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Diagnostics of pre-breakdown light emission in a helium coplanar barrier discharge: the presence of neutral bremsstrahlung

Authors

NAVRÁTIL Zdeněk MORÁVEK Tomáš RÁHEĽ Jozef ČECH Jan LALINSKÝ Ondřej TRUNEC David

Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Plasma Sources Science and Technology
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Citation
Web http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1361-6595/aa66b5
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1361-6595/aa66b5
Field Plasma physics
Keywords dielectric barrier discharge; helium; single photon counting; bremsstrahlung; electric
Description Weak light emission (~10-3 of active discharge signal; average count rate ~ 1 photon s-1 nm-1) associated with surface charge relaxation during the dark phase of a helium diffuse coplanar barrier discharge was studied by optical emission spectroscopy, using a technique of phase-resolved single photon counting. The optical emission spectra of the dark phase contained luminescent bands of the dielectrics used (Al2O3, AlN) and spectral lines from the gas constituents (OH*, N2*, N2+*, He*, He2*, O*). During the charge relaxation event, a broad continuum appeared in the optical emission spectra, consisting of bremsstrahlung radiation and amplified luminescence of the dielectric barrier. The analysis presented suggests that the bremsstrahlung radiation originated from slow electrons colliding with neutral helium atoms. The fitting procedure we developed reproduced well the observed shape of the continuum. Moreover, it provided a method for the determination of electric field strength in the discharge during this particular phase. The electric field reached 1 kV cm-1 during the charge relaxation event.
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