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It is entirely feasible to construct an electronic database including sources of data for compounds used in plasma processing and files of the corresponding numerical data. Maintained as an ongoing effort and distributed using modem technologies, such a database would improve the efficiency of efforts to model and simulate plasma reactors.
Data for electron-neutral collisions are sketchy at best for most species of interest in plasma processing, although some species, such as SiH4 and CF4, have received considerable attention. However, little information is available for dissociation products or for species in excited states. Recent progress in computational methods based on quantum scattering offers the possibility that the costly and time-consuming experiments may be augmented or even replaced by large-scale computation.
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