This paper reviews the principles behind the design and operation of the resistive barrier discharge, a low temperature plasma source that operates at atmospheric pressure. One of the advantages of this plasma source is that it can be operated using either DC or AC high voltages. Plasma generated by the resistive barrier discharge has been used to efficiently inactivate pathogenic microorganisms and to destroy cancer cells. These biomedical applications of low temperature plasma are of great interest because in recent times bacteria developed increased resistance to antibiotics and because present cancer therapies often are accompanied by serious side effects. Low temperature plasma, such the one generated by the resistive barrier discharge, is a technology that can help overcome these healthcare challenges.
Original Publication Citation
Laroussi, M. (2021). The resistive barrier discharge: A brief review of the device and its biomedical applications. Plasma, 4(1), 75-80. https://doi.org/10.3390/plasma4010004
Laroussi, Mounir, "The Resistive Barrier Discharge: A Brief Review of the Device and Its Biomedical Applications" (2021). Electrical & Computer Engineering Faculty Publications. 309.