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Particle-in-cell simulations of ambipolar and nonambipolar diffusion in magnetized plasmas

Lafleur, T.; Boswell, R. W.

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Using a two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulation, we investigate cross-field diffusion in low-pressure magnetized plasmas both in the presence and absence of conducting axial boundaries. With no axial boundary, the cross-field diffusion is observed to be ambipolar, as expected. However, when axial boundaries are added, the diffusion becomes distinctly nonambipolar. Electrons are prevented from escaping to the transverse walls and are preferentially removed from the discharge along the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012-05-23
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/38418
Source: Physics of Plasmas
DOI: 10.1063/1.4719701

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