Patent Number: 9,433,071

Title: Dielectric barrier discharge plasma generator

Abstract: A dielectric barrier discharge plasma generation devices that controllably produces uniform, non-equilibrium plasma and discharges a plasma plume at atmospheric pressure. The device has a gas source, a power source, and a plasma generator probe from which the plume of plasma is discharged. The probe has an elongate, dielectric ionization conduit arranged in coaxial relationship within the housing. An elongate inner electrode extends within the ionization conduit and connects to the power source. An outer electrode is slidably arranged on the outer surface of the ionization conduit, and is also electrically connected to the power source. The electrodes are constructed and arranged so that movement of the outer electrode relative to the inner electrode changes at least one property of the plasma plume. The inner electrode may include means for generating a plurality of separate, high-intensity electric fields along the length and around the perimeter of the inner electrode distal portion. In a preferred embodiment, the inner electrode has an elongate base extending generally parallel to the central axis of the ionization tube, and a plurality of bristles electrically-connected to and transversely-extending from at least a portion of the electrode base.

Inventors: Zaidi; Sohail H. (San Jose, CA)

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International Classification: H05H 1/24 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2020-08-30 0:00:00