Spontaneous pattern formation in an effectively one-dimensional dielectric-barrier discharge system.

Academic Article


  • In a dielectric-barrier discharge between diametrically opposite sides of a narrow tube, discharge filaments stabilize at regular intervals along the tube's length. Three types of periodic patterns are observed, as is a disordered state in which filaments fire at apparently random positions and times. Time-resolved current measurements indicate that for each spatial pattern, a particular number of discharge stages occur during the voltage half-cycle. A preliminary model of the pattern-formation dynamics is described, motivating further work on time-resolved imaging and investigations of surface charge distributions.
  • Authors

  • Guikema, J
  • Miller, N
  • Niehof, Jonathan
  • Klein, M
  • Walhout, M
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • October 30, 2000
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 11041935
  • Start Page

  • 3817
  • End Page

  • 3820
  • Volume

  • 85
  • Issue

  • 18