Electric field measurements in a quasi-two-dimensional Ns pulse discharge in atmospheric air

Marien Simeni Simeni, Benjamin M. Goldberg, Cheng Zhang, Kraig Frederickson, Walter R. Lempert, Igor V. Adamovich

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Abstract

Electric field in a quasi-two-dimensional, nanosecond pulse, dielectric barrier discharge in atmospheric air is measured by picosecond four-wave mixing. The results demonstrate electric field offset on the discharge center plane before the discharge pulse, due to surface charge accumulation on the dielectric from the previous pulse. The electric field follows the applied voltage until “forward” breakdown occurs, after which the field in the plasma decreases due to charge separation. When the applied voltage is reduced, the field in the plasma reverses direction and increases again, until the “reverse” breakdown occurs, producing a secondary reduction in the electric field. After the discharge pulse, the field decays on a microsecond time scale. Spatially resolved measurements show that the discharge develops as a surface ionization wave. Significant surface charge accumulation on the dielectric surface is detected near the end of the discharge pulse. Measurements of electric field vector components demonstrate that the vertical field peaks ahead of the ionization wave, while the horizontal field peaks near the ionization wave front. Behind the wave, the vertical field remains low, near the detection limit, while the horizontal field is gradually reduced to near the detection limit at the discharge center plane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA SciTech Forum - 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781624104473
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting - Grapevine, United States
Duration: Jan 9 2017Jan 13 2017

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NameAIAA SciTech Forum - 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting

Other

Other55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting
CountryUnited States
CityGrapevine
Period1/9/171/13/17

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Simeni Simeni, M., Goldberg, B. M., Zhang, C., Frederickson, K., Lempert, W. R., & Adamovich, I. V. (2017). Electric field measurements in a quasi-two-dimensional Ns pulse discharge in atmospheric air. In AIAA SciTech Forum - 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting [AIAA 2017-1811] (AIAA SciTech Forum - 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting). American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2017-1811