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Plasma decay in air and O<SUB>2</SUB> after a high-voltage nanosecond discharge

By N.L. Aleksandrov, E.M. Anokhin, S.V. Kindysheva, A.A. Kirpichnikov, I.N. Kosarev, M.M. Nudnova, Svetlana Starikovskaia and A.Yu. Starikovskii

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International audienceThis paper presents the results of experimental and theoretical studies of an afterglow in room temperature air and O2 excited by a high-voltage nanosecond discharge for pressures between 1 and 10 Torr. We measured time-resolved electron density by a microwave interferometer for initial electron densities in the range (2–3) × 1012 cm&#8722;3. Discharge uniformity was investigated by optical methods. The balance equations for charged particles and electron temperature were numerically solved to describe the temporal evolution of the densities of electrons and ions in the discharge afterglow. It was shown that the loss of electrons is governed by dissociative and three-body electron recombination with \rm O₂^ ions under the conditions considered. Good agreement between the calculated and measured electron density histories could be obtained only when the rate of three-body recombination was increased by an order of magnitude and when the dependence of the recombination rate on electron temperature was changed. This could testify that the well-understood mechanism of three-body electron recombination with atomic ions could be noticeably modified in the case of molecular ions

Topics: [PHYS.PHYS.PHYS-PLASM-PH]Physics [physics]/Physics [physics]/Plasma Physics [physics.plasm-ph]
Publisher: 'IOP Publishing'
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1088/0022-3727/45/25/255202
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-01549446v1
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