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Electron energy distribution function, effective electron temperature, and dust charge in the temporal afterglow of a plasma

Denysenko, I. B ; Azarenkov, N. A ; Kersten, H

Physics of Plasmas, 15 May 2016, Vol.23(5) [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Electron energy distribution function, effective electron temperature, and dust charge in the temporal afterglow of a plasma
  • Autor: Denysenko, I. B ; Azarenkov, N. A ; Kersten, H
  • Assuntos: 70 Plasma Physics And Fusion Technology ; Atomic And Molecular Physics ; Afterglow ; Collisions ; Distribution ; Distribution Functions ; Dusts ; Electron Temperature ; Electron Transfer ; Electrons ; Energy Losses ; Energy Spectra ; Momentum Transfer ; Particles ; Plasma ; Steady-State Conditions ; Physics
  • É parte de: Physics of Plasmas, 15 May 2016, Vol.23(5)
  • Descrição: Analytical expressions describing the variation of electron energy distribution function (EEDF) in an afterglow of a plasma are obtained. Especially, the case when the electron energy loss is mainly due to momentum-transfer electron-neutral collisions is considered. The study is carried out for different EEDFs in the steady state, including Maxwellian and Druyvesteyn distributions. The analytical results are not only obtained for the case when the rate for momentum-transfer electron-neutral collisions is independent on electron energy but also for the case when the collisions are a power function of electron energy. Using analytical expressions for the EEDF, the effective electron temperature and charge of the dust particles, which are assumed to be present in plasma, are calculated for different afterglow durations. An analytical expression for the rate describing collection of electrons by dust particles for the case when the rate for momentum-transfer electron-neutral collisions is independent on electron energy is also derived. The EEDF profile and, as a result, the effective electron temperature and dust charge are sufficiently different in the cases when the rate for momentum-transfer electron-neutral collisions is independent on electron energy and when the rate is a power function of electron energy.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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