Monte Carlo modeling of radio-frequency breakdown in argon

  title={Monte Carlo modeling of radio-frequency breakdown in argon},
  author={Marija Pua{\vc} and Dragana Mari{\'c} and Marija Radmilovi{\'c}-Radjenovi{\'c} and Milovan {\vS}uvakov and Zoran Lj. Petrovi{\'c}},
  journal={Plasma Sources Science and Technology},
This paper contains results of the detailed simulation study of the breakdown in low-pressure radio-frequency (RF) argon discharges. Calculations were performed by using a Monte Carlo code including electrons only, with the assumption that the influence of heavy particles was negligible. The obtained results are in a good qualitative agreement with the available experimental data and clearly show the multivalued nature of the left-hand branches of the breakdown voltage curves. The physical… 
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