Self-pulsing discharge of a plasma brush operated in atmospheric-pressure argon
1 College of Physics Science and Technology, Hebei University - Baoding, Hebei, 071002, PRC
2 Key Laboratory of Photo- Electronics Information Materials of Hebei Province - Baoding, Hebei, 071002, PRC
Received: 11 March 2013
Accepted: 29 May 2013
A plasma brush excited by DC voltage is developed with argon as working gas in the ambient air. The time evolution of the discharge current, the light emission, and the sustaining voltage are analyzed under different conditions. The self-pulsing phenomenon of the discharge is observed with oscillated voltage and intermittent current. The self-pulsing frequency ranges from several tens hertz to several hundred hertz depending on the output power and the gas flow rate. It increases with the increasing of the gas flow rate, while it decreases as the output power increases. The phenomenon is explained qualitatively based on a spatially resolved measurement about the discharge.
PACS: 52.80.Tn – Other gas discharges / 52.80.Hc – Glow; corona / 52.80.Mg – Arcs; sparks; lightning; atmospheric electricity
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