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Quantification of surface charging memory effect in ionization wave dynamics


The dynamics of ionization waves (IWs) in atmospheric pressure discharges is fundamentally determined by the electric polarity (positive or negative) at which they are generated and by the presence of memory effects, i.e. leftover charges and reactive species that influence subsequent IWs. This work examines and compares positive and negative IWs in pulsed plasma jets (1 [Formula: see text]s on-time), showing the difference in their nature and the different resulting interaction with a dielectric BSO target. For the first time, it is shown that a surface charging memory effect is produced, i.e. that a significant amount of surface charges and electric field remain in the target in between discharge pulses (200 [Formula: see text]s off-time). This memory effect directly impacts IW dynamics and is especially important when using negative electric polarity. The results suggest that the remainder of surface charges is due to the lack of charged particles in the plasma near the target, which avoids a full neutralization of the target. This demonstration and the quantification of the memory effect are possible for the first time by using an unique approach, assessing the electric field inside a dielectric material through the combination of an advanced experimental technique called Mueller polarimetry and state-of-the-art numerical simulations.
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hal-03541456 , version 1 (24-01-2022)



Pedro Viegas, Elmar Slikboer, Zdenek Bonaventura, Enric Garcia-Caurel, Olivier Guaitella, et al.. Quantification of surface charging memory effect in ionization wave dynamics. Scientific Reports, 2022, 12 (1), pp.1181. ⟨10.1038/s41598-022-04914-8⟩. ⟨hal-03541456⟩
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