Discharge kinetics of inductively coupled oxygen plasmas: Experiment and model

C.S. Corr, S. Gomez, W.G. Graham

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In this paper, neutral and charged particle dynamics in both the capacitive and inductive modes of an inductively coupled oxygen discharge are presented. Langmuir probes, laser-assisted photodetachment and two-photon laser-induced fluorescence are employed to measure plasma parameters in the 13.56MHz system for a range of plasma powers and gas pressures. It is found that the capacitive mode is more electronegative with lower molecular dissociation compared with the inductive mode. However, the negative ion density in each mode is comparable. A maximum is observed in the negative ion density and fraction with pressure for both modes. The experimental measurements are supplemented by a global model, which includes capacitive and inductive coupling effects. The model and experiments demonstrate that negative ion loss is dominated by ion-ion recombination and electron detachment at low pressures (
Original languageEnglish
JournalPlasma Sources Science and Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2012


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