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Role of excimer formation and induced photoemission on the Ar metastable kinetics in atmospheric pressure Ar-NH 3 dielectric barrier discharges

Abstract : Tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy was used to record the space-and time-resolved number density of argon metastable atoms, Ar(1s3) (Paschen notation), in plane-to-plane dielectric barrier discharges operated in a Penning Ar-NH3 mixture at atmospheric pressure. In both lowfrequency (LF 650 V, 50 kHz) discharges and dual LF-radiofrequency (RF 190 V, 5 MHz) discharges operated in α-γ mode, the density of Ar(1s3) revealed a single peak per half-period of the LF voltage, with rise and decay times in the sub-microsecond time scale. These results were compared to the predictions of a 1D fluid model based on continuity and momentum equations for electrons, argon ions (Ar + and Ar2 +) and excited argon 1s atoms as well electron energy balance equation. Using the scheme commonly reported for Ar-based dielectric barrier discharges in the homogeneous regime, the Ar metastable kinetics exhibited much slower rise and decay times than the ones seen in the experiments. The model was improved by considering the fast creation of Ar2* excimers through 3body reactions involving Ar(1s) atoms and the rapid loss of Ar2* by vacuum ultraviolet light emission. In optically thin media for such photons, they can readily reach the dielectric barriers of the DBD electrodes and induce secondary electron emission. It is shown that Ar2* and photoemission play a significant role not only on the Ar metastable kinetics, but also on the dominant ionization pathways and possible α-γtransition in dual frequency RF-LF discharges.
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Raphaël Robert, Gerjan Hagelaar, Nader Sadeghi, Romain Magnan, Luc Stafford, et al.. Role of excimer formation and induced photoemission on the Ar metastable kinetics in atmospheric pressure Ar-NH 3 dielectric barrier discharges. Plasma Sources Science and Technology, IOP Publishing, 2022, 31 (6), pp.065010. ⟨10.1088/1361-6595/ac7748⟩. ⟨hal-03765065⟩

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