Void dynamics in low pressure acetylene plasmas

F.M.J.H. Wetering, van de, R.J.C. Brooimans, S. Nijdam, J. Beckers, G.M.W. Kroesen

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Abstract

We studied a capacitively coupled RF plasma with constant flow of argon and acetylene. These plasmas are able to spontaneously form dust particles under certain conditions, resulting in a cloud of particulates up to micrometer sizes levitated in the plasma. After the dust cloud has been formed, a region without dust develops. This dust-free zone is roughly shaped as an ellipsoid and is referred to as void. Concurrently, the dust particles grow in size. During its expansion the void suddenly stops growing and even shrinks, to shortly thereafter resume its expansion. We dubbed this the ‘hiccup’. The processes are periodical and reproducible. Several techniques that are time resolved (microwave cavity resonance spectroscopy, plasma impedance monitoring) and in addition spatially resolved (laser scattering, emission analysis) are used to shed light on the intriguing phenomenon. We infer the hiccup is induced by coagulation of a new batch of dust particles inside the void.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event7th International Conference on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas (ICPDP-7), March 3-7, 2014, New Delhi, India - New Delhi, India
Duration: 3 Mar 20147 Mar 2014

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas (ICPDP-7), March 3-7, 2014, New Delhi, India
Abbreviated titleICPDP-7
CountryIndia
CityNew Delhi
Period3/03/147/03/14

Bibliographical note

Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas(ICPDP2014), 3-7 March 2014, New Delhi, India

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    Wetering, van de, F. M. J. H., Brooimans, R. J. C., Nijdam, S., Beckers, J., & Kroesen, G. M. W. (2014). Void dynamics in low pressure acetylene plasmas. Poster session presented at 7th International Conference on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas (ICPDP-7), March 3-7, 2014, New Delhi, India, New Delhi, India.