Handling of fine-particles by time-averaged particle driving method in plasmas

Satoru Iizuka, Kazuma Sakuta, Wataru Suzukawa, Kohgi Kato, Takuma Gohda

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We developed a noble technique for the fine-particle handling in plasmas. In this method a pair of point electrodes are introduced in the plasma, to which positive pulses are applied alternatively. When the pulse repetition period is shorter than the particle response time, the particles feel only time-averaged force because of their large mass. Spatial profile of the equivalent potential of the time-averaged force varies from a circle to an ellipse with an increase in the local discharge at the electrodes. The particles are eventually transported toward a middle point between two point-electrodes, being almost independent of their initial positions. This method is quite effective for converging fine particles in the plasma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4182-4186
Number of pages5
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar 12
Externally publishedYes


  • Dust plasma
  • Fine particles
  • Particle handling
  • Time-averaged force

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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