The influence of impurities on the performance of the dielectric barrier discharge

Martens, T.; Bogaerts, A.; Brok, W. J. M.; van Dijk, J.
March 2010
Applied Physics Letters;3/1/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 9, p091501
Academic Journal
In this letter, we investigate the effect of various levels of nitrogen impurity on the electrical performance of an atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharge in helium. We illustrate the different current profiles that are obtained, which exhibit one or more discharge pulses per half cycle and evaluate their performance in ionizing the discharge and dissipating the power. It is shown that flat and broad current profiles perform the best in ionizing the discharge and use the least amount of power per generated charged particle.


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