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Characterization of new radio-frequency setup for studying large 2D complex plasmas

Nosenko, Volodymyr and Meyer, John and Zhdanov, Sergey and Thomas, Hubertus M. (2019) Characterization of new radio-frequency setup for studying large 2D complex plasmas. 3rd European Conference on Plasma Diagnostics, 2019-05-06 - 2019-05-09, Lisbon, Portugal.

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Addressing the growing need for larger complex-plasma systems, a new plasma setup was built at the DLR Institute of Materials Physics in Space [1]. It is based on a relatively large (90 cm in diameter) vacuum chamber where a capacitively coupled radio-frequency (rf) discharge is used to suspend a two-dimensional (2D) cloud of polymer microparticles. The discharge is created between the lower rf electrode and the grounded chamber walls, the particles levitate in the plasma (pre)sheath above the electrode. The new setup was characterized using a variety of diagnostics. The amplitudes of the rf voltage and current measured using the Solayl Vigilant rf probe were 16−32 V and 9−19 A, respectively, depending on the gas pressure and discharge power. The phase angle between the rf voltage and current was ≈ 70°. Compared to the Gaseous Electronics Conference (GEC) rf reference cell, the present setup is characterized by relatively high current and relatively low voltage. The basic plasma parameters were measured in the bulk plasma 6.5 cm above the center of rf electrode using the Hiden ESPion rf-compensated Langmuir probe. The electron temperature Te was measured in the range of 0.4−2 eV, depending on the gas pressure and discharge power. The electron density ne was in the range of 0.5×10^9−3.6×10^9 cm^-3. Video microscopy was used to image suspended microparticles. Their coordinates were then calculated in each frame using a Particle Tracking Velocimetry (PTV) technique. The particle velocity fluctuation spectra were calculated and fitted to theoretical dispersion relations to arrive at the particle charge in the range of 2×10^4−3.6×10^4e and screening length in the range of 0.9−1.7 mm. [1] V. Nosenko, J. Meyer, S. K. Zhdanov, H. M. Thomas, AIP Advances 8, 125303 (2018).

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/130066/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Characterization of new radio-frequency setup for studying large 2D complex plasmas
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Thomas, Hubertus M.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8358-2023UNSPECIFIED
Date:6 May 2019
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:complex plasma, large radio-frequency setup
Event Title:3rd European Conference on Plasma Diagnostics
Event Location:Lisbon, Portugal
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:6 May 2019
Event End Date:9 May 2019
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Komplexe Plasmen / Laboratory research (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Materials Physics in Space > Research Group Complex Plasma
Deposited By: Nosenko, Volodymyr
Deposited On:04 Nov 2019 09:19
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:33

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