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The use of dc glow discharges as undergraduate educational tools
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Fig. 1.

General schematic of a glow discharge incorporating a movable cathode, a permanent magnet, a Helmholtz coil, and Langmuir probe. The dc glow has an anode (a) and a cathode (c) housed in a glass vessel. The electrodes are powered by a high-voltage power supply in series with a ballast resistor. The vacuum system controls the gas pressure via a coarse (ball) and fine (needle) valve that leaks gas into an inlet port while the vacuum pump removes gas through the outlet port.

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Fig. 2.

(Color online) Three educational plasma devices based on dc glow discharges: (a) a basic, introductory laboratory device, (b) and (c) an advanced dc glow discharge with magnets, (d) a discharge with Langmuir probes. See text for more details.

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Fig. 3.

The electrical breakdown voltage depends on the pressure of the gas and the distance between the high-voltage electrodes (circles, experimental data; curve, Eq. (1) with constants for air).

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Fig. 4.

The relationship between resistance and current for an air plasma at 3.2 Pa (circles, experimental data; curve, fit to Ohm's Law).

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Fig. 5.

Survey spectrum (a) and high-resolution spectrum (b) of argon taken in the 780–920 nm range yields spectral lines used to construct a Boltzmann plot (c) in the positive column. The linear fit yields an electron temperature of ∼0.5 eV.

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Fig. 6.

The ratio of visible plasma area inside and outside of the Helmholtz coil as a function of increasing magnetic field. The radius of the plasma in the vertical direction was estimated through a moment analysis that fits the visible plasma to an ellipse. The radius was then used to estimate for different field strengths (circles). A linear fit (curve) demonstrates that magnetic flux is conserved.

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Fig. 7.

Data set from the Langmuir probe. Below the floating potential , ion current is dominant; above, only electron current is collected. The inset shows the data in the electron collection region plotted on a semi-logarithmic scale.


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