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Title: Two counter-propagating He plasma plumes and ignition of a third plasma plume without external applied voltage

In this work, the interaction of the two counter-propagating helium plasma plume inside a dielectric tube is investigated. When voltages applied to the two electrodes are the same, a dark zone always occurs no matter if the electrodes are symmetric or not. The length of the dark zone decreases from 6 mm to 2 mm when the voltages applied to the two electrodes are increased from 5.5 kV to 7.5 kV. Then with the increase of the applied voltage up to 9 kV, the length of the dark zone becomes stable and approaches to a const value of 1.8 mm. On the other hand, when the voltages applied to the two electrodes are different, instead of a dark zone, a third plasma plume is generated between the upstream and downstream plasma plumes. Detailed studies found that the third plasma plume is ignited more than 300 ns after the voltage is off, it is the difference of the local space charges of the heads of the downstream plasma and the upstream plasma induces the local electric field, which ignites the plasma rather than the external applied voltages.
Authors:
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  1. State Key Laboratory of Advanced Electromagnetic Engineering and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22252114
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; DIELECTRIC MATERIALS; ELECTRIC FIELDS; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL; ELECTRODES; PLASMA; PLUMES; SPACE CHARGE; SYMMETRY; THERMONUCLEAR IGNITION