Molecular beam mass spectrometry measurements of vibrationally excited N2 in the effluent of an atmospheric plasma jet: a comparison with a state-to-state kinetic model

Jingkai Jiang, Caleb Richards, Igor Adamovich, Peter J. Bruggeman

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Abstract

Vibrationally excited N2 molecules are suggested to be one of the possible key species responsible for the observed synergistic effects in plasma catalysis for NH3 synthesis. To assess the impact of vibrationally excited species in plasma-catalysis, quantitative measurements near interfaces are required, which remains challenging. In this letter, we report spatially resolved measurements of vibrationally excited N2 in the effluent of an atmospheric pressure plasma jet by molecular beam mass spectrometry (MBMS). The mass spectrometry signals as a function of electron energy of the ionizer were fitted with the effective electron-impact ionization cross section of N2(v) considering the vibrational distribution function as determined by a detailed vibrational level resolved plasma kinetic calculation. The reported method presented in this letter shows the capability of MBMS to measure vibrationally excited species of N2 near interfaces when the vibrational distribution function is known or assumed and shows excellent agreement with state-to-state kinetic models of N2(v).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number10LT03
JournalPlasma Sources Science and Technology
Volume31
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This material is based upon work supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences General Plasma Science program under Award No. DE-SC0020232. The work heavily relied on equipment and methods developed in the framework of project DE-SC0001939.

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© 2022 IOP Publishing Ltd.

Keywords

  • APPJ
  • molecular beam mass spectrometry
  • state-to-state kinetic model
  • vibrationally excited N

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