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Title: Coulomb fission of a dusty plasma

Here, experimental observations are presented of the splitting (fission) of a suspension of charged microparticles (dusty plasma) into two fragments when the plasma was suddenly turned off. The triggering mechanism for fissioning of the dust cloud is discussed in terms of a pinching instability driven by the ion drag force.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
  2. Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy; German Aerospace Center (DLR), Wessling (Germany). Research Group Complex Plasmas
  3. Univ. of Delhi, New Delhi (India). Dept. of Physics and Astrophysics
  4. Inst. for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar (India)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
FG02-04ER54795
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics of Plasmas
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 23; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 1070-664X
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) (SC-24)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; Boltzmann equations; plasma instabilities; interplanetary dust; laser plasma interactions; charged clusters; Coulomb explosion; anodes; electric fields; dusty plasmas
OSTI Identifier:
1467829
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1259740