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Electrical characteristics of atmospheric-pressure DBD in argon with small admixtures of TMS - measured and calculated data

A time-dependent, spatially one-dimensional fluid-Poisson model has been applied to analyse the impact of small amounts of tetramethylsilane (TMS) on the discharge characteristics of an atmospheric-pressure dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) in argon. Based on an established argon kinetics, it includes a reaction kinetics for TMS, which has been validated by measurements of the ignition voltage at the frequency f = 86.2 kHz for TMS amounts of up to 200 ppm. It is found that good agreement between measured and calculated ignition voltage can be obtained, when assuming that 25 % of the reactions of TMS with excited argon atoms with a rate coefficient of 3.0×10^{−16} m^3/s lead to the production of electrons due to Penning ionization. The dataset contains measured and calculated data for the ignition voltage and discharge current.

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Atmospheric-pressure DBD between plane steel mesh electrodes covered by dielectrics (borofloat glass, relative permittivity: 4.6); Electrode area: 8 cm^2; Thickness of dielectrics: 2 mm; Discharge gap: 1 mm; Voltage supply: sinusoidal voltage with variable amplitude and frequency of 86.2 kHz
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Gas temperature: 300 K; Pressure: 1 atm; Gas mixture: Ar + 0 to 200 ppm TMS
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Fluid-Poisson model:
Mesh size: Non-equidistant spatial grid using typically 250 intervals with logarithmically refined mesh towards the boundaries; Time step size: adaptive time-step control

Voltage measurement:
HV probe: PHV 4002-3, dataTec, Reutlingen, Germany; Oscilloscope: MDO3052, Tektronix, Beaverton, OR, USA

Current measurement:
Oscilloscope: MDO3052 from Tektronix, Beaverton, OR, USA; Methods: shunt resistor method using 1.00 Ω precision resistor and monitor capacitor method using 32.5 nF measuring capacitor

Plasma Diagnostics Procedure

Fluid-Poisson model:
The time-dependent, spatially one-dimensional fluid-Poisson model includes particle balance equations for the densities of electrons, relevant neutral particles and ions, the electron energy balance equation to determine the mean electron energy, the Poisson equation to calculate the electric potential and field, as well as a balance equation for the surface charge density to consider the accumulation of charge carriers on the dielectric surfaces.

Voltage measurement:
To determine the ignition voltage U_i, the amplitude U_{a,0} of the applied voltage was increased step
by step for a specific Ar-TMS mixture until the discharge was ignited and covered the entire electrode area, i.e., U_i=U_{a,0}.

Current measurement:
The current I(t) was obtained by monitoring the voltage drop at the precision resistor or the transferred charge at the measuring capacitor.

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Loffhagen, Detlef
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