Theoretical investigation of phase-controlled bias effect in capacitively coupled plasma discharges

Kwon, Deuk-Chul; Yoon, Jung-Sik
July 2011
Physics of Plasmas;Jul2011, Vol. 18 Issue 7, p073506
Academic Journal
We theoretically investigated the effect of phase difference between powered electrodes in capacitively coupled plasma (CCP) discharges. Previous experimental result has shown that the plasma potential could be controlled by using a phase-shift controller in CCP discharges. In this work, based on the previously developed radio frequency sheath models, we developed a circuit model to self-consistently determine the bias voltage from the plasma parameters. Results show that the present theoretical model explains the experimental results quite well and there is an optimum value of the phase difference for which the Vdc/Vpp ratio becomes a minimum.


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