Document Type

Poster Session

Presentation Date


Conference Name

American Society for Engineering Education Illinois-Indiana Section Conference

Conference Location

Fort Wayne, IN


In order to develop a longer‐lasting source of light, we first decided to use an inductively‐coupled plasma driver to generate the light. We investigated an existing industrial application of this concept. Then we determined the best driver configuration for the plasma light source and the best way to inductively couple the driver to the plasma. After determining the component values appropriate for our design, we simulated it in PSpice 9.1 in order to verify our design. We built an inductively‐coupled plasma driver in hardware to match our design and retrofitted an existing fluorescent light bulb to it. The inductively coupled plasma driver successfully energized the plasma inside the fluorescent light bulb, producing a substantial amount of light. Because this lighting method does not involve electrodes, which degrade over time, inductively‐coupled plasma drivers are a means of generating long‐lasting light.



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