotropic emission may be related to the surfatron acceleration mechanism and shown that this behavior is independent of the working gas pressure. It has been also demonstrated that this mechanism is responsible for the generation of MeV ions. Measuring the total ion number at different working gas pressures gives an optimum pressure of 0.3 Torr. In addition, the energy spectrum of ions is measured by taking into account of the ambient gas effects on the energy and charge of the ions. The current neutralization effect of electrons trapped in the ion beam as well as the effect of conducting boundaries surrounding the beam, on the detected signals are investigated

  8. Surface modification of polypropylene (PP) using single and dual high radio frequency capacitive coupled argon plasma discharge

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    Akbar, D.

    2016-01-01

    Single (40.68 MHz) and dual (40.68/2.1 MHz) high radio frequency (RF) argon plasma discharge was employed as a source of a low-temperature treatment mechanism that was used to modify the surface of polypropylene (PP). The effects of argon plasma on the surface chemistry and the surface morphology of PP were studied using X-ray diffraction analyses. In this study, samples were treated under different plasma operation conditions for parameters such as RF power, gas pressure and treatment time. Furthermore, the crystallite size was calculated (using Scherrer equation) from the diffraction pattern of the β fraction (Full Width at Half maximum) for PP samples. The results reveal that the crystallite size strongly increases with RF power and treatment time, but decreases with gas pressure. From the analysis, it was found that the treated samples have higher crystallite sizes in compared to those of the single RF plasma discharge. This happens because the increase of plasma temperature leads to increases in the crystallization of PP sample, so that the crystallite size also increases. Furthermore, because of the advantageous features of the dual-RF plasma mode, the surface modification of PP sample can occur more quickly than is possible via the single-RF plasma discharge.

  9. Diagnostic by emission spectroscopy of an argon-hydrogen RF inductive thermal plasma for purification of metallurgical grade silicon

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    Purification of metallurgical grade silicon is one of the methods used to produce photovoltaic grade silicon. In our study, particles of metallurgical grade silicon were purified using a hydrogenated argon thermal plasma. During their residence time in the plasma, the particles were purified by partial evaporation and then sprayed into liquid droplets on the surface of a ceramic substrate. The in-flight purification of powder depends essentially on their evaporation rate, which is directly related to the temperature and chemical properties of the plasma zones crossed by the particles. It was, therefore, important to characterize the plasma parameters: electron density and temperature profiles. Excited states of atomic hydrogen, neutral and ionized silicon and impurity lines were detected in the plasma flow. Those lines were then used to estimate the electron density and temperature, which are around 2.4x1016 cm-3 and 10 500 K in the inductive zone. Finally, we estimate the silicon evaporated fraction X of the particles during their thermal treatment in the hydrogenated argon plasma. The results show that the loss of mass is weak (X = 2.5x10-4) but nevertheless sufficient for the elimination of the superficial impurities in the powders. This conclusion was confirmed by inductively coupled plasma analyses

  10. Diagnostic by emission spectroscopy of an argon-hydrogen RF inductive thermal plasma for purification of metallurgical grade silicon

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    Benmansour, M [LGPPTS - ENSCP, 11, rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris (France); Nikravech, M [LGPPTS - ENSCP, 11, rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris (France); Morvan, D [LGPPTS - ENSCP, 11, rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris (France); Amouroux, J [LGPPTS - ENSCP, 11, rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris (France); Chapelle, J [Departement de physique, Universite d' Orleans, BP 6759, 45067 Orleans Cedex 02 (France)

    2004-11-07

    Purification of metallurgical grade silicon is one of the methods used to produce photovoltaic grade silicon. In our study, particles of metallurgical grade silicon were purified using a hydrogenated argon thermal plasma. During their residence time in the plasma, the particles were purified by partial evaporation and then sprayed into liquid droplets on the surface of a ceramic substrate. The in-flight purification of powder depends essentially on their evaporation rate, which is directly related to the temperature and chemical properties of the plasma zones crossed by the particles. It was, therefore, important to characterize the plasma parameters: electron density and temperature profiles. Excited states of atomic hydrogen, neutral and ionized silicon and impurity lines were detected in the plasma flow. Those lines were then used to estimate the electron density and temperature, which are around 2.4x10{sup 16} cm{sup -3} and 10 500 K in the inductive zone. Finally, we estimate the silicon evaporated fraction X of the particles during their thermal treatment in the hydrogenated argon plasma. The results show that the loss of mass is weak (X = 2.5x10{sup -4}) but nevertheless sufficient for the elimination of the superficial impurities in the powders. This conclusion was confirmed by inductively coupled plasma analyses.

  11. [Trimming with argon plasma of self-expanding metal stents: report of 7 cases].

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    Jury, Gastón; Amieva, Leandro; López, Fagalde Rafael; Jury, Rubén

    2014-06-01

    The use of self-expandable enteral stents for palliation of malignant stenosis may present the complication of concealing the ampulla of Vater behind the metallic mesh. Anchoring in the duodenal wall (distal or partial migration) may also be a complication of biliary metallic stents and therefore may cause difficulty in gaining access to the biliary tract. In these cases of difficult access, a fenestration on the prosthesis ( biliary or enteral) can be created to allow reaching the obstructed biliary tract by means of argon plasma (AP). Were retrospectively analysed 7 cases. Under endoscopic vision, AP was directed to filgurate and cut 6 biliary prosthesis and a duodenal stent. Fulguration and cut of biliary stent was performed in 5 cases of distal partial migration and cholangitis. In one case of obstruction caused by distal migration inside the duodenal stent light, cutting of the biliary stent was performed. A window was created in the enteral prosthesis in order to access the ampulla of Vater and place a biliary tract prosthesis. All cases were resolved successfully and without complications. We conclude that the use of AP to fulgurate and cut nitinol prosthesis was effective and presented no complications in this series. PMID:25199306

  12. Use of laser-excited atomic fluorescence spectroscopy for characterization of an argon inductively coupled plasma

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    Laser-excited atomic fluorescence spectroscopy (LEAFS) is investigated and employed as a diagnostic technique for study of the argon inductively coupled plasma (ICP). Computer simulations are used to describe the behavior of nonsteady-state laser excited fluorescence (LEF) for multi-level atomic systems under conditions expected to be encountered in the ICP and an atmospheric pressure flame. These simulations are then compared to experimental data collected under similar conditions in the ICP and a flame. These studies show that LEAFS should be a useful tool for characterization of an ICP, with certain limitations. Relatively small changes in saturated LEF signals under changing quenching and mixing conditions are both predicted theoretically and observed experimentally for several atomic systems. This independence from quenching and mixing effects allows one to relate saturated LEF signals directly to relative number densities of species when spatially scanning over an inhomogeneous medium, such as an ICP discharge, where significant changes in quenching can be encountered in a single scan. SSI values are also found to be useful as indicators of relative collisional quenching rates and relative degree of LTE establishment in the ICP, as well as ease of saturation for a given transition

  13. Attenuation of wall disturbances in an electron cyclotron resonance oxygen–argon plasma using real time control

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    Present practice in plasma-assisted semiconductor manufacturing specifies recipes in terms of inputs such as gas flow rates, power and pressure. However, ostensibly identical chambers running identical recipes may produce very different results. Extensive chamber matching, i.e., initial iterative, empirical tuning of the process recipe, which entails time-consuming, ex situ statistical analysis of process metrics such as etch depth, uniformity, anisotropy and selectivity, is required to ensure acceptable results. Once matched, chambers are run open loop and are thus sensitive to disturbances such as actuator drift, wall seasoning and substrate loading, which may impact negatively on process reproducibility. An alternative approach, which may obviate the need for chamber matching and reduce the sensitivity of process metrics to exogenous disturbances, would be to specify a recipe in terms of quantities such as active species densities, and to regulate these in real time by adjusting the inputs with a suitable control algorithm. In this work, real time control of an electron cyclotron resonance O2/Ar plasma used for photoresist ashing has been implemented. The design of elementary, model-based algorithms for the control of the argon 750 and oxygen 844 line intensities measured by optical emission spectroscopy is described. Fluorination of the chamber walls by means of an SF6 plasma prior to ashing inhibits wall recombination of oxygen radicals resulting in an approximately 20% increase in ash rate in the open loop case. However, closed loop control almost completely attenuates the effect of fluorination, thus demonstrating the efficacy of the control algorithms in ensuring a reproducible ash rate in the face of a wall disturbance

  14. Argon Plasma Coagulation Combined with Covered Stent Placement for Management of Tracheobronchial Stenoses/occlusions as well as Esophagorespiratory Fistulas

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    Hongwu WANG; Lingfei LUO; Yunzhi ZHOU; Ma, Hongming; Li, Jing; Zou, Heng; Li, Dongmei; Zhang, Nan

    2010-01-01

    Background and objective It is a complex problem and difficult treatment for tracheobronchial stenoses/occlusions involving in carina. The aim of this study is to investigate the feasibility and efficiency of argon plasma coagulation (APC) and bifurcated covered Z-type stents (CZTS) placement for the treatment of tracheobronchus stenoses and esophagorespiratory fistula (ERF). Methods Thirty-two cases with airway disorders were retrospectively reviewed for the treatment of APC and CZTS placeme...

  15. Diamondoid synthesis in atmospheric pressure adamantane-argon-methane-hydrogen mixtures using a continuous flow plasma microreactor

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    Stauss, Sven; Ishii, Chikako; Pai, David Z.; Urabe, Keiichiro; Terashima, Kazuo

    2014-06-01

    Due to their small size, low-power consumption and potential for integration with other devices, microplasmas have been used increasingly for the synthesis of nanomaterials. Here, we have investigated the possibility of using dielectric barrier discharges generated in continuous flow glass microreactors for the synthesis of diamondoids, at temperatures of 300 and 320 K, and applied voltages of 3.2-4.3 kVp-p, at a frequency of 10 kHz. The microplasmas were generated in gas mixtures containing argon, methane, hydrogen and adamantane, which was used as a precursor and seed. The plasmas were monitored by optical emission spectroscopy measurements and the synthesized products were characterized by gas chromatography—mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Depending on the gas composition, the optical emission spectra contained CH and C2 bands of varying intensities. The GC-MS measurements revealed that diamantane can be synthesized by microplasmas generated at atmospheric pressure, and that the yields highly depend on the gas composition and the presence of carbon sources.

  16. Assessment of the roles of various inactivation agents in an argon-based direct current atmospheric pressure cold plasma jet

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    Three types of gases, pure argon (99.999%), argon with 2% oxygen, and argon with 2% oxygen and 10% nitrogen were used as operating gases of a direct current atmospheric pressure cold plasma jet to inactivate Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) suspended in a liquid. The inactivation efficacies for the plasma jets operating in the three gases decrease from Ar/O2(2%) to Ar/O2(2%)/N2(10%) to pure Ar. Optical emission spectroscopy, electron spin resonance spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography, and atomic absorption spectrophotometry were employed to identify and monitor the reactive species in the plasma-liquid system for the three operating gases and revealed the presence of O, 1O2, OH, NO, H2O2, O3, and NO3-/NO2- as well as Cu+/Cu2+. The S. aureus inactivation results indicate that atomic oxygen (O) is the key inactivation agent, while other species play a lesser role in the inactivation progress studied here.

  17. Temperature field measurements in thermal plasma equipment using thermocouple

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    The paper deals with the method of temperature field measurements in the cylindrical reaction chamber of the laboratory thermal plasma equipment using thermocouple Pt + Rh/Pt. The working gas (argon) is heated in an arc heater. The results of the measurements give information about the asymmetry of the gas flow temperature profiles in the investigated cross-sections of the reaction chamber and about the change of temperature profiles with increasing mean temperature of the working gas flow. (author)

  18. Drift Time Measurement in the ATLAS Liquid Argon Electromagnetic Calorimeter using Cosmic Muons

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    The ionization signals in the liquid argon of the ATLAS electromagnetic calorimeter are studied in detail using cosmic muons. In particular, the drift time of the ionization electrons is measured and used to assess the intrinsic uniformity of the calorimeter gaps and estimate its impact on the constant term of the energy resolution. The drift times of electrons in the cells of the second layer of the calorimeter are uniform at the level of 1.3% in the barrel and 2.7% in the endcaps. This leads to an estimated contribution to the constant term of 0.29% in the barrel and 0.53% in the endcaps. The same data are used to measure the drift velocity of ionization electrons in liquid argon, which is found to be 4.61 +- 0.07 mm/microsecond at 88.5 K and 1 kV/mm.

  19. Argon-germane in situ plasma clean for reduced temperature Ge on Si epitaxy by high density plasma chemical vapor deposition

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    We found that the demand for integration of near infrared optoelectronic functionality with silicon complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology has for many years motivated the investigation of low temperature germanium on silicon deposition processes. Our work describes the development of a high density plasma chemical vapor deposition process that uses a low temperature (<460 °C) in situ germane/argon plasma surface preparation step for epitaxial growth of germanium on silicon. It is shown that the germane/argon plasma treatment sufficiently removes SiOx and carbon at the surface to enable germanium epitaxy. Finally, the use of this surface preparation step demonstrates an alternative way to produce germanium epitaxy at reduced temperatures, a key enabler for increased flexibility of integration with CMOS back-end-of-line fabrication

  20. Measurement of energy distributions of secondary electrons ejected from argon by fast electrons

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    Energy distributions of secondary electrons emitted in the ionization of argon by fast electrons have been measured. Their spectra and single and double differential cross sections were obtained for electron impact energies ranging from 1 to 10 keV, and electrons ejected with energies up to 300 eV. Where possible, the results are compared with existing experimental data and with theoretical calculations

  1. Three-electrode direct current argon plasma: studies in discrete sample introduction, mathematical correction of drifted plasma data, and organic solvent introduction effects in the plasma

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    This thesis investigates three areas of research with the three-electrode direct-current argon plasma(DCP). The first area examines discrete sample introduction into the DCP. Discrete sampling, well known for its sample conservation advantage, has been used with flame atomic absorption and inductively coupled plasma emission spectroscopies but no work has been published on using this sampling mode with the DCP. Discrete sample introduction is compared here to the standard continuous sampling mode. An unique sample drop generator is described and characterized. Results are given for a variety of system effects and used to explain the effect of sample drop size on emission intensity. The second area of research involves the use of mathematical correction techniques for removing the effect of plasma emission drift from analytical data. The introduction of hydrophobic samples into the DCP is the last area examined in this thesis. Organic matrices are routinely run on the DCP but they can be prone to little understood matrix interferences effects. A modified sample introduction chimney was designed that largely eliminated the carbon buildup encountered with the standard chimney permitting extensive studies using organic solvent with the plasma. It was found that the analytical emission zone of the plasma appears to be spatially tied to the plasma core

  2. A study of the plasma electronegativity in an argon-oxygen pulsed-dc sputter magnetron

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    Using Langmuir probe-assisted laser photodetachment, the temporal evolution of the O- density was determined in the bulk plasma of a unipolar pulsed-dc magnetron. The source was operated in reactive mode, at a fixed nominal on-time power of 100 W, sputtering Ti in argon-oxygen atmospheres at 1.3 Pa pressure, but over a variation of duty cycles from 5% to 50% and oxygen partial pressures of 10% and 50% of the total pressure. In the plasma on-time, for all duty cycles the negative ion density (n-) rises marginally reaching values typically less than 2 x 1015 m-3 with negative ion-to-electron density ratios, α - falls by about 20-30% as fast O- species created at the cathode exit the system. This is followed by a rapid rise in n- to values at least 2 or 3 times that in the on-time. The rate of rise of n- and its maximum value both increase with decreasing duty cycle. In the off-time, the electron density falls rapidly (initial decay rates of several tens of μs), and therefore the afterglow plasma becomes highly electronegative, with α reaching 4.6 and 14.4 for 10% and 50% oxygen partial pressure, respectively. The rapid rise in n- in the afterglow (in which the electron temperature falls from about 5 to 0.5 eV) is attributed to the dissociative attachment of highly excited oxygen metastables, which themselves are created in the pulse on-time. At the lowest duty of 5%, the long-term O- decay times are several hundred μs. Langmuir probe characteristics show the clear signature that negative ions dominate over the electrons in the off-time. From the ion and electron saturation current ratios, α has been estimated in some chosen cases and found to agree within a factor between 2 and 10 with those obtained more directly from the photodetachment method.

  3. Dynamics of plasma expansion and shockwave formation in femtosecond laser-ablated aluminum plumes in argon gas at atmospheric pressures

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    Plasma expansion with shockwave formation during laser ablation of materials in a background gasses is a complex process. The spatial and temporal evolution of pressure, temperature, density, and velocity fields is needed for its complete understanding. We have studied the expansion of femtosecond (fs) laser-ablated aluminum (Al) plumes in Argon (Ar) gas at 0.5 and 1 atmosphere (atm). The expansion of the plume is investigated experimentally using shadowgraphy and fast-gated imaging. The computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling is also carried out. The position of the shock front measured by shadowgraphy and fast-gated imaging is then compared to that obtained from the CFD modeling. The results from the three methods are found to be in good agreement, especially during the initial stage of plasma expansion. The computed time- and space-resolved fields of gas-dynamic parameters have provided valuable insights into the dynamics of plasma expansion and shockwave formation in fs-pulse ablated Al plumes in Ar gas at 0.5 and 1 atm. These results are compared to our previous data on nanosecond (ns) laser ablation of Al [S. S. Harilal et al., Phys. Plasmas 19, 083504 (2012)]. It is observed that both fs and ns plumes acquire a nearly spherical shape at the end of expansion in Ar gas at 1 atm. However, due to significantly lower pulse energy of the fs laser (5 mJ) compared to pulse energy of the ns laser (100 mJ) used in our studies, the values of pressure, temperature, mass density, and velocity are found to be smaller in the fs laser plume, and their time evolution occurs much faster on the same time scale. The oscillatory shock waves clearly visible in the ns plume are not observed in the internal region of the fs plume. These experimental and computational results provide a quantitative understanding of plasma expansion and shockwave formation in fs-pulse and ns-pulse laser ablated Al plumes in an ambient gas at atmospheric pressures

  4. Dynamics of plasma expansion and shockwave formation in femtosecond laser-ablated aluminum plumes in argon gas at atmospheric pressures

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    Miloshevsky, Alexander; Harilal, Sivanandan S.; Miloshevsky, Gennady; Hassanein, Ahmed

    2014-04-01

    Plasma expansion with shockwave formation during laser ablation of materials in a background gasses is a complex process. The spatial and temporal evolution of pressure, temperature, density, and velocity fields is needed for its complete understanding. We have studied the expansion of femtosecond (fs) laser-ablated aluminum (Al) plumes in Argon (Ar) gas at 0.5 and 1 atmosphere (atm). The expansion of the plume is investigated experimentally using shadowgraphy and fast-gated imaging. The computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling is also carried out. The position of the shock front measured by shadowgraphy and fast-gated imaging is then compared to that obtained from the CFD modeling. The results from the three methods are found to be in good agreement, especially during the initial stage of plasma expansion. The computed time- and space-resolved fields of gas-dynamic parameters have provided valuable insights into the dynamics of plasma expansion and shockwave formation in fs-pulse ablated Al plumes in Ar gas at 0.5 and 1 atm. These results are compared to our previous data on nanosecond (ns) laser ablation of Al [S. S. Harilal et al., Phys. Plasmas 19, 083504 (2012)]. It is observed that both fs and ns plumes acquire a nearly spherical shape at the end of expansion in Ar gas at 1 atm. However, due to significantly lower pulse energy of the fs laser (5 mJ) compared to pulse energy of the ns laser (100 mJ) used in our studies, the values of pressure, temperature, mass density, and velocity are found to be smaller in the fs laser plume, and their time evolution occurs much faster on the same time scale. The oscillatory shock waves clearly visible in the ns plume are not observed in the internal region of the fs plume. These experimental and computational results provide a quantitative understanding of plasma expansion and shockwave formation in fs-pulse and ns-pulse laser ablated Al plumes in an ambient gas at atmospheric pressures.

  5. Spectroscopic measurement of hydrogen contamination in weld arc plasmas

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    Shea, J. E.; Gardner, C. S.

    1983-09-01

    The introduction of hydrogen into metals during welding is known to cause hydrogen assisted cracking and embrittlement in certain situations. It has been shown that the weld metal hydrogen content is directly related to hydrogen concentration in the weld arc plasma. In this paper we describe a simple spectroscopic technique for measuring the arc plasma hydrogen concentration in real time when an argon shield gas is used. This technique is based on the fact that the intensity ratio of the hydrogen Balmer Alpha emission line at 6563 Å and an argon emission line at 6965 Å was observed to be an approximately linear function of hydrogen concentration in the weld arc plasma. This technique was experimentally verified under a variety of welding conditions for gas metal arc welding and found to have an error of less than 10% when measuring hydrogen concentrations in the arc plasma as low as 0.25% by volume. This method of hydrogen measurement is also applicable when welding with shield gases not containing argon so long as a suitable ratioing line is available.

  6. Spectroscopic measurement of hydrogen contamination in weld arc plasmas

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    The introduction of hydrogen into metals during welding is known to cause hydrogen assisted cracking and embrittlement in certain situations. It has been shown that the weld metal hydrogen content is directly related to hydrogen concentration in the weld arc plasma. In this paper we describe a simple spectroscopic technique for measuring the arc plasma hydrogen concentration in real time when an argon shield gas is used. This technique is based on the fact that the intensity ratio of the hydrogen Balmer Alpha emission line at 6563 A and an argon emission line at 6965 A was observed to be an approximately linear function of hydrogen concentration in the weld arc plasma. This technique was experimentally verified under a variety of welding conditions for gas metal arc welding and found to have an error of less than 10% when measuring hydrogen concentrations in the arc plasma as low as 0.25% by volume. This method of hydrogen measurement is also applicable when welding with shield gases not containing argon so long as a suitable ratioing line is available

  7. Argon-dominated plasma beam generated by filtered vacuum arc and its substrate etching

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    A new technique to etch a substrate as a pre-treatment prior to functional film deposition was developed using a filtered vacuum arc plasma. An Ar-dominated plasma beam was generated from filtered carbon arc plasma by introducing appropriate flow rate of Ar gas in a T-shape filtered arc deposition (T-FAD) system. The radiation spectra emitted from the filtered plasma beam in front of a substrate table were measured. The substrate was etched by the Ar-dominated plasma beam. The principal results are summarized as follows. At a high flow rate of Ar gas (50 ml/min), when the bias was applied to the substrate, the plasma was attracted toward the substrate table and the substrate was well etched without film formation on the substrate. Super hard alloy (WC), bearing steel (SUJ2), and Si wafer were etched by the Ar-dominated plasma beam. The etching rate was dependent on the kind of substrate. The roughness of the substrate increased, when the etching rate was high. A pulse bias etched the substrate without roughening the substrate surface excessively.

  8. Ambient air particle transport into the effluent of a cold atmospheric-pressure argon plasma jet investigated by molecular beam mass spectrometry

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    Ambient air species, which are transported into the active effluent of an atmospheric-pressure plasma jet result in highly reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS). Especially for the envisaged application field of plasma medicine, these RONS are responsible for strong biological responses. In this work, the effect of ambient air transport into the effluent of an atmospheric-pressure plasma argon jet on the on-axis densities of nitrogen, oxygen and argon was investigated by means of absolutely calibrated molecular beam mass spectrometry (MBMS). According to biomedical experiments a (bottomless) Petri dish was installed in front of the MBMS. In the following, the near flow field is referring to the region close to the nozzle exit and the far flow field is referring to the region beyond that. The absolute on-axis densities were obtained by three different methods, for the near flow field with VUV-absorption technique, for the far flow field with the MBMS and the total flow field was calculated with a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. The results of the ambient air particle densities of all independent methods were compared and showed an excellent agreement. Therefore the transport processes of ambient air species can be measured for the whole effluent of an atmospheric-pressure plasma jet. Additionally, with the validation of the simulation it is possible in future to calculate the ambient species transport for various gas fluxes in the same turbulent flow regime. Comparing the on-axis densities obtained with an ignited and with a non-ignited plasma jet shows that for the investigated parameters, the main influence on the ambient air species transport is due to the increased temperature in the case when the jet is switched on. Moreover, the presence of positive ions (e.g. ArN2+) formed due to the interaction of plasma-produced particles and ambient air species, which are transported into the effluent, is shown. (paper)

  9. Argon plasma coagulation for superficial esophageal squamous-cell carcinoma in high-risk patients

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    Kumiko Tahara; Satoshi Tanabe; Kenji Ishido; Katsuhiko Higuchi; Tohru Sasaki; Chikatoshi Katada; Mizutomo Azuma

    2012-01-01

    AIM:To evaluate the usefulness and safety of argon plasma coagulation (APC) for superficial esophageal squamous-cell carcinoma (SESC) in high-risk patients.METHODS:We studied 17 patients (15 men and 2 women,21 lesions) with SESC in whom endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR),endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD),and open surgery were contraindicated from March 1999 through February 2009.None of the patients could tolerate prolonged EMR/ESD or open surgery because of severe concomitant disease (e.g.,liver cirrhosis,cerebral infarction,or ischemic heart disease) or scar formation after EMR/ESD and chemoradiotherapy.After conventional endoscopy,an iodine stain was sprayed on the esophageal mucosa to determine the lesion margins.The lesion was then ablated by APC.We retrospectively studied the treatment time,number of APC sessions per site,complications,presence or absence of recurrence,and time to recurrence.RESULTS:The median duration of follow-up was 36 mo (range:6-120 mo).All of the tumors were macroscopically classified as superficial and slightly depressed type (0-Ⅱ c).The preoperative depth of invasion was clinical T1a (mucosal cancer) for 19 lesions and clinical T1b (submucosal cancer) for 2.The median treatment time was 15 min (range:10-36 min).The median number of treatment sessions per site was 2 (range:1-4).The median hospital stay was 14 d (range:5-68d).Among the 17 patients (21 lesions),2 (9.5%) had recurrence and underwent additional APC with no subsequent evidence of recurrence.There were no treatment-related complications,such as bleeding or perforation.CONCLUSION:APC is considered to be safe and effective for the management of SESC that cannot be resected endoscopically because of underlying disease,as well as for the control of recurrence after EMR and local recurrence after chemoradiotherapy.

  10. Endoscopic ablation of Barrett's esophagus using high power setting argon plasma coagulation: A prospective study

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    Corrado Pedrazzani; Filippo Catalano; Mara Festini; Germana Zerman; Anna Tomezzoli; Andrea Ruzzenente; Alfredo Guglielmi; Giovanni de Manzoni

    2005-01-01

    AIM: This prospective study evaluated the effectiveness of 90 W argon plasma coagulation (APC) for the ablation of Barrett's esophagus (BE) that is considered to be the main risk factor for the development of esophageal adenocarcinoma.METHODS: The results from 25 patients, observed at the First Department of General Surgery, University of Verona, Italy, from October 2000 to October 2003, who underwent APC for histologically proven BE were prospectively analyzed.RESULTS: The ablation treatment was completed in all the patients but one (96%). The mean number of APC sessions needed to complete ablation was 1.6 (total number: 40). The eradication was obtained in the majority of cases by one session only (60%), two sessions were required in 24% of the cases and three or more in 16%.About 43% of the sessions were complicated. Retrosternal pain (22.5%) and fever (17.5%) were the most frequent symptoms. Only one major complication occurred, it was an hemorrhage due to ulcer formation on the treated esophagus that required urgent endoscopic sclerosis and admission. The follow-up was accomplished in all the patients with a mean period of 26.3 mo and 20 patients (84%) with a follow-up period longer than 24 mo. Only one patient showed a relapse of metaplastic mucosa 12 mo after the completion of ablation. The patient was hence re-treated and now is free from recurrence 33 mo later.CONCLUSION: High power setting (90 W) APC showed to be safe and effective. The effects persist at a mean follow-up period of two years with a comparable cost in term of complications with respect to standard power settings. Further studies with greater number of patients are required to confirm these results and to assess if ablation reduces the incidence of malignant progression.

  11. Removal and sterilization of biofilms and planktonic bacteria by microwave-induced argon plasma at atmospheric pressure

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    Microbial biofilms are a functional matrix of microbial cells, enveloped in polysaccharides, enzymes and virulence factors secreted by them that can develop on indwelling medical devices and biomaterials. Plasma sterilization has been widely studied in recent years for biological applications. In this study, we evaluated the possibility of removal and anti-recovery of biofilms by microwave-induced argon plasma at atmospheric pressure. We observed that all bacterial biofilms formatted by Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria are removed in less than 20 s, and the growth inhibitions of planktonic bacteria within biofilms are also confirmed by plasma exposure for 5 s. These results suggest that our plasma system can be applied to medical and biological fields where the removal of biofilms and their debris is required.

  12. Removal and sterilization of biofilms and planktonic bacteria by microwave-induced argon plasma at atmospheric pressure

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    Lee, Mi Hee; Park, Bong Joo; Jin, Soo Chang; Kim, Dohyun; Han, Inho; Kim, Jungsung; Hyun, Soon O.; Chung, Kie-Hyung; Park, Jong-Chul

    2009-11-01

    Microbial biofilms are a functional matrix of microbial cells, enveloped in polysaccharides, enzymes and virulence factors secreted by them that can develop on indwelling medical devices and biomaterials. Plasma sterilization has been widely studied in recent years for biological applications. In this study, we evaluated the possibility of removal and anti-recovery of biofilms by microwave-induced argon plasma at atmospheric pressure. We observed that all bacterial biofilms formatted by Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria are removed in less than 20 s, and the growth inhibitions of planktonic bacteria within biofilms are also confirmed by plasma exposure for 5 s. These results suggest that our plasma system can be applied to medical and biological fields where the removal of biofilms and their debris is required.

  13. Conversion of emitted dimethyl sulfide into eco-friendly species using low-temperature atmospheric argon micro-plasma system

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    Highlights: ► Dimethyl sulfide (DMS) was fully decomposed by two-electrode Ar micro-plasma. ► The reaction of DMS/Ar resulted in forming solid compound and gaseous product. ► The C-, H- and S-containing solid compound was fixed on the quartz inner tube. ► The H2-, CS2-, and H2S-gaseous products were possibly recyclable and trapped. ► The dissociation mechanism and treatment efficiency of DMS were also discussed. - Abstract: A custom-made atmospheric argon micro-plasma system was employed to dissociate dimethyl sulfide (DMS) into a non-foul-smelling species. The proposed system takes the advantages of low energy requirement and non-thermal process with a constant flow rate at ambient condition. In the experiments, the compositions of DMS/argon plasma, the residual gaseous phases, and solid precipitates were respectively characterized using an optical emission spectrometer, various gas-phase analyzers, and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. For 400 ppm DMS introduced into argon plasma with two pairs of electrodes (90 W), a complete decomposition of DMS was achieved; the DMS became converted into excited species such as C*, C2*, H*, and CH*. When gaseous products were taken away from the treatment area, the excited species tended to recombine and form stable compounds or species, which formed as solid particles and gaseous phases. The solid deposition was likely formed by the agglomeration of C-, H-, and S-containing species that became deposited on the quartz inner tube. For the residual gaseous phases, low-molecular-weight segments mostly recombined into relatively thermodynamic stable species, such as hydrogen, hydrogen sulfide, and carbon disulfide. The dissociation mechanism and treatment efficiency are discussed, and a treatment of converting DMS into H2-, CS2-, and H2S-dominant by-products is proposed.

  14. Fluctuation in energy-loss measurements in allene-doped liquid argon for heavy ions

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    Liquid argon (LAr) has suitable properties for use as a particle-detector medium, however, its response to heavy ions is not linear, because of the non-perfect collection of charge produced by the incident ions due to the strong recombination between the liberated electrons and argon ions. We were able to improve the linearity of the response by doping photoionization materials, such as allene (C3H4), to LAr. Using allene-doped LAr, we made some experiments of the heavy ion calorimeters for the mass identification of relativistic iron ions, but this approach was unsuccessful. We therefore investigated the cause of the failure using relativistic heavy ions of neon, argon and iron. The energy resolutions obtained experimentally were of the order of several percent at the full width at half maximum (FWHM) for neon to iron ions passing through a LAr gap of 10 mm. These values were 2 or 3 times worse than those predicted theoretically, and the poor energy resolution led to insufficient mass resolution. Here, we describe methods for measuring fluctuation in energy-loss signals in LAr, and discuss the factors determining the resolution

  15. A preliminary report on methods of measuring and reducing Argon-41 production by a TRIGA reactor

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    Methods to accurately determine and techniques to reduce the Argon-41 released from the one-megawatt Geological Survey TRIGA Reactor facility have been developed. Knowledge of the composition of the exhaust-gas effluent is of prime importance to the U.S. Geological Survey in minimizing all radioactive releases to the environment. The counting systems and control measures have enabled the Geological Survey TRIGA Reactor staff to reduce the amount of Argon-41 released from the facility by a factor of two, with no reduction in operation level of the reactor. The counting system has also enabled the staff to categorize the principal sources of Argon-41. Under normal conditions, a fully-loaded rotating-specimen rack is by far the largest contributor. With the current counting system, 10-7 microcuries per cubic centimeter can be detected in the exhaust stack. It is intended to further improve this system to increase both the sensitivity and the reliability. The sensitivity is expected to be increased by utilizing a larger counting volume. To improve the reliability, it is planned to fabricate a loop parallel to the exhaust system, eliminating the need for a separate pump. (author)

  16. Time-dependent effects of low-temperature atmospheric-pressure argon plasma on epithelial cell attachment, viability and tight junction formation in vitro

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    The application of physical plasma to living tissues is expected to promote wound healing by plasma disinfection and stimulation of tissue regeneration. However, the effects of plasma on healthy cells must be studied and understood. In our experiments we used an argon plasma jet (kINPen®09) to gain insights into time-dependent plasma effects on cell attachment, viability and tight junction formation in vitro. Murine epithelial cells mHepR1 were suspended in complete cell culture medium and were irradiated with argon plasma (direct approach) for 30, 60 and 120 s. Suspecting that physical plasma may exert its effect via the medium, cell culture medium alone was first treated with argon plasma (indirect approach) and immediately afterwards, cells were added and also cultured for 24 h. Cell morphology and vitality were verified using light microscopy and an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Already after 30 s of treatment the mHepR1 cells lost their capability to adhere and the cell vitality decreased with increasing treatment time. Interestingly, the same inhibitory effect was observed in the indirect approach. Furthermore, the argon plasma-treated culture medium-induced large openings of the cell's tight junctions, were verified by the zonula occludens protein ZO-1, which we observed for the first time in confluently grown epithelial cells. (paper)

  17. Time-dependent effects of low-temperature atmospheric-pressure argon plasma on epithelial cell attachment, viability and tight junction formation in vitro

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    Hoentsch, Maxi; von Woedtke, Thomas; Weltmann, Klaus-Dieter; Nebe, J. Barbara

    2012-01-01

    The application of physical plasma to living tissues is expected to promote wound healing by plasma disinfection and stimulation of tissue regeneration. However, the effects of plasma on healthy cells must be studied and understood. In our experiments we used an argon plasma jet (kINPen®09) to gain insights into time-dependent plasma effects on cell attachment, viability and tight junction formation in vitro. Murine epithelial cells mHepR1 were suspended in complete cell culture medium and were irradiated with argon plasma (direct approach) for 30, 60 and 120 s. Suspecting that physical plasma may exert its effect via the medium, cell culture medium alone was first treated with argon plasma (indirect approach) and immediately afterwards, cells were added and also cultured for 24 h. Cell morphology and vitality were verified using light microscopy and an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Already after 30 s of treatment the mHepR1 cells lost their capability to adhere and the cell vitality decreased with increasing treatment time. Interestingly, the same inhibitory effect was observed in the indirect approach. Furthermore, the argon plasma-treated culture medium-induced large openings of the cell's tight junctions, were verified by the zonula occludens protein ZO-1, which we observed for the first time in confluently grown epithelial cells.

  18. Comparison of glow argon plasma-induced surface changes of thermoplastic polymers

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    Řezníčková, A.; Kolská, Z.; Hnatowicz, V.; Stopka, P.; Švorčík, V.

    2011-01-01

    Modification of high-density polyethylene (PE), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), polystyrene (PS), polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) and polypropylene (PP) by Ar plasma was studied. The amount of the ablated material was determined by gravimetry. Wettability of polymers after the plasma treatment was determined from the contact angle measurement. The changes in the surface morphology of polymers were observed using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Chemical structure of modified polymers was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). Surface changes were also studied by the determination of electrokinetic potential ( ζ-potential). It was found that under the plasma treatment the polymers are ablated and their surface morphology and roughness are changed dramatically. XPS measurements indicate an oxidation of the polymer surface. The plasma treatment results in a dramatic increase of the ζ-potential. EPR data show different radical amount present on the treated surface of all polymers. Most significant changes due to the degradation of polymer chains are observed on PTFE.

  19. Application of gas chromatographic method in simultaneous measurements of helium, argon and neon concentration in groundwaters

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    Najman, J.; Bielewski, J.; Sliwka, I.

    2012-04-01

    Helium concentration in groundwater is a fine indicator in water dating in a range from a hundred to tens of thousands of years. Gas chromatography (GC) measurements of helium can be used as an alternative to mass spectrometry (MS) determinations of 4He for groundwater dating [1]. Argon and neon concentrations mainly serve for determining the temperature of recharge and the air excess which is needed to correct measured values of helium concentration [2] . A chromatographic measurement system of helium, argon and neon concentration in groundwater is presented [3]. Water samples are taken from groundwater with a precise procedure without contamination with air in a special stainless steel vessels of volume equal to 2900 cm3. Helium is extracted from water samples using the head-space method. After enrichment by cryotrap method helium is analyzed in the gas chromatograph equipped with the thermal conductivity detector (TCD) with detection limit of about 2.8 ng He. The helium limit of detection of presented method is 1,2·10-8 cm3STP/gH2O [4]. We are currently working on adapting the method of cryogenic enrichment of helium concentration for simultaneous measurements of the concentration of helium, argon and neon using single sample of groundwater. Neon will be measured with the thermal conductivity detector and capillary column filled with molecular sieve 5A. Argon will be analyzed also with the thermal conductivity detector and packed column filled with molecular sieve 5A. This work was supported by grant No. N N525 3488 38 from the polish National Science Centre. [1] A. Zuber, W. Ciężkowski, K. Różański (red.), Tracer methods in hydrogeological studies - a methodological guide. Wroclaw University of Technology Publishing House, Wroclaw, 2007 (in polish). [2] P. Mochalski, Chromatographic method for the determination of Ar, Ne and N2 in water, Ph.D. thesis, Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow, 2003 (in polish). [3] A. Żurek, P

  20. Oxygen and argon plasma effect in stainless steels and graphite in the ion energy range of 10-100 eV

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    Experimental data on the effect of accelerated plasma flow of oxygen and argon in the near-threshold ion energy range on the possible materials of the thermonuclear reactor first wall (stainless steel and graphite) are presented. The oxygen ion sputtering coefficient are higher for graphite and lower for steel in comparison with argon ion. Effect on graphite of molecular accelerated oxygen ions is accompanied by their dissociation

  1. Electron Density from Balmer Series Hydrogen Lines and Ionization Temperatures in Inductively Coupled Argon Plasma Supplied by Aerosol and Volatile Species

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    Full Text Available Electron density and ionization temperatures were measured for inductively coupled argon plasma at atmospheric pressure. Different sample introduction systems were investigated. Samples containing Sn, Hg, Mg, and Fe and acidified with hydrochloric or acetic acids were introduced into plasma in the form of aerosol, gaseous mixture produced in the reaction of these solutions with NaBH4 and the mixture of the aerosol and chemically generated gases. The electron densities measured from Hα, Hβ, Hγ, and Hδ lines on the base of Stark broadening were compared. The study of the H Balmer series line profiles showed that the ne values from Hγ and Hδ were well consistent with those obtained from Hβ which was considered as a common standard line for spectroscopic measurement of electron density. The ne values varied from 0.56·1015 to 1.32·1015 cm−3 and were the highest at loading mixture of chemically generated gases. The ionization temperatures of plasma, determined on the base of the Saha approach from ion-to-atom line intensity ratios, were lower for Sn and Hg (6500–7200 K than those from Fe and Mg lines (7000–7800 K. The Sn II/Sn I and Hg II/Hg I, Fe II/Fe I, and Mg II/Mg I intensity ratios and the electron densities (ne were dependent on experimental conditions of plasma generation. Experimental and theoretically calculated ionization degrees were compared.

  2. Spatial distribution of the temperature and the number densities of electrons and atomic and ionic species in an inductively coupled RF argon plasma, ch. 3

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    A survey of the literature shows that the values found for the excitation parameters (temperature and electron number density) in an inductively coupled radio-frequency argon plasma at atmospheric pressure (ICP) depend on the plasma configuration and the measuring procedure. The present study proposes a novel method for measuring excitation temperatures that does not require a knowledge of transition probabilities. The experimental work concerns measurements of the spatial distributions of the temperature, the number densities of the electrons and various atomic and ionic species in a low-power (approximately o.5kW) ICP for analytical purposes operated at either of two extreme carrier gas flow rates. Observations were made at three different heights above the induction coil. At high flow rate (approximately 51/min) the familiar hollow configuration of the plasma is demonstrated by off-axis maxima for the temperature and the number densities of electrons and atomic species at all observation heights. At low flow rate (approximately 1 l./min), the radial atom number density distributions are parabolically shaped and constricted to a smaller channel at all observation heights. The authors conclude from the results that both the plasma configurations are not in a state of complete local thermal equilibrium at observation heights used for analytical work (i.e., above the coil)

  3. Evaluation of bone response to synthetic bone grafting material treated with argon-based atmospheric pressure plasma

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    Bone graft materials are utilized to stimulate healing of bone defects or enhance osseointegration of implants. In order to augment these capabilities, various surface modification techniques, including atmospheric pressure plasma (APP) surface treatment, have been developed. This in vivo study sought to assess the effect of APP surface treatment on degradation and osseointegration of Synthograft™, a beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) synthetic bone graft. The experimental (APP-treated) grafts were subjected to APP treatment with argon for a period of 60 s. Physicochemical characterization was performed by environmental scanning electron microscopy, surface energy (SE), and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses both before and after APP treatment. Two APP-treated and two untreated grafts were surgically implanted into four critical-size calvarial defects in each of ten New Zealand white rabbits. The defect samples were explanted after four weeks, underwent histological analysis, and the percentages of bone, soft tissue, and remaining graft material were quantified by image thresholding. Material characterization showed no differences in particle surface morphology and that the APP-treated group presented significantly higher SE along with higher amounts of the base material chemical elements on it surface. Review of defect composition showed that APP treatment did not increase bone formation or reduce the amount of soft tissue filling the defect when compared to untreated material. Histologic cross-sections demonstrated osteoblastic cell lines, osteoid deposition, and neovascularization in both groups. Ultimately, argon-based APP treatment did not enhance the osseointegration or degradation of the β-TCP graft. Future investigations should evaluate the utility of gases other than argon to enhance osseointegration through APP treatment. - Highlights: • Degradation/osseointegration of bone graft treated with argon-based APP is studied. • APP treatment did

  4. First measurements of inclusive muon neutrino charged current differential cross sections on argon.

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    Anderson, C; Antonello, M; Baller, B; Bolton, T; Bromberg, C; Cavanna, F; Church, E; Edmunds, D; Ereditato, A; Farooq, S; Fleming, B; Greenlee, H; Guenette, R; Haug, S; Horton-Smith, G; James, C; Klein, E; Lang, K; Laurens, P; Linden, S; McKee, D; Mehdiyev, R; Page, B; Palamara, O; Partyka, K; Patch, A; Rameika, G; Rebel, B; Rossi, B; Soderberg, M; Spitz, J; Szelc, A M; Weber, M; Yang, T; Zeller, G

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    The ArgoNeuT Collaboration presents the first measurements of inclusive muon neutrino charged current differential cross sections on argon. Obtained in the NuMI neutrino beam line at Fermilab, the flux-integrated results are reported in terms of outgoing muon angle and momentum. The data are consistent with the Monte Carlo expectation across the full range of kinematics sampled, 0°energy neutrino scattering models important for interpreting results from long baseline neutrino oscillation experiments designed to investigate CP violation and the orientation of the neutrino mass hierarchy. PMID:22680709

  5. Towards the reduction of matrix effects in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry without compromising detection limits: The use of argon-nitrogen mixed-gas plasma

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    The multivariate optimization of a mixed-gas plasma was conducted in an attempt to find conditions minimizing matrix effects without sacrificing the detection limits that are observed with an all argon plasma optimized for maximum sensitivity in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Compared to the latter, where 49.1 ± 7.1% (n = 17) analyte signal suppression resulted in the presence of 0.1 M Na, 3.8 ± 3.2% suppression (and 2.8 ± 2.1% enhancement in some cases) was observed in the optimized mixed-gas plasma with 0.13% v/v N2 in the plasma gas and 0.11% in the central channel as a sheath gas around the nebulizer gas flow. Furthermore, improved detection limits were observed for Al, Co, Pd, and V with the optimized mixed-gas plasma compared to an argon plasma at maximum sensitivity. The robustness of this mixed-gas plasma was further demonstrated through the accurate determination of U and Mo in NASS-5 seawater certified reference material using a simple external calibration, without matrix-matching or internal standardization. Indeed, the result obtained for Mo (9.1 ± 1.9 μg/L) was within the 95% confidence interval of the certified value of 9.6 ± 1.0 μg/L, while that obtained for U (3.0 ± 0.2 μg/L) was close to the information value of 2.6 μg/L. Spatial profiling results suggest better energy transfer between the toroidal zone and the central channel in the mixed-gas plasma.

  6. Gas and particle velocity measurements in an induction plasma

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    Laser doppler anemometry was used for the measurements of the plasma and particle velocity profiles in the coil region of an inductively coupled plasma. Results are reported for a 50 mm ID induction torch operated at atmospheric pressure with argon as the plasma gas. The oscillator frequency was 3 MHz and the power in the coil was varied between 4.6 and 10.5 kW. The gas velocity measurements were made using a fine carbon powder as a tracer (dp approx. = 1 μm). Measurements were also made with larger silicon particles (dp = 33 μm and sigma = 13 μm) centrally injected in the plasma under different operating conditions

  7. The ATLAS liquid argon calorimeter high-voltage system: commissioning, optimisation, and LHC relative luminosity measurement.

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    2011-01-01

    The main goals of the ATLAS scientific programme are the observation or exclusion of physics beyond the Standard Model (SM), as well as the measurement of production cross-sections of SM processes. In oder to do so,it is important to measure the luminosity at the interaction point with great precision. The ATLAS luminosity is extracted using several detectors with varying efficiencies and acceptances. Different methods, such as inclusive - or coincidence - event counting and calorimeter integrated current measurements, are calibrated and cross-compared to provide the most accurate luminosity determination. In order to provide more cross-checks and a better control on the systematic uncertainties, an independent measurement using the liquid argon (LAr) forward calorimeter (FCal), based on the readout current of its high-voltage system, has been developed. This document describes how the LAr calorimeter high-voltage system has been installed and commissioned, as well as its application to a relative luminosity ...

  8. The ATLAS liquid argon calorimeter high-voltage system: commissioning, optimisation and LHC relative luminosity measurement

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    The main goals of the ATLAS scientific programme are the observation or exclusion of physics beyond the Standard Model (SM), as well as the measurement of production cross-sections of SM processes. In order to do so, it is important to measure the luminosity at the interaction point with great precision. The ATLAS luminosity is extracted using several detectors with varying efficiencies and acceptances. Different methods, such as inclusive - or coincidence - event counting and calorimeter integrated current measurements, are calibrated and cross-compared to provide the most accurate luminosity determination. In order to provide more cross-checks and a better control on the systematic uncertainties, an independent measurement using the liquid argon (LAr) forward calorimeter (FCal), based on the readout current of its high-voltage system, has been developed. This document describes how the LAr calorimeter high-voltage system has been installed and commissioned, as well as its application to a relative luminosity determination. (author)

  9. Broadening of the Spectral Atomic Lines Analysis in High Density Argon Corona Plasma by Using Voigt Profile

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    Nur, M.; Bonifaci, N.; Denat, A.; Atrazhev, V. M.

    2015-06-01

    Studies of spectrum emission from high density argon plasma corona has been done. The analysis of the boardening of spectral atomic lines of Ar-I profile has been curried out by using an empirical approximation based on a Voigt profile. Full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of the spectral-lines of 763.5 nm has been determined from atmospheric pressure until liquid state. The study liquid argon was curried out in a variation of temperature from K to 151.2 K and hydrostatics pressure from 2.1 MPa to 6.4 MPa. These pressure gives the densities N∞ (i.e. density very far from ionization zone) a variation from 1.08 1022 to 2.11 1022 cm-3. FWHM of Voigt approximation (Wv) of the line 763,5 nm of 'Ar I for: the emission lamp very low pressure (Wv = 0,160 nm) and our corona discharge at a pressure of MPa (Wv = 0,67 nm) and at a pressure of 9,5 MPa (Wv = 1,16 nm). In gas, corona plasma has been generated from 0.1 MPa to 9.5 MPa. We found that the broadening spectral line increase by increasing densities both for. the spectral-lines of 763.5 nm and 696.5 nm. We concluded that broadening of spectrum cause of Van der Waals force.

  10. On local thermal equilibrium and potential gradient vs current characteristic in wall-stabilized argon plasma arc at 0.1 atm pressure

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    In wall-stabilized arc which is a very useful means for determining the transport characteristics of high temperature gases, it is the premise that the inside of arc column is in complete local thermal equilibrium (LTE). In general, the higher the gas pressure, the easier the establishment of LTE, accordingly the experimental investigations on the characteristics of arc discharge as well as the transport characteristics so far were limited to the region of relatively high pressure. However, the authors have found that the theoretical potential vs. current characteristic obtained by the transport characteristic was greatly different from the actually measured one in low pressure region, as the fundamental characteristic of wall-stabilized argon plasma arc below atmospheric pressure. This time, they have clarified this discrepancy at 0.1 atm using the plasma parameters obtained through the spectroscopic measurements. The spectroscopic measurements have been performed through the side observation window at the position 5.5 cm away from the cathode, when arc was ignited vertically at the electrodes distant by 11 cm. Arc radius was 0.5 cm. Electron density and temperature, gas temperature and the excitation density of argon neutral atoms have been experimentally measured. The investigations showed that, in the region of low arc current, where the ratio of current to arc radius is less than 200 A/cm, the fall of gas temperature affected greatly on the decrease of axial electric field of arc column. The non-equilibrium between electron temperature and gas temperature decreased with the increase of arc current, and it was concluded that LTE has been formed at the center portion of arc column above I/R = 300 A/cm. (Wakatsuki, Y.)

  11. Determination of dissolved boron in fresh, estuarine, and geothermal waters by d.c. argon-plasma emission spectrometry

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    Ball, J.W.; Thompson, J.M.; Jenne, E.A.

    1978-01-01

    A d.c. argon-plasma emission spectrometer is used to determine dissolved boron in natural (fresh and estuarine) water samples. Concentrations ranged from 0.02 to 250 mg l-1. The emission-concentration function is linear from 0.02 to 1000 mg l-1. Achievement of a relative standard deviation of ??? 3% requires frequent restandardization to offset sensitivity changes. Dilution may be necessary to overcome high and variable electron density caused by differences in alkali-metal content and to avoid quenching of the plasma by high solute concentrations of sodium and other easily ionized elements. The proposed method was tested against a reference method and found to be more sensitive, equally or more precise and accurate, less subject to interferences, with a wider linear analytical range than the carmine method. Analyses of standard reference samples yielded results in all cases within one standard deviation of the means. ?? 1978.

  12. Linac3 LEBT beam measurements during the 2014-2015 Argon ion run

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    Between Spring 2014 and Spring 2015, LINAC3 delivered a beam of Argon ions. A campaign of beam studies was launched with the aim of better understanding the present limitations in the machine performance in the framework of the requested intensity goals as defined by the LHC Injectors Upgrade project. Measurements were mostly focused on beam characterization in the low energy part of Linac3 (LEBT), where performance in operation is mostly limited (in terms of beam transmission). Systematic quadrupole scans provided indirect measurement of the beam transverse emittance and were used as input to improve and refine the accelerator and beam description parameters used in simulations. IBSimu studies of beam formation and extraction at the source were interfaced with particle tracking with the 3D code PATH, and the resulting predictions found good validation in the beam measurements taken during this campaign.

  13. Influence of Gas Flow Rate on Mixing of Argon with Air in Thermal Plasma Jets

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    Gonzalez, J. J.; Gleizes, A.; Freton, P.; Hlína, Jan; Šlechta, Jiří

    2002-01-01

    Roč. 52, - (2002), s. D842-D849. ISSN 0011-4626. [Symposium on Plasma Physics and Technology SPPT 2002 /20./. Prague, 10.06.2002-13.06.2002] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1057202 Keywords : plasma jet * thermal plasma * temperature field Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics Impact factor: 0.311, year: 2002

  14. Argon dilution effects on diamond deposition in electron cyclotron resonance plasma: a double probe study

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    The Ar dilution effects on diamond deposition at moderate pressures (26.6-400 Pa) in an electron cyclotron resonance hydrogen-methane plasma have been studied in connection with electron temperature (Te) and electron density (ne). The double probe measurement revealed the dependence of Te and ne on Ar concentration, pressure, and microwave power. Te decreased in proportion to Ar concentration and was in the range of 3.7-7.5 eV. In contrast, ne exhibited only a small change with increasing Ar concentration except at a higher pressure and was on the order of 1010-1011 cm-3. The Ar dilution promoted nucleation rather than growth, as shown by an increase in nucleation density and renucleation on preexisting diamond grains. The mechanism leading to the peaked growth rate at 33-50 vol.% Ar was explained by the variation of the ion-bombardment energy and the fluxes of radicals, based on the measured Te and ne

  15. Mass Measurements Demonstrate a Strong N =28 Shell Gap in Argon

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    Meisel, Z; Ahn, S; Browne, J; Bazin, D; Brown, B A; Carpino, J F; Chung, H; Cyburt, R H; Estradé, A; Famiano, M; Gade, A; Langer, C; Matoš, M; Mittig, W; Montes, F; Morrissey, D J; Pereira, J; Schatz, H; Schatz, J; Scott, M; Shapira, D; Smith, K; Stevens, J; Tan, W; Tarasov, O; Towers, S; Wimmer, K; Winkelbauer, J R; Yurkon, J; Zegers, R G T

    2015-01-01

    We present results from recent time-of-flight nuclear mass measurements at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University. We report the first mass measurements of 48Ar and 49Ar and find atomic mass excesses of -22.28(31) MeV and -17.8(1.1) MeV, respectively. These masses provide strong evidence for the closed shell nature of neutron number N=28 in argon, which is therefore the lowest even-Z element exhibiting the N=28 closed shell. The resulting trend in binding-energy differences, which probes the strength of the N=28 shell, compares favorably with shellmodel calculations in the sd-pf shell using SDPF-U and SDPF-MU Hamiltonians.

  16. Measurements of ion mobility in argon and neon based gas mixtures

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    Deisting, Alexander; Szabo, Alexander; Vranic, Danilo

    2016-01-01

    As gaseous detectors are operated at high rates of primary ionisation, ions created in the detector have a considerable impact on the performance of the detector. The upgraded ALICE Time Projection Chamber (TPC) will operate during LHC Run$\\,3$ with a substantial space charge density of positive ions in the drift volume. In order to properly simulate such space charges, knowledge of the ion mobility $K$ is necessary. To this end, a small gaseous detector was constructed and the ion mobility of various gas mixtures was measured. To validate the corresponding signal analysis, simulations were performed. Results are shown for several argon and neon based mixtures with different $\\textrm{CO}_2$ fractions. A decrease of $K$ was measured for increasing water content.

  17. Laboratory measurements of the x-ray emission following dielectronic recombination onto highly charged argon ions

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    Brown, Gregory V.; Beiersdorfer, Peter; Bulbul, Esra; Hell, Natalie; Foster, Adam; Betancourt-Martinez, Gabriele; Porter, Frederick Scott; Smith, Randall K.

    2016-06-01

    We have used the LLNL EBIT-I electron beam ion trap to measure the X-ray emission following resonant dielectronic recombination (DR) onto helium-like and lithium-like argon as a function of electron energy. These measurements were completed by sweeping the energy of EBIT-I's near mono-energetic electron beam from below threshold for DR resonance to above threshold for direct excitation of K-shell transitions in helium-like argon. The X-ray emission was recorded as a function of electron beam energy using the EBIT Calorimeter Spectrometer, whose energy resolution is ~ 5 eV, and also a relatively low resolution, solid-state X-ray detector. These results will be useful when analyzing and interpreting high resolution spectra from celestial sources measured with the Soft X-ray Spectrometer (SXS) calorimeter instrument recently launched on the Hitomi X-ray Observatory (formerly known as Astro-H), as well as data measured using instruments on the Chandra and XMM-Newton X-ray Observatories. Specifically, these data will help determine if the feature detected at ~ 3.56 keV (Bulbul et al. 2014, Boyarsky et al. 2014) in clusters is the result of the decay of a sterile neutrino, a long sought after dark matter particle candidate. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344 and Chandra Grant AR5-16012A.

  18. Permeation barrier performance of Hot Wire-CVD grown silicon-nitride films treated by argon plasma

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    Majee, S., E-mail: subimal.majee@polytechnique.edu [Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces, CNRS UMR 7647, Ecole polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Cerqueira, M.F. [Centro de Física, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Tondelier, D.; Vanel, J.C. [Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces, CNRS UMR 7647, Ecole polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Geffroy, B. [Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces, CNRS UMR 7647, Ecole polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Laboratoire de Chimie des Surfaces et Interfaces, IRAMIS/SPCSI CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Bonnassieux, Y. [Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces, CNRS UMR 7647, Ecole polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Alpuim, P. [Centro de Física, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); INL–International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, 4715-330 Braga (Portugal); Bourée, J.E., E-mail: jean-eric.bouree@polytechnique.edu [Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces, CNRS UMR 7647, Ecole polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau (France)

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    In this work SiN{sub x} thin films have been deposited by Hot-Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition (HW-CVD) technique to be used as encapsulation barriers for flexible organic electronic devices fabricated on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates. First results of SiN{sub x} multilayers stacked and stacks of SiN{sub x} single-layers (50 nm each) separated by an Ar-plasma surface treatment are reported. The encapsulation barrier properties of these different multilayers are assessed using the electrical calcium degradation test by monitoring changes in the electrical conductance of encapsulated Ca sensors with time. The water vapor transmission rate is found to be slightly minimized (7 × 10{sup −3} g/m{sup 2}day) for stacked SiN{sub x} single-layers exposed to argon plasma treatment during a short time (2 min) as compared to that for stacked SiN{sub x} single-layers without Ar plasma treatment. - Highlights: • SiN{sub x} films are grown using HW-CVD to be used as permeation barrier layer. • Ar plasma treatment is made between two successive SiN{sub x} films. • Electrical calcium degradation test is used to evaluate the WVTR values. • Lowest WVTR value of ~ 7 × 10{sup -3} g/m{sup 2}.day is reported.

  19. Permeation barrier performance of Hot Wire-CVD grown silicon-nitride films treated by argon plasma

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    In this work SiNx thin films have been deposited by Hot-Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition (HW-CVD) technique to be used as encapsulation barriers for flexible organic electronic devices fabricated on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates. First results of SiNx multilayers stacked and stacks of SiNx single-layers (50 nm each) separated by an Ar-plasma surface treatment are reported. The encapsulation barrier properties of these different multilayers are assessed using the electrical calcium degradation test by monitoring changes in the electrical conductance of encapsulated Ca sensors with time. The water vapor transmission rate is found to be slightly minimized (7 × 10−3 g/m2day) for stacked SiNx single-layers exposed to argon plasma treatment during a short time (2 min) as compared to that for stacked SiNx single-layers without Ar plasma treatment. - Highlights: • SiNx films are grown using HW-CVD to be used as permeation barrier layer. • Ar plasma treatment is made between two successive SiNx films. • Electrical calcium degradation test is used to evaluate the WVTR values. • Lowest WVTR value of ~ 7 × 10-3 g/m2.day is reported

  20. In situ measurement of gas composition changes in radio frequency plasmas using a quartz sensor

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    A simple method using a quartz sensor (Q-sensor) was developed to observe gas composition changes in radio frequency (rf) plasmas. The output depends on the gases' absolute pressure, molecular weight, and viscosity. The pressure-normalized quartz sensor output depends only on the molecular weight and viscosity of the gas. Consequently, gas composition changes can be detected in the plasmas if a sensor can be used in the plasmas. Influences imparted by the plasmas on the sensor, such as those by reactive particles (e.g., radicals and ions), excited species, electrons, temperature, and electric potentials during measurements were investigated to test the applicability of this quartz sensor measurement to plasma. The Q-sensor measurement results for rf plasmas with argon, hydrogen, and their mixtures are reproducible, demonstrating that the Q-sensor measurement is applicable for plasmas. In this work, pressure- and temperature-normalized Q-sensor output (NQO) were used to obtain the gas composition information of plasma. Temperature-normalization of the Q-sensor output enabled quartz sensor measurements near plasma electrodes, where the quartz sensor temperature increases. The changes in NQO agreed with results obtained by gas analysis using a quadrupole mass spectrometer. Results confirmed that the change in NQO is mainly attributable to changes in the densities and kinds of gas molecules in the plasma gas phase, not by other extrinsic influences of plasma. For argon, hydrogen, and argon-hydrogen plasmas, these changes correspond to reduction in nitrogen, production of carbon monoxide, and dissociation of hydrogen molecules, respectively. These changes in NQO qualitatively and somewhat quantitatively agreed with results obtained using gas analysis, indicting that the measurement has a potential application to obtain the gas composition in plasmas without disturbing industrial plasma processes.

  1. Numerical Simulation of Hydrogen Dilution Effects on Deposition of Silicon Film at Atmospheric Pressure Radio-Frequency Argon Silane Plasma

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    Based on the one-dimensional fluid model, the characteristics of homogeneous discharges with hydrogen diluted silane and argon at atmospheric pressure are numerically investigated. The primary processes of excitation and ionization and sixteen reactions of radicals with radicals in silane/hydrogen/argon discharges are considered. The effects of hydrogen dilution on the densities of species (e, H, SiH3+, SiH3-, SiH3,) are analyzed. The simulation results show that the highest densities of e, SiH3+, H, SiH3-, SiH3 correspond to the optimal dilution concentration of H2. The deposition rate of μc-Si:H film depends on the SiH3 concentration, and atomic hydrogen in the plasma is found to play an important role in the crystallization fraction of the deposited films. This model explains the effects of H2 dilution on the deposition rate and crystallized fraction of μc-Si:H film growth.

  2. Hydrodynamic instability of thermal plasma flow generated by a hybrid steam-argon torch

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    Kopecký, Vladimír; Hrabovský, Milan

    Grenoble: CMRS, 2002 - (Sadeghi, N.; Sugai, H.), s. 259-260 [European Conference on Atomic and Molecular Physics of Ionized Gases and 5th International Conference on Reactive Plasmas/16th./. Grenoble (FR), 14.07.2002-18.07.2002] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1057202 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2043910 Keywords : plasma, thermal plasma Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  3. Behaviour of Powder Particles in Thermal Plasma Generated by Hybrid Water-Argon Torch

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    Chumak, Oleksiy; Kopecký, Vladimír; Hrabovský, Milan

    Vol. 2. Prague: Matfyzpress, Praha, 2001 - (Šafránková, J.), s. 318-322 ISBN 80-85863-73-1. [Week of Doctoral Students 01, Physics of Plasmas and Ionized Media.. Prague (CZ), 12.06.2001-15.06.2001] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2043910 Keywords : thermal plasma jet Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  4. Gas Gain Measurement Of GEM-Foil In Argon-Carbon Dioxide Mixture

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    Nuclear reaction measurement with radioactive beam at low energy plays an important role in nuclear astrophysics and nuclear structure. The trajectory of particle beams can be obtained by using an active gas target, multiple-sampling and tracking proportional chamber (MSTPC), as a proportional counter. Because of intensity of low energy radioactive beam, in the stellar reaction such as (α, p), (p, α), it is necessary to increase the gain for the counter. In this case, a gas electrons multiplier (GEM) foil will be used, so the proportional counter is called GEM-MSTPC. The efficient gas gain of GEM foils which relates to foil thickness and operating pressure was investigated with two type of the foils, 400 μm and 200 μm, in Argon (70%) + Carbon dioxide (30%) mixture. (author)

  5. Study of emission of a volume nanosecond discharge plasma in xenon, krypton and argon at high pressures

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    The emission properties of a volume nanosecond discharge plasma produced in xenon, krypton and argon at high pressures in a discharge gap with a cathode having a small radius of curvature are studied. Spectra in the range 120-850 nm and amplitude-time characteristics of xenon emission at different regimes and excitation techniques are recorded and analysed. It is shown that upon excitation of the volume discharge initiated by a beam of avalanche electrons, at least 90% of the energy in the spectral range 120-850 nm is emitted by xenon dimers. For xenon at a pressure of 1.2 atm, ∼45 mJ of the spontaneous emission energy was obtained in the full solid angle in a pulse with the full width at half-maximum ∼130 ns. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  6. Charge-state and element-resolved ion energies in the cathodic arc plasma from composite AlCr cathodes in argon, nitrogen and oxygen atmospheres

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    Franz, Robert; Anders, André

    2014-01-01

    The energy distribution functions of ions in the cathodic arc plasma using composite AlCr cathodes were measured as a function of the background gas pressure in the range 0.5 to 3.5 Pa for different cathode compositions and gas atmospheres. The most abundant aluminium ions were Al$^{+}$ regardless of the background gas species, whereas Cr$^{2+}$ ions were dominating in Ar and N$_2$ and Cr$^{+}$ in O$_2$ atmospheres. The energy distributions of the aluminium and chromium ions typically consisted of a high energy fraction due to acceleration in the expanding plasma plume from the cathode spot and thermalised ions that were subjected to collisions in the plasma cloud. The fraction of the latter increased with increasing background gas pressure. Atomic nitrogen and oxygen ions showed similar energy distributions as the aluminium and chromium ions, whereas the argon and molecular nitrogen and oxygen ions were mainly thermalised. In addition to the positively charged metal and gas ions, negatively charged oxygen an...

  7. Determination of boron in silicon-bearing alloys, steel, and other alloys by pyrohydrolysis and inductively-coupled argon-plasma spectroscopy.

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    Hamner, R M; De'aeth, L A

    1980-06-01

    Boron is quantitatively separated from silicon-bearing and other inorganic materials by pyrohydrolysis. Microgram amounts of boron are separated by passing oxygen-saturated steam over a sample mixed with vanadium oxide and copper oxide. The distillate is collected in dilute potassium hydroxide solution and determined by inductively-coupled argon-plasma spectroscopy. PMID:18962720

  8. Argon Plasma Coagulation Therapy Versus Topical Formalin for Intractable Rectal Bleeding and Anorectal Dysfunction After Radiation Therapy for Prostate Carcinoma

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    Purpose: To evaluate and compare the effect of argon plasma coagulation (APC) and topical formalin for intractable rectal bleeding and anorectal dysfunction associated with chronic radiation proctitis. Methods and Materials: Thirty men (median age, 72 years; range, 49-87 years) with intractable rectal bleeding (defined as ≥1× per week and/or requiring blood transfusions) after radiation therapy for prostate carcinoma were randomized to treatment with APC (n=17) or topical formalin (n=13). Each patient underwent evaluations of (1) anorectal symptoms (validated questionnaires, including modified Late Effects in Normal Tissues–Subjective, Objective, Management, and Analytic and visual analogue scales for rectal bleeding); (2) anorectal motor and sensory function (manometry and graded rectal balloon distension); and (3) anal sphincteric morphology (endoanal ultrasound) before and after the treatment endpoint (defined as reduction in rectal bleeding to 1× per month or better, reduction in visual analogue scales to ≤25 mm, and no longer needing blood transfusions). Results: The treatment endpoint was achieved in 94% of the APC group and 100% of the topical formalin group after a median (range) of 2 (1-5) sessions of either treatment. After a follow-up duration of 111 (29-170) months, only 1 patient in each group needed further treatment. Reductions in rectal compliance and volumes of sensory perception occurred after APC, but no effect on anorectal symptoms other than rectal bleeding was observed. There were no differences between APC and topical formalin for anorectal symptoms and function, nor for anal sphincteric morphology. Conclusions: Argon plasma coagulation and topical formalin had comparable efficacy in the durable control of rectal bleeding associated with chronic radiation proctitis but had no beneficial effect on anorectal dysfunction

  9. Optical emission spectroscopy for quantification of ultraviolet radiations and biocide active species in microwave argon plasma jet at atmospheric pressure

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    This work deals with absorption and mainly emission spectrometry of a microwave induced surfatron plasma jet launched in ambient air and using an Argon flow carrier gas. The Ar flow rate varies between 1 and 3 L/min and the microwave power between 40 and 60 W. The analysis of the various spectra has led to the determination of the ozone and atomic oxygen concentrations, ultraviolet (UV) irradiance separating UVA, UVB and UVC, gas temperature, plasma electron density and excitation temperature. Most of these diagnostics are spatially resolved along the plasma jet axis. It is shown more particularly that rotational temperature obtained from OH(A-X) spectra ranges between 800 K to 1000 K while the apparent temperature of the plasma jet remains lower than about 325 K which is compatible with biocide treatment without significant thermal effect. The electron density reaches 1.2 × 1014 cm−3, the excitation temperature is about 4000 K, the UVC radiation represents only 5% of the UV radiations emitted by the device, the ozone concentration is found to reach 88 ± 27 ppm in the downstream part of the plasma jet at a distance of 30 mm away from the quartz tube outlet of the surfatron and the atomic oxygen concentration lies between 10 and 80 ppm up to a distance of 20 mm away from the quartz tube outlet. Ozone is identified as the main germicidal active species produced by the device since its concentration is in accordance with bacteria inactivation durations usually reported using such plasma devices. Human health hazard assessment is carried out all along this study since simple solutions are reminded to respect safety standards for exposures to ozone and microwave leakage. In this study, an air extraction unit is used and a Faraday cage is set around the quartz tube of the surfatron and the plasma jet. These solutions should be adopted by users of microwave induced plasma in open air conditions because according to the literature, this is not often the case

  10. Optical emission spectroscopy for quantification of ultraviolet radiations and biocide active species in microwave argon plasma jet at atmospheric pressure

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    Wattieaux, G., E-mail: gaetan.wattieaux@laplace.univ-tlse.fr; Yousfi, M.; Merbahi, N.

    2013-11-01

    This work deals with absorption and mainly emission spectrometry of a microwave induced surfatron plasma jet launched in ambient air and using an Argon flow carrier gas. The Ar flow rate varies between 1 and 3 L/min and the microwave power between 40 and 60 W. The analysis of the various spectra has led to the determination of the ozone and atomic oxygen concentrations, ultraviolet (UV) irradiance separating UVA, UVB and UVC, gas temperature, plasma electron density and excitation temperature. Most of these diagnostics are spatially resolved along the plasma jet axis. It is shown more particularly that rotational temperature obtained from OH(A-X) spectra ranges between 800 K to 1000 K while the apparent temperature of the plasma jet remains lower than about 325 K which is compatible with biocide treatment without significant thermal effect. The electron density reaches 1.2 × 10{sup 14} cm{sup −3}, the excitation temperature is about 4000 K, the UVC radiation represents only 5% of the UV radiations emitted by the device, the ozone concentration is found to reach 88 ± 27 ppm in the downstream part of the plasma jet at a distance of 30 mm away from the quartz tube outlet of the surfatron and the atomic oxygen concentration lies between 10 and 80 ppm up to a distance of 20 mm away from the quartz tube outlet. Ozone is identified as the main germicidal active species produced by the device since its concentration is in accordance with bacteria inactivation durations usually reported using such plasma devices. Human health hazard assessment is carried out all along this study since simple solutions are reminded to respect safety standards for exposures to ozone and microwave leakage. In this study, an air extraction unit is used and a Faraday cage is set around the quartz tube of the surfatron and the plasma jet. These solutions should be adopted by users of microwave induced plasma in open air conditions because according to the literature, this is not often the

  11. First measurements with ARGONTUBE, a 5 m long drift Liquid Argon TPC

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    The Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LAr TPC) technique is a promising technology for future neutrino detectors. At LHEP of the University of Bern (Switzerland), an R and D program towards large detectors are on-going. The main goal is to show the feasibility of long drift paths over many meters. Therefore, a liquid Argon TPC with 5 m of drift distance was constructed. Many other aspects of the liquid Argon TPC technology are also investigated, such as a new device to generate high voltage in liquid Argon (Greinacher circuit), a recirculation filtering system and the multi-photon ionization of liquid Argon with a UV laser. Two detectors are built: a medium size prototype for specific detector technology studies, and ARGONTUBE, a 5 m long device

  12. Experimental study of the hot and warm electron populations in an electron cyclotron resonance argon--oxygen--hydrogen plasma

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    Measurements of bremsstrahlung down to 7 keV emitted from a 7.25 GHz electron cyclotron resonance discharge and the deconvolution of the spectra using a newly developed integration method yield the exact electron distribution function. Two separate electron populations with temperatures about 3 and 25 keV and with densities about (0.2...4)108 cm-3 were recorded. First, results are obtained for the behavior of these populations belonging to the mixture (argon--oxygen--hydrogen). Gas mixing increases the densities of these populations, but hardly changes the temperatures. copyright 1995 American Institute of Physics

  13. Low-damage surface modification of polymethylmethacrylate with argon-oxygen mixture plasmas driven by multiple low-inductance antenna units

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    Surface modification of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) films has been investigated with argon-oxygen mixture plasmas sustained with multiple low-inductance antenna units. PMMA films were exposed to argon-oxygen mixture (20%) plasmas on a water-cooled substrate holder. Average ion energies bombarding onto the PMMA films was estimated to be as low as 6 eV, which was evaluated from the gap between plasma potential and floating potential. The etching depth of PMMA surface increased linearly with increasing plasma-exposure time and the etching rate was 170 nm/min. Surface roughness of PMMA slightly increased from 0.3 nm to 1.4 nm with increasing exposure time. Hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HXPES) was carried out to examine chemical bonding states of the PMMA surface in deeper regions (about 54 nm) as compared with those observed in shallower regions (27 nm).

  14. Measurement of heat-flow for the ATLAS liquid-argon FCal under HL-LHC conditions

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    The ATLAS Forward Calorimeter (FCal) is a sampling calorimeter made of copper and tungsten with liquid argon as active medium. In the high luminosity phase of the LHC (HL-LHC) the luminosity will be increased up to 7 . 1034 cm-2 s-1. Under these conditions, the high energy density in the FCal may lead to formation of bubbles in the liquid argon, which would prevent a safe operation of the FCal. The main resistance for the heat transport away from the FCal is a small gap between the FCal and the Hadronic Endcap Calorimeter (HEC) filled with liquid argon. A simulation of the heat-flow shows large systematic uncertainties. Therefore, a mock-up of this detector area has been built to determine the heat-flow across this gap experimentally. Measurement results from the FCal test setup are reported, which indicate if the FCal can be safely operated at the HL-LHC.

  15. Workfunction tuning of zinc oxide films by argon sputtering and oxygen plasma: an experimental and computational study

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    Zinc oxide (ZnO) films were grown by radio frequency magnetron sputter deposition and the changes to its surface composition and workfunction induced by argon sputter cleaning and oxygen plasma treatments were characterized using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory modelling. Compared with a workfunction of 3.74 eV for the as-deposited ZnO films, a workfunction of 3.95 eV was obtained after Ar sputter cleaning and 4.21 eV after exposure to oxygen plasma. The data indicate that oxygen plasma treatment leads to a more negative ZnO surface. The dipole induced by this charge redistribution reinforces the original surface dipole, which results in an increase in the surface dipole moment and an increase in workfunction. The reverse is true for hydrocarbon contamination of ZnO surfaces. Excellent qualitative agreement between the experimental results and computational modelling was obtained. The results suggest that specific surface functionalization may be a viable method of controlling the workfunction of ZnO for use as the transparent conducting oxide in optoelectronic applications such as solar cells and organic light-emitting diodes. (paper)

  16. Modification of acidity of Mo-Fe/HZSM-5 zeolite via argon plasma treatment

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    Xinli ZHU; Kailu YU; Dangguo CHENG; Yueping ZHANG; Qing XIA; Changjun LIU

    2008-01-01

    The NH3-TPD characterization was conducted to confirm that the acidity of Mo-Fe/HZSM-5 zeolite could be selectively modified via the glow discharge plasma treatment. The plasma catalyst treatment could totally change the distribution of aromatic products with higher methane conversion compared to the untreated catalyst. Some polycyclic aromatics such as anthracene, pyrene and phenanthrene were also produced over the plasma treated catalyst, in addition to benzene, toluene and naphthalene, which were normally obtained over the untreated catalyst.

  17. Plasma diagnostics of the SIMPA Ecr ion source by X-ray spectroscopy, Collisions of H-like Neon ions with Argon clusters

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    The first part of this thesis is devoted to the SIMPA ECR ion source characterization, first, I explored the ion source's capacities on the point of view of extracted currents for three elements, argon, krypton and neon. By analyzing the Bremsstrahlung spectra, I determined the electronic temperature in the plasma and the electronic and ionic densities. In a second time, I recorded high resolution X-spectra of argon and krypton plasma's. By taking into account the principal mechanisms of production of a K hole in the ions inside the plasma, I determined the ionic densities of the high charge states of argon. Lastly, I highlighted a correlation between the ions charge states densities with the intensities of extracted currents. The second part of the thesis is devoted to Ne9+- argon clusters collisions. First, I presented simple and effective theoretical models allowing to describe the phenomena occurring during a collision, from the point of view of the projectile. I carried out a simulation for a collision of an ion Ne9+ with an argon cluster of a given size, which has enabled us to know the energy levels populated during the electronic capture and to follow the number of electrons in each projectile shell. Lastly, I presented the first results of a collision between a Ne9+ beam and argon clusters. These results, have enabled me by using projectile X-ray spectroscopy during the ions-clusters collision, to evidence a strong clustering of targets atoms and to highlight an electronic multi-capture in the projectile ion excited states. (author)

  18. Investigation of Heat and Mass Fluxes in Thermal Plasma Jet Generated in Water and Water-Argon Plasma Torches

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    Kavka, Tetyana; Gregor, Jan; Sember, Viktor; Hrabovský, Milan

    Prague: Matfyzpress, Praha, 2001 - (Šafránková, J.), s. 312-317 ISBN 80-85863-73-1. [Week of Doctoral Students 01, Physics of Plasmas and Ionized Media.. Prague (CZ), 12.06.2001-15.06.2001] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2043910 Keywords : thermal plasma jet, enthalpy probe Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  19. Production of high quality syngas from argon/water plasma gasification of biomass and waste

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    Hlína, Michal; Hrabovský, Milan; Kavka, Tetyana; Konrád, Miloš

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 34, č. 1 (2014), s. 63-66. ISSN 0956-053X R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP205/11/2070; GA MŠk MEB020814 Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : Biomass * Gasification * Plasma * Tar Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics Impact factor: 3.220, year: 2014

  20. Emission Spectroscopy of OH Radical in Water-Argon Arc Plasma Jet

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    Mašláni, Alan; Sember, Viktor

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 2014, April (2014), "952138"-"952138". ISSN 2314-4920 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP205/11/2070 Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : Emission spectroscopy * OH radical * arc plasma jet Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics Impact factor: 0.538, year: 2014 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jspec/2014/952138/abs/

  1. Optical Emission Analysis of a Si(CH3)4-Argon Radio Frequency Plasma for SiC Films Deposition

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    Andrieux, M.; Badie, J.; Bisch, C.; Ducarroir, M.; Teyssandier, F.

    1995-01-01

    RF glow discharges from tetramethylsilane diluted in an argon flow have been investigated in a cold wall R.F. (2MHz) P.E.C.V.D. reactor. This reactor is used for fast deposition of adherent amorphous silicon carbide films (with Si/C≈1.2) on steel. Optical emission from the plasma was sampled using a high resolution double monochromator (2m focal length, 1800 grooves/mm) coupled with a multichannel CCD detector. Only the lines corresponding to neutral or ionised Argon (Ar, Ar+), the broadened ...

  2. Discharge Characteristics of an Atmospheric Pressure Argon Plasma Jet Generated with Screw Ring-Ring Electrodes in Surface Dielectric Barrier Discharge

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    An atmospheric-pressure argon plasma jet with screw ring-ring electrodes in surface dielectric barrier discharge is generated by a sinusoidal excitation voltage at 8 kHz. The discharge characteristics, such as rotational and vibrational temperature of nitrogen, electronic excitation temperature, oxygen atomic density, nitrogen molecular density, and average electron density, are estimated. It is found that the rotational temperature of nitrogen is in the range of 352 ∼ 392 K by comparing the simulated spectrum with the measured spectrum at the C3Πu → B3Πg(Δv = −2) band transition, the electronic excitation temperature is found to be in the range of 3127 ∼ 3230 K by using the Boltzmann plot method, the oxygen atomic and nitrogen molecular density are of the order of magnitude of 1016 cm−3 by the actinometry method, and the average electron density is of the order of magnitude of 1012 cm−3 by the energy balance equation. Besides, the effective power, conduction, and displacement current are measured during the discharge. (low temperature plasma)

  3. Modelling of a supersonic ICP argon-hydrogen expansion

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    An expanding argon-hydrogen plasma is investigated by means of simulations. The model is a hydrodynamical model specific for plasma expansions, taking into account the conservation laws of mass, momentum and energy. The code includes the Rankine-Hugoniot relations to calculate shock jump conditions. Results are shown for the expansion from an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) with a separated Laval nozzle. The expansion discussed here is a 'weakly' under-expanding argon-hydrogen plasma. The results from the ICP expansion are verified with probe measurements

  4. Enhancement of intensities in glow discharge mass spectrometry by using mixtures of argon and helium as plasma gases.

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    Lange, Britta; Matschat, Ralf; Kipphardt, Heinrich

    2007-12-01

    Glow discharge mass spectrometry (GD-MS) is an excellent technique for fast multi-element analysis of pure metals. In addition to metallic impurities, non-metals also can be determined. However, the sensitivity for these elements can be limited due to their high first ionization potentials. Elements with a first ionization potential close to or higher than that of argon, which is commonly used as discharge gas in GD-MS analysis, are ionized with small efficiency only. To improve the sensitivity of GD-MS for such elements, the influence of different glow-discharge parameters on the peak intensity of carbon, chlorine, fluorine, nitrogen, phosphorus, oxygen, and sulfur in pure copper samples was investigated with an Element GD (Thermo Fisher Scientific) GD-MS. Discharge current, discharge gas flow, and discharge gas composition, the last of which turned out to have the greatest effect on the measured intensities, were varied. Argon-helium mixtures were used because of the very high potential of He to ionize other elements, especially in terms of the high energy level of its metastable states. The effect of different Ar-He compositions on the peak intensity of various impurities in pure copper was studied. With Ar-He mixtures, excellent signal enhancements were achieved in comparison with use of pure Ar as discharge gas. In this way, traceable linear calibration curves for phosphorus and sulfur down to the microg kg(-1) range could be established with high sensitivity and very good linearity using pressed powder samples for calibration. This was not possible when pure argon alone was used as discharge gas. PMID:17940753

  5. Comparative study on contribution of charge-transfer collision to excitations of iron ion between argon radio-frequency inductively-coupled plasma and nitrogen microwave induced plasma

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    Satoh, Kozue; Wagatsuma, Kazuaki

    2015-06-01

    This paper describes an ionization/excitation phenomenon of singly-ionized iron occurring in an Okamoto-cavity microwave induced plasma (MIP) as well as an argon radio-frequency inductively-coupled plasma (ICP), by comparing the Boltzmann distribution among iron ionic lines (Fe II) having a wide range of the excitation energy from 4.76 to 9.01 eV. It indicated in both the plasmas that plots of Fe II lines having lower excitation energies (4.76 to 5.88 eV) were fitted on each linear relationship, implying that their excitations were caused by a dominant thermal process such as collision with energetic electron. However, Fe II lines having higher excitation energies (more than 7.55 eV) had a different behavior from each other. In the ICP, Boltzmann plots of Fe II lines assigned to the higher excited levels also followed the normal Boltzmann relationship among the low-lying excited levels, even including a deviation from it in particular excited levels having an excitation energy of ca. 7.8 eV. This deviation can be attributed to a charge-transfer collision with argon ion, which results in the overpopulation of these excited levels, but the contribution is small. On the other hand, the distribution of the high-lying excited levels was non-thermal in the Okamoto-cavity MIP, which did not follow the normal Boltzmann relationship among the low-lying excited levels. A probable reason for the non-thermal characteristics in the MIP is that a charge-transfer collision with nitrogen molecule ion having many vibrational/rotational levels could work for populating the 3d64p (3d54s4p) excited levels of iron ion broadly over an energy range of 7.6-9.0 eV, while collisional excitation by energetic electron would occur insufficiently to excite these high-energy levels.

  6. Physiological and physical aspects of whole body calcium measurement by the argon-37 method

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    The 37Ar method promises to provide a technique for measuring whole body calcium in vivo, at a significantly lower dose (10 mrem) than current techniques. The development of the method from a prototype system to a system capable of making human measurements relatively easily is reported here, with the results from whole body irradiations of 2 volunteer subjects. The results obtained by this method are made more difficult to interpret, because physiological factors influence the rate of release of 37Ar from bone into the expired air. Both trapping of 37Ar in bone, and the influence of the circulatory-respiratory transport system for inert gas have been studied experimentally. The results confirmed that approximately 30% of the argon is trapped indefinitely in bone, and suggested that physiological factors other than bone could introduce a difference of 3-10% between individuals for a single breath collection of 20 minutes. The process of inert gas transport in and elimination from the body has been further investigated using a computer-based compartmental model, which identified the lung as the compartment, other than the bone, most affecting the exhalation rate, and provided further evidence for the inadvisability of closed circuit breath collection systems. (author)

  7. LDA measurements under plasma conditions

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    A study was made of the application of Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA) for the measurement of the fluid and particle velocities under plasma conditions. The flow configuration, is that of a dc plasma jet called the principal jet, in which an alumina powder of a mean particle diameter of 115 μm and a standard deviation of 11.3 μm was injected using a secondary jet. The plasma jet immerged from a 7.1 mm ID nozzle while that of the secondary jet was 2 nm in diameter. The secondary jet was introduced at the nozzle level of the plasma jet directed 900 to its axis. Details of the nozzle and the gas flow system are shown in Figure 2

  8. LDA measurements under plasma conditions

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    Lesinski, J.; Mizera-Lesinska, B.; Fanton, J.C.; Boulos, M.I.

    1979-01-01

    A study was made of the application of Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA) for the measurement of the fluid and particle velocities under plasma conditions. The flow configuration, is that of a dc plasma jet called the principal jet, in which an alumina powder of a mean particle diameter of 115 ..mu..m and a standard deviation of 11.3 ..mu..m was injected using a secondary jet. The plasma jet immerged from a 7.1 mm ID nozzle while that of the secondary jet was 2 nm in diameter. The secondary jet was introduced at the nozzle level of the plasma jet directed 90/sup 0/ to its axis. Details of the nozzle and the gas flow system are shown in Figure 2.

  9. Modeling Argon Plasma Excimer Characteristics near a Dielectric Surface in Miniaturized Volumes

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    Farahat, Ashraf; Ramadan, Emad

    2014-10-01

    We computationally model plasma -neutral gas dynamics in a miniaturized microthruster encloses Ar and contains a dielectric material sandwiched between two metal plates using a two dimensional plasma model. Spatial and temporal plasma properties are investigated by solving the Poisson equation with the conservation equations of charged and excited neutral plasma species. We find the microthruster properties to depend on small changes in the secondary electron emission coefficient that could result from dielectric erosion and aging. The changes also affect the electrohydrodynamic force produced when we use the microthruster to generate thrust for small spacecrafts. The electrohydrodynamic force is calculated and found to be significant in the sheath area near the dielectric layer and is found to affect gas flow dynamics including the Ar excimer formation and density. The plasma-neutral gas momentum exchange is significant in affecting gas flow dynamics and in the formation of excimer species in addition to affecting the UV and visible emission characteristics of the device. The authors would like to acknowledge the support provided by the Deanship of Scientific Research (DSR) at the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) for funding this work through Project No. IN111026.

  10. Electrical and spectral characteristics of an atmospheric pressure argon plasma jet generated with tube-ring electrodes in surface dielectric barrier discharge

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    An atmospheric-pressure argon plasma jet is generated with tube-ring electrodes in surface dielectric barrier discharge by a sinusoidal excitation voltage at 8 kHz. The electrical and spectral characteristics are estimated such as conduction and displacement current, electric-field, electron temperature, rotational temperature of N2 and OH, electronic excitation temperature, and oxygen atomic density. It is found that the electric-field magnitudes in the top area of the ground electrode are higher than that in the bottom area of the power electrode, and the electron temperature along radial direction is in the range of 9.6–10.4 eV and along axial direction in the range of 4.9–10 eV. The rotational temperature of N2 obtained by comparing the simulated spectrum with the measured spectrum at the C3Πu → B3Πg(Δv = − 2) band transition is in the range of 342–387 K, the electronic excitation temperature determined by Boltzmann's plot method is in the range of 3188–3295 K, and the oxygen atomic density estimated by the spectral intensity ratio of atomic oxygen line λ = 844.6 nm to argon line λ = 750.4 nm is in the order of magnitude of 1016 cm−3, respectively. - Highlights: ► The conduction and displacement current are calculated by equivalent circuit diagram. ► The 2D distribution of electric-field magnitude is calculated by ElecNet software. ► The electron temperature along axial direction is in the range of 4.9–10 eV. ► The oxygen atomic density is about a magnitude of 1016 cm−3

  11. A Measurement of the Absorption of Liquid Argon Scintillation Light by Dissolved Nitrogen at the Part-Per-Million Level

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    Jones, B J P; Conrad, J M; Ignarra, C M; Katori, T; Toups, M

    2013-01-01

    We report on a measurement of the absorption length of scintillation light in liquid argon due to dissolved nitrogen at the part-per-million (ppm) level. We inject controlled quantities of nitrogen into a high purity volume of liquid argon and monitor the light yield from an alpha source. The source is placed at different distances from a cryogenic photomultiplier tube assembly. By comparing the light yield from each position we extract the absorption cross section of nitrogen. We find that nitrogen absorbs argon scintillation light with strength of $\\left(1.51\\pm 0.15\\right)\\times10^{-4} \\;\\mathrm{cm^{-1} ppm^{-1}}$, corresponding to an absorption cross section of $\\left(4.99 \\pm 0.51 \\right)\\times10^{-21}\\;\\mathrm{cm^{2} molecule^{-1}}$. We obtain the relationship between absorption length and nitrogen concentration over the 0 to 50 ppm range and discuss the implications for the design and data analysis of future large liquid argon time projection chamber (LArTPC) detectors. Our results indicate that for a ...

  12. A measurement of the absorption of liquid argon scintillation light by dissolved nitrogen at the part-per-million level

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    Jones, B. J. P.; Chiu, C. S.; Conrad, J. M.; Ignarra, C. M.; Katori, T.; Toups, M.

    2013-07-01

    We report on a measurement of the absorption length of scintillation light in liquid argon due to dissolved nitrogen at the part-per-million (ppm) level. We inject controlled quantities of nitrogen into a high purity volume of liquid argon and monitor the light yield from an alpha source. The source is placed at different distances from a cryogenic photomultiplier tube assembly. By comparing the light yield from each position we extract the absorption cross section of nitrogen. We find that nitrogen absorbs argon scintillation light with strength of (1.51±0.15) × 10-4 cm-1ppm-1, corresponding to an absorption cross section of (4.99±0.51) × 10-21 cm2molecule-1. We obtain the relationship between absorption length and nitrogen concentration over the 0 to 50 ppm range and discuss the implications for the design and data analysis of future large liquid argon time projection chamber (LArTPC) detectors. Our results indicate that for a current-generation LArTPC, where a concentration of 2 parts per million of nitrogen is expected, the attenuation length due to nitrogen will be 30±3 meters.

  13. The effect of argon plasma treatment on the permeation barrier properties of silicon nitride layers

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    Majee, Subimal; Cerqueira, M. F.; Tondelier, D.; Geffroy, B.; Bonnassieux, Y.; Alpuim, P.; Bourée, J. E.

    2013-01-01

    In this work we produce and study silicon nitride (SiNx) thin films deposited by Hot Wire Chemical Vapor Depo- sition (HW-CVD) to be used as encapsulation barriers for flexible organic photovoltaic cells fabricated on poly- ethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates in order to increase their shelf lifetime. We report on the results of SiNx double-layers and on the equivalent double-layer stack where an Ar-plasma surface treatment was performed on the first SiNx layer. The Ar-plasma treatment ma...

  14. Investigation of Anode Attachment Area in Water/Argon Stabilized Plasma Arc

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    Ondáč, Peter; Mašláni, Alan; Hrabovský, Milan

    Prague: MATFYZPRESS, 2015 - (Šafránková, J.; Pavlů, J.), s. 245-251. (WDS). ISBN 978-80-7378-311-2. [WDS - 2015 - 24th Annual Conference of Doctoral Students/24./. Prague (CZ), 02.06.2015-04.06.2015] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-19444S Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : Arc-anode * plasma arc Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics http://www.mff.cuni.cz/veda/konference/wds/proc/proc-contents.php?year=2015

  15. In-situ measurement of the light attenuation in liquid argon in the GERDA cryostat

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    Schneider, Birgit [IKTP, TU Dresden (Germany); Collaboration: GERDA-Collaboration

    2015-07-01

    GERDA is an experiment searching for neutrinoless double beta decay in {sup 76}Ge. It uses germanium detectors which are enriched in {sup 76}Ge and operates them naked in liquid argon (LAr), which serves both as a coolant and a shield for external radiation. For phase II of GERDA it is planned to reach an exposure of 100 kg . yr with a BI of 10{sup -3} cts/(kg . yr . keV). One of the major improvements to further reduce the BI is to instrument the LAr to act as an additional background veto. The attenuation of the scintillation light in LAr creates a constraint on the effective active volume of the LAr veto and is therefore a key parameter to characterize the instrumentation. In order to measure the light attenuation in LAr, a setup was designed that could be deployed directly into the GERDA cryostat. This setup contains a movable beta source and a PMT to detect the scintillation light at different distances. The talk will describe in detail the construction of the setup, its successful deployment in the GERDA cryostat and the consecutive analysis of the acquired data.

  16. In-situ measurement of the light attenuation in liquid argon in the GERDA cryostat

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    GERDA is an experiment searching for neutrinoless double beta decay in 76Ge. It uses germanium detectors which are enriched in 76Ge and operates them naked in liquid argon (LAr), which serves both as a coolant and a shield for external radiation. For phase II of GERDA it is planned to reach an exposure of 100 kg . yr with a BI of 10-3 cts/(kg . yr . keV). One of the major improvements to further reduce the BI is to instrument the LAr to act as an additional background veto. The attenuation of the scintillation light in LAr creates a constraint on the effective active volume of the LAr veto and is therefore a key parameter to characterize the instrumentation. In order to measure the light attenuation in LAr, a setup was designed that could be deployed directly into the GERDA cryostat. This setup contains a movable beta source and a PMT to detect the scintillation light at different distances. The talk will describe in detail the construction of the setup, its successful deployment in the GERDA cryostat and the consecutive analysis of the acquired data.

  17. The Role of Spraying Parameters and Inert Gas Shrouding in Hybrid Water-Argon Plasma Spraying of Tungsten and Copper for Nuclear Fusion Applications

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    Matějíček, Jiří; Kavka, Tetyana; Bertolissi, Gabriele; Ctibor, Pavel; Vilémová, Monika; Mušálek, Radek; Nevrlá, Barbara

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 22, č. 5 (2013), s. 744-755. ISSN 1059-9630 R&D Projects: GA MPO FR-TI2/702; GA TA ČR TA01010300 Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : plasma spraying * tungsten * copper * inert gas shrouding * water-argon plasma torch * gas shroud * hybrid plasma torch * influence of spray parameters * nuclear fusion * oxidation Subject RIV: JG - Metallurgy Impact factor: 1.491, year: 2013 http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs11666-013-9895-x.pdf

  18. A high sensitivity momentum flux measuring instrument for plasma thruster exhausts and diffusive plasmas

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    A high sensitivity momentum flux measuring instrument based on a compound pendulum has been developed for use with electric propulsion devices and radio frequency driven plasmas. A laser displacement system, which builds upon techniques used by the materials science community for surface stress measurements, is used to measure with high sensitivity the displacement of a target plate placed in a plasma thruster exhaust. The instrument has been installed inside a vacuum chamber and calibrated via two different methods and is able to measure forces in the range of 0.02-0.5 mN with a resolution of 15 μN. Measurements have been made of the force produced from the cold gas flow and with a discharge ignited using argon propellant. The plasma is generated using a Helicon Double Layer Thruster prototype. The instrument target is placed about 1 mean free path for ion-neutral charge exchange collisions downstream of the thruster exit. At this position, the plasma consists of a low density ion beam (10%) and a much larger downstream component (90%). The results are in good agreement with those determined from the plasma parameters measured with diagnostic probes. Measurements at various flow rates show that variations in ion beam velocity and plasma density and the resulting momentum flux can be measured with this instrument. The instrument target is a simple, low cost device, and since the laser displacement system used is located outside the vacuum chamber, the measurement technique is free from radio frequency interference and thermal effects. It could be used to measure the thrust in the exhaust of other electric propulsion devices and the momentum flux of ion beams formed by expanding plasmas or fusion experiments.

  19. Ablation and water etching of poly(ethylene) modified by argon plasma

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    Švorčík, V.; Kotál, V.; Siegel, J.; Sajdl, P.; Macková, Anna; Hnatowicz, Vladimír

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 92, č. 9 (2007), s. 1645-1649. ISSN 0141-3910 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LC06041 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505 Keywords : plasma treasment Subject RIV: JJ - Other Materials Impact factor: 2.073, year: 2007

  20. Structural and optical properties of plasma polymerized films from acetylene-oxygen-argon mixtures

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    Actinometric optical emission spectroscopy of the discharge revealed the relative concentrations of the species C H and CO as a function of the percentage of oxygen in the feed in the plasma polymerization of C2 H2-O2 mixtures. Transmission infrared and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (uvis) of deposited films allowed identification of chemical groups and determination of refractive indices, respectively. (author). 6 refs, 3 figs, 1 tab

  1. Investigation of Mixing of Plasma Species in the Hybrid-Stabilized Argon-Water Electric Arc

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    Jeništa, Jiří; Takana, H.; Uehara, S.; Nishiyama, H.; Hrabovský, Milan

    Sendai: Tohoku University, 2014, s. 52-53. ISSN 1344-2236. [International Symposium on Advanced Fluid Information (AFI 2014)/14./. Sendai (JP), 08.10.2014-10.10.2014] Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : hybrid-stabilized electric arc * combined diffusion coefficients * partial characteristics * Large-eddy simulation * the Smagorinsky sub-grid scale model Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  2. Optical characteristics and parameters of gas-discharge plasma in a mixture of mercury dibromide vapor with argon

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    Results are presented from studies of the optical characteristics and parameters of the plasma of a dielectric barrier discharge in a mixture of mercury dibromide vapor with argon—the working medium of an exciplex gas-discharge emitter. It is established that the partial pressures of mercury dibromide vapor and argon at which the average and pulsed emission intensities in the blue—green spectral region (λmax = 502 nm) reach their maximum values are 0.6 and 114.4 kPa, respectively. The electron energy distribution function, the transport characteristics, the specific power spent on the processes involving electrons, the electron density and temperature, and the rate constants for the processes of elastic and inelastic electron scattering from the molecules and atoms of the working mixture are determined by numerical simulation, and their dependences on the reduced electric field strength are analyzed. The rate constant of the process leading to the formation of exciplex mercury monobromide molecules for a reduced electric field of E/N = 20 Td, at which the maximum emission intensity in the blue—green spectral region was observed in this experiment, is found to be 8.1 × 10−15 m3/s

  3. Optical characteristics and parameters of gas-discharge plasma in a mixture of mercury dibromide vapor with argon

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    Malinina, A. A., E-mail: alexandr-malinin@rambler.ru; Malinin, A. N. [Uzhhorod National University (Ukraine)

    2015-03-15

    Results are presented from studies of the optical characteristics and parameters of the plasma of a dielectric barrier discharge in a mixture of mercury dibromide vapor with argon—the working medium of an exciplex gas-discharge emitter. It is established that the partial pressures of mercury dibromide vapor and argon at which the average and pulsed emission intensities in the blue—green spectral region (λ{sub max} = 502 nm) reach their maximum values are 0.6 and 114.4 kPa, respectively. The electron energy distribution function, the transport characteristics, the specific power spent on the processes involving electrons, the electron density and temperature, and the rate constants for the processes of elastic and inelastic electron scattering from the molecules and atoms of the working mixture are determined by numerical simulation, and their dependences on the reduced electric field strength are analyzed. The rate constant of the process leading to the formation of exciplex mercury monobromide molecules for a reduced electric field of E/N = 20 Td, at which the maximum emission intensity in the blue—green spectral region was observed in this experiment, is found to be 8.1 × 10{sup −15} m{sup 3}/s.

  4. Spectroscopic characterization of low power argon microwave-induced plasma with gaseous species produced from ethanol-water solutions in continuous hydride generation process

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    Low power microwave-induced argon plasma generated by resonant TE101 rectangular cavity was investigated upon introduction of volatile species formed in the reaction with sodium tetraborohydrate(III) in hydrochloric acid-ethanol solution. The molecular emission bands of OH and CH were used for rotational temperature (Trot) determination, while the atomic emission lines of Ar, H and Sb were applied for excitation temperature (Texc) measurement. Assuming a Boltzmann distribution, the temperatures were calculated with the aid of the least squares method. Electron number density (ne) derived from Stark broadening of the Hβ line was found to be between 2.5x1015 and 0.57x1015 cm-3. The detection limits (DL) were determined for Hg and Sb. The influence of ethanol concentration in analyte solution and microwave power on measured parameters, was investigated. The results showed that Trot(OH) increased from 2970 to 3820 K while Trot(CH) decreased from 6100 to 4540 K with ethanol concentration in the solution, ranging from 10 to 90%. Under the same experimental conditions the excitation temperature for Ar, H and Sb varied in the following ranges: 5670-4800, 6190-3950 and 10500-7390 K, respectively. It was observed that element DL were significantly influenced by the presence of ethanol in the sample solution. The DL values for Hg and Sb were, as follows: 0.5-11 and 5.3-35 μg l-1, respectively

  5. Influence of non-equilibrium effects on plasma property functions in hybrid water-argon plasma torch

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    Křenek, Petr; Hrabovský, Milan

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 14, 1-2 (2010), s. 95-100. ISSN 1093-3611. [European High Temperature Plasma Processes (HTPP)/10th./. Patras (Patras University), 07.07.2008-11.07.2008] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/08/1084 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : Thermal plasma * material properties * non-equlibrium phenomena * dc arc torch Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics Impact factor: 0.189, year: 2010 http://www.begellhouse.com/journals/57d172397126f956,227c67f42b79464a,5bbc4c7760b4b6cb.html

  6. Formation of silicon hydride using hyperthermal negative hydrogen ions (H-) extracted from an argon-seeded hydrogen sheet plasma source

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    An E x B probe (a modified Wien filter) is constructed to function both as a mass spectrometer and ion implanter. The device, given the acronym EXBII selects negative hydrogen ions (H-) from a premixed 10% argon-seeded hydrogen sheet plasma. With a vacuum background of 1.0 x 10-6 Torr, H- extraction ensues at a total gas feed of 1.8 mTorr, 0.5 A plasma discharge. The EXBII is positioned 3 cm distance from the sheet core as this is the region densely populated by cold electrons (Te ∼ 2 eV, Ne ∼ 3.4 x 1011 cm-3) best suited for H- formation. The extracted H- ions of flux density ∼0.26 A/m2 are segregated, accelerated to hyperthermal range (2, n-type Si (1 0 0) substrate held at the rear end of the EXBII, placed in lieu of its Faraday cup. The palladium membrane plays the role of a catalyst initiating the reaction between Si atoms and H- ions simultaneously capping the sample from oxidation and other undesirable adsorbents. AFM and FTIR characterization tests confirm the formation of SiH2. Absorbance peaks between 900-970 cm-1 (bending modes) and 2050-2260 cm-1 (stretching modes) are observed in the FTIR spectra of the processed samples. It is found that varying hydrogen exposure time results in the shifting of wavenumbers which may be interpreted as changes in the frequencies of vibration for SiH2. These are manifestations of chemical changes accompanying alterations in the force constant of the molecule. The sample with longer exposure time exhibits an additional peak at 2036 cm-1 which are hydrides of nano-crystalline silicon.

  7. Plasma polymer films rf sputtered from PTFE under various argon pressures

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    Stelmashuk, Vitaliy; Biederman, H.; Slavinská, D.; Zemek, Josef; Trchová, Miroslava

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 77, č. 2 (2005), s. 131-137. ISSN 0042-207X R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) OC 527.10; GA MŠk(CZ) OC 527.90 Grant ostatní: EUREKAΣ2080(XE) OE57 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521; CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : RF sputtering * PTFE * fluorcarbon plasma polymers * thin film * teflon * deposition Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 0.909, year: 2005

  8. Argon plasma treated electrospun P(Hola-E-Cl) Clay nanofiber composite: Effect on its antibacterial activity against S. Aureus and E.Coli

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    In this work, the effects of argon plasma surface modification have been studied on electrospun P(HOLA-e-CL) Clay Nanofiber Composites in order to investigate the imposed limitation and possibilities to improve surface characteristics on fibrous assemblies. These assemblies were characterized using Scanning Electron Microscopy to determine the surface morphology and diameter size of the fiber. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) was employed to find out the positions of peaks similar to the constituent components incorporated during the process of polymerization which implied that the IR spectra illustrated the evidence of an interaction between clay and the polymer matrix. XRD peaks on increasing d-spacing going to the left 2?<200 verifies the results of interaction between the polymer and the ALA-MMT nanoclay. Thus this also suggested that the polymer was intercalated into the ALA-MMT. The Argon Plasma electrospun nanofiber was subjected to its antibacterial property against S. aureaus (gram positive) and E. coli (gram negative) bacteria. DMRT statistically revealed significantly at 5% level of significance shows that all treatments at increasing clay loading inhibit the growth of S. Aureus and E. Coli. Thus, Argon Plasma treated electrospun P(HOLA-e-CL) Clay Nanofiber Composites can be an excellent scaffold material for wound dressing applications. (author)

  9. Experimental and simulated argon spectra in the 2.3-3.4 nm region from tokamak plasmas

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    Mattioli, M.; Carraro, L.; Puiatti, M.E.; Sattin, F.; Scarin, P.; Valisa, M. [JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom); Consorzio RFX, Corso Stati Uniti 4, Padova (Italy); Fournier, K.B. [JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom); Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA (United States); Coffey, I. [JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom); Queen' s University, Belfast (United Kingdom); Giroud, C.; Monier-Garbet, P. [JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom); Association Euratom-CEA sur la Fusion, Centre d' Etudes de Cadarache, St. Paul-lez-Durance (France); Lawson, K. [JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom); UKEA-Euratom Fusion Association, Culham Laboratory Abingdon, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom); O' Mullane, M. [JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom); University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (United Kingdom); Ongena, J. [JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom); Euratom-Belgian State Association, Ecole Royal Militaire, Brussels (Belgium)

    2001-01-28

    Experimental argon spectra in the 2.3-3.4 nm region from the Jet tokamak on a single null divertor configuration have been simulated. The spectra include lines from five ionization states, namely from Ar{sup 15+} Li-like to Ar{sup 11+} N-like ions. Collisional-radiative models have been constructed for these five Ar ions, considering electron collisional excitation and radiative decay as the populating processes of the excited states. These models give photon emission coefficients for the emitted lines at electron density and temperature values corresponding to the experimental situations. Impurity modelling is performed using a one-dimensional (1D) impurity transport code, calculating the steady-state radial distribution of the Ar ions. The Ar line brightnesses are evaluated in a post-processing subroutine and simulated spectra are obtained. The parts of the spectra corresponding to a single-ionization state do not depend on the experimental conditions and show good agreement except for the amplitude of the simulated 2s-3p Ar XVI line and the shape of the simulated 2.50 nm feature (composed of Ar XVI and Ar XV lines). On the other hand, the superposition of these spectra depends on the experimental conditions, as a consequence of the fact that the ion charge distribution depends not only on the radial profiles of the electron density and temperature, but also of the impurity transport coefficients. Simulations of the Ar spectra (including transport) give confidence in the atomic physics calculations; moreover, they allow the determination of the transport coefficients in the plasma region emitting the considered ionization states, i.e. at the interior of the last closed magnetic surface (LCMS). For a correct simulation of the amplitudes of the spectral features it is necessary to include a transport barrier inside the LCMS. As far as the atomic physics is concerned, we report improved wavelengths for Ar XV transitions and we benchmark photon emission coefficients

  10. Study of sources, dose contribution and control measures of Argon-41 at Kaiga Generating Station

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    Air is used as a medium for cooling calandria vault and thermal shield systems in the earlier Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (Rajasthan Atomic Power Station and Madras Atomic Power Station) in India. This leads to production of significant quantity of 41Ar in calandria vault and thermal shield cooling systems due to neutron activation of 40Ar present in air (∼1% v/v). The presence of 41Ar in reactor building contributes significant external doses to plant personnel during reactor operation and the release of this radionuclide to the environment result in dose to the public in the vicinity of the plants. An attempt is made to eliminate Argon-41 production in Indian standard Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (Narora Atomic Power Station, Kakrapar Atomic Power Station, Kaiga Generating Station -1 and 2 and Rajasthan Atomic Power Station-3 and 4), by filling the calandria vault with demineralized water and providing a separate Annulus Gas Monitoring System (AGMS) for detecting leaks from calandria tube or pressure tube using Carbon dioxide as a medium. However, 41Ar is produced in the Annulus Gas Monitoring System, Primary Heat Transport cover gas system and moderator cover gas system due to ingress of air into the systems during operational transients or due to trace quantity of air present as an impurity in the gases used for the above systems. A study was conducted to identify and quantify the sources of 41Ar in the work areas. This report brings out the sources of 41Ar, reasons for 41Ar production and the results of the measures incorporated to reduce the presence of 41Ar in the above systems. (author)

  11. Spectroscopic measurements at the hollow cathode glow discharge plasma and determination of rare earths by HCE techniques

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    Rotational temperatures were measured in the helium or argon hollow cathode in order to study the phenomena taking place in the discharge plasma. The results obtained show that the plasma temperature is determined by the energy exchange possibilities between ions and metastables in the plasma. Detection limits in a cooled and a transitional type hollow cathode at different working conditions are presented. The determination of Eu and Yb in Y2O3 is described

  12. Numerical study of the effect of gas temperature on the time for onset of particle nucleation in argon-silane low-pressure plasmas

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    Bhandarkar, U; Girshick, S L

    2003-01-01

    Particle nucleation in silane plasmas has attracted interest for the past decade, both due to the basic problems of plasma chemistry involved and the importance of silane plasmas for many applications. A better understanding of particle nucleation may facilitate the avoidance of undesirable particle contamination as well as enable the controlled production of nanoparticles for novel applications. While understanding of particle nucleation has significantly advanced over the past years, a number of questions have not been resolved. Among these is the delay of particle nucleation with an increasing gas temperature, which has been observed in experiments in argon-silane plasmas. We have developed a quasi-one-dimensional model to simulate particle nucleation and growth in silane containing plasmas. In this paper we present a comparative study of the various effects that have been proposed as explanations for the nucleation delay. Our results suggest that the temperature dependence of the Brownian diffusion coeffi...

  13. Etching and structure changes in PMMA coating under argon plasma immersion ion implantation

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    Kondyurin, Alexey, E-mail: kond@mailcity.com [Applied and Plasma Physics, School of Physics A28, University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006 (Australia); Bilek, Marcela [Applied and Plasma Physics, School of Physics A28, University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006 (Australia)

    2011-06-15

    A thin (120 nm) polymethylmethacrylate coating was treated by plasma immersion ion implantation with Ar using pulsed bias at 20 kV. Ellipsometry and FTIR spectroscopy and gel-fraction formation were used to detect the structure transformations as a function of ion fluence. The kinetics of etching, variations in refractive index and extinction coefficient in 400-1000 nm of wavelength, concentration changes in carbonyl, ether, methyl and methylene groups all as a function of ion fluence were analyzed. A critical ion fluence of 10{sup 15} ions/cm{sup 2} was observed to be a border between competing depolymerization and carbonization processes. Chemical reactions responsible for reorganization of the PMMA chemical structure under ion beam treatment are proposed.

  14. Comparative study on contribution of charge-transfer collision to excitations of iron ion between argon radio-frequency inductively-coupled plasma and nitrogen microwave induced plasma

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    Satoh, Kozue; Wagatsuma, Kazuaki, E-mail: wagatuma@imr.tohoku.ac.jp

    2015-06-01

    This paper describes an ionization/excitation phenomenon of singly-ionized iron occurring in an Okamoto-cavity microwave induced plasma (MIP) as well as an argon radio-frequency inductively-coupled plasma (ICP), by comparing the Boltzmann distribution among iron ionic lines (Fe II) having a wide range of the excitation energy from 4.76 to 9.01 eV. It indicated in both the plasmas that plots of Fe II lines having lower excitation energies (4.76 to 5.88 eV) were fitted on each linear relationship, implying that their excitations were caused by a dominant thermal process such as collision with energetic electron. However, Fe II lines having higher excitation energies (more than 7.55 eV) had a different behavior from each other. In the ICP, Boltzmann plots of Fe II lines assigned to the higher excited levels also followed the normal Boltzmann relationship among the low-lying excited levels, even including a deviation from it in particular excited levels having an excitation energy of ca. 7.8 eV. This deviation can be attributed to a charge-transfer collision with argon ion, which results in the overpopulation of these excited levels, but the contribution is small. On the other hand, the distribution of the high-lying excited levels was non-thermal in the Okamoto-cavity MIP, which did not follow the normal Boltzmann relationship among the low-lying excited levels. A probable reason for the non-thermal characteristics in the MIP is that a charge-transfer collision with nitrogen molecule ion having many vibrational/rotational levels could work for populating the 3d{sup 6}4p (3d{sup 5}4s4p) excited levels of iron ion broadly over an energy range of 7.6–9.0 eV, while collisional excitation by energetic electron would occur insufficiently to excite these high-energy levels. - Highlights: • This paper describes the excitation mechanism of iron ion in Okamoto-cavity MIP in comparison with conventional ICP. • Boltzmann distribution is studied among iron ionic lines of

  15. Comparative study on contribution of charge-transfer collision to excitations of iron ion between argon radio-frequency inductively-coupled plasma and nitrogen microwave induced plasma

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    This paper describes an ionization/excitation phenomenon of singly-ionized iron occurring in an Okamoto-cavity microwave induced plasma (MIP) as well as an argon radio-frequency inductively-coupled plasma (ICP), by comparing the Boltzmann distribution among iron ionic lines (Fe II) having a wide range of the excitation energy from 4.76 to 9.01 eV. It indicated in both the plasmas that plots of Fe II lines having lower excitation energies (4.76 to 5.88 eV) were fitted on each linear relationship, implying that their excitations were caused by a dominant thermal process such as collision with energetic electron. However, Fe II lines having higher excitation energies (more than 7.55 eV) had a different behavior from each other. In the ICP, Boltzmann plots of Fe II lines assigned to the higher excited levels also followed the normal Boltzmann relationship among the low-lying excited levels, even including a deviation from it in particular excited levels having an excitation energy of ca. 7.8 eV. This deviation can be attributed to a charge-transfer collision with argon ion, which results in the overpopulation of these excited levels, but the contribution is small. On the other hand, the distribution of the high-lying excited levels was non-thermal in the Okamoto-cavity MIP, which did not follow the normal Boltzmann relationship among the low-lying excited levels. A probable reason for the non-thermal characteristics in the MIP is that a charge-transfer collision with nitrogen molecule ion having many vibrational/rotational levels could work for populating the 3d64p (3d54s4p) excited levels of iron ion broadly over an energy range of 7.6–9.0 eV, while collisional excitation by energetic electron would occur insufficiently to excite these high-energy levels. - Highlights: • This paper describes the excitation mechanism of iron ion in Okamoto-cavity MIP in comparison with conventional ICP. • Boltzmann distribution is studied among iron ionic lines of various

  16. Plasma diagnostics of the SIMPA Ecr ion source by X-ray spectroscopy, Collisions of H-like Neon ions with Argon clusters; Diagnostic du plasma de la source d'ions ECR SIMPA par spectroscopie X, Collision d'ions neon hydrogenoides avec des agregats d'argon

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    Adrouche, N

    2006-09-15

    The first part of this thesis is devoted to the SIMPA ECR ion source characterization, first, I explored the ion source's capacities on the point of view of extracted currents for three elements, argon, krypton and neon. By analyzing the Bremsstrahlung spectra, I determined the electronic temperature in the plasma and the electronic and ionic densities. In a second time, I recorded high resolution X-spectra of argon and krypton plasma's. By taking into account the principal mechanisms of production of a K hole in the ions inside the plasma, I determined the ionic densities of the high charge states of argon. Lastly, I highlighted a correlation between the ions charge states densities with the intensities of extracted currents. The second part of the thesis is devoted to Ne{sup 9+-} argon clusters collisions. First, I presented simple and effective theoretical models allowing to describe the phenomena occurring during a collision, from the point of view of the projectile. I carried out a simulation for a collision of an ion Ne{sup 9+} with an argon cluster of a given size, which has enabled us to know the energy levels populated during the electronic capture and to follow the number of electrons in each projectile shell. Lastly, I presented the first results of a collision between a Ne{sup 9+} beam and argon clusters. These results, have enabled me by using projectile X-ray spectroscopy during the ions-clusters collision, to evidence a strong clustering of targets atoms and to highlight an electronic multi-capture in the projectile ion excited states. (author)

  17. Investigation of local thermodynamic equilibrium of laser induced Al2O3–TiC plasma in argon by spatially resolved optical emission spectroscopy

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Plasma plume of Al2O3–TiC is generated by third harmonic Q-switched Nd:YAG nanosecond laser. It is characterized using Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES at different argon background gas pressures 10, 102, 103, 104 and 105 Pa. Spatial evolution of excitation and ionic temperatures is deduced from spectral data analysis. Temporal evolution of Ti I emission originated from different energy states is probed. The correlation between the temporal behavior and the spatial temperature evolution are investigated under LTE condition for the possibility to use the temporal profile of Ti I emission as an indicator for LTE validity in the plasma.

  18. Measurement of the Cotton-Mouton effect in nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, argon, and krypton with the Q & A apparatus

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    Mei, Hsien-Hao; Chen, Sheng-Jui; Pan, Sheau-shi

    2008-01-01

    Experiments for vacuum birefringence and vacuum dichroism have set up high-finesse high magnetic experimental apparatuses which are ideal for gaseous Cotton-Mouton effect measurements. PVLAS Collaboration has recently measured Cotton-Mouton effects in krypton, xenon and neon at the wavelength of 1064 nm. In this Letter, we report on our measurement of Cotton-Mouton effects in nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, argon, and krypton at pressure P = 0.5-300 Torr, temperature T = 295-298 K, and laser wavelength of 1064 nm in a magnetic field B = 2.3 T, using our Q & A experimental setup, which are in agreement with the PVLAS results.

  19. Evidence of catalytic production of hot hydrogen in rf generated hydrogen/argon plasmas

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    Phillips, J; Akhtar, K; Dhandapani, B; Mills, R; Phillips, Jonathan; Chen, Chun-Ku; Akhtar, Kamran; Dhandapani, Bala; Mills, Randell

    2005-01-01

    In this paper the selective broadening of the atomic hydrogen lines in pure H2 and Ar/H2 mixtures in a large 'GEC' cell (36 cm length_ 14 cm ID) was mapped as a function of position, H2/Ar ratio, time, power, and pressure. Several observations regarding the selective line broadening were particularly notable as they are unanticipated on the basis of earlier models. First, the anomalous broadening of the Balmer lines was found to exist throughout the plasma, and not just in the region between the electrodes. Second, the broadening was consistently a complex function of the operating parameters particularly gas composition (highest in pure H2), position, power, time and pressure. Clearly not anticipated by earlier models were the findings that under some conditions the highest concentration of 'hot' (>10 eV) hydrogen was found at the entry end, and not in the high field region between the electrodes and that in other conditions, the hottest H was at the (exit) pump (also grounded electrode) end. Third, excitati...

  20. Study of Anode Attachment Behavior and Its Influence on Plasma Jet in Water-Argon Plasma Torch

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    Chumak, Oleksiy; Hrabovský, Milan; Kopecký, Vladimír; Konrád, Miloš

    Brno: Department of Power Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Technology Brno, 2003 - (Gross, B.; Vávra, Z.; Bartl, J.), s. 44-47 ISBN 80-214-2307-2. [Symposium on Physics of Schwitching Arc/15th./. Nové Město na Moravě (CZ), 22.09.2003-26.09.2003] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA1057202 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2043910 Keywords : DC Torch, anode attachment, restrike Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  1. Argon Plasma Coagulation Combined with Covered Stent Placement for Management of Tracheobronchial Stenoses/occlusions as well as Esophagorespiratory Fistulas

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    Hongwu WANG

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Background and objective It is a complex problem and difficult treatment for tracheobronchial stenoses/occlusions involving in carina. The aim of this study is to investigate the feasibility and efficiency of argon plasma coagulation (APC and bifurcated covered Z-type stents (CZTS placement for the treatment of tracheobronchus stenoses and esophagorespiratory fistula (ERF. Methods Thirty-two cases with airway disorders were retrospectively reviewed for the treatment of APC and CZTS placement. Under the bronchoscopic guidance, APC was first given in patients with airway stenoses, then CZTS was placed under the fluoroscopic and flexible bronchoscopic guidance either with airway stenoses or ERF. Results APC was first given in 19 patients with airway stenoses. Airway structures were significantly improved after APC procedure (57.4%-72.1% before APC vs 12.8%-25.8% after APC. Thirty-two CZTS were technically successfully placed in 30 out of 32 cases involving in carinal bifurcation. After APC and stent placement, short breath index was significantly reduced and karnofsky physical score (KPS increased obviously. The endobronchial defects were successfully palliated with bifurcated CZTS placed under fluoroscopy and flexible bronchoscopy in 12 out of 13 patients with ERFs. There is no bleeding introprocedure. Mucous retention was very common in all types of the stents less than 2 weeks after stenting, which required debridement by bronchoscopy and could be prevented by normal saline solution nebulizations. Granuloma developed at the ends of stents after 1 month of stenting which all of them were treated successfully with APC and CO2 cryosurgery. Conclusion Utilization of APC and retrieval bifurcated CZTS placement is a simple and safe protocol for the management of airway complex stenoses involving the tracheal carina and ERF.

  2. Estimation of Minimal Breakdown Point in a GaP Plasma Structure and Discharge Features in Air and Argon Media

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    Kurt, H. Hilal; Tanrıverdi, Evrim

    2016-08-01

    We present gas discharge phenomena in argon and air media using a gallium phosphide (GaP) semiconductor and metal electrodes. The system has a large-diameter ( D) semiconductor and a microscaled adjustable interelectrode gap ( d). Both theoretical and experimental findings are discussed for a direct-current (dc) electric field ( E) applied to this structure with parallel-plate geometry. As one of the main parameters, the pressure p takes an adjustable value from 0.26 kPa to 101 kPa. After collection of experimental data, a new theoretical formula is developed to estimate the minimal breakdown point of the system as a function of p and d. It is proven that the minimal breakdown point in the semiconductor and metal electrode system differs dramatically from that in metal and metal electrode systems. In addition, the surface charge density σ and spatial electron distribution n e are calculated theoretically. Current-voltage characteristics (CVCs) demonstrate that there exist certain negative differential resistance (NDR) regions for small interelectrode separations (i.e., d = 50 μm) and low and moderate pressures between 3.7 kPa and 13 kPa in Ar medium. From the difference of currents in CVCs, the bifurcation of the discharge current is clarified for an applied voltage U. Since the current differences in NDRs have various values from 1 μA to 7.24 μA for different pressures, the GaP semiconductor plasma structure can be used in microwave diode systems due to its clear NDR region.

  3. Resonant holographic measurements of laser ablation plume expansion in vacuum and argon gas backgrounds

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    Lindley, R.A. [Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor, MI (United States)

    1993-10-01

    This thesis discusses the following on resonant holographic measurements of laser ablation plume expansion: Introduction to laser ablation; applications of laser ablation; The study of plume expansion; holographic interferometry; resonant holographic interferometry; accounting for finite laser bandwidth; The solution for doppler broadening and finite bandwidth; the main optical table; the lumonics laser spot shape; developing and reconstructing the holograms; plume expansion in RF/Plasma Environments; Determining {lambda}{sub o}; resonant refraction effects; fringe shift interpretation; shot-to-shot consistency; laser ablation in vacuum and low pressure, inert, background gas; theoretically modeling plume expansion in vacuum and low pressure, inert, background gas; and laser ablation in higher pressure, inert, background gas.

  4. Measurements and models of transient and stationary regimes of glow discharge in argon

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    The experimental and theoretical analyses of different regimes of argon DC glow discharge are reported. The experiments were carried out on the argon gas tube with a plane- parallel electrode system made from OFHC (oxygen-free high thermal conductivity) copper. Modelling of the static breakdown voltages was performed by simple fluid model. The applicability of fluid models for modelling of I - U (current-voltage) characteristics at different values of pd (pressure times inter-electrode distance) is tested. The formative time delays are determined from experiment and compared to modeled values obtained by [1D] and [2D] fluid models. The memory curve t-bar d (τ) (the dependence of the mean value of breakdown time delay on the relaxation time) is presented and the main processes responsible for the memory effect were determined by applying the analytical and numerical models

  5. Fano factor in gaseous argon measured by the proportional scintillation method

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    It is found that the apparent Fano factor in argon obtained by using 5.90 keV X-rays with the proportional scintillation method depends on the gas pressure and that the true Fano factor can be obtained by extrapolating the linear relation between the apparent Fano factor and the reciprocal of the gas pressure. The Fano factor thus obtained gives good agreement, within experimental errors, with the value recently obtained by using a gridded ionization chamber. (orig.)

  6. Dynamics of the spectral behaviour of an ultrashort laser pulse in an argon-gas-filled capillary discharge-preformed plasma channel

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    Sakai S.

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available We have reported the argon plasma waveguide produced in an alumina (Al2O3 capillary discharge and used to guide ultrashort laser pulses at intensities of the order of 1016  W/cm2. A one-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD code was used to evaluate the average degree of ionization of Ar in the preformed plasma channel. The spectrum of the propagated laser pulse in the Ar plasma waveguide was not modified and was well reproduced by a particle-in-cell (PIC simulation under initial ion charge state of Ar3+ in the preformed plasma waveguide. The optimum timing for the laser pulse injection was around 150 ns after initiation of a discharge with a peak current of 200 A.

  7. Dynamics of the spectral behaviour of an ultrashort laser pulse in an argon-gas-filled capillary discharge-preformed plasma channel

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    Sakai, S.; Higashiguchi, T.; Yugami, N.; Bobrova, N.; Sentoku, Y.; Kodama, R.

    2013-11-01

    We have reported the argon plasma waveguide produced in an alumina (Al2O3) capillary discharge and used to guide ultrashort laser pulses at intensities of the order of 1016 W/cm2. A one-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) code was used to evaluate the average degree of ionization of Ar in the preformed plasma channel. The spectrum of the propagated laser pulse in the Ar plasma waveguide was not modified and was well reproduced by a particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation under initial ion charge state of Ar3+ in the preformed plasma waveguide. The optimum timing for the laser pulse injection was around 150 ns after initiation of a discharge with a peak current of 200 A.

  8. Simultaneous streak and frame interferometry for electron density measurements of laser produced plasmas

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    Quevedo, H. J.; McCormick, M.; Wisher, M.; Bengtson, Roger D.; Ditmire, T.

    2016-01-01

    A system of two collinear probe beams with different wavelengths and pulse durations was used to capture simultaneously snapshot interferograms and streaked interferograms of laser produced plasmas. The snapshots measured the two dimensional, path-integrated, electron density on a charge-coupled device while the radial temporal evolution of a one dimensional plasma slice was recorded by a streak camera. This dual-probe combination allowed us to select plasmas that were uniform and axisymmetric along the laser direction suitable for retrieving the continuous evolution of the radial electron density of homogeneous plasmas. Demonstration of this double probe system was done by measuring rapidly evolving plasmas on time scales less than 1 ns produced by the interaction of femtosecond, high intensity, laser pulses with argon gas clusters. Experiments aimed at studying homogeneous plasmas from high intensity laser-gas or laser-cluster interaction could benefit from the use of this probing scheme.

  9. Simultaneous streak and frame interferometry for electron density measurements of laser produced plasmas

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    A system of two collinear probe beams with different wavelengths and pulse durations was used to capture simultaneously snapshot interferograms and streaked interferograms of laser produced plasmas. The snapshots measured the two dimensional, path-integrated, electron density on a charge-coupled device while the radial temporal evolution of a one dimensional plasma slice was recorded by a streak camera. This dual-probe combination allowed us to select plasmas that were uniform and axisymmetric along the laser direction suitable for retrieving the continuous evolution of the radial electron density of homogeneous plasmas. Demonstration of this double probe system was done by measuring rapidly evolving plasmas on time scales less than 1 ns produced by the interaction of femtosecond, high intensity, laser pulses with argon gas clusters. Experiments aimed at studying homogeneous plasmas from high intensity laser-gas or laser-cluster interaction could benefit from the use of this probing scheme

  10. Simultaneous streak and frame interferometry for electron density measurements of laser produced plasmas

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    Quevedo, H. J., E-mail: hjquevedo@utexas.edu; McCormick, M.; Wisher, M.; Bengtson, Roger D.; Ditmire, T. [Center for High Energy Density Science, Department of Physics, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States)

    2016-01-15

    A system of two collinear probe beams with different wavelengths and pulse durations was used to capture simultaneously snapshot interferograms and streaked interferograms of laser produced plasmas. The snapshots measured the two dimensional, path-integrated, electron density on a charge-coupled device while the radial temporal evolution of a one dimensional plasma slice was recorded by a streak camera. This dual-probe combination allowed us to select plasmas that were uniform and axisymmetric along the laser direction suitable for retrieving the continuous evolution of the radial electron density of homogeneous plasmas. Demonstration of this double probe system was done by measuring rapidly evolving plasmas on time scales less than 1 ns produced by the interaction of femtosecond, high intensity, laser pulses with argon gas clusters. Experiments aimed at studying homogeneous plasmas from high intensity laser-gas or laser-cluster interaction could benefit from the use of this probing scheme.

  11. Sulfur X-ray absorption fine structure in porous Li–S cathode films measured under argon atmospheric conditions

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    Müller, Matthias, E-mail: matthias.mueller@ptb.de [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Abbestr. 2-12, 10587 Berlin (Germany); Choudhury, Soumyadip [Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung, Hohe Strasse 6, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Technische Universität Dresden, Physical Chemistry of Polymeric Materials ,01062 Dresden (Germany); Gruber, Katharina [VARTA Micro Innovation GmbH, Stremayrgasse 9, 8010 Graz (Austria); Cruz, Valene B. [Universität Ulm, Institut für Elektrochemie, 89069 Ulm (Germany); Helmholtz-Institut Ulm (HIU), 89069 Ulm (Germany); Fuchsbichler, Bernd [VARTA Micro Innovation GmbH, Stremayrgasse 9, 8010 Graz (Austria); Jacob, Timo [Universität Ulm, Institut für Elektrochemie, 89069 Ulm (Germany); Helmholtz-Institut Ulm (HIU), 89069 Ulm (Germany); Koller, Stefan [VARTA Micro Innovation GmbH, Stremayrgasse 9, 8010 Graz (Austria); Stamm, Manfred [Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung, Hohe Strasse 6, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Technische Universität Dresden, Physical Chemistry of Polymeric Materials ,01062 Dresden (Germany); Ionov, Leonid [Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung, Hohe Strasse 6, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Beckhoff, Burkhard [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Abbestr. 2-12, 10587 Berlin (Germany)

    2014-04-01

    In this paper we present the first results for the characterization of highly porous cathode materials with pore sizes below 1 μm for Lithium Sulfur (Li–S) batteries by Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. A novel cathode material of porous carbon films fabricated with colloidal array templates has been investigated. In addition, an electrochemical characterization has been performed aiming on an improved correlation of physical and chemical parameters with the electrochemical performance. The performed NEXAFS measurements of cathode materials allowed for a chemical speciation of the sulfur content inside the cathode material. The aim of the presented investigation was to evaluate the potential of the NEXAFS technique to characterize sulfur in novel battery material. The long term goal for the characterization of the battery materials is the sensitive identification of undesired side reactions, such as the polysulfide shuttle, which takes place during charging and discharging of the battery. The main drawback associated with the investigation of these materials is the fact that NEXAFS measurements can usually only be performed ex situ due to the limited in situ instrumentation being available. For Li–S batteries this problem is more pronounced because of the low photon energies needed to study the sulfur K absorption edge at 2472 eV. We employed 1 μm thick Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} windows to construct sealed argon cells for NEXAFS measurements under ultra high vacuum (UHV) conditions as a first step towards in situ measurements. The cells keep the sample under argon atmosphere at any time and the X-ray beam passes mainly through vacuum which enables the detection of the low energy X-ray emission of sulfur. Using these argon cells we found indications for the presence of lithium polysulfides in the cathode films whereas the correlations to the offline electrochemical results remain somewhat ambiguous. As a consequence of these findings one

  12. High rate deposition of ZnO thin films by a small-scale inductively coupled argon plasma generated in open air

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    Linear transparent ZnO films were deposited using a millimetre sized inductively coupled argon plasma at atmospheric pressure in open air. Increasing the substrate temperature enabled high growth rates between 200 and 1 μm s-1 to be obtained. The optical transmission of the obtained films is above 80% in the visible and the roughness of the films had a value of 15 nm. Plasma gas temperatures estimated from the rotational temperature of N2 assessed by optical emission spectroscopy suggest values of up to approximately 1800 K. The detected species in the plasma were argon and zinc radicals, but no ions. The high growth rate of the films is attributed to the rapid melting and sputtering of the metallic source filament, the produced species being carried to the substrate surface by the plasma gas. High substrate temperatures as well as high scanning rates are considered crucial to the formation of transparent, dense ZnO films, the first promoting surface migration and the second permitting regulation of the flux of oxygen to the surface.

  13. EPR-Spin Trapping and Flow Cytometric Studies of Free Radicals Generated Using Cold Atmospheric Argon Plasma and X-Ray Irradiation in Aqueous Solutions and Intracellular Milieu.

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    Hidefumi Uchiyama

    Full Text Available Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR-spin trapping and flow cytometry were used to identify free radicals generated using argon-cold atmospheric plasma (Ar-CAP in aqueous solutions and intracellularly in comparison with those generated by X-irradiation. Ar-CAP was generated using a high-voltage power supply unit with low-frequency excitation. The characteristics of Ar-CAP were estimated by vacuum UV absorption and emission spectra measurements. Hydroxyl (·OH radicals and hydrogen (H atoms in aqueous solutions were identified with the spin traps 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline N-oxide (DMPO, 3,3,5,5-tetramethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide (M4PO, and phenyl N-t-butylnitrone (PBN. The occurrence of Ar-CAP-induced pyrolysis was evaluated using the spin trap 3,5-dibromo-4-nitrosobenzene sulfonate (DBNBS in aqueous solutions of DNA constituents, sodium acetate, and L-alanine. Human lymphoma U937 cells were used to study intracellular oxidative stress using five fluorescent probes with different affinities to a number of reactive species. The analysis and quantification of EPR spectra revealed the formation of enormous amounts of ·OH radicals using Ar-CAP compared with that by X-irradiation. Very small amounts of H atoms were detected whereas nitric oxide was not found. The formation of ·OH radicals depended on the type of rare gas used and the yield correlated inversely with ionization energy in the order of krypton > argon = neon > helium. No pyrolysis radicals were detected in aqueous solutions exposed to Ar-CAP. Intracellularly, ·OH, H2O2, which is the recombination product of ·OH, and OCl- were the most likely formed reactive oxygen species after exposure to Ar-CAP. Intracellularly, there was no practical evidence for the formation of NO whereas very small amounts of superoxides were formed. Despite the superiority of Ar-CAP in forming ·OH radicals, the exposure to X-rays proved more lethal. The mechanism of free radical formation in aqueous solutions and

  14. EPR-Spin Trapping and Flow Cytometric Studies of Free Radicals Generated Using Cold Atmospheric Argon Plasma and X-Ray Irradiation in Aqueous Solutions and Intracellular Milieu.

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    Uchiyama, Hidefumi; Zhao, Qing-Li; Hassan, Mariame Ali; Andocs, Gabor; Nojima, Nobuyuki; Takeda, Keigo; Ishikawa, Kenji; Hori, Masaru; Kondo, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)-spin trapping and flow cytometry were used to identify free radicals generated using argon-cold atmospheric plasma (Ar-CAP) in aqueous solutions and intracellularly in comparison with those generated by X-irradiation. Ar-CAP was generated using a high-voltage power supply unit with low-frequency excitation. The characteristics of Ar-CAP were estimated by vacuum UV absorption and emission spectra measurements. Hydroxyl (·OH) radicals and hydrogen (H) atoms in aqueous solutions were identified with the spin traps 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline N-oxide (DMPO), 3,3,5,5-tetramethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide (M4PO), and phenyl N-t-butylnitrone (PBN). The occurrence of Ar-CAP-induced pyrolysis was evaluated using the spin trap 3,5-dibromo-4-nitrosobenzene sulfonate (DBNBS) in aqueous solutions of DNA constituents, sodium acetate, and L-alanine. Human lymphoma U937 cells were used to study intracellular oxidative stress using five fluorescent probes with different affinities to a number of reactive species. The analysis and quantification of EPR spectra revealed the formation of enormous amounts of ·OH radicals using Ar-CAP compared with that by X-irradiation. Very small amounts of H atoms were detected whereas nitric oxide was not found. The formation of ·OH radicals depended on the type of rare gas used and the yield correlated inversely with ionization energy in the order of krypton > argon = neon > helium. No pyrolysis radicals were detected in aqueous solutions exposed to Ar-CAP. Intracellularly, ·OH, H2O2, which is the recombination product of ·OH, and OCl- were the most likely formed reactive oxygen species after exposure to Ar-CAP. Intracellularly, there was no practical evidence for the formation of NO whereas very small amounts of superoxides were formed. Despite the superiority of Ar-CAP in forming ·OH radicals, the exposure to X-rays proved more lethal. The mechanism of free radical formation in aqueous solutions and an

  15. Argon plasma inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching study for smooth sidewall thin film lithium niobate waveguide application

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    Ulliac, G.; Calero, V.; Ndao, A.; Baida, F. I.; Bernal, M.-P.

    2016-03-01

    Lithium Niobate (LN) exhibits unique physical properties such as remarkable electro-optical coefficients and it is thus an excellent material for a wide range of fields like optic communications, lasers, nonlinear optical applications, electric field optical sensors etc. In order to further enhance the optical device performance and to be competitive with silicon photonics, sub-micrometric thickness lithium niobate films are crucial. A big step has been achieved with the development of LN thin films by using smart cut technology and wafer bonding and these films are nowadays available in the market. However, it is a challenge to obtain the requirements of the high quality thin LN film waveguide. In this letter, we show smooth ridge waveguides fabricated on 700 nm thickness thin film lithium niobate (TFLN). The fabrication has been done by developing and optimizing three steps of the technological process, the mask fabrication, the plasma etching, and a final cleaning wet etching step in order to remove the lithium niobate redeposition on the side walls. We have obtained single mode propagation with light overall losses of only 5 dB/cm.

  16. Measurement of the two-photon absorption cross-section of liquid argon with a time projection chamber

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    Badhrees, I; Kreslo, I; Messina, M; Moser, U; Rossi, B; Weber, M S; Zeller, M; Altucci, C; Amoruso, S; Bruzzese, R; Velotta, R

    2010-01-01

    This paper reports on laser-induced multiphoton ionization at 266 nm of liquid argon in a time projection chamber (LAr TPC) detector. The electron signal produced by the laser beam is a formidable tool for the calibration and monitoring of next-generation large-mass LAr TPCs. The detector that we designed and tested allowed us to measure the two-photon absorption cross-section of LAr with unprecedented accuracy and precision: $\\sigma_ex$=(1.24$\\pm$0.10stat $\\pm$0.30syst)$\\times$10^{-56} cm$^4$s{-1}.

  17. Measuring Muon-Neutrino Charged-Current Differential Cross Sections with a Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber

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    Spitz, Joshua B. [Yale Univ., New Haven, CT (United States)

    2011-01-01

    More than 80 years after its proposed existence, the neutrino remains largely mysterious and elusive. Precision measurements of the neutrino's properties are just now beginning to take place. Such measurements are required in order to determine the mass of the neutrino, how many neutrinos there are, if neutrinos are different than anti-neutrinos, and more. Muon-neutrino charged-current differential cross sections on an argon target in terms of the outgoing muon momentum and angle are presented. The measurements have been taken with the ArgoNeuT Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LArTPC) experiment. ArgoNeuT is the first LArTPC to ever take data in a low energy neutrino beam, having collected thousands of neutrino and anti-neutrino events in the NuMI beamline at Fermilab. The results are relevant for long baseline neutrino oscillation experiments searching for non-zero $\\theta_{13}$, CP-violation in the lepton sector, and the sign of the neutrino mass hierarchy, among other things. Furthermore, the differential cross sections are important for understanding the nature of the neutrino-nucleus interaction in general. These measurements represent a significant step forward for LArTPC technology as they are among the first neutrino physics results with such a device.

  18. Measuring Muon-Neutrino Charged-Current Differential Cross Sections with a Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber

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    Spitz, Joshua B.

    More than 80 years after its proposed existence, the neutrino remains largely mysterious and elusive. Precision measurements of the neutrino's properties are just now beginning to take place. Such measurements are required in order to determine the mass of the neutrino, how many neutrinos there are, if neutrinos are different than anti-neutrinos, and more. Muon-neutrino charged-current differential cross sections on an argon target in terms of the outgoing muon momentum and angle are presented. The measurements have been taken with the ArgoNeuT Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LArTPC) experiment. ArgoNeuT is the first LArTPC to ever take data in a low energy neutrino beam, having collected thousands of neutrino and anti-neutrino events in the NuMI beamline at Fermi-lab. The results are relevant for long baseline neutrino oscillation experiments searching for non-zero theta13, CP-violation in the lepton sector, and the sign of the neutrino mass hierarchy, among other things. Furthermore, the differential cross sections are important for understanding the nature of the neutrino-nucleus interaction in general. These measurements represent a significant step forward for LArTPC technology as they are among the first neutrino physics results with such a device.

  19. Modification and optimization of a 50 MHz inductively coupled argon plasma with special reference to analyses using organic solvents

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    Boumans, P. W. J. M.; Lux-Steiner, M. Ch.

    The torch and nebulizer of an existing argon ICP system were modified and the system was (re-) optimized for aqueous and organic liquids. The paper describes the design considerations and construction of (1) a new, streamlined torch including a torch base used in this study, where a demountable rather than a prealigned version of the torch was preferred; (2) a cross-flow pneumatic nebulizer with adjustable teflon capillaries including a spray chamber with flow spoiler, concentric aerosol pick-up tube, and "U" tube with unequal legs to smooth the flow of wasted liquid to the drain. The (re)-optimization of the ICP system for analysis of aqueous solutions with inorganic matter or with both inorganic and organic matter is discussed in the light of earlier work in this laboratory regarding the selection of "compromise conditions" and the choice of representative spectral lines and measurement criteria for establishing such compromise conditions. In this context the authors consider the concepts of norm temperature and "hard" and "soft" lines, as well as recent results of measurements of spatial distributions in ICPs. The authors further describe experiments aimed at the optimization of the operating conditions of an "organic ICP" using methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) as organic solvent. Trends of net line and background signals and signal-to-background ratios with the ICP parameters (power; outer, intermediate and carrier gas flow; observation height; liquid feed rate) are reported, and a rational choice of compromise conditions for the ICP is argued. Performance characteristics of the modified ICP system, such as detection limits, precision and interference level, achieved under compromise conditions, have been communicated in a previous report [ Spectrochim. Acta36B, 1031 (1981)] to demonstrate the capabilities of the system for analysis of aqueous solutions. Detection limits in MIBK and oil diluted in MIBK are reported in the present work as an illustration of the

  20. First principles transport coefficients and reaction rates of Ar2+ ions in argon for cold plasma jet modeling

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    Momentum-transfer collision cross-sections and integral collision cross-sections for the collision-induced dissociation are calculated for collisions of ionized argon dimers with argon atoms using a nonadiabatic semiclassical method with the electronic Hamiltonian calculated on the fly via a diatomics-in-molecules semiempirical model as well as inverse-method modeling based on simple isotropic rigid-core potential. The collision cross-sections are then used in an optimized Monte Carlo code for evaluations of the Ar2+ mobility in argon gas, longitudinal diffusion coefficient, and collision-induced dissociation rates. A thorough comparison of various theoretical calculations as well as with available experimental data on the Ar2+ mobility and collision cross-sections is performed. Good agreement is found between both theoretical approaches and the experiment. Analysis of the role of inelastic processes in Ar2+/Ar collisions is also provided

  1. Detailed beam and plasma measurements on the vessel for extraction and source plasma analyses (VESPA) Penning H⁻ ion source.

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    Lawrie, S R; Faircloth, D C; Letchford, A P; Whitehead, M O; Wood, T

    2016-02-01

    A vessel for extraction and source plasma analyses (VESPA) is operational at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). This project supports and guides the overall ion source R&D effort for the ISIS spallation neutron and muon facility at RAL. The VESPA produces 100 mA of pulsed H(-) beam, but perveance scans indicate that the source is production-limited at extraction voltages above 12 kV unless the arc current is increased. A high resolution optical monochromator is used to measure plasma properties using argon as a diagnostic gas. The atomic hydrogen temperature increases linearly with arc current, up to 2.8 eV for 50 A; whereas the electron temperature has a slight linear decrease toward 2.2 eV. The gas density is 10(21) m(-3), whilst the electron density is two orders of magnitude lower. Densities follow square root relationships with arc current, with gas density decreasing whilst electron (and hence ion) density increases. Stopping and range of ions in matter calculations prove that operating a high current arc with an argon admixture is extremely difficult because cathode-coated cesium is heavily sputtered by argon. PMID:26932004

  2. Detailed beam and plasma measurements on the vessel for extraction and source plasma analyses (VESPA) Penning H− ion source

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    A vessel for extraction and source plasma analyses (VESPA) is operational at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). This project supports and guides the overall ion source R&D effort for the ISIS spallation neutron and muon facility at RAL. The VESPA produces 100 mA of pulsed H− beam, but perveance scans indicate that the source is production-limited at extraction voltages above 12 kV unless the arc current is increased. A high resolution optical monochromator is used to measure plasma properties using argon as a diagnostic gas. The atomic hydrogen temperature increases linearly with arc current, up to 2.8 eV for 50 A; whereas the electron temperature has a slight linear decrease toward 2.2 eV. The gas density is 1021 m−3, whilst the electron density is two orders of magnitude lower. Densities follow square root relationships with arc current, with gas density decreasing whilst electron (and hence ion) density increases. Stopping and range of ions in matter calculations prove that operating a high current arc with an argon admixture is extremely difficult because cathode-coated cesium is heavily sputtered by argon

  3. Mechanisms of suppressing secondary nucleation for low-power and low-temperature microwave plasma self-bias-enhanced growth of diamond films in argon diluted methane

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    Ji-heng Jiang

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available We report on mechanisms for suppressing diamond secondary nucleation in microwave plasma self-bias-enhanced growth (SBEG of diamond films in methane diluted by argon. High-density plasma at a small distance from the substrate induces a floating potential which promotes high-flux, low-energy ion bombardment on diamond growing surfaces along with an equal flux of electrons. Increased atomic hydrogen generated by electron impact dissociation of methane and low-energy ion bombardment help remove hydrocarbon coatings on diamond grains in favor of continuous grain growth and, therefore, the suppression of secondary diamond nucleation. Energetic meta-stable excited argon, abundant C2 dimers, and enhanced effective surface temperature due to low-energy ion bombardment further promote the diamond grain growth resulting in the deposition of a diamond film with columnar diamond grains of much larger grain sizes and a much lower density of grain boundaries than ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD films grown under similar conditions without optimized plasma-substrate interactions. SEM, XRD, PL, and Raman scattering help confirm the deposition of diamond films with columnar grains.

  4. The effects of argon pre-annealing on the superconductive properties of plasma-sprayed Y-Ba-Cu-oxide coatings

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    Plasma spraying is a deposition method with the potential of producing large quantities of high temperature superconductive coatings. The as-sprayed Y-Ba-Cu-oxide coatings are mostly the substitution tetragonal phase, YBa2-xYxCu3Oy. Oxygen-annealing of this phase below 960 degree C results in a poorly-superconducting orthorhombic phase. However, this study shows that the superconducting properties can be improved by annealing the as-sprayed coatings in an argon atmosphere at 850 degree C prior to the oxygen annealing

  5. Modeling and measurements of the arc plasma in a mixture of gases

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    The wall-stabilized arc is a useful source of the radiation emitted by excited atoms and ions. This plasma has been widely applied in the spectroscopic research, e. g. for measurements of atomic and ionic structure data, such as spectral line strengths or Stark shifts and widths. The wall-stabilized arc and similar plasma sources are also used in many other industrial and scientific applications - especially as the plasma generators in various plasma torches and jets. In most of the applications the plasma is generated in a mixture of gases. As the wall-stabilized cascade arc exhibits the rather strong temperature gradients, the diffusion effects due to the temperature and molar gradients (in the cases of the molecular gases) are prominent, and strongly affect the arc parameters. In this work we present the comparison of the results of the measurements of the plasma parameters in the wall-stabilized arc working in the mixture of argon and nitrogen with the theoretical calculations of the plasma temperatures and molar ratios. The gas mixture is introduced uniformly along the arc column between each of the stabilizing plates. From measured lateral distribution of radiation (NI, HI, ArI line intensity and width measurements), after Abel inversion the radial temperature and species distributions were obtained at various positions of the arc column. As the atomic lines can be measured only close to the plasma axis (the Boltzmann plot of the atomic argon or nitrogen lines is reliable only if the sufficiently highly excited states are present), for the measurement of the fringe temperatures the molecular spectroscopy was also performed (measurements of the bands of nitrogen molecule and nitrogen molecular ion). The model consisted of one-dimensional calculations of all plasma parameters (both temperature and demixing), based on the theory developed by Murphy. The results show that even the relatively simple model can predict the molecular ratio distributions in the gas

  6. Measurements of recombination coefficient of hydrogen atoms on plasma deposited thin films

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    We have performed experiments in plasma afterglow in order to determine the recombination coefficients of plasma deposited thin films of tungsten and graphite. Plasma deposited films rather than bulk material were used in order to more closely emulate surface structure of plasma-facing material deposits in fusion reactors. We have also determined the recombination coefficient of 85250 borosilicate glass and Teflon. Plasma was created by means of a radio frequency generator in a mixture of argon and hydrogen at the pressures between 60 Pa and 280 Pa. The degree of dissociation of hydrogen molecules was found to be between 0.1 and 1. The H-atom density was measured by Fiber Optic Catalytic Probe. The recombination coefficient was determined by measuring the axial profile of the H-atom density and using Smith's side arm diffusion model. (author)

  7. Lunar exospheric argon modeling

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    Grava, Cesare; Chaufray, J.-Y.; Retherford, K. D.; Gladstone, G. R.; Greathouse, T. K.; Hurley, D. M.; Hodges, R. R.; Bayless, A. J.; Cook, J. C.; Stern, S. A.

    2015-07-01

    Argon is one of the few known constituents of the lunar exosphere. The surface-based mass spectrometer Lunar Atmosphere Composition Experiment (LACE) deployed during the Apollo 17 mission first detected argon, and its study is among the subjects of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) and Lunar Atmospheric and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission investigations. We performed a detailed Monte Carlo simulation of neutral atomic argon that we use to better understand its transport and storage across the lunar surface. We took into account several loss processes: ionization by solar photons, charge-exchange with solar protons, and cold trapping as computed by recent LRO/Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) mapping of Permanently Shaded Regions (PSRs). Recycling of photo-ions and solar radiation acceleration are also considered. We report that (i) contrary to previous assumptions, charge exchange is a loss process as efficient as photo-ionization, (ii) the PSR cold-trapping flux is comparable to the ionization flux (photo-ionization and charge-exchange), and (iii) solar radiation pressure has negligible effect on the argon density, as expected. We determine that the release of 2.6 × 1028 atoms on top of a pre-existing argon exosphere is required to explain the maximum amount of argon measured by LACE. The total number of atoms (1.0 × 1029) corresponds to ∼6700 kg of argon, 30% of which (∼1900 kg) may be stored in the cold traps after 120 days in the absence of space weathering processes. The required population is consistent with the amount of argon that can be released during a High Frequency Teleseismic (HFT) Event, i.e. a big, rare and localized moonquake, although we show that LACE could not distinguish between a localized and a global event. The density of argon measured at the time of LACE appears to have originated from no less than four such episodic events. Finally, we show that the extent of the PSRs that trap

  8. An investigation of Ar metastable state density in low pressure dual-frequency capacitively coupled argon and argon-diluted plasmas

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    An tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy has been used to determine the Ar*(3P2) and Ar*(3P0) metastable atoms densities in dual-frequency capacitively coupled plasmas. The effects of different control parameters, such as high-frequency power, gas pressure and content of Ar, on the densities of two metastable atoms and electron density were discussed in single-frequency and dual-frequency Ar discharges, respectively. Particularly, the effects of the pressure on the axial profile of the electron and Ar metastable state densities were also discussed. Furthermore, a simple rate model was employed and its results were compared with experiments to analyze the main production and loss processes of Ar metastable states. It is found that Ar metastable state is mainly produced by electron impact excitation from the ground state, and decayed by diffusion and collision quenching with electrons and neutral molecules. Besides, the addition of CF4 was found to significantly increase the metastable destruction rate by the CF4 quenching, especially for large CF4 content and high pressure, it becomes the dominant depopulation process

  9. Thermophysical properties of multi-shock compressed dense argon.

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    Chen, Q F; Zheng, J; Gu, Y J; Chen, Y L; Cai, L C; Shen, Z J

    2014-02-21

    In contrast to the single shock compression state that can be obtained directly via experimental measurements, the multi-shock compression states, however, have to be calculated with the aid of theoretical models. In order to determine experimentally the multiple shock states, a diagnostic approach with the Doppler pins system (DPS) and the pyrometer was used to probe multiple shocks in dense argon plasmas. Plasma was generated by a shock reverberation technique. The shock was produced using the flyer plate impact accelerated up to ∼6.1 km/s by a two-stage light gas gun and introduced into the plenum argon gas sample, which was pre-compressed from the environmental pressure to about 20 MPa. The time-resolved optical radiation histories were determined using a multi-wavelength channel optical transience radiance pyrometer. Simultaneously, the particle velocity profiles of the LiF window was measured with multi-DPS. The states of multi-shock compression argon plasma were determined from the measured shock velocities combining the particle velocity profiles. We performed the experiments on dense argon plasmas to determine the principal Hugonoit up to 21 GPa, the re-shock pressure up to 73 GPa, and the maximum measure pressure of the fourth shock up to 158 GPa. The results are used to validate the existing self-consistent variational theory model in the partial ionization region and create new theoretical models. PMID:24559345

  10. Argon ion beam interaction on polyethylene terephthalate surface by a 4 kJ plasma focus device

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    Habibi Morteza; Alavi M H S

    2016-03-01

    Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) has a wide variety of applications ranging from making regular bottles to biosensors. However, for many of these applications, surface treatment is needed to improve its surface characteristics such as adhesion to other materials. In this study, we focussed on treating PET foils by dense Ar pulsed plasma produced by a 4.5 kJ Mather-type plasmafocus device (20 kV, 40 $\\mu$f, 115 nH) to examine its ability to make the PET surface hydrophilic. The most common method to examine this characteristic is measuring the water contact angle on a polymer surface. The results show that while the energy and density of plasma in our device are higher compared to other devices, as the exposure time is very low, the device can enhance thewettability of PET film surfaces.

  11. Study on the effect of hydrogen addition on the variation of plasma parameters of argon-oxygen magnetron glow discharge for synthesis of TiO2 films

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    Partha Saikia

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available We report the effect of hydrogen addition on plasma parameters of argon-oxygen magnetron glow discharge plasma in the synthesis of H-doped TiO2 films. The parameters of the hydrogen-added Ar/O2 plasma influence the properties and the structural phases of the deposited TiO2 film. Therefore, the variation of plasma parameters such as electron temperature (Te, electron density (ne, ion density (ni, degree of ionization of Ar and degree of dissociation of H2 as a function of hydrogen content in the discharge is studied. Langmuir probe and Optical emission spectroscopy are used to characterize the plasma. On the basis of the different reactions in the gas phase of the magnetron discharge, the variation of plasma parameters and sputtering rate are explained. It is observed that the electron and heavy ion density decline with gradual addition of hydrogen in the discharge. Hydrogen addition significantly changes the degree of ionization of Ar which influences the structural phases of the TiO2 film.

  12. Study on the effect of hydrogen addition on the variation of plasma parameters of argon-oxygen magnetron glow discharge for synthesis of TiO2 films

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    Saikia, Partha; Saikia, Bipul Kumar; Bhuyan, Heman

    2016-04-01

    We report the effect of hydrogen addition on plasma parameters of argon-oxygen magnetron glow discharge plasma in the synthesis of H-doped TiO2 films. The parameters of the hydrogen-added Ar/O2 plasma influence the properties and the structural phases of the deposited TiO2 film. Therefore, the variation of plasma parameters such as electron temperature (Te), electron density (ne), ion density (ni), degree of ionization of Ar and degree of dissociation of H2 as a function of hydrogen content in the discharge is studied. Langmuir probe and Optical emission spectroscopy are used to characterize the plasma. On the basis of the different reactions in the gas phase of the magnetron discharge, the variation of plasma parameters and sputtering rate are explained. It is observed that the electron and heavy ion density decline with gradual addition of hydrogen in the discharge. Hydrogen addition significantly changes the degree of ionization of Ar which influences the structural phases of the TiO2 film.

  13. Dyslipidemia causes overestimation of plasma mitotane measurements

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    Paci, Angelo; Hescot, Ségolène; Seck, Atmane; Jublanc, Christel; Mercier, Lionel; Vezzosi, Delphine; Drui, Delphine; Quinkler, Marcus; Fassnacht, Martin; Bruckert, Eric; Lombès, Marc; Leboulleux, Sophie; Broutin, Sophie

    2016-01-01

    Summary Mitotane (o,p′-DDD) is the standard treatment for advanced adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC). Monitoring of plasma mitotane levels is recommended to look for a therapeutic window between 14 and 20mg/L, but its positive predictive value requires optimization. We report the case of an ACC patient with a history of dyslipidemia treated with mitotane in whom several plasma mitotane levels >30mg/L were found together with an excellent neurological tolerance. This observation led us to compare theoretical or measured o,p′-DDD and o,p′-DDE levels in a series of normolipidemic and dyslipidemic plasma samples to explore potential analytical issues responsible for an overestimation of plasma mitotane levels. We demonstrate an overestimation of mitotane measurements in dyslipidemic patients. Mitotane and o,p′-DDE measurements showed a mean 20% overestimation in hypercholesterolemic and hypertriglyceridemic plasma, compared with normolipidemic plasma. The internal standard p,p′-DDE measurements showed a parallel decrease in hypercholesterolemic and hypertriglyceridemic plasma, suggesting a matrix effect. Finally, diluting plasma samples and/or using phospholipid removal cartridges allowed correcting such interference. Learning points Hypercholesterolemia (HCH) and hypertriglyceridemia (HTG) induce an overestimation of plasma mitotane measurements. We propose a routine monitoring of lipidemic status. We propose optimized methodology of measurement before interpreting high plasma mitotane levels. PMID:27298727

  14. Gas barrier properties of hydrogenated amorphous carbon films coated on polyethylene terephthalate by plasma polymerization in argon/n-hexane gas mixture

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    Hydrogenated amorphous carbon thin films were deposited by RF plasma polymerization in argon/n-hexane gas mixture on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foils. It was found that such deposited films may significantly improve the barrier properties of PET. It was demonstrated that the principal parameter that influences barrier properties of such deposited films towards oxygen and water vapor is the density of the coatings. Moreover, it was shown that for achieving good barrier properties it is advantageous to deposit coatings with very low thickness. According to the presented results, optimal thickness of the coating should not be higher than several tens of nm. - Highlights: • a-C:H films were prepared by plasma polymerization in Ar/n-hexane atmosphere. • Barrier properties of coatings are dependent on their density and thickness. • Highest barrier properties were observed for films with thickness 15 nm

  15. Irradiation influence on Mylar and Makrofol induced by argon ions in a plasma immersion ion implantation system

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    Highlights: • A home-built plasma immersion ion implantation system was tested in modifying surfaces. • Wettability modifications within the energy range 10 keV implantation are not investigated elsewhere, up to our knowledge. • The wettability of Mylar and Makrofol surface was enhanced by the dual effect of ion implantation and plasma treatment. • The improved wettability was found to depend on both surface roughness and chemistry. • The adhesive bonding and surface energy of the polymers are improved. - Abstract: Mylar and Makrofol polycarbonate polymers were irradiated by Ar ions in a plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) system. The surface wettability of both polymers was investigated by employing the contact angle method. The measured contact angles were found to depend on the surface layer properties. Good wetting surfaces were found to depend not only on surface roughness but also on its chemistry that analyzed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Surfaces topography and roughness was investigated and correlated to their surface energy which studied with the aid of acid-base model for evaluating the improvement of surface wettability after irradiation. PIII improves polymers surface properties efficiently in a controllable way

  16. Irradiation influence on Mylar and Makrofol induced by argon ions in a plasma immersion ion implantation system

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    Hassan, A. [Accelerators & Ion Sources Department, Nuclear Research Center, Atomic Energy Authority, P.O. 13759, Cairo (Egypt); El-Saftawy, A.A., E-mail: aama1978@yahoo.com [Accelerators & Ion Sources Department, Nuclear Research Center, Atomic Energy Authority, P.O. 13759, Cairo (Egypt); Aal, S.A. Abd El [Central Lab. for Elemental & Isotopic Analysis, Nuclear Research Center, Atomic Energy Authority, P.O. 13759, Cairo (Egypt); Ghazaly, M. El [Physiology Department, College of Medicine, Taif University, P.O. 888, Taif (Saudi Arabia); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, P.O. 44519, Zagazig (Egypt)

    2015-08-30

    Highlights: • A home-built plasma immersion ion implantation system was tested in modifying surfaces. • Wettability modifications within the energy range 10 keV implantation are not investigated elsewhere, up to our knowledge. • The wettability of Mylar and Makrofol surface was enhanced by the dual effect of ion implantation and plasma treatment. • The improved wettability was found to depend on both surface roughness and chemistry. • The adhesive bonding and surface energy of the polymers are improved. - Abstract: Mylar and Makrofol polycarbonate polymers were irradiated by Ar ions in a plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) system. The surface wettability of both polymers was investigated by employing the contact angle method. The measured contact angles were found to depend on the surface layer properties. Good wetting surfaces were found to depend not only on surface roughness but also on its chemistry that analyzed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Surfaces topography and roughness was investigated and correlated to their surface energy which studied with the aid of acid-base model for evaluating the improvement of surface wettability after irradiation. PIII improves polymers surface properties efficiently in a controllable way.

  17. Deviation from Boltzmann distribution in excited energy levels of singly-ionized iron in an argon glow discharge plasma for atomic emission spectrometry

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    Zhang Lei; Kashiwakura, Shunsuke; Wagatsuma, Kazuaki, E-mail: wagatuma@imr.tohoku.ac.jp

    2012-01-15

    A Boltzmann plot for many iron ionic lines having excitation energies of 4.7-9.1 eV was investigated in an argon glow discharge plasma when the discharge parameters, such as the voltage/current and the gas pressure, were varied. A Grimm-style radiation source was employed in a DC voltage range of 400-800 V at argon pressures of 400-930 Pa. The plot did not follow a linear relationship over a wide range of the excitation energy, but it yielded a normal Boltzmann distribution in the range of 4.7-5.8 eV and a large overpopulation in higher-lying excitation levels of iron ion. A probable reason for this phenomenon is that excitations for higher excited energy levels of iron ion would be predominantly caused by non-thermal collisions with argon species, the internal energy of which is received by iron atoms for the ionization. Particular intense ionic lines, which gave a maximum peak of the Boltzmann plot, were observed at an excitation energy of ca. 7.7 eV. They were the Fe II 257.297-nm and the Fe II 258.111-nm lines, derived from the 3d{sup 5}4s4p {sup 6}P excited levels. The 3d{sup 5}4s4p {sup 6}P excited levels can be highly populated through a resonance charge transfer from the ground state of argon ion, because of good matching in the excitation energy as well as the conservation of the total spin before and after the collision. An enhancement factor of the emission intensity for various Fe II lines could be obtained from a deviation from the normal Boltzmann plot, which comprised the emission lines of 4.7-5.8 eV. It would roughly correspond to a contribution of the charge transfer excitation to the excited levels of iron ion, suggesting that the charge-transfer collision could elevate the number density of the corresponding excited levels by a factor of ca.10{sup 4}. The Boltzmann plots give important information on the reason why a variety of iron ionic lines can be emitted from glow discharge plasmas.

  18. Deviation from Boltzmann distribution in excited energy levels of singly-ionized iron in an argon glow discharge plasma for atomic emission spectrometry

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    A Boltzmann plot for many iron ionic lines having excitation energies of 4.7–9.1 eV was investigated in an argon glow discharge plasma when the discharge parameters, such as the voltage/current and the gas pressure, were varied. A Grimm-style radiation source was employed in a DC voltage range of 400–800 V at argon pressures of 400–930 Pa. The plot did not follow a linear relationship over a wide range of the excitation energy, but it yielded a normal Boltzmann distribution in the range of 4.7–5.8 eV and a large overpopulation in higher-lying excitation levels of iron ion. A probable reason for this phenomenon is that excitations for higher excited energy levels of iron ion would be predominantly caused by non-thermal collisions with argon species, the internal energy of which is received by iron atoms for the ionization. Particular intense ionic lines, which gave a maximum peak of the Boltzmann plot, were observed at an excitation energy of ca. 7.7 eV. They were the Fe II 257.297-nm and the Fe II 258.111-nm lines, derived from the 3d54s4p 6P excited levels. The 3d54s4p 6P excited levels can be highly populated through a resonance charge transfer from the ground state of argon ion, because of good matching in the excitation energy as well as the conservation of the total spin before and after the collision. An enhancement factor of the emission intensity for various Fe II lines could be obtained from a deviation from the normal Boltzmann plot, which comprised the emission lines of 4.7–5.8 eV. It would roughly correspond to a contribution of the charge transfer excitation to the excited levels of iron ion, suggesting that the charge-transfer collision could elevate the number density of the corresponding excited levels by a factor of ca.104. The Boltzmann plots give important information on the reason why a variety of iron ionic lines can be emitted from glow discharge plasmas.

  19. Numerical study of the effect of gas temperature on the time for onset of particle nucleation in argon-silane low-pressure plasmas

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    Particle nucleation in silane plasmas has attracted interest for the past decade, both due to the basic problems of plasma chemistry involved and the importance of silane plasmas for many applications. A better understanding of particle nucleation may facilitate the avoidance of undesirable particle contamination as well as enable the controlled production of nanoparticles for novel applications. While understanding of particle nucleation has significantly advanced over the past years, a number of questions have not been resolved. Among these is the delay of particle nucleation with an increasing gas temperature, which has been observed in experiments in argon-silane plasmas. We have developed a quasi-one-dimensional model to simulate particle nucleation and growth in silane containing plasmas. In this paper we present a comparative study of the various effects that have been proposed as explanations for the nucleation delay. Our results suggest that the temperature dependence of the Brownian diffusion coefficient is the most important effect, as diffusion affects both the loss rate and growth rate of particles

  20. Comparison of Computed and Measured Performance of a Pulsed Inductive Thruster Operating on Argon Propellant

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    Polzin, Kurt A.; Sankaran, Kameshwaran; Ritchie, Andrew G.; Peneau, Jarred P.

    2012-01-01

    Pulsed inductive plasma accelerators are electrodeless space propulsion devices where a capacitor is charged to an initial voltage and then discharged through a coil as a high-current pulse that inductively couples energy into the propellant. The field produced by this pulse ionizes the propellant, producing a plasma near the face of the coil. Once a plasma is formed if can be accelerated and expelled at a high exhaust velocity by the Lorentz force arising from the interaction of an induced plasma current and the magnetic field. A recent review of the developmental history of planar-geometry pulsed inductive thrusters, where the coil take the shape of a flat spiral, can be found in Ref. [1]. Two concepts that have employed this geometry are the Pulsed Inductive Thruster (PIT)[2, 3] and the Faraday Accelerator with Radio-frequency Assisted Discharge (FARAD)[4]. There exists a 1-D pulsed inductive acceleration model that employs a set of circuit equations coupled to a one-dimensional momentum equation. The model was originally developed and used by Lovberg and Dailey[2, 3] and has since been nondimensionalized and used by Polzin et al.[5, 6] to define a set of scaling parameters and gain general insight into their effect on thruster performance. The circuit presented in Fig. 1 provides a description of the electrical coupling between the current flowing in the thruster I1 and the plasma current I2. Recently, the model was upgraded to include an equation governing the deposition of energy into various modes present in a pulsed inductive thruster system (acceleration, magnetic flux generation, resistive heating, etc.)[7]. An MHD description of the plasma energy density evolution was tailored to the thruster geometry by assuming only one-dimensional motion and averaging the plasma properties over the spatial dimensions of the current sheet to obtain an equation for the time-evolution of the total energy. The equation set governing the dynamics of the coupled

  1. Plasma density measurement using ion probes

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    The study reports the plasma density measurement employing simple ion probes. Ion flux probes are used to determine if the extraction process of an electron beam is source limited in a cold cathode e-beam source. The probes indicate the approximate order in the magnitude of plasma density. However, in spite of this indication, there is a variation of the measured plasma density from a shot-to-shot. The simple ion probes offer a quick evaluation of the plasma gun when a plasma density in the order of 1013 cm-3 at the anode-cathode gap region is anticipated. The velocities of plasma maxima were found to be approximately 1,4 to 5 cm/μs (Author)

  2. Flowing dusty plasma experiments: Generation of flow and measurement techniques

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    Jaiswal, S; Sen, A

    2016-01-01

    A variety of experimental techniques for the generation of subsonic/supersonic dust fluid flows and means of measuring such flow velocities are presented. The experiments have been carried out in a $\\Pi-$shaped Dusty Plasma Experimental (DPEx) device with micron size kaolin/Melamine Formaldehyde (MF) particles embedded in a background of Argon plasma created by a direct current (DC) glow discharge. A stationary dust cloud is formed over the cathode region by precisely balancing the pumping speed and gas flow rate. A flow of dust particles/fluid is generated by additional gas injection from a single or dual locations or by altering the dust confining potential. The flow velocity is then estimated by three different techniques, namely, by super Particle Identification (sPIT) code, Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) analysis and the excitation of Dust Acoustic Waves (DAWs). The results obtained from these three different techniques along with their merits and demerits are discussed. An estimation of the neutral dr...

  3. Ion acoustic wave velocity measurement of the concentration of two ion species in a multi-dipole plasma

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    The concentration of two species in a multi-dipole plasma was determined by measuring the ion acoustic wave group velocity and the electron temperature. The wave was launched from a grid immersed in the plasma and was detected by a Langmuir probe. Electron temperature was found separately from an I--V characteristic trace. The measurements were performed in helium/xenon and argon/xenon plasmas. Typical parameters of the plasma were Te∼0.5--3eV, density 1010cm-3, plasma potential of 3--5 V, and pressure range from 1 to 20 mTorr. The accuracy of the measurement was from 2% to 4% depending on the mass difference between the two species and how accurately the group velocity and electron temperature are measured

  4. Measurement of electron-impact excitation into the 3p54p levels of argon using Fourier-transform spectroscopy

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    To experimentally determine electron-impact excitation cross sections with the optical method, it is necessary to measure all transitions out of a level (the apparent cross sections), as well as the cascades into the level. In the case of the ten 3p54p levels of argon, the emissions to lower levels lie in the visible and near infrared (660 endash 1150 nm) and are hence observable with a monochromator endash photomultiplier-tube (PMT) system. A Fourier-transform spectrometer (FTS) allows us to measure the previously uninvestigated cascades that lie in the infrared. For the incident electron energy range between onset and 300 eV, we have measured the apparent cross sections with a monochromator-PMT system, and the cascade cross sections with a weak emission FTS system. The magnitude of both the apparent and cascade cross sections increases with target gas pressure due to radiation trapping effects. By subtracting the cascade contributions from the apparent cross sections, we have determined the direct cross sections and verified that they do not vary with pressure in the 0.5 endash 4-mTorr pressure range considered here. copyright 1998 The American Physical Society

  5. A new flexible DBD device for treating infected wounds: in vitro and ex vivo evaluation and comparison with a RF argon plasma jet

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    Boekema, B. K. H. L.; Vlig, M.; Guijt, D.; Hijnen, K.; Hofmann, S.; Smits, P.; Sobota, A.; van Veldhuizen, E. M.; Bruggeman, P.; Middelkoop, E.

    2016-02-01

    Cold plasma has been shown to provide a promising alternative antimicrobial treatment for wound healing. We developed and tested a flexible surface dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) and compared it to an argon gas based plasma jet operated remotely with a distance between plasma plume and sample of 8 mm. Tests were conducted using different models: on cultured cells, on ex vivo human skin and on bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa) (on agar, in suspension, in collagen/elastin matrix or on ex vivo human skin), allowing us to directly compare bactericidal with safety aspects under identical conditions. Both plasma devices were highly efficient when used on bacteria in non-buffered solutions, but DBD was faster in reaching the maximum bacterial reduction. Treatment of bacteria on intact skin with DBD resulted in up to 6 log reductions in 3 min. The jet was far less efficient on intact skin. Even after 8 min treatment no more than 2 log reductions were obtained with the jet. Treatment of bacteria in burn wound models with DBD for 6 min resulted in a 4.5 log reduction. Even when using DBD for 6 min on infected burn wound models with colonizing or biofilm phase bacteria, the log reductions were 3.8 or 3.2 respectively. DBD plasma treatment for 6 min did not affect fibroblast viability, whereas a treatment for 8 min was detrimental. Similarly, treatment with DBD or plasma jet for 6 min did also not affect the metabolic activity of skin biopsies. After treatment for 8 min with DBD or plasma jet, 78% or 60% of activity in skin biopsies remained, respectively. Multiple treatments of in vitro burn wound models with surface DBD for 6 min or with plasma jet for 8 min did not affect re-epithelialization. With the flexible surface DBD plasma strip we were able to quickly inactivate large numbers of bacteria on and in skin. Under the same conditions, viability of skin cells or re-epithelialization was not affected. The DBD source has potential for treating

  6. A new flexible DBD device for treating infected wounds: in vitro and ex vivo evaluation and comparison with a RF argon plasma jet

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    Cold plasma has been shown to provide a promising alternative antimicrobial treatment for wound healing. We developed and tested a flexible surface dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) and compared it to an argon gas based plasma jet operated remotely with a distance between plasma plume and sample of 8 mm. Tests were conducted using different models: on cultured cells, on ex vivo human skin and on bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa) (on agar, in suspension, in collagen/elastin matrix or on ex vivo human skin), allowing us to directly compare bactericidal with safety aspects under identical conditions. Both plasma devices were highly efficient when used on bacteria in non-buffered solutions, but DBD was faster in reaching the maximum bacterial reduction. Treatment of bacteria on intact skin with DBD resulted in up to 6 log reductions in 3 min. The jet was far less efficient on intact skin. Even after 8 min treatment no more than 2 log reductions were obtained with the jet. Treatment of bacteria in burn wound models with DBD for 6 min resulted in a 4.5 log reduction. Even when using DBD for 6 min on infected burn wound models with colonizing or biofilm phase bacteria, the log reductions were 3.8 or 3.2 respectively. DBD plasma treatment for 6 min did not affect fibroblast viability, whereas a treatment for 8 min was detrimental. Similarly, treatment with DBD or plasma jet for 6 min did also not affect the metabolic activity of skin biopsies. After treatment for 8 min with DBD or plasma jet, 78% or 60% of activity in skin biopsies remained, respectively. Multiple treatments of in vitro burn wound models with surface DBD for 6 min or with plasma jet for 8 min did not affect re-epithelialization. With the flexible surface DBD plasma strip we were able to quickly inactivate large numbers of bacteria on and in skin. Under the same conditions, viability of skin cells or re-epithelialization was not affected. The DBD source has potential for treating

  7. Precise Charge Measurement For Laser Plasma Accelerators

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    Cross-calibrations of charge diagnostics are conducted to verify their validity for measuring electron beams produced by laser plasma accelerators (LPAs). Employed diagnostics are a scintillating screen, activation based measurement, and integrating current transformer. The diagnostics agreed within ±8 %, showing that they can provide accurate charge measurements for LPAs provided they are used properly.

  8. Specrtoscopic study of a thermal plasma jet generated by a hybrid water-argon stabilized DC arc torch

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    Sember, Viktor

    New York : Begell House, Inc., 2003 - (Fauchais, P.), s. 41-46 ISBN 1-56700-192-0 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/01/1563 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2043910 Keywords : plasma jet, spectroscopy, mixing Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  9. Spectroscopic study of thermal plasma jet generated by a hybrid water-argon stabilized DC arc torch

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    Sember, Viktor

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 7, č. 1 (2003), s. 17-22. ISSN 1093-3611 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KSK2043105; GA ČR GA202/01/1563 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2043910 Keywords : plasma jet, spectroscopy, mixing Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics Impact factor: 0.116, year: 2003

  10. A G/NARRLI Effort. Measuring the Ionization Yield of Low-Energy Nuclear Recoils in Liquid Argon

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    Joshi, Tenzing Henry Yatish [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2014-01-01

    Liquid argon has long been used for particle detection due to its attractive drift properties, ample abundance, and reasonable density. The response of liquid argon to lowenergy O(102 -1044 eV) interactions is, however, largely unexplored. Weakly interacting massive particles such as neutrinos and hypothetical dark-matter particles (WIMPs) are predicted to coherently scatter on atomic nuclei, leaving only an isolated low-energy nuclear recoil as evidence. The response of liquid argon to low-energy nuclear recoils must be studied to determine the sensitivity of liquid argon based detectors to these unobserved interactions. Detectors sensitive to coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering may be used to monitor nuclear reactors from a distance, to detect neutrinos from supernova, and to test the predicted behavior of neutrinos. Additionally, direct detection of hypothetical weakly interacting dark matter would be a large step toward understanding the substance that accounts for nearly 27% of the universe. In this dissertation I discuss a small dual-phase (liquid-gas) argon proportional scintillation counter built to study the low-energy regime and several novel calibration and characterization techniques developed to study the response of liquid argon to low-energy O(102 -104 eV) interactions.

  11. The Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator

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    Adamowski, M.; Carls, B.; Dvorak, E.; Hahn, A.; Jaskierny, W.; Johnson, C.; Jostlein, H.; Kendziora, C.; Lockwitz, S.; Pahlka, B.; Plunkett, R.; Pordes, S.; Rebel, B.; Schmitt, R.; Stancari, M.; Tope, T.; Voirin, E.; Yang, T.

    2014-07-01

    The Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator was an R&D test stand designed to determine if electron drift lifetimes adequate for large neutrino detectors could be achieved without first evacuating the cryostat. We describe here the cryogenic system, its operations, and the apparatus used to determine the contaminant levels in the argon and to measure the electron drift lifetime. The liquid purity obtained by this system was facilitated by a gaseous argon purge. Additionally, gaseous impurities from the ullage were prevented from entering the liquid at the gas-liquid interface by condensing the gas and filtering the resulting liquid before returning to the cryostat. The measured electron drift lifetime in this test was greater than 6 ms, sustained over several periods of many weeks. Measurements of the temperature profile in the argon, to assess convective flow and boiling, were also made and are compared to simulation.

  12. The Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator

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    Adamowski, M; Dvorak, E; Hahn, A; Jaskierny, W; Johnson, C; Jostlein, H; Kendziora, C; Lockwitz, S; Pahlka, B; Plunkett, R; Pordes, S; Rebel, B; Schmitt, R; Stancari, M; Tope, T; Voirin, E; Yang, T

    2014-01-01

    The Liquid Argon Purity Demonstrator was an R&D test stand designed to determine if electron drift lifetimes adequate for large neutrino detectors could be achieved without first evacuating the cryostat. We describe here the cryogenic system, its operations, and the apparatus used to determine the contaminant levels in the argon and to measure the electron drift lifetime. The liquid purity obtained by this system was facilitated by a gaseous argon purge. Additionally, gaseous impurities from the ullage were prevented from entering the liquid at the gas-liquid interface by condensing the gas and filtering the resulting liquid before returning to the cryostat. The measured electron drift lifetime in this test was greater than 6 ms, sustained over several periods of many weeks. Measurements of the temperature profile in the argon, to assess convective flow and boiling, were also made and are compared to simulation.

  13. Study of infrared scintillations in gaseous and liquid argon - Part I: methodology and time measurements

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    Bondar, A; Dolgov, A; Grebenuk, A; Shemyakina, E; Sokolov, A

    2012-01-01

    A methodology to measure Near Infrared (NIR) scintillations in gaseous and liquid Ar, using Geiger-mode APDs (GAPDs) sensitive in the NIR and pulsed X-ray irradiation, is described. This study has been triggered by the development of Cryogenic Avalanche Detectors (CRADs) with optical readout in the NIR using combined THGEM/GAPD multiplier, which may come to be in demand in coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering and dark matter search experiments. A new approach to measure the NIR scintillation yield at cryogenic temperatures has been developed, namely using GAPDs in single photoelectron counting mode with time resolution. The time structure of NIR scintillations and their light yield were measured both for primary scintillations and that of secondary at moderate electric fields (electroluminescence), in gaseous and liquid Ar.

  14. 21 CFR 868.1075 - Argon gas analyzer.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Argon gas analyzer. 868.1075 Section 868.1075 Food... DEVICES ANESTHESIOLOGY DEVICES Diagnostic Devices § 868.1075 Argon gas analyzer. (a) Identification. An argon gas analyzer is a device intended to measure the concentration of argon in a gas mixture to aid...

  15. Spectroscopic diagnostic of an argon-hydrogen RF inductive thermal plasma torch at atmospheric pressure used for silicon hydrogenation

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    Hydrogenation of silicon materials has great advantages for its photovoltaic properties and is the key to elimination of crystalline defects during basaltic growth of the crystal. It is therefore interesting to characterize the plasma by optical emission spectroscopy methods in order to study hydrogenation of silicon particles during their treatment by an inductive thermal plasma burning in the Ar-H2 mixture. Excited states of atomic hydrogen n'=3-8, which are responsible for silicon hydrogenation, have been detected by the optical emission spectroscopy of the Balmer series lines. These hydrogen lines have been used to determine electronic density on the plasma axis. Furthermore, Ar I lines were used to estimate the electronic temperature by the Boltzmann plot method. The deviation from the local thermodynamic equilibrium of the plasma has also been estimated. (author)

  16. Technique of production of argon-37 at proton cyclotron and detector for measurements

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    Romazanov, Askerbek

    2015-01-01

    The technology of production of the isotope Ar-37 at proton cyclotron is developed. It is based on irradiation of the Cl-37 target with the protons of energy of a few a MeV. The example of production of tiny amount of Ar-37 is described and discussed. The detectors to measure the intensity of the sample is discussed.

  17. Electron density measurements in highly electronegative plasmas

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    Rafalskyi, D.; Lafleur, T.; Aanesland, A.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper we present experimental measurements of the electron density in very electronegative ‘ion–ion’ Ar–SF6 plasmas where previous investigations using Langmuir probes have observed electronegativities of up to 5000. The electron density is measured using a short matched dipole probe technique that provides a tolerance better than  ±2 · 1013 m‑3. The results demonstrate that the electron density in the low pressure plasma source (which contains a magnetic filter) can be reduced to around 2.7 · 1013 m‑3 with a corresponding plasma electronegativity of about 4000; close to that from fluid simulation predictions. The highest electronegativity, and lowest electron density, is achieved with a pure SF6 plasma, while adding only 6% SF6 to Ar allows the electronegativity to be increased from 0 to a few hundred with a corresponding decrease in the electron density by more than a thousand. The impedance probe based on a short matched dipole appears to be a practical diagnostic that can be used for independent measurements of the electron density in very electronegative plasmas, and opens up the possibility to further investigate and optimize electronegative plasma sources.

  18. Watermelon stomach: clinical aspects and treatment with argon plasma coagulation Ectasia vascular do antro gástrico ("watermelon stomach": aspectos clínicos e tratamento com coagulação com plasma de argônio

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    Dalton M. Chaves

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Gastric antral vascular ectasia is a disorder whose pathogenetic mechanism is unknown. The endoscopic treatment with argon plasma coagulation has been considered one of the best endoscopic therapeutic options. AIM: To analyze the endoscopic and clinical features of gastric antral vascular ectasia and its response to the argon plasma coagulation treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eighteen patients were studied and classified into two groups: group 1 - whose endoscopic aspect was striped (watermelon or of the diffuse confluent type; group 2 - diffuse spotty nonconfluent endoscopic aspect. RESULTS: Group 1 with eight patients, all having autoimmune antibodies, but one, whose antibodies were not searched for. Three were cirrhotic and three had hypothyroidism. All had gastric mucosa atrophy. In group 2, with 10 patients, all had non-immune liver disease, with platelet levels below 90.000. Ten patients were submitted to argon plasma coagulation treatment, with 2 to 36 months of follow-up. Lesions recurred in all patients who remained in the follow-up program and one did not respond to treatment for acute bleeding control. CONCLUSION: There seem to be two distinct groups of patients with gastric antral vascular ectasia: one related to immunologic disorders and other to non-immune chronic liver disease and low platelets. The endoscopic treatment using argon plasma coagulation had a high recurrence in the long-term evaluation.RACIONAL: "Watermelon stomach" ou ectasia vascular do antro gástrico é uma doença de etiopatogenia desconhecida. O tratamento endoscópico através da coagulação com plasma de argônio é considerado uma das melhores opções terapêuticas. OBJETIVO: Analisar os aspectos clínicos e endoscópicos da ectasia vascular do antro gástrico e a resposta ao tratamento com coagulação com plasma de argônio. PACIENTES E MÉTODOS: Dezoito pacientes foram estudados e classificados em dois grupos: grupo I - oito pacientes que

  19. Measurement of neutral gas temperature in a 13.56 MHz inductively coupled plasma

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    Jayapalan, Kanesh K.; Chin, Oi Hoong [Plasma Technology Research Centre, Department of Physics, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2015-04-24

    Measuring the temperature of neutrals in inductively coupled plasmas (ICP) is important as heating of neutral particles will influence plasma characteristics such as the spatial distributions of plasma density and electron temperature. Neutral gas temperatures were deduced using a non-invasive technique that combines gas actinometry, optical emission spectroscopy and simulation which is described here. Argon gas temperature in a 13.56 MHz ICP were found to fall within the range of 500 − 800 K for input power of 140 − 200 W and pressure of 0.05 − 0.2 mbar. Comparing spectrometers with 0.2 nm and 0.5 nm resolution, improved fitting sensitivity was observed for the 0.2 nm resolution.

  20. Transfer ionization cross-sections measured in collisions of highly charged argon ions with neon target

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    MA; Xinwen(马新文); LIU; Huiping; (刘惠萍); CHEN; Ximeng; (陈熙萌); YANG; Zhihu; (杨治虎); SHEN; Ziyong; (申自勇); WANG; Youde; (王友德); YU; Deyang; (于得洋); CAI; Xiaohong; (蔡晓红); LIU; Zhaoyuan; (刘兆远)

    2003-01-01

    Multiple electron transfer processes are studied for Arq+ + Ne (q = 8, 9, 11, 12) collisions by using multi-parameter coincidence techniques. Various electron transfer processes are identified experimentally and the related cross-sections are measured. The dependence of transfer ionization cross-sections on the recoil charge states is compared with the results from the modified molecular classical overbarrier model. It is found that the modified model described the experimental results reasonably.

  1. Measurement of Townsend's Secondary Ionization Coefficient of MgO Film in Argon

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    Suzuki, Susumu; Konno, Kazuya; Itoh, Haruo

    Townsend's secondary ionization coefficients γ of MgO in Ar are determined from the breakdown voltages and the Townsend's criterion. Breakdown voltages on MgO film are measured by the both wave forms, discharge current and applied voltage between the electrodes on the oscilloscope. According to the experimental procedure, γ of gold film and stainless steel electrodes are determined and compared with other experimental values. After the confirmation of the validity of those results, we have carried out the determination for γ of MgO. Furthermore, the influence of heating effect of MgO film to the value of γ is also discussed.

  2. Plasma surface modification of polystyrene and polyethylene

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    Guruvenket, S; Rao, Mohan G; Komath, Manoj; Raichur, Ashok M.

    2004-01-01

    Polystyrene (PS) and polyethylene (PE) samples were treated with argon and oxygen plasmas. Microwave electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) was used to generate the argon and oxygen plasmas and these plasmas were used to modify the surface of the polymers. The samples were processed at different microwave powers and treatment time and the surface modification of the polymer was evaluated by measuring the water contact angle of the samples before and after the modification.Decrease in the contact ...

  3. Argon intermolecular potential from a measurement of the total scattering cross-section

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    An inversion method to obtain accurate intermolecular potentials from experimental total cross section measurements is presented. This method is based on the high energy Massey--Smith approximation. The attractive portion of the potential is represented by a multi-parameter spline function and the repulsive part by a Morse function. The best fit potential is obtained by a least squares minimization based on comparison of experimental cross sections with those obtained by a Fourier transform of the reduced Massey--Smith phase shift curve. An experimental method was developed to obtain the total cross sections needed for the above inversion procedure. In this technique, integral cross sections are measured at various resolutions and the total cross section is obtained by extrapolating to infinite resolution. Experimental results obtained for the Ar--Ar system are in excellent agreement with total cross sections calculated using the Barker-Fisher-Watts potential. Inversion of the data to obtain a potential distinguishable from the BFW-potential requires an extension of the method based on the Massey--Smith approximation to permit use of JWKB phase shifts and was not attempted

  4. Measurement of the O2 Dissociation Fraction in RF Low Pressure O2/Ar Plasma Using Optical Emission Spectrometry

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    Measurement of the oxygen dissociation fraction in RF low pressure oxygen/argon plasma using optical emission spectrometry is presented. The oxygen dissociation fraction and its evolutions as functions of operational parameters were determined using argon as the actinometer. At a pressure of 30 Pa, the oxygen dissociation fraction decreased from 13.4% to 9.5% as the input power increased from 10 W to 70 W. At an input power of 50 W, the oxygen dissociation fraction decreased from 12.3% to 7.7% when the gas pressure increased from 10 Pa to 40 Pa. The influences of operational parameters on the generation of atomic oxygen were also discussed. (low temperature plasma)

  5. Miniaturized Energy Spectrometer for Space Plasma Measurements

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    Goes de Lima, Raphaela; Scime, Earl; Keesee, Amy; Lusk, Greg

    2015-11-01

    Taking advantage of technological developments in lithographic fabrication techniques over the past two decades, we have designed an ultra-compact plasma spectrometer that requires only low voltage power supplies, no microchannel plates, and has a high aperture area to instrument area ratio. The designed target is for ions in the 3- 20 keV range with a highly directional field of view. In addition to reducing mass, size, and voltage requirements, the new design will revolutionize the manufacturing process of plasma spectrometers, enabling large quantities of identical instruments to be manufactured at low individual unit cost. Such a plasma spectrometer is ideal for Heliophysics plasma investigations, particularly for small satellite and multi-spacecraft missions. Here we present initial measurements of the performance of the instrument components and designs of the electronics for the low energy threshold solid state detector. Work Support under NASA grant - NNX14AJ36G.

  6. Photocatalytic property of titanium dioxide thin films deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering in argon and water vapour plasma

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    Sirghi, L.; Hatanaka, Y.; Sakaguchi, K.

    2015-10-01

    The present work is investigating the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 thin films deposited by radiofrequency magnetron sputtering of a pure TiO2 target in Ar and Ar/H2O (pressure ratio 40/3) plasmas. Optical absorption, structure, surface morphology and chemical structure of the deposited films were comparatively studied. The films were amorphous and included a large amount of hydroxyl groups (about 5% of oxygen atoms were bounded to hydrogen) irrespective of the intentional content of water in the deposition chamber. Incorporation of hydroxyl groups in the film deposited in pure Ar plasma is explained as contamination of the working gas with water molecules desorbed by plasma from the deposition chamber walls. However, intentional input of water vapour into the discharge chamber decreased the deposition speed and roughness of the deposited films. The good photocatalytic activity of the deposited films could be attributed hydroxyl groups in their structures.

  7. Electron density measurements for plasma adaptive optics

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    Neiswander, Brian W.

    Over the past 40 years, there has been growing interest in both laser communications and directed energy weapons that operate from moving aircraft. As a laser beam propagates from an aircraft in flight, it passes through boundary layers, turbulence, and shear layers in the near-region of the aircraft. These fluid instabilities cause strong density gradients which adversely affect the transmission of laser energy to a target. Adaptive optics provides corrective measures for this problem but current technology cannot respond quickly enough to be useful for high speed flight conditions. This research investigated the use of plasma as a medium for adaptive optics for aero-optics applications. When a laser beam passes through plasma, its phase is shifted proportionally to the electron density and gas heating within the plasma. As a result, plasma can be utilized as a dynamically controllable optical medium. Experiments were carried out using a cylindrical dielectric barrier discharge plasma chamber which generated a sub-atmospheric pressure, low-temperature plasma. An electrostatic model of this design was developed and revealed an important design constraint relating to the geometry of the chamber. Optical diagnostic techniques were used to characterize the plasma discharge. Single-wavelength interferometric experiments were performed and demonstrated up to 1.5 microns of optical path difference (OPD) in a 633 nm laser beam. Dual-wavelength interferometry was used to obtain time-resolved profiles of the plasma electron density and gas heating inside the plasma chamber. Furthermore, a new multi-wavelength infrared diagnostic technique was developed and proof-of-concept simulations were conducted to demonstrate the system's capabilities.

  8. Temporally resolved ozone distribution of a time modulated RF atmospheric pressure argon plasma jet: flow, chemical reaction, and transient vortex

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    Zhang, S.; Sobota, A.; van Veldhuizen, E. M.; Bruggeman, P. J.

    2015-08-01

    The ozone density distribution in the effluent of a time modulated RF atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) is investigated by time and spatially resolved by UV absorption spectroscopy. The plasma jet is operated with an averaged dissipated power of 6.5 W and gas flow rate 2 slm argon  +2% O2. The modulation frequency of the RF power is 50 Hz with a duty cycle of 50%. To investigate the production and destruction mechanism of ozone in the plasma effluent, the atomic oxygen and gas temperature is also obtained by TALIF and Rayleigh scattering, respectively. A temporal increase in ozone density is observed close to the quartz tube exit when the plasma is switched off due to the decrease in O density and gas temperature. Ozone absorption at different axial positions indicates that the ozone distribution is dominated by the convection induced by the gas flow and allows estimating the on-axis local gas velocity in the jet effluent. Transient vortex structures occurring during the switch on and off of the RF power also significantly affect the ozone density in the far effluent.

  9. Measurement of energy distributions of secondary electrons ejected from argon by fast electrons. [Differential cross sections, 11 to 10 keV

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    Vroom, D.A.; Palmer, R.L.; McGowan, J.W.

    1977-01-15

    Energy distributions of secondary electrons emitted in the ionization of argon by fast electrons have been measured. Their spectra and single and double differential cross sections were obtained for electron impact energies ranging from 1 to 10 keV, and electrons ejected with energies up to 300 eV. Where possible, the results are compared with existing experimental data and with theoretical calculations. (AIP)

  10. Measurements and modeling of the impact of weak magnetic fields on the plasma properties of a planar slot antenna driven plasma source

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    The radial line slot antenna plasma source is a type of surface wave plasma source driven by a planar slot antenna. Microwave power is transmitted through a slot antenna structure and dielectric window to a plasma characterized by a generation zone adjacent to the window and a diffusion zone that contacts a substrate. The diffusion zone is characterized by a very low electron temperature. This renders the source useful for soft etch applications and thin film deposition processes requiring low ion energy. Another property of the diffusion zone is that the plasma density tends to decrease from the axis to the walls under the action of ambipolar diffusion at distances far from where the plasma is generated. A previous simulation study [Yoshikawa and. Ventzek, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 31, 031306 (2013)] predicted that the anisotropy in transport parameters due to weak static magnetic fields less than 50 G could be leveraged to manipulate the plasma profile in the radial direction. These simulations motivated experimental tests in which weak magnetic fields were applied to a radial line slot antenna source. Plasma absorption probe measurements of electron density and etch rate showed that the magnetic fields remote from the wafer were able to manipulate both parameters. A summary of these results is presented in this paper. Argon plasma simulation trends are compared with experimental plasma and etch rate measurements. A test of the impact of magnetic fields on charge up damage showed no perceptible negative effect

  11. Measurements and modeling of the impact of weak magnetic fields on the plasma properties of a planar slot antenna driven plasma source

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    Yoshikawa, Jun, E-mail: jun.yoshikawa@tel.com; Susa, Yoshio; Ventzek, Peter L. G. [Tokyo Electron Ltd., Akasaka Biz Tower, 3-1 Akasaka 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-6325 (Japan)

    2015-05-15

    The radial line slot antenna plasma source is a type of surface wave plasma source driven by a planar slot antenna. Microwave power is transmitted through a slot antenna structure and dielectric window to a plasma characterized by a generation zone adjacent to the window and a diffusion zone that contacts a substrate. The diffusion zone is characterized by a very low electron temperature. This renders the source useful for soft etch applications and thin film deposition processes requiring low ion energy. Another property of the diffusion zone is that the plasma density tends to decrease from the axis to the walls under the action of ambipolar diffusion at distances far from where the plasma is generated. A previous simulation study [Yoshikawa and. Ventzek, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 31, 031306 (2013)] predicted that the anisotropy in transport parameters due to weak static magnetic fields less than 50 G could be leveraged to manipulate the plasma profile in the radial direction. These simulations motivated experimental tests in which weak magnetic fields were applied to a radial line slot antenna source. Plasma absorption probe measurements of electron density and etch rate showed that the magnetic fields remote from the wafer were able to manipulate both parameters. A summary of these results is presented in this paper. Argon plasma simulation trends are compared with experimental plasma and etch rate measurements. A test of the impact of magnetic fields on charge up damage showed no perceptible negative effect.

  12. Detailed beam and plasma measurements on the vessel for extraction and source plasma analyses (VESPA) Penning H{sup −} ion source

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    Lawrie, S. R., E-mail: scott.lawrie@stfc.ac.uk [STFC ISIS Pulsed Spallation Neutron and Muon Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxford (United Kingdom); John Adams Institute of Accelerator Science, University of Oxford, Oxford (United Kingdom); Faircloth, D. C.; Letchford, A. P.; Whitehead, M. O.; Wood, T. [STFC ISIS Pulsed Spallation Neutron and Muon Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxford (United Kingdom)

    2016-02-15

    A vessel for extraction and source plasma analyses (VESPA) is operational at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). This project supports and guides the overall ion source R&D effort for the ISIS spallation neutron and muon facility at RAL. The VESPA produces 100 mA of pulsed H{sup −} beam, but perveance scans indicate that the source is production-limited at extraction voltages above 12 kV unless the arc current is increased. A high resolution optical monochromator is used to measure plasma properties using argon as a diagnostic gas. The atomic hydrogen temperature increases linearly with arc current, up to 2.8 eV for 50 A; whereas the electron temperature has a slight linear decrease toward 2.2 eV. The gas density is 10{sup 21} m{sup −3}, whilst the electron density is two orders of magnitude lower. Densities follow square root relationships with arc current, with gas density decreasing whilst electron (and hence ion) density increases. Stopping and range of ions in matter calculations prove that operating a high current arc with an argon admixture is extremely difficult because cathode-coated cesium is heavily sputtered by argon.

  13. Permeation barrier performance of Hot Wire-CVD grown silicon-nitride films treated by argon plasma

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    Majee, S.; Cerqueira, M. F.; Tondelier, D.; Vanel, J. C.; Geffroy, B.; Bonnassieux, Y.; Alpuim, P.; Bourée, J. E.

    2015-01-01

    In this work SiNx thin films have been deposited by Hot-Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition (HW-CVD) technique to be used as encapsulation barriers for flexible organic electronic devices fabricated on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates. First results of SiNx multilayers stacked and stacks of SiNx single-layers (50 nm each) separated by an Ar-plasma surface treatment are reported. The encapsulation barrier properties of these different multilayers are assessed using the electrical calcium...

  14. Departure from Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium in argon plasmas sustained in a Torche à Injection Axiale sur Guide d'Ondes

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    Plasma torches are suitable plasma sources for a wide range of applications. The capability of these discharges to produce processes like sample excitation or decomposition of molecules inside them depends on the density of the plasma species and their energies (temperatures). The relation between these parameters determines the specific state of thermodynamic equilibrium in the discharge. Thus, the understanding of plasma possibilities for application purposes is related to the knowledge of the plasma thermodynamic equilibrium degree. In this paper a discussion about the equilibrium state for Ar plasmas generated by using a Torche à Injection Axiale sur Guide d'Ondes, TIAGO device, is presented. Emission spectroscopy techniques were used to measure gas temperature and electron density at the exit of the nozzle torch and along the dart. Boltzmann-plots as well as bp parameters were calculated to characterize the type and degree of departure from partial Local Saha Equilibrium (pLSE). This study indicates that the closer situation to Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium (LTE) of the plasma corresponds to larger Ar flows which highlights the importance of the nitrogen (atmosphere surrounding the plasma) in the kinetics of Ar-TIAGO discharges. - Highlights: • Discharges sustained in Ar using a TIAGO Torch show a significant departure from Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium. • Nitrogen entrance from surrounding air highly influences Thermodynamic Equilibrium. • Departure from LTE has been studied by means of Boltzmann plots and bp parameters. • The discharge is ionizing at the nozzle exit plasma, while along the dart it becomes recombining

  15. Diffraction tomography for plasma refractive index measurements

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    Measurement of the properties of probing beams of coherent electromagnetic radiation yields essential information about the line of sight integrated plasma refractive index. Presented is a scalar diffraction treatment of forward angle scattering plasma diagnostics based on the diffraction projection theorem first presented by E. Wolf in 1969. New results are obtained for near field scattering from probing Gaussian beams and it is demonstrated that the effects of diffraction need to be addressed for tomographic inversion of near field scattering and interferometry data. 33 refs., 10 figs

  16. Hydrogen incorporation into metal deposits forming from tungsten or stainless steel by sputtering under mixed hydrogen and argon plasma at elevated temperature

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    Katayama, Kazunari, E-mail: kadzu@nucl.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, 6-10-1, Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan); Ohnishi, Yasuhito; Honda, Takuya [Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, 6-10-1, Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan); Uehara, Keiichiro [Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, 6-10-1, Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan); Fukada, Satoshi; Nishikawa, Masabumi [Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, 6-10-1, Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan); Ashikawa, Naoko; Uda, Tatsuhiko [National Institute for Fusion Science, Oroshi, Toki 509-5292 (Japan)

    2013-07-15

    The influence of the deposition conditions on hydrogen incorporation into metal deposits was investigated by exposing tungsten (W) or stainless steel (SS) to mixed hydrogen and argon plasma. The sputtering yield of SS was lower than expected from a sputtering yield of iron and was close to that of Mo. The hydrogen incorporated into the W deposits was released by heating up to 600 °C. On the other hand, the release of hydrogen from the SS deposits continued until 1000 °C. The H/W ratio in the W deposits decreased with decreasing the H/W flux ratio toward the growing surface and increasing substrate temperature. The H/W ratio in the W deposit formed at 500 °C was 0.005. The H/Metal ratio in the SS deposits was varied in the range between 0.03 and 0.3 depending on the target bias but the influences of the H/Metal flux ratio and substrate temperature were not observed.

  17. Comparison of Hemostatic Efficacy of Argon Plasma Coagulation with and without Distilled Water Injection in Treating High-Risk Bleeding Ulcers

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    Yuan-Rung Li

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Argon plasma coagulation (APC is useful to treat upper gastrointestinal bleeding, but its hemostatic efficacy has received little attention. Aims. This investigation attempted to determine whether additional endoscopic injection before APC could improve hemostatic efficacy in treating high-risk bleeding ulcers. Methods. From January 2007 to April 2011, adult patients with high-risk bleeding ulcers were included. This investigation compared APC plus distilled water injection (combined group to APC alone for treating high-risk bleeding ulcers. Outcomes were assessed based on initial hemostasis, surgery, blood transfusion, hospital stay, rebleeding, and mortality at 30 days posttreatment. Results. Totally 120 selected patients were analyzed. Initial hemostasis was accomplished in 59 patients treated with combined therapy and 57 patients treated with APC alone. No significant differences were noted between these groups in recurred bleeding, emergency surgery, 30-day mortality, hospital stay, or transfusion requirements. Comparing the combined end point of mortality plus the failure of initial hemostasis, rebleeding, and the need for surgery revealed an advantage for the combined group (P=0.040. Conclusions. Endoscopic therapy with APC plus distilled water injection was no more effective than APC alone in treating high-risk bleeding ulcers, whereas combined therapy was potentially superior for patients with poor overall outcomes.

  18. Plasma flow measurements with Mach probe

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    A Mach probe is studied as a simple method to measure the plasma flow velocity (Mach number) along magnetic field lines. The probe was located behind the separator, which is movable along the field line, to avoid a recycling-like phenomenon that occurs owing to the plasma striking the separator. From the ratio of ion currents to the probe with to without the separator, the Mach number was deduced by applying a theory proposed by Chung. Even though the theory is not necessarily satisfactory for approximation of the viscosity term in fluid equations, the Mach number obtained from the Mach probe is compared fairly well with the real Mach number which was obtained from dispersion relations of the shear Alfven wave drifting along or against the plasma flow. (author)

  19. Liquid argon neutrino detectors

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    Battistoni, G

    2001-01-01

    The liquid argon imaging technique, as proposed for the ICARUS detector, offers the possibility to perform complementary and simultaneous measurements of neutrinos, as those of CERN to Gran Sasso beam (CNGS) and those from cosmic ray events. For the currently allowed values of the Super-Kamiokande results, the combination of both CNGS and atmospheric data will provide a precise determination of the oscillation parameters. Since one can observe and unambiguously identify nu /sub e/, nu /sub mu / and nu /sub tau / components, this technology allows to explore the full (3*3) mixing matrix. The same class of detector can be proposed for high precision measurements at a neutrino factory. (3 refs).

  20. Preliminary Study of Mixing of Plasma Species in a Hybrid-Stabilized Argon-Water Electric Arc

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    Jeništa, Jiří; Takana, H.; Uehara, S.; Nishiyama, H.; Murphy, A.B.; Bartlová, M.; Aubrecht, V.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 2, č. 3 (2015), s. 316-319. ISSN 2336-2626. [Symposium on Physics of Switching Arc/21./. Nové Město na Moravě, 07.09.2015-11.09.2015] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-19444S Institutional support: RVO:61389021 Keywords : arc discharge * combined diffusion coefficients * inhomogeneous mixing * mass fraction Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics https ://www.vutbr.cz/www_base/vutdisk.php?i=36809a9aa

  1. Correlation measurements for fusion plasma diagnostics

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    A list of a few methods for plasma diagnostics via fluctuations (noise) analysis of random (both temporally and spatially) system parameters is reviewed. Analogy is drawn with certain noise analysis methods, used in the diagnostics of fission reactors. These methods have been applied also to fusion measurements to some extent. However, the treatment of fusion plasma fluctuations is dominated by an approach that allows for temporal randomness, but assumes periodicity in space. This approach suits well a large class of phenomena such as magnetic fluctuations (MHD effects), but is much less suited to treat localised effects such as turbulence and density fluctuations. This paper discusses the potentials of the former approach, i.e. ordinary noise analysis methods of non-periodic variables in fusion plasma diagnostics. A new recommendation is to use the crossed beam correlation analysis of soft X-ray signals for determining the local short-range correlations in the plasma and to perform a systematic exploration of the plasma spatial correlation structure with that and other methods. 16 refs, 7 figs

  2. Analytical characteristics of inductively coupled oxygen-plasma mass spectrometry assisted by adding argon to the outer gas

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    An inductively coupled oxygen plasma (O2 ICP) using a 40.68 MHz generator with a maximum radio-frequency (RF) power of 4 kW was evaluated as an ion source for mass spectrometry (MS). Although the intermediate and central Ar flows are completely replaced with O2, a certain amount of Ar should be added to the outer gas for a stable plasma discharge. The proposed O2 ICP discharge is more stable than N2 ICP, because of the lower dissociation energy of O2. The sampling depth, RF power and carrier flow rate of O2 for maximum analyte signals were found to be 7 mm above the work coil, 2.4 kW and 1.41 min-1, respectively. Under the optimized conditions, O+ is strongly observed in the mass spectra. The sensitivity of the proposed O2 ICP is inferior to those of Ar and N2 ICPs, and decreases with increasing the mass number of the analyte. Although the average kinetic energy of the analyte ions in the O2 ICP is almost equivalent to that of the Ar ICP, its distribution is wider. A wide energy distribution seems to lead to a higher ratio of doubly charged ions to singly charged ions. The ratio of monoxide ions to singly charged ions is much higher than those in Ar and N2 ICPs. (author)

  3. Spatial evolution of the electron energy distribution function in a low-pressure capacitively coupled plasma containing argon and krypton

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    The spatial evolution of the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) in the axial direction of a capacitively coupled plasma with two parallel plate electrodes is investigated using an optical emission line-ratio method for Ar/Kr discharges. When the rf power is increased from 25 to 400 W at a pressure of 400 mTorr, we observe a transition from convex EEDFs to concave ones and a sharp increase in electron density, due to an α–γ mode transition, which is believed to be caused by the high-energy electrons originating in the high-voltage sheath. We also investigate the spatial evolution of the EEDF when the pressure is increased from 45 to 500 mTorr at a power of 100 W. The EEDF is uniform at pressures below 180 mTorr and becomes non-uniform at higher pressures, owing to the decrease in the energy relaxation length of the high-energy electrons. (paper)

  4. Fano factor in pure argon

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    The Fano factor for 5.3 MeV alpha particles in pure argon has been measured with a gridded ionization chamber and estimated to be 0.20 (+0.01-0.02). The obtained value is consistent with the theoretical value if the contribution of elastic nuclear collisions to the Fano factor is taken into the consideration. There is no appreciable difference between the values for pure argon and for a gas mixture of Ar (10%)CH4 obtained in the previous measurement. (orig.)

  5. Hydrogen–argon plasma pre-treatment for improving the anti-corrosion properties of thin Al2O3 films deposited using atomic layer deposition on steel

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    The effect of H2–Ar plasma pre-treatment prior to thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD) and plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) of Al2O3 films on steel for corrosion protection was investigated. Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry and transmission electron microscopy were used to observe the changes in the interface. The electrochemical properties of the samples were studied with polarization measurements, and the coating porosities were calculated from the polarization results for easier comparison of the coatings. Prior to thermal ALD the plasma pre-treatment was observed to reduce the amount of impurities at the interface and coating porosity by 1–3 orders of magnitude. The anti-corrosion properties of the PEALD coatings could also be improved by the pre-treatment. However, exposure of the pre-treatment plasma activated steel surface to oxygen plasma species in PEALD led to facile oxide layer formation in the interface. The oxide layer formed this way was thicker than the native oxide layer and appeared to be detrimental to the protective properties of the coating. The best performance for PEALD Al2O3 coatings was achieved when, after the plasma pre-treatment, the surface was given time to regrow a thin protective interfacial oxide prior to exposure to the oxygen plasma. The different effects that thermal and plasma-enhanced ALD have on the substrate-coating interface were compared. The reactivity of the oxygen precursor was shown to have a significant influence on substrate surface in the early stages of film growth and thereafter also on the overall quality of the protective film. - Highlights: • Influence of H2–Ar plasma pre-treatment to ALD coatings on steel was studied. • The pre-treatment modified the coating–substrate interface composition and thickness. • The pre-treatment improved the barrier properties of the coatings

  6. Measurement of the O2 Dissociation Fraction in RF Low Pressure O2/Ar Plasma Using Optical Emission Spectrometry%Measurement of the O2 Dissociation Fraction in RF Low Pressure O2/Ar Plasma Using Optical Emission Spectrometry

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    刘忠伟; 李森; 陈强; 杨丽珍; 王正铎

    2011-01-01

    Measurement of the oxygen dissociation fraction in RF low pressure oxygen/argon plasma using optical emission spectrometry is presented. The oxygen dissociation fraction and its evolutions as functions of operational parameters were determined using argon as the actinometer. At a pressure of 30 Pa, the oxygen dissociation fraction decreased from 13.4% to 9.5% as the input power increased from 10 W to 70 W. At an input power of 50 W, the oxygen dissociation fraction decreased from 12.3% to 7.7% when the gas pressure increased from 10 Pa to 40 Pa. The influences of operational parameters on the generation of atomic oxygen were also discussed.

  7. Plasma ion composition measurements for Europa

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    Sittler, E. C.; Cooper, J. F.; Hartle, R. E.; Paterson, W. R.; Christian, E. R.; Lipatov, A. S.; Mahaffy, P. R.; Paschalidis, N. P.; Coplan, M. A.; Cassidy, T. A.; Richardson, J. D.; Fegley, B.; Andre, N.

    2013-11-01

    Jupiter magnetospheric interactions and surface composition, both important to subsurface ocean detection for the Galilean icy moons Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, can be measured using plasma ion mass spectrometry on either an orbiting spacecraft or one designed for multiple flybys of these moons. Detection of emergent oceanic materials at the Europa surface is more likely than at Ganymede and Callisto. A key challenge is to resolve potential intrinsic Europan materials from the space weathering patina of iogenic species implanted onto the sensible surface by magnetospheric interactions. Species-resolved measurements of pickup ion currents are also critical to extraction of oceanic induced magnetic fields from magnetospheric interaction background dominated by these currents. In general the chemical astrobiological potential of Europa should be determined through the combination of surface, ionospheric, and pickup ion composition measurements. The requisite Ion Mass Spectrometer (IMS) for these measurements would need to work in the high radiation environment of Jupiter's magnetosphere between the orbits of Europa and Ganymede, and beyond. A 3D hybrid model of the moon-magnetosphere interaction is also needed to construct a global model of the electric and magnetic fields, and the plasma environment, around Europa. Europa's ionosphere is probably usually dominated by hot pickup ions with 100-1000 eV temperatures, excursions to a "classical" cold ionosphere likely being infrequent. A field aligned ionospheric wind driven by the electron polarization electric field should arise and be measurable.

  8. Speciation of arsenic in human nail and hair from arsenic-affected area by HPLC-inductively coupled argon plasma mass spectrometry

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    Nail and hair are rich in fibrous proteins, i.e., α-keratins that contain abundant cysteine residues (up to 22% in nail and 10-14% in hair). Although they are metabolically dead materials in the epidermis, the roots are highly influenced by the health status of the living beings and their analyses are used as a tool to monitor occupational and environmental exposure to toxic elements. The aims of the present study are to speciate arsenicals in human nail and hair and also to judge whether they should be used as a biomarker to arsenic (As) exposure and/or toxicity. All human fingernail and hair samples (n = 47) were collected from the As-affected area of West Bengal, India. Speciation of arsenicals in water extracts of fingernails and hair at 90 degree sign C was carried out by HPLC-inductively coupled argon plasma mass spectrometer (ICP MS). Fingernails contained iAsIII (58.6%), iAsV (21.5), MMAV (7.7), DMAIII (9.2), and DMAV (3.0), and hair contained iAsIII (60.9%), iAsV (33.2), MMAV (2.2), and DMAV (3.6). Fingernails contained DMAIII, but hair did not. The higher percentage of iAsIII both in fingernails and hair than that of iAsV suggests more affinity of iAsIII to keratin. Although all arsenicals in fingernails and hair correlate to As exposure positively, As speciation in fingernails seems to be more correlated with arsenism than that in hair. Exogenous contamination is a confounding factor for hair to consider it as a biomarker, whereas this is mostly absent in fingernails, which recommends it to be a better biomarker to arsenic exposure. DMAIII content in fingernails and DMAV contents in both fingernails and hair could be the biomarker to As exposure

  9. Effects of nitrogen on the apoptosis of and changes in gene expression in human lymphoma U937 cells exposed to argon-based cold atmospheric pressure plasma.

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    Tabuchi, Yoshiaki; Uchiyama, Hidefumi; Zhao, Qing-Li; Yunoki, Tatsuya; Andocs, Gabor; Nojima, Nobuyuki; Takeda, Keigo; Ishikawa, Kenji; Hori, Masaru; Kondo, Takashi

    2016-06-01

    Cold atmospheric pressure plasma (CAP) is known as a source of biologically active agents, such as reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS). In the present study, we examined the effects of nitrogen (N2) on the apoptosis of and changes in gene expression in human lymphoma U937 cells exposed to argon (Ar)-CAP. Enormous amounts of hydroxyl (·OH) radicals in aqueous solution were produced using Ar‑CAP generated using a 20 kHz low frequency at 18 kV with a flow rate of 2 l/min. The increase in the levels of ·OH radicals was significantly attenuated by the addition of N2 to Ar gas. On the other hand, the level of total nitrate/nitrite in the supernatant was significantly elevated in the Ar + N2-CAP‑exposed U937 cells. When the cells were exposed to Ar‑CAP, a significant increase in apoptosis was observed, whereas apoptosis was markedly decreased in the cells exposed to Ar + N2-CAP. Microarray and pathway analyses revealed that a newly identified gene network containing a number of heat shock proteins (HSPs), anti-apoptotic genes, was mainly associated with the biological function of the prevention of apoptosis. Quantitative PCR revealed that the expression levels of HSPs were significantly elevated in the cells exposed to Ar + N2-CAP than those exposed to Ar‑CAP. These results indicate that N2 gas in Ar‑CAP modifies the ratio of ROS to RNS, and suppresses the apoptosis induced by Ar‑CAP. The modulation of gaseous conditions in CAP may thus prove to be useful for future clinical applications, such as for switching from a sterilizing mode to cytocidal effect for cancer cells. PMID:27121589

  10. Nanocrystalline silicon and silicon quantum dots formation within amorphous silicon carbide by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition method controlling the Argon dilution of the process gases

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    Structural and optical properties of the amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H) thin films deposited by radio frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition method from a mixture of silane (SiH4) and methane (CH4) diluted in argon (Ar) have been studied with variation of Ar dilution from 94% to 98.4%. It is observed that nanocrystalline silicon starts to form within the a-SiC:H matrix by increasing the dilution to 96%. With further increase in Ar dilution to 98% formation of the silicon nanocrystals (nc-Si) with variable size is enhanced. The optical band gap (Eg) of the a-SiC:H film decreases from 2.0 eV to 1.9 eV with increase in Ar dilution from 96% to 98% as the a-SiC:H films gradually become Si rich. On increasing the Ar dilution further to 98.4% leads to the appearance of crystalline silicon quantum dots (c-Si q-dots) of nearly uniform size of 3.5 nm. The quantum confinement effect is apparent from the sharp increase in the Eg value to 2.6 eV. The phase transformation phenomenon from nc-Si within the a-SiC:H films to Si q-dot were further studied by high resolution transmission electron microscopy and the grazing angle X-ray diffraction spectra. A relaxation in the lattice strain has been observed with the formation of Si q-dots.

  11. Attenuation of vacuum ultraviolet light in liquid argon

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    Neumeier, A; Oberauer, L; Potzel, W; Schönert, S; Dandl, T; Heindl, T; Ulrich, A; Wieser, J

    2015-01-01

    The transmission of liquid argon has been measured, wavelength resolved, for a wavelength interval from 118 to 250 nm. The wavelength dependent attenuation length is presented for pure argon. It is shown that no universal wavelength independent attenuation length can be assigned to liquid argon for its own fluorescence light due to the interplay between the wavelength dependent emission and absorption. A decreasing transmission is observed below 130 nm in both chemically cleaned and distilled liquid argon and assigned to absorption by the analogue of the first argon excimer continuum. For not perfectly cleaned argon a strong influence of impurities on the transmission is observed. Two strong absorption bands at 126.5 and 141.0 nm with approximately 2 and 4 nm width, respectively, are assigned to traces of xenon in argon. A broad absorption region below 180 nm is found for unpurified argon and tentatively attributed to the presence of water in the argon sample.

  12. The plasma physics measurement unit ESTER

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    The ESTER measurement station on board of the landing unit of the Phobos spacecraft has three distinct units for cosmic radiation measurements on the Martian moon Phobos. They are the LET, SLED and HARP. The Low Energy Telescope (LET) has been designed to measure solar cosmic radiation (flux, energy spectra, angular distribution and ion composition) in the interplanetary space. The Solar Low-Energy Detectors (SLED) are used to detect interplanetary flux of the low-energy cosmic rays, and the galactic background radiation. The Hyperbolic Analyzer in Retarding Potential (HARP) module is used for the studies of energy and directional distributions of very low energy ions and electrons. The DPU, a unit for control and data processing of the three plasma physics measurement units is also described. (R.P.) 3 refs.; 2 figs

  13. Compton scattering measurements from dense plasmas

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    Glenzer, S H; Neumayer, P; Doeppner, T; Landen, L; Lee, R W; Wallace, R; Weber, S; Lee, H J; Kritcher, A L; Falcone, R; Regan, S P; Sawada, H; Meyerhofer, D D; Gregori, G; Fortmann, C; Schwarz, V; Redmer, R

    2007-10-02

    Compton scattering has been developed for accurate measurements of densities and temperatures in dense plasmas. One future challenge is the application of this technique to characterize compressed matter on the National Ignition Facility where hydrogen and beryllium will approach extremely dense states of matter of up to 1000 g/cc. In this regime, the density, compressibility, and capsule fuel adiabat may be directly measured from the Compton scattered spectrum of a high-energy x-ray line source. Specifically, the scattered spectra directly reflect the electron velocity distribution. In non-degenerate plasmas, the width provides an accurate measure of the electron temperatures, while in partially Fermi degenerate systems that occur in laser-compressed matter it provides the Fermi energy and hence the electron density. Both of these regimes have been accessed in experiments at the Omega laser by employing isochorically heated solid-density beryllium and moderately compressed beryllium foil targets. In the latter experiment, compressions by a factor of 3 at pressures of 40 Mbar have been measured in excellent agreement with radiation hydrodynamic modeling.

  14. Determination of rare-earth elements in geological materials by inductively coupled argon plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICAP-AES)

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    The determination of 12 rare earth elements viz Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Y and Yb in geological materials, particularly in silicate rocks by ICAP-AES method is descried. Here, the stepwise chemical separation of major elements (Si, Al, Fe, Mg) followed by precipitation of rare earth with fluoride-hydroxide cycles is carried out. This precipitate which is mainly rare earths, is dissolved in HNO3 to get final clear solution. Synthetic aqueous standards are prepared containing rare earths only in the concentration range 0.01 μg/ml to 0.2 μg/ml. JY 1 m Czerny-Turner scanning monochromator is used to measure intensities of rare earth analytical lines selected. The mean relative standard deviation lies between 0.8% to 4.0% for all the elements determined. The mica schist samples are dissolved in HNO3 in combination with diluted HF (1:100) and few drops of perchloric acid. The end sample is taken in 5% nitric acid. Clear solution is obtained which is evaporated to near dry and finally made to a known volume with water. JY -2000 ICP- AES sequential atomic emission spectrometer is used to measure intensities of rare earth elements. Single rare earth element standard solutions are used in the concentration range of 0.l ppm to 10 ppm. (author)

  15. High-frequency electrodeless lamps in argon-mercury mixtures

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    Denisova, N [Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Revalde, G [Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, University of Latvia, Raina blvd. 19, Riga (Latvia); Skudra, A [Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, University of Latvia, Raina blvd. 19, Riga (Latvia); Zissis, G [CPAT, University Toulouse 3, 118 rte de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse (France); Zorina, N [Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, University of Latvia, Raina blvd. 19, Riga (Latvia)

    2005-09-07

    In this paper, numerical and experimental investigations of high-frequency (HF) electrodeless lamps in argon-mercury mixtures are performed. The intensities of the mercury spectral lines having wavelengths {lambda} = 404.66, 435.83, 546.07 nm (7{sup 3}S{sub 1}-6{sup 3}P{sub 0,1,2}) and the resonance line {lambda} = 253.7 nm (6{sup 3} P{sub 1}-6{sup 1}S{sub 0}) are measured at a wide range of mercury pressures, varying the HF generator current and argon filling pressure. A stationary self-consistent model of HF electrodeless discharge lamp is developed including kinetics of the excited mercury and argon atomic states. Based on the developed model, the radiation characteristics of the discharge plasma are calculated. Numerical simulation of the line intensities behaviour in dependence on the mercury pressure, HF generator current and argon filling pressure is performed. The model results are in qualitative agreement with the experimental data. The calculations of the relative intensities of the visible triplet lines 7{sup 3}S{sub 1}-6{sup 3}P{sub 0,1,2} are presented for the first time in this paper.

  16. A microwave plasma cleaning apparatus

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    Tsai, C. C.; Nelson, W. D.; Schechter, D. E.; Thompson, L. M.; Glover, A. L.

    1995-01-01

    In a microwave electron cyclotron resonance plasma source, reactive plasmas of oxygen and its mixtures of argon have been used for evaluating plasma cleaning technologies. Small aluminum samples (0.95 x 1.9 cm) were coated with thin films (less than or equal to 20 micrometers in thickness) of Shell Vitrea oil and cleaned with reactive plasmas. The discharge parameters, such as gas pressure, magnetic field, substrate biasing, and microwave power, were varied to change cleaning conditions. A mass spectroscopy (or residual gas analyzer) was used to monitor the status of plasma cleaning. Mass loss of the samples after plasma cleaning was measured to estimate cleaning rates. Measured cleaning rates of low-pressure (0.5-m torr) argon/oxygen plasmas were as high as 2.7 micrometers/min. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to determine cleanliness of the sample surfaces. In this paper, significant results of the plasma cleaning are reported and discussed.

  17. Corona plasma in tokamak: measures and numerical simulation; application to hybrid frequency heating of Wega plasma

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    The tokamak edge plasma region begins beyond the middle plasma, limited by a diaphragm and spread to torus vacuum chamber wall. Parameters of edge plasma have been measured; several disgnostic type have been used. Numerical simulation code is used for result interpretarion and to display important phenomena in this region. Simulation results give a relation between the plasma parameters at the limiter radius; these parameters can be used as limit conditions for inner plasma transport codes. Edge plasma measurements have been examined with care during lower hybrid frequency heating. Study of plasma parameter modifications can help to a better comprehension of phenomena related to heating

  18. Absolute measurement of excitation cross sections for the 2P-states of atomic hydrogen in charge exchange collisions of protons in argon and nitrogen

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    Cross sections for the excitation of the 2P-states of atomic hydrogen in charge exchange collisions of protons in argon and nitrogen were measured by observing the Lyman-α radiation emitted in transitions from this state. For the measurement of the target gas pressure, a modified ionization gauge was developed, which eliminated distortions of pressure measurements due to charging effects on the glass envelope. Because of the lack of light standards in the vacuum ultraviolet region of the spectrum, the major problem of the measurements was the absolute calibration of the L/sub alpha/-photometer. This calibration was obtained from coincidence measurements of H/sub alpha/- and L/sub alpha/-photons in the presence of an electric field. The measurements were corrected for the effect of Doppler shift on photometer sensitivity. For the evaluation of the coincidence measurements, the branching ratio of H/sub alpha/-transitions to the 2S-state and the polarization of Lyman-α radiation, emitted in cascade processes, were needed. These quantities were obtained from quantum mechanical calculations of a hydrogen atom in a weak electric field. Cross sections for the 2P-states were obtained in the energy range from 0.5 to 30 keV. The 2P-cross sections in argon had maxima of 2.23 x 10-17 and 2.68 x 10-17 cm2 at 3.35 and 11.86 keV, respectively, and in N2 maxima of 2.17 x 10-17 and 2.10 x 10-17 cm2 were observed at 3.39 and 11.3 keV, respectively. The energy dependence of the measured cross sections is in agreement with that of published measurements. Differences in the absolute values are discussed

  19. Development of laser induced fluorescence diagnostic for measuring the parameters of plasma containing rare gas species

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    Laser induced fluorescence (LIF) technique development activity for measurement of plasma parameters in ITER divertor plasma is described. Helium density is the task of priority, but Doppler measurement of ion (atom) temperatures is also the aim of the program. The concept of ITER scenarios includes injection of ''extrinsic'' impurities (Ne, Ar, and Kr). It is possible to use the species as tracing elements for measurement of Ti, Ta. The program included modeling experiments on PNX-U (a multicusp trap with microwave argon plasma). Helium was added by puffing into discharge. Temperatures Ti(Ar1+) and Ta(He0) have been measured by scanning laser line across absorption line of species. Summarizing of fluorescence signals provided input data for estimation of Ar1+ and He0 densities via interpretative collisional-radiative models. Besides, the collisional-radiative model has been used for estimation of electron density using the ratio of fluorescence signals at 388.9 and 706.5 nm helium lines.

  20. Properties of a lead and copper calorimeter in liquid argon for measuring high energy jets with special regard to reducing shower fluctuations

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    In the course of the development of the liquid argon calorimeter of the H1 experiment, measurements have been performed using electron and pion beams in the energy range of 30 to 230 GeV. The test calorimeter consisted of an electromagnetic section (Pb absorber) corresponding to 26 X0 (1.1 λ) and a hadronic section (Cu absorber) corresponding to 6.1 λ. In analogy to the situation in the H1 experiment, an iron streamer tube calorimeter corresponding to 4.3 λ was placed behind the test setup. The properties of electromagnetic and hadronic showers in the liquid argon calorimeter are discussed and compared with Monte Carlo predictions (GHEISHA, version 8). Special consideration is given to reducing the fluctuations of the π0-energy in hadronic showers on an 'event by event' basis. A nonlinear calibration function parametrized with the energy of the primary pion leads to the ratio of the response of electrons to that of pions being equal to one and therefore to a significantly improved energy resolution for pions. The energy resolution is determined and the spatial resolution for incident pions is measured. (orig./HP)

  1. Computational comparative study of microwave probes for plasma density measurement

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    Kim, D. W.; You, S. J.; Kim, J. H.; Chang, H. Y.; Oh, W. Y.

    2016-06-01

    A microwave probe is known to be a suitable method to measure plasma density, even in the processing condition and is widely used in various environments of low-temperature processing plasmas. Various types of microwave probes have been researched and developed to measure the precise plasma density. Extensive research has been conducted to investigate each probes characteristic responding to the plasma parameters (plasma density, electron temperature, pressure, sheath width, and so forth) based on both experiments and simulations. However, a comparative study elucidating the relative characteristics of each probe has not been completed yet, despite the wide applications of the probes in processing plasma. We conduct a comparative study among the microwave probes using the numerical method of three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain simulation. In this study, the microwave probes are compared by investigating the precision of plasma density measurement under a comprehensive range of plasma parameters (plasma density, pressure, and sheath width).

  2. DAQ system for low density plasma parameters measurement

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    In various cases where low density plasmas (number density ranges from 1E4 to 1E6 cm-3) exist for example, basic plasma studies or LEO space environment measurement of plasma parameters becomes very critical. Conventional tip (cylindrical) Langmuir probes often result into unstable measurements in such lower density plasma. Due to larger surface area, a spherical Langmuir probe is used to measure such lower plasma densities. Applying a sweep voltage signal to the probe and measuring current values corresponding to these voltages gives V-I characteristics of plasma which can be plotted on a digital storage oscilloscope. This plot is analyzed for calculating various plasma parameters. The aim of this paper is to measure plasma parameters using a spherical Langmuir probe and indigenously developed DAQ system. DAQ system consists of Keithley source-meter and a host system connected by a GPIB interface. An online plasma parameter diagnostic system is developed for measuring plasma properties for non-thermal plasma in vacuum. An algorithm is developed using LabVIEW platform. V-I characteristics of plasma are plotted with respect to different filament current values and different locations of Langmuir probe with reference to plasma source. V-I characteristics is also plotted for forward and reverse voltage sweep generated programmatically from the source meter. (author)

  3. Working gas effects on the X-ray emission of a plasma focus device

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    Experiments on the plasma focus device IPF-2/20 operating with argon, neon and mixtures of argon with deuterium were performed and some X-ray emission parameters measured. The time evolution of the X-ray emission and dependence of the X-ray yield on the working gas composition was analyzed. The softer X radiation was measured with time resolution in the energy bands from 4 to 40 keV, and the hard X-rays for energies above 200 keV. In deuterium-argon mixtures the soft X-ray yield increases both with pressure (for the same ratio of argon) and with the quantity of argon added to deuterium at the same total pressure. For argon or neon the hard X-ray yield is lower than for deuterium-heavy gas mixtures. The softer X-ray yield decreases with pressure both for neon and for argon. (author). 4 figs., 5 refs

  4. Electron temperature, ion density and energy influx measurements in a tubular plasma reactor for powder surface modification

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    The tubular plasma reactor was designed for the continuous surface modification of fine powders in non-equilibrium RF discharges. So far, little has been known about the plasma characteristics of this inductively coupled reactor system. Therefore, moderate pressure argon-oxygen discharges, commonly used for powder processing, are investigated with tailor-made probe techniques. The influence of plasma power, system pressure, gas composition and mean gas velocity on the axial profiles of plasma parameters was studied. Electron temperature and positive ion density profiles were measured with a Langmuir double probe and the energy influx due to the plasma was determined by a new type of calorimetric probe. The limits for the E-H-mode transition are provided and photographs of the discharge are presented to illustrate the relationship between process parameters and plasma characteristics. Both, ion density and energy influx increased with rising plasma power. The axial energy influx profiles were in addition strongly influenced by the mean gas velocity. Based on these profiles the maximum transient particle temperature was calculated as a function of the particle diameter. Particle temperatures in the order of 100 °C were estimated, whereas the thermal load of the substrates rises with increasing plasma power, residence time and pressure.

  5. Edge Plasma Fluctuations Measurements In Fusion Experiments

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    Schrittwieser, R.; Ionita, C.; Balan, P.; Varandas, C. A. F.; Figueiredo, H. F. C.; Silva, C.; Stöckel, Jan; Adámek, Jiří; Hron, Martin; Tichý, M.; Hidalgo, C.; Pedrosa, M. A.; Calderon, E.; Martines, E.; Van Oost, G.; Rasmussen, J.J.; Naulin, V.

    Bled : -, 2005, -. [Nuclear Energy for New Europe 2005. Bled (SI), 05.09.2005-08.09.2005] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : tokamak * edge plasma * plasma potential * fluctuations * turbulence Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics

  6. Argon activation analysis, application to dating by the potassium-argon method

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    Activation analysis using radiogenic argon-40 has been applied to rock-dating by the K-Ar method. The argon is extracted from the sample, purified, activated to saturation in a flux of 2 X 1013 neutrons/cm2 sec-1 and measured by gamma spectroscopy. The sensitivity obtained is such that it is possible to measure amounts of argon corresponding to age of a few thousand years only. However since it has not been possible to measure the amount of pollution of radiogenic argon by atmospheric argon with any accuracy, the measurable age limit is in fact of the order of MY. The method has been applied to basalts from the Mont-Dore region. The results obtained are in fairly good agreement with geological, stratigraphic and paleomagnetic data. (author)

  7. Thrust Stand Measurements Using Alternative Propellants in the Microwave Assisted Discharge Inductive Plasma Accelerator

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    Hallock, Ashley K.; Polzin, Kurt A.

    2011-01-01

    -pinch coil is high. The use of a conical theta-pinch coil also serves to provide neutral propellant containment and plasma plume focusing that is improved relative to the more common planar geometry of the Pulsed Inductive Thruster (PIT). In this paper, we describe thrust stand measurements performed to evaluate the specific impulse and thrust efficiency of the MAD-IPA for a variety of propellants. Propellants tested include both widely-used, non-reactive noble gases like argon, and rarely-used propellants such as water, hydrazine and ammonia. Dependencies of impulse data on propellant species are discussed in the context of the current sheet formation and electromagnetic plasma acceleration processes.

  8. Measurements of plasma position in TJ-I Tokamak

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    Quin, J.; Ascasibar, E.; Navarro, A. P.; Ochando, M. A.; Pastor, I.; Pedrosa, M. A.; Rodriguez, L.; Sanchez, J.

    1994-07-01

    This report presents the experimental measurements of plasma position in TJ-I tokamak by using small magnetic probes. The basis of method has been described in our previous work (1) in which the plasma current is considered as a filament current. The observed relations between the disruptive instabilities and plasma displacements are also show here. (Author) 7 refs.

  9. Measurements of plasma position in TJ-I Tokamak

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    This report presents the experimental measurements of plasma position in TJ-I tokamak by using small magnetic probes. The basis of method has been described in our previous work (1) in which the plasma current is considered as a filament current. The observed relations between the disruptive instabilities and plasma displacements are also show here. (Author) 7 refs

  10. Poloidal rotation velocity measurement in toroidal plasmas via microwave reflectometry

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    Results of experiment modeling backscattering of microwaves from rotating plasma layer perturbed by fluctuations are presented. It was shown that auto- and crosscorrelation of reflected power have a periodicity equal to rotation period. Such periodicity was observed by microwave reflectometry in experiments on RF plasma production on U-3M torsatron and was used for measurement of plasma poloidal rotation velocity. (author)

  11. Microwave plasma burner and temperature measurements in its flames

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    An apparatus for generating flames and more particularly the microwave plasma burner for generating high-temperature large-volume plasma flame was presented. The plasma burner is operated by injecting liquid hydrocarbon fuels into a microwave plasma torch in air discharge and by mixing the resultant gaseous hydrogen and carbon compounds with air or oxygen gas. The microwave plasma torch can instantaneously vaporize and decompose the hydrogen and carbon containing fuels. It was observed that the flame volume of the burner was more than 50 times that of the torch plasma. While the temperature of the torch plasma flame was only 550 K at a measurement point, that of the plasma-burner flame with the addition of 0.025 lpm (liters per minute) kerosene and 20 lpm oxygen drastically increased to about 1850 K. A preliminary experiment was carried out, measuring the temperature profiles of flames along the radial and axial directions

  12. Plasma-parameter measurements using neutral-particle-beam attenuation

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    Intense and energetic neutral-particle-beam injection used for fueling or heating magnetically confined, controlled-fusion experimental plasmas can also provide diagnostic measurements of the plasmas. The attenuation of an atomic beam (mainly from charge-exchange and ionization interactions) when passing through a plasma gives the plasma line density. Orthogonal arrays of highly collimated detectors of the secondary-electron-emission type have been used in magnetic-mirror experiments to measure neutral-beam attenuation along chords through the plasma volume at different radial and axial positions. The radial array is used to infer the radial plasma-density profile; the axial array, to infer the axial plasma-density profile and the ion angular distribution at the plasma midplane

  13. Measuring the electron density in plasmas from the difference of Lorentzian part of the widths of two Balmer series hydrogen lines

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    Yubero, C. [Grupo de Física de Plasmas: Diagnosis, Modelos y Aplicaciones (FQM-136), Edificio A. Einstein (C-2), Campus de Rabanales, Universidad de Córdoba, 14071 Córdoba (Spain); García, M.C., E-mail: fa1gamam@uco.es [Grupo de Física de Plasmas: Diagnosis, Modelos y Aplicaciones (FQM-136), Edificio A. Einstein (C-2), Campus de Rabanales, Universidad de Córdoba, 14071 Córdoba (Spain); Dimitrijevic, M.S. [Astronomical Observatory, Volgina 7, 11060 Belgrade (Serbia); Sola, A.; Gamero, A. [Grupo de Física de Plasmas: Diagnosis, Modelos y Aplicaciones (FQM-136), Edificio A. Einstein (C-2), Campus de Rabanales, Universidad de Córdoba, 14071 Córdoba (Spain)

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    We present an alternative optical emission spectroscopy method to measure the plasma electron density from the difference of widths of two Balmer series hydrogen lines (H{sub α} and H{sub β}), especially convenient for non-thermal plasmas since with this method, there is no need to know either the gas temperature or the van der Waals contribution to the Lorentzian part of the line. In this paper it has been assumed that the part of full width at half maximum due to Stark broadening can be determined with the approximation of Lorentzian line shape. The method has been applied to the determination of the electron density in an argon microwave-induced plasma maintained at atmospheric pressure, and comparison with the results obtained using other diagnostic methods has been done. - Highlights: • An alternative method to measure the electron density in plasmas from two Balmer series hydrogen lines (H{sub α} and H{sub β}) is presented. • The method is very convenient for plasmas with electron densities of the order of 10{sup 14} cm{sup −3} and above, at low gas temperatures. • It has been applied to the determination of the electron density of an argon microwave plasma at atmospheric pressure. • Results from it are in good agreement with previous ones obtained using other diagnostic methods.

  14. Electron density measurements for plasma adaptive optics

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    Neiswander, Brian; Matlis, Eric; Corke, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    This study investigates the feasibility of using plasma as an adaptive optical medium for applications such as beam steering, wavefront control, and adaptive filtering. The optical path length of light propagating through plasma depends on the plasma electron density, which may be controlled via the prescribed voltage, frequency, pressure, gas, and electrode geometry. Accurate control of the optical path length requires characterization of the electron density over all operating conditions. E...

  15. Effect of oxygen atoms dissociated by non-equilibrium plasma on flame of methane oxygen and argon pre-mixture gas

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    Akashi, Haruaki; Yoshinaga, Tomokazu; Sasaki, Koichi

    2014-10-01

    For more efficient way of combustion, plasma-assisted combustion has been investigated by many researchers. But it is very difficult to clarify the effect of plasma even on the flame of methane. Because there are many complex chemical reactions in combustion system. Sasaki et al. has reported that the flame length of methane and air premixed burner shortened by irradiating microwave power. They also measured emission from Second Positive Band System of nitrogen during the irradiation. The emission indicates existence of high energy electrons which are accelerated by the microwave. The high energy electrons also dissociate oxygen molecules easily and oxygen atom would have some effects on the flame. But the dissociation ratio of oxygen molecules by the non-equilibrium plasma is significantly low, compared to that in the combustion reaction. To clarify the effect of dissociated oxygen atoms on the flame, dependence of dissociation ratio of oxygen on the flame has been examined using CHEMKIN. It is found that in the case of low dissociation ratio of 10-6, the ignition of the flame becomes slightly earlier. It is also found that in the case of high dissociation ratio of 10-3, the ignition time becomes significantly earlier by almost half. This work was supported by KAKENHI (22340170).

  16. Element- and charge-state-resolved ion energies in the cathodic arc plasma from composite AlCr cathodes in argon, nitrogen and oxygen atmospheres

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    Franz, Robert; Polcik, Peter; Anders, André

    2014-01-01

    The energy distribution functions of ions in the cathodic arc plasma using composite AlCr cathodes were measured as a function of the background gas pressure in the range 0.5 to 3.5 Pa for different cathode compositions and gas atmospheres. The most abundant aluminium ions were Al$^{+}$ regardless of the background gas species, whereas Cr$^{2+}$ ions were dominating in Ar and N$_2$ and Cr$^{+}$ in O$_2$ atmospheres. The energy distributions of the aluminium and chromium ions typically consist...

  17. Argon-ion contamination of the plasmasphere

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    This paper applies present observational and analytic knowledge on effects of plasma beam interaction wth the magnetosphere to the plasmasphere contamination problem of the argon ion engine exhaust expected to be deposited in the magnetosphere during the construction phase of the Satellite Power System. Effects of plasmasphere, ionosphere, and radiation belt modifications are discussed

  18. A computationally assisted spectroscopic technique to measure secondary electron emission coefficients in radio frequency plasmas

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    Daksha, M.; Berger, B.; Schuengel, E.; Korolov, I.; Derzsi, A.; Koepke, M.; Donkó, Z.; Schulze, J.

    2016-06-01

    A computationally assisted spectroscopic technique to measure secondary electron emission coefficients (γ-CAST) in capacitively-coupled radio-frequency plasmas is proposed. This non-intrusive, sensitive diagnostic is based on a combination of phase resolved optical emission spectroscopy and particle-based kinetic simulations. In such plasmas (under most conditions in electropositive gases) the spatio-temporally resolved electron-impact excitation/ionization rate features two distinct maxima adjacent to each electrode at different times within each RF period. While one maximum is the consequence of the energy gain of electrons due to sheath expansion, the second maximum is produced by secondary electrons accelerated towards the plasma bulk by the sheath electric field at the time of maximum voltage drop across the adjacent sheath. Due to these different excitation/ionization mechanisms, the ratio of the intensities of these maxima is very sensitive to the secondary electron emission coefficient γ. This sensitvity, in turn, allows γ to be determined by comparing experimental excitation profiles and simulation data obtained with various γ-coefficients. The diagnostic, tested here in a geometrically symmetric argon discharge, yields an effective secondary electron emission coefficient of γ =0.066+/- 0.01 for stainless steel electrodes.

  19. Measurement of Extrap T1 plasma resistance

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    A method to evaluate the plasma resistance of the Extrap-T1 pinch is described. The method is based on a model for the secondary side of the Ohmic heating transformer circuit. The result of an experimental test of the model is shown. Extrap-T1 plasma resistance data are presented. (authors)

  20. Argon plasma coagulation and hyperbaric oxygen therapy in chronic radiation proctopathy, effectiveness and impact on tissue toxicity Argón plasma y oxígeno hiperbárico para el control de la rectorragia crónica secundaria a la proctopatía por radiación

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    Julio César Álvaro-Villegas; Sergio Sobrino-Cossio; Luisa Catalina Tenorio-Téllez; José Guillermo de la Mora-Levy; Angélica Hernández-Guerrero; Juan Octavio Alonso-Lárraga; Teresa Vela-Chávez

    2011-01-01

    Background: chronic radiation proctopathy (CRP) is associated with recurrent rectal bleeding and transfusional requirements. Argon plasma coagulation (APC) and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HOT) have been shown to be effective in the control of CRP. No prospective comparisons have been reported between these treatments. Aim: the aim was to evaluate the effectiveness, safety and impact on tissue toxicity of APC compared to HOT in patients with CRP. Material and methods: a prospective study for ev...