The effect of secondary electrons on the separate control of ion energy and flux in dual-frequency capacitively coupled radio frequency discharges

Z. Donkó, J. Schulze, P. Hartmann, I. Korolov, U. Czarnetzki, E. Schüngel

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Abstract

Dual-frequency capacitive discharges are used to separately control the mean ion energy, ε- ion, and F flux, ion, at the electrodes. We study the effect of secondary electrons on this separate control in argon discharges driven at 2+27 MHz at different pressures using Particle in Cell simulations. For secondary yield γ≈0, ion decreases as a function of the low frequency voltage amplitude due to the frequency coupling, while it increases at high γ due to the effective multiplication of secondary electrons inside the sheaths. Therefore, separate control is strongly limited. ε- ion increases with γ, which might allow an in situ determination of γ -coefficients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number081501
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume97
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 23 2010

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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