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EPJ D - Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics
Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics
Eur. Phys. J. D 56, 91-98 (2010)
DOI: 10.1140/epjd/e2009-00276-4

DC corona discharge ozone production enhanced by magnetic field

S. Pekárek

Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technická 2, 166 27 Prague 6, Czech Republic

pekarek@fel.cvut.cz

Received 7 July 2009 / Received in final form 18 September 2009 / Published online 6 November 2009

Abstract
We have studied the effect of a stationary magnetic field on the production of ozone from air at atmospheric pressure by a negative corona discharge in a cylindrical electrode configuration. We used a stainless steel hollow needle placed at the axis of the cylindrical discharge chamber as a cathode. The outer wall of the cylinder was used as an anode. The vector of magnetic induction was perpendicular to the vector of current density. We found that: (a) the magnetic field extends the current voltage range of the discharge; (b) for the discharge in the Trichel pulses regime and in the pulseless glow regime, the magnetic field has no substantial effect on the discharge voltage or on the concentration of ozone that is produced; (c) for the discharge in the filamentary streamer regime for a particular current, the magnetic field increases the discharge voltage and consequently an approximately 30% higher ozone concentration can be obtained; (d) the magnetic field does not substantially increase the maximum ozone production yield. A major advantage of using a magnetic field is that the increase in ozone concentration produced by the discharge can be obtained without additional energy requirements.

PACS
52.80.Hc - Glow; corona.
52.80.Sm - Magnetoactive discharges.
52.77.-j - Plasma applications.

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