Electron transport across magnetic field in low-temperature plasmas : an alternative approach for obtaining evidence of Bohm mechanism

Levchenko, I., Keidar, M., & Ostrikov, K. (2009) Electron transport across magnetic field in low-temperature plasmas : an alternative approach for obtaining evidence of Bohm mechanism. Physics Letters A, 373(12-13), pp. 1140-1143.

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Abstract

A comparative study involving both experimental and numerical investigations was made to resolve a long-standing problem of understanding electron conductivity mechanism across magnetic field in low-temperature plasmas. We have calculated the plasma parameters from experimentally obtained electric field distribution, and then made a 'back' comparison with the distributions of electron energy and plasma density obtained in the experiment. This approach significantly reduces an influence of the assumption about particular phenomenology of the electron conductivity in plasma. The results of the experiment and calculations made by this technique have showed that the classical conductivity is not capable of providing realistic total current and electron energy, whereas the phenomenological anomalous Bohm mobility has demonstrated a very good agreement with the experiment. These results provide an evidence in favor of the Bohm conductivity, thus making it possible to clarify this pressing long-living question about the main driving mechanism responsible for the electron transport in low-temperature plasmas.

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ID Code: 73901
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2009.01.056
ISSN: 0375-9601
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 14 Jul 2014 05:50
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 22:42

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