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Title: Computational modeling of the effect of external electron injection into a direct-current microdischarge

Electron emission from the electrode surface plays an important role in determining the structure of a direct-current microdischarge. Here we have developed a computational model of a direct-current microdischarge to study the effect of external electron injection from the cathode surface into the discharge to manipulate its properties. The model provides a self-consistent, multi-species, multi-temperature fluid representation of the plasma. A microdischarge with a metal-insulator-metal configuration is chosen for this study. The effect of external electron injection on the structure and properties of the microdischarge is described. The transient behavior of the microdischarge during the electron injection is examined. The nonlinearities in the dynamics of the plasma result in a large increase of conduction current after active electron injection. For the conditions simulated a switching time of ∼100 ns from a low-current to high-current discharge state is realized.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22493084
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 118; Journal Issue: 24; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; CATHODES; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DIRECT CURRENT; ELECTRICAL INSULATORS; ELECTRON BEAM INJECTION; METALS; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; PLASMA; SURFACES