Behavior of the electron temperature in nonuniform complex plasmas

Denysenko, I., Ostrikov, K., Yu, M.Y., & Azarenkov, N.A. (2006) Behavior of the electron temperature in nonuniform complex plasmas. Physical Review E (Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics), 74(3), 036402-1.

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The response of complex ionized gas systems to the presence of nonuniform distribution of charged grains is investigated using a kinetic model. Contrary to an existing view that the electron temperature inevitably increases in the grain-occupied region because of enhanced ionization to compensate for the electrons lost to the grains, it is shown that this happens only when the ionizing electric field increases in the electron depleted region. The results for two typical plasma systems suggest that when the ionizing electric field depends on the spatially averaged electron density, the electron temperature in the grain containing region can actually decrease.

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ID Code: 74016
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.74.036402
ISSN: 1550-2376
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 The American Physical Society
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2014 03:09
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014 03:37

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