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High density distributed microwave plasma sources in a matrix configuration: concept, design and performance

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Plasma scaling up can be achieved by distributing elementary microwave plasma sources over two or tri-dimensional networks. This concept is applied to a planar reactor comprising 4 x 3 microwave plasma sources distributed according to a square lattice matrix configuration. In each elementary plasma source, the plasma is produced at the end of a coaxial applicator implemented perpendicularly to the planar source. An argon plasma can be sustained in the medium pressure range from 7.5 to 750 Pa. The sheet of plasma thus obtained becomes uniform at a distance from the source plane of 15 mm, i.e. less than half the 40mm lattice mesh. Using a cylindrical Langmuir probe, plasma density and electron temperature have been investigated as functions of pressure and microwave power. Results show that the plasma can reach densities between 10(12) and 10(13) cm(-3) with a uniformity better than +/- 3.5%.

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in2p3-00167270 , version 1 (17-08-2007)

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L. Latrasse, A. Lacoste, J. Sirou, J. Pelletier. High density distributed microwave plasma sources in a matrix configuration: concept, design and performance. Plasma Sources Science and Technology, 2007, 16, pp.7-12. ⟨10.1088/0963-0252/16/1/002⟩. ⟨in2p3-00167270⟩
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