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Title: Expansion of a cold non-neutral plasma slab

Expansion of the ion and electron fronts of a cold non-neutral plasma slab with a quasi-neutral core bounded by layers containing only ions is investigated analytically and exact solutions are obtained. It is found that on average, the plasma expansion time scales linearly with the initial inverse ion plasma frequency as well as the degree of charge imbalance, and no expansion occurs if the cold plasma slab is stationary and overall neutral. However, in both cases, there can exist prominent oscillations on the electron front.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5] ;  [6]
  1. Institute for High Temperatures, Russian Academy of Sciences, Izhorskaya 13/19, Moscow 127412 (Russian Federation)
  2. (Russian Federation)
  3. Institute for Fusion Theory and Simulation, Department of Physics, Zhejiang University, 310027 Hangzhou (China)
  4. (Germany)
  5. Department of Physics, Linköping University, SE-58183 Linköping (Sweden)
  6. (Sweden)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22403339
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 21; Journal Issue: 12; 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; COLD PLASMA; ELECTRONS; EXACT SOLUTIONS; IONS; LANGMUIR FREQUENCY; PLASMA EXPANSION