Nonself-sustained microwave discharge in a system for hydrocarbon decomposition and generation of carbon nanotubes

Yury D. Korolev, Oleg B. Frants, Nikolay V. Landl, Vladimir G. Geyman, Aleksey G. Zerlitsyn, Vladimir P. Shiyan, Yury V. Medvedev

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This paper deals with the investigation of a method for sustainment of high-power microwave discharge in the installation for natural-gas decomposition. The essence of the method is to provide a generation of auxiliary discharge plasma in the area where the main microwave plasma torch burns. The design of the electrode system of auxiliary discharge resembles that for a coaxial plasmatron that consumes an average current of about 0.1 A. Then, the nonself-sustained microwave discharge with a frequency of 2.45 GHz has been obtained at a power level from 1 to 3 kW. Such a discharge has been used in the installation for natural-gas decomposition and generation of the carbon nano- tubes. With a typical gas flow of 1 m3/h, the natural-gas conversion achieves 40%-80%. Three types of nanotubes are contained in the final product: multilayer tubes, single-layer tubes, and onion-type tubes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5313884
Pages (from-to)2298-2302
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Plasma Science
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009


  • Glow-to-spark transition
  • Microwave discharge
  • Nanotubes
  • Plasma torches

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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