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Particle-in-cell simulations of a current-free double layer

Baalrud, S. D.; Lafleur, T.; Boswell, R. W.; Charles, C.


Current-free double layers of the type reported in plasmas in the presence of an expanding magnetic field [C. Charles and R. W. Boswell, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 1356 (2003)] are modeled theoretically and with particle-in-cell/Monte Carlo simulations. Emphasis is placed on determining what mechanisms affect the electron velocity distribution function (EVDF) and how the EVDF influences the double layer. A theoretical model is developed based on depletion of electrons in certain velocity...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013-06-17
Type: Journal article
Source: Physics of Plasmas
DOI: 10.1063/1.3594565


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