Volume 80, Number 2, October 2007
|Number of page(s)||4|
|Section||Physics of Gases, Plasmas and Electric Discharges|
|Published online||17 September 2007|
Low-pressure gas breakdown in dual-frequency RF electric fields in nitrogen
Department of Physics and Technology, Kharkov National University - Kharkov 61077, Ukraine
2 Laboratoire de Physique et Technologie des Plasmas, Ecole Polytechnique - Palaiseau 91128, France
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6 Department of Physics, Kharkov National University - Kharkov 61077, Ukraine
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Accepted: 23 August 2007
This paper reports the recorded breakdown curves for dual-frequency (27.12 MHz MHz and 13.56 MHz Hz) discharges in nitrogen. Applying the LF voltage shifts the RF breakdown curve to the region of higher voltages and gas pressures, which is associated with the increased loss of charged particles due to the drift in the LF field. At higher LF voltage amplitudes the LF field contributes to gas ionization, the breakdown voltage for the RF discharge decreases and approaches zero when a self-sustained discharge in the LF field ignites. Applying the RF voltage leads to the decrease in the breakdown LF voltage, possibly due to the decrease of electron losses because of the oscillations in the RF field.
PACS: 52.80.Pi – High-frequency and RF discharges
© Europhysics Letters Association, 2007
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