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  1. Experimental test of instability enhanced collisional friction for determining ion loss in two ion species plasmasNoah Hershkowitz 
University of Wisconsin – Madison Annual Meeting of APS Nov. 8, 2010 Chicago, IL

  2. Background With one ion species, ion drift velocity vd at the sheath plasma boundary is the Bohm velocity • The Bohm velocity also is the ion sound velocity in the bulk plasma • Ions are accelerated to the sheath boundary by presheath electric fields • For one ion species, Riemann has shown the presheath potential where  is the ion-neutral collision length

  3. With 2 or more ion species, Riemann showed that ions satisfy a generalized Bohm criterion • With only 2 ion species and assuming the equality holds The generalized Bohm velocity may be satisfied by speeds faster or slower than the sound speed for a given ion species Two simple solutions: (1) all ions attain the same speed at the sheath edge • (2) each species attains its own Bohm speed. • Solution (1) gives a common ion drift velocity at the sheath edge equal to the ion acoustic speed in a homogeneous plasma with no ion drifts.

  4. Many authors quite naturally have assumed that solution (2) applies. If the plasma is collisionless, then all ions can reach their individual Bohm velocity at the sheath edge by falling through a potential of Te/2. In weakly collisional plasmas, ion motion is mobility limited and much larger potential drops are required to reach the Bohm velocity. Under these conditions, the potential drop that works for one ion species does not work for the other ion species.

  5. Our recent experiments have shown that ions in weakly collisional plasmas containing two ion species of comparable densities nearly reach a common velocity at the sheath edge within errors The common velocity was the bulk system ion sound velocity How does the plasma achieve that result?

  6. Ar+Xe LIF & emissive probe data show the difference in flow speeds throughout the presheath is small - Ar 0.5 + Xe 0.2 mTorr • Filament: -60 V, 1.25 A • Electrode: -30 V • ne = 5.71×109 cm-3, Teff = 0.68 eV • Cs(Ar) = 1280 m/s, Cs(Xe) = 710 m/s • Sheath edge from EP • = 0.25 ~ 0.30 cm • - Phase velocity by IAW: 1090 ± 40 m/s • Ion ratios: Ar 0.61 + Xe 0.39 • Ar ion speed with respect to z in Ar+Xe plasma • At the sheath edge:<vrms> =1080 ± 50 m/s • The Ar velocity measured from the LIF data at the sheath edge is between the Bohm velocity • of argon and xenon. • The results show that the argon ions also get close to the sound speed of the system at the sheath boundary • when the argon is thelighter species.

  7. An Ion-Ion beam Instability is observed

  8. Baalrud et al.1,2 have recently argued that ion beam - ion beam instability-enhanced collisional friction establishes the solution of the Bohm Criterion The relative flow speed of the two ion species with large differences in ion masses was predicted to be limited to a value determined by the instability-enhanced friction, the thermal velocities and relative densities of the ions and their mass differences. In particular, they predict that individual species’ velocities equal individual species’ Bohm velocities when one species’ density was much larger than the other, and a minimum velocity difference when the ion concentrations are comparable. The predicted velocity diffeence goes to zero as Ti goes to zeero. [1] S. Baalrud, J. Callen, and C. Hegna, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 205002 (2009) [2] S. Baalrud, and C. Hegna, UW-CPTC 10-2 (Dated: April 7, 2010)

  9. Experimental Approach • Plasma is produced in a multi-dipole device by energetic electrons emitted from heated filaments. • The concentration ratio of the two ion species is determined from the phase velocity of Ion Acoustic Waves in the bulk plasma combined with the measured Te • Electron temperature is measured with a Langmuir probe. • Laser Induced Fluorescence determines ion flow velocities and ion temperatures. Both Ar+ and Xe+ LIF are employed • An emissive probe measures the plasma potential profile near a negatively biased plate • The sheath/presheath boundary is identified from the slope change of the emission current vs bias voltage curve • Drift velocities of both species at the sheath edge are compared with the solution to the generalized Bohm criterion predicted by the theory. • A Maxwell demon wire array device is used to heat the plasma for temperature variance

  10. P M T Magnets -60 V, 1.0A LIF e e Hot Filament 60 cm e Langmuir Probe Probe Circuit Laser Electrode Plate Z Emissive Probe Beam Dump -30 V Pump 70 cm Multi-dipole device

  11. Periscope Chopper Controller Mirror To Chamber Power Meter I2 Cell Wavelength Meter Mirror Laser Driver Optical Chopper I2 Cell Heater Laser Head Heating Ribbon Experimental setup of the laser system

  12. PMT Ar LIF Laser EP Multi-dipole Device - Argon or Helium + Xenon • Gas pressure: 0.1 ~ 1.0 mTorr • Filament bias: -60 V • Emission current: 1.0 ~ 1.25 A • Electron density: ~ 109 cm-3 • Electron temperature: ~ 1 eV • Using the filament of the emissive probe • as an aiming point of the laser.

  13. How does the LIF work? Optical excitation of Ar metastable ion in state 3d4F7/2 to 4p4D5/2 with the diode laser of 668.614 nm Relaxation from the state 4p4D5/2 to 4s4P3/2. Observe the fluorescence at 442.72 nm In Xe excite with 680.574 nm and observe fluorescence at 492.15 nm It is assumed that the metastable ions are in thermal equilibrium with ground state ions

  14. The sheath edge is determined from the change in slope of inflection point vs Vp Plasma parameters • Ar 0.7 mTorr • Filament: -60 V, 1.00 A • Electrode: -30 V Where is the sheath edge? • Emitted electrons from the probe reduces the curvature of potential. • The reduction in the curvature of the potential increases as the emission increases. • The inflection point becomes more positive with the increased emission in a sheath. • An electron-free sheath is identified as the position where the inflection point changes from increasing with emission to decreasing with emission. • - From the figure, the sheath edge is determined to be 0.35 ~ 0.40 cm Wang X, Hershkowitz N. Simple way to determine thee edge of an electro-free sheath with an emissive probe, REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS77, 4,043507. 2006

  15. A Maxwell demon wire array is used to raise the plasma temperature for investigation • MacKenzie et al. successfully heated a plasma by an angular momentum trap of cold electrons with a 60 x 60 cm grid of 0.03mm tungsten wire in a 1-m diameter by 2-m long filament discharge chamber. [1] • Mackenzie’s Maxwell demon wire array is revisited in a multi-dipole chamber filament discharge in a much simpler incarnation - loops of 0.025mm tungsten filament (about 3 meters in total length) spot-welded onto a conductive probe-shaft covered with electrical insulating material (ceramics and fiber-glass covers) to create an exposed wire-array, which works in spite of the lack of overall geometry.

  16. Note that the plasma after its temperature is raised satisfies the Bohm’s Criterion Te=0.89eV without demon by Langmuir Probe(Cs = 810.3 m/s) Te=1.71eV with demon by Langmuir Probe (Cs = 1120m/s) Measured IAW velocity = 1111±70m/s Measured Ion velocity at sheathedge = 1094±70m/s Ion velocity and potential profile of a Xenon plasma with its temperature doubled by the Maxwell demon.

  17. IAW data tell the same story as LIF data. Phase velocity at sheath edge  2vbulk • Neutral Pressures: Argon 0.5mT Xenon 0.2mT • Bulk velocity ~ 1080m/s • Argon – Xenon Ratio ~ 47:53 • Filament: -60 V, 1.25 A • Electrode: -30 V • Teff 0.75eV • Sheath edge from EP • = 0.4± 0.05cm • - Phase velocity by IAW: 1080± 70 m/s

  18. For Argon-Xenon plasmas, ion temperatures at the sheath/presheath edge are comparable except for low relative ion concentrations Ion temperatures are calculated by the equation Ti = mi(<v2>-<v>2)1/2/2

  19. In a Xenon-Helium plasma, however, Xenon temperature rises both when Xenon dominates the plasma and when ion concentrations are comparable

  20. The fractional Xenon ion concentration is much higher than its the fractional neutral concentrations for both Xenon-Argon and Xenon-Helium plasmas because of Penning ionization

  21. Data shows that Ion-Ion Instability depends both on the relative flow velocity and the relative concentration of the two species.

  22. When ion masses are comparable, the theory predicts Xenon drift velocities measured by LIF are marked by the squares, Argon velocities measured by LIF are marked in circles, solid line is the prediction curve and the dash dotted line is the common sound velocity. Ar Xe This was verified in our paper, “Experimental Test of Instability-Enhanced Collisional Friction for Determining Ion Loss in Two Ion Species Plasmas”, Yip, CS; Hershkowitz, N; Severn, G. Phys Rev Lett.  Vol.104  Iss:22  #225003 (2010)

  23. Measurements made at a higher temperature (Te = 1.8eV) achieved by the Maxwell demon also confirms the same results. Xenon and Argon ion sheath velocities measured in Te = 1.80±0.05eV plasmas, notice that Argon velocities were implied by the generalized Bohm Criterion.

  24. When ion masses are very different, the theory predicts where and vTj are the ion thermal velocities He Xe Our Xenon-Helium drift velocities data: Xenon drift velocities measured by LIF are marked by the squares, Helium velocities infered by Generalized Bohm’s Criterion are marked in circles, dashed line is the prediction curve and the dash dotted line is the common sound velocity.

  25. Conclusions • The generalized Bohm criterion has been verified for Ar-Xe plasmas • LIF data are in excellent agreement with the theory based on ion beam - ion beam instability-enhanced collisional friction for weakly collisional Ar-Xe and He-Xe plasmas • Experiments with Maxwell’s Demon increased Te are also in excellent agreement with collisional friction theory. • Ions do not fall out of plasmas with their individual Bohm velocities except when their relative concentrations are either very large or very small

  26. Acknowledgements: My Collaborators Chi-Shung Yip, University of Wisconsin – Madison andGreg Severn, University of San Diego This work was supported by U.S. Department of Energy Grants No. DE-FG02-97ER54437 and No. DE FG02- 03ER54728, National Science Foundation Grants No. CBET-0903832, and No. CBET-0903783

  27. They predict that individual species’ velocities equal individual species’ Bohm velocities when one species’ density was much larger than the other. • This experiment is an attempt to verify thecollisional friction theory by measuring the ivdfs and other related plasma parameters in a multi-dipole chamber operating with discharges of Argon and Xenon or Argon and Helium with varying concentration ratios.