Electron property measurements made by Langmuir probes and laser Thomson scattering have been compared in weakly magnetized plasma conditions using a planar unbalanced magnetron with the aim of assessing the accuracy of the probe diagnostic. The measurements were performed at several locations within the magnetic field configuration, the magnetic null region ( mT) on the discharge axis and inside the last closed flux surface boundary with fields up to 33 mT. There was good diagnostic agreement during High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering, but significant discrepancies were observed for DC magnetron operation, even at the magnetic null. For some discharge conditions, the electron density determined by Thomson scattering was over an order of magnitude greater than the plasma density obtained from the Langmuir probe, using both ion and electron collection theories. In addition, the low energy part of the electron energy distribution function determined by the probe was depleted. The possible reasons for the discrepancies are discussed, with the conclusion being that the plasma was significantly perturbed by the probe stem. The range of plasma densities and electron temperatures measured in this study were 0.4–54 × 1017 m−3 and 0.2–5.9 eV, respectively.
Comparison of Langmuir probe and laser Thomson scattering for electron property measurements in magnetron discharges
Peter J. Ryan, James W. Bradley, Mark D. Bowden; Comparison of Langmuir probe and laser Thomson scattering for electron property measurements in magnetron discharges. Phys. Plasmas 1 July 2019; 26 (7): 073515. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5109621
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