Alfven's critical ionization velocity observed in high power impulse magnetron sputtering discharges
2012 (English)In: Physics of Plasmas, ISSN 1070-664X, Vol. 19, no 9, 093505- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Azimuthally rotating dense plasma structures, spokes, have recently been detected in several high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) devices used for thin film deposition and surface treatment, and are thought to be important for plasma buildup, energizing of electrons, as well as cross-B transport of charged particles. In this work, the drift velocities of these spokes are shown to be strongly correlated with the critical ionization velocity, CIV, proposed by Alfven. It is proposed as the most promising approach in combining the CIV and HiPIMS research fields is to focus on the role of spokes in the process of electron energization.
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2012. Vol. 19, no 9, 093505- p.
Rotating Plasma, Gas, Parameters, Space
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-104383DOI: 10.1063/1.4752073ISI: 000309401300077ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84867019687OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-104383DiVA: diva2:564809
FunderSwedish Research Council