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Title: Double layers and other phenomena in low-pressure plasma columns generated by ultra-violet light

Low-pressure steady-state plasmas are analysed by means of a two-fluid model in both plane and cylindrical geometries. The charged particles are generated by UV illumination. Both a Gaussian and a one-step profile of the ionization are taken into account. Numerical results reveal various types of solutions depending on the ionization profile and the collisionality. The first state arises if the ionization spreads from the centre over a great part of the plasma. It has an almost quasineutral plasma core and a positively charged boundary sheath. The curvature of the number density of the charge particles is negative, except the boundary sheath. The second state occurs if the ionization is mainly localized in the vicinity of the centre and the collisionality is below a threshold. A slightly positive plasma core is surrounded by a double layer there where the ionization falls off steeply. Between the double layer and the boundary sheath a broad zone can exist where the plasma is nearly quasi-neutral and the electric field is small. Within the double layer the ion drift speed attains the Bohm velocity in collisionless plasmas, it is smaller in collisional cases. In a broad domain, the curvature of the number density of themore » charged particles can be positive. This is a feature of the so-called contracted columns. The transition between both the states occurs abruptly under collisonless conditions and becomes smooth as the collisionality increases. The minimum of the space charge density can become positive in this case. Several layers are possible, as well. Using the Gaussian profile analytical criteria can be given for a few of the mentioned phenomena. Probably, ionization profiles prescribed by photons allow to understand the origin of the contracted column more completely than up to now.« less
Authors:
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  1. Ernst-Bloch-Ring 17, 07743 Jena (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22489974
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physics of Plasmas; Journal Volume: 22; Journal Issue: 12; 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; CHARGED PARTICLES; COLLISIONLESS PLASMA; CYLINDRICAL CONFIGURATION; DENSITY; ELECTRIC FIELDS; PHOTONS; PRESSURE RANGE KILO PA; SPACE CHARGE; STEADY-STATE CONDITIONS; ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION