Spectroscopic study of dielectric barrier discharges in cellular polypropylene ferroelectrets

Xunlin Qiu, Axel Mellinger, Werner Wirges, Reimund Gerhard

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Abstract

The transient light emission from the dielectric barrier discharges (DBDs) in cellular polypropylene ferroelectrets subjected to high electric poling fields was spectroscopically measured. The spectrum shows strong emission from the second positive system of molecular nitrogen, N2 (C Πu3) → N2 (B Πg3), and the first negative system of N2+, N2+ (B u+2) → N2+ (X g+2), consistent with a DBD in air. When a dc voltage is applied stepwise to the ferroelectret film, light emission starts above a threshold, coinciding with the threshold voltage in obtaining piezoelectricity. From selected vibronic band strength ratios, the electric field in the discharge was determined and found to agree with Townsend breakdown.

Original languageEnglish
Article number132905
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume91
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

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