Charged dust particles in an RF and UV-driven plasma

V. Land, W.J. Goedheer

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Dust particles in a radio-frequency discharge generally obtain a negative charge due to the high mobility of the electrons compared to that of the positive ions. When a sufficiently intense flux of photons in the UV range is present, however, the dust charge will be less negative due to photodetachment. The resulting charge distribution will depend on the competition between collection of electrons and ions from the plasma and the detachment by photons. In this paper we study the influence of photodetachment on the charge of dustparticles suspended in a radio-frequency discharge, as well as its influence on the electron energy distribution function and the electron and ion density profiles. An existing Particle-In-Cell code has been modified to include the photodetachment process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Vistas in Dusty Plasmas: Fourth International Conference on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas, 13-17 June 2005, Orleans, France
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)0735402876, 9780735402874
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas - Orleans, France
Duration: 13 Jun 200517 Jun 2005

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings


Conference4th International Conference on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas


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