Modelling of voids in complex radio frequency plasmas

W.J. Goedheer, V. Land, J. Venema

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In this paper hydrodynamic and kinetic approaches to model low pressure capacitively coupled complex radiofrequency discharges are discussed and applied to discharges under microgravity. Experiments in the PKE-Nefedov reactor on board the International Space Station, as well as discharges in which gravity is compensated by means of thermophoresis are simulated with a 2-D cylindrically symmetric hydrodynamic model. Kinetic effects are studied with a 1-D Particle-In-Cell plus Monte Carlo model in which capture and scattering by dust grains is included. Simulations with this model address non-local effects and modulated discharges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-214
Number of pages16
JournalContributions to Plasma Physics
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Complex plasma
  • Dusty plasma
  • Hydrodynamic modelling
  • Kinetic modelling
  • RF discharges


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