Correlation Between the Electrical and Optical Properties of an Atmospheric Pressure Plasma During Siloxane Coating Deposition

B. Twomey, A. Nindrayog, K. Niemi, W. G. Graham, D. P. Dowling

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The effect of varying process parameters on atmospheric plasma characteristics and properties of nanometre thick siloxane coatings is investigated in a reel-to-reel deposition process. Varying plasma operation modes were observed with increasing applied power for helium and helium/oxygen plasmas. The electrical and optical behaviour of the dielectric barrier discharge were determined from current/voltage, emission spectroscopy and time resolved light emission measurements. As applied power increased, multiple discharge events occurred, producing a uniform multi-peak pseudoglow discharge, resulting in an increase in the discharge gas temperature. The effects of different operating modes on coating oxidation and growth rates were examined by injecting hexamethyldisiloxane liquid precursor into the chamber under varying operating conditions. A quenching effect on the plasma was observed, causing a decrease in plasma input power and emission intensity. Siloxane coatings deposited in helium plasmas had a higher organic component and higher growth rates than those deposited in helium/oxygen plasmas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-156
Number of pages18
JournalPlasma chemistry and plasma processing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

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