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The contribution of Nikola Tesla to plasma physics and current status of plasmas that he studied

Author(s): Petrović Zoran Lj.

Journal: Serbian Journal of Electrical Engineering
ISSN 1451-4869

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 203;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: RF plasmas | inductively coupled plasmas | capacitive coupled plasmas | am era-ready paper | proceedings of papers | TELSIKS ′05

One of the main Interests in science of Nikola Tesla were gas discharges plasmas, their application in lighting and in production of ozone as well as their role in conduction of electricity through the atmosphere. In particular Tesla is well known as the first person to produce rf plasmas. Such plasmas in the present day constitute the main technology required to produce integrated circuits (IC) and have been essential in the revolution that resulted from IC technologies. In addition Tesla participated in studies of arcs especially arcs used as a source of light, corona discharges required to induce plasma chemical reactions and produce ozone and was involved in various aspects of gas breakdown and gaseous dielectrics. His ideas, level of his understanding and current status of these fields are discussed in this review.
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