Utilizing Nonlocal Effects for Development of Novel Technologies for Plasma Chemistry and Laser Applications

Period of Performance: 09/14/2007 - 09/14/2009

$739K

Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Ues, Inc.
4401 Dayton-Xenia Road Array
Dayton, OH 45432
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

Princeton University
P. O. Box 451
Princeton, NJ 08543
Institution POC

Abstract

UES, Inc., partnered with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, proposes to develop a new method of controlling plasma parameters based on the nonlocal nature of the electron energy distribution function in plasmas. Specifically we propose to develop nonlocal plasma technology (NLP-technology) in plasmas with fast electrons - electrons with energies essentially greater than the average electron energy, and/or negative ions. The overall tasks during the Phase II are: (1) Improving computer codes for a more sophisticated simulation of plasmas with fast electrons and application of those codes for analyzing experiments in plasmas with fast electrons; (2) Conducting experimental investigations of various types of plasmas with fast electrons, including two types of plasmas: a) with volumetric plasma-chemical reaction production of the fast electrons and b) with injection of the fast electrons via plasma boundaries; (3) Developing a prototype technological device utilizing NLP-technology for regulating the plasma parameters. The completion of all three phases will experimentally demonstrate the importance of fast electrons and/or negative ions in the plasmas, establish the feasibility of using nonlocal plasma properties for plasma parameter regulation and establish subsequent applications for the NLP-technology during Phase III of the project.