Numerical Simulation of the Plasma Inside a Glow Discharge Millimeter Wave Detector

  • Cemre Kusoglu-SarikayaEmail author
  • Demiral Akbar
  • Hakan Altan
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 223)


Nowadays, Terahertz (THz) and mm-waves are encountered in many branches such as security, industry and medicine. However, limitations in existing commercial detectors in terms of cost, speed and responsivity prevent this highly advantageous region of the electromagnetic spectrum from being used more efficiently. For these reasons, neon indicator lamps, otherwise known as glow discharge detectors (GDDs), have succeeded in attracting the attention of researchers, not only because they are cheap, but also because of their better performance to other technologies. In these detectors, detection occurs as a result of the interaction of THz/mm-wave with the plasma in the lamp. Although this interaction has been tried to be explained qualitatively using various analytical models, there has been no accurate quantitative explanation about this interaction in the literature. The problem is mainly due to the confined plasma environment which can be difficult to resolve with equilibrium models. As known, GDDs are non-local thermal equilibrium plasma lamps, and such plasmas need to be modeled with a kinetic approach. For that reason, in this study, parallel 1d3v Particle in Cell/Monte Carlo Collision (PIC/MCC) simulation of the plasma in the neon lamp is performed. This simulation will form the basis for the planned investigations into understanding the effects of THz/mm-waves on the plasma. The kinetic approach employed in the simulation allows us to accurately understand and predict the plasma parameters causing the glow discharge in GDDs. The results are checked using experiments performed on home-built discharge glow chambers with similar gap dimensions.



The work was supported by the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) 115F226. This research is also sponsored in part by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme under grant MD.SFPP 984775. The simulations were performed using High Performance and Grid Computing Center (TRUBA Resources) at TUBITAK ULAKBIM.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cemre Kusoglu-Sarikaya
    • 1
    Email author
  • Demiral Akbar
    • 2
  • Hakan Altan
    • 1
  1. 1.Middle East Technical UniversityDepartment of PhysicsAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringOstim Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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