Evaluation of a microplasma source based on a stripline split-ring resonator
2013 (English)In: Plasma sources science & technology (Print), ISSN 0963-0252, E-ISSN 1361-6595, Vol. 22, no 5, 055017- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this paper, a stripline split-ring resonator microwave-induced plasma source, aimed for integration in complex systems, is presented and compared with a traditional microstrip design. Devices based on the two designs are evaluated using a plasma breakdown test setup for measuring the power required to ignite plasmas at different pressures. Moreover, the radiation efficiency of the devices is investigated with a Wheeler cap, and their electromagnetic compatibility is investigated in a variable electrical environment emulating an application. Finally, the basic properties of the plasma in the two designs are investigated in terms of electron temperature, plasma potential and ion density. The study shows that, with a minor increase in plasma ignition power, the stripline design provides a more isolated and easy-to-integrate alternative to the conventional microstrip design. Moreover, the stripline devices showed a decreased antenna efficiency as compared with their microstrip counterparts, which is beneficial for plasma sources. Furthermore, the investigated stripline devices exhibited virtually no frequency shift in a varying electromagnetic environment, whereas the resonance frequency of their microstrip counterparts shifted up to 17.5%. With regard to the plasma parameters, the different designs showed only minor differences in electron temperature, whereas the ion density was higher with the stripline design.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institute of Physics (IOP), 2013. Vol. 22, no 5, 055017- p.
Split-ring resonator, Microwave plasma, Microstrip, Stripline, Plasma, Wheeler cap, Langmuir probe
Other Physics Topics Engineering and Technology
Research subject Engineering Science with specialization in Microsystems Technology; Engineering Science with specialization in Microwave Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-206792DOI: 10.1088/0963-0252/22/5/055017ISI: 000325246400017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-206792DiVA: diva2:645471