Brazilian Journal of Physics
Print version ISSN 0103-9733
KHATUN, Hasina; SHARMA, A.K. and BARHAI, P.K.. Experimental study of low-pressure nitrogen dielectric barrier discharge. Braz. J. Phys. [online]. 2010, vol.40, n.4, pp.450-453. ISSN 0103-9733. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-97332010000400016.
The electrical and spectral characteristics of a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) are experimentally investigated in a sealed off coaxial cylinder filled with nitrogen at a pressure of 10 mbar. The discharge is a transient diffused glow at low frequency alternating voltage (60 Hz) and changes to a filamentary mode at high frequency alternating voltage (35 kHz). In case of pulsed voltage, the discharge is always transient diffused glow at any frequency. The intensity of a second positive system (SPS) of the nitrogen molecule has been also measured to characterize the discharge excitation. The effective vibrational temperature is estimated from the SPS vibrational band, Δv = -2. It is concluded that the intensity of the SPS of the nitrogen and the effective vibrational temperature depends upon the reduced electric field and the energy consumed per cycle by the device.
Keywords : Dielectric barrier discharge; Second positive system; effective vibrational temperature.