Improved fluid simulations of radio-frequency plasmas using energy dependent ion mobilities

Arthur Greb, Kari Niemi, Deborah O'Connell, Gerard J. Ennis, Niall MacGearailt, Timo Gans

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Symmetric and asymmetric capacitively coupled radio-frequency plasmas in oxygen at 40 Pa, 300V voltage amplitude and a discharge gap of 40mm are investigated by means of onedimensional numerical semi-kinetic fluid modeling on the basis of a simplified reaction scheme including the dominant positive and negative ions, background gas, and electrons. An improved treatment, by accounting for the dependence of ion mobilities on E/N, is compared to the standard approach, based on using zero-field mobility values only. The charged particle dynamics as a result of direct electron impact ionization of oxygen, secondary electron release from the electrodes, the spatial distribution of all involved particles as well as impact of geometry and model modification on ion energies is analyzed and compared to independent simulations and experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Article number053502
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

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