Role of the volume and surface breakdown in a formation of microdischarges in a steady-state DBD
SRC RF Triniti, Pushkovykh St-12, Troitsk, 142190 Moscow region, Russia
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Published online: 14 January 2011
The results of an experimental study on a spatial-time behavior of microdischarges (MDs) in steady-state dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) are presented. MDs of DBD have a spatial “memory”, i.e. every subsequent MD appears exactly at the same place that was occupied by the preceding MD. In most cases each MD appears at its fixed place only once by every half-period (HP). Spatial “memory” is derived from slow recombination of plasma in the MDs channels for a period between two neighbor HPs. In steady-state DBD each plasma column was formed only one-time due to local avalanche-streamer breakdown in the very first (initial) gas gap breakdown under inception voltage . After that DBD is sustained under voltage lower than . For the plane-to-plane DBD having the restricted electrode area there is a critical voltage U1: DBD is in a steady-state if U > U1 but the DBD decays slowly at voltages below U1. The decay takes many HPs and occurs due to decreasing the number of MDs inside the gap because of their Brownian motion from central region to the outside of the discharge area. In steady-state DBD there is no correlation between an appearance of alone MD and phase of the applied voltage – each MD has a great scatter in its appearance at the HP. This scatter is attributed to the dispersion in a threshold voltage for local surface breakdowns around the MD base. So, in steady-state DBD the MD volume plasma is responsible for an existence of spatial “memory” (i.e. where the MD appears) but the surface charge distribution around MD is responsible for MD time dispersion (i.e. when the MD appears).
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2011