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Creating a plasma in air?

  1. Jan 28, 2013 #1
    I'm looking to create a plasma actuator. I have a 1/16" thick aluminum oxide ceramic plate that will function as my dielectric, as well as two copper electrodes that I'll be sending the electricity through. Does anyone know how much power I will need to send to the electrodes to create the plasma in air?
     
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  3. Jan 30, 2013 #2
    Well your question is hard to answer and one can only give guesses. But you might consider :

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_weapon
    http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/09/engineer-aims-to-create-plasma-powered-micro-air-vehicle/
    http://www.teramobile.org/publications/longueur_fil_palaiseau.pdf

    The last link , I think will be most helpful to you.
     
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