Non-local electron energy probability function in a plasma expanding along a magnetic nozzle

Rod W. Boswell, Kazunori Takahashi, Christine Charles, Igor D. Kaganovich

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Abstract

Electron energy probability functions (eepfs) have been measured along the axis of a low pressure plasma expanding in a magnetic nozzle. The eepf at the maximum magnetic field of the nozzle shows a depleted tail commencing at an energy corresponding to the measured potential drop in the magnetic nozzle. The eepfs measured along the axis demonstrate that the sum of potential and kinetic energies of the electrons is conserved thus confirming the validity of non-local approach to kinetics of the electron dynamics of a low-pressure plasma expanding in a magnetic nozzle.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14
JournalFrontiers in Physics
Volume3
Issue numberMAR
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Mar 9

Keywords

  • Electron energy probability function
  • Low-temperature plasmas
  • Non-local effect
  • Plasma expansion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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