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One-dimensional particle-in-cell simulation of a current-free double layer in an expanding plasma

Meige, Albert; Boswell, Rod W.; Charles, Christine; Turner, Miles M.


A one-dimensional particle-in-cell code using Monte Carlo collision techniques (MCC/PIC) for both ions and electrons is used to simulate our earlier experimental results which showed that a current-free electric double layer (DL) can form in a plasma expanding along a diverging magnetic field. These results differ from previous experimental or simulation systems where the double layers are driven by a current or by imposed potential differences. Both experiment and simulation show accelerated...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005-05-05
Type: Journal article
Source: Physics of Plasmas
DOI: 10.1063/1.1897390


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