Kinetic modeling of streamer penetration into de-ionized water

Dmitry Levko, Ashish Sharma, Laxminarayan L. Raja

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Interest in plasma-liquid interaction phenomena has grown in recent years due to applications in plasma medicine, water purification, and plasma-hydrocarbon reforming. The plasma in contact with liquid is generated, for example, using the plasma jets or streamer discharges. The interaction between the streamer and water can cause both physical and chemical modifications of the liquid. In this paper, the interaction between an anode-directed streamer and the de-ionized water is studied using one-dimensional particle-in-cell Monte Carlo collisions model. In this model, plasma species in both gas and liquid phase are considered as the macro-particles. We find that the penetration of the streamer head into the liquid causes ionization of water molecules by electron impact, a process which is usually ignored in the fluid models. The main charge carriers in the liquid phase are negative water ions which agree with earlier experimental and computational modeling studies. Additionally, we observe an ion-rich sheath in the vicinity of the water surface on the gas side.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)033515
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 23 2018
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The research reported in this publication was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The authors also acknowledge Professor C. Champion for the provided database on the electron impact cross sections for the liquid water.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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