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Plasma Generation

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Lightnings and technical plasmas are generated by an electric breakdown in a gas. The ignition process leads to a subsequent current flow that generates an electrical discharge. Depending on the power source that feeds the plasma, we distinguish direct current (dc), low-frequency alternating current (ac), and radio-frequency (rf) discharges. This chapter gives a brief introduction into the most common types of discharges and the associated plasma processes with emphasis on the how-questions rather than giving answers to all why-questions.

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Piel, A. (2010). Plasma Generation. In: Plasma Physics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-10491-6_11

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