What is Plasma?
Plasma is one of the four fundamental states of matter. Plasma is an ionized gas consisting of positive ions and free electrons in proportions resulting in more or less no overall electric charge, typically at low pressures (as in the upper atmosphere and in fluorescent lamps) or at very high temperatures (as in stars and nuclear fusion reactors). Microwaves can be used to ignite and sustain plasmas for various industrial applications.
Why use Microwaves for Plasma Applications?
Microwave plasmas are being used for many new and exciting industrial applications including:
- CVD diamond growing
- Nano and micron materials including graphene
- Sintering and drilling
- Spray coatings
- Cathode and anode fabrication
- Additive manufacturing
- Isotope production
- Semiconductor fab
- Surplus energy storage
- Electric gas burners
- Plasma etching and cleaning
- Gas abatement and gasification
Solid-State VS. Magnetron Generators
Solid-state microwave generators offer some exciting new features for plasma applications compared to magnetron generators including:
- Precise power control
- Precise frequency control
- High speed pulsing
- Increased reliability
- High fault tolerance
- Pure signal quality
- Arc prevention
These features can lead to better control of the plasma, higher densities and better outcomes.Our solid-state generators are controlled via PreciserPower Software.
PrecisePower comes with a built-in plasma mode. Plasma mode is a special mode for plasma generators which provides a fast high power “super pulse” for plasma ignition, then drops to a lower steady state power level to maintain the plasma.