Jürgen F Behnke

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Data from the operation of a bubble chamber filled with 3.5 kg of CF3I in a shallow underground site are reported. An analysis of ultrasound signals accompanying bubble nucleations confirms that alpha decays generate a significantly louder acoustic emission than single nuclear recoils, leading to an efficient background discrimination. Three dark matter(More)
Chemical reactions in a dielectric barrier discharge at medium pressure of 250-300 mbar have been studied in CH(4)/Ar and CH(4)/N(2) gas mixtures by means of mass spectrometry. The main reaction scheme is production of H(2) by fragmentation of CH(4), but also production of higher order hydrocarbon molecules such as C(n)H(m) with n up to 9 including(More)
A self-consistent kinetic model of plasma in the entire gap of a magnetron cylindrical discharge, with all quantities varying in radius and with the uniform magnetic field being directed axially, is presented. The discharge modeling is performed on the basis of a numerical solution of the spatially inhomogeneous Boltzmann kinetic equation together with(More)
The densities of argon metastable (3)P(2), and resonance (1)P(1), (3)P(1) states were measured along a cylindrical magnetron discharge radius by absorption spectroscopy using a narrow bandwidth single mode diode laser. The theoretical treatment includes calculations of the rates of numerous excitation and decay processes based on nonlocal electron kinetics,(More)
A kinetic model of ionization waves in the inert gas discharge is constructed, which is based on the simultaneous solution of the kinetic equation for electrons and the continuity equations for ions and excited atoms. The model corresponds to a range of intermediate pressures and small currents, when elastic collisions dominate in the electron energy(More)
A general multiterm representation of the phase space electron distribution function in terms of spherical tensors is used to solve the Boltzmann kinetic equation in crossed electric and magnetic fields. The problem is formulated for an axisymmetric cylindrical magnetron discharge with the homogeneous magnetic field being directed axially and the electric(More)
The calculations of the electron distribution function (EDF) in striationlike, sinusoidally modulated electric fields were performed to determine the dependence on spatial period length. The calculations were done for a discharge in neon at pR=2 Torr cm, i/R=5 mA/cm, and electric field E/p=1.9 V cm(-1) Torr(-1). The presence of the resonances in the EDF and(More)
The physical processes occurring in electrode regions and the positive column of a cylindrical magnetron discharge in crossed electric and magnetic fields are investigated based on the solution of the Boltzmann kinetic equation by a multiterm decomposition of the electron phase space distribution function in terms of spherical tensors. The influence of the(More)
Resonance formation of the electron velocity distribution function (EDF) in an inert gas dc discharge at low pressures and small currents is analyzed on the basis of an accurate numerical solution of the Boltzmann kinetic equation in spatially periodic sinusoidally modulated striation-like fields. Calculations are performed for neon at pressures around 1(More)
The Picasso project is a dark matter search experiment based on the superheated droplet technique. Preliminary runs performed at the Picasso Lab in Montreal have showed the suitability of this detection technique to the search for weakly interacting cold dark matter particles. In July 2002, a new phase of the project started. A batch of six 1-liter(More)