Causes of plasma column contraction in surface-wave-driven discharges in argon at atmospheric pressure.

  title={Causes of plasma column contraction in surface-wave-driven discharges in argon at atmospheric pressure.},
  author={Marco Antonio Ridenti and Jayr de Amorim and Arnaldo Dal Pino and Vasco Guerra and G. M. Petrov},
  journal={Physical review. E},
  volume={97 1-1},
In this work we compute the main features of a surface-wave-driven plasma in argon at atmospheric pressure in view of a better understanding of the contraction phenomenon. We include the detailed chemical kinetics dynamics of Ar and solve the mass conservation equations of the relevant neutral excited and charged species. The gas temperature radial profile is calculated by means of the thermal diffusion equation. The electric field radial profile is calculated directly from the numerical… 
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