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Title: Superelastic collisions under low temperature plasma and afterglow conditions: A golden rule to estimate their quantitative effects

A simple equation describing the formation of plateaux induced by superelastic collisions in the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) of low temperature and afterglow plasmas is derived. The EEDFs predicted from this equation are in good agreement with those obtained from the numerical solution of the full Boltzmann equation in the presence of excited states.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2] ; ;  [1]
  1. CNR-IMIP, Via Amendola 122/D, 70126 Bari (Italy)
  2. (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22408272
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: (c) 2015 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; AFTERGLOW; BOLTZMANN EQUATION; COLLISIONS; DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS; ELECTRON SPECTRA; ENERGY SPECTRA; EXCITED STATES; NUMERICAL SOLUTION; PLASMA; TEMPERATURE RANGE 0065-0273 K