Eur. Phys. J. AP
Volume 15, Number 1, July 2001
|Page(s)||49 - 56|
|Section||Imaging, Microscopy and Spectroscopy|
|Published online||15 July 2001|
Comparative determination of the electron temperature in Ar- and N2-plasmas with electrostatic probes, optical emission spectroscopy OES and energy dispersive mass spectrometry EDMS
Fachbereich Physik and Schwerpunkt für Materialwissenschaften, Universität Kaiserslautern, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Revised: 26 March 2001
Accepted: 26 March 2001
Published online: 15 July 2001
The electron temperature Te as the often most essential parameter for applications of low pressures plasma has been derived from comparative in situ measurements with a single and a double electrostatic probe, and with optical emission spectroscopy OES and energy dispersive mass spectrometry EDMS as remote techniques. Electrodeless rf discharges maintained by electron cyclotron wave resonance ECWR in pure Ar and N2 in the pressure regime from 10−2 to 1 Pa have been used as sample plasmas. The evaluation of the OES- and EDMS-signals is described in detail. The pressure dependence of the Te-results derived therefrom is found to compare well with the data from the probe measurements, and with calculations from a charge carrier balance equation. By matching the OES data to the absolute Te-values from the probe measurements, numerical expressions have been obtained by which Te can be quantitatively calculated from the intensity ratios between selected emission lines from the Ar- and the N2-plasma. Furthermore, the EDMS-results are also shown to deliver quantitative information about Te.
PACS: 52.70.-m – Plasma diagnostic techniques and instrumentation / 34.80.My – Fundamental electron inelastic processes in weakly ionized gases
© EDP Sciences, 2001
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