Neon excimer emission from pulsed high-pressure microhollow cathode discharge plasmas

P. Kurunczi, K. E. Martus, K. Becker

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Microhollow cathode discharge (MHCD) plasmas in high-pressure Ne (up to and exceeding atmospheric pressure) are known to be efficient sources of Ne2* excimer radiation in the vacuum ultraviolet spectral region between 75 and 90 nm. By operating the MHCD plasma in a pulsed direct current (dc) mode, we were able to increase the Ne2* excimer emission by up to 1 order of magnitude compared to the emission intensity obtained from the same MHCD plasma excited by a constant dc current. Time-resolved emission spectroscopic studies of the Ne2* excimer emission following pulsed dc excitation of an MHCD plasma in high-pressure Ne were carried out to elucidate the microscopic details of the excimer formation and destruction processes. Our studies provide direct evidence that quenching of the Ne2*(3Σu) excimer molecules and other loss processes of the excimer molecules are important processes in high-pressure MHCD plasmas and represent, in fact, the dominant destruction channel of the Ne2*(3Σu) excimer molecules in the MHCD plasma under a wide range of operating conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-43
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Mass Spectrometry
StatePublished - Jan 15 2003


  • Excimers
  • High-pressure plasmas
  • Hollow cathode discharges

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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