Mechanisms of Ionizational Nonequilibrium in Air Plasmas
Final technical rept. 1 May 1997-30 Sep 2002
STANFORD UNIV PALO ALTO CA
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The goal of this MURI program was to discover physical mechanisms for significantly reducing the power budget required to create and sustain large volume atmospheric air plasmas at temperature below 2000K with electron number densities of the order of 10 13 cm -3. The Stanford consortium Experimentally demonstrated the generation of over 10 12 electronscm 3 in atmospheric pressure air at 2000K, with an average power of 12 Wcm 3, i.e. 250 times smaller than a DC discharge at 10 12cm3.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics