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Atmospheric pressure plasma jets beyond ground electrode as charge overflow in a dielectric barrier discharge setup

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3 Author(s)
Nan Jiang ; Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matters, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 603, Beijing 100190, China ; Ji, Ailing ; Zexian Cao

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With a proper combination of applied voltage and the width of ground electrode, atmospheric pressure plasma jets extending beyond the ground electrode, whether it sits on the downstream or the upstream side, can be equally obtained with a dielectric barrier discharge setup, which can be ascribed to the overflow of deposited charges [J. Appl. Phys. 106, 013308 (2009)]. Here, we show that, by using narrower ground electrodes, such an overflow jet can be successfully launched at a much reduced voltage (down to below 10 kV). Moreover, by using transparent and triadic ground electrodes, development of charge overflow beneath the ground electrode was temporally and spatially resolved. Temporal evolution of discharge currents measured on the severed ground electrode helps establish the propagation dynamics of discharges along the dielectric surface beneath ground electrode, and also reinforces the conception that the streamer’s head is in connection to the active electrode via a conducting channel. A small propagation velocity of 3.3×103 m/s was measured for the “overflow” jet inside the dielectric tube. The availability of such overflow jets is enormously advantageous concerning their application to living bodies, to which the high voltage at active electrode is lethally dangerous.

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Journal of Applied Physics  (Volume:108 ,  Issue: 3 )