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On the plasma chemistry of a cold atmospheric argon plasma jet with shielding gas device

Ansgar Schmidt-Bleker, Jörn Winter, André Bösel, Stephan Reuter and Klaus-Dieter Weltmann

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A novel approach combining experimental and numerical methods for the study of reaction mechanisms in a cold atmospheric Ar plasma jet is introduced. The jet is operated with a shielding gas device that produces a gas curtain of defined composition around the plasma plume. The shielding gas composition is varied from pure N₂ to pure O₂. The density of metastable argon Ar(4s,³P₂) in the plasma plume was quantified using laser atom absorption spectroscopy. The density of long-living reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS), namely O₃, NO₂, NO, N₂O, N₂O₅ and H₂O₂, was quantified in the downstream region of the jet in a multipass cell using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The jet produces a turbulent flow field and features guided streamers propagating at several km s⁻¹ that follow the chaotic argon flow pattern, yielding a plasma plume with steep spatial gradients and a time dependence on the ns scale while the downstream chemistry unfolds within several seconds. The fast and highly localized electron impact reactions in the guided streamer head and the slower gas phase reactions of neutrals occurring in the plasma plume and experimental apparatus are therefore represented in two separate kinetic models. The first electron impact reaction kinetics model is correlated to the LAAS measurements and shows that in the guided streamer head primary reactive oxygen and nitrogen species are dominantly generated from Ar(4s,³P₂). The second neutral species plug-flow model hence uses an Ar(4s,³P₂) source term as sole energy input and yields good agreement with the RONS measured by FTIR spectroscopy.

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plasma jet, plasma chemistry, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, kinetic modeling, laser atom absorption spectroscopy, atmospheric pressure plasma

Subjects: 1800 Chemical engineering > 1800 Chemical engineering
3100 Physics > 3100 Physics
3100 Physics > 3107 Plasma physics
Department: Department of Engineering Physics
Funders: German Ministry of Education and Research
Grant number: 03Z2DN12
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/5126/
Journal Title: Plasma Sources Science and Technology (vol. 25, no. 1)
Publisher: IOP Publishing Ltd
DOI: 10.1088/0963-0252/25/1/015005
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1088/0963-0252/25/1/015005
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2023 11:57
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2024 03:30
Cite in APA 7: Schmidt-Bleker, A., Winter, J., Bösel, A., Reuter, S., & Weltmann, K.-D. (2016). On the plasma chemistry of a cold atmospheric argon plasma jet with shielding gas device. Plasma Sources Science and Technology, 25(1), 015005 (24 pages). https://doi.org/10.1088/0963-0252/25/1/015005


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