Diamond-particles levitated in a reactive plasma

Gouki Nishimura, Satoru Iizuka, Tetsuji Shimizu, Noriyoshi Sato

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Dynamic behaviors of fine diamond-particles levitated in low-pressure plasmas are investigated. Fine diamond-particles injected into the plasma are charged up negatively and confined electrically above a radio frequency (RF) powered electrode at some vertical position where the gravity force acting on the particles balances with the electric force in the sheath region in front of the RF electrode. The average size of the diamond particles employed here is ∼2 μm. We observed that the diamond particles reveal strong motions in the lower-pressure discharge plasma. These motions are quite random and the equivalent kinetic temperature attained is ∼ 10 eV which is higher than the thermal level of the particles. The motion is gradually suppressed in the higher-pressure regime. The mechanisms of the diamond particle behaviors are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-377
Number of pages4
JournalDiamond and Related Materials
Issue number3-7
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Mar 1


  • Diamond crystal
  • Plasma CVD
  • Synthetic diamond

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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