Absolute atomic oxygen density profiles in the discharge core of a microscale atmospheric pressure plasma jet

Nikolas Knake, Kari Niemi, Stephan Reuter, Volker Schulz-von der Gathen, Joerg Winter

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The micro atmospheric pressure plasma jet is an rf driven (13.56 MHz, similar to 20 W) capacitively coupled discharge producing a homogeneous plasma at ambient pressure when fed with a gas flow of helium (1.4 slm) containing small admixtures of oxygen (similar to 0.5%). The design provides excellent optical access to the plasma core. Ground state atomic oxygen densities up to 3 x 10(16) cm(-3) are measured spatially resolved in the discharge core by absolutely calibrated two-photon absorption laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy. The atomic oxygen density builds up over the first 8 mm of the discharge channel before saturating at a maximum level. The absolute value increases linearly with applied power. (C) 2008 American Institute of Physics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number131503
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sep 2008

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