Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 101–110 | Cite as

Dynamics of the formation of excited hydrogen, H(n=2,3,4), during a pulse discharge in methane

  • Radoslaw Sobczynski
  • Hubert Lange
  • Stanislaw Kurowski


The dynamics of the formation and decay of excited hydrogen during a pulse discharge in methane at a pressure of 200 Pa and energy density of 0.05 J/cm3 has been studied. The population of hydrogen in the n=2 state was monitored by the laser absorption method. The time constant of the decay of the excited hydrogen was measured to be 95±15 ns. The concentration of free electrons reached a maximum value of 7×1014 cm−3, and the time constant of their recombination was 220±50 ns. The formation of appreciable amounts of atomic hydrogen in the ground state during the discharge, H(n=1)>1016 cm−3, was estimated on the basis of a kinetic model.

Key Words

Plasma laser diagnostics hydrocarbons free radicals kinetics 



absorption coefficient


wave number, cm−1


velocity of light


electron charge


mass of electron


Einstein coefficient


collisional deexcitation rate constant


ionization rate constant


oscillator strength


electron concentration


excited-state hydrogen concentration


electron velocity


excitation cross-section


excitation rate constants


electron temperature

E (t)

electrical field strength


current density


electron-ion collision frequency


two-body recombination rate constant


three-body recombination rate constant


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Radoslaw Sobczynski
    • 1
  • Hubert Lange
    • 1
  • Stanislaw Kurowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Plasma Diagnostics LaboratoryThe University of WarsawWarsawPoland

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