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Plasma Generation



Lightnings and technical plasmas are generated by an electric breakdown in a gas. The ignition process leads to a subsequent current flow that generates an electrical discharge. Depending on the power source that feeds the plasma, we distinguish direct current (dc), low-frequency alternating current (ac), and radio-frequency (rf) discharges. This chapter gives a brief introduction into the most common types of discharges and the associated plasma processes with emphasis on the how-questions rather than giving answers to all why-questions.


Glow Discharge Plasma Generation Positive Column Virtual Cathode Bulk Plasma 
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  1. 1.Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Institut für Experimentelle und Angewandte PhysikKielGermany

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