The European Physical Journal Applied Physics

Imaging, Microscopy and Spectroscopy

Numerical simulation of an RF inductively coupled plasma for functional enhancement by seeding vaporized alkali metal

H. Nishiyamaa1 and M. Shigetaa1

Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, 2-1-1, Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, 980-8577, Japan


The functions of the plasma flow such as electrical conductivity, thermal conduction and chemical reaction can be enhanced by seeding vaporized alkali metal with low ionization potential. In the present study, numerical simulation is conducted for the radio frequency inductively coupled plasma of which functions are enhanced by seeding a small amount of vaporized alkali metal. The effects of seeding, injection flow rate and applied coil frequency on the plasma characteristics are clarified by relating to the flow structure and electromagnetic effect.

(Received August 16 2001)

(Revised December 4 2001)

(Accepted January 7 2002)

(Online publication May 15 2002)


  • 52.30.Cv – Magnetohydrodynamics (including electron magnetohydrodynamics);
  • 52.65.Kj – Magnetohydrodynamic and fluid equation;
  • 52.80.Pi – High-frequency and RF discharges