TITLE

Experimental observation of the transition from nonlocal to local electron kinetics in inductively coupled plasmas

AUTHOR(S)
Hyo-Chang Lee; Min-Hyong Lee; Chin-Wook Chung
PUB. DATE
January 2010
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;1/25/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 4, p041503
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The transition from nonlocal to local kinetics was observed through the spatially resolved measurements of electron energy distribution functions in inductively coupled plasmas. As gas pressures increase, the spatial profiles of the effective electron temperatures (Teff) from the electron energy distribution functions changed dramatically from hollow shapes to flat shapes. With further increases in gas pressures, the Teff had saddle-shaped profiles with the highest Teff in the vicinity of an antenna coil. These changes in the radial profiles of the Teff show a transition of the electron kinetics from nonlocal to local regimes. This transition occurred when the electron energy relaxation lengths became smaller than the antenna half size.
ACCESSION #
47807457

 

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