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A Monte Carlo computational experiment is used to study the scaling of electron swarm parameters in crossed direct current electric and magnetic fields in argon and methane. The ranges of reduced electric and magnetic fields investigated are 28–2830 Td and 10 G/Torr–10000 G/Torr, respectively. Significant deviation from classical scaling is observed and characterized. For very high magnetic fields, some swarm parameters (mean energy and total collision frequency) become insensitive to the magnetic field variations. In addition, when swarm parameters are characterized in terms of their mean electron energy, for some ranges of mean electron energy, the correlation between a parameter and the reduced magnetic field strength can disappear. The impact of these results is discussed in terms of controlling the plasma chemistry via the magnetic field. © 1999 American Institute of Physics.
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