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The pressure dependence of the discharge properties in a capacitively coupled oxygen discharge
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Space and Plasma Physics. University of Iceland, Iceland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8153-3209
2015 (English)In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 118, no 15, 153302Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We use the one-dimensional object-oriented particle-in-cell Monte Carlo collision code oopd1 to explore the evolution of the charged particle density profiles, electron heating mechanism, and the electron energy probability function (EEPF) in a capacitively coupled oxygen discharge with pressure in the pressure range of 10-500 mTorr. We find that at higher pressure (50-500 mTorr) the electron heating occurs mainly in the sheath region, and detachment by the metastable singlet molecule O-2(a(1)Delta(g)) has a significant influence on the electron heating process. At a low pressure (10 mTorr), Ohmic heating in the bulk plasma (the electronegative core) dominates, and detachment by O-2(a(1)Delta(g)) has only a small influence on the heating process. Thus at low pressure, the EEPF is convex and as the pressure is increased the number of low energy electrons increases and the number of higher energy electrons (> 10 eV) decreases, and the EEPF develops a concave shape or becomes bi-Maxwellian.

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American Institute of Physics (AIP), 2015. Vol. 118, no 15, 153302
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-177056DOI: 10.1063/1.4933293ISI: 000363535800007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84945161490OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-177056DiVA: diva2:883413
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VINNOVA, 2014-04876
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Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2015-12-17Bibliographically approved

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