The time evolution of measured plasma parameters, including the electron energy distribution function (EEDF), in the discharge and post-discharge regime of a pulsed hydrogen magnetic multipole plasma is presented. The time necessary for the plasma to reach equilibrium has been established as 160-mu-s. The present results clarify the mechanisms which initiate the discharge. The decay rates of the charged-particle density and energy in the post-discharge have been measured. These measurements indicate that particle transport to the wall is the dominant loss mechanism for both charged-particle density and energy. The time-resolved EEDF is found to be non-Maxwellian in the discharge and Maxwellian in the late post-discharge.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1991|