The Anomalous Skin Effect in Bounded Systems

Part of the NATO Science Series: B book series (NSSB, volume 367)


We have described the state of the art of nonlocal electrodynamics of bounded discharge plasmas. We revived classical works on the anomalous skin effect to analyze peculiarities of the electromagnetic phenomena in weakly collisional ICPs. Our calculations corroborated nonmonotonic distributions of the electromagnetic fields and electron current density, the existence of negative power absorption, and other interesting phenomena recently observed in experiments. We have analyzed the effect of weak static magnetic fields on the penetration of rf fields into weakly-collisional ICPs.

The elaboration of nonlocal electrodynamics in bounded systems is important for the development of novel plasma reactors operating at gas pressures below 10 mTorr. Currently used models designed for collisional plasmas do not contain the nonlocal effects we have discussed. Our treatment was based on simple models. Further development of theory and numerical tools is required for simulation of practical devices.


Static Magnetic Field Skin Layer Skin Depth Skin Effect Plasma Resistance 
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  1. 1.Plasma Processing Laboratory Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

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