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Kinetics and Spectroscopy of Low Temperature Plasmas

Loureiro, Jorge Manuel Amaro Henriques, Amorim Filho, Jayr

2016, X, 450 p. 70 illus.

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  • Derives the theory in a self-consistent way, providing discussion of the theory valid to describe the plasma physics kinetics from the statistical physics principles
  • Provides examples of the application of concepts to different types of discharges emphasizing the particularities of each one
  • Includes exercises at the end of each chapter

Introduction to Kinetics and Spectroscopy of Low Temperature Plasmas is a comprehensive textbook designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Both authors rely on more than 20 years of teaching experience in renowned Physics Engineering courses to write this book addressing the students’ needs.

This book derives in a full self-consistent way the electron kinetic theory used to describe low temperature plasmas created in the laboratory with an electrical discharge, and presents the main optical spectroscopic diagnostics used to characterize such plasmas. The chapters with the theoretical contents make use of a deductive approach in which the electron kinetic theory applied to plasmas is derived from the basic concepts of Statistical and Plasma Physics. On the other hand, the main optical spectroscopy diagnostics used to characterize experimentally the plasmas are presented and justified from the point of view of the Atomic and Molecular Physics.

Low temperature plasmas (LTP) are partially ionized gases with a broad use in many technological applications such as microelectronics, light sources, lasers, biology and medicine. LTPs lead to the production of atomic and molecular excited states, chemically reactive radicals, and activated surface sites, which are in the origin of the deposition of thin films, advanced nanotechnology products, solar cells, highly efficient combustion motors, and treatment of cancer cells.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Collisional‐radiative Plasma Models - Electron Boltzmann Equation - Kinetics of Low Temperature Plasma - Microscopic Description of Plasmas - Optical Diagnostics of Plasmas - Plasma Physics Textbook - Plasma Physics for Engineers - Species Kinetics in Discharges - Spectroscopy of Low Temperature Plasma - kinetics in Electrical Discharges

Related subjects » Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics - Condensed Matter Physics - Optics & Lasers - Production & Process Engineering

Table of contents 

Generalities about plasmas and gas discharges.-Microscopic kinetic description.- Boltzmann equation in velocity space.- Boltzmann equation in velocity and position spaces.- Time-varying electric fields.- Macroscopic kinetic description.- Maintenance of a glow-discharge.- Highly ionized plasmas.- Collisional-radiate models.- Radiation and optical diagnostics.- Emission spectroscopy.- Absorption spectroscopy.- Laser spectroscopy.- Applications of Low temperature plasmas.

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