Mobility of non thermal electrons and ions in very high density and purified nitrogen corona discharge

M Nur 1,2*, N Bonifaci3, A Denat3 and V M Atrazhev4

1Center for Plasma Research, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, Diponegoro University,
2Physics Department, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, Diponegoro University, Semarang
3G2E.Laboratory, CNRS and Joseph Fourier University 25 rue des Martyrs, 38042 Grenoble,
4Joint Institute for High Temperatures (JIHT) and Russian Academy of Sciences, Izhorskaya
St. 13, 2125412, Moscow, Russia

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The mobility of nonthermal electrons and ions have been determined in very high and purified nitrogen corona discharge. Corona discharge was generated by plasma generator system with point-to-plane electrodes geometry configuration. Charateristic I-V has been done by using stabilized DC high voltage generator high up to 20 kV. Graph current of saturation corona unipolar for variation voltage and the distance between electrodes is curved with the semi-parabolic equation. We used I-V characteristic to determine charge patricles mobilities. In this research high purified and slighly purified nitrogen gas. For negative corona, we found that the mobility of charged particles is greater than negative ions and smaller than thermal electron mobility. Particles engaging and moving in the corona with high purification the gas are nonthermal electrons, positive ions for positive corona. From the current-voltage characteristic, we can conclude that the regime of our discharge in very pure gases (N2) corresponds to the current regime limited by space charge. By analogy with what has been observed in a “discharge tube” this regime is similar to an abnormal glow discharge regime. We have seen previously that the variation with the density of the ionic mobility is in good agreement with the direct measurements by the time of flight method.

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