Microdischarge devices fabricated in silicon

J. W. Frame, D. J. Wheeler, T. A. DeTemple, J. G. Eden

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Cylindrical microdischarge cavities 200-400 μm in diameter and 0.5-5 mm in depth have been fabricated in silicon and operated at room temperature with neon or nitrogen at specific power loadings beyond 10 kW/cm3. The discharges are azimuthally uniform and stable operation at N2 and Ne pressures exceeding 1 atm and ∼600 Torr, respectively, has been realized for 400 μm diameter devices. Spectroscopic measurements on neon discharges demonstrate that the device behaves as a hollow cathode discharge for pressures > 50 Torr. As evidenced by emission from Ne and Ne (2P,2F) states as well as N2 (C → B) fluorescence (316-492 nm), these discharge devices are intense sources of ultraviolet and visible radiation and are suitable for fabrication as arrays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1165-1167
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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