Numerical description of discharge characteristics of the plasma needle

W.J.M. Brok, M.D. Bowden, J. Dijk, van, J.J.A.M. Mullen, van der, G.M.W. Kroesen

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The plasma needle is a small atmospheric, nonthermal, radio-frequency discharge, generated at the tip of a needle, which can be used for localized disinfection of biological tissues. Although several experiments have characterized various qualities of the plasma needle, discharge characteristics and electrical properties are still not well known. In order to provide initial estimates on electrical properties and quantities such as particle densities, we employed a two-dimensional, time-dependent fluid model to describe the plasma needle. In this model the balance equation is solved in the drift-diffusion approach for various species and the electron energy, as well as Poisson's equation. We found that the plasma production occurs in the sheath region and results in a steady flux of reactive species outwards. Even at small (
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)013302-1/8
TijdschriftJournal of Applied Physics
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusGepubliceerd - 2005

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