Experimental study of atmospheric-pressure micro-plasmas for the ambient sampling of conductive materials



Duan, Zhengchao, He, Feng, Si, Xinlu, Bradley, James W and Ouyang, Jiting
(2018) Experimental study of atmospheric-pressure micro-plasmas for the ambient sampling of conductive materials. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS D-APPLIED PHYSICS, 51 (6). 065201-065201.

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Abstract

Conductive solid material sampling by micro-plasma under ambient atmosphere was studied experimentally. A high-voltage pulse generator was utilized to drive discharge between a tungsten needle and metal samples. The effects of pulse width on discharge, micro-plasma and sampling were investigated. The electrical results show that two discharge current pulses can be formed in one voltage pulse. The duration of the first current pulse is of the order of 100 ns. The duration of the second current pulse depends on the width of the voltage pulse. The electrical results also show that arc micro-plasma was generated during both current pulses. The results of the emission spectra of different sampled materials indicate that the relative emission intensity of elemental metal ions will increase with pulse width. The excitation temperature and electron density of the arc micro-plasmas increase with the voltage pulse width, which contributes to the increase of relative emission intensity of metal ions. The optical images and energy dispersive spectroscopy results of the sampling spots on metal surfaces indicate that discharge with a short voltage pulse can generate a small sputtering crater.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: micro-plasma, pulsed discharge, ambient sampling, atmospheric-pressure
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2018 16:47
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 06:39
DOI: 10.1088/1361-6463/aaa31a
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3018019