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Experimental Study of Nitrogen Oxides and Ozone Generation by Corona-Like Dielectric Barrier Discharge with Airflow in a Magnetic Field


We investigated nitrogen monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone generation for corona-like dielectric barrier discharge in a stationary magnetic field with airflow. The magnetic field was produced by the permanent magnet. We showed that nitrogen monoxide could be easily generated at relatively low voltages, by application of a magnetic field on the hollow needle to mesh with a dielectric barrier discharge. For higher voltages generation of nitrogen monoxide falls to zero, and generation of nitrogen dioxide and ozone with increasing voltage increases. We also demonstrated that simultaneous application of the magnetic field with airflow through the needle electrode affects the transition of the discharge from the high to the low voltage regime. This transition is accompanied by important changes in the production of nitrogen oxides and ozone. Changes in the discharge regime are reflected by changes in the voltage–current waveforms. The obtained results could be interesting for various biomedical applications or bacterial decontamination of surfaces.

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This research has been supported by the Czech Science Foundation Grant Under Contract No. 17-19968S. The author would also like to thank Mr. P. Neugebauer for taking the photograph of the discharge.

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Pekárek, S. Experimental Study of Nitrogen Oxides and Ozone Generation by Corona-Like Dielectric Barrier Discharge with Airflow in a Magnetic Field. Plasma Chem Plasma Process 37, 1313–1330 (2017).

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  • AC corona discharge
  • Dielectric barrier discharge
  • Nitrogen oxides
  • Ozone
  • Magnetic field