Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 445–463 | Cite as

Thermal plasma composition in the presence of easily and noneasily ionized components

  • S. B. Radovanov
  • I. Holclajtner-Antunović
  • M. Tripković


The influence of easily and noneasily ionized components on equilibrium particle density ratios in thermal plasmas has been investigated. Particular emphasis is given to the modeling of metal halide discharges with iodine as a halide. The calculations were done for “standard” air with lithium or iodine, “standard” argon with aluminum, and with a mixture of aluminum and iodine. The system setup is in agreement with spectroscopic results for an open-chamber gas-stabilized d.c. arc, with a pressure of 1×105 Pa and temperatures corresponding to the radial distribution of temperature for this type of discharge. It is shown that the behavior of the plasma core is dominated by the easily ionized component (Li or Al) while the periphery is characterized by the noneasily ionized component (iodine).

Key Words

Thermal plasmas equilibrium composition metal halide discharge easily and noneasily ionized components 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. B. Radovanov
    • 1
  • I. Holclajtner-Antunović
    • 2
  • M. Tripković
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plasma SpectroscopyInstitute of PhysicsBelgradeYugoslavia
  2. 2.Faculty of SciencesInstitute of Physical ChemistryBelgradeYugoslavia

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