Photoionization Capable, Extreme and Vacuum Ultraviolet Emission in Developing Low Temperature Plasmas in Air

Jacob Stephens, Andrew Fierro, S Beeson, George Laity, D Trienekens, Ravindra Joshi, James Dickens, Andreas Neuber

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Abstract

Experimental observation of photoionization capable extreme ultraviolet and vacuum ultraviolet emission from nanosecond timescale, developing low temperature plasmas (i.e. streamer discharges) in atmospheric air is presented. Applying short high voltage pulses enabled the observation of the onset of plasma formation exclusively by removing the external excitation before spark development was achieved. Contrary to the common assumption that radiative transitions from the b${{}^{1}}{{\Pi}_{u}}$ (Birge–Hopfield I) and b${{}^{\prime 1}}\Sigma_{u}^{+}$ (Birge–Hopfield II) singlet states of N2 are the primary contributors to photoionization events, these results indicate that radiative transitions from the c${{_{4}^{\prime}}^{1}}\Sigma_{u}^{+}$ (Carroll–Yoshino) singlet state of N2 are dominant in developing low temperature plasmas in air. In addition to c${}_{4}^{\prime}$ transitions, photoionization capable transitions from atomic and singly ionized atomic oxygen were also observed. T
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)025024
JournalPlasma Sources Science and Technology
StatePublished - Mar 2016

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