Eur. Phys. J. AP
Volume 4, Number 2, November 1998
|Page(s)||193 - 201|
|Published online||15 November 1998|
Study of plasmas in He–O2 mixtures and their role on the stability of the surface properties of polymers*
Plasma Processing Laboratory, ENSCP, Paris VI University, France
2 Plasma Physics Department, “A. I. Cuza” University, Iasi–6600, Romania
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised: 4 May 1998
Accepted: 5 May 1998
Published online: 15 November 1998
The characteristics of a low frequency (70 kHz) discharge with non-symmetrical configuration of electrodes in He–O2 mixtures were investigated. The Langmuir probe technique, emission spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and absorption spectroscopy were used for plasma diagnostics. The physicochemical properties of PET (polyethylene terephtalate) were analyzed via contact angle measurements and XPS spectroscopy. The presence of the oxygen is shown to modify both the densities of the helium metastable states and also the energetic character of the discharge. The very efficient loss of He excited species and in particularly the metastables, for amounts of O2 higher than a few percents, affects the surface modification in terms of crosslinking, and therefore the stability. This work has shown that one of the important species responsible for the crosslinking process leading to stable surface properties could be the helium metastables.
PACS: 52.75.-d – Plasma devices and applications / 81.65.-b – Surface treatments / 82.65.Pa – Surface-enhanced molecular states and other gas surface interactions
© EDP Sciences, 1998
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