Double-layer structures in low-temperature atmospheric-pressure electronegative RF microplasmas: separation of electrons and anions

Stratification of negatively charged species in electronegative discharges is a well-known phenomenon that can lead to various double-layer structures. Here, we report on the separation of electrons and anions in atmospheric-pressure electronegative microdischarges. In these discharges, electrons oscillate between the electrodes, moving across and beyond an electronegative core. As a result of this motion, positively charged regions form between the oscillating electron ensemble and the central electronegative discharge.