Traveling electric field probed by a fine particle above voltage-modulated strips in a striped electrode device

Yang-fang Li; Wen-gui Zhang; Ma, J. X.; Jiang, Ke; Thomas, H. M.; Morfill, G. E.
March 2010
Physics of Plasmas;Mar2010, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p033705
Academic Journal
It is described that the distribution of the horizontal electric field above a striped electrode can be inferred from the trajectory of a single fine particle with known mass and diameter. The striped electrode consists of 100 segmented stainless steel strips, each electrically insulated. A traveling periodic potential profile is produced above the striped electrode by modulating the voltage signals on the strips. When the voltage modulation is on, the fine particle, which is originally levitated in the sheath region above the striped electrode, experiences a periodic oscillation along both the vertical and the horizontal directions because of the periodic electric force arising from the modulation voltages. Tracking the motion of the fine particles, the electric force is obtained from the momentum equation including the gravity and the neutral gas friction. With the particle charge estimated by the vertical oscillation method, the electric field can be derived. The horizontal electric field obtained by this method is in agreement with the result predicted by a collisional particle-in-cell simulation.


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