Effective Temperature of 2D Dusty Plasma Liquids at the Discrete Level
Io, C.-W.; Chan, C.-L.; I Lin
2007-07-13
Fluctuation-dissipation theory has been used to measure the effective temperature of non-equilibrium system. In this work, using a 2D dusty plasma liquid formed by the negatively charged fine particles suspending in weakly ionized discharges and sheared by two CW counter parallel laser beams, we measure the micro-transport at the kinetic level. The effective temperatures Teff at different time scales are obtained through the Stokes-Einstein relation which relates the diffusion coefficient (D) and the viscosity ({eta}). The external energy is cascaded from the slow hopping modes to the fast caging modes through mutual coupling, which leads to the higher effective temperature of the slow hopping modes.
Jones, M.E.; Winske, D.; Keinigs, R.; Lemons, D.
1996-05-01
This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The objective of this project has been to develop a fundamental understanding of dusty plasmas at the Laboratory. While dusty plasmas are found in space in galactic clouds, planetary rings, and cometary tails, and as contaminants in plasma enhanced fabrication of microelectronics, many of their properties are only partially understood. Our work has involved both theoretical analysis and self-consistent plasma simulations to understand basic properties of dusty plasmas related to equilibrium, stability, and transport. Such an understanding can improve the control and elimination of plasma dust in industrial applications and may be important in the study of planetary rings and comet dust tails. We have applied our techniques to the study of charging, dynamics, and coagulation of contaminants in plasma processing reactors for industrial etching and deposition processes and to instabilities in planetary rings and other space plasma environments. The work performed in this project has application to plasma kinetics, transport, and other classical elementary processes in plasmas as well as to plasma waves, oscillations, and instabilities.
Advances in Dusty Plasmas 5.Strongly Coupled Dusty Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hamaguchi, Satoshi
We review thermodynamical and dynamical properties of strongly coupled dusty plasmas, focusing on the recent development of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. In the present paper, dusty plasmas are modeled by the Yukawa system, which is a collection of particles interacting through Yukawa (i.e., screened Coulomb) potentials. The phase diagram, wave dispersion relations and some transport coefficients of Yukawa systems are discussed.
Numerical simulation of dusty plasmas
Winske, D.
1995-09-01
The numerical simulation of physical processes in dusty plasmas is reviewed, with emphasis on recent results and unresolved issues. Three areas of research are discussed: grain charging, weak dust-plasma interactions, and strong dust-plasma interactions. For each area, we review the basic concepts that are tested by simulations, present some appropriate examples, and examine numerical issues associated with extending present work.
Analysis Of Phase Transitions In Quasi-Two-Dimensional Dusty Systems In RF-Discharge Plasma
Adamovich, X. G.; Vaulina, O. S.; Khrustalev, Yu. V.; Nekhaevsky, Yu. Yu.; Petrov, O. F.; Fortov, V. E.
2008-09-07
In this work, we investigate the phase transitions in quasi-two-dimensional systems of dusty plasma in RF discharge. The quasi-2D systems are considered, where the areas with different phase states (dusty liquid and dusty crystal) coexist. The parameters of these areas of dusty subsystem are estimated, the obtained results are analysed and compared with theoretical predictions.
Interparticle Attraction in 2D Complex Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kompaneets, Roman; Morfill, Gregor E.; Ivlev, Alexei V.
2016-03-01
Complex (dusty) plasmas allow experimental studies of various physical processes occurring in classical liquids and solids by directly observing individual microparticles. A major problem is that the interaction between microparticles is generally not molecularlike. In this Letter, we propose how to achieve a molecularlike interaction potential in laboratory 2D complex plasmas. We argue that this principal aim can be achieved by using relatively small microparticles and properly adjusting discharge parameters. If experimentally confirmed, this will make it possible to employ complex plasmas as a model system with an interaction potential resembling that of conventional liquids.
Shock wave in a two-dimensional dusty plasma crystal
Ghosh, Samiran
2009-10-15
Two-dimensional (2D) shock structures of longitudinal dust lattice wave (LDLW) in a hexagonal Yukawa crystal are studied. The nonlinear evolution equation derived for dusty plasma crystal is found to be a 2D Burgers' equation, where the Burgers' term, i.e., the dissipation is provided by ''hydrodynamic damping'' due to irreversible processes that take place within the system. Analytical and numerical solutions of this equation on the basis of crystal experimental parameters show the development of compressional shock structures of LDLW in 2D dusty plasma crystal. The shock strength decreases (increases) with the increase in lattice parameter {kappa} (angle of propagation of the nonlinear wave). The results are discussed in the context of 2D monolayer hexagonal dusty plasma crystal experiments.
Dusty-Plasma Particle Accelerator
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Foster, John E.
2005-01-01
A dusty-plasma apparatus is being investigated as means of accelerating nanometer- and micrometer-sized particles. Applications for the dusty-plasma particle accelerators fall into two classes: Simulation of a variety of rapidly moving dust particles and micrometeoroids in outer-space environments that include micrometeoroid streams, comet tails, planetary rings, and nebulae and Deposition or implantation of nanoparticles on substrates for diverse industrial purposes that could include hardening, increasing thermal insulation, altering optical properties, and/or increasing permittivities of substrate materials. Relative to prior apparatuses used for similar applications, dusty-plasma particle accelerators offer such potential advantages as smaller size, lower cost, less complexity, and increased particle flux densities. A dusty-plasma particle accelerator exploits the fact that an isolated particle immersed in plasma acquires a net electric charge that depends on the relative mobilities of electrons and ions. Typically, a particle that is immersed in a low-temperature, partially ionized gas, wherein the average kinetic energy of electrons exceeds that of ions, causes the particle to become negatively charged. The particle can then be accelerated by applying an appropriate electric field. A dusty-plasma particle accelerator (see figure) includes a plasma source such as a radio-frequency induction discharge apparatus containing (1) a shallow cup with a biasable electrode to hold the particles to be accelerated and (2) a holder for the substrate on which the particles are to impinge. Depending on the specific design, a pair of electrostatic-acceleration grids between the substrate and discharge plasma can be used to both collimate and further accelerate particles exiting the particle holder. Once exposed to the discharge plasma, the particles in the cup quickly acquire a negative charge. Application of a negative voltage pulse to the biasable electrode results in the
Zakharov equations in quantum dusty plasmas
Sayed, F.; Vladimirov, S. V.; Ishihara, O.
2015-08-15
By generalizing the formalism of modulational interactions in quantum dusty plasmas, we derive the kinetic quantum Zakharov equations in dusty plasmas that describe nonlinear coupling of high frequency Langmuir waves to low frequency plasma density variations, for cases of non-degenerate and degenerate plasma electrons.
Optical diagnostics of dusty plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Remy, Jerome Alphonse Robert
The central topic of this thesis is dusty plasmas, in which particles are generated or injected. Such plasmas, when ignited in silane-based gas mixtures, are widely used in the semiconductor industry for depositing silicon layers (amorphous, micro-crystalline or polymorphous). These layers have applications in flat panel displays, sensors, and solar cells for instance. The inclusion of nano-crystallites in the amorphous silicon layer produces cells with enhanced properties but calls at the same time for a better comprehension and control of the particles' formation and growth. The role played by silicon-based radical species in these processes more particularly prompts detailed studies. Dusty plasmas are also a field of enduring interest to the astrophysics community. The interstellar medium can be simulated in a laboratory plasma to identify the carbon-based molecular complexes (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons or PAHs) whose ions are thought to be responsible for unidentified emission and absorption bands seen in the spectra of starlight. This thesis covers some aspects of both industry-oriented and astrophysical dusty plasmas. The experimental study on silane-based plasmas includes optical measurements performed in emission, absorption, and by analyzing the light scattered by particles grown in-situ. The negative charge acquired by the particles while immersed in the plasma disturbs their dynamics but also the electrical properties of the discharge. Based on the monitoring of the plasma impedance, it is shown that the plasma is affected by the particles' presence, independently from the nature of the silane carrier gas. Optical emission spectroscopy performed on SiH, H a and H 2 excited states indicates that the silane dissociation occurs in the vicinity of the RF-powered electrode. A Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) time-dependent analysis of the silane consumption after plasma ignition demonstrates that the silane dissociation is actually a slow but
Brodin, G.; Marklund, M.; Zamanian, J.
2008-09-07
A fluid model is derived, taking into account the effect of spin magnetization of electrons as well as of magnetized dust grains. The model is analyzed, and it is found that both the acoustic velocity and the Alfven velocity is decreased due to the magnetization effects. Furthermore, for low-temperature high density plasmas, it is found that the linear wave modes can be unstable, due to the magnetic attraction of individual fluid elements. The significance of our results are discussed.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mendis, A.
2012-12-01
Ionized gases, contaminated with fine (nanometer to micrometer-sized) charged dust, loosely referred to a dusty plasmas, occur in a wide variety of cosmic and laboratory environments. In this topical review I will discuss the underlying theory of such plasmas, with emphasis on the space environment. Central to the discussion is the electrostatic charging of the dust grains by the various currents that they experience in the plasma and radiative environment in which they are immersed. This charging could lead to both physical and dynamical consequences for the dust as well as for the plasma. Among the physical effects for the dust are electrostatic disruption and electrostatic levitation from charged surfaces. The dynamics of the charged dust is affected by the Lorentz force they experience, since space plasmas are generally magnetized. The physical effects for plasma result from the fact that the dust can act both as a sink and as a source of electrons in different space environments. The dynamical effects on the plasma arise from the fact that the charged dust can alter the phase velocity of normal wave modes (e.g., the Ion acoustic mode) by changing the charge equilibrium in the plasma. Additionally the charged dust can also participate in the wave dynamics, leading, for example, to the very low frequency, novel, "dust-acoustic" wave that has been observed in the laboratory. Finally the possibility that charged dust in a space plasma, may indirectly influence the propagation of electromagnetic radiation through it, will also be, briefly, discussed.
Study of Photoemissive Dusty Plasma
Gavrikov, A. V.; Fortov, V. E.; Petrov, O. F.; Babichev, V. N.; Filippov, A. V.; Pal', A. F.; Starostin, A. N.
2008-09-07
The present work deals with the experimental and theoretical investigation of photoemissive charging of polydisperse dust particles. The characteristic size of dust particles under consideration was 0.1-25 mkm. The experimental part of this work was devoted to the study of positive charging of macroparticles under UV-radiation that acted on dusty formations. Investigations were carried out in argon at normal pressure with particles of different materials. Dust structure was subjected to radiation. The power and frequency spectrum of this radiation was close to corresponding parameters of sun radiation near the top layers of Earth atmosphere. Owing to electron photoemission the macroparticles became positively charged. On the basis of experimental data the estimation of this charge was performed. It was about 500 elementary charges for micron particles. The theoretical part of present work included the numerical simulation of photoemissive dusty plasma decay in a drift-diffusion approximation. The model included equilibrium equation for positively charged macroparticles (in experiment, the percent of these particles was about 90), negatively charged dust particles (about 10%), positive ions (those were born by electron strike of buffered gas atoms) and electrons. Also the model included the Poisson equation for determination of potential distribution in the discharge region. The results of numerical calculations were in a satisfactory correspondence with experimental data both for time dependences of positively and negatively charged macroparticles concentrations and for their velocities.
Cooperative particle motion in complex (dusty) plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhdanov, Sergey; Morfill, Gregor
2014-05-01
Strongly coupled complex (dusty) plasmas give us a unique opportunity to go beyond the limits of continuous media and study various generic processes occurring in liquids or solids at the kinetic level. A particularly interesting and challenging topic is to study dynamic cooperativity at local and intermediate scales. As an important element of self-organization, cooperative particle motion is present in many physical, astrophysical and biological systems. As a rule, cooperative dynamics, bringing to life 'abnormal' effects like enhanced diffusion, self-dragging, or self-propelling of particles, hold aspects of 'strange' kinetics. The synergy effects are also important. Such kind of cooperative behavior was evidenced for string-like formations of colloidal rods, dynamics of mono- and di-vacancies in 2d colloidal crystals. Externally manipulated 'dust molecules' and self-assembled strings in driven 3d particle clusters were other noticeable examples. There is a certain advantage to experiment with complex plasmas merely because these systems are easy to manipulate in a controllable way. We report on the first direct observation of microparticle cooperative movements occurring under natural conditions in a 2d complex plasma.
Collisional Effects in Complex (Dusty) Plasmas
Khrapak, S. A.
2008-09-07
This is a short overview of recent results demonstrating the importance of ion-neutral collisions for different processes naturally occurring in complex (dusty) plasmas. Most important developments are briefly discussed and relevant references are provided.
Experiments and Theory of Dusty Plasmas
Shukla, P. K.
2011-11-29
The purpose of this paper is to present the most important theoretical and experimental discoveries that have been made in the area of dusty plasma physics. We describe the physics and observations of the well celebrated dust acoustic wave (DAW) and the dust ion-acoustic wave (DIAW) in dusty plasmas with weakly coupled dust grains, as well as the dust Coulomb crystal and dust lattice oscillations (DLOs) in dusty plasmas with strongly coupled dust grains. In dusty plasmas, the dust charge fluctuation is a dynamical variable, which provides a novel collisionless damping of the DA and DIA waves. The latter and the DLOs are excited by external sources, which are here discussed. Besides the Debye-Hueckel short-range repulsive force between like charged dust grains, there are novel attractive forces (e.g. due to dipole-dipole dust particle interactions, overlapping Debye spheres, ion focusing and ion wakefields, dipole magnetic moments etc.), which provide unique possibilities for attracting charged dust particles of similar polarity. The dust particle attraction is responsible for the formation of dust Coulomb crystals in laboratory dusty plasmas, as well as for the formation of planets and large astrophysical bodies in the Milky Way galaxy and in interstellar media. Furthermore, the nonlinear DAW, DIAW, and DLOs also appear in the form of solitary and shock waves, the physics and observations of which are briefly discussed. Finally, we discuss possible applications of dust-in-plasmas and dusty plasmas in laboratory and space.
Dusty Plasmas in Planetary Magnetospheres Award
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Horanyi, Mihaly
2005-01-01
This is my final report for the grant Dusty Plasmas in Planetary Magnetospheres. The funding from this grant supported our research on dusty plasmas to study: a) dust plasma interactions in general plasma environments, and b) dusty plasma processes in planetary magnetospheres (Earth, Jupiter and Saturn). We have developed a general purpose transport code in order to follow the spatial and temporal evolution of dust density distributions in magnetized plasma environments. The code allows the central body to be represented by a multipole expansion of its gravitational and magnetic fields. The density and the temperature of the possibly many-component plasma environment can be pre-defined as a function of coordinates and, if necessary, the time as well. The code simultaneously integrates the equations of motion with the equations describing the charging processes. The charging currents are dependent not only on the instantaneous plasma parameters but on the velocity, as well as on the previous charging history of the dust grains.
MHDust: A 3-fluid dusty plasma code
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lazerson, Samuel
MHDust is a next generation 3-fluid magnetized dusty plasma code, treating the inertial dynamics of both the dust and ion components. Coded in ANSI C, the numerical method employs Leap-Frog and Dufort-Frankel integration schemes. Features include: nonlinear collisional terms, quasi-neutrality or continuity based electron densities, and dynamical dust charge number. Tests of wave-mode propagation (Acoustic and Electromagnetic) allow a comparison to linear wave mode theory. Additional nonlinear phenomena are presented including magnetic reconnection and shear-flow instabilities. Relevant parameters for the space environment are considered, allowing a comparison to be made with previous dusty plasma codes (DENISIS). The utility of the code is expanded through the possibility of small dust mass. This allows MH- Dust to be used as a 2-ion plasma code. MHDust considerably expands the range of numerical investigations into nonlinear phenomena in the field of astrophysical dusty plasmas.
Nonplanar waves with electronegative dusty plasma
Zobaer, M. S.; Mukta, K. N.; Nahar, L.; Mamun, A. A.; Roy, N.
2013-04-15
A rigorous theoretical investigation has been made of basic characteristics of the nonplanar dust-ion-acoustic shock and solitary waves in electronegative dusty plasma containing Boltzmann electrons, Boltzmann negative ions, inertial positive ions, and charge fluctuating (negatively charged) stationary dust. The Burgers' and Korteweg-de Vries (K-dV) equations, which is derived by reductive perturbation technique, is numerically solved to examine the effects of nonplanar geometry on the basic features of the DIA shock and solitary waves formed in the electronegative dusty plasma. The implications of the results (obtained from this investigation) in space and laboratory experiments are briefly discussed.
Application of Dusty Plasmas for Space
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bhavasar, Hemang; Ahuja, Smariti
In space, dust particles alone are affected by gravity and radiation pressure when near stars and planets. When the dust particles are immersed in plasma, the dust is usually charged either by photo ionization, due to incident UV radiation, secondary electron emission, due to collisions with energetic ions and electrons, or absorption of charged particles, due to collisions with thermal ions and electrons. A 1 micron radius dust particle in a plasma with an electron temperature of a few eV, will have a charge corresponding to a few thousand electron volts, with a resulting charge to mass ratio, Q/m ¡1. They will also be affected by electric and magnetic fields. Since the electrons are magnetized in these regions, electron E B or diamagnetic cross-field drifts may drive instabilities. Dust grains (micron to sub-micron sized solid particles) in plasma and/or radiative environments can be electrically charged by processes such as plasma current collection or photoemission. The effect of charged dust on known electrojet instabil-ities and low frequency dust acoustic and dust drift instabilities. As the plasma affects the dust particles, the dust particles can affect the plasma environment. In Dust Plasma, Plasma is Combination of ions and electrons. Dusty plasmas (also known as complex plasmas) are ordinary plasmas with embedded solid particles consisting of electrons, ions, and neutrals. The particles can be made of either dielectric or conducting materials, and can have any shape. The typical size range is anywhere from 100 nm up to say 100 m. Most often, these small objects or dust particles are electrically charged. Dusty plasmas are ubiquitous in the universe as proto-planetary and solar nebulae, molecular clouds, supernova explosions, interplanetary medium, circumsolar rings, and steroids. Closer to earth, there are the noctilucent clouds, clouds of tiny (charged) ice particles that form in the summer polar mesosphere at an altitude of about 85 km. In processing
Lunar Dust and Dusty Plasma Physics
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Wilson, Thomas L.
2009-01-01
In the plasma and radiation environment of space, small dust grains from the Moon s surface can become charged. This has the consequence that their motion is determined by electromagnetic as well as gravitational forces. The result is a plasma-like condition known as "dusty plasmas" with the consequence that lunar dust can migrate and be transported by magnetic, electric, and gravitational fields into places where heavier, neutral debris cannot. Dust on the Moon can exhibit unusual behavior, being accelerated into orbit by electrostatic surface potentials as blow-off dust, or being swept away by moving magnetic fields like the solar wind as pick-up dust. Hence, lunar dust must necessarily be treated as a dusty plasma subject to the physics of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). A review of this subject has been given before [1], but a synopsis will be presented here to make it more readily available for lunar scientists.
Structural Analysis of Dusty Plasma Formations Based on Spatial Spectra
Khakhaev, A. D.; Luizova, L. A.; Piskunov, A. A.; Podryadchikov, S. F.; Soloviev, A. V.
2008-09-07
Some advantages of studying the structure of dusty plasma formations using spatial spectra are illustrated by simulated experiments and by processing actual images of dusty structures in dc glow discharge in inert and molecular gases.
Turbulence in strongly coupled dusty plasmas using generalized hydrodynamic description
Tiwari, Sanat Kumar; Dharodi, Vikram Singh; Das, Amita; Patel, Bhavesh G.; Kaw, Predhiman
2015-02-15
The properties of decaying turbulence have been studied with the help of a Generalized Hydrodynamic (GHD) fluid model in the context of strongly coupled dusty plasma medium in two dimensions. The GHD model treats the strongly coupled dusty plasma system as a visco-elastic medium. The incompressible limit of the GHD model is considered here. The studies carried out here are, however, applicable to a wider class of visco-elastic systems, and are not merely confined to the dusty plasma medium. Our simulations studies show that an initial spectrum that is confined in a limited domain of wave numbers becomes broad, even when the Reynold's number is much less than the critical value required for the onset of turbulence in Newtonian fluids. This is a signature of elastic turbulence, where Weissenberg's number also plays an important role on the onset of turbulence. This feature has been observed in several experiments. It is also shown that the existence of memory relaxation time parameter and the transverse shear wave inhibit the normal process (for 2-D systems) of inverse spectral cascade in this case. A detailed simulation study has been carried out for the understanding of this inhibition.
A Proposed Magnetized Dusty Plasma User Facility
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Thomas, E.; Merlino, R. L.; Rosenberg, M.
2009-11-01
As the experimental study of dusty (complex) plasmas has advanced over the last two decades, a great deal of new insight has been gained on the complex interaction between the background plasma and charged microparticles. Even through the charged dust grains in a typical experiment can acquire several thousand elementary charges, the large mass of the grains ensures that the charge-to-mass ratio is quite low. As a result, it has been considered experimentally challenging to design an experiment that can achieve full magnetization of ions, electrons, and the charged dust grains. However, with continuing improvements in magnet design and sub-micron particle imaging technologies, it is now possible to contemplate the development of a Magnetized Dusty Plasma Facility. This presentation discusses the design, experimental parameters, and scientific motivation for a flexible, superconducting, 4 Tesla magnetic field user facility for the study of magnetized dusty plasmas. This work is supported by NSF grant number PHY-0936470 (AU), DOE Grant No. DE-FG01-04ER54795 (UI) and DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-04ER54804 (UCSD)
Discrete breathers in hexagonal dusty plasma lattices
Koukouloyannis, V.; Kourakis, I.
2009-08-15
The occurrence of single-site or multisite localized vibrational modes, also called discrete breathers, in two-dimensional hexagonal dusty plasma lattices is investigated. The system is described by a Klein-Gordon hexagonal lattice characterized by a negative coupling parameter epsilon in account of its inverse dispersive behavior. A theoretical analysis is performed in order to establish the possibility of existence of single as well as three-site discrete breathers in such systems. The study is complemented by a numerical investigation based on experimentally provided potential forms. This investigation shows that a dusty plasma lattice can support single-site discrete breathers, while three-site in phase breathers could exist if specific conditions, about the intergrain interaction strength, would hold. On the other hand, out of phase and vortex three-site breathers cannot be supported since they are highly unstable.
Waves in a 1D electrorheological dusty plasma lattice
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rosenberg, M.
2015-08-01
The behavior of waves in a one-dimensional (1D) dusty plasma lattice where the dust interacts via Yukawa and electric dipole interactions is discussed theoretically. This study is motivated by recent reports on electrorheological dusty plasmas (e.g. Ivlev et al. 2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 095003) where the dipole interaction arises due to an external uniaxial AC electric field that distorts the Debye sphere surrounding each grain. Application to possible dusty plasma experimental parameters is discussed.
Viscoplastic Deformation of Crystal-like Dusty Plasma Structures
Fortov, V. E.; Gavrikov, A. V.; Goranskaya, D. N.; Ivanov, A. S.; Petrov, O. F.; Timirkhanov, R. A.
2008-09-07
The experimental investigation of a dusty plasma liquid without shearing forces is presented. The boundary value of coupling parameter was determinated, at which clusters began to form. The possible explanation of non-Newtonian behavior of dusty plasma liquid was suggested. The second part of the present work is devoted to the experimental study of viscoplastic flow in the dusty plasma crystal. It was for the first time the viscoplastic flow of dusty plasma crystal was obtained. The threshold type of this viscoplastic flow was demonstrated.
Time of relaxation in dusty plasma model
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Timofeev, A. V.
2015-11-01
Dust particles in plasma may have different values of average kinetic energy for vertical and horizontal motion. The partial equilibrium of the subsystems and the relaxation processes leading to this asymmetry are under consideration. A method for the relaxation time estimation in nonideal dusty plasma is suggested. The characteristic relaxation times of vertical and horizontal motion of dust particles in gas discharge are estimated by analytical approach and by analysis of simulation results. These relaxation times for vertical and horizontal subsystems appear to be different. A single hierarchy of relaxation times is proposed.
Mode-coupling instability of monolayer complex (dusty) plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhdanov, Sergey; Ivlev, Alexei; Morfill, Gregor
2010-05-01
Strongly coupled complex (dusty) plasmas give us a unique opportunity to go beyond the limits of continuous media and study various generic processes occurring in liquids or solids, in regimes ranging from the onset of cooperative phenomena to large strongly coupled systems at the most detailed kinetic (atomistic) level. On the other hand, there is certain peculiarity of the interparticle interactions in complex plasmas. This can be easily understood if we divide the complete set of elementary charges in complex plasmas into two distinct categories - a subsystem of charges bound to the microparticles, and a subsystem of free plasma charges in the surrounding wakes. Plasma wakes play the role of a "third body" in the mutual particle-particle interaction and, hence, make the pair interaction nonreciprocal. We carried out rigorous theoretical investigation of the DL wave mode coupling occurring in 2D complex plasmas due to particle-wake interactions. The analysis of the mode coupling shows that if the strength of the vertical confinement is below a certain critical value, then resonance coupling between the longitudinal in-plane mode and out-of-plane mode sets in. This results in the emergence of a hybrid mode and drives the mode-coupling instability. The universal dependence of the critical confinement frequency on plasma parameters is calculated, which allows us to specify the conditions when stable 2D highly ordered complex plasma can be formed in experiments.
The Lunar Surface: A Dusty Plasma Laboratory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Horanyi, M.; Brain, D.; Kempf, S.; Munsat, T.; Robertson, S. H.; Sternovsky, Z.
2011-12-01
The lunar surface is an excellent laboratory to study dusty plasma processes that are relevant to all airless planetary objects. The solar wind and UV radiation lead to charging of exposed surfaces, and the formation of plasma sheaths above them. Near-surface intense electric fields are thought to be capable of mobilizing and transporting small charged dust particles. Remote sensing and in situ observations indicating dust transport on the Moon date back to the Apollo era and remain highly controversial. There are many unresolved issues about the physical processes that have to this point prevented the development of a coherent explanation for the existing observations. Dust transport on airless bodies can significantly alter our interpretation of spectral identification of asteroids, the small-scale surface features of Mercury, and the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos. Understanding the behavior of dust laden plasma sheaths is of interest in basic plasma and planetary sciences, and holds the key to efficient dust hazard mitigation for the long-term use of optical and mechanical equipment used for robotic and/or human exploration. NASA Lunar Science Institute's Colorado Center of Lunar Dust is focused on experimental and theoretical investigations of dusty plasmas, and the effects of hypervelocity dust impacts on surfaces. This presentation will describe a series of small-scale laboratory experiments investigating the properties of photoelectron sheaths, and the emergence of intense electric fields near boundaries of lit and dark surfaces and regions shielded and exposed to the solar wind plasma flow. Our progress in the analysis and interpretation of the laboratory observations using simple analytic models and complex plasma simulation tools indicates that these models can be used to predict the expected properties of the lunar near-surface environment with increasing confidence. Based on our laboratory and theoretical efforts, we will also report on the status of
Grain charging in dusty plasmas (Invited)
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Horanyi, M.
2013-12-01
Dusty plasmas represent the most general form of space, laboratory, and industrial plasmas. Interplanetary space, comets, planetary rings, asteroids, and aerosols in the atmosphere, are all examples where electrons, ions, and dust particles coexist. Dust particles immersed in plasmas and UV radiation collect electrostatic charges and respond to electromagnetic forces in addition to all the other forces acting on uncharged grains. Simultaneously, dust can alter its plasma environment. Dust particles in plasmas are unusual charge carriers. They are many orders of magnitude heavier than any other plasma particles, and they can have many orders of magnitude larger (negative or positive) time-dependent charges. The presence of dust can influence the collective plasma behavior, for example, by altering the traditional plasma wave modes and by triggering new types of waves and instabilities. This talk will focus on the charging processes, including the collection of electrons and ions in multi-species plasmas, and discuss the expected charge distribution on the dust particles as function of their size, and the dust density itself. Examples where these effects could result in novel plasma physics phenomena include Noctilucent clouds, and comets.
Scattering of radiation in collisionless dusty plasmas
Tolias, P.; Ratynskaia, S.
2013-04-15
Scattering of electromagnetic waves in collisionless dusty plasmas is studied in the framework of a multi-component kinetic model. The investigation focuses on the spectral distribution of the scattered radiation. Pronounced dust signatures are identified in the coherent spectrum due to scattering from the shielding cloud around the dust grains, dust acoustic waves, and dust-ion acoustic waves. The magnitude and shape of the scattered signal near these spectral regions are determined with the aid of analytical expressions and its dependence on the dust parameters is investigated. The use of radiation scattering as a potential diagnostic tool for dust detection is discussed.
Shock Propagation in Dusty Plasmas by MD Simulations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Marciante, Mathieu; Murillo, Michael
2014-10-01
The study of shock propagation has become a common way to obtain statistical information on a medium, as one can relate properties of the undisturbed medium to the shock dynamics through the Rankine-Hugoniot (R-H) relations. However, theoretical investigations of shock dynamics are often done through idealized fluid models, which mainly neglect kinetic properties of the medium constituents. Motivated by recent experimental results, we use molecular dynamics simulations to study the propagation of shocks in 2D-dusty plasmas, focusing our attention on the influence of kinetic aspects of the plasma, such as viscosity effects. This study is undertaken on two sides. On a first side, the shock wave is generated by an external electric field acting on the dust particles, giving rise to a shock wave as obtained in a laboratory experiment. On another side, we generate a shock wave by the displacement of a two-dimensional piston at constant velocity, allowing to obtain a steady-state shock wave. Experiment-like shock waves propagate in a highly non-steady state, what should ask for a careful application of the R-H relations in the context of non-steady shocks. Steady-state shock waves show an oscillatory pattern attributed to the dominating dispersive effect of the dusty plasma.
Electromagnetic waves in a polydisperse dusty plasma
Prudskikh, V. V.; Shchekinov, Yu. A.
2013-10-15
The properties of low-frequency electromagnetic waves in a polydisperse dusty plasma are studied. The dispersion relation for the waves propagating at an arbitrary angle to the external magnetic field is derived, with the coefficients explicitly determined by the dust-size distribution function. The dependence of wave dispersion on properties of the dust-size distribution function is analysed. It is shown that the cutoff for an oblique propagation in plasma with a wide scatter of dust sizes takes place at a much lower frequency than in a plasma with monosized dust particles. It is found that dispersion properties of a transversal magnetosonic wave mode around dust–cyclotron frequencies considerably differ from those in a plasma with monosized dust. In a plasma with low mass fraction of dust particles, the dispersion is smooth without the cutoff and the resonance intrinsic for a plasma with monosized dust. Increase of the dust fraction results in splitting of the dispersion curve on to two branches. Further increase of the dust fraction leads to emergence of the third branch located between the cutoffs and restricted from the lower and higher frequencies by two resonances. The dependence of the frequencies of cutoffs and resonances on the width of the dust-size distribution, its slope and the dust mass fraction are analysed. It is shown that the transparency frequency windows in a plasma with polydisperse dust are wider for transversal elecromagnetic waves, but narrower for longitudinal or oblique waves.
Propagation of electromagnetic waves in a weakly ionized dusty plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jia, Jieshu; Yuan, Chengxun; Gao, Ruilin; Wang, Ying; Liu, Yaoze; Gao, Junying; Zhou, Zhongxiang; Sun, Xiudong; Wu, Jian; Li, Hui; Pu, Shaozhi
2015-11-01
Propagation properties of electromagnetic (EM) waves in weakly ionized dusty plasmas are the subject of this study. Dielectric relation for EM waves propagating at a weakly ionized dusty plasma is derived based on the Boltzmann distribution law while considering the collision and charging effects of dust grains. The propagation properties of EM energy in dusty plasma of rocket exhaust are numerically calculated and studied, utilizing the parameters of rocket exhaust plasma. Results indicate that increase of dust radius and density enhance the reflection and absorption coefficient. High dust radius and density make the wave hardly transmit through the dusty plasmas. Interaction enhancements between wave and dusty plasmas are developed through effective collision frequency improvements. Numerical results coincide with observed results by indicating that GHz band wave communication is effected by dusty plasma as the presence of dust grains significantly affect propagation of EM waves in the dusty plasmas. The results are helpful to analyze the effect of dust in plasmas and also provide a theoretical basis for the experiments.
Nonplanar Shock Waves in Dusty Plasmas
Mamun, A. A.; Shukla, P. K.
2011-11-29
Nonplanar (viz. cylindrical and spherical) electro-acoustic [dust-ion-acoustic (DIA) and dust-acoustic (DA)] shock waves have been investigated by employing the reductive perturbation method. The dust charge fluctuation (strong correlation among highly charged dust) is the source of dissipation, and is responsible for the formation of the DIA (DA) shock structures. The effects of cylindrical and spherical geometries on the time evolution of DIA and DA shock structures are examined and identified. The combined effects of vortex-like electron distribution and dust charge fluctuation (dust-correlation and effective dust-temperature) on the basic features of nonplanar DIA (DA) shock waves are pinpointed. The implications of our results in laboratory dusty plasma experiments are briefly discussed.
Nonplanar Shock Waves in Dusty Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mamun, A. A.; Shukla, P. K.
2011-11-01
Nonplanar (viz. cylindrical and spherical) electro-acoustic [dust-ion-acoustic (DIA) and dust-acoustic (DA)] shock waves have been investigated by employing the reductive perturbation method. The dust charge fluctuation (strong correlation among highly charged dust) is the source of dissipation, and is responsible for the formation of the DIA (DA) shock structures. The effects of cylindrical and spherical geometries on the time evolution of DIA and DA shock structures are examined and identified. The combined effects of vortex-like electron distribution and dust charge fluctuation (dust-correlation and effective dust-temperature) on the basic features of nonplanar DIA (DA) shock waves are pinpointed. The implications of our results in laboratory dusty plasma experiments are briefly discussed.
Dusty plasma of the Enceladus plume
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yaroshenko, Victoria; Lühr, Hermann
2016-01-01
Geological active south-pole fractures of the icy moon Enceladus produce a specific region, a so-called plume that extends up to 1000 km into space. The main constituents of the plume are electrons, ions, water molecules, and charged nanograins, which are responsible for the unusual properties of this kind of low-temperature dusty plasma. The examples discussed represent our results in this field within the last few years, and mostly such cases were chosen, in which measurements of different Cassini instruments could be compared with theory or where the phenomenon has a diagnostic application. Dust charging, role of dust size distributions and dust charge fluctuations are discussed. The findings are used for interpretations of the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer data and improve constraints on the dust characteristics. Then the main forces and dust dynamics are discussed in conditions relevant for the near-Enceladus plasma. It is also examined how the charged dust can affect the plasma shielding length which is of importance for the reliable Cassini Langmuir probe measurements. Considering the dust grains as heavy negative ion species, the electric conductivity tensor is modified, whose elements are the key quantities for understanding the magnetic field perturbations registered by the Cassini Magnetometer during Enceladus flybys.
Dusty plasmas in the solar system
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Goertz, C. K.
1989-05-01
The processes that lead to charging of dust grains in a plasma are briefly reviewed. Whereas for single grains the results have been long known, the reduction of the average charge on a grain by 'Debye screening' has only recently been discovered. This reduction can be important in the Jovian ring and in the rings of Uranus. The emerging field of gravitoelectrodynamics which deals with the motion of charged grains in a planetary magnetosphere is then reviewed. Important mechanisms for distributing grains in radial distance are due to stochastic fluctuations of the grain charge and a systematic variation due to motion through plasma gradients. The electrostatic levitation model for the formation of spokes is discussed, and it is shown that the radial transport of dust contained in the spokes may be responsible for the rich radial structure in Saturn's rings. Finally, collective effects in dusty plasmas are discussed which affect various waves, such as density waves in planetary rings and low-frequency plasma waves. The possibility of charged grains forming a Coulomb lattice is briefly described.
Ion- and dust-acoustic instabilities in dusty plasmas
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Rosenberg, M.
1993-01-01
Dust ion-acoustic and dust-acoustic instabilities in dusty plasmas are investigated using a standard Vlasov approach. Possible applications of these instabilities to various cosmic environments, including protostellar clouds and planetary rings, are briefly discussed.
Kinetic theory of partially ionized complex (dusty) plasmas
Tsytovich, V.N.; De Angelis, U.; Ivlev, A.V.; Morfill, G.E.
2005-08-15
The general approach to the kinetic theory of complex (dusty) plasmas [Tsytovich and de Angelis, Phys. Plasmas 6, 1093 (1999)], which was formulated with the assumption of a regular (nonfluctuating) source of plasma particles, is reformulated to include ionization by electron impact on neutrals as the plasma source and the effects of collisions of ions and dust particles with neutrals.
Consistent description of kinetics and hydrodynamics of dusty plasma
Markiv, B.; Tokarchuk, M.; National University “Lviv Polytechnic,” 12 Bandera St., 79013 Lviv
2014-02-15
A consistent statistical description of kinetics and hydrodynamics of dusty plasma is proposed based on the Zubarev nonequilibrium statistical operator method. For the case of partial dynamics, the nonequilibrium statistical operator and the generalized transport equations for a consistent description of kinetics of dust particles and hydrodynamics of electrons, ions, and neutral atoms are obtained. In the approximation of weakly nonequilibrium process, a spectrum of collective excitations of dusty plasma is investigated in the hydrodynamic limit.
Theory of correlation effects in dusty plasmas
Avinash, K.
2015-03-15
A theory of correlation effects in dusty plasmas based on a suitably augmented Debye Huckel approximation is proposed. A model which takes into account the confinement of the dust within the plasma (by external fields) is considered. The dispersion relation of compressional modes with correlation effects is obtained. Results show that strong coupling effects may be subdominant even when Γ ≫ 1. Thus, in the limit Γ→0 and/or κ → ∞, one obtains the weakly coupled dust thermal mode. In the range of values of Γ ≫ 1, the strong coupling effects scale with κ instead of Γ; increasing Γ increases the dust acoustic waves phase velocity C{sub DAW} in this regime. In the limit Γ≫1,κ≪1, one obtains the weakly coupled dust acoustic wave. Only in the limit Γ≫1,κ≥1, one obtains strong coupling effects, e.g., the dust lattice waves (κ=a/λ{sub d}, a is the mean particle distance and λ{sub d} is the Debye length). Observations from a number of experiments are explained.
Dusty Plasma Effects in the Interplanetary Medium?
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mann, Ingrid; Issautier, Karine; Meyer-Vernet, Nicole; Le Chat, Gaétan; Czechowski, Andrzej; Zaslavsky, Arnaud; Zouganelis, Yannis; Belheouane, Soraya
Cosmic dust particles exist in a variety of compositions and sizes in the interplanetary medium. There is little direct information on the composition, but those interplanetary dust particles that are collected in the upper Earth’s atmosphere and can be studied in the laboratory typically have an irregular, sometimes porous structure on scales <100 nm. They contain magnesium-rich silicates and silicon carbide, iron-nickel and iron-sulfur compounds, calcium- and aluminum oxides, and chemical compounds that contain a large mass fraction of carbon (e.g. carbonaceous species). A fraction of the dust originates from comets, but because of their bulk material temperature of about 280 K near 1 AU, most icy compounds have disappeared. The dust particles are embedded in the solar wind, a hot plasma with at 1 AU kinetic temperatures around 100 000 K and flow direction nearly radial outward from the Sun at supersonic bulk velocities around 400 km/s. Since the dust particles carry an electric surface charge they are subject to electromagnetic forces and the nanodust particles are efficiently accelerated to velocities of order of solar wind speed. The acceleration of the nanodust is similar, but not identical to the formation of pick-up ions. The S/WAVES radio wave instrument on STEREO measured a flux of nanodust at 1 AU [1]. The nanodust probably forms in the region inward of 1 AU and is accelerated by the solar wind as discussed. We also discuss the different paths of dust - plasma interactions in the interplanetary medium and their observations with space experiments. Comparing these interactions we show that the interplanetary medium near 1 AU can in many cases be described as “dust in plasma" rather than "dusty plasma”. [1] S. Belheouane, N. Meyer-Vernet, K. Issautier, G. Le Chat, A. Zaslavsky, Y. Zouganelis, I. Mann, A. Czechowski: Dynamics of nanoparticles detected at 1 AU by S/WAVES onboard STEREO spacecraft, in this session.
Solitary kinetic Alfven waves in dusty plasmas
Li Yangfang; Wu, D. J.; Morfill, G. E.
2008-08-15
Solitary kinetic Alfven waves in dusty plasmas are studied by considering the dust charge variation. The effect of the dust charge-to-mass ratio on the soliton solution is discussed. The Sagdeev potential is derived analytically with constant dust charge and then calculated numerically by taking the dust charge variation into account. We show that the dust charge-to-mass ratio plays an important role in the soliton properties. The soliton solutions are comprised of two branches. One branch is sub-Alfvenic and the soliton velocity is obviously smaller than the Alfven speed. The other branch is super-Alfvenic and the soliton velocity is very close to or greater than the Alfven speed. Both compressive and rarefactive solitons can exist. For the sub-Alfvenic branch, the rarefactive soliton is bell-shaped and it is much narrower than the compressive one. However, for the super-Alfvenic branch, the compressive soliton is bell-shaped and narrower, and the rarefactive one is broadened. When the charge-to-mass ratio of the dust grains is sufficiently high, the width of the rarefactive soliton, in the super-Alfvenic branch, will broaden extremely and a electron depletion will be observed. It is also shown that the bell-shaped soliton can transition to a cusped structure when the velocity is sufficiently high.
Dust structurization observed in a dc glow discharge dusty plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Heinrich, Jonathon R.; Kim, Su-Hyun; Merlino, Robert L.
2010-11-01
Dusty plasmas, which are inherently open systems which require an ionization source to replenish the plasma absorbed on the grains, tend to exhibit self-organization. Various structures have been observed in dusty plasmas such as dust crystals, voids, and vortices. Due to the presence of drifting ions in dc discharge plasmas, spontaneously excited dust acoustic waves are also a common occurrence. By adjusting the discharge parameters we have observed a new phenomenon in dusty plasmas -- the spontaneous formation of three-dimensional stationary dust density structures. These structures appear as an ordered pattern consisting of alternating regions of high and low dust density arranged in a nested bowl-type configuration The stationary structure evolves from dust density waves that slow down as their wavelength decreases and eventually stop moving when the wavelength reaches some minimum size.
Space dusty plasmas: recent developments, advances, and unsolved problems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Popel, Sergey; Zelenyi, Lev
2016-07-01
The area of space dusty plasma research is a vibrant subfield of plasma physics that belongs to frontier research in physical sciences. This area is intrinsically interdisciplinary and encompasses astrophysics, planetary science, and atmospheric science. Dusty plasmas are ubiquitous in the universe; examples are proto-planetary and solar nebulae, molecular clouds, supernovae explosions, interplanetary medium, circumsolar rings, and asteroids. Within the solar system, we have planetary rings (e.g., Saturn and Jupiter), Martian atmosphere, cometary tails and comae, dust at the Moon, etc. Dust and dusty plasmas are also found in the vicinity of artificial satellites and space stations. The present review covers the main aspects of the area of space dusty plasma research. Emphasis is given to the description of dusty plasmas at the Moon which is important from the viewpoint of the future lunar missions and lunar observatory. This work was supported in part by the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (under Fundamental Research Program No. 7, "Experimental and Theoretical Study of the Solar System Objects and Stellar Planet Systems. Transient Explosion Processes in Astrophysics" and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Project No. 15-02-05627-a).
The physics and chemistry of dusty plasmas: A laboratory and theoretical investigation
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Whipple, E. C.
1986-01-01
Theoretical work on dusty plasmas was conducted in three areas: collective effects in a dusty plasma, the role of dusty plasmas in cometary atmospheres, and the role of dusty plasmas in planetary atmospheres (particularly in the ring systems of the giant planets). Laboratory investigations consisted of studies of dust/plasma interactions and stimulated molecular excitation and infrared emission by charged dust grains. Also included is a list of current publications.
Visco-elastic effects in strongly coupled dusty plasmas
Bandyopadhyay, P.; Prasad, G.; Sen, A.; Kaw, P. K.
2008-09-07
We report on experimental evidence of visco-elastic effects in a strongly coupled dusty plasma through investigations of the propagation characteristics of low frequency dust acoustic waves and by excitations of transverse shear waves in a DC discharge Argon plasma.
Dusty Plasma Technology of DCM with Nanostructure Surface Layer Production
Gavrikov, A. V.; Ivanov, A. S.; Petrov, O. F.; Shulga, Yu. M.; Starostin, A. N.; Fortov, V. E.
2008-09-07
The technique of disperse composite material (DCM) production was developed. The technique based on using special dusty plasma trap in RF plasma, in which fine particles levitate and are exposed by the atomic beam. The two types of covering were obtained: ''cauliflower'' or smooth, depending on process condition.
The dielectric function of weakly ionized dusty plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Li, Hui; Wu, Jian; Zhou, Zhong-Xiang; Yuan, Chengxun; Jia, Jieshu
2016-07-01
Using classical Boltzmann kinetic theory, the dielectric function of weakly ionized unmagnetized dusty plasma is derived. The elastic Coulomb collision and inelastic charging collision of electrons with charged dust particle as well as charge variation on dust surface are taken into account. The theoretical result is applied to analyze the propagation of electromagnetic wave in a dusty plasma. It is demonstrated that the additional collision mechanism provided by charged dust particle can significantly increase the absorbed power of electromagnetic wave. These increases are mainly determined by the dust radius, density, and the charge numbers on the dust surface. The obtained results will support an enhanced understanding of the wave propagation processes in space and laboratory dusty plasmas.
A brief review of dusty plasma effects in the solar system
Winske, D.
1997-08-01
Dusty plasmas are commonly found in the solar system and in the rest of space. In this paper we briefly describe some of the more common dusty plasmas: the rings of Saturn, dust tails of comets, dust streams from Jupiter, and noctilucent clouds in the upper atmosphere. We also discuss some of the theoretical issues related to grain charging, dust particle dynamics, waves in dusty plasmas, and dusty plasma crystals.
Solitary waves and double layers in a dusty electronegative plasma
Mamun, A. A.; Shukla, P. K.; Eliasson, B.
2009-10-15
A dusty electronegative plasma containing Boltzmann electrons, Boltzmann negative ions, cold mobile positive ions, and negatively charged stationary dust has been considered. The basic features of arbitrary amplitude solitary waves (SWs) and double layers (DLs), which have been found to exist in such a dusty electronegative plasma, have been investigated by the pseudopotential method. The small amplitude limit has also been considered in order to study the small amplitude SWs and DLs analytically. It has been shown that under certain conditions, DLs do not exist, which is in good agreement with the experimental observations of Ghim and Hershkowitz [Y. Ghim (Kim) and N. Hershkowitz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 151503 (2009)].
Electro-acoustic shock structures in dusty plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mamun, A. A.; Mamun
2014-12-01
Two types of electro-acoustic shock structures, namely dust-ion-acoustic (DIA) and dust-acoustic (DA) shock structures, formed in two different kind of dusty plasma systems have been theoretically investigated. The sources of dissipation, which are responsible for the formation of DIA and DA shock structures in these dusty plasma systems, are identified. The conditions for the formation of these shock structures and their new basic features are pinpointed. The implications of the results in experimental observations are also discussed.
Kinetic theory of Jeans instability of a dusty plasma.
Pandey, B P; Lakhina, G S; Krishan, V
1999-12-01
A kinetic theory of the Jeans instability of a dusty plasma has been developed in the present work. The effect of grain charge fluctuations due to the attachment of electrons and ions to the grain surface has been considered in the framework of Krook's collisional model. We demonstrate that the grain charge fluctuations alter the growth rate of the gravitational collapse of the dusty plasma. The Jeans length has been derived under limiting cases, and its dependence on the attachment frequency is shown. In the absence of gravity, we see that the damping rate of the dust acoustic mode is proportional to the electron-dust collision frequency. PMID:11970688
Jeans instability of a dusty plasma with dust charge variations
Hakimi Pajouh, H. Afshari, N.
2015-09-15
The effect of the dust charge variations on the stability of a self-gravitating dusty plasma has been theoretically investigated. The dispersion relation for the dust-acoustic waves in a self-gravitating dusty plasma is obtained. It is shown that the dust charge variations have significant effects. It increases the growth rate of instability and the instability cutoff wavenumbers. It is found that by increasing the value of the ions temperature and the absolute value of the equilibrium dust charge, the cutoff wavenumber decreases and the stability region is extended.
Solitary waves in two-dimensional dusty plasma crystal: Effects of weak magnetic field
Ghosh, Samiran; Gupta, M. R.
2010-03-15
It is shown that in the presence of weak magnetic field, the dust lattice solitary wave in two-dimensional (2D) hexagonal dusty plasma crystal is governed by a gyration-modified 2D Korteweg-de Vries equation due to the action of Lorentz force on the dust particles. Numerical solutions reveal that only for weak magnetic field an apparently single hump solitary wave solution exist. But, for strong magnetic field dust lattice solitary wave becomes unstable showing repetitive solitary hump of increasing magnitude with time.
Electron energy distribution in a dusty plasma: analytical approach.
Denysenko, I B; Kersten, H; Azarenkov, N A
2015-09-01
Analytical expressions describing the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) in a dusty plasma are obtained from the homogeneous Boltzmann equation for electrons. The expressions are derived neglecting electron-electron collisions, as well as transformation of high-energy electrons into low-energy electrons at inelastic electron-atom collisions. At large electron energies, the quasiclassical approach for calculation of the EEDF is applied. For the moderate energies, we account for inelastic electron-atom collisions in the dust-free case and both inelastic electron-atom and electron-dust collisions in the dusty plasma case. Using these analytical expressions and the balance equation for dust charging, the electron energy distribution function, the effective electron temperature, the dust charge, and the dust surface potential are obtained for different dust radii and densities, as well as for different electron densities and radio-frequency (rf) field amplitudes and frequencies. The dusty plasma parameters are compared with those calculated numerically by a finite-difference method taking into account electron-electron collisions and the transformation of high-energy electrons at inelastic electron-neutral collisions. It is shown that the analytical expressions can be used for calculation of the EEDF and dusty plasma parameters at typical experimental conditions, in particular, in the positive column of a direct-current glow discharge and in the case of an rf plasma maintained by an electric field with frequency f=13.56MHz. PMID:26465570
Application of tomographic particle image velocimetry to complex (dusty) plasmas
Williams, Jeremiah
2011-11-29
Over the past decade, particle image velocimetry (PIV) techniques have been used to obtain detailed measurements of the thermal and transport properties of weakly-coupled dusty plasmas. This paper reports on the application of an extension of these techniques, tomographic PIV (tom-PIV), which provides an instantaneous volumetric measurement of the particle transport.
Beam-Plasma Interaction and Instabilities in a 2D Yukawa Plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kyrkos, S.; Kalman, G.; Rosenberg, M.
2008-11-01
In a complex plasma, penetrating charged particle beams may lead to beam-plasma instabilities. When either the plasma, the beam, or both, are strongly interacting [1], the features of the instability are different from those in a weakly coupled plasma. We consider the case when a 2D dusty plasma forms a lattice, and the beam is moving in the lattice plane. Both the grains and the beam particles interact through a Yukawa potential; the beam particles are weakly coupled to each other and to the lattice. The system develops both a longitudinal and a transverse instability. Based on the phonon spectrum of a 2D hexagonal Yukawa lattice [2], we determine and compare the transverse and longitudinal growth rates. As a function of the wavenumber, the growth rates exhibit remarkable gaps, where no instability is excited. The gap locations are governed by the ratio of the lattice and the beam plasma frequencies. The behavior of the growth rates also depends on the direction of the beam and on the relationship between the beam speed and the longitudinal and transverse sound speeds. [1] GJ Kalman, M Rosenberg, JPA 36, 5963 (2003). [2] T Sullivan, GJ Kalman, S Kyrkos, P Bakshi, M Rosenberg, Z Donko, JPA 39, 4607 (2006).
Dusty (complex) plasmas: recent developments, advances, and unsolved problems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Popel, Sergey
The area of dusty (complex) plasma research is a vibrant subfield of plasma physics that be-longs to frontier research in physical sciences. This area is intrinsically interdisciplinary and encompasses astrophysics, planetary science, atmospheric science, magnetic fusion energy sci-ence, and various applied technologies. The research in dusty plasma started after two major discoveries in very different areas: (1) the discovery by the Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1980 of the radial spokes in Saturn's B ring, and (2) the discovery of the early 80's growth of contaminating dust particles in plasma processing. Dusty plasmas are ubiquitous in the universe; examples are proto-planetary and solar nebulae, molecular clouds, supernovae explosions, interplanetary medium, circumsolar rings, and asteroids. Within the solar system, we have planetary rings (e.g., Saturn and Jupiter), Martian atmosphere, cometary tails and comae, dust clouds on the Moon, etc. Close to the Earth, there are noctilucent clouds and polar mesospheric summer echoes, which are clouds of tiny (charged) ice particles that are formed in the summer polar mesosphere at the altitudes of about 82-95 km. Dust and dusty plasmas are also found in the vicinity of artificial satellites and space stations. Dust also turns out to be common in labo-ratory plasmas, such as in the processing of semiconductors and in tokamaks. In processing plasmas, dust particles are actually grown in the discharge from the reactive gases used to form the plasmas. An example of the relevance of industrial dusty plasmas is the growth of silicon microcrystals for improved solar cells in the future. In fact, nanostructured polymorphous sili-con films provide solar cells with high and time stable efficiency. These nano-materials can also be used for the fabrication of ultra-large-scale integration circuits, display devices, single elec-tron devices, light emitting diodes, laser diodes, and others. In microelectronic industries, dust has to be
Dressed soliton in quantum dusty pair-ion plasma
Chatterjee, Prasanta; Muniandy, S. V.; Wong, C. S.; Roy, Kaushik
2009-11-15
Nonlinear propagation of a quantum ion-acoustic dressed soliton is studied in a dusty pair-ion plasma. The Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation is derived using reductive perturbation technique. A higher order inhomogeneous differential equation is obtained for the higher order correction. The expression for a dressed soliton is calculated using a renormalization method. The expressions for higher order correction are determined using a series solution technique developed by Chatterjee et al. [Phys. Plasmas 16, 072102 (2009)].
Observation of the Taylor instability in a dusty plasma
Pacha, K. A.; Heinrich, J. R.; Kim, S.-H.; Merlino, R. L.
2012-01-15
Observations of the Taylor instability in a laboratory dusty plasma are presented. The dust cloud, formed in a dc argon glow-discharge plasma, is stratified into regions of high and low dust densities. The instability was triggered by a spontaneous intrusion of the low density dust fluid into the high density dust fluid at the interface. The instability in the dust fluid was phenomenologically similar to the hydrodynamic Taylor instability that occurs when a light fluid is accelerated into a heavy fluid.
Nanoparticle coagulation in fractionally charged and charge fluctuating dusty plasmas
Nunomura, Shota; Kondo, Michio; Shiratani, Masaharu; Koga, Kazunori; Watanabe, Yukio
2008-08-15
The kinetics of nanoparticle coagulation has been studied in fractionally charged and charge fluctuating dusty plasmas. The coagulation occurs when the mutual collision frequency among nanoparticles exceeds their charging and decharging/neutralization frequency. Interestingly, the coagulation is suppressed while a fraction (several percent) of nanoparticles are negatively charged in a plasma, in which stochastic charging plays an important role. A model is developed to predict a phase diagram of the coagulation and its suppression.
Ion-acoustic dressed solitons in a dusty plasma
Tiwari, R.S.; Mishra, M.K.
2006-06-15
Using the reductive perturbation method, equations for ion-acoustic waves governing the evolution of first- and second-order potentials in a dusty plasma including the dynamics of charged dust grains have been derived. The renormalization procedure of Kodama and Taniuti is used to obtain a steady state nonsecular solution of these equations. The variation of velocity and width of the Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) as well as dressed solitons with amplitude have been studied for different concentrations and charge multiplicity of dust grains. The higher-order perturbation corrections to the KdV soliton description significantly affect the characteristics of the solitons in dusty plasma. It is found that in the presence of positively charged dust grains the system supports only compressive solitons. However, the plasma with negatively charged dust grains can support compressive solitons only up to a certain concentration of dust. Above this critical concentration of negative charge, the dusty plasma can support rarefactive solitons. An expression for the critical concentration of negatively charged dust in terms of charge and mass ratio of dust grains with plasma ions is also derived.
Dust acoustic instability in a strongly coupled dusty plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Rosenberg, M.; Kalman, G. J.; Hartmann, P.; Goree, J.
2013-10-01
Dusty plasmas are plasmas containing charged micron to sub-micron size dust grains (solid particulates). Because the grains can be multiply charged and are much more massive than the ions, the presence of dust can lead to novel waves such as the dust acoustic wave, which is a compressional wave that can be excited by a flow of ions that is driven by an electric field. Moreover, the large dust charge can result in strong Coulomb coupling between the dust grains, where the electrostatic energy between neighboring grains is larger than their thermal (kinetic) energy. When the coupling between dust grains is strong, but not large enough for crystallization, the dust is in the strongly coupled liquid phase. This poster theoretically investigates the dust acoustic instability, which is driven by sub-thermal ion flow, in a three-dimensional dusty plasma in the strongly coupled liquid phase. It is found that strong coupling enhances the instability. The application is to microgravity experiments with dusty plasma planned for the PK-4 and PlasmaLab instruments, which are in development for the International Space Station. Microgravity conditions enable the preparation of dust clouds under these sub-thermal ion flow conditions by avoiding the need for strong electric fields to levitate the dust grains.
Twisted Landau damping rates in multi-component dusty plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ali, S.; Bukhari, S.; Mendonca, J. T.
2016-03-01
Keeping in view the kinetic treatment for plasma particles, the electrostatic twisted dust-acoustic (DA) and dust-ion-acoustic (DIA) waves are investigated in a collisionless unmagnetized multi-component dusty plasma, whose constituents are the electrons, singly ionized positive ions, and negatively charged massive dust particulates. With this background, the Vlasov-Poisson equations are coupled together to derive a generalized dielectric constant by utilizing the Laguerre-Gaussian perturbed distribution function and electrostatic potential in the paraxial limit. The dispersion and damping rates of twisted DA and DIA waves are analyzed with finite orbital angular momentum states in a multi-component dusty plasma. Significant modifications concerning the real wave frequencies and damping rates appeared with varying twisted dimensionless parameter and dust concentration. In particular, it is shown that dust concentration enhances the phase speed of the DIA waves in contrary to DA waves, whereas the impact of twisted parameter reduces the frequencies of both DA and DIA waves. The results should be useful for the understanding of particle transport and trapping phenomena caused by wave excitation in laboratory dusty plasmas.
Electrostatic twisted modes in multi-component dusty plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ayub, M. K.; Ali, S.; Ikram, M.
2016-01-01
Various electrostatic twisted modes are re-investigated with finite orbital angular momentum in an unmagnetized collisionless multi-component dusty plasma, consisting of positive/negative charged dust particles, ions, and electrons. For this purpose, hydrodynamical equations are employed to obtain paraxial equations in terms of density perturbations, while assuming the Gaussian and Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) beam solutions. Specifically, approximated solutions for potential problem are studied by using the paraxial approximation and expressed the electric field components in terms of LG functions. The energy fluxes associated with these modes are computed and corresponding expressions for orbital angular momenta are derived. Numerical analyses reveal that radial/angular mode numbers as well as dust number density and dust charging states strongly modify the LG potential profiles attributed to different electrostatic modes. Our results are important for understanding particle transport and energy transfer due to wave excitations in multi-component dusty plasmas.
Low frequency drift instabilities in a dusty plasma
Rosenberg, M.; Krall, N.A.
1996-02-01
Low frequency drift instabilities are investigated in a dusty magnetized plasma with negatively charged grains in which locally there is an electron density gradient which is opposite in sign to a dust density gradient. Frequencies less than the ion gyrofrequency but much larger than the dust gyrofrequency are considered. Two different equilibria are considered that are characterized by {rho}{sub {ital d}}{lt_or_gt}{ital L}{sub {ital nd}}, where {rho}{sub {ital d}} is the dust gyroradius and {ital L}{sub {ital nd}} is the dust density scale length. Instabilities analogous to the universal instability and to the lower-hybrid-drift instability (with the lower-hybrid frequency in this case associated with the dust) are investigated. Possible applications to dusty space plasmas such as the spoke regions of Saturn{close_quote}s B-ring are discussed. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}
Instability of dusty particle system in gas-discharge plasma
Filinov, V.S.; Petrov, O.F.; Fortov, V.E.; Molotkov, V.I.
2005-10-31
An effective anisotropic potential is proposed for the interaction between dust particles in a gas-discharge plasma. In addition to the Coulomb repulsion this potential takes into account attraction due to the spatial positive plasma charge originating from focusing of the ionic fluxes by dusty particles. The time evolution of the dust particle kinetic and potential energies from random initial configurations have been investigated by the Brownian dynamics method. Results of our simulation showed that the attraction between dusty particles can be the main physical reason of formation and decay of classical bound dust particle pairs and many particle complexes with low potential energy, while the kinetic energy (temperature) of unbound dust particles and particle oscillating in bound complexes may increase on three order as observed in experiments.
A Novel Experimental Setup to Investigate Magnetized Dusty Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Romero-Talamas, C. A.; Larocque, P.; Alvarez, J.; Sardin, J.
2013-10-01
Progress on the design and construction of a novel experimental setup to investigate dusty plasmas at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is presented. The setup includes separation adjustability of discharge electrodes and their orientation with respect to gravity without breaking vacuum, and a pair of water-cooled coils to produce magnetic fields with strengths of up to several Tesla. The coils' orientation is also designed to be adjustable with respect to gravity. A pulse-forming network to power the coils with flattop times of several seconds is under design. The setup is mounted inside a large glass bell jar to provide wide optical access to the dusty plasmas, and to minimize interference of chamber walls and mounts with imposed electric or magnetic fields. Planned experiments include crystallization and wave propagation under strong magnetic fields.
Collective dynamics in strongly coupled dusty plasma medium
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Das, Amita; Dharodi, Vikram; Tiwari, Sanat; Tiwari
2014-12-01
A simplified description of dynamical response of strongly coupled medium is desirable in many contexts of physics. The dusty plasma medium can play an important role in this regard due to its uniqueness, as its dynamical response typically falls within the perceptible grasp of human senses. Furthermore, even at room temperature and normal densities it can be easily prepared to be in a strongly coupled regime. A simplified phenomenological fluid model based on the visco - elastic behaviour of the medium is often invoked to represent the collective dynamical response of a strongly coupled dusty plasma medium. The manuscript reviews the role of this particular Generalized Hydrodynamic (GHD) fluid model in capturing the collective properties exhibited by the medium. In addition the paper also provides new insights on the collective behaviour predicted by the model for the medium, in terms of coherent structures, instabilities, transport and mixing properties.
Dusty Plasma in He-Ar Glow Discharge
Maiorov, S. A.; Ramazanov, T. S.; Dzhumagulova, K. N.; Dosbolayev, M. K.; Jumabekov, A. N.
2008-09-07
The paper reports on the first experiments with plasma-dust formations in dc gas discharge plasma for He-Ar mixture. It is shown that under the conventional conditions of the experiments with dusty structures in plasma, the choice of light and heavy gases for the mixture suppresses electron heating in electric field and results in a supersonic jet with high Mach numbers. Distribution functions for drifting ions in the gas mixture are calculated for various mixture concentrations, electric field strengths and gas pressures.
Shear waves in an inhomogeneous strongly coupled dusty plasma
Janaki, M. S.; Banerjee, D.; Chakrabarti, N.
2011-09-15
The properties of electrostatic transverse shear waves propagating in a strongly coupled dusty plasma with an equilibrium density gradient are examined using the generalized hydrodynamic (GH) equation. In the usual kinetic limit, the resulting equation has similarity to zero energy Schrodinger's equation. This has helped in obtaining some exact eigenmode solutions in both Cartesian and cylindrical geometries for certain nontrivial density profiles. The corresponding velocity profiles and the discrete eigenfrequencies are obtained for several interesting situations and their physics discussed.
Ion-Acoustic Waves in Self-Gravitaing Dusty Plasma
Kumar, Nagendra; Kumar, Vinod; Kumar, Anil
2008-09-07
The propagation and damping of low frequency ion-acoustic waves in steady state, unmagnetised, self-gravitating dusty plasma are studied taking into account two important damping mechanisms creation damping and Tromso damping. It is found that imaginary part of wave number is independent of frequency in case of creation damping. But when we consider the case of creation and Tromso damping together, an additional contribution to damping appears with the increase in frequency attributed to Tromso effect.
Nonlinear Generalized Hydrodynamic Wave Equations in Strongly Coupled Dusty Plasmas
Veeresha, B. M.; Sen, A.; Kaw, P. K.
2008-09-07
A set of nonlinear equations for the study of low frequency waves in a strongly coupled dusty plasma medium is derived using the phenomenological generalized hydrodynamic (GH) model and is used to study the modulational stability of dust acoustic waves to parallel perturbations. Dust compressibility contributions arising from strong Coulomb coupling effects are found to introduce significant modifications in the threshold and range of the instability domain.
FDTD Simulation on Terahertz Waves Propagation Through a Dusty Plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Maoyan; Zhang, Meng; Li, Guiping; Jiang, Baojun; Zhang, Xiaochuan; Xu, Jun
2016-08-01
The frequency dependent permittivity for dusty plasmas is provided by introducing the charging response factor and charge relaxation rate of airborne particles. The field equations that describe the characteristics of Terahertz (THz) waves propagation in a dusty plasma sheath are derived and discretized on the basis of the auxiliary differential equation (ADE) in the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method. Compared with numerical solutions in reference, the accuracy for the ADE FDTD method is validated. The reflection property of the metal Aluminum interlayer of the sheath at THz frequencies is discussed. The effects of the thickness, effective collision frequency, airborne particle density, and charge relaxation rate of airborne particles on the electromagnetic properties of Terahertz waves through a dusty plasma slab are investigated. Finally, some potential applications for Terahertz waves in information and communication are analyzed. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 41104097, 11504252, 61201007, 41304119), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Nos. ZYGX2015J039, ZYGX2015J041), and the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (No. 20120185120012)
Large amplitude ion-acoustic solitons in dusty plasmas
Tiwari, R. S.; Jain, S. L.; Mishra, M. K.
2011-08-15
Characteristics of ion-acoustic soliton in dusty plasma, including the dynamics of heavily charged massive dust grains, are investigated following the Sagdeev Potential formalism. Retaining fourth order nonlinearities of electric potential in the expansion of the Sagdeev Potential in the energy equation for a pseudo particle and integrating the resulting energy equation, large amplitude soliton solution is determined. Variation of amplitude (A), half width (W) at half maxima and the product P = AW{sup 2} of the Korteweg-deVries (KdV), dressed and large amplitude soliton as a function of wide range of dust concentration are numerically studied for recently observed parameters of dusty plasmas. We have also presented the region of existence of large amplitude ion-acoustic soliton in the dusty plasma by analyzing the structure of the pseudo potential. It is found that in the presence of positively charged dust grains, system supports only compressive solitons, on the other hand, in the presence of negatively charged dust grains, the system supports compressive solitons up to certain critical concentration of dust grains and above this critical concentration, the system can support rarefactive solitons also. The effects of dust concentration, charge, and mass of the dust grains, on the characteristics of KdV, dressed and large amplitude the soliton, i.e., amplitude (A), half width at half maxima (W), and product of amplitude (A) and half width at half maxima (P = AW{sup 2}), are discussed in detail.
Current driven instability in collisional dusty plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Pandey, B. P.; Vladimirov, S. V.; Samarian, A.
2009-11-01
The current driven electromagnetic instability in a collisional, magnetized, dusty medium is considered in the present work. It is shown that in the presence of the magnetic field aligned current, the low-frequency waves in the medium can become unstable if the ratio of the current to the ambient field is larger than the light speed times the wave number. The growth rate of the instability depends upon the ratio of the Alfvén to the dust cyclotron frequency as well as on the ratio of the current density J to the dust charge density Zend, where Z is the number of electronic charge on the grain, e is the electron charge, and nd is the dust number density. The typical growth rate of this instability is on the order of Alfvén frequency which compares favorably with the electrostatic, cross-field current driven, Farley-Buneman instability and thus could play an important role in the Earth's ionosphere.
Electrostatic solitary waves in dusty pair-ion plasmas
Misra, A. P.; Adhikary, N. C.
2013-10-15
The propagation of electrostatic waves in an unmagnetized collisionless pair-ion plasma with immobile positively charged dusts is studied for both large- and small-amplitude perturbations. Using a two-fluid model for pair-ions, it is shown that there appear two linear ion modes, namely the “fast” and “slow” waves in dusty pair-ion plasmas. The properties of these wave modes are studied with different mass (m) and temperature (T) ratios of negative to positive ions, as well as the effects of immobile charged dusts (δ). For large-amplitude waves, the pseudopotential approach is performed, whereas the standard reductive perturbation technique is used to study the small-amplitude Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) solitons. The profiles of the pseudopotential, the large amplitude solitons as well as the dynamical evolution of KdV solitons, are numerically studied with the system parameters as above. It is found that the pair-ion plasmas with positively charged dusts support the propagation of solitary waves (SWs) with only the negative potential. The results may be useful for the excitation of SWs in laboratory dusty pair-ion plasmas, electron-free industrial plasmas as well as for observation in space plasmas where electron density is negligibly small compared to that of negative ions.
Self-diffusion in a stochastically heated two-dimensional dusty plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Sheridan, T. E.
2016-09-01
Diffusion in a two-dimensional dusty plasma liquid (i.e., a Yukawa liquid) is studied experimentally. The dusty plasma liquid is heated stochastically by a surrounding three-dimensional toroidal dusty plasma gas which acts as a thermal reservoir. The measured dust velocity distribution functions are isotropic Maxwellians, giving a well-defined kinetic temperature. The mean-square displacement for dust particles is found to increase linearly with time, indicating normal diffusion. The measured diffusion coefficients increase approximately linearly with temperature. The effective collision rate is dominated by collective dust–dust interactions rather than neutral gas drag, and is comparable to the dusty-plasma frequency.
Electrostatic solitary waves in a magnetized dusty plasma
Maharaj, S. K.; Bharuthram, R.; Singh, S. V.; Lakhina, G. S.; Pillay, S. R.
2008-11-15
The nonlinear evolution of driven low-frequency electrostatic waves is investigated in a three-component magnetized dusty plasma comprised of a warm dust fluid, electrons, and ions. Electrons as well as ions are considered to have Boltzmann distributions. The fluid equations for the dust along with the quasineutrality condition are used to obtain a single nonlinear differential equation for the electric field. Periodic solutions of the nonlinear differential equation yield sinusoidal, sawtooth and bipolar structures which are similar to nonlinear structures supported in electron-ion plasmas. Results of our findings are applied to Saturn's rings.
The width of the solitary wave in dusty plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Malekolkalami, Behrooz; Alipanah, Amjad
2016-01-01
The Sagdeev potential method is employed to compute the width of the ion-acoustic solitary wave propagated in a dusty plasma containing three components (dust-ion-electron). The results indicate that the width is a continuous function over the allowable ranges of plasma parameters. The complexity of the resulting equations is an obstacle to the expression of the width function in an explicit form in terms of the parameters. Thus, computer algebra is needed to plot the graph of the width function versus the parameters, which helps us to understand the width changes as the parameters change.
Ion sphere model for Yukawa systems (dusty plasmas)
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Khrapak, S. A.; Khrapak, A. G.; Ivlev, A. V.; Thomas, H. M.
2014-12-01
Application of the ion sphere model (ISM), well known in the context of the one-component-plasma, to estimate thermodynamic properties of model Yukawa systems is discussed. It is shown that the ISM approximation provides fairly good estimate of the internal energy of the strongly coupled Yukawa systems, in both fluid and solid phases. Simple expressions for the excess pressure and isothermal compressibility are derived, which can be particularly useful in connection to wave phenomena in strongly coupled dusty plasmas. It is also shown that in the regime of strong screening a simple consideration of neighboring particles interactions can be sufficient to obtain quite accurate estimates of thermodynamic properties of Yukawa systems.
On vortex dust structures in magnetized dusty plasmas
Nebbat, E.; Annou, R.
2010-09-15
To explain the generation of vortex patterns of dust grains in a magnetized dusty plasma [Huang et al., Plasma Sci. Technol. 9, 1 (2007)], a time dependent nonlinear model that describes vortices as a result of an instability is proposed. Grain-grain as well as grain-ion interactions, particle attachment, and grains drift and diffusion are key elements in the present model. It is found that the latter reproduces the experimental results quite well, whereas the stability analysis shows that the vortex core is grain size dependent.
Formation Of Voids In Dusty Lorentzian Plasma
Bahamida, S.; Annou, K.; Annou, R.
2008-09-07
We study the possibility of formation of voids in Lorentzian plasmas containing of dust particles obeying to vortex-like velocity distribution. The size of the void is found to be ion spectral index dependent.
A 1-D dusty plasma photonic crystal
Mitu, M. L.; Ticoş, C. M.; Toader, D.; Banu, N.; Scurtu, A.
2013-09-21
It is demonstrated numerically that a 1-D plasma crystal made of micron size cylindrical dust particles can, in principle, work as a photonic crystal for terahertz waves. The dust rods are parallel to each other and arranged in a linear string forming a periodic structure of dielectric-plasma regions. The dispersion equation is found by solving the waves equation with the boundary conditions at the dust-plasma interface and taking into account the dielectric permittivity of the dust material and plasma. The wavelength of the electromagnetic waves is in the range of a few hundred microns, close to the interparticle separation distance. The band gaps of the 1-D plasma crystal are numerically found for different types of dust materials, separation distances between the dust rods and rod diameters. The distance between levitated dust rods forming a string in rf plasma is shown experimentally to vary over a relatively wide range, from 650 μm to about 1350 μm, depending on the rf power fed into the discharge.
Small Dust Cluster Probes within a Dusty Plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kong, Jie; Qiao, Ke; Matthews, Lorin; Hyde, Truell
2014-10-01
Small-number dust particle clusters are often seen in dusty plasmas. Interestingly, such clusters can often be used as in-situ probes providing plasma diagnostics. The number of dust particles, as well as the cluster size and shape, can be easily controlled employing a glass box placed on the powered lower electrode within a GEC rf reference chamber to provide confinement of the dust. Adjusting the rf power alters the plasma conditions creating structural changes within the cluster. This effect can be used to probe the relationship between the rf power and other plasma parameters of interest. This experiment employs the sloshing and breathing modes of small cluster oscillations to examine the relationship between the system's rf power and the plasma screening length inside the glass box as well as determine the particle charge. Experimental results indicate that both the screening length and the dust charge decrease as the rf power inside the box increases.
Coulomb Crystals in Cylindrical Dusty Plasmas under Gravity/Microgravity
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Takahashi, Kazuo; Totsuji, Hiroo; Adachi, Satoshi
2014-10-01
Coulomb crystals of dusty plasmas have been studied under microgravity with utilities boarding on the International Space Station in a joint Russian/German research project. Dynamics of the Coulomb crystals in cylindrical plasmas is investigated with the apparatus of PK-4 being launched till the end of 2014. A science team in Japan studied the cylindrical dusty plasmas to contribute to the project with the PK-4J modified original for microgravity experiments of parabolic flights in Japan. In the experiments, the dust particles distributed at the off-centered position close to the bottom in balancing of gravity. Under microgravity, they changed the distribution and formed a Coulomb crystal around the center axis in the plasmas. Several particles arranged in a line parallel to the axis, and the lines piled up to a bundle. Spatial distribution of the dust particles affects on plasma parameters of ion density and electron temperature. Structures of the Coulomb crystals connected to the parameters are discussed. The present study were supported by JAXA and Diamond Air Service.
Nonlinear inertial Alfven wave in dusty plasmas
Mahmood, S.; Saleem, H.
2011-11-29
Solitary inertial Alfven wave in the presence of positively and negatively charged dust particles is studied. It is found that electron density dips are formed in the super Alfvenic region and wave amplitude is increased for the case of negatively charged dust particles in comparison with positively charged dust particles in electron-ion plasmas.
Waterspout - an Atmospheric Aerosol Dusty Plasma
Rantsev-Kartinov, V.A.
2005-10-31
An aerosol -- capillary electrostatic model of a waterspout is submitted. The waterspout is treated as a long-living filament of aerosol plasma, which is formed at electric breakdown of interval between a charged cloud and a vertically floating cylinder, which is individual block of ocean's skeletal structures of revealed recently by author.
Nonlinear screening of dust grains and structurization of dusty plasma
Tsytovich, V. N. Gusein-zade, N. G.
2013-07-15
A review of theoretical ideas on the physics of structurization instability of a homogeneous dusty plasma, i.e., the formation of zones with elevated and depressed density of dust grains and their arrangement into different structures observed in laboratory plasma under microgravity conditions, is presented. Theoretical models of compact dust structures that can form in the nonlinear stage of structurization instability, as well as models of a system of voids (both surrounding a compact structure and formed in the center of the structure), are discussed. Two types of structures with very different dimensions are possible, namely, those smaller or larger than the characteristic mean free path of ions in the plasma flow. Both of them are characterized by relatively regular distributions of dust grains; however, the first ones usually require external confinement, while the structures of the second type can be self-sustained (which is of particular interest). In this review, they are called dust clusters and self-organized dust structures, respectively. Both types of the structures are characterized by new physical processes that take place only in the presence of the dust component. The role of nonlinearities in the screening of highly charged dust grains that are often observed in modern laboratory experiments turns out to be great, but these nonlinearities have not received adequate study as of yet. Although structurization takes place upon both linear and nonlinear screening, it can be substantially different under laboratory and astrophysical conditions. Studies on the nonlinear screening of large charges in plasma began several decades ago; however, up to now, this effect was usually disregarded when interpreting the processes occurring in laboratory dusty plasma. One of the aims of the present review was to demonstrate the possibility of describing the nonlinear screening of individual grains and take it into account with the help of the basic equations for the
Tiling analysis of melting in strongly-coupled dusty plasma*
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Suranga Ruhunusiri, W. D.; Feng, Yan; Liu, Bin; Goree, John
2010-11-01
A dusty plasma is an ionized gas containing micron-size particles of solid matter, which collect electrons and ions and become negatively charged. Due to large Coulomb interparticle potential energies, the microparticles represent a strongly-coupled plasma. In the absence of an external disturbance, the microparticles self-organize, arranging themselves in a crystalline lattice, due to their Coulomb interaction. If kinetic energy is added, the arrangement of microparticles becomes disordered, like atoms in a liquid. This melting process can be characterized by a proliferation of defects, which previous experimenters measured using Voronoi analysis. Here we use another method, tiling [1] to quantify defects. We demonstrate this method, which until now has been used only in simulations, in a dusty plasma experiment. A single layer of 4.83 μm polymer microparticles was electrically levitated in a glow discharge argon plasma. The lattice was melted by applying random kicks to the micoparticles from rastered laser beams. We imaged the particle positions and computed the corresponding tiling for both the crystalline lattice and liquid states. [1] Matthew A. Glaser, Phys. Rev A 41, 4585 (1990) ^*Work supported by NSF and NASA.
The acoustic instabilities in magnetized collisional dusty plasmas
Pandey, B. P.; Vladimirov, S. V.; Dwivedi, C. B.
2014-09-15
The present work investigates the wave propagation in collisional dusty plasmas in the presence of electric and magnetic field. It is shown that the dust ion-acoustic waves may become unstable to the reactive instability whereas dust-acoustic waves may suffer from both reactive and dissipative instabilities. If the wave phase speed is smaller than the plasma drift speed, the instability is of reactive type whereas in the opposite case, the instability becomes dissipative in nature. Plasma in the vicinity of dust may also become unstable to reactive instability with the instability sensitive to the dust material: dielectric dust may considerably quench this instability. This has implications for the dust charging and the use of dust as a probe in the plasma sheath.
Dust acoustic waves in strongly coupled dusty plasmas
Rosenberg, M. Kalman, G.
1997-12-01
Dust grains, or solid particles of {mu}m to sub-{mu}m sizes, are observed in various low-temperature laboratory plasmas such as process plasmas and dust plasma crystals. The massive dust grains are generally highly charged, and it has been shown within the context of standard plasma theory that their presence can lead to new low-frequency modes such as dust acoustic waves. In certain laboratory plasmas, however, the dust may be strongly coupled, as characterized by the condition {Gamma}{sub d}=Q{sub d}{sup 2}exp({minus}d/{lambda}{sub D})/dT{sub d}{ge}1, where Q{sub d} is the dust charge, d is the intergrain spacing, T{sub d} is the dust thermal energy, and {lambda}{sub D} is the plasma screening length. This paper investigates the dispersion relation for dust acoustic waves in a strongly coupled dusty plasma comprised of strongly coupled negatively charged dust grains, and weakly correlated classical ions and electrons. The dust grains are assumed to interact via a (screened Coulomb) Yukawa potential. The strongly coupled gas phase (liquid phase) is considered, and a quasilocalized charge approximation scheme is used, generalized to take into account electron and/or ion screening of the dust grains. The scheme relates the small-k dispersion to the total correlation energy of the system, which is obtained from the results of published numerical simulations. Some effects of collisions of charged particles with neutrals are taken into account. Applications to laboratory dusty plasmas are discussed. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}
The Interaction of Terahertz Waves and a Dusty Plasma Slab with Epstein Distribution
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Wang, Maoyan; Xu, Zhitao; Dong, Yuliang; Xu, Jun; Zhang, Meng
2016-01-01
The Auxiliary Differential Equation Finite Difference Time Domain (ADE-FDTD) method is applied to study the electromagnetic scattering of a dusty plasma sheath with Epstein distribution. The charging response factor of dust particles and angular plasma frequency of the dusty plasma are functions of space-varying electron density with an Epstein profile. The verification of the numerical ADE-FDTD algorithm for the dusty plasma is given. The propagation properties of Terahertz (THz) waves through a dusty plasma slab affected by the characteristic parameter and modulation factor of the Epstein distribution are discussed. The absorption coefficients of the slab influenced by the electron density, density of dust particles, and effective collision frequency are studied. It is shown that Terahertz waves may be an efficient tool for high density dusty plasmas detection and diagnostics.
nMHDust: A 4-Fluid Partially Ionized Dusty Plasma Code
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lazerson, Samuel
2008-11-01
nMHDust is a next generation 4-fluid partially ionized magnetized dusty plasma code, treating the inertial dynamics of dust, ion and neutral components. Coded in ANSI C, the numerical method is based on the MHDust 3-fluid fully ionized dusty plasma code. This code expands the features of the MHDust code to include ionization/recombination effects and the netCDF data format. Tests of this code include: ionization instabilities, wave mode propagation (electromagnetic and acoustic), shear-flow instabilities, and magnetic reconnection. Relevant parameters for the space environment are considered, allowing a comparison to be made with previous dusty plasma codes (MHDust and DENISIS). The utility of the code is expanded through the possibility of a small dust mass. This allows nMHDust to be used as a 2-ion plasma code. nMHDust completes the array of fluid dusty plasma codes available for numerical investigations into nonlinear phenomena in the field of astrophysical dusty plasmas.
Nonlinear Landau damping of transverse electromagnetic waves in dusty plasmas
Tsintsadze, N. L.; Chaudhary, Rozina; Shah, H. A.; Murtaza, G.
2009-04-15
High-frequency transverse electromagnetic waves in a collisionless isotropic dusty plasma damp via nonlinear Landau damping. Taking into account the latter we have obtained a generalized set of Zakharov equations with local and nonlocal terms. Then from this coupled set of Zakharov equations a kinetic nonlinear Schroedinger equation with local and nonlocal nonlinearities is derived for special cases. It is shown that the modulation of the amplitude of the electromagnetic waves leads to the modulation instability through the nonlinear Landau damping term. The maximum growth rate is obtained for the special case when the group velocity of electromagnetic waves is close to the dust acoustic velocity.
Nonlinear wave propagation in a strongly coupled collisional dusty plasma
Ghosh, Samiran; Gupta, Mithil Ranjan; Chakrabarti, Nikhil; Chaudhuri, Manis
2011-06-15
The propagation of a nonlinear low-frequency mode in a strongly coupled dusty plasma is investigated using a generalized hydrodynamical model. For the well-known longitudinal dust acoustic mode a standard perturbative approach leads to a Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) soliton. The strong viscoelastic effect, however, introduced a nonlinear forcing and a linear damping in the KdV equation. This novel equation is solved analytically to show a competition between nonlinear forcing and dissipative damping. The physical consequence of such a solution is also sketched.
Nonlinear wave propagation in a strongly coupled collisional dusty plasma.
Ghosh, Samiran; Gupta, Mithil Ranjan; Chakrabarti, Nikhil; Chaudhuri, Manis
2011-06-01
The propagation of a nonlinear low-frequency mode in a strongly coupled dusty plasma is investigated using a generalized hydrodynamical model. For the well-known longitudinal dust acoustic mode a standard perturbative approach leads to a Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) soliton. The strong viscoelastic effect, however, introduced a nonlinear forcing and a linear damping in the KdV equation. This novel equation is solved analytically to show a competition between nonlinear forcing and dissipative damping. The physical consequence of such a solution is also sketched. PMID:21797497
Evolution of an expanding dusty plasma with negative ions
Kechouri, B.; Djebli, M.
2006-11-15
The dusty plasma radial expansion is studied in the case of a spherical as well as cylindrical configuration. The effect of negative ions is introduced through the dust charge fluctuation equation. Electrons, positive, and negative ions are modelled by the Boltzmann distribution function and the dust grains by fluid equations. Using the self-similar theory, the nonlinear set of differential equations is solved numerically. It is found that the dust charge presents a critical value which depends on the negative ion species type. It is also found that the dust expansion ends earlier and the lighter particle densities profiles depend on the dust initial charge.
High frequency drift instabilities in a dusty plasma
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Rosenberg, M.; Krall, N. A.
1994-01-01
High frequency drift instabilities with omega(sub ce) much greater than omega which is greater than omega(sub ci) are investigated in a dusty magnetized plasma in which locally there is an electron density gradient which is opposite in sign to a dust density gradient. Two different equilibria are considered, characterized by rho(sub d) greater than L(sub d) and less than L(sub d), where rho(sub d) is the dust gyroradius and L(sub nd) is the dust density scale length. Possible application to Saturn's F-ring is discussed.
Radial Distributions of Dusty Plasma Parameters in a Glow Discharge
Fedoseev, A. V.; Sukhinin, G. I.
2011-11-29
A self-consistent model for radial distributions of dusty plasma parameters in a DC glow discharge based on the non-local Boltzmann equation for EEDF, the drift-diffusion equation for ions, and the Poisson equation for self-consistent electric field is presented. The results show that for the case of high dust particles density when the recombination of electrons and ions exceeds the ionization near the tube axis, radial electron and ion fluxes change their direction toward the center of the tube, and the radial electric field is reversed.
Landau damping in a multi-component dusty plasma
Zhang, Heng; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Jie; Hong, Xue-Ren; Lin, Mai-Mai; Qi, Xin E-mail: duanws@nwnu.edu.cn; Duan, Wen-Shan E-mail: duanws@nwnu.edu.cn; Yang, Lei
2014-11-15
Effect of the dust size distribution on the landau damping and the wave frequency is studied in the present paper. It is found that wave frequency increases as either the difference between the largest and the smallest dust size increases or the wave number increases. It seems that wave frequency is smaller for dusty plasma whose density of the smaller grains is larger than that of the larger ones, while it is larger in the opposite case. The effect of the dust size distribution can increase the Landau damping in the cases where the temperature of the dust grains is small enough or high enough.
Dusty Plasma Structures in Gas Mixtures
Popova, D. V.; Antipov, S. N.; Petrov, O. F.; Fortov, V. E.
2008-09-07
The possibility of attainment of large Mach numbers is analyzed for the case of heavy ions drifting in a light gas. Under conditions of typical experiments with dust structures in plasmas, the use of the mixture of light and heavy gases is shown to make it possible to suppress the ion heating in the electric field and to form supersonic flows characterized by large Mach numbers. The drift of krypton ions in helium is considered as an example. Experiments with dc glow discharge at 1-10% of Kr show that the transition to the discharge in mixture leads to increase of interaction anisotropy and reinforcement of coupling of dust particles in the direction of ion drift. On the other hand, under certain conditions the phenomenon of abnormal 'heating' of dust particles was observed when the particles can obtain high kinetic energy which is several orders of magnitude higher than typical.
Diagnostics for transport phenomena in strongly coupled dusty plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Goree, J.; Liu, Bin; Feng, Yan
2013-12-01
Experimental methods are described for determining transport coefficients in a strongly coupled dusty plasma. A dusty plasma is a mixture of electrons, ions and highly charged microspheres. Due to their large charges, the microspheres are a strongly coupled plasma, and they arrange themselves like atoms in a crystal or liquid. Using a video microscopy diagnostic, with laser illumination and a high speed video camera, the microspheres are imaged. Moment-method image analysis then yields the microspheres' positions and velocities. In one approach, these data in the particle paradigm are converted into the continuum paradigm by binning, yielding hydrodynamic quantities like number density, flow velocity and temperature that are recorded on a grid. To analyze continuum data for two-dimensional laboratory experiments, they are fit to the hydrodynamic equations, yielding the transport coefficients for shear viscosity and thermal conductivity. In another approach, the original particle data can be used to obtain the diffusion and viscosity coefficients, as is discussed in the context of future three-dimensional microgravity experiments.
Design and Assembly of the Magnetized Dusty Plasma Experiment (MDPX)
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fisher, Ross; Artis, Darrick; Lynch, Brian; Wood, Keith; Shaw, Joseph; Gilmore, Kevin; Robinson, Daniel; Polka, Christian; Konopka, Uwe; Thomas, Edward; Merlino, Robert; Rosenberg, Marlene
2013-10-01
Over the last two years, the Magnetized Dusty Plasma Experiment (MDPX) has been under construction at Auburn University. This new research device, whose assembly will be completed in late Summer, 2013, uses a four-coil, superconducting, high magnetic field system (|B | >= 4 Tesla) to investigate the confinement, charging, transport, and instabilities in a dusty plasma. A new feature of the MDPX device is the ability to operate the magnetic coils independently to allow a variety of magnetic configurations from highly uniform to quadrapole-like. Envisioned as a multi-user facility, the MDPX device features a cylindrical vacuum vessel whose primary experimental region is an octagonal chamber that has a 35.5 cm inner diameter and is 19 cm tall. There is substantial diagnostics and optical access through eight, 10.2 cm × 12.7 cm side ports. The chamber can also be equipped with two 15.2 cm diameter, 76 cm long extensions to allow long plasma column experiments, particularly long wavelength dust wave studies. This presentation will discuss the final design, assembly, and installation of the MDPX device and will describe its supporting laboratory facility. This work is supported by a National Science Foundation - Major Research Instrumentation (NSF-MRI) award, PHY-1126067.
Propagation of electromagnetic waves in a weak collisional and fully ionized dusty plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jia, Jieshu; Yuan, Chengxun; Liu, Sha; Yue, Feng; Gao, Ruilin; Wang, Ying; Zhou, Zhong-Xiang; Wu, Jian; Li, Hui
2016-04-01
The propagation properties of electromagnetic (EM) waves in fully ionized dusty plasmas is the subject of this study. The dielectric relationships for EM waves propagating in a fully ionized dusty plasma was derived from the Boltzmann distribution law, taking into consideration the collision and charging effects of the dust grains. The propagation properties of the EM waves in a dusty plasma were numerically calculated and studied. The study results indicated that the dusty grains with an increased radius and charge were more likely to impede the penetration of EM waves. Dust grains with large radii and high charge cause the attenuation of the EM wave in the dusty plasma. The different density of the dust in the plasma appeared to have no obvious effect on the transmission of the EM waves. The propagation of the EM waves in a weakly ionized dusty plasma varies from that in a fully ionized dusty plasma. The results are helpful to analyze the effects of dust in dusty plasmas and also provide a theoretical basis for future studies.
Final Progress Report for Ionospheric Dusty Plasma In the Laboratory [Smokey Plasma
Robertson, Scott
2010-09-28
“Ionospheric Dusty Plasma in the Laboratory” is a research project with the purpose of finding and reproducing the characteristics of plasma in the polar mesosphere that is unusually cold (down to 140 K) and contains nanometer-sized dust particles. This final progress report summarizes results from four years of effort that include a final year with a no-cost extension.
Numerical Experiments In Strongly Coupled Complex (Dusty) Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hou, L. J.; Ivlev A.; Hubertus M. T.; Morfill, G. E.
2010-07-01
Complex (dusty) plasma is a suspension of micron-sized charged dust particles in a weakly ionized plasma with electrons, ions, and neutral atoms or molecules. Therein, dust particles acquire a few thousand electron charges by absorbing surrounding electrons and ions, and consequently interact with each other via a dynamically screened Coulomb potential while undergoing Brownian motion due primarily to frequent collisions with the neutral molecules. When the interaction potential energy between charged dust particles significantly exceeds their kinetic energy, they become strongly coupled and can form ordered structures comprising liquid and solid states. Since the motion of charged dust particles in complex (dusty) plasmas can be directly observed in real time by using a video camera, such systems have been generally regarded as a promising model system to study many phenomena occurring in solids, liquids and other strongly-coupled systems at the kinetic level, such as phase transitions, transport processes, and collective dynamics. Complex plasma physics has now grown into a mature research field with a very broad range of interdisciplinary facets. In addition to usual experimental and theoretical study, computer simulation in complex plasma plays an important role in bridging experimental observations and theories and in understanding many interesting phenomena observed in laboratory. The present talk will focus on a class of computer simulations that are usually non-equilibrium ones with external perturbation and that mimic the real complex plasma experiments (i. e., numerical experiment). The simulation method, i. e., the so-called Brownian Dynamics methods, will be firstly reviewed and then examples, such as simulations of heat transfer and shock wave propagation, will be present.
Ghosh, Samiran
2014-09-01
The propagation of a nonlinear low-frequency mode in two-dimensional (2D) monolayer hexagonal dusty plasma crystal in presence of external magnetic field and dust-neutral collision is investigated. The standard perturbative approach leads to a 2D Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) soliton for the well-known dust-lattice mode. However, the Coriolis force due to crystal rotation and Lorentz force due to magnetic field on dust particles introduce a linear forcing term, whereas dust-neutral drag introduce the usual damping term in the 2D KdV equation. This new nonlinear equation is solved both analytically and numerically to show the competition between the linear forcing and damping in the formation of quasilongitudinal soliton in a 2D strongly coupled complex (dusty) plasma. Numerical simulation on the basis of the typical experimental plasma parameters and the analytical solution reveal that the neutral drag force is responsible for the usual exponential decay of the soliton, whereas Coriolis and/or Lorentz force is responsible for the algebraic decay as well as the oscillating tail formation of the soliton. The results are discussed in the context of the plasma crystal experiment. PMID:25314548
Heat transport in a two-dimensional complex (dusty) plasma at melting conditions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nosenko, V.; Ivlev, A. V.; Zhdanov, S.; Morfill, G.; Goree, J.; Piel, A.
2007-11-01
The heat transport in a two-dimensional complex (dusty) plasma undergoing a phase transition was studied experimentally. A single layer of highly charged polymer microspheres was suspended in a plasma sheath. In the absence of manipulation, the suspension forms a 2D triangular lattice. To melt this lattice and form a liquid, we used a laser-heating method. Two focused laser beams were moved rapidly around in the monolayer. The kinetic temperature of the particles increased with the laser power applied, and above a threshold a melting transition occurred. We used video microscopy for direct imaging and particle tracking. The spatial profiles of the particle kinetic temperature were calculated. Using the heat transport equation with an additional term to account for the energy dissipation due to the gas drag, we analyzed the temperature profiles to find a thermal conductivity, which did not depend on temperature.
Early time evolution of artificially created dusty space plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Scales, Wayne
An alternate approach to studying natural dust layers in the earth's upper atmosphere is to perform active space experiments in which a dust cloud is created in a controlled manner. Its evolution can then be more carefully observed and studied and then compared to characteristics of natural dust clouds. Such space experiments are currently under development are planned for the near future. Several important issues to be investigated include dust charging processes, plasma flows, electrodynamic structure, plasma irregularities, and coupling between the neutral components of the upper atmosphere and the dust clouds. Also possibilities of remote sensing plasma processes in these clouds through radar measurements will be studied. This talk will address some of the physical processes expected to be important during the early time phase after creation of an artificial dust cloud in the earth's ionosphere. Of principal importance will be the production of plasma irregularities which may lead to radar echoes and the possibility of their relationship to well known radar echoes observed from natural dusty space plasmas. First, a plasma model will be described that may be used for investigating early time evolution after expansion of an artificial dust cloud across the magnetic field in the ionosphere. This model will then be used to investigate the electrodynamics and possible plasma irregularity generation mechanisms after creation of an artificial dust cloud. Finally, possibilities of radar signatures observed from the dust cloud will be considered.
Dusty plasma in the region of the lunar terminator
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Popel, S. I.; Zelenyi, L. M.; Atamaniuk, B.
2016-05-01
Dusty plasma in the region of the lunar terminator is considered. It is shown that, in this region, a structure resembling a plasma sheath forms near the lunar surface. This sheath creates a potential barrier, due to which electrons over the illuminated part of the Moon are confined by electrostatic forces. The width of the sheath-like structure is on the order of the ion Debye length. In this structure, significant (about several hundred V/m) electric fields arise, which lift charged micron-size dust grains to heights of several tens of centimeters. The suggested effect may be used to explain the glow observed by the Surveyor spacecraft over the lunar terminator.
Dressed ion-acoustic solitons in magnetized dusty plasmas
El-Labany, S. K.; El-Shamy, E. F.; El-Warraki, S. A.
2009-01-15
In the present research paper, the characteristics of ion acoustic solitary waves are investigated in hot magnetized dusty plasmas consisting of negatively charged dust grains, positively charged ion fluid, and isothermal electrons. Applying a reductive perturbation theory, a nonlinear Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation for the first-order perturbed potential and a linear inhomogeneous KdV-type equation for the second-order perturbed potentials are derived. Stationary solutions of these coupled equations are obtained using a renormalization method. The effects of the external oblique magnetic field, hot ion fluid, and higher-order nonlinearity on the nature of the ion acoustic solitary waves are discussed. The results complement and provide new insights into previously published results on this problem [R. S. Tiwari and M. K. Mishra, Phys. Plasmas 13, 062112 (2006)].
Localized excitations of charged dust grains in dusty plasma lattices
Kourakis, Ioannis; Shukla, Padma Kant; Basios, Vassileios
2005-10-31
The nonlinear aspects of charged dust grain motion in a one-dimensional dusty plasma (DP) monolayer are discussed. Both horizontal (longitudinal, acoustic mode) and vertical (transverse, optic mode) displacements are considered, and various types of localized excitations are reviewed, in a continuum approximation. Dust crystals are shown to support nonlinear kink-shaped supersonic longitudinal solitary excitations, as well as modulated envelope (either longitudinal or transverse) localized modes. The possibility for Discrete Breather (DB-) type excitations (Intrinsic Localized Modes, ILMs) to occur is investigated, from first principles. These highly localized excitations owe their existence to lattice discreteness, in combination with the interaction and/or substrate (sheath) potential nonlinearity. This possibility may open new directions in DP- related research. The relation to previous results on atomic chains as well as to experimental results on strongly-coupled dust layers in gas discharge plasmas is discussed.
Propagation of electromagnetic wave in dusty plasma and the influence of dust size distribution
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Li, Hui; Wu, Jian; Zhou, Zhongxiang; Yuan, Chengxun
2016-07-01
The effect of charged dust particle and their size distribution on the propagation of electromagnetic wave in a dusty plasma is investigated. It is shown that the additional collision mechanism provided by charged dust particles can significantly alter the electromagnetic properties of a plasma, leading to the appearance of attenuation of electromagnetic wave through dusty plasma. The attenuation coefficient mainly depends on the dust density, radius, and the charge numbers on the dust surface. The results described here will be used to enhance understanding of electromagnetic wave propagation processed in space and laboratory dusty plasma.
Synchronization pattern observed in a complex (dusty) plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhdanov, Sergey; Couedel, Lenaic; Morfill, Gregor
2015-04-01
Complex or dusty plasmas are weakly ionized gases containing micron-size particles called dust particles or microparticles. In a laboratory radio-frequency (rf) plasma these particles are negatively charged. Due to their strong interactions with the plasma and with each other, they can form strongly coupled systems. Complex plasmas are ideal model systems for phase transitions, self-organization and transport processes. We report on the kinematics of dust particles during the early stage of mode-coupling induced melting of a two-dimensional plasma crystal. It was found that the formation of the hybrid mode causes the particle vibrations to partially synchronize at the hybrid frequency. The system self-organizes in a rhythmic pattern of alternating in-phase and anti-phase oscillating chains of particles. Phase- and frequency-locked hybrid particle motion in both vertical and horizontal directions is evidenced. The spatial orientation of the synchronization pattern correlates well with the directions of the maximal increment of the shear-free hybrid mode. Dynamically, a two-dimensional plasma crystal can be seen as an ensemble of coupled nonlinear oscillators. Spontaneous emergence of synchronized signals and spontaneous symmetry breaking are typical behaviors in such large populations of interacting units.
Initial Results from the Magnetized Dusty Plasma Experiment (MDPX)
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Thomas, Edward; Konopka, Uwe; Lynch, Brian; Adams, Stephen; Leblanc, Spencer; Artis, Darrick; Dubois, Ami; Merlino, Robert; Rosenberg, Marlene
2014-10-01
The MDPX device is envisioned as a flexible, multi-user, research instrument that can perform a wide range of studies in fundamental and applied plasma physics. The MDPX device consists of two main components. The first is a four-coil, open bore, superconducting magnet system that is designed to produce uniform magnetic fields of up to 4 Tesla and non-uniform magnetic fields with gradients up to up to 2 T/m configurations. Within the warm bore of the magnet is placed an octagonal vacuum chamber that has a 46 cm outer diameter and is 22 cm tall. The primary missions of the MDPX device are to: (1) investigate the structural, thermal, charging, and collective properties of a plasma as the electrons, ions, and finally charged microparticles become magnetized; (2) study the evolution of a dusty plasma containing magnetic particles (paramagnetic, super-paramagnetic, or ferromagnetic particles) in the presence of uniform and non-uniform magnetic fields; and, (3) explore the fundamental properties of strongly magnetized plasmas (``i.e., dust-free'' plasmas). This presentation will summarize the initial characterization of the magnetic field structure, initial plasma parameter measurements, and the development of in-situ and optical diagnostics. This work is supported by funding from the NSF and the DOE.
Nonlinear plasma voids (holes) in a charge-varying dusty plasma
Tribeche, Mouloud; Ait Gougam, Leila; Aoutou, Kamel; Zerguini, Taha Houssine
2005-09-15
Nonlinear large amplitude plasma voids are investigated in a charge-varying dusty plasma. Numerical solutions of highly nonlinear equations are carried out including dust charging and ion trapping. The results complement previously published results on this problem. It is found that under certain conditions the effect of dust charge variation can be quite important. In particular, it may be noted that the dust charge variation leads to an additional enlargement of the nonlinear plasma voids.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fortov, Vladimir
Dusty, or complex plasmas are composed of a weakly ionized gas and charged microparticles. Dust and dusty plasmas are ubiquitous in space -- they are present in planetary rings, cometary tails, interplanetary and interstellar clouds, the mesosphere, thunderclouds, they are found in the vicinity of artificial satellites and space stations, etc. Dusty plasmas formed by micronsize particles are actively investigated in many laboratories. This research has many interesting applications like nanomaterial synthesis, nanoparticle handling or particle waste removal just to mention a few. But, the most interesting application of dusty plasmas is the use as model systems for fundamental physics. It allows investigation on the most fundamental -- the kinetic level and provides insights into physics of solids and liquids with a precision not achievable in natural systems. Experiments performed on Earth are always altered or even hindered by gravity. Microgravity conditions are necessary to make investigations of large homogeneous 3-dimensional dusty plasma systems. Here we present the survey of results of the dusty plasma physics investigations under microgravity conditions with the help of experimental installations ``Plasma Crystal-1'' (PK-1) and ``PK-2'' used on the Orbital Station ``Mir'', and the unique experimental installations ``PK-3'' and ``PK-3 Plus'' used on the International Space Station. The use of these installations has given a possibility to obtain new knowledge on the dusty plasma properties. The phase transition from the isotropic liquid dusty plasma system to the so-called electrorheological plasma has been performed. The transition is the isotropic one and is fully reversible. The other interesting phenomenon is an interpenetration of two clouds of microparticles of different sizes. When a velocity of the penetrating particles is rather high the lane formation has been observed. This phenomenon is the non-equilibrium transition, depends upon peculiarities
Nonlinear wave propagation in strongly coupled dusty plasmas.
Veeresha, B M; Tiwari, S K; Sen, A; Kaw, P K; Das, A
2010-03-01
The nonlinear propagation of low-frequency waves in a strongly coupled dusty plasma medium is studied theoretically in the framework of the phenomenological generalized hydrodynamic (GH) model. A set of simplified model nonlinear equations are derived from the original nonlinear integrodifferential form of the GH model by employing an appropriate physical ansatz. Using standard perturbation techniques characteristic evolution equations for finite small amplitude waves are then obtained in various propagation regimes. The influence of viscoelastic properties arising from dust correlation contributions on the nature of nonlinear solutions is discussed. The modulational stability of dust acoustic waves to parallel perturbation is also examined and it is shown that dust compressibility contributions influenced by the Coulomb coupling effects introduce significant modification in the threshold and range of the instability domain. PMID:20365882
Nonlinear wave propagation in strongly coupled dusty plasmas
Veeresha, B. M.; Tiwari, S. K.; Sen, A.; Kaw, P. K.; Das, A.
2010-03-15
The nonlinear propagation of low-frequency waves in a strongly coupled dusty plasma medium is studied theoretically in the framework of the phenomenological generalized hydrodynamic (GH) model. A set of simplified model nonlinear equations are derived from the original nonlinear integrodifferential form of the GH model by employing an appropriate physical ansatz. Using standard perturbation techniques characteristic evolution equations for finite small amplitude waves are then obtained in various propagation regimes. The influence of viscoelastic properties arising from dust correlation contributions on the nature of nonlinear solutions is discussed. The modulational stability of dust acoustic waves to parallel perturbation is also examined and it is shown that dust compressibility contributions influenced by the Coulomb coupling effects introduce significant modification in the threshold and range of the instability domain.
Nonlinear waves in nonplanar and nonuniform dusty plasmas
Xue Jukui; Zhang Liping
2006-02-15
The nonlinear properties of the dust acoustic solitary wave and shock wave in inhomogeneous nonplanar dusty plasmas are considered theoretically and numerically. The effects of nonthermally distributed ions, nonadiabatic dust charge fluctuation, and the inhomogeneity caused by nonuniform equilibrium particle density, nonuniform equilibrium charging, and nonplanar geometry on waves are presented. When {tau}{sub ch}/{tau}{sub d} is small but finite, where {tau}{sub ch} is the charging time scale and {tau}{sub d} is the hydrodynamical time scale, a variable coefficients nonplanar Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) Burgers equation governing the nonlinear waves is derived by the perturbation method. The analytical expressions for the evolution of soliton and shock wave (both oscillatory and monotone shock) are obtained and the theoretical results are confirmed by the numerical solution of the nonlinear wave equation.
Shearing the Cold Dusty Plasma Liquid at Discrete Level
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yang, Chi; Chen, Meng-Chun; I, Lin
The dynamics of the cold dusty plasma liquid sheared by a laser beam is investigated experimentally, through direct optical visualization. When the cold liquid is weakly sheared, a stick-slip type flow is found due to the presence of the crystalline ordered domain. The vortical cooperative motion of particle, identified by the analysis of bond angle variation, is found to be similar to the shear-free case. The rotation of large ordered patch through rupturing into multiple rotating patches followed by the healing process is the key mechanism of vortical motion. When the liquid is strongly sheared, the emergence of the fluidized band induced by the serious domain rupture makes the vortical motion different from the weakly sheared case.
Gas flow driven by thermal creep in dusty plasma
Flanagan, T. M.; Goree, J.
2009-10-15
Thermal creep flow (TCF) is a flow of gas driven by a temperature gradient along a solid boundary. Here, TCF is demonstrated experimentally in a dusty plasma. Stripes on a glass box are heated by laser beam absorption, leading to both TCF and a thermophoretic force. The design of the experiment allows isolating the effect of TCF. A stirring motion of the dust particle suspension is observed. By eliminating all other explanations for this motion, we conclude that TCF at the boundary couples by drag to the bulk gas, causing the bulk gas to flow, thereby stirring the suspension of dust particles. This result provides an experimental verification, for the field of fluid mechanics, that TCF in the slip-flow regime causes steady-state gas flow in a confined volume.
Electrostatic drift modes in quantum dusty plasmas with Jeans terms
Ren Haijun; Wu Zhengwei; Cao Jintao; Chu, Paul K.
2009-10-15
Electrostatic drift waves (EDWs) are investigated in nonuniform quantum magnetized dusty plasmas by taking into account dust gravitational effects with the help of the quantum hydrodynamic model. Ions and electrons are viewed as low-temperature Fermi gases, whereas quantum effects are neglected for the dust grains. The analytical dispersion relationship of the quantum EDWs is derived. Quantum effects are shown to affect the dispersion of EDW significantly. The Jeans terms induce a driftlike instability, which does not exist with the absence of gravitational effects. The criteria and growth rate of the kind of instability are presented. Our results are relevant to dense astrophysical objects such as the interiors of astrophysical compact objects (e.g., white dwarfs and neutron stars)
Hydrodynamic waves and correlation functions in dusty plasmas
Wang, X.; Bhattacharjee, A.
1997-11-01
A hydrodynamic description of strongly coupled dusty plasmas is given when physical quantities vary slowly in space and time and the system can be assumed to be in local thermodynamic equilibrium. The linear waves in such a system are analyzed. In particular, a dispersion equation is derived for low-frequency dust acoustic waves, including collisional damping effects, and compared with experimental results. The linear response of the system is calculated from the fluctuation-dissipation theorem and the hydrodynamic equations. The requirement that these two calculations coincide constrains the particle correlation function for slowly varying perturbations. It is shown that in the presence of weakly damped, long-wavelength dust-acoustic waves, the dust autocorrelation function is of the Debye{endash}H{umlt u}ckel form and the characteristic shielding distance is the dust Debye length. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}
Do nonlinear waves evolve in a universal manner in dusty and other plasma environments?
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bharuthram, R.; Singh, S. V.; Maharaj, S. K.; Moolla, S.; Lazarus, I. J.; Reddy, R. V.; Lakhina, G. S.; Lakhina
2014-12-01
Using a fluid theory approach, this article provides a comparative study on the evolution of nonlinear waves in dusty plasmas, as well as other plasma environments, viz electron-ion, and electron-positron plasmas. Where applicable, relevance to satellite measurements is pointed out. A range of nonlinear waves from low frequency (ion acoustic and ion cyclotron waves), high frequency (electron acoustic and electron cyclotron waves) in electron-ion plasmas, ultra-low frequency (dust acoustic and dust cyclotron waves) in dusty plasmas and in electron-positron plasmas are discussed. Depending upon the plasma parameters, saw-tooth and bipolar structures are shown to evolve.
Alfven waves in dusty plasmas with plasma particles described by anisotropic kappa distributions
Galvao, R. A.; Ziebell, L. F.; Gaelzer, R.; Juli, M. C. de
2012-12-15
We utilize a kinetic description to study the dispersion relation of Alfven waves propagating parallelly to the ambient magnetic field in a dusty plasma, taking into account the fluctuation of the charge of the dust particles, which is due to inelastic collisions with electrons and ions. We consider a plasma in which the velocity distribution functions of the plasma particles are modelled as anisotropic kappa distributions, study the dispersion relation for several combinations of the parameters {kappa}{sub Parallel-To} and {kappa}{sub Up-Tack }, and emphasize the effect of the anisotropy of the distributions on the mode coupling which occurs in a dusty plasma, between waves in the branch of circularly polarized waves and waves in the whistler branch.
2-D Magnetohydrodynamic Modeling of A Pulsed Plasma Thruster
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Thio, Y. C. Francis; Cassibry, J. T.; Wu, S. T.; Rodgers, Stephen L. (Technical Monitor)
2002-01-01
Experiments are being performed on the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) MK-1 pulsed plasma thruster. Data produced from the experiments provide an opportunity to further understand the plasma dynamics in these thrusters via detailed computational modeling. The detailed and accurate understanding of the plasma dynamics in these devices holds the key towards extending their capabilities in a number of applications, including their applications as high power (greater than 1 MW) thrusters, and their use for producing high-velocity, uniform plasma jets for experimental purposes. For this study, the 2-D MHD modeling code, MACH2, is used to provide detailed interpretation of the experimental data. At the same time, a 0-D physics model of the plasma initial phase is developed to guide our 2-D modeling studies.
Complex (dusty) plasmas-kinetic studies of strong coupling phenomena
Morfill, Gregor E.; Ivlev, Alexei V.; Thomas, Hubertus M.
2012-05-15
'Dusty plasmas' can be found almost everywhere-in the interstellar medium, in star and planet formation, in the solar system in the Earth's atmosphere, and in the laboratory. In astrophysical plasmas, the dust component accounts for only about 1% of the mass, nevertheless this component has a profound influence on the thermodynamics, the chemistry, and the dynamics. Important physical processes are charging, sputtering, cooling, light absorption, and radiation pressure, connecting electromagnetic forces to gravity. Surface chemistry is another important aspect. In the laboratory, there is great interest in industrial processes (e.g., etching, vapor deposition) and-at the fundamental level-in the physics of strong coupling phenomena. Here, the dust (or microparticles) are the dominant component of the multi-species plasma. The particles can be observed in real time and space, individually resolved at all relevant length and time scales. This provides an unprecedented means for studying self-organisation processes in many-particle systems, including the onset of cooperative phenomena. Due to the comparatively large mass of the microparticles (10{sup -12}to10{sup -9}g), precision experiments are performed on the ISS. The following topics will be discussed: Phase transitions, phase separation, electrorheology, flow phenomena including the onset of turbulence at the kinetic level.
Dusty Plasmas - Kinetic Studies of Strong Coupling Phenomena
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Morfill, Gregor
2011-10-01
``Dusty plasmas'' can be found almost everywhere - in the interstellar medium, in star and planet formation, in the solar system in the Earth's atmosphere and in the laboratory. In astrophysical plasmas the dust component accounts for only about 1% of the mass, nevertheless this component has a profound influence on the thermodynamics, the chemistry and the dynamics. Important physical processes are charging, sputtering, cooling, light absorption and radiation pressure, connecting electromagnetic forces to gravity. Surface chemistry is another important aspect. In the laboratory there is great interest in industrial processes (e.g. etching, vapor deposition) and at the fundamental physics level - the main topic here - the study of strong coupling phenomena. Here the dust (or microparticles) are the dominant component of the multi-species plasma. The particles can be observed in real time and pace, individually resolved at all relevant length and time scales. This provides an unprecedented means for studying self-organisation processes in many particle systems including the onset of cooperative phenomena. Due to the comparatively large mass of the microparticles (10-12 to 10-9 g) precision experiments are performed on the ISS. The following topics will be discussed: Phase transitions, phase separation, electrorheology, flow phenomena including the onset of turbulence at the kinetic level.
Solitons in dusty plasmas with positive dust grains
Baluku, T. K.; Hellberg, M. A.; Mace, R. L.
2008-03-15
Although ''typical'' micrometer-sized dust grains in a space or laboratory plasma are often negatively charged because of collisions with the mobile electrons, there are environments in which grains may take on a positive charge. We consider a dusty plasma composed of electrons, positive ions and positive dust grains, and use the fluid dynamic paradigm to identify existence domains in parameter space for both dust-acoustic (DA) and dust-modified ion-acoustic (DIA) solitons. Only positive potential DA solitons are found. This represents an expected antisymmetry with the case of negative dust, where previously only negative solitons were reported. However, whereas for negative dust DIA solitons of either sign of potential may exist, we find that for the case of positive dust, DIA solitons are restricted to positive potentials only. The results for both positive and negative dust are consistent with an hypothesis that, in the absence of flows, the sign(s) of the soliton potential coincide(s) with the sign(s) of the species whose inertia is included in the calculation; i.e., the cold, supersonic species present in the plasma.
Farley-Buneman instability in dusty space plasma
Atamaniuk, B.; Rothkaehl, H.; Volokitin, A.
2011-11-29
The dusty plasma and turbulent plasma properties in the vicinity of Jupiter and particularly inside the Ganymede magnetosphere can be a key parameters for understanding the plasma processes The complex system magnetic and electric field inside the Jowian magnetosphere can drive electrojet. If these currents exceed a certain critical amplitude, a streaming instability called the Farley-Buneman or a collisional two-stream instability develops. This instability grows more rapidly at shorter wavelengths and the waves propagate nearly perpendicular to the magnetic field. It is well known that even system with finite number of interacting waves can realize a turbulent state in active media. In such cases, when the number of cooperating waves remains small due to a competition of processes of their instability and attenuation, the turbulence appears in the result of their stochastic behavior. We study of nonlinear stabilization and influence of the dust component, conditions of stochasticity and the different regimes in the conditions when the number of interacting waves keeps small by the strong competition of processes wave damping and instabilities are considered.
Dusty Plasma Experimental (DPEx) device for complex plasma experiments with flow
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jaiswal, S.; Bandyopadhyay, P.; Sen, A.
2015-11-01
A versatile table-top dusty plasma experimental device to study flow induced excitations of linear and nonlinear waves/structures in a complex plasma is presented. In this Π-shaped apparatus, a DC glow discharge plasma is produced between a disc shaped anode and a grounded long cathode tray by applying a high voltage DC in the background of a neutral gas (argon) and subsequently a dusty plasma is created by introducing micron sized dust particles that get charged and levitated in the sheath region. A flow of the dust particles is induced in a controlled manner by adjusting the pumping speed and the gas flow rate into the device. A full characterisation of the plasma, using Langmuir and emissive probe data, and that of the dusty plasma using particle tracking data with the help of an idl based (super) Particle Identification and Tracking (sPIT) code is reported. Experimental results on the variation of the dust flow velocity as a function of the neutral pressure and the gas flow rate are given. The neutral drag force acting on the particles and the Epstein coefficient are estimated from the initial acceleration of the particles. The potential experimental capabilities of the device for conducting fundamental studies of flow induced instabilities are discussed.
Dusty Plasma Experimental (DPEx) device for complex plasma experiments with flow.
Jaiswal, S; Bandyopadhyay, P; Sen, A
2015-11-01
A versatile table-top dusty plasma experimental device to study flow induced excitations of linear and nonlinear waves/structures in a complex plasma is presented. In this Π-shaped apparatus, a DC glow discharge plasma is produced between a disc shaped anode and a grounded long cathode tray by applying a high voltage DC in the background of a neutral gas (argon) and subsequently a dusty plasma is created by introducing micron sized dust particles that get charged and levitated in the sheath region. A flow of the dust particles is induced in a controlled manner by adjusting the pumping speed and the gas flow rate into the device. A full characterisation of the plasma, using Langmuir and emissive probe data, and that of the dusty plasma using particle tracking data with the help of an idl based (super) Particle Identification and Tracking (sPIT) code is reported. Experimental results on the variation of the dust flow velocity as a function of the neutral pressure and the gas flow rate are given. The neutral drag force acting on the particles and the Epstein coefficient are estimated from the initial acceleration of the particles. The potential experimental capabilities of the device for conducting fundamental studies of flow induced instabilities are discussed. PMID:26628131
The Perspectives of Laboratory Dusty Plasmas for the Applications in Astrophysics
Kovacevic, E.; Berndt, J.; Boufendi, Laifa; Mutschke, Harald; Stefanovic, I.; Winter, J.; Pendleton, Yvonne J.
2008-09-07
It is very well known fact that dust and dusty plasmas are ubiquitous in the space: from interstellar media, to cometary dust, planetary rings and so on. The phenomena concerning the dust in space, seems to have an immense number of facets. The help for the identification of some of the phenomena, or tracing the new ones, has coming during last few decades more and more from the physics of dusty plasmas. We present an overview on the development in the application of laboratory dusty plasmas seizing from the production of interstellar analogs, investigations connected with the field of the interplanetary dust and planet-formation, charging phenomena and their future possibilities of the dusty plasma applications in this field.
A Synopsis of Recent Experimental Developments in Complex (Dusty) Plasma Physics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Morfill, G. E.
2002-12-01
A brief summary is presented of recent developments in laboratory studies of complex (dusty) plasmas, both in terrestrial laboratories and under microgravity conditions, together with a short discussion of possible future developments.
Phase Transitions in Quasi-2D Plasma-Dust Systems: Simulations and Experiments
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Petrov, Oleg; Vasiliev, Mikhail; Statsenko, Konstantin; Koss, Xeniya; Vasilieva, Elena; Myasnikov, Maxim; Lisin, Evgeny
2015-11-01
A nature of phase transition in quasi-2D dusty plasma structures was studied and the influence of the quasi-2D cluster size (a number of particles in it) on the features of the phase transition was investigated. Experiments and numerical simulation was conducted for the systems consisting of small (~ 10) and large (~ 103) number of particles. To investigate the phase state of the system with 7, 18 and 100 particles observed in numerical and laboratory experiments, we used the method based on analysis of dynamic entropy. Numerical modeling of small systems was conducted by the Langevin molecular dynamic method with the Langevin force, responsible for the stochastic nature of the motion of particles with a given kinetic temperature. Phase state of systems with the number of elements in the order of 103, was studied using the methods of statistical thermodynamics. Here we present new results of an experimental study of the change of translational and orientational order and topological defects, and the pair interactions at 2D melting of dust cluster in rf discharge plasma. The experimental results have revealed the existence of hexatic phase as well as solid-to-hexatic phase and hexatic-to-liquid transitions. This work was supported by the Russian Science Foundation (O.F. Petrov, M.M.Vasiliev, K.B. Stacenko, X.G. Koss, E.V. Vasilieva, M.I.Myasnikov and E.?.Lisin) through Grant No. 14-12-01440).
Rescaling effects on a low-frequency drift wave in dusty plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Qiu, Xin; Liu, Sanqiu
2015-03-01
The effect of dust on the low-frequency drift wave in inhomogeneous magnetized dusty plasmas is investigated. It is shown that a low-frequency drift wave can be modeled by the Hasegawa-Mima equation (HME) both in mobile and immobile dusty plasmas, which are dust-modified HME and HME in dusty background, respectively. The former is rescaled significantly by the presence of the dust and the space-time scale greatly increases with the increasing density and mass of dust, while the latter is not rescaled, but an additional driving force appears to drive the drift waves.
3D dust clouds (Yukawa Balls) in strongly coupled dusty plasmas
Melzer, A.; Passvogel, M.; Miksch, T.; Ikkurthi, V. R.; Schneider, R.; Block, D.; Piel, A.
2010-06-16
Three-dimensional finite systems of charged dust particles confined to concentric spherical shells in a dusty plasma, so-called 'Yukawa balls', have been studied with respect to their static and dynamic properties. Here, we review the charging of particles in a dusty plasma discharge by computer simulations and the respective particle arrangements. The normal mode spectrum of Yukawa balls is measured from the 3D thermal Brownian motion of the dust particles around their equilibrium positions.
Particle position and velocity measurement in dusty plasmas using particle tracking velocimetry
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Feng, Yan; Goree, J.; Haralson, Zach; Wong, Chun-Shang; Kananovich, A.; Li, Wei
2016-06-01
> Methods of imaging and image analysis are presented for dusty plasma experiments. Micron-sized polymer spheres, electrically suspended in a partially ionized gas, are illuminated by a sheet of laser light and imaged by video cameras. Image analysis methods yield particle positions and velocities of individual particles in each video image. Methods to minimize errors in the particle positions and velocities, which are now commonly used in the dusty plasma community, are described.
Effect of radio frequency discharge power on dusty plasma parameters
Sheridan, T. E.
2009-08-01
The parameters of a two-dimensional dusty plasma consisting of six, 9 mum diameter particles trapped inside a radio frequency (rf) plasma sheath have been measured as a function of rf power in a 13.5 mtorr (1.8 Pa) argon discharge. The center-of-mass and breathing frequencies are found by projecting the cluster's Brownian motion onto the associated normal mode. The center-of-mass frequency (i.e., radial confinement) is insensitive to rf power. The Debye shielding parameter kappa, as found from the breathing frequency, increases from approx =0.5 to 2 as the square root of rf power. The Debye length decreases from approx =2.7 to 0.7 mm as the inverse of the square root of rf power. The average particle charge qapprox =-17 000e is effectively independent of rf power. These results are consistent with an electron temperature that is independent of rf power and an ion density that is directly proportional to rf power, where the Debye length is determined by the ion density in combination with the electron temperature.
Dusty Plasma Physics Facility for the International Space Station
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Goree, John; Hahn, Inseob
2015-09-01
The Dusty Plasma Physics Facility (DPPF) is an instrument planned for the International Space Station (ISS). If approved by NASA, JPL will build and operate the facility, and NASA will issue calls for proposals allowing investigators outside JPL to carry out research, public education, and outreach. Microgravity conditions on the ISS will be useful for eliminating two unwanted effects of gravity: sedimentation of dust particles to the bottom of a plasma chamber, and masking weak forces such as the ion drag force that act on dust particles. The DPPF facility is expected to support multiple scientific users. It will have a modular design, with a scientific locker, or insert, that can be exchanged without removing the entire facility. The first insert will use a parallel-plate radio-frequency discharge, polymer microspheres, and high-speed video cameras. This first insert will be designed for fundamental physics experiments. Possible future inserts could be designed for other purposes, such as engineering applications, and experimental simulations of astrophysical or geophysical conditions. The design of the facility will allow remote operation from ground-based laboratories, using telescience.
Construction of a hybrid rf/dc discharge source for dusty plasma studies
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Krupa, Justin; Williams, Jeremiah
2014-10-01
A complex (dusty) plasma is a four-component system composed of ions, electrons, neutral particles and charged microparticles. The presence of the microparticles gives rise to new plasma phenomena at time scales on the order of Hertz. Over the last several years, the Wittenberg University Plasma Laboratory has studied these dusty plasma systems in a dc discharge plasma. In this poster, we present work on a dual rf/dc hybrid discharge system to replace the dc glow discharge system currently in use. Details of the design and use of 3D printing in the construction will be presented. This work supported by National Science Foundation Grant Number PHY-0953595.
Cross correlation analysis of plasma perturbation in amplitude modulated reactive dusty plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ito, Teppei; Soejima, Masahiro; Yamashita, Daisuke; Seo, Hyunwoong; Itagaki, Naho; Koga, Kazunori; Shiratani, Masaharu; Kobayashi, Tatsuya; Inagaki, Shigeru
2015-09-01
Interactions between plasmas and nano-interface are one of the most important issues in plasma processing. We have studied effects of plasma perturbation on growth of nanoparticles in amplitude modulated reactive dusty plasmas and have clarified that amplitude modulation (AM) leads to suppression of growth of nanoparticles [1]. Here we report results of cross correlation analysis of time evolution of laser light scattering intensity from nanoparticles in reactive plasmas. Experiments were carried out using a capacitively-coupled rf discharge reactor with a two-dimensional laser light scattering (LLS) system. We employed Ar +DM-DMOS discharge plasmas to generate nanoparticles. The peaks at higher harmonics and subharmonics in spectra of laser light scattering intensity were detected, suggesting nonlinear coupling between plasma and nanoparticle amount. We found high cross correlation t between waves at AM frequency and its higher harmonics. Namely, perturbation at fAM closely correlates with those at higher harmonics.
Galvao, R. A.; Ziebell, L. F.
2012-09-15
In this work, we detail the derivation of a plasma kinetic theory leading to the components of the dielectric tensor for a magnetized dusty plasma with variable charge on the dust particles, considering that the dust component of the plasma contains spherical dust particles with different sizes, which are charged both by inelastic collisions of electrons and ions and by photoionization.
Hydrodynamic Waves and Correlation Functions in Dusty Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bhattacharjee, A.; Wang, Xiaogang
1997-11-01
A hydrodynamic description of strongly coupled dusty plasmas is given when physical quantities vary slowly in space and time and the system can be assumed to be in local thermodynamic equilibrium. The linear waves in such a system are analyzed. In particular, a dispersion equation is derived for low-frequency dust acoustic waves, including collisional damping effects, and compared with experimental results. The linear response of the system is calculated from the fluctuation-dissipation theorem and the hydrodynamic equations. The requirement that these two calculations coincide constrains the particle correlation function for slowly varying perturbations [L. P. Kadanoff and P. C. Martin, Ann. Phys. 24, 419 (1963)]. It is shown that in the presence of the slow dust-acoustic waves, the dust auto-correlation function is of the Debye-Hekel form and the shielding distance is the dust Debye length. In the short-wavelength regime, an integral equation is derived from kinetic theory and solved numerically to yield particle correlation functions that display ``liquid-like'' behavior and have been observed experimentally [R. A.. Quinn, C. Cui, J. Goree, J. B. Pieper, H. Thomas and G. E. Morfill, Phys. Rev. E 53, R2049 (1996)].
Spherical crystals in dusty plasmas - Simulation and theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bonitz, M.; Henning, C.; Golubnychiy, V.; Baumgartner, H.; Ludwig, P.; Arp, O.; Block, D.; Piel, A.; Melzer, A.; Kraeft, W. D.
2006-10-01
Coulomb crystals in spherically symmetric traps have been found in trapped cold ions and, recently, in dusty plasmas at room temperature [1] allowing for precision measurements, including individual particle positions and trajectories. Thus, for the first time, strong correlation phenomena can be studied directly on the microscopic level which allows for detailed comparisons with theoretical results and computer simulations. We present molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations of Coulomb crystals in the range from 10 to 10,000 particles which agree very well with the measurements [3]. The results include the ground state shell configurations and symmetry properties [2,3], the crystal stability and melting behavior. Finally, a thermodynamic theory is developed and compared to simpler models, such as shell models [4]. [1] O. Arp, D. Block, A. Piel, and A. Melzer, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 165004 (2004). [2] P. Ludwig, S. Kosse, and M. Bonitz, Phys. Rev. E 71, 046403 (2005). [3] M. Bonitz, D. Block, O. Arp, V. Golubnychiy, H. Baumgartner, P. Ludwig, A. Piel, and A. Filinov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 075001 (2006). [4] C. Henning et al., submitted for publication.
Effect of random charge fluctuation on strongly coupled dusty Plasma
Issaad, M.; Rouiguia, L.; Djebli, M.
2008-09-07
Modeling the interaction between particles is an open issue in dusty plasma. We dealt with strongly coupled dust particles in two dimensional confined system. For small number of clusters, we investigate the effect of random charge fluctuation on background configuration. The study is conducted for a short rang as well as a long rang potential interaction. Numerical simulation is performed using Monte-Carlo simulation in the presence of parabolic confinement and at low temperature. We have studied the background configurations for a dust particles with constant charge and in the presence of random charge fluctuation due to the discrete nature of charge carriers. The latter is studied for a positively charged dust when the dominant charging process is due to photo-emission from the dust surface. It is found, for small classical cluster consisting of small number of particles, short rang potential gives the same result as long rang one. It is also found that the random charge fluctuation affect the background configurations.
Kolmogorov flow in two dimensional strongly coupled dusty plasma
Gupta, Akanksha; Ganesh, R. Joy, Ashwin
2014-07-15
Undriven, incompressible Kolmogorov flow in two dimensional doubly periodic strongly coupled dusty plasma is modelled using generalised hydrodynamics, both in linear and nonlinear regime. A complete stability diagram is obtained for low Reynolds numbers R and for a range of viscoelastic relaxation time τ{sub m} [0 < τ{sub m} < 10]. For the system size considered, using a linear stability analysis, similar to Navier Stokes fluid (τ{sub m} = 0), it is found that for Reynolds number beyond a critical R, say R{sub c}, the Kolmogorov flow becomes unstable. Importantly, it is found that R{sub c} is strongly reduced for increasing values of τ{sub m}. A critical τ{sub m}{sup c} is found above which Kolmogorov flow is unconditionally unstable and becomes independent of Reynolds number. For R < R{sub c}, the neutral stability regime found in Navier Stokes fluid (τ{sub m} = 0) is now found to be a damped regime in viscoelastic fluids, thus changing the fundamental nature of transition of Kolmogorov flow as function of Reynolds number R. A new parallelized nonlinear pseudo spectral code has been developed and is benchmarked against eigen values for Kolmogorov flow obtained from linear analysis. Nonlinear states obtained from the pseudo spectral code exhibit cyclicity and pattern formation in vorticity and viscoelastic oscillations in energy.
Current-driven dust ion-acoustic instability in a collisional dusty plasma
Merlino, R.L.
1997-02-01
A fluid analysis of the excitation of dust ion-acoustic (DIA) waves in a collisional dusty plasma is presented. The DIA waves are excited by a relative drift of the electrons and ions produced by a steady-state electric field applied to the plasma. The DIA instability is more easily excited if the relative concentration of negatively charged dust is increased. The current interest in dusty plasmas is due to the realization of their importance in various astrophysical and geophysical environments (e.g., interstellar space, comet tails, planetary ring systems, and the polar mesosphere) as well as in industrial plasma processing devices used in semiconductor manufacturing.
Observations of imposed ordered structures in a dusty plasma at high magnetic field
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Thomas, Edward; Lynch, Brian; Konopka, Uwe; Merlino, Robert L.; Rosenberg, Marlene
2015-03-01
Dusty plasmas have been studied in argon, rf glow discharge plasmas at magnetic fields up to 2 T, where the electrons and ions are strongly magnetized. In this experiment, plasmas are generated between two parallel plate electrodes where the lower, powered electrode is solid and the upper, electrically floating electrode supports a semi-transparent, titanium mesh. We report on the formation of an ordered dusty plasma, where the dust particles form a spatial structure that is aligned to the mesh. We discuss possible mechanisms that may lead to the formation of the "dust grid" and point out potential implications and applications of these observations.
Observations of imposed ordered structures in a dusty plasma at high magnetic field
Thomas, Edward Lynch, Brian; Konopka, Uwe; Merlino, Robert L.; Rosenberg, Marlene
2015-03-15
Dusty plasmas have been studied in argon, rf glow discharge plasmas at magnetic fields up to 2 T, where the electrons and ions are strongly magnetized. In this experiment, plasmas are generated between two parallel plate electrodes where the lower, powered electrode is solid and the upper, electrically floating electrode supports a semi-transparent, titanium mesh. We report on the formation of an ordered dusty plasma, where the dust particles form a spatial structure that is aligned to the mesh. We discuss possible mechanisms that may lead to the formation of the “dust grid” and point out potential implications and applications of these observations.
Salient features of solitary waves in dusty plasma under the influence of Coriolis force
Das, G. C.; Nag, Apratim
2007-08-15
The main interest is to study the nonlinear acoustic wave in rotating dusty plasma augmented through the derivation of a modified Sagdeev potential equation. Small rotation causes the interaction of Coriolis force in the dynamical system, and leads to the complexity in the derivation of the nonlinear wave equation. As a result, the finding of solitary wave propagation in dusty plasma ought to be of merit. However, the nonlinear wave equation has been successfully solved by the use of the hyperbolic method. Main emphasis has been given to the changes on the evolution and propagation of soliton, and the variation caused by the dusty plasma constituents as well as by the Coriolis force have been highlighted. Some interesting nonlinear wave behavior has been found which can be elaborately studied for the interest of laboratory and space plasmas. Further, to support the theoretical investigations, numeric plasma parameters have been taken for finding the inherent features of solitons.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Matsubayashi, Yasuhito; Urabe, Keiichiro; Stauss, Sven; Terashima, Kazuo
2015-11-01
Dusty plasmas are a class of plasmas that not only have repercussions for many branches of plasma science and technology, but also thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. However, in ground-based experiments, gravity influences the dynamics and formation of plasma crystals, and the realization of zero-gravity dusty plasmas in space is very costly and time-consuming. To overcome some of these limitations, we propose dusty plasmas in supercritical fluids as a means for realizing ground-based experiments under pseudo-microgravity conditions, to study the formation and self-organization of plasma crystals. Dusty plasmas were realized by using surface dielectric barrier discharges (DBDs) generated in supercritical carbon dioxide (\\text{scC}{{\\text{O}}2} ), and the motion of fine particles above the electrode surface was studied by high-speed imaging. The plasmas deposited charge on the particles, and the particles formed a self-organized structure above the surface DBD reactor. The particle charge estimated from the analysis of particle motion was on the order of -104 to -105 e C, and the estimation of the Coulomb coupling parameter of the charged particles with a value of 102 to 104 confirmed the formation of strongly coupled plasmas.
Dust-acoustic waves and stability in the permeating dusty plasma. II. Power-law distributions
Gong Jingyu; Du Jiulin; Liu Zhipeng
2012-08-15
The dust-acoustic waves and the stability theory for the permeating dusty plasma with power-law distributions are studied by using nonextensive q-statistics. In two limiting physical cases, when the thermal velocity of the flowing dusty plasma is much larger than, and much smaller than the phase velocity of the waves, we derived the dust-acoustic wave frequency, the instability growth rate, and the instability critical flowing velocity. As compared with the formulae obtained in part I [Gong et al., Phys. Plasmas 19, 043704 (2012)], all formulae of the present cases and the resulting plasma characteristics are q-dependent, and the power-law distribution of each plasma component of the permeating dusty plasma has a different q-parameter and thus has a different nonextensive effect. Further, we make numerical analyses of an example that a cometary plasma tail is passing through the interplanetary space dusty plasma and we show that these power-law distributions have significant effects on the plasma characteristics of this kind of plasma environment.
Characteristics of the surface plasma wave in a self-gravitating magnetized dusty plasma slab
Lee, Myoung-Jae; Jung, Young-Dae
2015-11-15
The dispersion properties of surface dust ion-acoustic waves in a self-gravitating magnetized dusty plasma slab are investigated. The dispersion relation is derived by using the low-frequency magnetized dusty dielectric function and the surface wave dispersion integral for the slab geometry. We find that the self-gravitating effect suppresses the frequency of surface dust ion-acoustic wave for the symmetric mode in the long wavelength regime, whereas it hardly changes the frequency for the anti-symmetric mode. As the slab thickness and the wave number increase, the surface wave frequency slowly decreases for the symmetric mode but increases significantly for the anti-symmetric mode. The influence of external magnetic field is also investigated in the case of symmetric mode. We find that the strength of the magnetic field enhances the frequency of the symmetric-mode of the surface plasma wave. The increase of magnetic field reduces the self-gravitational effect and thus the self-gravitating collapse may be suppressed and the stability of dusty objects in space is enhanced.
Influence of the nonlinear dynamic plasma screening on the electron-dust collision in dusty plasmas
Ki, Dae-Han; Jung, Young-Dae
2012-05-07
The nonlinear dynamic plasma screening effects on the elastic electron-dust grain collision are investigated in dusty plasmas. The results show that the nonlinear dynamic screening effect significantly increases the magnitude of the eikonal phase shift. It is also found that the magnitude of the phase shift decreases with an increase of the thermal energy. In addition, it is found that the differential eikonal cross section shows the oscillatory behavior, and the oscillating peaks approach to the collision center with increasing thermal energy. It is also found that the total eikonal cross section decreases with an increase of the thermal energy.
Tribeche, Mouloud
2005-07-15
A theoretical model is presented to show the existence, formation, and possible realization of large-amplitude solitary potentials in a charge varying dusty plasma with trapped dust particles. These nonlinear localized structures are self-consistent solutions of the Vlasov equation in which the dust response is non-Maxwellian due to the dust trapping in the large-amplitude plasma potentials. The soliton suffers the well-known anomalous damping, the importance of which is roughly proportional to the dust grain velocity. Our investigation may be taken as a prerequisite for the understanding of the electrostatic solitary waves that may occur in space dusty plasmas.
Correlation between nanoparticle and plasma parameters with particle growth in dusty plasmas
Chai, Kil Byoung; Seon, C. R.; Choe, Wonho; Chung, C. W.; Yoon, N. S.
2011-01-01
Since plasma parameters are altered by dust particles, studying how plasma parameters are related to dust particle growth is an important research issue in dusty plasma. In this paper, the correlation between plasma parameters (electron temperature and ion flux) and particle parameters (particle radius and density) is investigated in silane plasma both experimentally using a floating probe and theoretically by solving balance equations including an additional electron and ion loss to the dust. The results reveal that while the ion flux shows two peak values in the early discharge phase and at the end of coagulation phase, the electron temperature shows a sudden increase in the coagulation step and a gradual decrease in the molecular accretion step. Moreover, the calculated results with the secondary electron emission taken into account produce the best fit with the experimental results. Thus the study confirms that the secondary electron emission plays a crucial role in the coagulation of the dust particles.
On the Anderson localization conjecture in Dusty Plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Liaw, Constanze; Busse, Kyle; Matthews, Lorin; Hyde, Truell
2015-11-01
In 1958, Anderson suggested that sufficiently large impurities in a semi-conductor could lead to spatial localization of electrons. This idea unfolded into the field of Anderson Localization, one of the most fascinating phenomena in solid-state physics as it plays a major role in the conductive properties of imperfectly ordered materials. The Anderson Localization Conjecture claims that random disorder of any strength causes localization of electrons in the medium. The problem has proven to be highly non-trivial. Over the years the community has argued whether spatial localization occurs in 2D for small impurities. From a mathematical standpoint, the conjecture is still considered an open question. In 2013, Liaw challenged the commonly held assumption that localization holds in 2D by introducing a new mathematically more rigorous method to test for extended states, and applying it to the discrete random Schrödinger operator. One of the advantages of the underlying method is its versatility. It can be applied to any ordered system such as colloids, crystals, and atomic lattices. In a cross-disciplinary effort we merge this method with a numerical code used to simulate 2D physics systems, in preparation for experimentally testing the theory against complex plasma crystals.
Properties of ion-particle interaction and the ion drag force in complex (dusty) plasmas
Khrapak, Sergey A.
2009-11-10
In this paper a concise overview of recent results concerning the properties of ion-particle interaction and the ion drag force in complex (dusty) plasmas is presented. Two main theoretical approaches to calculate the ion drag force--binary collision and linear plasma response formalisms are discussed. When possible, theoretical results are compared with the results from experiments and numerical simulations.
Electrostatic solitary structures in a dusty plasma with dust of opposite polarity.
Mamun, A A
2008-02-01
A four-component dusty plasma consisting of electrons, ions, positively charged warm adiabatic dust, and negatively charged cold dust is considered. The basic features of the electrostatic solitary structures in such a four-component dusty plasma are investigated by the reductive perturbation method, which is valid for the small amplitude solitary waves, and by the pseudopotential approach which is valid for the arbitrary amplitude solitary waves. It is found that the presence of the positive dust component does not only significantly modify the basic properties of the solitary potential structures, but also causes the coexistence of the positive and negative solitary potential structures, which is an interesting feature shown in a dusty plasma with the dust of opposite polarity. The basic features and the underlying physics of the electrostatic solitary structures, which are relevant to cometary tails, upper mesosphere, Jupiter's magnetosphere, etc., are briefly discussed. PMID:18352132
Dusty plasma sheath-like structure in the region of lunar terminator
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Popel, S. I.; Zelenyi, L. M.; Atamaniuk, B.
2015-12-01
The main properties of the dusty plasma layer near the surface over the illuminated and dark parts of the Moon are described. They are used to realize dusty plasma behaviour and to determine electric fields over the terminator region. Possibility of the existence of a dusty plasma sheath-like structure in the region of lunar terminator is shown. The electric fields excited in the terminator region are demonstrated to be on the order of 300 V/m. These electric fields can result in rise of dust particles of the size of 2-3 μm up to an altitude of about 30 cm over the lunar surface that explains the effect of "horizon glow" observed at the terminator by Surveyor lunar lander.
Dusty plasma sheath-like structure in the region of lunar terminator
Popel, S. I.; Zelenyi, L. M.; Atamaniuk, B.
2015-12-15
The main properties of the dusty plasma layer near the surface over the illuminated and dark parts of the Moon are described. They are used to realize dusty plasma behaviour and to determine electric fields over the terminator region. Possibility of the existence of a dusty plasma sheath-like structure in the region of lunar terminator is shown. The electric fields excited in the terminator region are demonstrated to be on the order of 300 V/m. These electric fields can result in rise of dust particles of the size of 2–3 μm up to an altitude of about 30 cm over the lunar surface that explains the effect of “horizon glow” observed at the terminator by Surveyor lunar lander.
Beam-Plasma Instabilities in a 2D Yukawa Lattice
Kyrkos, S.; Kalman, G. J.; Rosenberg, M.
2009-06-05
We consider a 2D Yukawa lattice of grains, with a beam of other charged grains moving in the lattice plane. In contrast to Vlasov plasmas, where the electrostatic instability excited by the beam is only longitudinal, here both longitudinal and transverse instabilities of the lattice phonons can develop. We determine and compare the transverse and longitudinal growth rates. The growth rate spectrum in wave number space exhibits remarkable gaps where no instability can develop. Depending on the system parameters, the transverse instability can be selectively excited.
Ghosh, Samiran; Sarkar, Subrata; Khan, Manoranjan; Gupta, M R
2011-12-01
The effects of dust charge variations on low-frequency wave modulations in an electronegative dusty plasma are investigated. The dynamics of the modulated wave is governed by a nonlinear Schrödinger equation with a dissipative term. The dissipation arises due to the nonsteady (nonadiabatic) dust charge variations. Theoretical and numerical investigations predict the formation of dissipative bright (envelope) and dark solitons. The nonsteady charge-variation-induced dissipation reduces the modulational instability growth rate and introduces a characteristic time scale to observe bright solitons. Results are discussed in the context of electronegative dusty plasma experiments. PMID:22304202
Viscosity calculated in simulations of strongly coupled dusty plasmas with gas friction
Feng Yan; Goree, J.; Liu Bin
2011-05-15
A two-dimensional strongly coupled dusty plasma is modeled using Langevin and frictionless molecular dynamical simulations. The static viscosity {eta} and the wave-number-dependent viscosity {eta}(k) are calculated from the microscopic shear in the random motion of particles. A recently developed method of calculating the wave-number-dependent viscosity {eta}(k) is validated by comparing the results of {eta}(k) from the two simulations. It is also verified that the Green-Kubo relation can still yield an accurate measure of the static viscosity {eta} in the presence of a modest level of friction as in dusty plasma experiments.
Transverse Instability of Dust-Acoustic Solitary Waves in Magnetized Dusty Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Liu, Congbo; Wang, Linxue; Yang, Xue; Shi, Yuren
2015-04-01
We theoretically investigated the transverse instability of three-dimensional (3D) dust-acoustic solitary waves in a magnetized dusty plasma. First, a 3D nonlinear Zakharov-Kuznetsov (ZK) equation, which can be used to describe the time-evolution of dust-acoustic solitary waves in magnetized dusty plasmas, is derived by using the reductive perturbation method. Second, we established a numerical scheme to study the transverse instability of the solitary waves described by the ZK equation. It was found that both stable and unstable solitary waves exist. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11047010)
Shukla, Padma Kant; Kourakis, Ioannis; Stenflo, Lennart
2005-10-31
A generalized linear theory for electromagnetic waves in a homogeneous dusty magnetoplasma is presented. The waves described are characterized by a frequency which is much smaller (larger) than the electron gyrofrequency (dust plasma and dust gyrofrequencies), and a long wavelength (in comparison with the ion gyroradius and the electron skin depth). The generalized Hall-magnetohydrodynamic (GH-MHD) equations are derived by assuming massive charged dust macroparticles to be immobile, and Fourier transformed to obtain a general dispersion relation. The latter is analyzed to understand the influence of immobile charged dust grains on various electromagnetic wave modes in a magnetized dusty plasma.
Arbitrary Amplitude DIA and DA Solitary Waves in Adiabatic Dusty Plasmas
Mamun, A. A.; Jahan, N.; Shukla, P. K.
2008-10-15
The dust-ion-acoustic (DIA) as well as the dust-acoustic (DA) solitary waves (SWs) in an adiabatic dusty plasma are investigated by the pseudo-potential approach which is valid for arbitrary amplitude SWs. The role of the adiabaticity of electrons and ions in modifying the basic features (polarity, speed, amplitude and width) of arbitrary amplitude DIA and DA SWs are explicitly examined. It is found that the effects of the adiabaticity of electrons and ions significantly modify the basic features (polarity, speed, amplitude and width) of the DIA and DA SWs. The implications of our results in space and laboratory dusty plasmas are briefly discussed.
Design and Fabrication of a Magnetic System to Investigate Magnetized Dusty Plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bates, Evan M.; Romero-Talamas, Carlos A.
2013-10-01
The interest in researching the dynamics and equilibrium of magnetized dusty plasma crystallization has led to the design and fabrication of a novel experimental setup at UMBC. The proposed magnets will be an important subsystem of this setup, and will produce a uniform magnetic field of several tesla for a duration of several seconds. The magnets will be arranged in the Helmholtz configuration and will have a cooling system for temperature compensation of the coils, as well as the ability to adjust the orientation of the magnetic field with respect to gravity. Planned experiments include propagation of magnetized waves in dusty plasma crystals under various boundary conditions.
Electrostatic shock structures in a multi-species nonthermal dusty plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Tanisha, N. Y.; Tasnim, I.; Sultana, S.; Salahuddin, M.; Mamun, A. A.
2014-09-01
Propagation of the dust-acoustic shock waves (DASWs) in a dusty plasma containing arbitrarily charged dust, positive and negative ions following nonthermal (Cairn's) distribution, and electrons following q-(nonextensive) distribution, has been investigated. The reductive perturbation technique is used to derive the Burgers equation for dust's fluid dynamics. The basic features (viz. polarity, amplitude, speed, etc.) of DASWs are found to be significantly modified due to the effects of arbitrarily charged dust, number density and temperatures of heavier/lighter ions, nonextensive electrons, and dust kinematic viscosity. The present investigation can be very effective for understanding the nonlinear characteristics of the DASWs in space and laboratory dusty plasmas.
Dynamics and interactions of pulsed laser generated plasma bubbles in dusty plasma liquids
Chu Hongyu; Liao Chenting; I Lin
2005-10-31
The plasma bubble with dust particle depletion can be generated by a nano-second laser pulse focused on one of the dust particles suspended in a strongly coupled dusty plasma liquid. The bubble dynamics at different time scales, including the initial forming and later traveling stages are investigated. In the first stage, dust particles are pushed outward by the outward ion flow associated with the plume generated by the more intensed plasma. The bubble then travels downward at a speed about 60 mm/s associated with a surrounding dipole-like dust flow field. Two bubbles can also be simultaneously generated at different locations by separated laser pulses to study their interactions. Strong coupling is observed between two vertical bubbles. However, two horizontal bubbles are weakly coupled. The possible mechanism is discussed.
Polygon construction to investigate melting in two-dimensional strongly coupled dusty plasma
Ruhunusiri, W. D. Suranga; Goree, J.; Feng Yan; Liu Bin
2011-06-15
The polygon construction method of Glaser and Clark is used to characterize melting and crystallization in a two-dimensional (2D) strongly coupled dusty plasma. Using particle positions measured by video microscopy, bonds are identified by triangulation, and unusually long bonds are deleted. The resulting polygons have three or more sides. Geometrical defects, which are polygons with more than three sides, are found to proliferate during melting. Pentagons are found in liquids, where they tend to cluster with other pentagons. Quadrilaterals are a less severe defect, so that disorder can be characterized by the ratio of quadrilaterals to pentagons. This ratio is found to be less in a liquid than in a solid or a superheated solid. Another measure of disorder is the abundance of different kinds of vertices, according to the type of polygons that adjoin there. Unexpectedly, spikes are observed in the abundance of certain vertex types during rapid temperature changes. Hysteresis, revealed by a plot of a disorder parameter vs temperature, is examined to study sudden heating. The hysteresis diagram also reveals features suggesting a possibility of latent heat in the melting and rapid cooling processes.
Dusty plasmas: synthesis, structure and dynamics of a dust cloud in a plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mikikian, M.; Couëdel, L.; Cavarroc, M.; Tessier, Y.; Boufendi, L.
2010-01-01
Plasmas are energetic media that can give birth to dust particles due to the presence of reactive gases or plasma-surface interactions. Industrial plasmas are often concerned by these dust particles that can be either unwanted or useful for the process. For fusion plasmas, production of dust particles from wall erosion is a serious issue for performance and safety reasons. In this article, some aspects of dusty plasmas with potential implications for plasma experimenters will be discussed. Convenient ways for detecting the presence or the growth of dust particles will be presented. The spatial distribution of the dust cloud during the plasma phase determines the subsequent dust particle deposition. It will be shown that some reactor regions can attract or repeal these dust particles. Finally, the dust particle dynamics after the plasma extinction will be investigated. A special attention will be paid on the residual electric charge that can stay attached on the dust particle surface and on its implications for dust particle control or deposition.
Fractal dynamics of light scattering intensity fluctuation in disordered dusty plasmas
Safaai, S. S.; Muniandy, S. V.; Chew, W. X.; Asgari, H.; Yap, S. L.; Wong, C. S.
2013-10-15
Dynamic light scattering (DLS) technique is a simple and yet powerful technique for characterizing particle properties and dynamics in complex liquids and gases, including dusty plasmas. Intensity fluctuation in DLS experiments often studied using correlation analysis with assumption that the fluctuation is statistically stationary. In this study, the temporal variation of the nonstationary intensity fluctuation is analyzed directly to show the existence of fractal characteristics by employing wavelet scalogram approach. Wavelet based scale decomposition approach is used to separate non-scaling background noise (without dust) from scaling intensity fluctuation from dusty plasma. The Hurst exponents for light intensity fluctuation in dusty plasma at different neutral gas pressures are determined. At low pressures, weaker damping of dust motions via collisions with neutral gases results in stronger persistent behavior in the fluctuation of DLS time series. The fractal scaling Hurst exponent is demonstrated to be useful for characterizing structural phases in complex disordered dusty plasma, especially when particle configuration or sizes are highly inhomogeneous which makes the standard pair-correlation function difficult to interpret. The results from fractal analysis are compared with alternative interpretation of disorder based on approximate entropy and particle transport using mean square displacement.
Interpretive 2-D treatment of scrape-off-layer plasmas
Umansky, M.; Allen, A.; Daughton, W.
1996-12-31
The width of the scrape-off-layer in a tokamak is determined by cross field transport. In Alcator C-mod the plasma parameters in the scrape-off-layer are measured at upstream and divertor plate locations. We solve a 2-D scrape-off-layer heat conduction equation in the flux geometry (as determined by EFIT) of the C-mod experiment. Bolometric measurements are utilized for the radiative loss term. We use the end wall probe measurements of electron temperature as a boundary condition and the fast scanning probe measurements of upstream temperature are treated as constraints to determine the cross field transport and thermal conductivity. Results are compared with 1-D onion-skin-model predictions.
Dust-acoustic solitary waves in a four-component adiabatic magnetized dusty plasma
Akhter, T. Mannan, A.; Mamun, A. A.
2013-07-15
Theoretical investigation has been made on obliquely propagating dust-acoustic (DA) solitary waves (SWs) in a magnetized dusty plasma which consists of non-inertial adiabatic electron and ion fluids, and inertial negatively as well as positively charged adiabatic dust fluids. The reductive perturbation method has been employed to derive the Korteweg-de Vries equation which admits a solitary wave solution for small but finite amplitude limit. It has been shown that the basic features (speed, height, thickness, etc.) of such DA solitary structures are significantly modified by adiabaticity of plasma fluids, opposite polarity dust components, and the obliqueness of external magnetic field. The SWs have been changed from compressive to rarefactive depending on the value of {mu} (a parameter determining the number of positive dust present in this plasma model). The present investigation can be of relevance to the electrostatic solitary structures observed in various dusty plasma environments (viz. cometary tails, upper mesosphere, Jupiter's magnetosphere, etc.)
Collective modes in strongly correlated yukawa liquids: waves in dusty plasmas.
Kalman, G; Rosenberg, M; DeWitt, H E
2000-06-26
We determine the collective mode structure of a strongly correlated Yukawa fluid, with the purpose of analyzing wave propagation in a strongly coupled dusty plasma. We identify a longitudinal plasmon and a transverse shear mode. The dispersion is characterized by a low- k acoustic behavior, a frequency maximum well below the plasma frequency, and a high- k merging of the two modes around the Einstein frequency of localized oscillations. The damping effect of collisions between neutrals and dust grains is estimated. PMID:10991116
Dust-gas Interactions in Dusty X-ray Emitting Plasmas
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Dwek, Eli
2006-01-01
Dusty shocked plasmas cool primarily by infrared emission from dust that is collisionally heated by the ambient hot gas. The infrared emission provides therefore an excellent diagnostic of the conditions (density and temperature) of the shocked gas. In this review I will discuss the physical processes in these plasmas, with a particular emphasis on recent infrared observations of the interaction between the blast wave of SN1987a and its equatorial ring.
The effect of elementary reactions on solitary waves in dusty plasmas
Tahraoui, A.; Annou, R.
2012-01-15
The conditions of existence of solitons have been determined by Wang et al.[Phys. Lett. A 339, 96 (2005)], in negative ions containing dusty plasmas where Boltzmannian ions and electrons are assumed. The study is revisited taking into account actual elementary reactions in plasma conditions, viz., particles attachment by grains as well as neutrals and electron impact ionization of neutrals. Dust charge variation is self-consistently introduced leading to the Boltzmannian approximation relaxation.
Salimullah, M.; Shah, H. A.; Murtaza, G.
2007-11-15
Dust charge fluctuation instability in a dusty plasma in the presence of equilibrium density and external/ambient static magnetic field inhomogeneities has been examined in detail. The plasma ions acquire a uniform drift speed due to the equilibrium magnetic field gradient. For strongly magnetized electrons and ions, the dust charge fluctuation effect is contributed dominantly by ion dynamics. This results in an instability when the ion drift speed exceeds the perpendicular phase velocity of the waves under consideration.
2D modeling of electromagnetic waves in cold plasmas
Crombé, K.; Van Eester, D.; Koch, R.; Kyrytsya, V.
2014-02-12
The consequences of sheath (rectified) electric fields, resulting from the different mobility of electrons and ions as a response to radio frequency (RF) fields, are a concern for RF antenna design as it can cause damage to antenna parts, limiters and other in-vessel components. As a first step to a more complete description, the usual cold plasma dielectric description has been adopted, and the density profile was assumed to be known as input. Ultimately, the relevant equations describing the wave-particle interaction both on the fast and slow timescale will need to be tackled but prior to doing so was felt as a necessity to get a feeling of the wave dynamics involved. Maxwell's equations are solved for a cold plasma in a 2D antenna box with strongly varying density profiles crossing also lower hybrid and ion-ion hybrid resonance layers. Numerical modelling quickly becomes demanding on computer power, since a fine grid spacing is required to capture the small wavelengths effects of strongly evanescent modes.
Dust as In-Situ Probes for Plasma Magnetic Field Interactions in a Dusty Plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Dropmann, Michael; Laufer, Rene; Herdrich, Georg; Matthews, Lorin; Hyde, Truell
2014-10-01
A series of experiments were conducted inside a GEC rf reference cell to map the forces in three dimensions above a magnet placed in a dusty plasma and employing both horizontal and vertical orientations. Micron sized dust particles were used as in-situ probes to investigate the interaction between the low-temperature plasma produced and a magnetic field close to a non-conductive surface. Dust particles were dropped into the plasma where they obtained a negative charge leading to trajectories, which were strongly influenced by both electric and ion drag forces. By recording the trajectories of the particles, which were illuminated by a vertical laser plane, the forces onto the particles were determined. A strong influence of the magnetic field onto the plasma sheath was observed. Given the electrons are strongly magnetized by the magnet while ions remain comparatively unaffected by the magnet a charge separation takes place, which leads to strong electric fields. As a result the sheath thickness varies significantly within the magnetic field, showing strong horizontal force components. Based on these observations, analogies to the interaction of the lunar plasma with known lunar magnetic anomalies will be drawn to contribute to the explanation of the formation of lunar swirls.
Vertical Q-machine configuration for investigating ion-streaming effects in dusty plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Koepke, M. E.; Sato, N.
2003-10-01
We have designed an experiment to electrostatically confine quiescent plasma in the Vertical Q Machine (VQ) to study the phase transition between dust-crystal and dust-fluid equilibria. The vertical orientation is for indefinitely confining a dusty-plasma layer since it permits the convenient and independent adjustment of the background neutral pressure and the magnitude, direction, and inhomogeneity of ion-relative-to-dust streaming. We will investigate the competition between neutral-particle cooling and streaming-ion energization in dusty-plasma crystallization and decrystallization over a wide range of neutral-particle pressure. Because VQ plasma production is insensitive to collisions, neutral pressure can be varied by 10000 without significantly affecting the VQ plasma properties, making the device well suited for investigating the separate roles of viscous drag and streaming instabilities in dusty-plasma, processes that compete before, during, and after the phase transition in establishing the dust kinetic temperature. The sheath-accelerated (directed), ExB (directed), and thermal (random) streaming of ions will be monitored using laser-induced fluorescence. Dust kinetic energy will be monitored by video imaging of grain-scattered laser light. We will control ion streaming using dc electric fields that are produced with biased electrodes.
Initial application of tomographic particle image velocimetry to complex (dusty) plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Williams, J.
2010-11-01
Over the last decade, two-dimensional and stereoscopic particle image velocimetry (PIV) techniques have been applied in the study of wave, transport and thermal properties of complex (dusty) plasma. While a great deal of insight has been gained from these studies, these studies have also indicated that volumetric three-dimensional information is needed. To address this need, the Wittenberg University Plasma Laboratory (WUPL) has recently acquired and installed a tomographic PIV (tomo-PIV) diagnostic system for dusty plasma investigations. It employs a synchronized dual YAG laser, four camera system for measuring the particle transport in three dimensions over an extended volume. This poster will present information on this diagnostic technique and preliminary results.
Linear and nonlinear dynamics of current-driven waves in dusty plasmas
Ahmad, Ali; Ali Shan, S.; Haque, Q.; Saleem, H.
2012-09-15
The linear and nonlinear dynamics of a recently proposed plasma mode of dusty plasma is studied using kappa distribution for electrons. This electrostatic wave can propagate in the plasma due to the sheared flow of electrons and ions parallel to the external magnetic field in the presence of stationary dust. The coupling of this wave with the usual drift wave and ion acoustic wave is investigated. D'Angelo's mode is also modified in the presence of superthermal electrons. In the nonlinear regime, the wave can give rise to dipolar vortex structures if the shear in flow is weaker and tripolar vortices if the flow has steeper gradient. The results have been applied to Saturn's magnetosphere corresponding to negatively charged dust grains. But the theoretical model is applicable for positively charged dust as well. This work will be useful for future observations and studies of dusty environments of planets and comets.
Dust-acoustic shock waves in a magnetized non-thermal dusty plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Shahmansouri, M.; Mamun, A. A.; Mamun
2014-08-01
A theoretical investigation is carried out to study the basic properties of dust-acoustic (DA) shock waves propagating in a magnetized non-thermal dusty plasma (containing cold viscous dust fluid, non-thermal ions, and non-thermal electrons). The reductive perturbation method is used to derive the Korteweg-de Vries-Burgers equation. It is found that the basic properties of DA shock waves are significantly modified by the combined effects of dust fluid viscosity, external magnetic field, and obliqueness (angle between external magnetic field and DA wave propagation direction). It is shown that the dust fluid viscosity acts as a source of dissipation, and is responsible for the formation of DA shock structures in the dusty plasma system under consideration. The implications of our results in some space and laboratory plasma situations are briefly discussed.
Effect of nonthermality fraction on dust acoustic growth rate in inhomogeneous viscous dusty plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
El-Shewy, E. K.; El-Wakil, S. A.; El-Hanbaly, A. M.; Sallah, M.; Darweesh, H. F.
2015-04-01
The properties of linear dust acoustic (DA) waves in inhomogeneous viscous dusty plasmas with non-thermal electrons and ions have been investigated. A linear dispersion relation is obtained with the non-adiabatic dust charge fluctuation and fraction of nonthermality of electron-ion. The dependence of frequency and the damping rate of waves on the nonthermality fraction and dust kinematic viscosity coefficient are discussed. To study the dust acoustic shock waves, KdV-Burgers (KdV-B) equation for homogeneous dissipative dusty plasma has been considered and solved by means of tanh method. The obtained solution is a particular combination of a solitary wave with a Burgers shock wave. The present results are useful in the context of space plasma.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Melzer, André; Schella, André
2014-04-01
The method of symbolic transfer entropy has been applied to analyze the behavior of charged-particle systems under the influence of an ion focus (wakefield) in a dusty plasma. Using long-run experiments under various plasma and trapping conditions, it is revealed from the transfer entropy that information is transported from the upper particle in an ion flow to the lower. The information transfer increases with smaller interparticle distance and with reduced height in the sheath. This can be consistently explained by the formation of the ion focus by an ion flow in the sheath. From the analysis of two-particle and many-particle systems, the symbolic entropy transfer can be judged as a reliable measure for information asymmetry, and hence interaction asymmetry, in dusty plasma systems.
Melzer, André; Schella, André
2014-04-01
The method of symbolic transfer entropy has been applied to analyze the behavior of charged-particle systems under the influence of an ion focus (wakefield) in a dusty plasma. Using long-run experiments under various plasma and trapping conditions, it is revealed from the transfer entropy that information is transported from the upper particle in an ion flow to the lower. The information transfer increases with smaller interparticle distance and with reduced height in the sheath. This can be consistently explained by the formation of the ion focus by an ion flow in the sheath. From the analysis of two-particle and many-particle systems, the symbolic entropy transfer can be judged as a reliable measure for information asymmetry, and hence interaction asymmetry, in dusty plasma systems. PMID:24827184
General features and master equations for structurization in complex dusty plasmas
Tsytovich, V. N.; Morfill, G. E.
2012-02-15
Dust structurization is considered to be typical for complex plasmas. Homogeneous dusty plasmas are shown to be universally unstable. The dusty plasma structurization instability is similar to the gravitational instability and can results in creation of different compact dust structures. A general approach for investigation of the nonlinear stage of structurization in dusty plasmas is proposed and master equations for the description of self-organized structures are formulated in the general form that can be used for any nonlinear model of dust screening. New effects due to the scattering of ions on the nonlinearly screened grains are calculated: nonlinear ion dust drag force and nonlinear ion diffusion. The physics of confinement of dust and plasma components in the equilibria of compact dust structures is presented and is supported by numerical calculations of master equations. The necessary conditions for the existence of equilibrium structures are found for an arbitrary nonlinearity in dust screening. Features of compact dust structures observed in recent experiments agree with the numerically calculated ones. Some proposals for future experiments in spherical chamber are given.
The quantum dusty magnetosonic solitary wave in magnetized plasma
Wang Yunliang; Qiu Hong; Wang Fengping; Lu Yanzhen; Zhou Zhongxiang
2012-01-15
The effects of quantum statistic and quantum diffraction on the weakly two-dimensional fast quantum dusty magnetosonic wave propagating perpendicular to the external magnetic field are investigated by considering the inertialess electron, inertialess ion, and inertial cold dust in the low frequency limit. A Kadomstev-Petviashvili equation is derived for the magnetosonic solitary wave by using reductive perturbation method. The results show that the amplitude of soliton increases with the increasing of quantum diffraction effects of both electrons and ions, while the amplitude of the soliton decreases with the increasing of the quantum statistic effects. By using the numerical investigations, the interaction law of the nontrivial line-solitons with rich web structure in the interaction area among the line-solitons is studied by the Wronskian determinant method, which shows that there is no exchange of the energy, the momentum, and the angular momentum in the interaction.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
El-Bedwehy, N. A.
2016-07-01
The reductive perturbation technique is used for investigating an ion beam-dusty plasma system consisting of two opposite polarity dusty grains, and superthermal electrons and ions in addition to ion beam. A two-dimensional Kadomtsev-Petviashvili equation is derived. The solution of this equation, employing Painlevé analysis, leads to cnoidal waves. The dependence of the structural features of these waves on the physical plasma parameters is investigated.
Dusty plasma sheath-like structure in the lunar terminator region
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Popel, Sergey; Zelenyi, Lev; Atamaniuk, Barbara
2016-07-01
The main properties of the dusty plasma layer near the surface over the illuminated and dark parts of the Moon are described. They are used to realize dusty plasma behaviour and to determine electric fields over the terminator region. Possibility of the existence of a dusty plasma sheath-like structure [1] in the region of lunar terminator is shown. The electric fields excited in the terminator region are demonstrated to be on the order of 300 V/m. These electric fields can result in rise of dust particles of the size of a few micrometers up to an altitude of about 30 cm over the lunar surface that explains the effect of ``horizon glow" observed at the terminator by Surveyor lunar lander. This work was supported in part by the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (under Fundamental Research Program No. 7, ``Experimental and Theoretical Study of the Solar System Objects and Stellar Planet Systems. Transient Explosion Processes in Astrophysics" and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Project No. 15-02-05627-a). [1] S. I. Popel, L. M. Zelenyi, and B. Atamaniuk, Phys. Plasmas 22, 123701 (2015); doi: 10.1063/1.4937368.
Dust-ion acoustic cnoidal waves and associated nonlinear ion flux in a nonthermal dusty plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ur-Rehman, Hafeez; Mahmood, S.
2016-09-01
The dust-ion acoustic nonlinear periodic (cnoidal) waves and solitons are investigated in a dusty plasma containing dynamic cold ions, superthermal kappa distributed electrons and static charged dust particles. The massive dust particles can have positive or negative charge depending on the plasma environment. Using reductive perturbation method (RPM) with appropriate periodic boundary conditions, the evolution equations for the first and second order nonlinear potentials are derived. The first order potential is determined through Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation which gives dust-ion acoustic cnoidal waves and solitons structures. The solution of second order nonlinear potential is obtained through an inhomogeneous differential equation derived from collecting higher order terms of dynamic equations, which is linear for second order electrostatic potential. The nonlinear ion flux associated with the cnoidal waves is also found out numerically. The numerical plots of the dust-ion acoustic cnoidal wave and soliton structures for both positively and negatively charged dust particles cases and nonthermal electrons are also presented for illustration. It is found that only compressive nonlinear electrostatic structures are formed in case of positively dust charged particles while both compressive and rarefactive nonlinear structures are obtained in case of negatively charged particles depending on the negatively charged dust density in a nonthermal dusty plasma. The numerical results are obtained using data of the ionospheric region containing dusty plasma exist in the literature.
From Dusty Plasmas in Space to Complex Plasmas under Microgravity Conditions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Morfill, Gregor
"Dusty Plasmas" can be found almost everywhere - in the interstellar medium, in star and planet formation, in the solar system in the Earth's atmosphere and in the laboratory. In astrophysical plasmas the dust component accounts for only about 1 percent of the mass, nevertheless this component has a profound influence on the thermodynamics, the chemistry and the dynamics. Important physical processes are charging, sputtering, cooling, light absorption and radiation pressure, connecting electromagnetic forces to gravity. Surface chemistry is another important aspect. In the laboratory there is great interest in industrial processes (e.g. etching, vapor deposition) and at the fundamental physics level - the main topic here - the study of strong coupling phenomena. Here the dust (or microparticles) are the dominant component of the multi-species plasma. The particles can be observed in real time and pace, individually resolved at all relevant length and time scales. This provides an unprecedented means for studying self-organisation processes in many particle systems including the onset of cooperative phenomena. Due to the comparatively large mass of the microparticles (10-12 to 10-9 g) precision experiments are performed on the ISS. The following topics will be discussed: Phase transitions, phase separation, electrorheology, flow phenomena including the onset of turbulence at the kinetic level.
Summary of initial results from the Magnetized Dusty Plasma Experiment (MDPX) device
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Thomas, Edward
2015-11-01
Dusty (or complex) plasmas are four-component plasma systems consisting of electrons, ions, neutral atoms and charged, solid particulates. These particulates, i.e., the ``dust,'' become charged through interactions with the surrounding plasma particles and are therefore fully coupled to the background. The study of dusty plasmas began with astrophysical studies and has developed into a distinct area of plasma science with contributions to industrial, space, and fundamental plasma science. However, the vast majority of the laboratory studies are performed without the presence of a magnetic field. This is because, compared to the masses of the electrons and ions, the dust particles are significantly more massive and therefore the charge-to-mass ratio of the dust is very small. As a result, large (B > 1 T) magnetic fields are required to achieve conditions in which the dynamics of electrons, ions, and dust particles are dominated by the magnetic field. This presentation will provide a brief description of the design of the large bore (50 cm diameter x 158 cm long), multi-configuration, 4-Tesla class, superconducting magnet and integrated plasma chamber optimized for the study of dusty plasmas at high magnetic field - the MDPX device. The presentation will then focus on initial results of measurements made using MDPX - including observations of a new type of imposed ordered structures formed by the dust particles in a magnetized plasma, E x B driven flows of the particles, and observations of instabilities. This work is a collaboration of the author with Uwe Konopka (Auburn), Robert L. Merlino (Univ. of Iowa), Marlene Rosenberg (UCSD), and the MDPX team at Auburn University. Construction of the MDPX device was supported by the NSF-MRI program. Operations are supported by the NSF and DOE.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
El-Hanbaly, A. M.; El-Shewy, E. K.; Sallah, M.; Darweesh, H. F.
2016-05-01
The nonlinear characteristics of the dust acoustic (DA) waves are studied in a homogeneous, collisionless, unmagnetized, and dissipative dusty plasma composed of negatively charged dusty grains, superthermal electrons, and nonextensive ions. Sagdeev pseudopotential technique has been employed to study the large amplitude DA waves. It (Sagdeev pseudopotential) has an evidence for the existence of compressive and rarefractive solitons. The global features of the phase portrait are investigated to understand the possible types of solutions of the Sagdeev form. On the other hand, the reductive perturbation technique has been used to study small amplitude DA waves and yields the Korteweg-de Vries-Burgers (KdV-Burgers) equation that exhibits both soliton and shock waves. The behavior of the obtained results of both large and small amplitude is investigated graphically in terms of the plasma parameters like dust kinematic viscosity, superthermal and nonextensive parameters.
Dust ion-acoustic solitary waves in a dusty plasma with positive and negative ions
Sayed, F.; Haider, M. M.; Mamun, A. A.; Shukla, P. K.; Eliasson, B.; Adhikary, N.
2008-06-15
Properties of small but finite amplitude dust ion-acoustic (DIA) solitary waves in a dusty plasma composed of inertialess electrons, positive and negative inertial ions, and immobile negative/positive charged dust grains are investigated. By using the multifluid dusty plasma model, the Kortweg-de Vries equation and energy integral for small and large amplitude solitary pulses, are derived. It is found that the presence of the negative ions modifies the properties of the solitary DIA waves, and provides the possibility of positive and negative solitary potential structures to coexist. The present results may be useful for understanding the salient features of localized DIA excitations that may appear in data from forthcoming laboratory experiments and space observations.
Electrostatic solitary structures in dusty plasmas with nonthermal and superthermal electrons
Aoutou, Kamel; Tribeche, Mouloud; Zerguini, Taha Houssine
2008-01-15
A theoretical model is presented to show the existence, formation, and possible realization of arbitrary amplitude solitary potentials in a dusty plasma with both nonthermal and superthermal electrons. A physically meaningful {kappa}-like electron distribution function is outlined. It is shown that due to electron superthermality, the present dusty plasma model can support subsonic as well as supersonic electrostatic solitary waves involving cusped potential humps. Interestingly, one finds that the effect of increasing the spectral index {kappa} is to reduce and restrict the domain of allowable dust Mach numbers. An increase of the nonthermal parameter {alpha} would lead to a shift of this domain and a drastic restriction of the spectral index regime in which compressive and rarefactive solitons can coexist. Our results may provide an explanation for the strong spiky waveforms observed in auroral electric fields measurements by Viking and Fast.
On the existence of vapor-liquid phase transition in dusty plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kundu, M.; Avinash, K.; Sen, A.; Ganesh, R.
2014-10-01
The phenomenon of phase transition in a dusty-plasma system (DPS) has attracted some attention in the past. Earlier Farouki and Hamaguchi [J. Chem. Phys. 101, 9876 (1994)] have demonstrated the existence of a liquid to solid transition in DPS where the dust particles interact through a Yukawa potential. However, the question of the existence of a vapor-liquid (VL) transition in such a system remains unanswered and relatively unexplored so far. We have investigated this problem by performing extensive molecular dynamics simulations which show that the VL transition does not have a critical curve in the pressure versus volume diagram for a large range of the Yukawa screening parameter κ and the Coulomb coupling parameter Γ. Thus, the VL phase transition is found to be super-critical, meaning that this transition is continuous in the dusty plasma model given by Farouki and Hamaguchi. We provide an approximate analytic explanation of this finding by means of a simple model calculation.
Dust acoustic shock wave in electronegative dusty plasma: Roles of weak magnetic field
Ghosh, Samiran; Ehsan, Z.; Murtaza, G.
2008-02-15
The effects of nonsteady dust charge variations and weak magnetic field on small but finite amplitude nonlinear dust acoustic wave in electronegative dusty plasma are investigated. The dynamics of the nonlinear wave are governed by a Korteweg-de Vries Burger equation that possesses dispersive shock wave. The weak magnetic field is responsible for the dispersive term, whereas nonsteady dust charge variation is responsible for dissipative term, i.e., the Burger term. The coefficient of dissipative term depends only on the obliqueness of the magnetic field. It is found that for parallel propagation the dynamics of the nonlinear wave are governed by the Burger equation that possesses monotonic shock wave. The relevances of the findings to cometary dusty plasma, e.g., Comet Halley are briefly discussed.
On the existence of vapor-liquid phase transition in dusty plasmas
Kundu, M.; Sen, A.; Ganesh, R.; Avinash, K.
2014-10-15
The phenomenon of phase transition in a dusty-plasma system (DPS) has attracted some attention in the past. Earlier Farouki and Hamaguchi [J. Chem. Phys. 101, 9876 (1994)] have demonstrated the existence of a liquid to solid transition in DPS where the dust particles interact through a Yukawa potential. However, the question of the existence of a vapor-liquid (VL) transition in such a system remains unanswered and relatively unexplored so far. We have investigated this problem by performing extensive molecular dynamics simulations which show that the VL transition does not have a critical curve in the pressure versus volume diagram for a large range of the Yukawa screening parameter κ and the Coulomb coupling parameter Γ. Thus, the VL phase transition is found to be super-critical, meaning that this transition is continuous in the dusty plasma model given by Farouki and Hamaguchi. We provide an approximate analytic explanation of this finding by means of a simple model calculation.
Micro Dynamics of Pulsed Laser Induced Bubbles in Dusty Plasma Liquids
Teng, L.-W.; Tsai, C.-Y.; Tseng, Y.-P.; I Lin
2008-09-07
We experimentally study the micro dynamics of the laser induced plasma bubble in a dusty plasma liquid formed by negatively charged dust particles suspended in a low pressure rf Ar glow discharge. The plume from the ablation of the suspended dust particles pushes away dust particle and generates a dust-free plasma bubble. It then travels downward. The spatio-temporal evolution of the dust density fluctuation surrounding the bubble is monitored by directly tracking dust motion through optical video microscopy. The micro dynamics of the bubble associated dust acoustic type solitary oscillation in the wake field is investigated and discussed.
Dust acoustic solitary waves in a charge varying relativistic dusty plasma
Tribeche, Mouloud; Boukhalfa, Soufiane; Zerguini, Taha Houssine
2010-06-15
The problem of nonlinear variable charge dust acoustic solitary waves in dusty plasma with relativistic electrons and ions is addressed. The appropriate relativistic charging currents, derived within the theoretical framework of the orbit-limited motion theory, are used. Our results show that in such a plasma, rarefactive spatially localized dust acoustic waves can exist. Their spatial patterns are significantly modified by the relativistic effects. In particular, it may be noted that relativistic effects make the solitary structure spikier. Our results should help to understand the salient features of coherent nonlinear structures that may occur in relativistic space plasmas.
Dust-acoustic Solitary Waves in Dusty Plasma with Non-thermal Ions
Saini, Nareshpal Singh; Gill, Tarsem Singh; Kaur, Harvinder
2005-10-31
In the present research paper, characteristics of dust-acoustic solitary waves in dusty plasma are studied. The dust charge is treated as variable. KdV equation has been derived using reductive perturbation method. The effect of relative number density, relative ion temperature, non-thermal parameter and variable charge has been numerically studied for possibility of both type of dust-acoustic solitary waves.
Linear study of the nonmodal growth of drift waves in dusty plasmas
Manz, P.; Greiner, F.
2010-06-15
The main effect of dust on drift wave turbulence is the enhancement of the nonadiabaticity. Previous work found that nonmodal behavior is important in the nonadiabatic regime of the drift wave system. Here, the modal and nonmodal properties of the linear Hasegawa-Wakatani system of dusty plasmas are investigated. The non-normality of the linear evolution operator can lead to enhanced transient growth rates compared to the modal growth rates.
Transient bow shock around a cylinder in a supersonic dusty plasma
Meyer, John K.; Merlino, Robert L.
2013-07-15
Visual observations of the formation of a bow shock in the transient supersonic flow of a dusty plasma incident on a biased cylinder are presented. The bow shock formed when the advancing front of a streaming dust cloud was reflected by the obstacle. After its formation, the density jump of the bow shock increased as it moved upstream of the obstacle. A physical picture for the formation of the electrohydrodynamic bow shock is discussed.
Dust-acoustic solitary waves in dusty plasmas with non-thermal ions
Asgari, H.; Muniandy, S. V.; Wong, C. S.
2013-02-15
Most studies on dusty plasmas have assumed that electrons and ions follow Maxwellian distributions. However, in the presence of energetic ions, the distribution of ions tends to be non-Maxwellian. It is shown here that the existence of non-thermal ions would increase the phase velocity of a dust-acoustic wave. It is also found that the change in the phase velocity profoundly affects the characteristics of a dust-acoustic solitary wave.
Nonlinear localized dust acoustic waves in a charge varying dusty plasma with nonthermal ions
Tribeche, Mouloud; Amour, Rabia
2007-10-15
A numerical investigation is presented to show the existence, formation, and possible realization of large-amplitude dust acoustic (DA) solitary waves in a charge varying dusty plasma with nonthermal ions. These nonlinear localized structures are self-consistent solutions of the collisionless Vlasov equation with a population of fast particles. The spatial patterns of the variable charge DA solitary wave are significantly modified by the nonthermal effects. The results complement and provide new insights into previously published results on this problem.
Three-dimensional stereoscopy of Yukawa (Coulomb) balls in dusty plasmas
Kaeding, Sebastian; Melzer, Andre
2006-09-15
A stereoscopic approach with standard video cameras for positioning and tracking of micrometer sized polymer particles in a radio-frequency gas discharge is presented. The stereoscopy is applied to simultaneously determine the positions of all particles in a three-dimensional strongly coupled spherical dusty plasma (Yukawa ball). The accuracy of the stereoscopic method is discussed. The shell structure and the occupation number of various Yukawa balls are determined and compared to recent simulations and models.
Stability of a charged interface between a magnetoradiative dusty plasma and vacuum
Tsintsadze, N. L.; Chaudhary, Rozina; Shah, H. A.; Murtaza, G.
2007-07-15
The stability of a charged surface of a magnetoradiative dusty plasma is investigated. It is shown that for a particular condition, the surface can become unstable through two different mechanisms: one is when the surface is charged, while the other arises due to dissipation instabilities caused by the radiation energy flux. In the linear approximation, a general dispersion relation is derived, taking into account magnetoradiative effect, surface charge, and gravity.
Williams, Jeremiah D.
2011-05-15
Over the past twelve years, two-dimensional and stereoscopic particle image velocimetry (PIV) techniques have been used to obtain detailed measurements of the thermal and transport properties of the microparticle component of dusty plasma systems. This letter reports on an extension of these techniques to obtain a volumetric, three-dimensional velocity vector measurement using tomographic PIV. Initial measurements using the tomographic PIV diagnostic are presented.
Computing the complex : Dusty plasmas in the presence of magnetic fields and UV radiation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Land, V.
2007-12-01
About 90% of the visible universe is plasma. Interstellar clouds, stellar cores and atmospheres, the Solar wind, the Earth's ionosphere, polar lights, and lightning are all plasma; ionized gases, consisting of electrons, ions, and neutrals. Not only many industries, like the microchip and solar cell industry, but also future fusion power stations, rely heavily on the use of plasma. More and more, home appliances include plasma technologies, like compact fluorescent light sources, and plasma screens. Dust particles, which can disrupt plasma processes, enter these plasmas, through chemical reactions in the plasma, or through interactions between plasma and walls. For instance, during microchip fabrication, dust particles can destroy the tiny, nanometre-sized structures on the surface of these chips. On the other hand, dust particles orbiting Young Stellar Objects coagulate and form the seeds of planets. In order to understand fundamental processes, such as planet formation, or to optimize industrial plasma processes, a thorough description of dusty plasma is necessary. Dust particles immersed in plasma collect ions and electrons from the plasma and charge up electrically. Therefore, the presence of dust changes plasma, while at the same time many forces start acting on the dust. Therefore, the dust and plasma become coupled, making dusty plasma a very complex medium to describe, in which many length and time scales play a role, from the Debye length to the length of the electrodes, and from the inverse plasma frequencies to the dust transport times. Using a self-consistent fluid model, we simulate these multi-scale dusty plasmas in radio frequency discharges under micro-gravity. We show that moderate non-linear scattering of ions by the dust particles is the most important aspect in the calculation of the ion drag force. This force is also responsible for the formation of a dust-free 'void' in dusty plasma under micro-gravity, caused by ions moving from the centre of
Perturbed soliton excitations of Rao-dust Alfvén waves in magnetized dusty plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kavitha, L.; Lavanya, C.; Senthil Kumar, V.; Gopi, D.; Pasqua, A.
2016-04-01
We investigate the propagation dynamics of the perturbed soliton excitations in a three component fully ionized dusty magnetoplasma consisting of electrons, ions, and heavy charged dust particulates. We derive the governing equation of motion for the two dimensional Rao-dust magnetohydrodynamic (R-D-MHD) wave by employing the inertialess electron equation of motion, inertial ion equation of motion, the continuity equations in a plasma with immobile charged dust grains, together with the Maxwell's equations, by assuming quasi neutrality and neglecting the displacement current in Ampere's law. Furthermore, we assume the massive dust particles are practically immobile since we are interested in timescales much shorter than the dusty plasma period, thereby neglecting any damping of the modes due to the grain charge fluctuations. We invoke the reductive perturbation method to represent the governing dynamics by a perturbed cubic nonlinear Schrödinger (pCNLS) equation. We solve the pCNLS, along the lines of Kodama-Ablowitz multiple scale nonlinear perturbation technique and explored the R-D-MHD waves as solitary wave excitations in a magnetized dusty plasma. Since Alfvén waves play an important role in energy transport in driving field-aligned currents, particle acceleration and heating, solar flares, and the solar wind, this representation of R-D-MHD waves as soliton excitations may have extensive applications to study the lower part of the earth's ionosphere.
Longitudinal singular response of dusty plasma medium in weak and strong coupling limits
Kumar Tiwari, Sanat; Das, Amita; Kaw, Predhiman; Sen, Abhijit
2012-01-15
The longitudinal response of a dusty plasma medium in both weak and strong coupling limits has been investigated in detail using analytic as well as numerical techniques. In particular, studies on singular response of the medium have been specifically investigated here. A proper Galilean invariant form of the generalized hydrodynamic fluid model has been adopted for the description of the dusty plasma medium. For weak non-linear response, analytic reductive perturbative approach has been adopted. It is well known that in the weak coupling regime for the dusty plasma medium, such an analysis leads to the Korteweg-de Vries equation (KdV) equation and predicts the existence of localized smooth soliton solutions. We show that the strongly coupled dust fluid with the correct Galilean invariant form does not follow the KdV paradigm. Instead, it reduces to the form of Hunter-Saxton equation, which does not permit soliton solutions. The system in this case displays singular response with both conservative as well as dissipative attributes. At arbitrary high amplitudes, the existence and spontaneous formation of sharply peaked cusp structures in both weak and strong coupling regimes has been demonstrated numerically.
Future lunar missions and investigation of dusty plasma processes on the Moon
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Popel, Sergey I.; Zelenyi, Lev M.; Zelenyi
2013-08-01
From the Apollo era of exploration, it was discovered that sunlight was scattered at the terminators giving rise to ``horizon glow'' and ``streamers'' above the lunar surface. Subsequent investigations have shown that the sunlight was most likely scattered by electrostatically charged dust grains originating from the surface. A renaissance is being observed currently in investigations of the Moon. The Luna-Glob and Luna-Resource missions (the latter jointly with India) are being prepared in Russia. Some of these missions will include investigations of lunar dust. Here we discuss the future experimental investigations of lunar dust within the missions of Luna-Glob and Luna-Resource. We consider the dusty plasma system over the lunar surface and determine the maximum height of dust rise. We describe mechanisms of formation of the dusty plasma system over the Moon and its main properties, determine distributions of electrons and dust over the lunar surface, and show a possibility of rising dust particles over the surface of the illuminated part of the Moon in the entire range of lunar latitudes. Finally, we discuss the effect of condensation of micrometeoriod substance during the expansion of the impact plume and show that this effect is important from the viewpoint of explanation of dust particle rise to high altitudes in addition to the dusty plasma effects.
Dusty plasmas over the Moon: theory research in support of the upcoming lunar missions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Popel, Sergey; Zelenyi, Lev; Zakharov, Alexander; Izvekova, Yulia; Dolnikov, Gennady; Dubinskii, Andrey; Kopnin, Sergey; Golub, Anatoly
The future Russian lunar missions Luna 25 and Luna 27 are planned to be equipped with instruments for direct detection of nano- and microscale dust particles and determination of plasma properties over the surface of the Moon. Lunar dust over the Moon is usually considered as a part of a dusty plasma system. Here, we present the main our theory results concerning the lunar dusty plasmas. We start with the description of the observational data on dust particles on and over the surface of the Moon. We show that the size distribution of dust on the lunar surface is in a good agreement with the Kolmogorov distribution, which is the size distribution of particles in the case of multiple crushing. We discuss the role of adhesion which has been identified as a significant force in the dust particle launching process. We evaluate the adhesive force for lunar dust particles with taking into account the roughness and adsorbed molecular layers. We show that dust particle launching can be explained if the dust particles rise at a height of about dozens of nanometers owing to some processes. This is enough for the particles to acquire charges sufficient for the dominance of the electrostatic force over the gravitational and adhesive forces. The reasons for the separation of the dust particles from the surface of the Moon are, in particular, their heating by solar radiation and cooling. We consider migration of free protons in regolith from the viewpoint of the photoemission properties of the lunar soil. Finally, we develop a model of dusty plasma system over the Moon and show that it includes charged dust, photoelectrons, and electrons and ions of the solar wind. We determine the distributions of the photoelectrons and find the characteristics of the dust which rise over the lunar regolith. We show that there are no significant constraints on the Moon landing sites for future lunar missions that will study dusty plasmas in the surface layer of the Moon. We discuss also waves in
Yamamoto, K.; Mizuno, Y.; Hibino, S.; Inuzuka, H.; Cao, Y.; Liu, Y.; Yazawa, K.
2006-01-15
Simulations of dusty plasmas were performed using GRAPE-6, a special-purpose computer designed for gravitational N-body problems. The collective behavior of dust particles, which are injected into the plasma, was studied by means of three-dimensional computer simulations. As an example of a dusty plasma simulation, experiments on Coulomb crystals in plasmas are simulated. Formation of a quasi-two-dimensional Coulomb crystal has been observed under typical laboratory conditions. Another example was to simulate movement of dust particles in plasmas under microgravity conditions. Fully three-dimensional spherical structures of dust clouds have been observed. For the simulation of a dusty plasma in microgravity with 3x10{sup 4} particles, GRAPE-6 can perform the whole operation 1000 times faster than by using a Pentium 4 1.6 GHz processor.
Optical Spectroscopic Diagnostics Of Dusty Plasma In RF Discharge
Orazbayev, S. A.; Jumagulov, M. N.; Dosbolayev, M. K.; Silamiya, M.; Ramazanov, T. S.; Boufendi, L.
2011-11-29
The parameters of the buffer plasma containing dust particles were measured by means of spectroscopic methods. The change in the emission spectrum of the buffer plasma with addition of dust was observed. It seems to relate to changing in temperature and number density of electrons due to the influence of dusts.
Landau damping of the dust-acoustic surface waves in a Lorentzian dusty plasma slab
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lee, Myoung-Jae; Jung, Young-Dae
2016-01-01
Landau damping of a dust-acoustic surface wave propagating at the interfaces of generalized Lorentzian dusty plasma slab bounded by a vacuum is kinetically derived as the surface wave displays the symmetric and the anti-symmetric mode in a plasma slab. In the limiting case of small scaled wave number, we have found that Landau damping is enhanced as the slab thickness is increased. In particular, the damping of anti-symmetric mode is much stronger for a Lorentzian plasma than for a Maxwellian plasma. We have also found that the damping is more affected by superthermal particles in a Lorentzian plasma than by a Maxwellian plasma for both of the symmetric and the anti-symmetric cases. The variations of Landau damping with various parameters are also discussed.
Whispering Gallery Mode Spectroscopy as a Diagnostic for Dusty Plasmas
Thieme, G.; Basner, R.; Ehlbeck, J.; Roepcke, J.; Maurer, H.; Kersten, H.; Davies, P. B.
2008-09-07
Whispering-gallery-mode spectroscopy is being assessed as a diagnostic method for the characterisation of size and chemical composition of spherical particles levitated in a plasma. With a pulsed laser whispering gallery modes (cavity resonances) are excited in individual microspheres leading to enhanced Raman scattering or fluorescence at characteristic wavelengths. This method can be used to gain specific information from the particle surface and is thus of great interest for the characterisation of layers deposited on microparticles, e.g. in molecular plasmas. We present investigations of different microparticles in air and results from fluorescent particles levitated in an Argon rf plasma.
Interaction of nanosecond ultraviolet laser pulses with reactive dusty plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
van de Wetering, F. M. J. H.; Oosterbeek, W.; Beckers, J.; Nijdam, S.; Gibert, T.; Mikikian, M.; Rabat, H.; Kovačević, E.; Berndt, J.
2016-05-01
Even though UV laser pulses that irradiate a gas discharge are small compared to the plasma volume (≲3%) and plasma-on time (≲6 × 10-6%), they are found to dramatically change the discharge characteristics on a global scale. The reactive argon-acetylene plasma allows the growth of nanoparticles with diameters up to 1 μm, which are formed inside the discharge volume due to spontaneous polymerization reactions. It is found that the laser pulses predominantly accelerate and enhance the coagulation phase and are able to suppress the formation of a dust void.
Propagation modes for a dusty plasma ionization instability under electron beam injection
Donoso, J. M.; Conde, L.
2008-09-07
The low frequency electrostatic linear modes of a dusty plasma penetrated by an energized electron beam are investigated in the frame of a one-dimensional multifluid equations. This plasma contains with thermal and non-thermal electrons, ions and charged dust grains. The stable and unstable modes of the ionization instability are examined in relation to the injected electron beam current density. We pay special attention to the relation of the unstable modes and the injected electron current and ionization cross-section dependence with beam energy, which are proved to be the critical parameters for triggering the instability. This latter could be monitored in the laboratory experiments.
Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy of Metastable Atoms in Dusty Plasmas
Hoang Tung Do; Hippler, Rainer
2008-09-07
Spatial density profile of neon metastable produced in dusty plasma was investigated by means of tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy. The line averaged measured density drops about 30% with the presence of dust particles. The observations provide evidence for a significant interaction between atoms and powder particles which are important for energy transfer from plasma to particles. The power per unit area absorbed by dust particles due to the collision of metastable atoms with dust particle surface is about some tens of mW/m{sup 2}.
Stability of an elliptical vortex in a strongly coupled dusty plasma
Jana, Sayanee; Banerjee, Debabrata; Chakrabarti, Nikhil
2015-08-15
The stability of a long scale equilibrium vortex structure to short scale perturbations is studied in a strongly coupled dusty plasma in the framework of a generalized hydrodynamic model. It is shown that the free energy associated with the velocity shear of the vortex can drive secondary instabilities consisting of transverse shear waves when the resonance condition between the vortex rotation frequency and the secondary wave frequency is met. Such a process can transfer energy from the long scale vortex to the short scale secondary wave and thereby provide a saturation mechanism for long scale vortices in plasmas in a manner analogous to that in neutral fluids.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
El-Bedwehy, N. A.; El-Attafi, M. A.; El-Labany, S. K.
2016-09-01
The properties of solitary waves in an unmagnetized, collisionless dusty plasma consisting of nonthermal ions, cold and hot dust grains and Maxwellian electrons have been investigated. Under a suitable coordinate transformation, the three-dimensional cylindrical Kadomtsev-Petviashvili (3D-CKP) equation is obtained. The effect of the nonthermal parameter, the negative charge number of hot and cold dust on the solitary properties are investigated. Furthermore, the solitary profile in the radial, axial, and polar angle coordinates with the time is examined. The present investigation may be applicable in space plasma such as F-ring of Saturn.
Tribeche, Mouloud; Bacha, Mustapha
2012-12-15
The combined effects of an oblique magnetic field and electron suprathermality on weak dust-acoustic (DA) waves in a charge varying electronegative dusty plasmas with application to the Halley Comet are investigated. The correct suprathermal electron charging current is derived based on the orbit-motion limited approach. A weakly nonlinear analysis is carried out to derive a Korteweg-de Vries-Burger equation. The electron suprathermality, the obliqueness, and magnitude of the magnetic field are found to modify the dispersive properties of the DA shock structure. Our results may aid to explain and interpret the nonlinear oscillations that may occur in the Halley Comet plasma.
Weakly nonlinear dust ion-acoustic shock waves in a dusty plasma with nonthermal electrons
Berbri, Abderrezak; Tribeche, Mouloud
2009-05-15
Weakly nonlinear dust ion-acoustic (DIA) shock waves are investigated in a dusty plasma with nonthermal electrons. A modified Korteweg-de Vries equation with a cubic nonlinearity is derived. Due to the net negative dust charge {mu}Z{sub d} and electron nonthermality, the present plasma model can admit compressive and rarefactive weak DIA shock waves. The effect of increasing {mu}Z{sub d} is to lower the critical nonthermal parameter {beta}{sub c} above which only rarefactive DIA shock waves are admitted. Our investigation may help to understand the nonlinear structures observed in the auroral acceleration regions.
Effects of the relative motion of different particles on the wave instability in dusty plasmas
Gao, Dong-Ning; Hong, Xue-Ren; Lin, Mai-mai; Han, Juan-fang; Duan, Wen-shan; Yang, Lei
2014-06-15
Theoretical study is carried out for the dust acoustic waves in a dusty plasma. The dispersion relation is obtained from the fluid dynamical model. It is found that the wave frequency depends on the electron number density, wave number, and the speed of electrons or ions. The dependencies of the instability on the system parameters are also discussed. It is found that the long wavelength wave is usually unstable, which may be useful in the plasma physics, especially in the magnetic confined fusion system or the charged beam dynamics in the accelerated driven system.
Collective Modes in Strongly Correlated Yukawa Liquids: Waves in Dusty Plasmas
Kalman, G.; Rosenberg, M.; DeWitt, H. E.
2000-06-26
We determine the collective mode structure of a strongly correlated Yukawa fluid, with the purpose of analyzing wave propagation in a strongly coupled dusty plasma. We identify a longitudinal plasmon and a transverse shear mode. The dispersion is characterized by a low-k acoustic behavior, a frequency maximum well below the plasma frequency, and a high-k merging of the two modes around the Einstein frequency of localized oscillations. The damping effect of collisions between neutrals and dust grains is estimated. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.
Maitra, Sarit; Banerjee, Gadadhar
2014-11-15
The influence of dust size distribution on the dust ion acoustic solitary waves in a collisional dusty plasma is investigated. It is found that dust size distribution changes the amplitude and width of a solitary wave. A critical wave number is derived for the existence of purely damping mode. A deformed Korteweg-de Vries (dKdV) equation is obtained for the propagation of weakly nonlinear dust ion acoustic solitary waves and the effect of different plasma parameters on the solution of this equation is also presented.
Ion wake effects on the Coulomb ion drag in complex dusty plasmas
Ki, Dae-Han; Jung, Young-Dae
2010-09-06
The ion wake effects on the Coulomb drag force are investigated in complex dusty plasmas. It is shown that the ion wake effects significantly enhance the Coulomb ion drag force. It is also found that the ion wake effects on the Coulomb drag force increase with an increase in the Debye length. In addition, the ion wake effects on the momentum transfer cross section and Coulomb drag force are found to be increased with increasing thermal Mach number, i.e., decreasing plasma temperature. It is also found that the Coulomb ion drag force would be stronger for smaller dust grains.
Stability of an elliptical vortex in a strongly coupled dusty plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jana, Sayanee; Banerjee, Debabrata; Chakrabarti, Nikhil
2015-08-01
The stability of a long scale equilibrium vortex structure to short scale perturbations is studied in a strongly coupled dusty plasma in the framework of a generalized hydrodynamic model. It is shown that the free energy associated with the velocity shear of the vortex can drive secondary instabilities consisting of transverse shear waves when the resonance condition between the vortex rotation frequency and the secondary wave frequency is met. Such a process can transfer energy from the long scale vortex to the short scale secondary wave and thereby provide a saturation mechanism for long scale vortices in plasmas in a manner analogous to that in neutral fluids.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Thomas, Edward; Konopka, Uwe; Merlino, Robert L.; Rosenberg, Marlene
2016-05-01
The Magnetized Dusty Plasma Experiment at Auburn University has been operational for over one year. In that time, a number of experiments have been performed at magnetic fields up to B = 2.5 T to explore the interaction between magnetized plasmas and charged, micron-sized dust particles. This paper reports on the initial results from studies of: (a) the formation of imposed, ordered structures, (b) the properties of dust wave waves in a rotating frame, and (c) the generation of plasma filaments.
Interaction of energetic electrons with dust whistler-mode waves in magnetospheric dusty plasmas
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jafari, S.
2016-04-01
In this Letter, a new conceptual approach has been presented to investigate the interaction of energetic electrons with dust whistler-mode waves in magnetospheric dusty (complex) plasmas. Dust whistler-mode waves generated in the presence of charged dust grains in the magnetized dusty plasma, can scatter the launched electrons into the loss-cone leading to precipitation into the upper atmosphere which is an important loss process in the radiation belts and provides a major source of energy for the diffuse and pulsating aurora. To study the scattered electrons and chaotic regions, a Hamiltonian model of the electron-dust wave interaction has been employed in the magnetospheric plasma by considering the launched electron beam self-fields. Numerical simulations indicate that an electron beam interacting with the whistler-mode wave can easily trigger chaos in the dust-free plasma, while in the presence of dust charged grains in the plasma, the chaotic regions are quenched to some extent in the magnetosphere. Consequently, the rate of scattered electrons into the loss-cone reduces for the regions that the dust grains are present.
Vortices of self-gravitating grains in dusty plasmas
Nebbat, E.; Annou, R.
2012-09-15
Vortices are an attractive expression of the non-linear dynamics of fluids along with plasmas. In complex plasmas, Nebbat and Annou [Phys. Plasmas 17, 093702 (2010)] proposed a time dependent non-linear model that considers vortices as a consequence of an instability. The model is augmented hereafter by incorporating the gravitational grain-grain attraction, particle drift due to self-gravity field, self-consistent inter-particle distance, the permeability of grains along with the grain charge excess due to the non-linear dependence of the grain capacitance on its size. Effects of the latter parameters as well as the effect of grain mass to charge ratio on the characteristics of the vortex such as density are investigated.
Experimental study of interacting solitons in a complex (dusty) plasma
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Harvey, Paul; Samsonov, Dmitry; Morfill, Gregor
2008-11-01
A plasma is an ionised gas which consists of a mixture of electrons, positive ions and neutral molecules. In complex plasmas, small micron-sized microspheres are introduced. The grains become negatively charged and form a monolayer lattice. A soliton is a stable, solitary wave that retains its shape as it propagates through a medium. The apparatus for this experiment consists of a discharge chamber containing two electrodes. The lower electrode delivers RF-power into the chamber, maintaining the argon gas in the plasma state. The particles are confined radially within a bowl-shaped potential. Two parallel wires run along opposite sides of the monolayer lattice. A negative pulse on both wires excites two solitons to propagate inwards. A thin sheet of laser light illuminates the lattice which is then captured on video at a high frame rate. The kinetic movement of the microspheres can then be analysed. The propagation of the two solitons through this crystal lattice has been traced. Interaction has been observed to occur between two soliton waves within the complex plasma.
Dusty plasma cavities: Probe-induced and natural
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Harris, B. J.; Matthews, L. S.; Hyde, T. W.
2015-06-01
A comprehensive exploration of regional dust evacuation in complex plasma crystals is presented. Voids created in three-dimensional crystals on the International Space Station have provided a rich foundation for experiments, but cavities in dust crystals formed in ground-based experiments have not received as much attention. Inside a modified Gaseous Electronics Conference rf cell, a powered vertical probe was used to clear the central area of a dust crystal, producing a cavity with high cylindrical symmetry. Cavities generated by three mechanisms are examined. First, repulsion of micrometer-sized particles by a negatively charged probe is investigated. A model of this effect developed for a dc plasma is modified and applied to explain experimental data in rf plasma. Second, the formation of natural cavities is surveyed; a radial ion drag proposed to occur due to a curved sheath is considered in conjunction with thermophoresis and a flattened confinement potential above the center of the electrode. Finally, cavity formation upon increasing the probe potential above the plasma floating potential is justified by a combination of ion drag and sheath edge modification. The cavities produced by these methods appear similar, but each is shown to be facilitated by fundamentally different processes.
Dusty plasma cavities: Probe-induced and natural.
Harris, B J; Matthews, L S; Hyde, T W
2015-06-01
A comprehensive exploration of regional dust evacuation in complex plasma crystals is presented. Voids created in three-dimensional crystals on the International Space Station have provided a rich foundation for experiments, but cavities in dust crystals formed in ground-based experiments have not received as much attention. Inside a modified Gaseous Electronics Conference rf cell, a powered vertical probe was used to clear the central area of a dust crystal, producing a cavity with high cylindrical symmetry. Cavities generated by three mechanisms are examined. First, repulsion of micrometer-sized particles by a negatively charged probe is investigated. A model of this effect developed for a dc plasma is modified and applied to explain experimental data in rf plasma. Second, the formation of natural cavities is surveyed; a radial ion drag proposed to occur due to a curved sheath is considered in conjunction with thermophoresis and a flattened confinement potential above the center of the electrode. Finally, cavity formation upon increasing the probe potential above the plasma floating potential is justified by a combination of ion drag and sheath edge modification. The cavities produced by these methods appear similar, but each is shown to be facilitated by fundamentally different processes. PMID:26172806
2-D Imaging of Electron Temperature in Tokamak Plasmas
T. Munsat; E. Mazzucato; H. Park; C.W. Domier; M. Johnson; N.C. Luhmann Jr.; J. Wang; Z. Xia; I.G.J. Classen; A.J.H. Donne; M.J. van de Pol
2004-07-08
By taking advantage of recent developments in millimeter wave imaging technology, an Electron Cyclotron Emission Imaging (ECEI) instrument, capable of simultaneously measuring 128 channels of localized electron temperature over a 2-D map in the poloidal plane, has been developed for the TEXTOR tokamak. Data from the new instrument, detailing the MHD activity associated with a sawtooth crash, is presented.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zaghbeer, S. K.; Salah, H. H.; Sheta, N. H.; El-Shewy, E. K.; Elgarayhi, A.; Elgarayhi
2014-03-01
A theoretical investigation has been made of obliquely propagating nonlinear electrostatic shock structures. The reductive perturbation method has been used to derive the Korteweg-de Vries-Burger (KdV-Burger) equation for dust acoustic shock waves in a homogeneous system of a magnetized collisionless plasma comprising a four-component dusty plasma with massive, micron-sized, positively, negatively dust grains and non-extensive electrons and ions. The effect of dust viscosity coefficients of charged dusty plasma of opposite polarity and the non-extensive parameters of electrons and ions have been studied. The behavior of the oscillatory and monotonic shock waves in dusty plasma has been investigated. It has been found that the presence of non-extensive parameters significantly modified the basic properties of shock structures in space environments.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zhukhovitskii, Dmitry I.; Petrov, Oleg F.; Hyde, Truell W.; Herdrich, Georg; Laufer, Rene; Dropmann, Michael; Matthews, Lorin S.
2015-05-01
We discuss the inductively heated plasma generator (IPG) facility in application to the generation of the thermal dusty plasma formed by the positively charged dust particles and the electrons emitted by them. We develop a theoretical model for the calculation of plasma electrical conductivity under typical conditions of the IPG. We show that the electrical conductivity of dusty plasma is defined by collisions with the neutral gas molecules and by the electron number density. The latter is calculated in the approximations of an ideal and strongly coupled particle system and in the regime of weak and strong screening of the particle charge. The maximum attainable electron number density and corresponding maximum plasma electrical conductivity prove to be independent of the particle emissivity. Analysis of available experiments is performed, in particular, of our recent experiment with plasma formed by the combustion products of a propane-air mixture and the CeO2 particles injected into it. A good correlation between the theory and experimental data points to the adequacy of our approach. Our main conclusion is that a level of the electrical conductivity due to the thermal ionization of the dust particles is sufficiently high to compete with that of the potassium-doped plasmas.
Melting scenarios for three-dimensional dusty plasma clusters
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schella, André; Miksch, Tobias; Melzer, André; Schablinski, Jan; Block, Dietmar; Piel, Alexander; Thomsen, Hauke; Ludwig, Patrick; Bonitz, Michael
2011-11-01
The melting transition of finite three-dimensional dust clouds (Yukawa balls) from a solid-like to a liquid-like state is systematically studied with high spatial and temporal resolution of the individual grains by means of stereoscopy. Two different melting scenarios are reported: Melting is induced first by an increase of plasma power, and second by laser-induced heating. The experiments confirm that melting starts with a loss of orientational correlation, followed by a loss of the radial order upon further heating. While the plasma-power melting is driven via the ion wakefield, laser heating provides a more equilibrium scenario. The internal loss of correlations is well captured by the triple correlation function (TCF) which is insensitive to particle exchanges and the rotation of the cluster as a whole. The critical Coulomb coupling parameter for N=35 is determined as Γcrit≈570. The experimental findings are in good agreement with thermodynamic Monte Carlo simulations.
Dust Acoustic Solitons in the Dusty Plasma of the Earth's Ionosphere
Kopnin, S.I.; Kosarev, I.N.; Popel, S.I.; Yu, M.Y.
2005-03-15
Stratified structures that are observed at heights of 80-95 km in the lower part of the Earth's ionosphere are known as noctilucent clouds and polar mesosphere summer echoes. These structures are thought to be associated with the presence of vast amounts of charged dust or aerosols. The layers in the lower ionosphere where there are substantial amounts of dust are called the dusty ionosphere. The dust grains can carry a positive or a negative charge, depending on their constituent materials. As a rule, the grains are ice crystals, which may contain metallic inclusions. A grain with a sufficiently large metallic content can acquire a positive charge. Crystals of pure ice are charged negatively. The distribution of the dust grains over their charges has a profound impact on the ionizational and other properties of dust structures in the dusty ionosphere. In the present paper, a study is made of the effect of the sign of the dust charge on the properties of dust acoustic solitons propagating in the dusty ionosphere. It is shown that, when the dust charge is positive, dust acoustic solitons correspond to a hill in the electron density and a well in the ion density. When the dust is charged negatively, the situation is opposite. These differences in the properties of dust acoustic solitons can be used to diagnose the plasmas of noctilucent clouds and polar mesosphere summer echoes.
Rayleigh-Taylor instability in dusty plasma experiment
Avinash, K.; Sen, A.
2015-08-15
The stability of a stratified dust cloud levitated in an anodic plasma is studied in the weakly and strongly coupled dust regimes. It is shown that the cloud is predominantly unstable to a Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) instability driven by a component of the ambient gravity in a direction opposite to the direction of dust density stratification in the cloud. The elasticity of the strongly coupled dust is shown to set a threshold for the RT instability, which is consistent with experimental observations.