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Title: Electron emission in a source-collector sheath system: A kinetic study

The classical source-collector sheath system describes a plasma that forms between a Maxwellian source and an absorbing wall. The plasma is assumed to be collisionless and without ionization. Two distinct areas are being formed: the collector sheath, an ion-rich region in contact with the absorbing boundary, and the source sheath, which is an electron-rich area near the Maxwellian source. In this work, we study a modified version of the classical source-collector sheath system, where the wall is no longer absorbing but emits electrons. As a result, we have two different types of collector sheath, one where a potential well is formed and one without a potential well. We examine the effect of electron emission for a range of conditions for the plasma and the emitted electrons. In the first part of this work, we study the problem analytically, and in the second, using our kinetic Vlasov code, Yggdrasil. The simulation results are in very good agreement with the predictions of our theoretical model.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BW (United Kingdom)
  2. Central Laser Facility, Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Oxon OX11 0QX (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22299719
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 10; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; ELECTRON EMISSION; ELECTRONS; IONIZATION; PLASMA; POTENTIALS; SIMULATION