skip to main content

SciTech ConnectSciTech Connect

Title: On bias of kinetic temperature measurements in complex plasmas

The kinetic temperature in complex plasmas is often measured using particle tracking velocimetry. Here, we introduce a criterion which minimizes the probability of faulty tracking of particles with normally distributed random displacements in consecutive frames. Faulty particle tracking results in a measurement bias of the deduced velocity distribution function and hence the deduced kinetic temperature. For particles with a normal velocity distribution function, mistracking biases the obtained velocity distribution function towards small velocities at the expense of large velocities, i.e., the inferred velocity distribution is more peaked and its tail is less pronounced. The kinetic temperature is therefore systematically underestimated in measurements. We give a prescription to mitigate this type of error.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [4]
  1. Association Euratom-Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, D-85748 Garching bei München (Germany)
  2. (Netherlands)
  3. (Russian Federation)
  4. Association Euratom-DTU, Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Ris o Campus, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22252094
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: (c) 2014 Euratom; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS; PLASMA; PROBABILITY; RANDOMNESS; TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT