Applied Physics Letters
By flowing atmospheric pressure air through a direct current powered microhollow cathode discharge, we were able to generate a 2 cm long plasma jet. With increasing flow rate, the flow becomes turbulent and temperatures of the jet are reduced to values close to room temperature. Utilizing the jet, yeast grown on agar can be eradicated with a treatment of only a few seconds. Conversely, animal studies show no skin damage even with exposures ten times longer than needed for pathogen extermination. This cold plasma jet provides an effective mode of treatment for yeast infections of the skin.
Original Publication Citation
Kolb, J.F., Mohamed, A.-A.H., Price, R.O., Swanson, R.J., Bowman, A., Chiavarini, R.L., . . . Schoenbach, K.H. (2008). Cold atmospheric pressure air plasma jet for medical applications. Applied Physics Letters, 92(24501), 1-3. doi: 10.1063/1.2940325
Kolb, Juergen Friedrich; Mohamed, A.-A H.; Price, R. O.; Swanson, R. J.; Bowman, A.; Chiavarini, R. L.; and Stacey, Michael W., "Cold Atmospheric Pressure Air Plasma Jet for Medical Applications" (2008). Bioelectrics Publications. 58.