Cart (Loading....) | Create Account
Close category search window

Time-dependence of ion charge State distributions of vacuum arcs: an interpretation involving atoms and charge exchange collisions

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

1 Author(s)
Anders, Andre ; Lawrence Berkeley Nat. Lab., Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Experimentally observed charge state distributions are known to be higher at the beginning of each arc discharge. Until know, this has been attributed to cathode surface effects in terms of changes in temperature, chemical composition, and spot mode. Here it is shown that the initial decay of charge states of cathodic arc plasmas may be at least in part due to charge exchange collisions of ions with neutrals. Neutrals gradually fill the discharge volume, and therefore, the effect of charge exchange shows delayed onset after arc initiation. Besides desorbed gases, sources of neutrals may include evaporated atoms from macroparticles and still-hot craters of previously active arc spots. More importantly, atoms are also produced by energetic condensation of the cathodic arc plasma. Self-sputtering is significant, and additionally, ions have a low sticking probability when impacting at oblique angle of incidence. Estimates show that the characteristic time for filling the discharge volume agrees well with the charge state decay time, and the likelihood of charge exchange is reasonably large to be taken into account.

Published in:

Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Feb. 2005

Need Help?

IEEE Advancing Technology for Humanity About IEEE Xplore | Contact | Help | Terms of Use | Nondiscrimination Policy | Site Map | Privacy & Opting Out of Cookies

A not-for-profit organization, IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.
© Copyright 2014 IEEE - All rights reserved. Use of this web site signifies your agreement to the terms and conditions.