Electron heating in radio-frequency capacitively coupled atmospheric-pressure plasmas

2009-08-25T15:20:27Z (GMT) by D.W. Liu Felipe Iza Michael G. Kong
In atmospheric-pressure plasmas the main electron heating mechanism is Ohmic heating, which has distinct spatial and temporal evolutions in the α and γ modes. In γ discharges, ionizing avalanches in the sheaths are initiated not only by secondary electrons but also by metastable pooling reactions. In α discharges, heating takes place at the sheath edges and in contrast with low-pressure plasmas, close to 50% of the power absorbed by the electrons is absorbed at the edge of the retreating sheaths. This heating is due to a field enhancement caused by the large collisionality in atmospheric-pressure discharges.