On the self-excitation mechanisms of plasma series resonance oscillations in single- and multi-frequency capacitive discharges

Edmund Schüngel, Steven Brandt, Ihor Korolov, Aranka Derzsi, Zoltán Donkó, Julian Schulze

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

11 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The self-excitation of plasma series resonance (PSR) oscillations is a prominent feature in the current of low pressure capacitive radio frequency discharges. This resonance leads to high frequency oscillations of the charge in the sheaths and enhances electron heating. Up to now, the phenomenon has only been observed in asymmetric discharges. There, the nonlinearity in the voltage balance, which is necessary for the self-excitation of resonance oscillations with frequencies above the applied frequencies, is caused predominantly by the quadratic contribution to the charge-voltage relation of the plasma sheaths. Using Particle In Cell/Monte Carlo collision simulations of single- and multi-frequency capacitive discharges and an equivalent circuit model, we demonstrate that other mechanisms, such as a cubic contribution to the charge-voltage relation of the plasma sheaths and the time dependent bulk electron plasma frequency, can cause the self-excitation of PSR oscillations, as well. These mechanisms have been neglected in previous models, but are important for the theoretical description of the current in symmetric or weakly asymmetric discharges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043512
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2015

    Fingerprint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

Cite this