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Journal of Atomic and Molecular Physics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 429189, 12 pages
Research Article

Multispark Discharge in Water as a Method of Environmental Sustainability Problems Solution

1A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute of RAS (GPI RAS), Vavilov Street 38, Moscow 119991, Russia
2Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics of RAS, Kosygin Street 4, Moscow 119991, Russia
3Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh EH9 3JF, UK

Received 1 February 2013; Accepted 20 April 2013

Academic Editor: Elena Tatarova

Copyright © 2013 E. M. Barkhudarov et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Multispark discharge excited in water is described, and its useful physical and chemical properties are discussed in the light of some environmental issues. Discharge of such a type generates hot and dense plasmoids producing intense biologically active UV radiation and chemically active radicals, atoms, and molecules. Simultaneously, discharge creates strong hydrodynamic perturbations and cavitation bubbles. Particular attention is given to factors influencing on water purity with special reference to discharge application for effective sterilization of water and its cleaning of harmful chemicals. The gas discharges of this type show considerable promise as a means for solving some actual plasma-chemical problems. The above-mentioned discharge properties have been demonstrated in a series of laboratory experiments, which proved the efficiency of disinfection of potable and waste water, water cleaning of pesticide (herbicide) contaminations, and conversion (recovery) of natural methane.