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Title: Conclusive evidence of abrupt coagulation inside the void during cyclic nanoparticle formation in reactive plasma

Abstract

In this letter, we present scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results that confirm in a direct way our earlier explanation of an abrupt coagulation event as the cause for the void hiccup. In a recent paper, we reported on the fast and interrupted expansion of voids in a reactive dusty argon–acetylene plasma. The voids appeared one after the other, each showing a peculiar, though reproducible, behavior of successive periods of fast expansion, abrupt contraction, and continued expansion. The abrupt contraction was termed “hiccup” and was related to collective coagulation of a new generation of nanoparticles growing in the void using relatively indirect methods: electron density measurements and optical emission spectroscopy. In this letter, we present conclusive evidence using SEM of particles collected at different moments in time spanning several growth cycles, which enables us to follow the nanoparticle formation process in great detail.

Authors:
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  1. Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22594449
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 109; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2016 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ACETYLENE; ARGON; CONTRACTION; ELECTRON DENSITY; ELECTRON SCANNING; ELECTRONS; EMISSION SPECTROSCOPY; EXPANSION; NANOPARTICLES; PLASMA; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; VOIDS

Citation Formats

Wetering, F. M. J. H. van de, Nijdam, S., and Beckers, J.. Conclusive evidence of abrupt coagulation inside the void during cyclic nanoparticle formation in reactive plasma. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4959835.
Wetering, F. M. J. H. van de, Nijdam, S., & Beckers, J.. Conclusive evidence of abrupt coagulation inside the void during cyclic nanoparticle formation in reactive plasma. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4959835.
Wetering, F. M. J. H. van de, Nijdam, S., and Beckers, J.. Mon . "Conclusive evidence of abrupt coagulation inside the void during cyclic nanoparticle formation in reactive plasma". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4959835.
@article{osti_22594449,
title = {Conclusive evidence of abrupt coagulation inside the void during cyclic nanoparticle formation in reactive plasma},
author = {Wetering, F. M. J. H. van de and Nijdam, S. and Beckers, J.},
abstractNote = {In this letter, we present scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results that confirm in a direct way our earlier explanation of an abrupt coagulation event as the cause for the void hiccup. In a recent paper, we reported on the fast and interrupted expansion of voids in a reactive dusty argon–acetylene plasma. The voids appeared one after the other, each showing a peculiar, though reproducible, behavior of successive periods of fast expansion, abrupt contraction, and continued expansion. The abrupt contraction was termed “hiccup” and was related to collective coagulation of a new generation of nanoparticles growing in the void using relatively indirect methods: electron density measurements and optical emission spectroscopy. In this letter, we present conclusive evidence using SEM of particles collected at different moments in time spanning several growth cycles, which enables us to follow the nanoparticle formation process in great detail.},
doi = {10.1063/1.4959835},
journal = {Applied Physics Letters},
number = 4,
volume = 109,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Mon Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 2016}
}