Atmospheric pressure plasma analysis by modulated molecular beam mass spectrometry
Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. A. Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films
Fractional number density measurements for a rf plasma "needle" operating at atmospheric pressure have been obtained using a molecular beam mass spectrometer ͑MBMS͒ system designed for diagnostics of atmospheric plasmas. The MBMS system comprises three differentially pumped stages and a mass/energy analyzer and includes an automated beam-to-background measurement facility in the form of a software-controlled chopper mechanism. The automation of the beam modulation allows the neutral components
... neutral components in the plasma to be rapidly and accurately measured using the mass spectrometer by threshold ionization techniques. Data are reported for plasma generated by a needle plasma source operated using a helium/air mixture. In particular, data for the conversion of atmospheric oxygen and nitrogen into nitric oxide are discussed with reference to its significance for medical applications such as disinfecting wounds and dental cavities and for microsurgery.