ABSTRACT: A large-scale atmospheric pressure plasma has been generated in helium, and the time-resolved optical and electrical properties have been shown to produce a homogeneous dielectric barrier discharge. Introducing tetraethyl orthosilicate as a liquid aerosol into this plasma produced clear, uniform, and smooth plasma polymerized coatings. Optical imaging studies have shown that adding 1% oxygen to the gas mixture induced a switch from a homogeneous plasma to a filamentary or microdischarge mode of operation, and this has been shown to dramatically alter the morphology of the deposited coatings. Surface analysis reveals significant particulate inclusions in coatings deposited from the filamentary mode of operation.
IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 07/2009; · 1.17 Impact Factor