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  1. Consistent description of kinetics and hydrodynamics of dusty plasma

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    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.

  2. Unified fluid/kinetic description of magnetized plasmas

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    Chang, Zuoyang; Callen, J.D.

    1991-06-01

    Unified fluid/kinetic equations for the plasma perturbed density ({tilde n}), parallel flow velocity ({tilde u}{sub {parallel}}) and temperature ({tilde T}) are developed in a sheared slab geometry by calculating the fluid moment closure relations kinetically. At first, a set of (unclosed) nonlinear perturbed fluid equations for {tilde n}, {tilde u}{sub {parallel}} and {tilde T} is developed using a drift ordering analysis and a new gyroviscous force ({del} {center dot} {product}{sub g}). Thereafter, to develop linear closure relations for b {center dot} {del} {center dot} {tilde product}{sub {parallel}} and {tilde q}{sub {parallel}}, a drift-kinetic version of a Chapman-Enskog-like (CEL) equation is developed and solved by using a moment approach and a physically realistic collision operator (Lorentz scattering operator plus the momentum restoring terms.) The resultant closure relations for b {center dot} {del} {center dot} {tilde product}{sub {parallel}} and {tilde q}{sub {parallel}} unify both the fluid and kinetic approaches. In the collisional fluid limit the equations reduce to the well-known Braginskii equations. In the adiabatic limit they reproduce the usual kinetic results, including Landau damping. It is shown that the CEL approach is more compatible with a fluid-like description of plasmas than the usual drift/gyro kinetic approach. A remarkable simplification of these complicated closure relations is achieved by using single power of plasma dispersion functions with modified arguments. The results are compared with other recently developed Landau damping models and shown to be more accurate, complete and physically meaningful. The resultant set of nonlinear fluid/kinetic equations (with linear closure relations) will be applied to various microinstabilities in tokamak plasmas and drift type microturbulence in a separate paper. 19 refs., 7 refs., 1 tab.

  3. Kinetic description of electron plasma waves with orbital angular momentum

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    Mendonca, J. T.

    2012-11-15

    We describe the kinetic theory of electron plasma waves with orbital angular momentum or twisted plasmons. The conditions for a twisted Landau resonance to exist are established, and this concept is introduced for the first time. Expressions for the kinetic dispersion relation and for the electron Landau damping are derived. The particular case of a Maxwellian plasma is examined in detail. The new contributions to wave dispersion and damping due the orbital angular momentum are discussed. It is shown that twisted plasmons can be excited by rotating electron beams.

  4. Kinetic description of rotating Tokamak plasmas with anisotropic temperatures in the collisionless regime

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    Cremaschini, Claudio; Tessarotto, Massimo

    2011-11-01

    A largely unsolved theoretical issue in controlled fusion research is the consistent kinetic treatment of slowly-time varying plasma states occurring in collisionless and magnetized axisymmetric plasmas. The phenomenology may include finite pressure anisotropies as well as strong toroidal and poloidal differential rotation, characteristic of Tokamak plasmas. Despite the fact that physical phenomena occurring in fusion plasmas depend fundamentally on the microscopic particle phase-space dynamics, their consistent kinetic treatment remains still essentially unchallenged to date. The goal of this paper is to address the problem within the framework of Vlasov-Maxwell description. The gyrokinetic treatment of charged particles dynamics is adopted for the construction of asymptotic solutions for the quasi-stationary species kinetic distribution functions. These are expressed in terms of the particle exact and adiabatic invariants. The theory relies on a perturbative approach, which permits to construct asymptotic analytical solutions of the Vlasov-Maxwell system. In this way, both diamagnetic and energy corrections are included consistently into the theory. In particular, by imposing suitable kinetic constraints, the existence of generalized bi-Maxwellian asymptotic kinetic equilibria is pointed out. The theory applies for toroidal rotation velocity of the order of the ion thermal speed. These solutions satisfy identically also the constraints imposed by the Maxwell equations, i.e., quasi-neutrality and Ampere's law. As a result, it is shown that, in the presence of nonuniform fluid and EM fields, these kinetic equilibria can sustain simultaneously toroidal differential rotation, quasi-stationary finite poloidal flows and temperature anisotropy.

  5. Kinetic description of a plasma-loaded free-electron laser

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    Babaei, S.; Maraghechi, B.

    2007-05-01

    A kinetic theory is used to find the dispersion relation of a plasma-loaded free-electron laser that takes into account the velocity spread of both beam and plasma electrons. For the weak-coupling regime, the dispersion relation for a cold electron beam and plasma is obtained and is studied numerically. The kinetic theory predicts that, for the cold beam and plasma, plasma density increases the growth rate of the higher-frequency resonance and lowers it for the lower-frequency resonance up to a certain plasma density. By increasing the plasma density further, a critical density will be reached that diminishes the instability.

  6. Unified fluid/kinetic description of plasma microinstabilities. Part I: Basic equations in a sheared slab geometry

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    Chang, Z.; Callen, J.D. )

    1992-05-01

    Unified fluid/kinetic equations for the plasma perturbed density ({ital {tilde n}}), parallel flow velocity ({ital {tilde u}}{sub {parallel}}) and temperature ({ital {tilde T}}) are developed in a sheared slab geometry by calculating the fluid moment closure relations kinetically. At first, a set of (unclosed) nonlinear perturbed fluid equations for {ital {tilde n}}, {ital {tilde u}}{sub {parallel}} and {ital {tilde T}} is developed using a drift ordering analysis and a new gyroviscous force ((spec. char. missing){center dot}{Pi}{sub {ital g}}). Thereafter, to develop linear closure relations for {bold b}{center dot}{del}{center dot}{tilde {Pi}}{sub {parallel}} and {ital {tilde q}}{sub {parallel}}, a drift-kinetic version of a new Chapman--Enskog-like (CEL) equation is developed and solved by using a moment approach and a physically realistic collision operator (Lorentz scattering operator plus the momentum restoring terms). The resultant closure relations for {bold b}{center dot}(spec. char. missing){center dot}{tilde {Pi}}{sub {parallel}} and {ital {tilde q}}{sub {parallel}} unify the fluid and kinetic approaches. In the collisional fluid limit the equations reduce to the well-known Braginskii equations. In the adiabatic limit they reproduce the usual kinetic results, including Landau damping. It is shown that this new CEL approach is more compatible with a fluidlike description of plasmas than the usual drift/gyrokinetic approach. Remarkably simplified forms of the closure relations are presented. The results are compared with other Landau damping models and shown to be more accurate, complete, and physically realistic. Applications of this set of equations to various microinstabilities in tokamak plasmas are presented in a separate paper (Part II) (Phys. Fluids B {bold 4}, 1182 (1992)).

  7. Fluid and drift-kinetic description of a magnetized plasma with low collisionality and slow dynamics orderings. I. Electron theory

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    Ramos, J. J.

    2010-08-15

    A closed theoretical model to describe slow, macroscopic plasma processes in a fusion-relevant collisionality regime is set forward. This formulation is a hybrid one, with fluid conservation equations for particle number, momentum and energy, and drift-kinetic closures. Intended for realistic application to the core of a high-temperature tokamak plasma, the proposed approach is unconventional in that the ion collisionality is ordered lower than in the ion banana regime of neoclassical theory. The present first part of a two-article series concerns the electron system, which is still equivalent to one based on neoclassical electron banana orderings. This system is derived such that it ensures the precise compatibility among the complementary fluid and drift-kinetic equations, and the rigorous treatment of the electric field and the Fokker-Planck-Landau collision operators. As an illustrative application, the special limit of an axisymmetric equilibrium is worked out in detail.

  8. Kinetic description of the 3D electromagnetic structures formation in flows of expanding plasma coronas. Part 1: General

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    Gubchenko, V. M.

    2015-12-01

    In part I of the work, the physical effects responsible for the formation of low-speed flows in plasma coronas, coupled with formation of coronas magnetosphere-like structures, are described qualitatively. Coronal domain structures form if we neglect scales of spatial plasma dispersion: high-speed flows are accumulated in magnetic tubes of the open domains, while magnetic structures and low-speed flows are concentrated within boundaries of domains. The inductive electromagnetic process occurring in flows of the hot collisionless plasma is shown to underlie the formation of magnetosphere-like structures. Depending on the form of the velocity distribution function of particles (PDF), a hot flow differently reveals its electromagnetic properties, which are expressed by the induction of resistive and diamagnetic scales of spatial dispersion. These determine the magnetic structure scales and structure reconstruction. The inductive electromagnetic process located in lines of the plasma nontransparency and absorption, in which the structures of excited fields are spatially aperiodic and skinned to the magnetic field sources. The toroidal and dipole magnetic sources of different configurations are considered for describing the corona structures during the solar maximum and solar minimum.

  9. Kinetic Description of the Impedance Probe

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    Oberrath, Jens; Lapke, Martin; Mussenbrock, Thomas; Brinkmann, Ralf

    2011-10-01

    Active plasma resonance spectroscopy is a well known diagnostic method. Many concepts of this method are theoretically investigated and realized as a diagnostic tool, one of which is the impedance probe (IP). The application of such a probe in plasmas with pressures of a few Pa raises the question whether kinetic effects have to be taken into account or not. To address this question a kinetic model is necessary. A general kinetic model for an electrostatic concept of active plasma spectroscopy was presented by R.P. Brinkmann and can be used to describe the multipole resonance probe (MRP). In principle the IP is interpretable as a special case of the MRP in lower order. Thus, we are able to describe the IP by the kinetic model of the MRP. Based on this model we derive a solution to investigate the influence of kinetic effects to the resonance behavior of the IP. Active plasma resonance spectroscopy is a well known diagnostic method. Many concepts of this method are theoretically investigated and realized as a diagnostic tool, one of which is the impedance probe (IP). The application of such a probe in plasmas with pressures of a few Pa raises the question whether kinetic effects have to be taken into account or not. To address this question a kinetic model is necessary. A general kinetic model for an electrostatic concept of active plasma spectroscopy was presented by R.P. Brinkmann and can be used to describe the multipole resonance probe (MRP). In principle the IP is interpretable as a special case of the MRP in lower order. Thus, we are able to describe the IP by the kinetic model of the MRP. Based on this model we derive a solution to investigate the influence of kinetic effects to the resonance behavior of the IP. The authors acknowledge the support by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) via the Ruhr University Research School and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in frame of the PluTO project.

  10. Lagrangian description of warm plasmas

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    Kim, H.

    1970-01-01

    Efforts are described to extend the averaged Lagrangian method of describing small signal wave propagation and nonlinear wave interaction, developed by earlier workers for cold plasmas, to the more general conditions of warm collisionless plasmas, and to demonstrate particularly the effectiveness of the method in analyzing wave-wave interactions. The theory is developed for both the microscopic description and the hydrodynamic approximation to plasma behavior. First, a microscopic Lagrangian is formulated rigorously, and expanded in terms of perturbations about equilibrium. Two methods are then described for deriving a hydrodynamic Lagrangian. In the first of these, the Lagrangian is obtained by velocity integration of the exact microscopic Lagrangian. In the second, the expanded hydrodynamic Lagrangian is obtained directly from the expanded microscopic Lagrangian. As applications of the microscopic Lagrangian, the small-signal dispersion relations and the coupled mode equations are derived for all possible waves in a warm infinite, weakly inhomogeneous magnetoplasma, and their interactions are examined.

  11. Kinetic theory of relativistic plasmas

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    Gould, R. J.

    1981-01-01

    The thermalization of particle kinetic motion by binary collisions is considered for a plasma with a Boltzmann constant-temperature product approximately equal to 10 to 100 times the product of the electron mass with the square of the speed of light. At this temperature, the principal mechanism for relaxation of electron motion is via radiationless electron-electron collisions (Moller scattering). Ions are nonrelativistic, but are energetic enough so that their Coulomb scattering can be treated in the Born approximation. Relaxation times are computed and Boltzmann-equation Fokker-Planck operators are derived for the various binary-collision processes. The expression for the rate of kinetic energy exchange between electron and ion gases is derived for the case where the gases are at different temperatures.

  12. Kinetic Profiles in NSTX Plasmas

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    R.E. Bell; B.P. LeBlanc; C. Bourdelle; D.R. Ernst; E.D. Fredrickson; D.A. Gates; J.C. Hosea; D.W. Johnson; S.M. Kaye; R. Maingi; S. Medley; J.E. Menard; D. Mueller; M. Ono; F. Paoletti; M. Peng; S.A. Sabbagh; D. Stutman; D.W. Swain; E.J. Synakowski; and J.R. Wilson

    2001-07-10

    The National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) is a low aspect ratio (R/a approximately 1.3) device with auxiliary heating from neutral-beam injection (NBI) and high-harmonic fast-wave heating (HHFW). Typical NSTX parameters are R(subscript ''0'') = 85 cm, a = 67 cm, I(subscript ''p'') = 0.7-1.4 MA, B(subscript ''phi'') = 0.25-0.45 T. Three co-directed deuterium neutral-beam sources have injected P(subscript ''NB'') less than or equal to 4.7 MW. HHFW plasmas typically have delivered P(subscript ''RF'') less than or equal to 3 MW. Important to the understanding of NSTX confinement are the new kinetic profile diagnostics: a multi-pulse Thomson scattering system (MPTS) and a charge-exchange recombination spectroscopy (CHERS) system. The MPTS diagnostic currently measures electron density and temperature profiles at 30 Hz at ten spatial locations. The CHERS system has recently become available to measure carbon ion temperature and toroidal flow at 17 radial positions spanning the outer half of the minor radius with 20 msec time resolution during NBI. Experiments conducted during the last year have produced a wide range of kinetic profiles in NSTX. Some interesting examples are presented below.

  13. Propagation of radiation in fluctuating multiscale plasmas. I. Kinetic theory

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    Tyshetskiy, Yu.; Pal Singh, Kunwar; Thirunavukarasu, A.; Robinson, P. A.; Cairns, Iver H.

    2012-11-15

    A theory for propagation of radiation in a large scale plasma with small scale fluctuations is developed using a kinetic description in terms of the probability distribution function of the radiation in space, time, and wavevector space. Large scale effects associated with spatial variations in the plasma density and refractive index of the plasma wave modes and small scale effects such as scattering of radiation by density clumps in fluctuating plasma, spontaneous emission, damping, and mode conversion are included in a multiscale kinetic description of the radiation. Expressions for the Stokes parameters in terms of the probability distribution function of the radiation are used to enable radiation properties such as intensity and polarization to be calculated.

  14. Kinetic equation for spin-polarized plasmas

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    Cowley, S.C.; Kulsrud, R.M.; Valeo, E.

    1984-07-01

    The usual kinetic description of a plasma is extended to include variables to describe the spin. The distribution function, over phase-space and the new spin variables, provides a sufficient description of a spin-polarized plasma. The evolution equation for the distribution function is given. The equations derived are used to calculate depolarization due to four processes, inhomogeneous fields, collisions, collisions in inhomogeneous fields, and waves. It is found that depolarization by field inhomogeneity on scales large compared with the gyroradius is totally negligible. The same is true for collisional depolarization. Collisions in inhomogeneous fields yield a depolarization rate of order 10/sup -4/S/sup -1/ for deuterons and a negligible rate for tritons in a typical fusion reactor design. This is still sufficiently small on reactor time scales. However, small amplitude magnetic fluctuations (of order one gauss) resonant with the spin precession frequency can lead to significant depolarization (depolarises triton in ten seconds and deuteron in a hundred seconds.)

  15. Computer models for kinetic equations of magnetically confined plasmas

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    Killeen, J.; Kerbel, G.D.; McCoy, M.G.; Mirin, A.A.; Horowitz, E.J.; Shumaker, D.E.

    1987-01-01

    This paper presents four working computer models developed by the computational physics group of the National Magnetic Fusion Energy Computer Center. All of the models employ a kinetic description of plasma species. Three of the models are collisional, i.e., they include the solution of the Fokker-Planck equation in velocity space. The fourth model is collisionless and treats the plasma ions by a fully three-dimensional particle-in-cell method.

  16. Plasma kinetics in molecular plasmas and modeling of reentry plasmas

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    Capitelli, M.; Celiberto, R.; Colonna, G.; D'Ammando, G.; De Pascale, O.; Diomede, P.; Esposito, F.; Gorse, C.; Laricchiuta, A.; Longo, S.; Pietanza, L. D.; Taccogna, F.

    2011-12-01

    State-to-state non-equilibrium plasma kinetics is widely used to characterize cold molecular and reentry plasmas. The approach requires a high level of dynamical information, and demands a large effort in the creation of complete databases of state-resolved cross sections and rate coefficients. Recent results, emphasizing the dependence of elementary process probability on both the vibrational and rotational energy content of the H2 molecule, are presented for those channels governing the microscopic collisional dynamics in non-equilibrium plasmas, i.e. electron-impact induced resonant processes, vibrational deactivation and dissociation in atom-diatom collisions and atomic recombination at the surface. Results for H2 plasmas, i.e. negative ion sources for neutral beam injection in fusion reactors, RF parallel-plate reactors for microelectronics, atmospheric discharges and the shock wave formed in the hypersonic entry of vehicles in planetary atmosphere for aerothermodynamics, are discussed.

  17. A fluid description of plasma double-layers

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    Levine, J. S.; Crawford, F. W.

    1979-01-01

    The space-charge double-layer that forms between two plasmas with different densities and thermal energies was investigated using three progressively realistic models which are treated by fluid theory, and take into account four species of particles: electrons and ions reflected by the double-layer, and electrons and ions transmitted through it. The two plasmas are assumed to be cold, and the self-consistent potential, electric field and space-charge distributions within the double-layer are determined. The effects of thermal velocities are taken into account for the reflected particles, and the modifications to the cold plasma solutions are established. Further modifications due to thermal velocities of the transmitted particles are examined. The applicability of a one dimensional fluid description, rather than plasma kinetic theory, is discussed. Theoretical predictions are compared with double layer potentials and lengths deduced from laboratory and space plasma experiments.

  18. Kinetic Stability, Kinetic Control, and Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry.

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    Webb, Michael J.

    1984-01-01

    Several interesting and important examples of kinetic stability and kinetic control in organic systems are discussed. Audiovisual aids, lecture demonstrations, and laboratory activities that can be used to convey the material in a clear and stimulating fashion are also described. (JN)

  19. Kinetic Modeling of Martian Atmosphere Aerobraking Plasma

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    Drake, Dereth; Smithwick, Evan

    2014-10-01

    During Martian atmospheric aerobraking the plasma that forms around a spacecraft can be considered a high-volume plasma reactor that is sustained by the dissipation of the spacecraft's kinetic energy. At altitudes below 100 km, it has been shown that the plasma parameters vary considerably depending on the spacecraft's trajectory. However, in the range which is applicable to aerobraking, 100 km < h < 200 km, little of this work has been completed. We have evaluated a simple kinetic model to determine a probable range of plasma parameters for altitudes between 100 and 200 km using existing Martian atmospheric data and available probe trajectories.

  20. NLTE4 Plasma Population Kinetics Database

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    SRD 159 NLTE4 Plasma Population Kinetics Database (Web database for purchase)   This database contains benchmark results for simulation of plasma population kinetics and emission spectra. The data were contributed by the participants of the 4th Non-LTE Code Comparison Workshop who have unrestricted access to the database. The only limitation for other users is in hidden labeling of the output results. Guest users can proceed to the database entry page without entering userid and password.

  1. Wave kinetics of relativistic quantum plasmas

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    Mendonca, J. T.

    2011-06-15

    A quantum kinetic equation, valid for relativistic unmagnetized plasmas, is derived here. This equation describes the evolution of a quantum quasi-distribution, which is the Wigner function for relativistic spinless charged particles in a plasma, and it is exactly equivalent to a Klein-Gordon equation. Our quantum kinetic equation reduces to the Vlasov equation in the classical limit, where the Wigner function is replaced by a classical distribution function. An approximate form of the quantum kinetic equation is also derived, which includes first order quantum corrections. This is applied to electron plasma waves, for which a new dispersion relation is obtained. It is shown that quantum recoil effects contribute to the electron Landau damping with a third order derivative term. The case of high frequency electromagnetic waves is also considered. Its dispersion relation is shown to be insensitive to quantum recoil effects for equilibrium plasma distributions.

  2. Kinetic Theory of Plasma Waves - Part I: Introduction

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    Lamalle, P.U

    2004-03-15

    The kinetic description of linear waves in plasmas is succinctly presented, with emphasis on applications to high-frequency (hf) wave heating and current drive. The Maxwell-Vlasov system of equations is introduced. Its two-timescale analysis yields the linearized Vlasov and the quasilinear Fokker-Planck equations. The standard guiding centre and Hamiltonian formalisms are presented. Two formulations of the hf plasma wave equation are given: as a partial differential equation to hold at each position, and as a global Galerkin ('variational') form.

  3. Neutral Vlasov kinetic theory of magnetized plasmas

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    Tronci, Cesare; Camporeale, Enrico

    2015-02-15

    The low-frequency limit of Maxwell equations is considered in the Maxwell-Vlasov system. This limit produces a neutral Vlasov system that captures essential features of plasma dynamics, while neglecting radiation effects. Euler-Poincaré reduction theory is used to show that the neutral Vlasov kinetic theory possesses a variational formulation in both Lagrangian and Eulerian coordinates. By construction, the new model recovers all collisionless neutral models employed in plasma simulations. Then, comparisons between the neutral Vlasov system and hybrid kinetic-fluid models are presented in the linear regime.

  4. A kinetic description of antifreeze glycoprotein activity.

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    Burcham, T S; Osuga, D T; Yeh, Y; Feeney, R E

    1986-05-15

    The antifreeze glycoproteins (AFGP) of polar fish have the ability to depress the freezing temperature of water approximately 500 times the amount expected based on the number of AFGP molecules in solution; yet AFGP solutions have a purely colligative melting point depression. The difference of solution melting and freezing temperatures is the antifreeze activity of AFGP. One characteristic of AFGP activity that requires further examination is the effect of concentration on antifreeze activity, especially whether the activity saturates at high concentrations or the measured activity increases ad infinitum. This study first surveys the activity of the various antifreeze components from both Pagothenia borchgrevinki and the Arg-containing antifreeze glycoprotein from Eleginus gracilis (EgAF). It was found that all AFGP components examined have a plateau in activity at high concentration, but the actual value of the plateau activity differs between the different length AFGP components and between AFGP and EgAF. While the low molecular weight components of both AFGP and EgAF lose activity at deep supercooling, at high concentration activity is restored. The activity data is then shown to fit a reversible kinetic model of AFGP activity, and the coefficients obtained are used to compare the activity differences between AFGP components and between AFGP and EgAF. The model is also shown to describe the activity of the antifreeze protein of the fish Pseudopleuronectes americanus and the thermal hysteresis protein of the insect, Tenebrio molitor. PMID:3700396

  5. A kinetic equation for spin-polarized plasmas

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    Cowley, S. C.; Kulsrud, R. M.; Valeo, E.

    1986-02-01

    The usual kinetic description of a plasma is extended to include variables to describe the nuclear spin. The distribution function, over phase space and the new spin variables, provides a sufficient description of a spin-polarized plasma. The evolution for the distribution function is given. The equations derived are used to calculate depolarization caused by four processes: inhomogeneous fields, collisions, collisions in inhomogeneous fields, and waves. It is found that depolarization by field inhomogeneity on scales large compared with the gyroradius is totally negligible. The same is true for collisional depolarization. Collisions in inhomogeneous fields yield a depolarization rate of order 10-3 sec-1 for deuterons and a negligible rate for tritons in a typical fusion reactor design. This is still sufficiently small on reactor time scales. However, small-amplitude magnetic fluctuations (of order 1 G) resonant with the spin precession frequency can lead to significant depolarization (depolarizes triton in 10 sec and deuteron in 100 sec).

  6. Kinetic Approach for Laser-Induced Plasmas

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    Omar, Banaz; Rethfeld, Baerbel

    2008-10-22

    Non-equilibrium distribution functions of electron gas and phonon gas excited with ultrashort intense laser pulses are calculated for laser-induced plasmas occurring in solids. The excitation during femtosecond irradiation and the subsequent thermalization of the free electrons, as well as the dynamics of phonons are described by kinetic equations. The microscopic collision processes, such as absorption by inverse bremsstrahlung, electron-electron collisions, and electron-phonon interactions are considered by complete Boltzmann collision integrals. We apply our kinetic approach for gold by taking s-band electron into account and compare it with the case of excitation of d-band electrons.

  7. Kinetic Theory of Plasma Waves - Part III: Inhomogeneous Plasma

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    Lamalle, P.U

    2004-03-15

    Given the extent of the subject, the present text merely provides a list of topics, striking features and references relevant to the kinetic theory of high-frequency wave propagation and absorption in inhomogeneous plasmas. The discussion focuses on tokamak geometry.

  8. Linking plasma kinetics to plasma-bio interactions

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    Bruggeman, Peter

    2015-05-01

    Cold non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasmas have received a lot of attention in the last decade due to their huge potential for biomedical applications. In my group, we have characterized an RF driven APPJ in great detail. The characterization includes electrical measurements, imaging, optical emission spectroscopy, (two photon enhanced) laser induced fluorescence, Thomson scattering, Rayleigh scattering, Raman scattering and mass spectrometry. This led to a detailed knowledge of the electron density, electron temperature, gas temperature, NO, O, OH, O3 densities, ionic species and air concentrations in the plasma effluent. Living organisms for in vitro studies are typically kept in complex solutions or culture media. Plasma-bio interactions involves not only the production of reactive species in the plasma gas phase but also transport to the liquid phase and plasma induced liquid phase chemistry and its impact on the living organisms. Reactive nitrogen and oxygen species have been identified as the key reactive species. Recent results of my group show that controlling the gas phase plasma chemistry can lead to significant different biological responses of the living organisms corresponding to different chemical pathways. The effect of plasma jet interaction with liquids containing mammalian cells, bacteria and virus will be discussed. The outcomes of these studies allow unraveling chemical pathways responsible for plasma-bio interactions and linking plasma kinetics to plasma-bio interactions.

  9. Kinetic effects in Enceladus plasma environment

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    Stverak, Stepan; Travnicek, Pavel M.; Sebek, Ondrej; Hellinger, Petr; Khurana, Krishan

    2015-04-01

    The southern plume of Enceladus represents a significant source of neutrals, ions and dust for the neighboring plasma environment and even for the inner magnetosphere of Saturn. The ion mass loading rate from the plume is not only confirmed by direct plasma measurements but can also be deduced from the strong signatures observed on the Kronian magnetospheric background magnetic field. In view of recent knowledge, namely based on in situ observations provided by numerous Cassini flybys, we try to model numerically and reconstruct the complex plasma environment in the vicinity of the moon by use of a full 3-dimensional hybrid code. With obtained results we attempt to investigate the role of kinetic effects in generation of the ion-cyclotron waves instantaneously observed by the Cassini spacecraft.

  10. A kinetic model of plasma turbulence

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    Servidio, S.; Valentini, F.; Perrone, D.; Greco, A.; Califano, F.; Matthaeus, W. H.; Veltri, P.

    2015-01-01

    A Hybrid Vlasov-Maxwell (HVM) model is presented and recent results about the link between kinetic effects and turbulence are reviewed. Using five-dimensional (2D in space and 3D in the velocity space) simulations of plasma turbulence, it is found that kinetic effects (or non-fluid effects) manifest through the deformation of the proton velocity distribution function (DF), with patterns of non-Maxwellian features being concentrated near regions of strong magnetic gradients. The direction of the proper temperature anisotropy, calculated in the main reference frame of the distribution itself, has a finite probability of being along or across the ambient magnetic field, in general agreement with the classical definition of anisotropy T ?/T ? (where subscripts refer to the magnetic field direction). Adopting the latter conventional definition, by varying the global plasma beta (?) and fluctuation level, simulations explore distinct regions of the space given by T ?/T ? and ??, recovering solar wind observations. Moreover, as in the solar wind, HVM simulations suggest that proton anisotropy is not only associated with magnetic intermittent events, but also with gradient-type structures in the flow and in the density. The role of alpha particles is reviewed using multi-ion kinetic simulations, revealing a similarity between proton and helium non-Maxwellian effects. The techniques presented here are applied to 1D spacecraft-like analysis, establishing a link between non-fluid phenomena and solar wind magnetic discontinuities. Finally, the dimensionality of turbulence is investigated, for the first time, via 6D HVM simulations (3D in both spaces). These preliminary results provide support for several previously reported studies based on 2.5D simulations, confirming several basic conclusions. This connection between kinetic features and turbulence open a new path on the study of processes such as heating, particle acceleration, and temperature-anisotropy, commonly observed in space plasmas.

  11. Kinetic theory of electrical conductivity in plasmas

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    Boercker, D.B.

    1981-04-01

    A recently developed quantum kinetic theory for time-correlation functions is applied to the calculation of the electrical conductivity in dense, strongly coupled plasmas. In the weak-collision limit the theory generalizes the Ziman expression to finite temperatures while, for strong collisions, it generalizes the result of Gould and of Williams and DeWitt to include strong ion coupling. Numerical results which compare the effects that strong ion coupling, bound (core) electrons, and strong collisions have upon the collision frequency are also presented.

  12. Kinetics of wet sodium vapor complex plasma

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    Mishra, S. K.; Sodha, M. S.

    2014-04-15

    In this paper, we have investigated the kinetics of wet (partially condensed) Sodium vapor, which comprises of electrons, ions, neutral atoms, and Sodium droplets (i) in thermal equilibrium and (ii) when irradiated by light. The formulation includes the balance of charge over the droplets, number balance of the plasma constituents, and energy balance of the electrons. In order to evaluate the droplet charge, a phenomenon for de-charging of the droplets, viz., evaporation of positive Sodium ions from the surface has been considered in addition to electron emission and electron/ion accretion. The analysis has been utilized to evaluate the steady state parameters of such complex plasmas (i) in thermal equilibrium and (ii) when irradiated; the results have been graphically illustrated. As a significant outcome irradiated, Sodium droplets are seen to acquire large positive potential, with consequent enhancement in the electron density.

  13. Kinetic Theory of Dawson Plasma Sheet Model

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    Sano, Mitsusada M.; Kitahara, Kazuo

    2011-08-01

    A kinetic theory of one-dimensional plasma sheet model (Dawson model) is developed. The Vlasov equation, the Landau equation, and the Balescu--Lenard equation corresponding to this model are derived. For the Vlasov equation, it is shown that the linearized Vlasov equation exhibits a typical behavior of plasmas as in the three-dimensional space. The Landau collision term and the Balescu--Lenard collision term are identically zero. The fact of the vanishing collision term agrees with the behavior of generic one-dimesional systems. In an approximation that the system is in a thermal bath, the derived Landau equation and Balescu--Lenard equation are transformed into the Fokker--Planck equations. Some physical quantities such as thermal conductivity, relaxation rate, etc., are estimated. A discussion on physical meaning of these results, in particular, the zero collision terms, will be given.

  14. Fundamental Statistical Descriptions of Plasma Turbulence in Magnetic Fields

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    John A. Krommes

    2001-02-16

    A pedagogical review of the historical development and current status (as of early 2000) of systematic statistical theories of plasma turbulence is undertaken. Emphasis is on conceptual foundations and methodology, not practical applications. Particular attention is paid to equations and formalism appropriate to strongly magnetized, fully ionized plasmas. Extensive reference to the literature on neutral-fluid turbulence is made, but the unique properties and problems of plasmas are emphasized throughout. Discussions are given of quasilinear theory, weak-turbulence theory, resonance-broadening theory, and the clump algorithm. Those are developed independently, then shown to be special cases of the direct-interaction approximation (DIA), which provides a central focus for the article. Various methods of renormalized perturbation theory are described, then unified with the aid of the generating-functional formalism of Martin, Siggia, and Rose. A general expression for the renormalized dielectric function is deduced and discussed in detail. Modern approaches such as decimation and PDF methods are described. Derivations of DIA-based Markovian closures are discussed. The eddy-damped quasinormal Markovian closure is shown to be nonrealizable in the presence of waves, and a new realizable Markovian closure is presented. The test-field model and a realizable modification thereof are also summarized. Numerical solutions of various closures for some plasma-physics paradigms are reviewed. The variational approach to bounds on transport is developed. Miscellaneous topics include Onsager symmetries for turbulence, the interpretation of entropy balances for both kinetic and fluid descriptions, self-organized criticality, statistical interactions between disparate scales, and the roles of both mean and random shear. Appendices are provided on Fourier transform conventions, dimensional and scaling analysis, the derivations of nonlinear gyrokinetic and gyrofluid equations, stochasticity criteria for quasilinear theory, formal aspects of resonance-broadening theory, Novikov's theorem, the treatment of weak inhomogeneity, the derivation of the Vlasov weak-turbulence wave kinetic equation from a fully renormalized description, some features of a code for solving the direct-interaction approximation and related Markovian closures, the details of the solution of the EDQNM closure for a solvable three-wave model, and the notation used in the article.

  15. On electromagnetic ballooning modes in fluid and kinetic descriptions

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    Froejdh, M.; Nordman, H.; Jhowry, B.

    1995-11-01

    A comparison between two-fluid, gyrofluid, and gyrokinetic descriptions of the collisionless ballooning mode in the toroidal limit is performed. The two-fluid model [A. Jarmen {ital et} {ital al}., Nucl. Fusion {bold 27}, 941 (1987)] is reactive and expanded in the finite-Larmor radius (FLR), in contrast to the gyrofluid model [R. E. Waltz {ital et} {ital al}., Phys. Fluids B {bold 4}, 3138 (1992)], which is dissipative and includes finite-Larmor-radius effects to all orders. The eigenmode differential equation is derived and solved numerically. It is shown that the fluid models are able to reproduce the gyrokinetic result, at least qualitatively. The role of the ion magnetic drift resonance and the ion FLR terms, in the fluid and kinetic descriptions, is discussed. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  16. BOOK REVIEW: Kinetic theory of plasma waves, homogeneous plasmas

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    Porkolab, Miklos

    1998-11-01

    The linear theory of plasma waves in homogeneous plasma is arguably the most mature and best understood branch of plasma physics. Given the recently revised version of Stix's excellent Waves in Plasmas (1992), one might ask whether another book on this subject is necessary only a few years later. The answer lies in the scope of this volume; it is somewhat more detailed in certain topics than, and complementary in many fusion research relevant areas to, Stix's book. (I am restricting these comments to the homogeneous plasma theory only, since the author promises a second volume on wave propagation in inhomogeneous plasmas.) This book is also much more of a theorist's approach to waves in plasmas, with the aim of developing the subject within the logical framework of kinetic theory. This may indeed be pleasing to the expert and to the specialist, but may be too difficult to the graduate student as an `introduction' to the subject (which the author explicitly states in the Preface). On the other hand, it may be entirely appropriate for a second course on plasma waves, after the student has mastered fluid theory and an introductory kinetic treatment of waves in a hot magnetized `Vlasov' plasma. For teaching purposes, my personal preference is to review the cold plasma wave treatment using the unified Stix formalism and notation (which the author wisely adopts in the present book, but only in Chapter 5). Such an approach allows one to deal with CMA diagrams early on, as well as to provide a framework to discuss electromagnetic wave propagation and accessibility in inhomogeneous plasmas (for which the cold plasma wave treatment is perfectly adequate). Such an approach does lack some of the rigour, however, that the author achieves with the present approach. As the author correctly shows, the fluid theory treatment of waves follows logically from kinetic theory in the cold plasma limit. I only question the pedagogical value of this approach. Otherwise, I welcome this addition to the literature, for it gives the teacher of the subject a valuable reference where the inquisitive student will be able to read up on and satisfy himself about the practicality and reliability of the Vlasov theory in a hot magnetized and collisionless plasma. The book has excellent treatments of several new topics not included in previous textbooks, for example, the relativistic theory of plasma wave propagation, so important in electron cyclotron heating of magnetically confined fusion plasmas, a discussion of current drive theory and there is a welcome introduction to parametric instabilities in the final chapter. There are some things that make the readability of the book somewhat difficult. In the early parts, certain advanced concepts are introduced without much motivation or explanation, although the author is trying to be helpful by providing a list of relevant references at the end of each chapter. Here the teacher's role will be critical. Again, a certain amount of previous knowledge of the subject would prove to be invaluable to the student. The main content of the book is included in 11 chapters. Use is made of CGS Gaussian units, a favourite of plasma theorists. As the author states, these are still widely used in advanced plasma theory, and the student is well advised to become familiar with this system of units (as well as the SI system for applications). To help the reader in the Introduction, the author defines various expressions often used in plasma physics in practical units (frequencies in hertz, lengths in centimetres, temperatures in kiloelectronvolts and magnetic fields in teslas). Chapter 2 is entitled `Plasma Electrodynamics' and it introduces the Maxwell-Vlasov set of equations, as well as the important fundamentals of wave propagation, such as polarization, dispersion and the dielectric tensor, and energy relations. In Chapter 3, `Elementary Plasma Kinetic Theory', the author derives the Vlasov equation and the Fokker-Planck equation from the BBGKY hierarchy. This is a somewhat unusual chapter in a book on plasma waves, but I welcome it since it demonstrates the author's desire to be complete and rigorous in justifying the use of the collisionless Vlasov equation for `high frequency' wave propagation phenomena. Incidentally, it is interesting that while the author derives the Fokker-Planck equation at great length, it is used only to derive the fluid and MHD equations, but not for estimating Coulomb collisional damping of specific waves in later chapters. Chapter 4 gives the derivation of the hot plasma dielectric tensor. There is an extensive and excellent discussion of the relativistic formulation of the dielectric tensor, which is of fundamental importance to practising fusion physicists (for example) involved in ECR heating of high temperature plasmas. Various temperature limits are taken in Chapters 5, 6 and 7, and the author discusses the infinite number of waves in the cold plasma limit (Chapter 5), in the hot plasma limit (Chapter 6) and in the electrostatic limit (Chapter 7). In my opinion, these chapters represent the `meat' of the book. Chapter 7 includes a detailed treatment of electrostatic waves in a hot plasma, including Bernstein waves and their damping at high harmonics. This is a difficult topic, and the extensive treatment presented here is hard to find in other texts. The author also includes a discussion of two stream instabilities here, together with the Nyquist-Penrose criterion for instability. Chapter 8 discusses linear wave-particle interactions, including damping of electromagnetic waves, RF current drive and RF heating. Chapter 9 is called `Collisionless Stochasticity' and institutes an introduction to the subject as well as applications to the heating of ions by high harmonic, lower hybrid waves. Chapter 10 is another key part of the book, on the quasilinear theory of heating and current drive. It deals with the practical aspects of RF heating and current drive in magnetically confined fusion plasmas, and is a `must read' for researchers dealing with RF heating and related transport. Chapter 11 attempts to deal with non-linear effects in the presence of high power RF waves in plasmas. First, the author deals with the difficult subject of mode coupling theory, but, owing to its complexity, the formulation is never reduced to practical applications. Only the `dipole approximation' section can be used to make practical estimates of non-linear effects during RF heating. There are some shortcomings of this book that need to be mentioned here. There are some typographical errors, including spelling errors. The labelling on the figures is often hard to read due to their poor quality and small size. The figures themselves are often too small and are overloaded with curves (e.g., Figs 18.1, 18.2, 21.3, 28.13). The author must have spent a significant effort in producing these curves, and they deserve a better presentation, especially if they are to be used by students. Ease of readability is important for a textbook intended for students and researchers alike. It is hoped that such shortcomings will be improved in future editions, as well as in Volume II, which is to follow. To summarize, this book presents an up to date major contribution to the field of plasma waves and is a `must' on the shelves of active researchers as well as advanced graduate students. Under the guidance of a knowledgeable teacher, the book may be used as a text, with appropriate omissions of certain sections for a one semester course in plasma waves. Alternatively for those who have mastered the fundamentals of wave propagation in plasmas, the book could be used as a basis for an advanced seminar course. I am looking forward with anticipation to Volume II, Waves in Inhomogeneous Plasmas, by Marco Brambilla, one of the eminent plasma wave theorists of our generation.

  17. Generalized Langmuir Waves in Magnetized Kinetic Plasmas

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    Willes, A. J.; Cairns, Iver H.

    2000-01-01

    The properties of unmagnetized Langmuir waves and cold plasma magnetoionic waves (x, o, z and whistler) are well known. However, the connections between these modes in a magnetized kinetic plasma have not been explored in detail. Here, wave properties are investigated by numerically solving the dispersion equation derived from the Vlasov equations both with and without a beam instability present. For omega(sub p)>Omega(sub e), it is shown that the generalized Langmuir mode at oblique propagation angles has magnetic z-mode characteristics at low wave numbers and thermal Langmuir mode characteristics at high wave numbers. For omega(sub p)plasma frequency in the auroral regions, and to solar type III bursts are discussed.

  18. Kinetic theory of partially ionized complex (dusty) plasmas

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    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.

  19. Consistent description of kinetic equation with triangle anomaly

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    Pu Shi; Gao Jianhua; Wang Qun

    2011-05-01

    We provide a consistent description of the kinetic equation with a triangle anomaly which is compatible with the entropy principle of the second law of thermodynamics and the charge/energy-momentum conservation equations. In general an anomalous source term is necessary to ensure that the equations for the charge and energy-momentum conservation are satisfied and that the correction terms of distribution functions are compatible to these equations. The constraining equations from the entropy principle are derived for the anomaly-induced leading order corrections to the particle distribution functions. The correction terms can be determined for the minimum number of unknown coefficients in one charge and two charge cases by solving the constraining equations.

  20. Solar wind plasma: Kinetic properties and micro- instabilities

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    Kasper, Justin Christophe

    2002-11-01

    The kinetic properties of ions in the solar wind plasma are studied. Observations of solar wind +H and +2He by the Faraday Cup instrument component of the Solar Wind Experiment on the Wind spacecraft show that these ions have magnetic field- aligned, convected, bi-Maxwellian velocity distribution functions. The analysis yields the best-fit values of the bulk velocity, U? , number density n, and parallel T ? and perpendicular T? temperatures of each of the ion species. The accuracy of each of these measurements is studied and an absolute calibration of the Faraday Cup is performed, demonstrating the accuracy of the densities to ?2%. The range of the proton temperature anisotropy Rp ? T?p/T ?p is explored, and it is demonstrated that thermodynamic concepts such as the double adiabatic equations of state are insufficient approximations for a kinetic description of the solar wind plasma. It is shown that Rp is constrained on macroscopic timescales by Coulomb relaxation and the expansion of the solar wind, and on kinetic timescales by the mirror, cyclotron, and firehose plasma micro- instabilities. Electromagnetic fluctuations generated by growing mirror and cyclotron modes are detected in the solar wind. The first detailed observations of the firehose instability are presented. The limiting bounds to Rp imposed by each of these instabilities are measured and compared with the theoretical predictions of fluid magnetohydrodynamics, linear kinetic Vlasov theory, and numerical simulations. It is shown that the predictions of linear theory and the simulations are in agreement with the observations. A new proton temperature anisotropy driven instability in the regieme Rp < 1, ? ?p < 1 is discovered. The kinetic properties of +H and +2He are compared. For the first time a cyclotron resonant instability driven by the proton temperature anisotropy is demonstrated to limit the differential flow DU??U? a- Up attainable in the solar wind, in confirmation of recent theoretical predictions. It is shown that the +2He temperature anisotropy R? ? T??/T ?? is also constrained by micro- instabilities, and the first observations of the +2He cyclotron and firehose instabilities are presented. The parallel and perpendicular temperatures of +H and +2He are compared, and evidence of cyclotron-resonant heating of +2He preferentially to +H in the interplanetary medium is presented. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, Rm. 14-0551, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307. Ph. 617-253-5668; Fax 617-253-1690.)

  1. A kinetic description of electron beam ejection from spacecraft

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    Khazanov, George V.; Neubert, Torsten; Gefan, Grigorii D.; Trukhan, Aleksander A.; Mishin, Evgeni V.

    1993-01-01

    A model based on the Boltzmann kinetic equation describing electron beam ejection from spacecraft is presented. Results are shown for steady-state, beam-atmosphere interaction (BAI) and for beam-plasma interaction (BPI). The BPI considered is that of elastic scattering of beam electrons with strong, short-scale Langmuir turbulence. This mechanism has been suggested for prompt echoes of beam electrons observed in sounding rocket experiments. It is shown that the interaction is sufficiently strong to account for observations of back-scattered electrons at the beam accelerator energy. However, it is clear from observations that particles undergo diffusion in energy at a rate exceeding levels expected for BAI. Inelastic scattering in BPI must therefore also be important.

  2. Ducted kinetic Alfven waves in plasma with steep density gradients

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    Houshmandyar, Saeid; Scime, Earl E.

    2011-11-15

    Given their high plasma density (n {approx} 10{sup 13} cm{sup -3}), it is theoretically possible to excite Alfven waves in a conventional, moderate length (L {approx} 2 m) helicon plasma source. However, helicon plasmas are decidedly inhomogeneous, having a steep radial density gradient, and typically have a significant background neutral pressure. The inhomogeneity introduces regions of kinetic and inertial Alfven wave propagation. Ion-neutral and electron-neutral collisions alter the Alfven wave dispersion characteristics. Here, we present the measurements of propagating kinetic Alfven waves in helium helicon plasma. The measured wave dispersion is well fit with a kinetic model that includes the effects of ion-neutral damping and that assumes the high density plasma core defines the radial extent of the wave propagation region. The measured wave amplitude versus plasma radius is consistent with the pile up of wave magnetic energy at the boundary between the kinetic and inertial regime regions.

  3. Parametric instabilities of Alfven waves in a multispecies plasma: Kinetic effects

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    Kauffmann, K.; Araneda, J. A.

    2008-06-15

    Parametric instabilities of a circularly polarized Alfven wave in a multispecies magnetized plasma are considered. An analytic kinetic description and hybrid simulations for the linear behavior of the instabilities are given. It is found that, even for low-{beta} regimes, both the kinetic effects and the presence of heavy ions substantially modify the characteristics of parametric instabilities as compared to the fluid model. The decay instability can be severely quenched in a plasma composed of massless electrons, protons, and alpha particles when the alphas are slightly hotter than the protons. These results could be important in describing the heating processes of heavy ions in the solar corona.

  4. Fully implicit kinetic modelling of collisional plasmas

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    Mousseau, V.A.

    1996-05-01

    This dissertation describes a numerical technique, Matrix-Free Newton Krylov, for solving a simplified Vlasov-Fokker-Planck equation. This method is both deterministic and fully implicit, and may not have been a viable option before current developments in numerical methods. Results are presented that indicate the efficiency of the Matrix-Free Newton Krylov method for these fully-coupled, nonlinear integro-differential equations. The use and requirement for advanced differencing is also shown. To this end, implementations of Chang-Cooper differencing and flux limited Quadratic Upstream Interpolation for Convective Kinematics (QUICK) are presented. Results are given for a fully kinetic ion-electron problem with a self consistent electric field calculated from the ion and electron distribution functions. This numerical method, including advanced differencing, provides accurate solutions, which quickly converge on workstation class machines. It is demonstrated that efficient steady-state solutions can be achieved to the non-linear integro-differential equation, obtaining quadratic convergence, without incurring the large memory requirements of an integral operator. Model problems are presented which simulate plasma impinging on a plate with both high and low neutral particle recycling typical of a divertor in a Tokamak device. These model problems demonstrate the performance of the new solution method.

  5. Solitary kinetic Alfven waves in dusty plasmas

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    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.

  6. Kinetic plasma modeling with quiet Monte Carlo direct simulation.

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    Albright, B. J.; Jones, M. E.; Lemons, D. S.; Winske, D.

    2001-01-01

    The modeling of collisions among particles in space plasma media poses a challenge for computer simulation. Traditional plasma methods are able to model well the extremes of highly collisional plasmas (MHD and Hall-MHD simulations) and collisionless plasmas (particle-in-cell simulations). However, neither is capable of trealing the intermediate, semi-collisional regime. The authors have invented a new approach to particle simulation called Quiet Monte Carlo Direct Simulation (QMCDS) that can, in principle, treat plasmas with arbitrary and arbitrarily varying collisionality. The QMCDS method will be described, and applications of the QMCDS method as 'proof of principle' to diffusion, hydrodynamics, and radiation transport will be presented. Of particular interest to the space plasma simulation community is the application of QMCDS to kinetic plasma modeling. A method for QMCDS simulation of kinetic plasmas will be outlined, and preliminary results of simulations in the limit of weak pitch-angle scattering will be presented.

  7. Comet giacobini-zinner: plasma description.

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    Bame, S J; Anderson, R C; Asbridge, J R; Baker, D N; Feldman, W C; Fuselier, S A; Gosling, J T; McComas, D J; Thomsen, M F; Young, D T; Zwickl, R D

    1986-04-18

    A strong interaction between the solar wind and comet Giacobini-Zinner was observed oh 11 September 1985 with the Los Alamos plasma electron experiment on the International Cometary Explorer (ICE) spacecraft. As ICE approached an intercept point 7800 kilometers behind the nucleus from the south and receded to the north, upstream phenomena due to the comet were observed. Periods of enhanced electron heat flux from the comet as well as almost continuous electron density fluctuations were measured. These effects are related to the strong electron heating observed in the cometary interaction region and to cometary ion pickup by the solar wind, respectively. No evidence for a conventional bow shock was found as ICE entered and exited the regions of strongest interaction of the solar wind with the cometary environment. The outer extent of this strong interaction zone was a transition region in which the solar wind plasma was heated, compressed, and slowed. Inside the inner boundary of the transition region was a sheath that enclosed a cold intermediate coma. In the transition region and sheath, small-scale enhancements in density were observed. These density spikes may be due to an instability associated with cometary ion pickup or to the passage of ICE through cometary ray structures. In the center of the cold intermediate coma a narrow, high-density core of plasma, presumably the developing plasma tail was found. In some ways this tail can be compared to the plasma sheet in Earth's magnetotail and to the current sheet in the tail at Venus. This type of configuration is expected in the double-lobe magnetic topology detected at the comet, possibly caused by the theoretically expected draping of the interplanetary magnetic field around its ionosphere. PMID:17792144

  8. Solitary kinetic Alfven waves in a plasma with negative ions

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    Sahoo, H.; Mondal, K. K.; Ghosh, B.

    2015-05-01

    By using the Sagdeev pseudo-potential approach, the solitary kinetic Alfven waves have been theoretically investigated in a collisionless magnetized plasma in presence of negative ions. Sagdeev potential is plotted for different plasma parameters and it is shown that both hump and dip solitons may exist for kinetic Alfven waves which support the data received from space satellites. The negative ions are shown to have significant effects on the conditions for existence and properties of these solitons.

  9. New description of Io's cold plasma torus

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    Herbert, Floyd; Schneider, Nicholas M.; Dessler, A. J.

    2008-01-01

    Despite more than 25 years of study of the Io plasma torus, its generation, dynamics, and even its spatial structure are still poorly understood, especially in the case of the inner, cold region of the torus. To remedy this lack, we analyzed ground-based coronagraphic images of the torus in S+ 6371 emission. We derived cold torus properties by modeling and removing these images' inherent line-of-sight integration and atmospheric blurring, using new deconvolution techniques, obtaining high-spatial-resolution estimates of the three-dimensional (3-D) S+ distributions. From these 3-D distributions, we discovered that the cold torus is washer-shaped, with a roughly constant vertical thickness ?0.25 Jovian radius (RJ), and a radial width that varies from 0.6 to 0.9 RJ. The cold torus is separated by a 0.1-0.2 RJ-wide low-density region, or "gap," from the "ribbon" region which lies just outside it. The small, approximately constant washer height implies an ion parallel temperature (T?) of 3 eV, compared with a ribbon T? that varies from about 20 to 50 eV as a function of Jovian magnetic longitude (?III). The washer has a distinct inner edge, not seen before, whose jovicentric distance varies with ?III so as to create the variable cold torus width. Thus this inner edge is concentric with neither Jupiter nor the rest of the torus. We also confirm the existence of a tilt between the midplanes of the ribbon and cold torus, with an orientation that cannot be produced by the magnetic mirror force acting on ion temperature anisotropy. The structure and composition of the gap and cold torus are best explained by a model in which a small amount of warm S+ plasma diffuses inwards while radiatively cooling. While still warm, its distribution over a large scale height keeps its density small, forming the gap. After sufficient cooling, it collapses to the centrifugal equator, where its higher density and continued inward diffusion make it more visible as the cold torus washer. However, its low electron temperature (probably ? T?) must be kept from further decline by a hitherto-unsuspected energy source that powers the observed visible wavelength radiation from the cold torus and fluctuates on timescales less than the plasma diffusion time. The formation of the abrupt cold torus inner edge might indicate the loss there of either this energy source or the plasma itself.

  10. Kinetic study of ion-acoustic plasma vortices

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    Khan, S. A.; Aman-ur-Rehman; Mendonca, J. T.

    2014-09-15

    The kinetic theory of electron plasma waves with finite orbital angular momentum has recently been introduced by Mendonca. This model shows possibility of new kind of plasma waves and instabilities. We have extended the theory to ion-acoustic plasma vortices carrying orbital angular momentum. The dispersion equation is derived under paraxial approximation which exhibits a kind of linear vortices and their Landau damping. The numerical solutions are obtained and compared with analytical results which are in good agreement. The physical interpretation of the ion-acoustic plasma vortices and their Landau resonance conditions are given for typical case of Maxwellian plasmas.

  11. Kinetic treatment of nonlinear magnetized plasma motions - General geometry and parallel waves

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    Khabibrakhmanov, I. KH.; Galinskii, V. L.; Verheest, F.

    1992-01-01

    The expansion of kinetic equations in the limit of a strong magnetic field is presented. This gives a natural description of the motions of magnetized plasmas, which are slow compared to the particle gyroperiods and gyroradii. Although the approach is 3D, this very general result is used only to focus on the parallel propagation of nonlinear Alfven waves. The derivative nonlinear Schroedinger-like equation is obtained. Two new terms occur compared to earlier treatments, a nonlinear term proportional to the heat flux along the magnetic field line and a higher-order dispersive term. It is shown that kinetic description avoids the singularities occurring in magnetohydrodynamic or multifluid approaches, which correspond to the degenerate case of sound speeds equal to the Alfven speed, and that parallel heat fluxes cannot be neglected, not even in the case of low parallel plasma beta. A truly stationary soliton solution is derived.

  12. Simulations of Magnetic Reconnection - Kinetic Mechanisms Underlying the Fluid Description of Ions

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    Aunai, icolas; Belmont, Gerard; Smets, Roch

    2012-01-01

    Because of its ability to transfer the energy stored in magnetic field together with the breaking of the flux freezing constraint, magnetic reconnection is considered as one of the most important phenomena in plasma physics. When it happens in a collision less environment such as the terrestrial magnetosphere, it should a priori be modelled with in the framework of kinetic physics. The evidence of kinetic features has incidentally for a long time, been shown by researchers with the help of both numerical simulations and satellite observations. However, most of our understanding of the process comes from the more intuitive fluid interpretation with simple closure hypothesis which do not include kinetic effects. To what extent are these two separate descriptions of the same phenomenon related? What is the role of kinetic effects in the averaged/fluid dynamics of reconnection? This thesis addresses these questions for the proton population in the particular case of anti parallel merging with the help of 2D Hybrid simulations. We show that one can not assume, as is usually done, that the acceleration of the proton flow is only due to the Laplace force. Our results show, for symmetric and asymmetric connection, the importance of the pressure force, opposed to the electric one on the separatrices, in the decoupling region. In the symmetric case, we emphasize the kinetic origin of this force by analyzing the proton distribution functions and explain their structure by studying the underlying particle dynamics. Protons, as individual particles, are shown to bounce in the electric potential well created by the Hall effect. The spatial divergence of this well results in a mixing in phase space responsible for the observed structure of the pressure tensor. A detailed energy budget analysis confirms the role of the pressure force for the acceleration; but, contrary to what is sometimes assumed, it also reveals that the major part of the incoming Poynting flux is transferred to the thermal energy flux rather than to the convective kinetic energy flux, although the latter is generally supposed dominant. In the symmetric case, we propose the pressure tensor to be an additional proxy of the ion decoupling region in satellite data and verify this suggestion by studying a reconnection event encountered by the Cluster spacecrafts. Finally, the last part of this thesis is devoted to the study of the kinetic structure of asymmetric tangential current sheets where connection can develop. This theoretical part consists in finding a steady state solution to the Vlasov-Maxwell system for the protons in such a configuration. We present the theory and its first confrontation to numerical tests.

  13. Nonlinear gyrofluid description of turbulent magnetized plasmas

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    Brizard, A. )

    1992-05-01

    Nonlinear {ital gyrofluid} equations are obtained from the {ital gyrocenter}-{ital fluid} moments of the nonlinear gyrokinetic Vlasov equation, which describes an equilibrium magnetized nonuniform plasma perturbed by electromagnetic field fluctuations ({delta}{phi},{delta}{ital A}{sub {parallel}},{delta}{ital B}{sub {parallel}}), whose space-time scales satisfy the gyrokinetic ordering: {omega}{much lt}{Omega}{sub {ital i}}, {vert bar}{ital k}{sub {parallel}}{vert bar}/{ital k}{sub {perpendicular}}{much lt}1, and {epsilon}{sub {perpendicular}}{equivalent to}({ital k}{sub {perpendicular}}{rho}{sub {ital i}}){sup 2}{congruent}O(1). These low-frequency ({ital reduced}) fluid equations contain terms of arbitrary order in {epsilon}{sub {perpendicular}} and take into account the nonuniformity in the equilibrium density and temperature of the ion and electron species, as well as the nonuniformity in the equilibrium magnetic field. From the gyrofluid equations, one can systematically derive nonlinear reduced fluid equations with finite-Larmor-radius (FLR) corrections, which contain linear and nonlinear terms of O({epsilon}{sub {perpendicular}}), by expressing the {ital gyrocenter}-{ital fluid} moments appearing in the gyrofluid equations in terms of the {ital particle}-{ital fluid} moments, and then keeping terms up to O({epsilon}{sub {perpendicular}}) in the {epsilon}{sub {perpendicular}} expansion of the gyrofluid equations. By using gyrocenter-fluid moments, this new gyrofluid approach effectively bypasses the issue of the gyroviscous cancellations, while retaining all the important diamagnetic effects and the gyroviscous corrections. From the present FLR-corrected reduced fluid equations, the reduced Braginskii equations are recoverd for the ion and electron species (without collisional dissipation) and the ideal reduced magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations (in the absence of FLR effects).

  14. Kinetic modelling of runaway electron avalanches in tokamak plasmas

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    Nilsson, E.; Decker, J.; Peysson, Y.; Granetz, R. S.; Saint-Laurent, F.; Vlainic, M.

    2015-09-01

    Runaway electrons can be generated in tokamak plasmas if the accelerating force from the toroidal electric field exceeds the collisional drag force owing to Coulomb collisions with the background plasma. In ITER, disruptions are expected to generate runaway electrons mainly through knock-on collisions (Hender et al 2007 Nucl. Fusion 47 S128-202), where enough momentum can be transferred from existing runaways to slow electrons to transport the latter beyond a critical momentum, setting off an avalanche of runaway electrons. Since knock-on runaways are usually scattered off with a significant perpendicular component of the momentum with respect to the local magnetic field direction, these particles are highly magnetized. Consequently, the momentum dynamics require a full 3D kinetic description, since these electrons are highly sensitive to the magnetic non-uniformity of a toroidal configuration. For this purpose, a bounce-averaged knock-on source term is derived. The generation of runaway electrons from the combined effect of Dreicer mechanism and knock-on collision process is studied with the code LUKE, a solver of the 3D linearized bounce-averaged relativistic electron Fokker-Planck equation (Decker and Peysson 2004 DKE: a fast numerical solver for the 3D drift kinetic equation Report EUR-CEA-FC-1736, Euratom-CEA), through the calculation of the response of the electron distribution function to a constant parallel electric field. The model, which has been successfully benchmarked against the standard Dreicer runaway theory now describes the runaway generation by knock-on collisions as proposed by Rosenbluth (Rosenbluth and Putvinski 1997 Nucl. Fusion 37 1355-62). This paper shows that the avalanche effect can be important even in non-disruptive scenarios. Runaway formation through knock-on collisions is found to be strongly reduced when taking place off the magnetic axis, since trapped electrons can not contribute to the runaway electron population. Finally, the relative importance of the avalanche mechanism is investigated as a function of the key parameters for runaway electron formation, namely the plasma temperature and the electric field strength. In agreement with theoretical predictions, the LUKE simulations show that in low temperature and electric field the knock-on collisions becomes the dominant source of runaway electrons and can play a significant role for runaway electron generation, including in non-disruptive tokamak scenarios.

  15. Energy Conservation Tests of a Coupled Kinetic-kinetic Plasma-neutral Transport Code

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    Stotler, D. P.; Chang, C. S.; Ku, S. H.; Lang, J.; Park, G.

    2012-08-29

    A Monte Carlo neutral transport routine, based on DEGAS2, has been coupled to the guiding center ion-electron-neutral neoclassical PIC code XGC0 to provide a realistic treatment of neutral atoms and molecules in the tokamak edge plasma. The DEGAS2 routine allows detailed atomic physics and plasma-material interaction processes to be incorporated into these simulations. The spatial pro le of the neutral particle source used in the DEGAS2 routine is determined from the uxes of XGC0 ions to the material surfaces. The kinetic-kinetic plasma-neutral transport capability is demonstrated with example pedestal fueling simulations.

  16. A new kinetic model for time-dependent polar plasma outflow - Initial results

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    Wilson, G. R.; Ho, C. W.; Horwitz, J. L.; Singh, N.; Moore, T. E.

    1990-01-01

    A new time-dependent kinetic plasma outflow model has been developed, which uses a kinetic description of the parallel motions of the ion guiding centers, while assuming the electrons are a massless neutralizing fluid. The ions, O(+) and H(+) are followed as individual particles which respond to the gravitational, magnetic mirror and ambipolar electric forces as they move in one dimension along a magnetic flux tube. Results are presented for a case where the electron temperature in the flux tube is raised from a value near the ion temperature (3000 K) to a value of 10,000 K.

  17. Fluctuation approach to description of nonideal plasma. II: Collisional recombination in nonequilibrium plasma

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    Lankin, A. V.; Norman, G. E.

    2010-12-15

    A model capable of describing the kinetics of collisional recombination in nonideal plasmas by the methods of molecular dynamics is developed. The dependence of the collisional recombination rate on the coupling parameter is found to differ substantially from the extrapolation of the three-body recombination rate in nonideal plasmas. A sharp decrease in the recombination rate in strongly nonideal plasmas is revealed. As the coupling parameter decreases, collisional recombination transforms into three-body recombination.

  18. Theory of spatially non-symmetric kinetic equilibria for collisionless plasmas

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    Cremaschini, Claudio; Tessarotto, Massimo

    2013-01-15

    The problem posed by the possible existence/non-existence of spatially non-symmetric kinetic equilibria has remained unsolved in plasma theory. For collisionless magnetized plasmas, this involves the construction of stationary solutions of the Vlasov-Maxwell equations. In this paper, the issue is addressed for non-relativistic plasmas both in astrophysical and laboratory contexts. The treatment is based on a Lagrangian variational description of single-particle dynamics. Starting point is a non-perturbative formulation of gyrokinetic theory, which allows one to construct 'a posteriori' with prescribed order of accuracy an asymptotic representation for the magnetic moment. In terms of the relevant particle adiabatic invariants generalized bi-Maxwellian equilibria are proved to exist. These are shown to recover, under suitable assumptions, a Chapman-Enskog form which permits an analytical treatment of the corresponding fluid moments. In particular, the constrained posed by the Poisson and the Ampere equations are analyzed, both for quasi-neutral and non-neutral plasmas. The conditions of existence of the corresponding non-symmetric kinetic equilibria are investigated. As a notable feature, both astrophysical and laboratory plasmas are shown to exhibit, under suitable conditions, a kinetic dynamo, whereby the equilibrium magnetic field can be self-generated by the equilibrium plasma currents.

  19. Kinetics of plasma flowing around two stationary dust grains.

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    Vladimirov, S V; Maiorov, S A; Cramer, N F

    2003-01-01

    The characteristics of plasma particle kinetics in the presence of ions flowing around two stationary dust grains aligned in the direction of the flow are studied using a three-dimensional molecular dynamics simulation code. The dynamics of plasma electrons and ions as well as the charging process of the dust grain are simulated self-consistently. Distributions of electron and ion number densities, and the electrostatic plasma potential are obtained for various intergrain distances, including those much less, of the order of, and more than the plasma electron Debye length. PMID:12636611

  20. Kinetic Modifications to MHD Phenomena in Toroidal Plasmas

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    C.Z. Cheng; N.N. Gorelenkov; G.J. Kramer; E. Fredrickson

    2004-09-03

    Particle kinetic effects involving small spatial and fast temporal scales can strongly affect MHD phenomena and the long time behavior of plasmas. In particular, kinetic effects such as finite ion gyroradii, trapped particle dynamics, and wave-particle resonances have been shown to greatly modify the stability of MHD modes. Here, the kinetic effects of trapped electron dynamics and finite ion gyroradii are shown to have a large stabilizing effect on kinetic ballooning modes in low aspect ratio toroidal plasmas such as NSTX [National Spherical Torus Experiment]. We also present the analysis of Toroidicity-induced Alfven Eigenmodes (TAEs) destabilized by fast neutral-beam injected ions in NSTX experiments and TAE stability in ITER due to alpha-particles and MeV negatively charged neutral beam injected ions.

  1. Global limits on kinetic Alfvenon speed in quasineutral plasmas

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    Akbari-Moghanjoughi, M.

    2011-04-15

    Large-amplitude kinetic Alfvenon (exact Alfven soliton) matching condition is investigated in quasineutral electron-ion and electron-positron-ion plasmas immersed in a uniform magnetic field. Using the standard pseudopotential method, the magnetohydrodynamics equations are exactly solved, and a global allowed matching condition for propagation of kinetic solitary waves is derived. It is remarked that, depending on the plasma parameters, the kinetic solitons can be sub-Alfvenic or super-Alfvenic, in general. It is further revealed that, either upper or lower soliton speed-limit is independent of fractional plasma parameters. Furthermore, the soliton propagation angle with respect to that of the uniform magnetic field is found to play a fundamental role in controlling the soliton matching speed-range.

  2. Intermittent Dissipation and Heating in 3D Kinetic Plasma Turbulence

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    Wan, M.; Matthaeus, W. H.; Roytershteyn, V.; Karimabadi, H.; Parashar, T.; Wu, P.; Shay, M.

    2015-05-01

    High resolution, fully kinetic, three dimensional (3D) simulation of collisionless plasma turbulence shows the development of turbulence characterized by sheetlike current density structures spanning a range of scales. The nonlinear evolution is initialized with a long wavelength isotropic spectrum of fluctuations having polarizations transverse to an imposed mean magnetic field. We present evidence that these current sheet structures are sites for heating and dissipation, and that stronger currents signify higher dissipation rates. The analyses focus on quantities such as J .E , electron, and proton temperatures, and conditional averages of these quantities based on local electric current density. Evidently, kinetic scale plasma, like magnetohydrodynamics, becomes intermittent due to current sheet formation, leading to the expectation that heating and dissipation in astrophysical and space plasmas may be highly nonuniform. Comparison with previous results from 2D kinetic simulations, as well as high frequency solar wind observational data, are discussed.

  3. Collisionless kinetic regimes for quasi-stationary axisymmetric accretion disc plasmas

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    Cremaschini, C.; Tessarotto, M.

    2012-08-15

    This paper is concerned with the kinetic treatment of quasi-stationary axisymmetric collisionless accretion disc plasmas. The conditions of validity of the kinetic description for non-relativistic magnetized and gravitationally bound plasmas of this type are discussed. A classification of the possible collisionless plasma regimes which can arise in these systems is proposed, which can apply to accretion discs around both stellar-mass compact objects and galactic-center black holes. Two different classifications are determined, which are referred to, respectively, as energy-based and magnetic field-based classifications. Different regimes are pointed out for each plasma species, depending both on the relative magnitudes of kinetic and potential energies and the magnitude of the magnetic field. It is shown that in all cases, there can be quasi-stationary Maxwellian-like solutions of the Vlasov equation. The perturbative approach outlined here permits unique analytical determination of the functional form for the distribution function consistent, in each kinetic regime, with the explicit inclusion of finite Larmor radius-diamagnetic and/or energy-correction effects.

  4. Kinetic Modeling of Low-Temperature Plasma Assisted Combustion

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    Adamovich, Igor

    2013-11-01

    Quantitative insight into kinetics of low-temperature plasma assisted fuel oxidation and ignition would be impossible without kinetic modeling. The principal challenges in development of a predictive kinetic model of nonequilibrium plasmas sustained in fuel-air mixtures include (i) lack of ``conventional'' chemical kinetics mechanisms validated at low temperatures, (ii) lack of data on rates and products of reactions of excited species generated in the plasma, some of which are not well understood, and their coupling with fuel-air plasma chemistry, and (iii) scarcity of data obtained in well-characterized plasma-assisted combustion experiments, which can be used for model validation. ``Conventional'' combustion chemistry mechanisms have been developed for relatively high temperature conditions. Their applicability at temperatures below ignition temperature, common in plasma assisted combustion environments, needs to be assessed to determine if they can be used as a basis for a plasma-assisted combustion chemistry mechanism. This requires time-resolved measurements of radical species concentrations during low-temperature fuel oxidation, when an initial pool of primary radicals (O, H, and OH) is generated in the plasma, such as in the late afterglow of an electric discharge. This allows isolating relatively slow ``conventional'' low-temperature fuel oxidation reactions triggered by the radicals from the reactions of excited species generated in the discharge, which decay relatively rapidly. Kinetic modeling calculations demonstrated that some of the existing combustion mechanisms provide good agreement with the experimental data taken in lean H2-, CH4-, and C2H4-air mixtures at low temperatures, while data taken in C3H8-air are not reproduced by any of the mechanisms tested. A complementary approach is to focus on kinetics of ``rapid'' reactions of electronically and vibrationally excited species in the electric discharge, as well as oxygen dissociation by electron impact, and their effect on production of radicals in the early afterglow. These experiments provide key data on coupling of molecular energy transfer processes in the plasma with ``conventional'' chemical reactions. Time-resolved and spatially-resolved measurements of temperature, vibrational and electronic levels populations, and radical species concentrations are critical for characterization of the nonequilibrium reacting mixture at these conditions. Kinetic modeling of recent experiments in a diffuse filament, nanosecond pulse electric discharges in air suggest that the role of electronically excited N2* molecules on chemical reactions in the afterglow, such as NO generation reactions, has been significantly underestimated in the past. Further experiments in fuel-air mixtures are expected to provide additional data on the role of these excited species on low-temperature fuel-air chemistry.

  5. Fully kinetic simulations of megajoule-scale dense plasma focus

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    Schmidt, A.; Link, A.; Tang, V.; Halvorson, C.; May, M.; Welch, D.; Meehan, B. T.; Hagen, E. C.

    2014-10-15

    Dense plasma focus (DPF) Z-pinch devices are sources of copious high energy electrons and ions, x-rays, and neutrons. Megajoule-scale DPFs can generate 10{sup 12} neutrons per pulse in deuterium gas through a combination of thermonuclear and beam-target fusion. However, the details of the neutron production are not fully understood and past optimization efforts of these devices have been largely empirical. Previously, we reported on the first fully kinetic simulations of a kilojoule-scale DPF and demonstrated that both kinetic ions and kinetic electrons are needed to reproduce experimentally observed features, such as charged-particle beam formation and anomalous resistivity. Here, we present the first fully kinetic simulation of a MegaJoule DPF, with predicted ion and neutron spectra, neutron anisotropy, neutron spot size, and time history of neutron production. The total yield predicted by the simulation is in agreement with measured values, validating the kinetic model in a second energy regime.

  6. Fully kinetic simulations of megajoule-scale dense plasma focus

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    Schmidt, A.; Link, A.; Welch, D.; Meehan, B. T.; Tang, V.; Halvorson, C.; May, M.; Hagen, E. C.

    2014-10-01

    Dense plasma focus (DPF) Z-pinch devices are sources of copious high energy electrons and ions, x-rays, and neutrons. Megajoule-scale DPFs can generate 1012 neutrons per pulse in deuterium gas through a combination of thermonuclear and beam-target fusion. However, the details of the neutron production are not fully understood and past optimization efforts of these devices have been largely empirical. Previously, we reported on the first fully kinetic simulations of a kilojoule-scale DPF and demonstrated that both kinetic ions and kinetic electrons are needed to reproduce experimentally observed features, such as charged-particle beam formation and anomalous resistivity. Here, we present the first fully kinetic simulation of a MegaJoule DPF, with predicted ion and neutron spectra, neutron anisotropy, neutron spot size, and time history of neutron production. The total yield predicted by the simulation is in agreement with measured values, validating the kinetic model in a second energy regime.

  7. Decharging of complex plasmas: first kinetic observations.

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    Ivlev, A V; Kretschmer, M; Zuzic, M; Morfill, G E; Rothermel, H; Thomas, H M; Fortov, V E; Molotkov, V I; Nefedov, A P; Lipaev, A M; Petrov, O F; Baturin, Yu M; Ivanov, A I; Goree, J

    2003-02-01

    The first experiment on the decharging of a complex plasma in microgravity conditions was conducted. After switching off the rf power, in the afterglow plasma, ions and electrons rapidly recombine and leave a cloud of charged microparticles. Because of microgravity, the particles remain suspended in the experimental chamber for a sufficiently long time, allowing precise measurements of the rest particle charge. A simple theoretical model for the decharging is proposed which agrees quite well with the experiment results and predicts the rest charge at lower gas pressures. PMID:12633365

  8. KINETIC THEORY OF EQUILIBRIUM AXISYMMETRIC COLLISIONLESS PLASMAS IN OFF-EQUATORIAL TORI AROUND COMPACT OBJECTS

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    Cremaschini, Claudio; Kov?, Ji?; Slan, Petr; Stuchlk, Zden?k; Karas, Vladimr

    2013-11-01

    The possible occurrence of equilibrium off-equatorial tori in the gravitational and electromagnetic fields of astrophysical compact objects has been recently proved based on non-ideal magnetohydrodynamic theory. These stationary structures can represent plausible candidates for the modeling of coronal plasmas expected to arise in association with accretion disks. However, accretion disk coronae are formed by a highly diluted environment, and so the fluid description may be inappropriate. The question is posed of whether similar off-equatorial solutions can also be determined in the case of collisionless plasmas for which treatment based on kinetic theory, rather than a fluid one, is demanded. In this paper the issue is addressed in the framework of the Vlasov-Maxwell description for non-relativistic, multi-species axisymmetric plasmas subject to an external dominant spherical gravitational and dipolar magnetic field. Equilibrium configurations are investigated and explicit solutions for the species kinetic distribution function are constructed, which are expressed in terms of generalized Maxwellian functions characterized by isotropic temperature and non-uniform fluid fields. The conditions for the existence of off-equatorial tori are investigated. It is proved that these levitating systems are admitted under general conditions when both gravitational and magnetic fields contribute to shaping the spatial profiles of equilibrium plasma fluid fields. Then, specifically, kinetic effects carried by the equilibrium solution are explicitly provided and identified here with diamagnetic energy-correction and electrostatic contributions. It is shown that these kinetic terms characterize the plasma equation of state by introducing non-vanishing deviations from the assumption of thermal pressure.

  9. Kinetic Description of Vacuum Creation of Massive Vector Bosons

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    Blaschke, D.B.; Prozorkevich, A.V.; Smolyansky, S.A.; Reichel, A.V.

    2005-06-01

    In the simple model of massive vector field in a flat spacetime, we derive the kinetic equation of non-Markovian type describing the vacuum pair creation under action of external fields of different nature. We use for this aim the nonperturbative methods of kinetic theory in combination with a new element when the transition of the instantaneous quasiparticle representation is realized within the oscillator (holomorphic) representation. We study in detail the process of vacuum creation of vector bosons generated by a time-dependent boson mass in accordance with the framework of a conformal-invariant scalar-tensor gravitational theory and its cosmological application. It is indicated that the choice of the equation of state allows one to obtain a number density of vector bosons that is sufficient to explain the observed number density of photons in the cosmic microwave background radiation.

  10. Emergence of kinetic behavior in streaming ultracold neutral plasmas

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    McQuillen, P.; Castro, J.; Bradshaw, S. J.; Killian, T. C.

    2015-04-15

    We create streaming ultracold neutral plasmas by tailoring the photoionizing laser beam that creates the plasma. By varying the electron temperature, we control the relative velocity of the streaming populations, and, in conjunction with variation of the plasma density, this controls the ion collisionality of the colliding streams. Laser-induced fluorescence is used to map the spatially resolved density and velocity distribution function for the ions. We identify the lack of local thermal equilibrium and distinct populations of interpenetrating, counter-streaming ions as signatures of kinetic behavior. Experimental data are compared with results from a one-dimensional, two-fluid numerical simulation.

  11. Self-Consistent System of Equations for a Kinetic Description of the Low-Pressure Discharges Accounting for the Nonlocal and Collisionless Electron Dynamics

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    Igor D. Kaganovich; Oleg Polomarov

    2003-05-19

    In low-pressure discharges, when the electron mean free path is larger or comparable with the discharge length, the electron dynamics is essentially non-local. Moreover, the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) deviates considerably from a Maxwellian. Therefore, an accurate kinetic description of the low-pressure discharges requires knowledge of the non-local conductivity operator and calculation of the non-Maxwellian EEDF. The previous treatments made use of simplifying assumptions: a uniform density profile and a Maxwellian EEDF. In the present study a self-consistent system of equations for the kinetic description of nonlocal, non-uniform, nearly collisionless plasmas of low-pressure discharges is derived. It consists of the nonlocal conductivity operator and the averaged kinetic equation for calculation of the non-Maxwellian EEDF. The importance of accounting for the non-uniform plasma density profile on both the current density profile and the EEDF is demonstrated.

  12. Kinetic theory of nonlinear transport phenomena in complex plasmas

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    Mishra, S. K.; Sodha, M. S.

    2013-03-15

    In contrast to the prevalent use of the phenomenological theory of transport phenomena, a number of transport properties of complex plasmas have been evaluated by using appropriate expressions, available from the kinetic theory, which are based on Boltzmann's transfer equation; in particular, the energy dependence of the electron collision frequency has been taken into account. Following the recent trend, the number and energy balance of all the constituents of the complex plasma and the charge balance on the particles is accounted for; the Ohmic loss has also been included in the energy balance of the electrons. The charging kinetics for the complex plasma comprising of uniformly dispersed dust particles, characterized by (i) uniform size and (ii) the Mathis, Rumpl, and Nordsieck power law of size distribution has been developed. Using appropriate expressions for the transport parameters based on the kinetic theory, the system of equations has been solved to investigate the parametric dependence of the complex plasma transport properties on the applied electric field and other plasma parameters; the results are graphically illustrated.

  13. Toward a Fully Kinetic Theory of Turbulence in Magnetized Plasmas

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    Yoon, Peter H.

    2010-12-30

    This paper outlines the present status of the kinetic theory of turbulence in magnetized plasmas as being developed by the present author. The systematic program to formulate the theory of turbulence starting from the Vlasov-Klimontovich formalism began with the works by pioneers of modern plasma physics in the 1960s and 1970s. However, early efforts adopted the heuristic semi-classical method instead of the statistical mechanical formulation, which is necessary for a quantitative analysis. Recently, the present author picked up where the early pioneers left, and began to reformulate the kinetic turbulence theory of turbulence in magnetized plasmas from statistical mechanical formalism. This paper is a brief outline of the progress to date.

  14. Complexity reduction of collisional-radiative kinetics for atomic plasma

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    Le, Hai P.; Karagozian, Ann R.; Cambier, Jean-Luc

    2013-12-15

    Thermal non-equilibrium processes in partially ionized plasmas can be most accurately modeled by collisional-radiative kinetics. This level of detail is required for an accurate prediction of the plasma. However, the resultant system of equations can be prohibitively large, making multi-dimensional and unsteady simulations of non-equilibrium radiating plasma particularly challenging. In this paper, we present a scheme for model reduction of the collisional-radiative kinetics, by combining energy levels into groups and deriving the corresponding macroscopic rates for all transitions. Although level-grouping is a standard approach to this type of problem, we provide here a mechanism for achieving higher-order accuracy by accounting for the level distribution within a group. The accuracy and benefits of the scheme are demonstrated for the generic case of atomic hydrogen by comparison with the complete solution of the master rate equations and other methods.

  15. Kinetic Theory of Vortex Crystal Formation in Electron Plasmas

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    Kono, M.; Pécseli, H. L.; Trulsen, J.

    Vortex-like structures in two dimensional strongly magnetized plasmas are studied by use of a point vortex description. A model equation describing the dynamics of point vortices under the influence of fluctuations is derived, and by a numerical solution it is demonstrated that it has self-organizing properties. The numerical results have many similarities with experimental observations of crystal-like structures found in strongly magnetized electron plasmas.

  16. Non Equilbrium Vibrational Kinetics in Expanding Plasma Flows

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    Colonna, Gianpiero

    2008-12-31

    The supersonic expansion of a plasma is a system of interest for aerospace applications, ranging from propulsion to hypersonic wind tunnels. Under these conditions the plasma shows significant departures from chemical and thermal equilibrium, similarly to post-discharge conditions. The multitemperature description is not adequate because the internal level distributions show tails overpopulated with respect to a Boltzmann distribution. The state-to-state approach has to be used, including the interaction with free electrons which follow non-maxwellian distributions.

  17. Transition from Kinetic to MHD Behavior in a Collisionless Plasma

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    Parashar, Tulasi N.; Matthaeus, William H.; Shay, Michael A.; Wan, Minping

    2015-10-01

    The study of kinetic effects in heliospheric plasmas requires representation of dynamics at sub-proton scales, but in most cases the system is driven by magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) activity at larger scales. The latter requirement challenges available computational resources, which raises the question of how large such a system must be to exhibit MHD traits at large scales while kinetic behavior is accurately represented at small scales. Here we study this implied transition from kinetic to MHD-like behavior using particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations, initialized using an Orszag-Tang Vortex. The PIC code treats protons, as well as electrons, kinetically, and we address the question of interest by examining several different indicators of MHD-like behavior.

  18. Preliminary scaling laws for plasma current, ion kinetic temperature, and plasma number density in the NASA Lewis Bumpy Torus plasma

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    Roth, J. R.

    1976-01-01

    Parametric variation of independent variables which may affect the characteristics of the NASA Lewis Bumpy Torus plasma have identified those which have a significant effect on the plasma current, ion kinetic temperature, and plasma number density, and those which do not. Empirical power-law correlations of the plasma current, and the ion kinetic temperature and number density were obtained as functions of the potential applied to the midplane electrode rings, the background neutral gas pressure, and the magnetic field strength. Additional parameters studied include the type of gas, the polarity of the midplane electrode rings (and hence the direction of the radial electric field), the mode of plasma operation, and the method of measuring the plasma number density. No significant departures from the scaling laws appear to occur at the highest ion kinetic temperatures or number densities obtained to date.

  19. Preliminary scaling laws for plasma current, ion kinetic temperature, and plasma number density in the NASA Lewis bumpy torus plasma

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    Roth, J. R.

    1976-01-01

    Parametric variation of independent variables which may affect the characteristics of bumpy torus plasma have identified those which have a significant effect on the plasma current, ion kinetic temperature, and plasma number density, and those which do not. Empirical power law correlations of the plasma current, and the ion kinetic temperature and number density were obtained as functions of potential applied to the midplane electrode rings, the background neutral gas pressure, and the magnetic field strength. Additional parameters studied included the type of gas, the polarity of the midplane electrode rings, the mode of plasma operation, and the method of measuring the plasma number density. No significant departures from the scaling laws appear to occur at the highest ion kinetic temperatures or number densities obtained to date.

  20. Plasma kinetic processes in a strong d.c. magnetic field

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    Montgomery, D.

    1976-01-01

    Recent results in the kinetic theory of a strongly magnetized plasma are surveyed. Emphasis is on the electrostatic guiding-center plasma in two dimensions, in both the fluid and 'charged rod' descriptions. The basic kinetic description of the plasma is in terms of the statistically-distributed Fourier coefficients associated with the velocity and 'enstrophy' (charge density) fields. It is a universal tendency in such media for enstrophy to flow to shorter wavelengths but for energy to flow to longer wavelengths. A consequence of the energy flow to longer wavelengths is the generation of long-range order in the form of macroscopic vortices. These kinds of structure have been called 'convection cells' and can be extraordinarily efficient in transporting particles transverse to a magnetic field. The tendency to vortex formation can be disrupted by collisions between particles. Modifications of the Fokker-Planck equation for a plasma produced by a strong dc magnetic field are considered in both two and three dimensions.

  1. Kinetic equilibria of relativistic collisionless plasmas in the presence of non-stationary electromagnetic fields

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    Cremaschini, Claudio Stuchlík, Zdeněk; Tessarotto, Massimo; Department of Mathematics and Geosciences, University of Trieste, Via Valerio 12, 34127 Trieste

    2014-03-15

    The kinetic description of relativistic plasmas in the presence of time-varying and spatially non-uniform electromagnetic (EM) fields is a fundamental theoretical issue both in astrophysics and plasma physics. This refers, in particular, to the treatment of collisionless and strongly-magnetized plasmas in the presence of intense radiation sources. In this paper, the problem is investigated in the framework of a covariant gyrokinetic treatment for Vlasov–Maxwell equilibria. The existence of a new class of kinetic equilibria is pointed out, which occur for spatially-symmetric systems. These equilibria are shown to exist in the presence of non-uniform background EM fields and curved space-time. In the non-relativistic limit, this feature permits the determination of kinetic equilibria even for plasmas in which particle energy is not conserved due to the occurrence of explicitly time-dependent EM fields. Finally, absolute stability criteria are established which apply in the case of infinitesimal symmetric perturbations that can be either externally or internally produced.

  2. The kinetic approach in magnetospheric plasma transport modeling

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    Horwitz, J. L.

    1988-01-01

    The need for a kinetic approach in magnetospheric plasma transport problems is reviewed, as are the trends in its recent applications. The need for kinetic modeling is particularly obvious when confronted with the astonishing variety of magnetospheric particle measurements that display compelling energy and pitch angle-related spatial and/or temporal dispersion, and various types of highly non-Maxwellian features in the distribution functions. Global problems in which the kinetic approach has recently been applied include solar wind plasma injection and dispersion over the cusp, substorm particle injection near synchronous orbit, synergistic energization of ionospheric ions into ring current populations by waves and induced electric field-driven convection, and ionospheric outflow from restricted source regions into the magnetosphere. Kinetic modeling can include efforts ranging from test-particle techniques to particle-in-cell studies, and this range is considered here. There are some areas where fluid and kinetic approaches have been combined or patched together, and these will be briefly discussed.

  3. From kinetic MHD in stellarators to a fully kinetic description of wave particle interaction

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    Koenies, Axel; Mishchenko, Alexey; Hatzky, Roman

    2008-11-01

    We use a linearized model of kinetic MHD for the perturbative calculation of growth rates of Alfven eigenmodes.The numerical model, a code called CAS3D-K, is based on the three-dimensional ideal MHD stability code CAS3D and a numeric solution of the drift kinetic equation which avoids approximations to the magnetic geometry but neglects the drifts of the particles away from the flux surface.The approach is used to discuss stability boundaries in W7-X and W7-AS and considers both, passing and reflected particles. The limits of the applicability of the model will be discussed as well.It will be shown that gyro-kinetic PIC codes offer a very promising way to improve the model. The two-dimensional linear PIC code GYGLES is used to calculate gyro-kinetic counterparts of ideal MHD modes in cylindrical and in tokamak geometry.

  4. Kinetic description of electron beams in the solar chromosphere

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    Gomez, Daniel O.; Mauas, Pablo J.

    1992-01-01

    We formulate the relativistic Fokker-Plank equation for a beam of accelerated electrons interacting with a partially ionized plasma. In our derivation we conserved those terms contributing to velocity diffusion and found that this effect cannot be neglected a priori. We compute the terms accounting for elastic and inelastic collisions with neutral hydrogen and helium. Collisions with neutral hydrogen are found to be dominant throughout the chromosphere, except at the uppermost layers close to the transition region. As an application, we compute the loss of energy and momentum for a power-law beam impinging on the solar chromosphere, for a particular case in which the Fokker-Planck equation can be integrated analytically. We find that most of the beam energy is deposited in a relatively thin region of the chromosphere, a result which is largely insensitive to the theoretical method employed to compute the energy deposition rate.

  5. Fluid description of multi-component solar partially ionized plasma

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    Khomenko, E. Collados, M.; Vitas, N.; Daz, A.

    2014-09-15

    We derive self-consistent formalism for the description of multi-component partially ionized solar plasma, by means of the coupled equations for the charged and neutral components for an arbitrary number of chemical species, and the radiation field. All approximations and assumptions are carefully considered. Generalized Ohm's law is derived for the single-fluid and two-fluid formalism. Our approach is analytical with some order-of-magnitude support calculations. After general equations are developed, we particularize to some frequently considered cases as for the interaction of matter and radiation.

  6. Kinetic theory of quasi-stationary collisionless axisymmetric plasmas in the presence of strong rotation phenomena

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    Cremaschini, Claudio; Stuchlk, Zden?k; Tessarotto, Massimo

    2013-05-15

    The problem of formulating a kinetic treatment for quasi-stationary collisionless plasmas in axisymmetric systems subject to the possibly independent presence of local strong velocity-shear and supersonic rotation velocities is posed. The theory is developed in the framework of the Vlasov-Maxwell description for multi-species non-relativistic plasmas. Applications to astrophysical accretion discs arising around compact objects and to plasmas in laboratory devices are considered. Explicit solutions for the equilibrium kinetic distribution function (KDF) are constructed based on the identification of the relevant particle adiabatic invariants. These are shown to be expressed in terms of generalized non-isotropic Gaussian distributions. A suitable perturbative theory is then developed which allows for the treatment of non-uniform strong velocity-shear/supersonic plasmas. This yields a series representation for the equilibrium KDF in which the leading-order term depends on both a finite set of fluid fields as well as on the gradients of an appropriate rotational frequency. Constitutive equations for the fluid number density, flow velocity, and pressure tensor are explicitly calculated. As a notable outcome, the discovery of a new mechanism for generating temperature and pressure anisotropies is pointed out, which represents a characteristic feature of plasmas considered here. This is shown to arise as a consequence of the canonical momentum conservation and to contribute to the occurrence of temperature anisotropy in combination with the adiabatic conservation of the particle magnetic moment. The physical relevance of the result and the implications of the kinetic solution for the self-generation of quasi-stationary electrostatic and magnetic fields through a kinetic dynamo are discussed.

  7. Weakly Ionized Plasmas in Hypersonics: Fundamental Kinetics and Flight Applications

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    Macheret, Sergey

    2005-05-16

    The paper reviews some of the recent studies of applications of weakly ionized plasmas to supersonic/hypersonic flight. Plasmas can be used simply as means of delivering energy (heating) to the flow, and also for electromagnetic flow control and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) power generation. Plasma and MHD control can be especially effective in transient off-design flight regimes. In cold air flow, nonequilibrium plasmas must be created, and the ionization power budget determines design, performance envelope, and the very practicality of plasma/MHD devices. The minimum power budget is provided by electron beams and repetitive high-voltage nanosecond pulses, and the paper describes theoretical and computational modeling of plasmas created by the beams and repetitive pulses. The models include coupled equations for non-local and unsteady electron energy distribution function (modeled in forward-back approximation), plasma kinetics, and electric field. Recent experimental studies at Princeton University have successfully demonstrated stable diffuse plasmas sustained by repetitive nanosecond pulses in supersonic air flow, and for the first time have demonstrated the existence of MHD effects in such plasmas. Cold-air hypersonic MHD devices are shown to permit optimization of scramjet inlets at Mach numbers higher than the design value, while operating in self-powered regime. Plasma energy addition upstream of the inlet throat can increase the thrust by capturing more air (Virtual Cowl), or it can reduce the flow Mach number and thus eliminate the need for an isolator duct. In the latter two cases, the power that needs to be supplied to the plasma would be generated by an MHD generator downstream of the combustor, thus forming the 'reverse energy bypass' scheme. MHD power generation on board reentry vehicles is also discussed.

  8. Weakly Ionized Plasmas in Hypersonics: Fundamental Kinetics and Flight Applications

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    Macheret, Sergey

    2005-05-01

    The paper reviews some of the recent studies of applications of weakly ionized plasmas to supersonic/hypersonic flight. Plasmas can be used simply as means of delivering energy (heating) to the flow, and also for electromagnetic flow control and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) power generation. Plasma and MHD control can be especially effective in transient off-design flight regimes. In cold air flow, nonequilibrium plasmas must be created, and the ionization power budget determines design, performance envelope, and the very practicality of plasma/MHD devices. The minimum power budget is provided by electron beams and repetitive high-voltage nanosecond pulses, and the paper describes theoretical and computational modeling of plasmas created by the beams and repetitive pulses. The models include coupled equations for non-local and unsteady electron energy distribution function (modeled in forward-back approximation), plasma kinetics, and electric field. Recent experimental studies at Princeton University have successfully demonstrated stable diffuse plasmas sustained by repetitive nanosecond pulses in supersonic air flow, and for the first time have demonstrated the existence of MHD effects in such plasmas. Cold-air hypersonic MHD devices are shown to permit optimization of scramjet inlets at Mach numbers higher than the design value, while operating in self-powered regime. Plasma energy addition upstream of the inlet throat can increase the thrust by capturing more air (Virtual Cowl), or it can reduce the flow Mach number and thus eliminate the need for an isolator duct. In the latter two cases, the power that needs to be supplied to the plasma would be generated by an MHD generator downstream of the combustor, thus forming the "reverse energy bypass" scheme. MHD power generation on board reentry vehicles is also discussed.

  9. Kinetic models for the VASIMR thruster helicon plasma source

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    Batishchev, Oleg; Molvig, Kim

    2001-10-01

    Helicon gas discharge [1] is widely used by industry because of its remarkable efficiency [2]. High energy and fuel efficiencies make it very attractive for space electrical propulsion applications. For example, helicon plasma source is used in the high specific impulse VASIMR [3] plasma thruster, including experimental prototypes VX-3 and upgraded VX-10 [4] configurations, which operate with hydrogen (deuterium) and helium plasmas. We have developed a set of models for the VASIMR helicon discharge. Firstly, we use zero-dimensional energy and mass balance equations to characterize partially ionized gas condition/composition. Next, we couple it to one-dimensional hybrid model [6] for gas flow in the quartz tube of the helicon. We compare hybrid model results to a purely kinetic simulation of propellant flow in gas feed + helicon source subsystem. Some of the experimental data [3-4] are explained. Lastly, we discuss full-scale kinetic modeling of coupled gas and plasmas [5-6] in the helicon discharge. [1] M.A.Lieberman, A.J.Lihtenberg, 'Principles of ..', Wiley, 1994; [2] F.F.Chen, Plas. Phys. Contr. Fus. 33, 339, 1991; [3] F.Chang-Diaz et al, Bull. APS 45 (7) 129, 2000; [4] J.Squire et al., Bull. APS 45 (7) 130, 2000; [5] O.Batishchev et al, J. Plasma Phys. 61, part II, 347, 1999; [6] O.Batishchev, K.Molvig, AIAA technical paper 2000-3754, -14p, 2001.

  10. Kinetic Alfvn solitary and rogue waves in superthermal plasmas

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    Bains, A. S.; Li, Bo Xia, Li-Dong

    2014-03-15

    We investigate the small but finite amplitude solitary Kinetic Alfvn waves (KAWs) in low ? plasmas with superthermal electrons modeled by a kappa-type distribution. A nonlinear Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation describing the evolution of KAWs is derived by using the standard reductive perturbation method. Examining the dependence of the nonlinear and dispersion coefficients of the KdV equation on the superthermal parameter ?, plasma ?, and obliqueness of propagation, we show that these parameters may change substantially the shape and size of solitary KAW pulses. Only sub-Alfvnic, compressive solitons are supported. We then extend the study to examine kinetic Alfvn rogue waves by deriving a nonlinear Schrdinger equation from the KdV equation. Rational solutions that form rogue wave envelopes are obtained. We examine how the behavior of rogue waves depends on the plasma parameters in question, finding that the rogue envelopes are lowered with increasing electron superthermality whereas the opposite is true when the plasma ? increases. The findings of this study may find applications to low ? plasmas in astrophysical environments where particles are superthermally distributed.

  11. Transition of electron kinetics in weakly magnetized inductively coupled plasmas

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    Kim, Jin-Yong; Lee, Hyo-Chang; Kim, Young-Do; Kim, Young-Cheol; Chung, Chin-Wook

    2013-10-01

    Transition of the electron kinetics from nonlocal to local regime was studied in weakly magnetized solenoidal inductively coupled plasma from the measurement of the electron energy probability function (EEPF). Without DC magnetic field, the discharge property was governed by nonlocal electron kinetics at low gas pressure. The electron temperatures were almost same in radial position, and the EEPFs in total electron energy scale were radially coincided. However, when the DC magnetic field was applied, radial non-coincidence of the EEPFs in total electron energy scale was observed. The electrons were cooled at the discharge center where the electron heating is absent, while the electron temperature was rarely changed at the discharge boundary with the magnetic field. These changes show the transition from nonlocal to local electron kinetics and the transition is occurred when the electron gyration diameter was smaller than the skin depth. The nonlocal to local transition point almost coincided with the calculation results by using nonlocal parameter and collision parameter.

  12. On bias of kinetic temperature measurements in complex plasmas

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    Kantor, M.; Association Euratom-FOM Institute DIFFER, 3430 BE Nieuwegein; Ioffe Institute, RAS, St. Petersburg 194021 ; Moseev, D.; Salewski, M.

    2014-02-15

    The kinetic temperature in complex plasmas is often measured using particle tracking velocimetry. Here, we introduce a criterion which minimizes the probability of faulty tracking of particles with normally distributed random displacements in consecutive frames. Faulty particle tracking results in a measurement bias of the deduced velocity distribution function and hence the deduced kinetic temperature. For particles with a normal velocity distribution function, mistracking biases the obtained velocity distribution function towards small velocities at the expense of large velocities, i.e., the inferred velocity distribution is more peaked and its tail is less pronounced. The kinetic temperature is therefore systematically underestimated in measurements. We give a prescription to mitigate this type of error.

  13. Plasma transport induced by kinetic Alfven wave turbulence

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    Izutsu, T.; Hasegawa, H.; Fujimoto, M.; Nakamura, T. K. M.

    2012-10-15

    At the Earth's magnetopause that separates the hot-tenuous magnetospheric plasma from the cold dense solar wind plasma, often seen is a boundary layer where plasmas of both origins coexist. Plasma diffusions of various forms have been considered as the cause of this plasma mixing. Here, we investigate the plasma transport induced by wave-particle interaction in kinetic Alfven wave (KAW) turbulence, which is one of the candidate processes. We clarify that the physical origin of the KAW-induced cross-field diffusion is the drift motions of those particles that are in Cerenkov resonance with the wave: E Multiplication-Sign B-like drift that emerges in the presence of non-zero parallel electric field component and grad-B drift due to compressional magnetic fluctuations. We find that KAW turbulence, which has a spectral breakpoint at which an MHD inertial range transits to a dissipation range, causes selective transport for particles whose parallel velocities are specified by the local Alfven velocity and the parallel phase velocity at the spectral breakpoint. This finding leads us to propose a new data analysis method for identifying whether or not a mixed plasma in the boundary layer is a consequence of KAW-induced transport across the magnetopause. The method refers to the velocity space distribution function data obtained by a spacecraft that performs in situ observations and, in principle, is applicable to currently available dataset such as that provided by the NASA's THEMIS mission.

  14. Kinetic modeling of the Saturn ring-ionosphere plasma environment

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    Wilson, G. R.; Waite, J. H., Jr.

    1989-01-01

    A time-independent kinetic plasma model was developed on the basis of the Li et al. (1988) semikinetic plasma model and was used to study the interaction of the Saturnian ionosphere and ring plasma. The model includes the gravitational magnetic mirror and centripetal and ambipolar electric forces, and the effect of the mixing of two plasma populations. The results obtained indicate that the density, temperature, and composition of plasma near the rings changing in the direction from the inner C ring to the outer A ring, due to the fact that the predominant source of plasma changes from the ionosphere to the rings. The model results also suggest that the outflow of hydrogen from the ionosphere to the rings may be shut off for field lines passing through the outer B and A ring, due to the ambipolar electric field set up by the warm ring plasma trapped near the ring plane by the centipetal force. In these regions, there will be a net flux of O(+) ions from the rings to the ionosphere.

  15. Phase Transition in Dusty Plasmas: A Microphysical Description

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    Joyce, Glenn; Ganguli, Gurudas; Lampe, Martin

    2002-01-01

    Dust grains immersed in plasma discharges acquire a large negative charge and settle into a dust cloud at the edge of the sheath. In this region, the plasma ions stream toward the electrode at a velocity u approx. cs=(T(sub e)/m(sub i))(exp 1/2). Experimentally at sufficiently high gas pressure P, the random kinetic energy of the grains is damped by gas friction, and the grains are strongly coupled and self-organize into a crystalline configuration. For lower pressures despite the dissipation of grain kinetic energy to gas friction, the dust grains reach a steady-state kinetic temperature T(sub d) which is much larger than the temperature of any other component in the plasma. T(sub d) is so large that the dust acts like a fluid. We have used the dynamically shielded dust (DSD) model to simulate these physical processes. We find that the known experimental features are nicely reproduced in the simulations, and that additional features are revealed. In the figure we plot the variation of T(sub d) as P is continuously varied in a DSD code run. A marked difference is evident between the critical pressure P(sub m) for the melting transition as P is decreased, and the critical pressure P(sub c) for the condensation transition as P is increased. For P(sub m) is less than P is less than P(sub c), mixed phase states are seen. This hysteresis occurs because the instability which triggers melting is different from the instability that heats the dust in the fluid phase and inhibits freezing. At low pressure, the dust is subject to a two-stream instability with the ions. This instability is responsible for the high temperature of the dust at low pressure. The basic physics underlying the melting transition has been elucidated in a series of papers. We are developing a first-principles analytic approach to the melting transition, which embodies the same physics that is present in the DSD code.

  16. Plasma turbulence and instabilities at ion kinetic scales

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    Hellinger, Petr; Matteini, Lorenzo; Landi, Simone; Verdini, Andrea; Franci, Luca; Travnicek, Pavel

    2015-04-01

    In situ observations in the solar wind indicate existence of many bounds on plasma parameters which are often compatible with constraints expected from theoretical linear predictions for kinetic instabilities in homogeneous plasmas. Relationship between these instabilities and ubiquitous large-amplitude turbulent fluctuations in the expanding solar wind remains to large extent an open problem. We will present results from a two-dimensional, large-scale hybrid expanding box simulation of the solar wind plasma turbulence. We impose an initial ambient magnetic field perpendicular to the simulation box, and we add an isotropic and balanced spectrum of large-scale, linearly polarized Alfvn waves with relatively strong amplitudes and we let the system evolve in a slowly expanding medium. A turbulent cascade rapidly develops with a Kolmogorov-like spectrum on large scales and a steeper spectrum on smaller scales. The turbulent spectrum heats protons both in parallel and perpendicular directions but this heating is not sufficient to overcome the double-adiabatic perpendicular cooling due to the expansion. This generates an important proton parallel temperature anisotropy which eventually leads to a fire hose-like instability which locally develops and reduces the temperature anisotropy. The present work demonstrates that fire hose can coexist with turbulence and even in the regime of strong turbulence constrains the plasma parameter space. This supports the interpretation of the many observed bounds being consequence of constraints owing to kinetic instabilities.

  17. Kinetic Simulations of Magnetic Reconnection in Plasma With Different ? Values

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    Brackbill, J. U.; Ricci, P.; Lapenta, G.; Daughton, W. S.

    2003-12-01

    We present kinetic simulations of collisionless magnetic reconnection in Harris current sheets. We simulate plasmas with different ? values by varying the guide fields: high guide field correspond to low ? . For all values of ? > me/m_i, fast reconnection is made possible by the separation of the electron and ion dynamics in the reconnection region. The primary mechanism that relaxes the frozen-in conditions is given by the non-gyrotropic electron pressure terms for all the guide fields considered. The reconnection rate is then enhanced by the Whistler dynamics in high ? plasmas and by the Kinetic Alfvn Waves dynamics in lower ? plasmas. In the latter case, the ion sound radius takes the place of the ion inertial length as the length scale of interest. The guide field diminishes the reconnection rate and decreases the reconnection saturation level. The ion and electron flow pattern, acceleration, and heating are strongly influenced by the guide field. The simulations are also preliminary to a closer comparison with the results of the Reconnection Scaling eXperiment (RSX) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which allows one to study plasmas with different ? values.

  18. Unified description of linear screening in dense plasmas

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    Stanton, L. G.; Murillo, M. S.

    2015-03-01

    Electron screening of ions is among the most fundamental properties of plasmas, determining the effective ionic interactions that impact all properties of a plasma. With the development of new experimental facilities that probe high-energy-density physics regimes ranging from warm dense matter to hot dense matter, a unified framework for describing dense plasma screening has become essential. Such a unified framework is presented here based on finite-temperature orbital-free density functional theory, including gradient corrections and exchange-correlation effects. We find a new analytic pair potential for the ion-ion interaction that incorporates moderate electronic coupling, quantum degeneracy, gradient corrections to the free energy, and finite temperatures. This potential can be used in large-scale "classical" molecular dynamics simulations, as well as in simpler theoretical models (e.g., integral equations and Monte Carlo), with no additional computational complexity. The new potential theoretically connects limits of Debye-Hckel-Yukawa, Lindhard, Thomas-Fermi, and Bohmian quantum hydrodynamics descriptions. Based on this new potential, we predict ionic static structure factors that can be validated using x-ray Thomson scattering data.

  19. Unified description of linear screening in dense plasmas.

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    Stanton, L G; Murillo, M S

    2015-03-01

    Electron screening of ions is among the most fundamental properties of plasmas, determining the effective ionic interactions that impact all properties of a plasma. With the development of new experimental facilities that probe high-energy-density physics regimes ranging from warm dense matter to hot dense matter, a unified framework for describing dense plasma screening has become essential. Such a unified framework is presented here based on finite-temperature orbital-free density functional theory, including gradient corrections and exchange-correlation effects. We find a new analytic pair potential for the ion-ion interaction that incorporates moderate electronic coupling, quantum degeneracy, gradient corrections to the free energy, and finite temperatures. This potential can be used in large-scale "classical" molecular dynamics simulations, as well as in simpler theoretical models (e.g., integral equations and Monte Carlo), with no additional computational complexity. The new potential theoretically connects limits of Debye-Hückel-Yukawa, Lindhard, Thomas-Fermi, and Bohmian quantum hydrodynamics descriptions. Based on this new potential, we predict ionic static structure factors that can be validated using x-ray Thomson scattering data. PMID:25871221

  20. Chemical Cycle Kinetics: Removing the Limitation of Linearity of a Non-equilibrium Thermodynamic Description

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    Rubi, J. M.; Bedeaux, D.; Kjelstrup, S.; Pagonabarraga, I.

    2013-07-01

    Chemical cycle kinetics is customarily analyzed by means of the law of mass action which describes how the concentrations of the substances vary with time. The connection of this approach with non-equilibrium thermodynamics (NET) has traditionally been restricted to the linear domain close to equilibrium in which the reaction rates are linear functions of the affinities. We show, by a pertinent formulation of the concept of local equilibrium in the mesoscopic description along the reaction coordinates, that the connection between kinetic and thermodynamic approaches is deeper than thought and holds in the nonlinear domain far from equilibrium, for higher values of the affinity. This new perspective indicates how to overcome the inherent limitation of classical NET in treating cyclic reactions, providing a description of closed and open cycles operating far from equilibrium, in accordance with thermodynamic principles. We propose that the new set of equations are tested and used for data reduction in chemical reaction kinetics.

  1. Dust kinetic Alfven and acoustic waves in a Lorentzian plasma

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    Rubab, N.; Biernat, H. K.; Erkaev, N. V.

    2009-10-15

    Dust kinetic Alfven waves (DKAWs) with finite Larmor radius effects have been examined rigorously in a uniform dusty plasma in the presence of an external magnetic field. A dispersion relation of low-frequency DKAW on the dust acoustic velocity branch is obtained in a low-{beta} Lorentzian plasma. It is found that the influence of the Lorentzian distribution function is more effective for perpendicular component of group velocity as compared with parallel one. Lorentzian-type charging currents are obtained with the aid of Vlasov theory. Damping/instability due to dust charge fluctuation is found to be insensitive with the form of distribution function for DKAW. The possible applications to dusty space plasmas are pointed out.

  2. Kinetic aspects of wave propagation in the Io plasma torus

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    Stauffer, B. H.; Delamere, P. A.; Damiano, P. A.

    2014-12-01

    Io's motion in the Jovian magnetosphere generates plasma waves that propagate through the plasma torus and into Jupiter's ionosphere, which in turn generates aurora. This interaction is important in auroral physics because the power generated by Io can be predicted and compared to the power output of the Io-induced aurora. Since the power output of the aurora is significantly less than the input power, it is important to understand the transport of energy from Io to Jupiter. We utilize a hybrid plasma simulation to explore the propagation of plasma waves in the Io plasma torus generated by mass loading the flow. Mass loading creates MHD waves (e.g. Alfven and fast mode waves) through the pickup of new ions as well as electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves driven by unstable ring beam distributions. We analyze the propagation of this composite wave field through the Io plasma torus with a density gradient along the magnetic field. We also investigate the propagation of small-scale kinetic Alfven waves by including the electron pressure term.

  3. [Study on Chemical Kinetic Effect of Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma].

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    Zrang, Peng; Hong, Yan-ji; Shen, Shuang-yan; Ding, Xiao-yu; Ma, Di

    2015-03-01

    To reveal the mechanism of plasma (assisted the ignition process of methane/air further, schematic of dielectric barrier discharge plasma system with atmospheric air was designed and set up, the emission spectrum of dielectric barrier discharge plasma with atmospheric air was measured, and the active particles produced by the interaction of dielectric barrier discharge plasma with atmospheric air were analyzed with the spectrum technology, the ignition model and calculation methods of sensitivity analysis and reaction path analysis were given, effects of NO and O3 on the ignition delay time were simulated, and the chemical kinetics mechanism of NO and O3 assisted ignition was revealed via sensitivity analysis and reaction path analysis. The results show that main excited particles of N2 and O3 are generated via effect of plasma on the atmospheric air, which are converted into active particles of NO(?) and O3 in the end, the life of which are longer than any other active particles, effects of plasma on the ignition is simplified as effects of NO(?) and O3 on the ignition; NO and O3 could reduce the ignition delay time significantly, but the amplitude decrease with increase of the initial temperature, this is because the rate of ignition is decided by the oxidation rate of CH3, the oxidized pathway of CH3 is R155 and R156 for auto-ignition and their rates are slower when temperature is low, so the ignition delay time of methane/air is longer; NO could reduce the ignition delay time significantly because of the oxidized pathway of CH3 is changed to R327 CH3O2 + NO = CH3O + NO2, R328 CH3 + NO2 = CH3O + NO for NO(?) (assisted ignition process from R155 and R156 for auto-ignition; and the chemical kinetic effect is the dominating factor of O3 on the ignition and which change the reaction path. PMID:26117883

  4. Analysis of Electromagnetic Wave Propagation in a Magnetized Re-Entry Plasma Sheath Via the Kinetic Equation

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    Manning, Robert M.

    2009-01-01

    Based on a theoretical model of the propagation of electromagnetic waves through a hypersonically induced plasma, it has been demonstrated that the classical radiofrequency communications blackout that is experienced during atmospheric reentry can be mitigated through the appropriate control of an external magnetic field of nominal magnitude. The model is based on the kinetic equation treatment of Vlasov and involves an analytical solution for the electric and magnetic fields within the plasma allowing for a description of the attendant transmission, reflection and absorption coefficients. The ability to transmit through the magnetized plasma is due to the magnetic windows that are created within the plasma via the well-known whistler modes of propagation. The case of 2 GHz transmission through a re-entry plasma is considered. The coefficients are found to be highly sensitive to the prevailing electron density and will thus require a dynamic control mechanism to vary the magnetic field as the plasma evolves through the re-entry phase.

  5. PDRK: A General Kinetic Dispersion Relation Solver for Magnetized Plasma

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    Xie, Huasheng; Xiao, Yong

    2016-02-01

    A general, fast, and effective approach is developed for numerical calculation of kinetic plasma linear dispersion relations. The plasma dispersion function is approximated by J-pole expansion. Subsequently, the dispersion relation is transformed to a standard matrix eigenvalue problem of an equivalent linear system. Numerical solutions for the least damped or fastest growing modes using an 8-pole expansion are generally accurate; more strongly damped modes are less accurate, but are less likely to be of physical interest. In contrast to conventional approaches, such as Newton's iterative method, this approach can give either all the solutions in the system or a few solutions around the initial guess. It is also free from convergence problems. The approach is demonstrated for electrostatic dispersion equations with one-dimensional and two-dimensional wavevectors, and for electromagnetic kinetic magnetized plasma dispersion relation for bi-Maxwellian distribution with relative parallel velocity flows between species. supported by the National Magnetic Confinement Fusion Science Program of China (Nos. 2015GB110003, 2011GB105001, 2013GB111000), National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 91130031), the Recruitment Program of Global Youth Experts

  6. Kinetic phenomena in charged particle transport in gases and plasmas

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    Petrovic, Zoran Lj.; Dujko, Sasa; Sasic, Olivera; Stojanovic, Vladimir; Malovic, Gordana

    2012-05-25

    The key difference between equilibrium (thermal) and non-equilibrium (low temperature - a.k.a. cold) plasmas is in the degree in which the shape of the cross sections influences the electron energy distribution function (EEDF). In this paper we will discuss the issue of kinetic phenomena from two different angles. The first will be how to take advantage of the strong influence and use low current data to obtain the cross sections. This is also known as the swarm technique and the product of a ''swarm analysis'' is a set of cross sections giving good number, momentum and energy balances of electrons or other charged particles. At the same time understanding the EEDF is based on the cross section data. Nevertheless sometimes the knowledge of the cross sections and even the behaviour of individual particles are insufficient to explain collective behaviour of the ensemble. The resulting ''kinetic'' effects may be used to favour certain properties of non-equilibrium plasmas and even may be used as the basis of some new plasma applications.

  7. Kinetic theory of plasma adiabatic major radius compression in tokamaks

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    Gorelenkova, M. V.; Gorelenkov, N. N.; Azizov, E. A.; Romannikov, A. N.; Herrmann, H. W.

    1998-05-01

    In order to understand the individual charged particle behavior as well as plasma macroparameters (temperature, density, etc.) during the adiabatic major radius compression (R-compression) in a tokamak, a kinetic approach is used. The perpendicular electric field from the Ohm's law at zero resistivity is made use of in order to describe particle motion during the R-compression. Expressions for both passing and trapped particle energy and pitch angle change are derived for a plasma with high aspect ratio and circular magnetic surfaces. The particle behavior near the passing trapped boundary during the compression is studied to simulate the compression-induced collisional losses of alpha particles. Qualitative agreement is obtained with the alphas loss measurements in deuterium-tritium (D-T) experiments in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) [World Survey of Activities in Controlled Fusion Research [Nucl. Fusion special supplement (1991)] (International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 1991)]. The plasma macroparameters evolution at the R-compression is calculated by solving the gyroaveraged drift kinetic equation.

  8. A Quantitative Kinetic Theory of Meteor Plasma Formation

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    Dimant, Yakov; Oppenheim, Meers

    2014-10-01

    Every second millions of small meteoroids hit the Earth from space, the vast majority too small to observe visually. Radars easily detect the plasma they generate and use the data they gather to characterize the meteoroids and the atmosphere in which they disintegrate. These diagnostics requires a detailed quantitative understanding of the formation of the meteor plasma and how it interacts with the Earth's atmosphere. Meteors become detectable to radars after they heat due to collisions with atmospheric molecules sufficiently that they begin to sublimate. The sublimated material then collides into atmospheric molecules and forms plasma around and behind the meteoroid. Reflection of radar pulses from the plasma around the descending meteoroid produces a localized signal called a head echo. This research applies kinetic theory to show that the meteoroid plasma develops over a length-scale close to the ion mean free path with a non-Maxwellian velocity distribution. This analytical model will serve as a basis for quantitative interpretation of the head echo radar measurements, the ionization efficiency (called the Beta parameter), and should help us calculate meteoroid and atmosphere parameters from radar head-echo observations. Work supported by NSF Grant AGS-1244842.

  9. On the Veracity of Fluid Plasma Sheet Descriptions

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    Lennartsson, O. W.

    2008-05-01

    A new generation of ion measurements with much improved time resolution, and the availability of simultaneous such measurements at multiple adjacent points, have made it clear that the plasma sheet has prominent granularity at the scale size of keV proton gyroradii (beyond a few RE from Earth). This scale size in itself defies a fluid description, and its presence in a non-uniform magnetic field has direct implications for the magnetization of the ions. The reason is that the ions, especially heavy ions, have much larger gyroradii than electrons of similar energy and cannot uniformly neutralize the electrons during mirroring. Resulting space charges readily demagnetize and accelerate ions, including outflowing ions from Earth. Data from the Polar TIMAS and Cluster CODIF instruments will be shown here to illustrate the prevalence of ion gyroradii-sized flux and density gradients, both at high latitude near Earth (~5 RE) and at the ~19 RE Cluster apogees near the tail equatorial plane. Specifically, the gradient scale lengths are often less than five local gyroradii of a 10-keV proton at 90 pitch angle. The anticipated effects are not amenable to a fluid description, but they do provide a reasonable physical context for discrete aurora formation.

  10. Kinetic Plasma Simulation Using a Quadrature-based Moment Method

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    Larson, David J.

    2008-11-01

    The recently developed quadrature-based moment method [Desjardins, Fox, and Villedieu, J. Comp. Phys. 227 (2008)] is an interesting alternative to standard Lagrangian particle simulations. The two-node quadrature formulation allows multiple flow velocities within a cell, thus correctly representing crossing particle trajectories and lower-order velocity moments without resorting to Lagrangian methods. Instead of following many particles per cell, the Eulerian transport equations are solved for selected moments of the kinetic equation. The moments are then inverted to obtain a discrete representation of the velocity distribution function. Potential advantages include reduced computational cost, elimination of statistical noise, and a simpler treatment of collisional effects. We present results obtained using the quadrature-based moment method applied to the Vlasov equation in simple one-dimensional electrostatic plasma simulations. In addition we explore the use of the moment inversion process in modeling collisional processes within the Complex Particle Kinetics framework.

  11. Kinetic simulations of magnetized turbulence in astrophysical plasmas.

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    Howes, G G; Dorland, W; Cowley, S C; Hammett, G W; Quataert, E; Schekochihin, A A; Tatsuno, T

    2008-02-15

    This Letter presents the first ab initio, fully electromagnetic, kinetic simulations of magnetized turbulence in a homogeneous, weakly collisional plasma at the scale of the ion Larmor radius (ion gyroscale). Magnetic- and electric-field energy spectra show a break at the ion gyroscale; the spectral slopes are consistent with scaling predictions for critically balanced turbulence of Alfvn waves above the ion gyroscale (spectral index -5/3) and of kinetic Alfvn waves below the ion gyroscale (spectral indices of -7/3 for magnetic and -1/3 for electric fluctuations). This behavior is also qualitatively consistent with in situ measurements of turbulence in the solar wind. Our findings support the hypothesis that the frequencies of turbulent fluctuations in the solar wind remain well below the ion cyclotron frequency both above and below the ion gyroscale. PMID:18352484

  12. Propagation of radiation in fluctuating multiscale plasmas. II. Kinetic simulations

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    Pal Singh, Kunwar; Robinson, P. A.; Cairns, Iver H.; Tyshetskiy, Yu.

    2012-11-15

    A numerical algorithm is developed and tested that implements the kinetic treatment of electromagnetic radiation propagating through plasmas whose properties have small scale fluctuations, which was developed in a companion paper. This method incorporates the effects of refraction, damping, mode structure, and other aspects of large-scale propagation of electromagnetic waves on the distribution function of quanta in position and wave vector, with small-scale effects of nonuniformities, including scattering and mode conversion approximated as causing drift and diffusion in wave vector. Numerical solution of the kinetic equation yields the distribution function of radiation quanta in space, time, and wave vector. Simulations verify the convergence, accuracy, and speed of the methods used to treat each term in the equation. The simulations also illustrate the main physical effects and place the results in a form that can be used in future applications.

  13. Ultrahigh performance three-dimensional electromagnetic relativistic kinetic plasma simulation

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    Bowers, K. J.; Albright, B. J.; Yin, L.; Bergen, B.; Kwan, T. J. T.

    2008-05-15

    The algorithms, implementation details, and applications of VPIC, a state-of-the-art first principles 3D electromagnetic relativistic kinetic particle-in-cell code, are discussed. Unlike most codes, VPIC is designed to minimize data motion, as, due to physical limitations (including the speed of light{exclamation_point}), moving data between and even within modern microprocessors is more time consuming than performing computations. As a result, VPIC has achieved unprecedented levels of performance. For example, VPIC can perform {approx}0.17 billion cold particles pushed and charge conserving accumulated per second per processor on IBM's Cell microprocessor--equivalent to sustaining Los Alamos's planned Roadrunner supercomputer at {approx}0.56 petaflop (quadrillion floating point operations per second). VPIC has enabled previously intractable simulations in numerous areas of plasma physics, including magnetic reconnection and laser plasma interactions; next generation supercomputers like Roadrunner will enable further advances.

  14. Kinetic Turbulence

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    Howes, Gregory G.

    The weak collisionality typical of turbulence in many diffuse astrophysical plasmas invalidates an MHD description of the turbulent dynamics, motivating the development of a more comprehensive theory of kinetic turbulence. In particular, a kinetic approach is essential for the investigation of the physical mechanisms responsible for the dissipation of astrophysical turbulence and the resulting heating of the plasma. This chapter reviews the limitations of MHD turbulence theory and explains how kinetic considerations may be incorporated to obtain a kinetic theory for astrophysical plasma turbulence. Key questions about the nature of kinetic turbulence that drive current research efforts are identified. A comprehensive model of the kinetic turbulent cascade is presented, with a detailed discussion of each component of the model and a review of supporting and conflicting theoretical, numerical, and observational evidence.

  15. Excitation of kinetic Alfven waves by resonant mode conversion and longitudinal heating of magnetized plasmas

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    Tanaka, Motohiko; Sato, Tetsuya; Hasegawa, A.

    1989-01-01

    The excitation of the kinetic Alfven wave by resonant mode conversion and longitudinal heating of the plasma by the kinetic Alfven wave were demonstrated on the basis of a macroscale particle simulation. The longitudinal electron current was shown to be cancelled by the ions. The kinetic Alfven wave produced an ordered motion of the plasma particles in the wave propagation direction. The electrons were pushed forward along the ambient magnetic field by absorbing the kinetic Alfven wave through the Landau resonance.

  16. Consistent Description of Kinetics and Hydrodynamics of Weakly Nonequilibrium Processes in Simple Liquids

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    Markiv, B.; Omelyan, I.; Tokarchuk, M.

    2014-06-01

    The generalized transport equations for a consistent description of kinetic and hydrodynamic processes in dense gases and liquids are considered and the intrinsic structure of the generalized transport kernels for these equations is established. As a result, we show how to obtain the transport equation of molecular hydrodynamics in our approach. We also investigate the spectrum of collective modes for a system with the model potential of interaction presented as a sum of the hard sphere and long-range parts.

  17. Magnetic Null Points in Kinetic Simulations of Space Plasmas

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    Olshevsky, Vyacheslav; Deca, Jan; Divin, Andrey; Peng, Ivy Bo; Markidis, Stefano; Innocenti, Maria Elena; Cazzola, Emanuele; Lapenta, Giovanni

    2016-03-01

    We present a systematic attempt to study magnetic null points and the associated magnetic energy conversion in kinetic particle-in-cell simulations of various plasma configurations. We address three-dimensional simulations performed with the semi-implicit kinetic electromagnetic code iPic3D in different setups: variations of a Harris current sheet, dipolar and quadrupolar magnetospheres interacting with the solar wind, and a relaxing turbulent configuration with multiple null points. Spiral nulls are more likely created in space plasmas: in all our simulations except lunar magnetic anomaly (LMA) and quadrupolar mini-magnetosphere the number of spiral nulls prevails over the number of radial nulls by a factor of 3–9. We show that often magnetic nulls do not indicate the regions of intensive energy dissipation. Energy dissipation events caused by topological bifurcations at radial nulls are rather rare and short-lived. The so-called X-lines formed by the radial nulls in the Harris current sheet and LMA simulations are rather stable and do not exhibit any energy dissipation. Energy dissipation is more powerful in the vicinity of spiral nulls enclosed by magnetic flux ropes with strong currents at their axes (their cross sections resemble 2D magnetic islands). These null lines reminiscent of Z-pinches efficiently dissipate magnetic energy due to secondary instabilities such as the two-stream or kinking instability, accompanied by changes in magnetic topology. Current enhancements accompanied by spiral nulls may signal magnetic energy conversion sites in the observational data.

  18. CHEMKIN-III: A FORTRAN chemical kinetics package for the analysis of gas-phase chemical and plasma kinetics

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    Kee, R.J.; Rupley, F.M.; Meeks, E.; Miller, J.A.

    1996-05-01

    This document is the user`s manual for the third-generation CHEMKIN package. CHEMKIN is a software package whose purpose is to facilitate the formation, solution, and interpretation of problems involving elementary gas-phase chemical kinetics. It provides a flexible and powerful tool for incorporating complex chemical kinetics into simulations of fluid dynamics. The package consists of two major software components: an Interpreter and a Gas-Phase Subroutine Library. The Interpreter is a program that reads a symbolic description of an elementary, user-specified chemical reaction mechanism. One output from the Interpreter is a data file that forms a link to the Gas-Phase Subroutine Library. This library is a collection of about 100 highly modular FORTRAN subroutines that may be called to return information on equations of state, thermodynamic properties, and chemical production rates. CHEMKIN-III includes capabilities for treating multi-fluid plasma systems, that are not in thermal equilibrium. These new capabilities allow researchers to describe chemistry systems that are characterized by more than one temperature, in which reactions may depend on temperatures associated with different species; i.e. reactions may be driven by collisions with electrons, ions, or charge-neutral species. These new features have been implemented in such a way as to require little or no changes to CHEMKIN implementation for systems in thermal equilibrium, where all species share the same gas temperature. CHEMKIN-III now has the capability to handle weakly ionized plasma chemistry, especially for application related to advanced semiconductor processing.

  19. Kinetic and dynamic probability-density-function descriptions of disperse turbulent two-phase flows.

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    Minier, Jean-Pierre; Profeta, Christophe

    2015-11-01

    This article analyzes the status of two classical one-particle probability density function (PDF) descriptions of the dynamics of discrete particles dispersed in turbulent flows. The first PDF formulation considers only the process made up by particle position and velocity Z(p)=(x(p),U(p)) and is represented by its PDF p(t; y(p),V(p)) which is the solution of a kinetic PDF equation obtained through a flux closure based on the Furutsu-Novikov theorem. The second PDF formulation includes fluid variables into the particle state vector, for example, the fluid velocity seen by particles Z(p)=(x(p),U(p),U(s)), and, consequently, handles an extended PDF p(t; y(p),V(p),V(s)) which is the solution of a dynamic PDF equation. For high-Reynolds-number fluid flows, a typical formulation of the latter category relies on a Langevin model for the trajectories of the fluid seen or, conversely, on a Fokker-Planck equation for the extended PDF. In the present work, a new derivation of the kinetic PDF equation is worked out and new physical expressions of the dispersion tensors entering the kinetic PDF equation are obtained by starting from the extended PDF and integrating over the fluid seen. This demonstrates that, under the same assumption of a Gaussian colored noise and irrespective of the specific stochastic model chosen for the fluid seen, the kinetic PDF description is the marginal of a dynamic PDF one. However, a detailed analysis reveals that kinetic PDF models of particle dynamics in turbulent flows described by statistical correlations constitute incomplete stand-alone PDF descriptions and, moreover, that present kinetic-PDF equations are mathematically ill posed. This is shown to be the consequence of the non-Markovian characteristic of the stochastic process retained to describe the system and the use of an external colored noise. Furthermore, developments bring out that well-posed PDF descriptions are essentially due to a proper choice of the variables selected to describe physical systems and guidelines are formulated to emphasize the key role played by the notion of slow and fast variables. PMID:26651792

  20. Kinetic and dynamic probability-density-function descriptions of disperse turbulent two-phase flows

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    Minier, Jean-Pierre; Profeta, Christophe

    2015-11-01

    This article analyzes the status of two classical one-particle probability density function (PDF) descriptions of the dynamics of discrete particles dispersed in turbulent flows. The first PDF formulation considers only the process made up by particle position and velocity Zp=(xp,Up) and is represented by its PDF p (t ;yp,Vp) which is the solution of a kinetic PDF equation obtained through a flux closure based on the Furutsu-Novikov theorem. The second PDF formulation includes fluid variables into the particle state vector, for example, the fluid velocity seen by particles Zp=(xp,Up,Us) , and, consequently, handles an extended PDF p (t ;yp,Vp,Vs) which is the solution of a dynamic PDF equation. For high-Reynolds-number fluid flows, a typical formulation of the latter category relies on a Langevin model for the trajectories of the fluid seen or, conversely, on a Fokker-Planck equation for the extended PDF. In the present work, a new derivation of the kinetic PDF equation is worked out and new physical expressions of the dispersion tensors entering the kinetic PDF equation are obtained by starting from the extended PDF and integrating over the fluid seen. This demonstrates that, under the same assumption of a Gaussian colored noise and irrespective of the specific stochastic model chosen for the fluid seen, the kinetic PDF description is the marginal of a dynamic PDF one. However, a detailed analysis reveals that kinetic PDF models of particle dynamics in turbulent flows described by statistical correlations constitute incomplete stand-alone PDF descriptions and, moreover, that present kinetic-PDF equations are mathematically ill posed. This is shown to be the consequence of the non-Markovian characteristic of the stochastic process retained to describe the system and the use of an external colored noise. Furthermore, developments bring out that well-posed PDF descriptions are essentially due to a proper choice of the variables selected to describe physical systems and guidelines are formulated to emphasize the key role played by the notion of slow and fast variables.

  1. Complex (dusty) plasmas-kinetic studies of strong coupling phenomena

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    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.

  2. KInetic Effect on Dynamics of Plasma Coherent Structures

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    Ishiguro, Seiji; Hasegawa, Hiroki

    2013-10-01

    Kinetic effects on plasma blob dynamics have been studied by means of a three dimensional electrostatic plasma particle simulation code with particle absorbing boundaries. In the particle simulation, an external magnetic field B is pointing into the z direction (corresponding to the toroidal direction). The strength of magnetic field increases in the positive x direction (corresponding to the counter radial direction), i.e., ?B / ?x > 0 . A coherent structure is initially set as a column along the external magnetic field and propagates in the - x direction. In this study, we have investigated the dependence of blob propagation on the ion-to-electron temperature ratio and the magnetic field strength. When the magnetic field strength is decreased (or the ion-to-electron temperature ratio is increased), we have found that the symmetry breaking in a blob profile occurs. This fact is thought to indicate that the effect of gyro motion of plasma particles induces the symmetry breaking. Supported by NIFS Collaboration Research programs (NIFS13KNSS038 and NIFS13KNXN258) and a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (KAKENHI 23740411).

  3. Kinetic studies of microinstabilities in toroidal plasmas: Simulation and theory

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    Lee, W.W.; Haham, T.S.; Parker, S.E.; Perkins, F.W.; Rath, S.; Rewoldt, G.; Reynders, J.V.W.; Santoro, R.A.; Tang, W.M.

    1992-12-01

    A comprehensive program for the development and use of particle simulation techniques for solving the gyrokinetic Vlasov-Maxwell equations on massively parallel computers has been carried out at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. This is a key element of our ongoing theoretical efforts to systematically investigate physics issues vital to understanding tokamak plasmas. In this paper, our focus is on spatial-gradient-driven microinstabilities. Their importance is supported by the recent progress in achieving a physics-based understanding of anomalous transport in toroidal systems which has been based on the proposition that these drift-type electrostatic modes dependent on ion temperature gradient (ITG) and trapped particle effects are dominant in the bulk ( confinement'') region. Although their presence is consistent with a number of significant confinement trends, results from high temperature tokamaks such as TFTR have highlighted the need for better insight into the nonlinear properties of such instabilities in long-mean-free-path plasmas. In addressing this general issue, we report important new results including (i) the first fully toroidal 3D gyrokinetic simulation of ITG modes and (ii) realistic toroidal eigenmode calculations demonstrating the unique capability to deal with large scale kinetic behavior extending over many rational surfaces. The effects of ITG modes (iii) on the inward pinch of impurities in 3D slab geometry and (iv) on the existence of microtearing modes in 2D slab are also discussed. Finally, (v) sheared toroidal flow effects on trapped-particle modes are presented.

  4. Kinetic studies of microinstabilities in toroidal plasmas: Simulation and theory

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    Lee, W.W.; Haham, T.S.; Parker, S.E.; Perkins, F.W.; Rath, S.; Rewoldt, G.; Reynders, J.V.W.; Santoro, R.A.; Tang, W.M.

    1992-12-01

    A comprehensive program for the development and use of particle simulation techniques for solving the gyrokinetic Vlasov-Maxwell equations on massively parallel computers has been carried out at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. This is a key element of our ongoing theoretical efforts to systematically investigate physics issues vital to understanding tokamak plasmas. In this paper, our focus is on spatial-gradient-driven microinstabilities. Their importance is supported by the recent progress in achieving a physics-based understanding of anomalous transport in toroidal systems which has been based on the proposition that these drift-type electrostatic modes dependent on ion temperature gradient (ITG) and trapped particle effects are dominant in the bulk (``confinement``) region. Although their presence is consistent with a number of significant confinement trends, results from high temperature tokamaks such as TFTR have highlighted the need for better insight into the nonlinear properties of such instabilities in long-mean-free-path plasmas. In addressing this general issue, we report important new results including (i) the first fully toroidal 3D gyrokinetic simulation of ITG modes and (ii) realistic toroidal eigenmode calculations demonstrating the unique capability to deal with large scale kinetic behavior extending over many rational surfaces. The effects of ITG modes (iii) on the inward pinch of impurities in 3D slab geometry and (iv) on the existence of microtearing modes in 2D slab are also discussed. Finally, (v) sheared toroidal flow effects on trapped-particle modes are presented.

  5. Electromagnetic effects of kinetic geodesic acoustic mode in tokamak plasmas

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    Wang Lingfeng; Shen, Y.; He, H. D.; Dong, J. Q.

    2011-05-15

    Electromagnetic effects of the kinetic geodesic acoustic modes (KGAMs) are numerically studied in low {beta}(= plasma pressure/magnetic pressure) tokamak plasmas. The parallel component of the perturbed vector potential is considered along with the electrostatic potential perturbation. The finite Larmor radius and finite orbit width of the ions as well as electron parallel dynamics are all taken into account. Systematic harmonic and ordering analysis is performed for collisionless damping of the KGAMs, assuming {beta}{approx}({kappa}{rho}{sub i}){sup 2}, where {kappa}and {rho}{sub i}are the radial component of the KGAM wave vector and the Larmor radius of the ions, respectively. It is found that the electron parallel dynamics enhances the damping of the electrostatic KGAM modes when the safety factor q is high. In addition, the electromagnetic (finite {beta} effect is revealed to enhance and weaken the damping of the modes in plasmas of low and high safety factor q{approx}2.0 and 5.5, respectively. The harmonic features of the KGAMs are discussed as well.

  6. Effects of Kinetic Processes in Shaping Io's Global Plasma Environment: A 3D Hybrid Model

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    Lipatov, Alexander S.; Combi, Michael R.

    2004-01-01

    The global dynamics of the ionized and neutral components in the environment of Io plays an important role in the interaction of Jupiter's corotating magnetospheric plasma with Io. The stationary simulation of this problem was done in the MHD and the electrodynamics approaches. One of the main significant results from the simplified two-fluid model simulations was a production of the structure of the double-peak in the magnetic field signature of the I0 flyby that could not be explained by standard MHD models. In this paper, we develop a method of kinetic ion simulation. This method employs the fluid description for electrons and neutrals whereas for ions multilevel, drift-kinetic and particle, approaches are used. We also take into account charge-exchange and photoionization processes. Our model provides much more accurate description for ion dynamics and allows us to take into account the realistic anisotropic ion distribution that cannot be done in fluid simulations. The first results of such simulation of the dynamics of ions in the Io's environment are discussed in this paper.

  7. Advances in petascale kinetic plasma simulation with VPIC and Roadrunner

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    Bowers, Kevin J; Albright, Brian J; Yin, Lin; Daughton, William S; Roytershteyn, Vadim; Kwan, Thomas J T

    2009-01-01

    VPIC, a first-principles 3d electromagnetic charge-conserving relativistic kinetic particle-in-cell (PIC) code, was recently adapted to run on Los Alamos's Roadrunner, the first supercomputer to break a petaflop (10{sup 15} floating point operations per second) in the TOP500 supercomputer performance rankings. They give a brief overview of the modeling capabilities and optimization techniques used in VPIC and the computational characteristics of petascale supercomputers like Roadrunner. They then discuss three applications enabled by VPIC's unprecedented performance on Roadrunner: modeling laser plasma interaction in upcoming inertial confinement fusion experiments at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), modeling short pulse laser GeV ion acceleration and modeling reconnection in magnetic confinement fusion experiments.

  8. Limitation of the ECRIS performance by kinetic plasma instabilities (invited).

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    Tarvainen, O; Kalvas, T; Koivisto, H; Komppula, J; Kronholm, R; Laulainen, J; Izotov, I; Mansfeld, D; Skalyga, V; Toivanen, V; Machicoane, G

    2016-02-01

    Electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECRIS) plasmas are prone to kinetic instabilities due to anisotropic electron velocity distribution. The instabilities are associated with strong microwave emission and periodic bursts of energetic electrons escaping the magnetic confinement. The instabilities explain the periodic ms-scale oscillation of the extracted beam current observed with several high performance ECRISs and restrict the parameter space available for the optimization of extracted beam currents of highly charged ions. Experiments with the JYFL 14 GHz ECRIS have demonstrated that due to the instabilities the optimum Bmin-field is less than 0.8BECR, which is the value suggested by the semiempirical scaling laws guiding the design of ECRISs. PMID:26931921

  9. Limitation of the ECRIS performance by kinetic plasma instabilities (invited)

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    Tarvainen, O.; Kalvas, T.; Koivisto, H.; Komppula, J.; Kronholm, R.; Laulainen, J.; Izotov, I.; Mansfeld, D.; Skalyga, V.; Toivanen, V.; Machicoane, G.

    2016-02-01

    Electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECRIS) plasmas are prone to kinetic instabilities due to anisotropic electron velocity distribution. The instabilities are associated with strong microwave emission and periodic bursts of energetic electrons escaping the magnetic confinement. The instabilities explain the periodic ms-scale oscillation of the extracted beam current observed with several high performance ECRISs and restrict the parameter space available for the optimization of extracted beam currents of highly charged ions. Experiments with the JYFL 14 GHz ECRIS have demonstrated that due to the instabilities the optimum Bmin-field is less than 0.8BECR, which is the value suggested by the semiempirical scaling laws guiding the design of ECRISs.

  10. Covariant formulation of spatially non-symmetric kinetic equilibria in magnetized astrophysical plasmas

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    Cremaschini, Claudio Stuchlk, Zden?k; Tessarotto, Massimo; Department of Mathematics and Geosciences, University of Trieste, Via Valerio 12, 34127 Trieste

    2014-05-15

    Astrophysical plasmas in the surrounding of compact objects and subject to intense gravitational and electromagnetic fields are believed to give rise to relativistic regimes. Theoretical and observational evidences suggest that magnetized plasmas of this type are collisionless and can persist for long times (e.g., with respect to a distant observer, coordinate, time), while exhibiting geometrical structures characterized by the absence of well-defined spatial symmetries. In this paper, the problem is posed whether such configurations can correspond to some kind of kinetic equilibrium. The issue is addressed from a theoretical perspective in the framework of a covariant Vlasov statistical description, which relies on the method of invariants. For this purpose, a systematic covariant variational formulation of gyrokinetic theory is developed, which holds without requiring any symmetry condition on the background fields. As a result, an asymptotic representation of the relativistic particle magnetic moment is obtained from its formal exact solution, in terms of a suitably defined invariant series expansion parameter (perturbative representation). On such a basis, it is shown that spatially non-symmetric kinetic equilibria can actually be determined, an example being provided by Gaussian-like distributions. As an application, the physical mechanisms related to the occurrence of a non-vanishing equilibrium fluid 4-flow are investigated.

  11. Splitting of CO2 by vibrational excitation in non-equilibrium plasmas: a reaction kinetics model

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    Kozk, Tom; Bogaerts, Annemie

    2014-08-01

    We present a zero-dimensional kinetic model of CO2 splitting in non-equilibrium plasmas. The model includes a description of the CO2 vibrational kinetics (25 vibrational levels up to the dissociation limit of the molecule), taking into account state-specific VT and VV relaxation reactions and the effect of vibrational excitation on other chemical reactions. The model is applied to study the reaction kinetics of CO2 splitting in an atmospheric-pressure dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) and in a moderate-pressure microwave discharge. The model results are in qualitative agreement with published experimental works. We show that the CO2 conversion and its energy efficiency are very different in these two types of discharges, which reflects the important dissociation mechanisms involved. In the microwave discharge, excitation of the vibrational levels promotes efficient dissociation when the specific energy input is higher than a critical value (2.0 eV/molecule under the conditions examined). The calculated energy efficiency of the process has a maximum of 23%. In the DBD, vibrationally excited levels do not contribute significantly to the dissociation of CO2 and the calculated energy efficiency of the process is much lower (5%).

  12. A descriptive model for the kinetics of a homogeneous fluorometric immunoassay.

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    Zuber, E; Rosso, L; Darbouret, B; Socquet, F; Mathis, G; Flandrois, J P

    1997-02-01

    A descriptive mathematical model was chosen to fit the antigen-antibody association kinetics of a new homogeneous immunometric assay for prolactin, involving time-resolved fluorescence detection (TRACE technology, Time Resolved Amplified Cryptate Emission). We paid special attention to the methodology and criteria applied, to yield a convenient and statistically valid model, designed to allow potential exploitation of kinetic information in the data processing of the assay. We compared specific parameterizations of an hyperbolic model, the Gompertz, and the monomolecular models on the basis of morphological considerations, a statistical analysis of fit, and an assessment of the parameters estimation quality, over a wide range of antigen concentrations. The monomolecular model gave the best fit, and the most precise and stable estimation of its parameters. The study of parameter properties confirmed this choice. PMID:9139047

  13. Magnetized Plasma Sheath Simulation with the Kinetic Finite Mass Method

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    Young, Christopher; Larson, David; Cappelli, Mark

    2013-09-01

    First results of a magnetized plasma sheath simulation using the Kinetic Finite Mass (KFM) Method are presented. The KFM Method, derived from the Finite Mass Method of, is a gridless Lagrangian simulation technique that partitions the system mass into packets that evolve over time. The packets have finite extent in 1D phase space, continuous Gaussian internal mass distributions, and a defining set of Gauss-Hermite quadrature points that move under the action of forces. Much like in a Particle-In-Cell (PIC) approach, the electric field is calculated by solving Poisson's equation over a temporary grid and the local Lorentz force is mapped back to the particle locations. A Gaussian Mixture Model is employed periodically to reset the Gaussian character of the packets after distortion by the system forces. Sheath results are compared with conventional PIC simulations. This work provides a demonstration of the powerful KFM method in preparation for simulating more complex plasma phenomena. CY acknowledges support from the DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship, Contract DE-FC52-08NA28752. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  14. Vibrational kinetics in a Cl2 inductively-coupled plasma

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    Pruvost, Benjamin; Booth, Jean-Paul; Foucher, Mickael; Chabert, Pascal; Guerra, Vasco; Fabrikant, Ilya; Kushner, Mark

    2013-09-01

    Inductively-coupled plasmas containing chlorine are widely used for conductor-etch applications, often using mixtures with HBr and O2. We are carrying out an extensive comparison of experimental measurements with simulations using the Hybrid Plasma Equipment Model (HPEM). Vibrationally excited states of chlorine have historically been ignored in models, but recently we found that inclusion of a simple vibrational kinetic scheme in HPEM significantly improves the model agreement with experiment. Here we will present a more complete scheme, using calculated state-to-state cross-sections (up to v =5) for electron impact excitation and state-specific V-T (Cl2-Cl2 and Cl2-Cl) and V-V (Cl2-Cl2) transfer rates. Initially the scheme has been implemented in a global model, which predicts vibrational temperatures up to 2500K at low pressure (3mTorr), dropping to ~700K at 50 mTorr. We are attempting to measure the vibrational distribution using broadband ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy. Vibrationally excited states play a key role in gas heating, as well as significantly enhancing electron attachment, and should not be ignored. This work is supported by Agence Nationale de la Recherche project INCLINE (ANR-09 BLAN 0019), by the Applied Materials University Research Partnership Program and the US Department of Energy Office of Fusion Energy Science.

  15. Diamagnetic boundary layers - A kinetic theory. [for collisionless magnetized plasmas

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    Lemaire, J.; Burlaga, L. F.

    1976-01-01

    A kinetic theory is presented for boundary layers associated with MHD tangential 'discontinuities' in a collisionless magnetized plasma, such as those observed in the solar wind. The theory consists of finding self-consistent solutions of Vlasov's equation and Maxwell's equation for stationary one-dimensional boundary layers separating two Maxwellian plasma states. Layers in which the current is carried by electrons are found to have a thickness of the order of a few electron gyroradii, but the drift speed of the current-carrying electrons is found to exceed the Alfven speed, and accordingly such layers are not stable. Several types of layers in which the current is carried by protons are discussed; in particular, cases are considered in which the magnetic-field intensity, direction, or both, changed across the layer. In every case, the thickness was of the order of a few proton gyroradii, and the field changed smoothly, although the characteristics depended somewhat on the boundary conditions. The drift speed was always less than the Alfven speed, consistent with stability of such structures. These results are consistent with observations of boundary layers in the solar wind near 1 AU.

  16. The Plasma Interaction Experiment (PIX) description and test program. [electrometers

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    Ignaczak, L. R.; Haley, F. A.; Domino, E. J.; Culp, D. H.; Shaker, F. J.

    1978-01-01

    The plasma interaction experiment (PIX) is a battery powered preprogrammed auxiliary payload on the LANDSAT-C launch. This experiment is part of a larger program to investigate space plasma interactions with spacecraft surfaces and components. The varying plasma densities encountered during available telemetry coverage periods are deemed sufficient to determine first order interactions between the space plasma environment and the biased experimental surfaces. The specific objectives of the PIX flight experiment are to measure the plasma coupling current and the negative voltage breakdown characteristics of a solar array segment and a gold plated steel disk. Measurements will be made over a range of surface voltages up to plus or minus kilovolt. The orbital environment will provide a range of plasma densities. The experimental surfaces will be voltage biased in a preprogrammed step sequence to optimize the data returned for each plasma region and for the available telemetry coverage.

  17. Invariant-embedding and cognate kinetic descriptions of particle reflection/emission from surfaces

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    Glazov, Lev G.; Pázsit, Imre

    2007-03-01

    The invariant-embedding (IE) approach, originally developed by Ambartsumyan and Chandrasekhar, is revisited in this paper. The unified derivation and description presented are geared to particle backscattering/emission from surfaces and contain earlier treatments as special cases of the arising general theory that embraces a large variety of bombarding particles and collision-cascade types. A particular new development concerns the relationship between the half-space and infinite-medium solutions in terms of the resolvent of the underlying transport operator. The infinite-medium reformulation of the IE approach gives rise to new equations that are more transparent, highlight fundamental relationships underlying various descriptions of reflection/emission kinetics, and are very flexible for further analytical transformations or numerical studies of the solutions. The general discussion is illustrated by explicit distributions characterizing elastic electron backscattering from a solid; an efficient and powerful calculation technique is discussed and exemplified by various resulting dependencies.

  18. Linking the hydrodynamic and kinetic description of a dissipative relativistic conformal theory

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    Calzetta, E.; Peralta-Ramos, J.

    2010-11-01

    We use the entropy production variational method to associate a one-particle distribution function to the assumed known energy-momentum and entropy currents describing a relativistic conformal fluid. Assuming a simple form for the collision operator we find this one-particle distribution function explicitly, and show that this method of linking the hydro and kinetic descriptions is a nontrivial generalization of Grads ansatz. The resulting constitutive relations are the same as in the conformal dissipative type theories discussed by J. Peralta-Ramos and E. Calzetta [Phys. Rev. DPRVDAQ1550-7998 80, 126002 (2009)10.1103/PhysRevD.80.126002]. Our results may prove useful in the description of freeze-out in ultrarelativistic heavy-ion collisions.

  19. Fundamentals of the Plasma Sail Concept: MHD and Kinetic Studies

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    Khazanov, G.; Delamere, P.; Kabin, K.; Linde, T. J.; Krivorutsky, E.

    2003-01-01

    The Mini-Magnetospheric Plasma Propulsion (M2P2), originally proposed by Winglee et al. [2000] predicts that a 15-km standoff distance (or 20-km cross-sectional dimension) of the magnetic bubble will provide for sufficient momentum transfer from the solar wind to accelerate a spacecraft to the unprecedented speeds of 50-80 km/s after an acceleration period of about three months. Such velocities will enable travel out of the solar system in period of about seven years-almost an order of magnitude improvement over present chemical based propulsion systems. However, for the parameters of the simulation of Winglee et al. [2000], a fluid model for the interaction of M2P2 with the solar wind is not valid. It is assumed in the MHD fluid model, normally applied to planetary magnetospheres, that the characteristic scale-size is much greater than the Larmor radius and ion skin depth of the solar wind. In the case of M2P2, the size of the magnetic bubble is actually less than or, comparable to, the scale of these characteristic parameters. Therefore, a kinetic approach, which addresses the small-scale physical mechanisms, must be used. We have adopted a two-component approach to determining a preliminary estimate of the momentum transfer to the plasma sail. The first component is a self-consistent MHD simulation of the small-scale expansion phase of the magnetic bubble. The fluid treatment is valid to roughly 5 km from the source and the steady-state MHD solution at the 5 km boundary was then used as initial conditions for the hybrid simulation. The hybrid simulations showed that the momentum transfer to the innermost regions of the plasma sail is negligible.

  20. Consequences of Kinetic Effects in Nonsymmetric Reconnection Configurations on Large-Scale Dynamical Processes in Magnetosphere and Solar Plasma

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    Kuznetsova, M. M.; Hesse, M.; Aunai, N.; Wendel, D. E.; Rastaetter, L.; Glocer, A.; Toth, G.

    2014-12-01

    One of the major conclusions of the GEM Reconnection Challenge at the dawn of the millennium was that reconnection rate is independent of the electron mass. This finding allowed to reduce the problem to hall-less pair plasma fluid description and reproduce kinetic reconnection rates in large-scale single-fluid simulations by incorporating kinetic non-gyrotropic corrections to the induction equation. It was demonstrated that nongyrotropic effects incorporated into symmetric magnetotail reconnection could significantly alter the global magnetosphere evolution. In this paper we will extend the approach to non-symmetric configurations relevant to planetary magnetospheres and solar corona. We will examine the applicability of the non-gyrotropic fluid approach to nonsymmetric magnetic reconnection and demonstrate consequences of local kinetic effects on global evolution.

  1. Electrical and kinetic model of an atmospheric rf device for plasma aerodynamics applications

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    Pinheiro, Mario J.; Martins, Alexandre A.

    2010-08-15

    The asymmetrically mounted flat plasma actuator is investigated using a self-consistent two-dimensional fluid model at atmospheric pressure. The computational model assumes the drift-diffusion approximation and uses a simple plasma kinetic model. It investigated the electrical and kinetic properties of the plasma, calculated the charged species concentrations, surface charge density, electrohydrodynamic forces, and gas speed. The present computational model contributes to understand the main physical mechanisms, and suggests ways to improve its performance.

  2. Approximate analytical description of the underdense short plasma lens

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    Amatuni, A.Ts.

    1996-05-01

    The perturbative approach for describing the underdense plasma-ultrarelativistic electron bunch system is developed, using the ratio n{sup o}{sub b} as a small parameter (n{sub b}-bunch, n{sub o} plasma electron densities). Focusing of the electron bunch emerged in the first approximation of the perturbative procedure as a result of the plasma electrons redistribution. Focusing gradient and strength for ultrarelativistic, flat, uniform and short bunch are obtained and compared with the previous results.

  3. Kinetic Modeling of the Lunar Dust-Plasma Environment

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    Kallio, Esa; Alho, Markku; Alvarez, Francisco; Barabash, Stas; Dyadechkin, Sergey; Fernandes, Vera; Futaana, Yoshifumi; Harri, Ari-Matti; Haunia, Touko; Heilimo, Jyri; Holmstrm, Mats; Jarvinen, Riku; Lue, Charles; Makela, Jakke; Porjo, Niko; Schmidt, Walter; Shahab, Fatemi; Siili, Tero; Wurz, Peter

    2014-05-01

    Modeling of the lunar dust and plasma environment is a challenging task because a self-consistent model should include ions, electrons and dust particles and numerous other factors. However, most of the parameters are not well established or constrained by measurements in the lunar environment. More precisely, a comprehensive model should contain electrons originating from 1) the solar wind, 2) the lunar material (photoelectrons, secondary electrons) and 3) the lunar dust. Ions originate from the solar wind, the lunar material, the lunar exosphere and the dust. To model the role of the dust in the lunar plasma environment is a highly complex task since the properties of the dust particles in the exosphere are poorly known (e.g. mass, size, shape, conductivity) or not known (e.g. charge and photoelectron emission) and probably are time dependent. Models should also include the effects of interactions between the surface and solar wind and energetic particles, and micrometeorites. Largely different temporal and spatial scales are also a challenge for the numerical models. In addition, the modeling of a region on the Moon - for example on the South Pole - at a given time requires also knowledge of the solar illumination conditions at that time, mineralogical and electric properties of the local lunar surface, lunar magnetic anomalies, solar UV flux and the properties of the solar wind. Harmful effects of lunar dust to technical devices and to human health as well as modeling of the properties of the lunar plasma and dust environment have been topics of two ESA funded projects L-DEPP and DPEM. In the presentation we will summarize some basic results and characteristics of plasma and fields near and around the Moon as studied and discovered in these projects. Especially, we analyse three different space and time scales by kinetic models: [1] the "microscale" region near surface with an electrostatic PIC (ions and electrons are particles) model, [2] the "mesoscale" region including lunar magnetic anomalies and [3] the global scale Moon-solar wind interaction with hybrid (ions as particles in massless electron fluid) models.

  4. Numerical modeling of radiation physics in kinetic plasmas [II

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    Paraschiv, Ioana; Sentoku, Yasuhiko; Mancini, Roberto

    2014-10-01

    X-ray radiation is an important feature of ultra-intense laser interactions with high Z materials. In order to take into account the radiation effects in the high energy density plasmas created by such interactions, we have modified the collisional particle-in-cell code PICLS to self-consistently model the x-ray radiation transport (RT). Solving the equation of radiation transport requires the creation of a non-LTE database of emissivities and opacities as functions of photon frequency for given densities, bulk electron temperatures, hot electron temperatures, and hot electron fractions. The database was generated using results computed by a non-equilibrium, collisional-radiative atomic kinetics code. Using the two-dimensional RT-PICLS code we have studied the X-ray transport in an ultrafast heated target and the dependence of the emitted K- ? radiation on the fast electron dynamics in the solid target. The details of these results obtained from the implementation of the radiation transport model into the PICLS calculations will be reported in this presentation. Work supported by the DOE Office of Science Grant No. DE-SC0008827 and by the NNSA/DOE Grants No. DE-FC52-06NA27616 and DE-NA0002075.

  5. Richardson Extrapolation Based Error Estimation for Stochastic Kinetic Plasma Simulations

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    Cartwright, Keigh

    2014-10-01

    To have a high degree of confidence in simulations one needs code verification, validation, solution verification and uncertainty qualification. This talk will focus on numerical error estimation for stochastic kinetic plasma simulations using the Particle-In-Cell (PIC) method and how it impacts the code verification and validation. A technique Is developed to determine the full converged solution with error bounds from the stochastic output of a Particle-In-Cell code with multiple convergence parameters (e.g. ?t, ?x, and macro particle weight). The core of this method is a multi parameter regression based on a second-order error convergence model with arbitrary convergence rates. Stochastic uncertainties in the data set are propagated through the model usin gstandard bootstrapping on a redundant data sets, while a suite of nine regression models introduces uncertainties in the fitting process. These techniques are demonstrated on Flasov-Poisson Child-Langmuir diode, relaxation of an electro distribution to a Maxwellian due to collisions and undriven sheaths and pre-sheaths. Sandia National Laboratories is a multie-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subisidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  6. Simplex-In-Cell Method for Kinetic Plasma Simulation

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    Totorica, Samuel; Kates-Harbeck, Julian; Zrake, Jonathan; Abel, Tom

    2014-10-01

    We present a new particle-based method for kinetic plasma simulation that interprets the simulation particles as tracers of the distribution function in phase space. The construction of a piecewise linear approximation to the distribution function is enabled by interpolation of the tracer particles. With access to the full distribution function, moments such as density and velocity dispersion are defined continuously over the spatial domain. Charge and current densities obtained in this way are utilized in an improved particle-mesh force calculation, reducing particle discretization noise and more accurately modeling the continuum limit. The new method is implemented for 1D2V and compared with a cloud-in-cell deposit for electrostatic and electromagnetic test problems. Significant computational savings are shown when using the new method to model linear evolution. To simulate into the nonlinear regime we implement adaptive refinement of the mesh defined by the tracer particles, capturing the fine detail in the distribution function. These ideas may also be used as a post processing tool for standard PIC simulations, where the continuous density and velocity fields obtained eliminate the necessity of averaging over control volumes and associated statistical noise.

  7. Implicit Methods for the Magnetohydrodynamic Description of Magnetically Confined Plasmas

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    Jardin, S C

    2010-09-28

    Implicit algorithms are essential for predicting the slow growth and saturation of global instabilities in today’s magnetically confined fusion plasma experiments. Present day algorithms for obtaining implicit solutions to the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations for highly magnetized plasma have their roots in algorithms used in the 1960s and 1970s. However, today’s computers and modern linear and non-linear solver techniques make practical much more comprehensive implicit algorithms than were previously possible. Combining these advanced implicit algorithms with highly accurate spatial representations of the vector fields describing the plasma flow and magnetic fields and with improved methods of calculating anisotropic thermal conduction now makes possible simulations of fusion experiments using realistic values of plasma parameters and actual configuration geometry.

  8. Kinetic-energy structure of a laser-produced-plasma channel in air

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    Shu, Xiao-Fang; Yu, Cheng-Xin; Li, Wei; Liu, Shi-Bing

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, we propose a method to calculate the fine structure of kinetic energy of laser-produced plasma, which bridges the two parts of researches of plasma channel usually studied independently of each other, i.e., the extension of the length of plasma filament and the prolongation of the lifetime of plasma channel generated by the laser pulse. The kinetic energy structure of the plasma channel is calculated by solving the motion equation of ionized electrons and utilizing the ionization rate as the weighting factor. With the study on the laser intensity, we analyze the formation mechanisms of the kinetic energy structure. This work holds great promise for optimizing the initial conditions of the evolutions of plasma channel after the laser pulse.

  9. Numerical description of discharge characteristics of the plasma needle

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    Brok, W.J.M.; Bowden, M.D.; Dijk, J. van; Mullen, J.J.A.M. van der; Kroesen, G.M.W.

    2005-07-01

    The plasma needle is a small atmospheric, nonthermal, radio-frequency discharge, generated at the tip of a needle, which can be used for localized disinfection of biological tissues. Although several experiments have characterized various qualities of the plasma needle, discharge characteristics and electrical properties are still not well known. In order to provide initial estimates on electrical properties and quantities such as particle densities, we employed a two-dimensional, time-dependent fluid model to describe the plasma needle. In this model the balance equation is solved in the drift-diffusion approach for various species and the electron energy, as well as Poisson's equation. We found that the plasma production occurs in the sheath region and results in a steady flux of reactive species outwards. Even at small (<0.1%) admixtures of N{sub 2} to the He background, N{sub 2}{sup +} is the dominant ion. The electron density is typically 10{sup 11} cm{sup -3} and the dissipated power is in the order of 10 mW. These results are consistent with the experimental data available and can give direction to the practical development of the plasma needle.

  10. Effects of dust particles in plasma kinetics: Ion dynamics time scales

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    de Angelis, U.; Tolias, P.; Ratynskaia, S.

    2012-07-01

    The self-consistent kinetic theory of dusty plasmas [V. N. Tsytovich and U. de Angelis, Phys. Plasmas 6, 1093 (1999)] is extended to frequency regimes relevant for ion dynamics, accounting for both constant and fluctuating plasma sources. In contrast to earlier models, binary plasma collisions are no longer neglected with respect to collisions with dust; hence, the model developed here is also valid for low dust densities. Expressions are found for the system's permittivity, the ion collision integral, and the spectral densities of ion density fluctuations. The structure of the ion kinetic equation is analyzed, and applications of the model for both astrophysical and laboratory environments are discussed.

  11. Effects of dust particles in plasma kinetics: Ion dynamics time scales

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    Angelis, U. de; Tolias, P.; Ratynskaia, S.

    2012-07-15

    The self-consistent kinetic theory of dusty plasmas [V. N. Tsytovich and U. de Angelis, Phys. Plasmas 6, 1093 (1999)] is extended to frequency regimes relevant for ion dynamics, accounting for both constant and fluctuating plasma sources. In contrast to earlier models, binary plasma collisions are no longer neglected with respect to collisions with dust; hence, the model developed here is also valid for low dust densities. Expressions are found for the system's permittivity, the ion collision integral, and the spectral densities of ion density fluctuations. The structure of the ion kinetic equation is analyzed, and applications of the model for both astrophysical and laboratory environments are discussed.

  12. Effect of antenna size on electron kinetics in inductively coupled plasmas

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    Lee, Hyo-Chang; Chung, Chin-Wook

    2013-10-15

    Spatially resolved measurements of electron energy distribution functions (EEDFs) are investigated in inductively coupled plasmas with two planar antenna coils. When the plasma is sustained by the antenna with a diameter of 18 cm, the nonlocal kinetics is preserved in the argon gas pressure range from 2 mTorr to 20 mTorr. However, electron kinetics transit from nonlocal kinetics to local kinetics in discharge sustained by the antenna coil with diameter 34 cm. The results suggest that antenna size as well as chamber length are important parameters for the transition of the electron kinetics. Spatial variations of plasma potential, effective electron temperature, and EEDF in terms of total electron energy scale are also presented.

  13. Effects of Kinetic Processes in Shaping Io's Global Plasma Environment: A 3D Hybrid Model

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    Lipatov, Alexander S.; Combi, Michael R.

    2006-01-01

    The global dynamics of the ionized and neutral gases in the environment of Io plays an important role in the interaction of Jupiter s corotating magnetospheric plasma with Io. Stationary simulations of this problem have already been done using the magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and the electrodynamics approaches. One of the major results of recent simplified two-fluid model simulations [Saur, J., Neubauer, F.M., Strobel, D.F., Summers, M.E., 2002. J. Geophys. Res. 107 (SMP5), 1-18] was the production of the structure of the double-peak in the magnetic field signature of the Io flyby. These could not be explained before by standard MHD models. In this paper, we present a hybrid simulation for Io with kinetic ions and fluid electrons. This method employs a fluid description for electrons and neutrals, whereas for ions a particle approach is used. We also take into account charge-exchange and photoionization processes and solve self-consistently for electric and magnetic fields. Our model may provide a much more accurate description for the ion dynamics than previous approaches and allows us to account for the realistic anisotropic ion velocity distribution that cannot be done in fluid simulations with isotropic temperatures. The first results of such a simulation of the dynamics of ions in Io s environment are discussed in this paper. Comparison with the Galileo IO flyby results shows that this approach provides an accurate physical basis for the interaction and can therefore naturally reproduce all the observed salient features.

  14. THEMIS observation of Kinetic Ballooning/Interchange Waves in the High Bz Plasma Sheet

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    Panov, Evgeny V.; Nakamura, Rumi; Kubyshkina, Marina V.; Baumjohann, Wolfgang; A, Sergeev, Victor

    2015-04-01

    Using THEMIS observations of plasma sheet oscillations with kinetic ballooning/interchange instability (BICI) signatures, we investigate the properties of the waves when a high background plasma sheet Bz is seen. We find that such waves are in a better agreement with the existing kinetic simulations. Using adapted Tsyganenko models, we also show conjugate all-sky camera observations in the course of the development of the waves.

  15. Initial measurement of the kinetic dust temperature of a weakly coupled dusty plasma

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    Williams, Jeremiah D.; Thomas, Edward Jr.

    2006-06-15

    Measurements of the velocity space distribution function of 2.9 {mu}m diameter silica particles in an argon dc glow discharge dusty plasma are made through the use of stereoscopic particle image velocimetry (stereo-PIV). These distribution functions are then used to determine the kinetic temperature of the dust component. These measurements show that the kinetic temperature of the dust component is significantly larger than the other plasma components (electrons, ions, and background neutrals)

  16. Kinetic extensions of magnetohydrodynamics for axisymmetric toroidal plasmas

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    Cheng, C. Z.

    1992-02-01

    A nonvariational kinetic-MHD stability code (NOVA-K) has been developed to integrate non-Hermitian integro-differential eigenmode equations due to energetic particles in a general flux coordinate (?, ?, ?) system with an arbitrary Jacobian. The NOVA-K code employs the Galerkin method involving Fourier expansions in the generalized poloidal angle ? and generalized toroidal angle ? directions, and cubic-B spline finite elements in the radial ? direction. Extensive comparisons with the existing variational ideal MHD codes show that the NOVA-K code coverages faster and gives more accurate results. We have employed the NOVA-K code to study the effects of energetic particles on MHD type modes: (1) the stabilization of ideal MHD internal kink modes and the excitation of ``fishbone'' internal kink modes; (2) the ?-particle destabilization of toroidicity-induced Alfvn eigenmodes (TAE) via transit and/or trapped particle resonances. Analytical theories are also presented to help explain the NOVA-K results. For energetic trapped particles generated by neutral-beam injection (NBI) and ion cyclotron resonant heating (ICRH) a stability window for the n = 1 internal kink mode in the hot particle beta space exists. On the other hand, the trapped ?-particles can resonantly destabilize the n = 1 resonant fishbone mode even for total plasma ? value smaller than the ? threshold value for the n = 1 ideal internal kink mode. Finally, we show that the TAE modes can be destabilizedby ?-particles via inverse Landau damping associated with the spatial gradient of the ?-particle pressure with very low ?-particle ? threshold in the order of 10-4 for major tokamak DT experiments.

  17. Kinetic extensions of magnetohydrodynamic models for axisymmetric toroidal plasmas

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    Cheng, C.Z.

    1989-04-01

    A nonvariational kinetic-MHD stability code (NOVA-K) has been developed to integrate a set of non-Hermitian integro-differential eigenmode equations due to energetic particles for axisymmetric toroidal plasmas in a general flux coordinate system with an arbitrary Jacobian. The NOVA-K code employs the Galerkin method involving Fourier expansions in the generalized poloidal angle theta and generalized toroidal angle /zeta/ directions, and cubic-B spline finite elements in the radial /Psi/ direction. Extensive comparisons with the existing variational ideal MHD codes show that the ideal MHD version of the NOVA-K code converges faster and gives more accurate results. The NOVA-K code is employed to study the effects of energetic particles on MHD-type modes: the stabilization of ideal MHD internal kink modes and the excitation of ''fishbone'' internal kink modes; and the alpha particle destabilization of toroidicity-induced Alfven eigenmodes (TAE) via transit resonances. Analytical theories are also presented to help explain the NOVA-K results. For energetic trapped particles generated by neutral beam injection (NBI) or ion cyclotron resonant heating (ICRH), a stability window for the n = 1 internal kink mode in the hot particle beta space exists even in the absence of the core ion finite Larmor radius effect. On the other hand, the trapped alpha particles are found to have negligible effects on the stability of the n = 1 internal kink mode, but the circulating alpha particles can strongly destabilize TAE modes via inverse Landau damping associated with the spatial gradient of the alpha particle pressure. 60 refs., 24 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Jupiter's magnetosphere: Plasma description from the Ulysses flyby

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    Bame, S.J.; Barraclough, B.L.; Feldman, W.C.; Gisler, G.R.; Gosling, J.T.; McComas, D.J.; Phillips, J.L.; Thomsen, M.F. ); Goldstein, B.E.; Neugebauer, M. )

    1992-09-11

    Plasma observations at Jupiter show that the outer regions of the Jovian magnetosphere are remarkably similar to those of Earth. Bow-shock precursor electrons and ions were detected in the upstream solar wind, as at Earth. Plasma changes across the bow shock and properties of the magnetosheath electrons were much like those at Earth, indicating that similar processes are operating. A boundary layer populated by a varying mixture of solar wind and magnetospheric plasmas was found inside the magnetopause, again as at Earth. In the middle magnetosphere, large electron density excursions were detected with a 10-hour periodicity as planetary rotation carried the tilted plasma sheet past Ulysses. Deep in the magnetosphere, Ulysses crossed a region, tentatively described as magnetically connected to the Jovian polar cap on one end and to the interplanetary magnetic field on the other. In the inner magnetosphere and Io torus, where corotation plays a dominant role, measurements could not be made because of extreme background rates from penetrating radiation belt particles.

  19. Generation of kinetic Alfven waves by beam-plasma interaction in non-uniform plasma

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    Hong, M. H.; Lin, Y.; Wang, X. Y.

    2012-07-15

    This work reports a novel mechanism of the generation of kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) using a two-dimensional hybrid simulation: the KAWs are generated by ion beam-plasma interaction in a non-uniform plasma boundary layer, in which the bulk velocity of the ion beam is assumed to be parallel to the ambient magnetic field. As a result of the beam-plasma interaction, strong shear Alfven waves as well as fast mode compressional waves are first generated on the side of the boundary layer with a high density and thus a low Alfven speed, propagating along the background magnetic field. Later, Alfven waves also form inside the boundary layer with a continuous spectrum. As the perpendicular wave number k{sub Up-Tack} of these unstably excited waves increases with time, large-amplitude, short wavelength KAWs with k{sub Up-Tack } Much-Greater-Than k{sub ||} clearly form in the boundary layer. The physics for the generation of KAWs is discussed.

  20. Note on quantitatively correct simulations of the kinetic beam-plasma instability

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    Lotov, K. V.; Timofeev, I. V.; Mesyats, E. A.; Snytnikov, A. V.; Vshivkov, V. A.

    2015-02-15

    A large number of model particles are shown necessary for quantitatively correct simulations of the kinetic beam-plasma instability with the clouds-in-cells method. The required number of particles scales inversely with the expected growth rate, as only a narrow interval of beam velocities is resonant with the wave in the kinetic regime.

  1. Turbulence in strongly coupled dusty plasmas using generalized hydrodynamic description

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    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.

  2. Non-equilibrium plasma kinetics: a state-to-state approach

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    Capitelli, M.; Armenise, I.; Bruno, D.; Cacciatore, M.; Celiberto, R.; Colonna, G.; DePascale, O.; Diomede, P.; Esposito, F.; Gorse, C.; Hassouni, K.; Laricchiuta, A.; Longo, S.; Pagano, D.; Pietanza, D.; Rutigliano, M.

    2007-02-01

    State-to-state approaches are used to shed light on (a) thermodynamic and transport properties of LTE plasmas, (b) atomic and molecular plasmas for aerospace applications and (c) RF sustained parallel plate reactors. The efforts made by the group of Bari in the kinetics and dynamics of electrons and molecular species are discussed from the point of view of either the master equation approach or the molecular dynamics of elementary processes. Recent experimental results are finally rationalized with a state-to-state kinetics based on the coupling of vibrational kinetics with the Boltzmann equation for the electron energy distribution function.

  3. Elementary processes and kinetics of H2 plasmas for different technological applications

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    Capitelli, M.; Celiberto, R.; Esposito, F.; Laricchiuta, A.; Hassouni, K.; Longo, S.

    2002-08-01

    Recent studies on elementary processes relevant to H2 plasmas are reviewed, emphasizing, in particular, vibrational state selected electron-molecule and heavy particle-molecule interactions. These data are then discussed in the framework of plasma kinetics for reactors of technological applications. Particular emphasis is given to microwave and parallel-plate RF discharges.

  4. Interaction between a high-kinetic-energy plasma jet and a target surface

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    Chen, Y.K.; Varghese, P.L.; Howell, J.R.

    1986-12-01

    A model is constructed to estimate the net energy deposited on a target wall bombarded by a plasma jet with gross kinetic energy much greater than its temperature and with density on the order of about 10/sup 19//cc (such as the plasma generated by a rail gun). Both one- and two-dimensional cases are examined to study the interactions between incident and reflected plasma ions. The results show that the reflected plasma plays an essential role in stopping the incident plasma energy over some small range of parameters.

  5. Fully kinetic simulations of dense plasma focus Z-pinch devices.

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    Schmidt, A; Tang, V; Welch, D

    2012-11-16

    Dense plasma focus Z-pinch devices are sources of copious high energy electrons and ions, x rays, and neutrons. The mechanisms through which these physically simple devices generate such high-energy beams in a relatively short distance are not fully understood. We now have, for the first time, demonstrated a capability to model these plasmas fully kinetically, allowing us to simulate the pinch process at the particle scale. We present here the results of the initial kinetic simulations, which reproduce experimental neutron yields (~10(7)) and high-energy (MeV) beams for the first time. We compare our fluid, hybrid (kinetic ions and fluid electrons), and fully kinetic simulations. Fluid simulations predict no neutrons and do not allow for nonthermal ions, while hybrid simulations underpredict neutron yield by ~100x and exhibit an ion tail that does not exceed 200 keV. Only fully kinetic simulations predict MeV-energy ions and experimental neutron yields. A frequency analysis in a fully kinetic simulation shows plasma fluctuations near the lower hybrid frequency, possibly implicating lower hybrid drift instability as a contributor to anomalous resistivity in the plasma. PMID:23215497

  6. Charge exchange in fluid description of partially ionized plasmas

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    Vranjes, J.; Kono, M.; Luna, M.

    2016-02-01

    The effects of charge exchange on waves propagating in weakly ionized plasmas are discussed. It is shown that for low-frequency processes, ions and neutrals should be treated as a single fluid with some effective charge on all of them. We have derived a new momentum equation which should be used in such an environment. As a result, the low-frequency magnetic waves can propagate even if particles are not magnetized, which is entirely due to the charge exchange and the fact that it is not possible to separate particles into two different populations as charged and neutral species. So there can be no friction force between ions and neutrals in the usual sense. The mean force per particle is proportional to the ionization ratio ni/(ni + nn). Regarding the application of the theory to the Alfvén wave propagation in the lower solar atmosphere, the results predict that the plane of displacement of the fluid must change by 90 deg when an Alfvén wave propagates from the area where particles are un-magnetized (photosphere) to the area where they are magnetized (chromosphere). Because of the most accurate cross-sections which we have here, it is possible to very accurately determine altitudes at which such rotation of the Alfvén wave takes place.

  7. Particle abundance in a thermal plasma: Quantum kinetics versus Boltzmann equation

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    Boyanovsky, D.; Davey, K.; Ho, C.M.

    2005-01-15

    We study the abundance of a particle species in a thermalized plasma by introducing a quantum kinetic description based on the nonequilibrium effective action. A stochastic interpretation of quantum kinetics in terms of a Langevin equation emerges naturally. We consider a particle species that is stable in the vacuum and interacts with heavier particles that constitute a thermal bath in equilibrium. Asymptotic theory suggests a definition of a fully renormalized single particle distribution function. Its real time dynamics is completely determined by the nonequilibrium effective action which furnishes a Dyson-like resummation of the perturbative expansion. The distribution function reaches thermal equilibrium on a time scale {approx}1/2{gamma}{sub k}(T) with {gamma}{sub k}(T) being the quasiparticle relaxation rate. The equilibrium distribution function depends on the full spectral density as a consequence the fluctuation-dissipation relation. Such dependence leads to off shell contributions to the particle abundance. A specific model of a bosonic field {phi} in interaction with two heavier bosonic fields {chi}{sub 1,2} is studied. The decay of the heaviest particle and its recombination lead to a width of the spectral function for the particle {phi} and to off shell corrections to the abundance. We find substantial departures from the Bose-Einstein result both in the high temperature and the low temperature but high momentum region. In the latter the abundance is exponentially suppressed but larger than the Bose-Einstein result. We obtain the Boltzmann equation in renormalized perturbation theory and highlight the origin of the differences. Cosmological consequences are discussed: we argue that the corrections to the abundance of cold dark matter candidates are observationally negligible and that recombination erases any possible spectral distortions of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). However we expect that the enhancement at high temperature may be important for baryogenesis.

  8. Nonstationary kinetic theory of ion transport in plasma with small perturbations

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    Brantov, A. V. Bychenkov, V. Yu.; Rozmus, W.

    2013-05-15

    A theory of charged particle transport for small potential perturbations in a fully ionized plasma is developed on the basis of solving a linearized kinetic equation with the Landau collision integral. This theory is free of any constraints on the characteristic time and spatial scales of perturbations. Ion fluxes appropriate for an arbitrary ion-ion collision frequency that can ensure nonlocal space-time transport in the plasma are calculated. The obtained ion transport coefficients are used to calculate the partial contribution of ions to the longitudinal permittivity of collisional plasma. The resulting expression for the plasma permittivity is applicable in the entire range of frequencies and wavenumbers.

  9. Ion beam generation at the plasma sheet boundary layer by kinetic Alfven waves

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    Moghaddam-Taaheri, E.; Goertz, C. K.; Smith, R. A.

    1989-01-01

    A two-dimensional quasi-linear numerical code was developed for studying ion beam generation at the plasma sheet boundary layer by kinetic Alfven waves. The model assumes that the central plasma sheet is the particle source, and that the last magnetic field lines on which kinetic Alfven waves exist and diffusion occurs can be either open or closed. As the possible source for the excitement of the kinetic Alfven waves responsible for ion diffusion, the resonant mode conversion of the surface waves to kinetic Alfven waves is considered. It is shown that, depending on the topology of the magnetic field at the lobe side of the simulation system, i.e., on whether field lines are open or closed, the ion distribution function may or may not reach a steady state.

  10. Ion-kinetic-energy measurements and energy balance in a Z-pinch plasma at stagnation.

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    Kroupp, E; Osin, D; Starobinets, A; Fisher, V; Bernshtam, V; Maron, Y; Uschmann, I; Frster, E; Fisher, A; Deeney, C

    2007-03-16

    The ion-kinetic energy throughout K emission in a stagnating plasma was determined from the Doppler contribution to the shapes of optically thin lines. X-ray spectroscopy with a remarkably high spectral resolution, together with simultaneous imaging along the pinch, was employed. Over the emission period, a drop of the ion-kinetic energy down to the electron thermal energy was seen. Axially resolved time-dependent electron-density measurements and absolute intensities of line and continuum allowed for investigating, for the first time, each segment of the pinch, the balance between the ion-kinetic energy at the stagnating plasma, and the total radiation emitted. Within the experimental uncertainties, the ion-kinetic energy is shown to account for the total radiation. PMID:17501061

  11. Nonlinear kinetic Alfvn waves with non-Maxwellian electron population in space plasmas

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    Masood, W.; Qureshi, M. N. S.; Yoon, P. H.; Shah, H. A.

    2015-01-01

    The present work discusses the effects of non-Maxwellian electron distributions on kinetic Alfvn waves in low-beta plasmas. Making use of the two-potential theory and employing the Sagdeev potential approach, the existence of solitary kinetic Alfvn waves having arbitrary amplitude is investigated. It is found that the use of non-Maxwellian population of electrons in the study of kinetic Alfvn waves leads to solutions corresponding to solitary structures that do not exist for Maxwellian electrons. The present investigation solves the riddle of plasma density fluctuations associated with strong electromagnetic perturbations observed by the Freja satellite. The present findings can also be applied to regions of space where various satellite missions have observed the presence of suprathermal populations of plasma species and where the low ? assumption is valid.

  12. Kinetic theoretical and fluid modelling of plasmas and swarms: the big picture

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    Robson, R. E.; Nicoletopoulos, P.; Li, B.; White, R. D.

    2008-05-01

    Since the 1950s there has been great progress in the fundamental kinetic theory of charged particles (electrons, positrons, muons and ions) in gases, but many of the ideas and results have still to find their way into modern low temperature plasma physics. This paper stresses the bigger picture, in the context of the kinetic theory of gases and fluid modelling, with a view to reconciling the plasma and swarm literature. We focus especially on the importance of a unified approach to transport analysis, appropriate to all types of charged particles in all situations. We discuss both plasmas and swarms in general, and make recommendations for 'best practice' in both kinetic theoretical and fluid modelling.

  13. Plasma-assisted ignition and combustion: nanosecond discharges and development of kinetic mechanisms

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    Starikovskaia, S. M.

    2014-09-01

    This review covers the results obtained in the period 2006-2014 in the field of plasma-assisted combustion, and in particular the results on ignition and combustion triggered or sustained by pulsed nanosecond discharges in different geometries. Some benefits of pulsed high voltage discharges for kinetic study and for applications are demonstrated. The necessity of and the possibility of building a particular kinetic mechanism of plasma-assisted ignition and combustion are discussed. The most sensitive regions of parameters for plasma-combustion kinetic mechanisms are selected. A map of the pressure and temperature parameters (P-T diagram) is suggested, to unify the available data on ignition delay times, ignition lengths and densities of intermediate species reported by different authors.

  14. Description of plasma focus current sheath as the Turner relaxed state of a Hall magnetofluid

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    Auluck, S. K. H.

    2009-12-01

    The central mystery of plasma focus research is the two orders-of-magnitude-higher-than-thermal fusion reaction rate and the fact that both the space-resolved neutron spectra and space-resolved reaction proton spectra show features which can be ascribed only to a rotational motion of the center-of-mass of the reacting deuteron population. It has been suggested earlier [S. K. H. Auluck, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 25, 37 (1997)] that this and other experimental observations can be consistently explained in terms of a hypothesis involving rotation of the current carrying plasma annulus behind the imploding gas-dynamic shock. Such rotation (more generally, mass flow) is an in-built feature of relaxed state of a two-fluid plasma [R. N. Sudan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 1277 (1979)]. Relaxation in the "Hall magnetofluid" approximation, in which the generalized Ohm's law includes the Hall effect term and the magnetic convection term but omits the contributions to the electric field from resistive dissipation, electron pressure gradient, thermoelectric effect, electron inertia, etc., has been extensively studied by many authors. In the present paper, Turner's [IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. PS-14, 849 (1986)] degenerate solution for the relaxed state of the Hall magnetohydrodynamic plasma has been adapted to the case of an infinitely long annular current carrying plasma, a tractable idealization of the current sheath of a plasma focus. The resulting model is consistent with experimental values of ion kinetic energy and observation of predominantly radially directed neutron emission in good shots.

  15. Description of plasma focus current sheath as the Turner relaxed state of a Hall magnetofluid

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    Auluck, S. K. H.

    2009-12-15

    The central mystery of plasma focus research is the two orders-of-magnitude-higher-than-thermal fusion reaction rate and the fact that both the space-resolved neutron spectra and space-resolved reaction proton spectra show features which can be ascribed only to a rotational motion of the center-of-mass of the reacting deuteron population. It has been suggested earlier [S. K. H. Auluck, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 25, 37 (1997)] that this and other experimental observations can be consistently explained in terms of a hypothesis involving rotation of the current carrying plasma annulus behind the imploding gas-dynamic shock. Such rotation (more generally, mass flow) is an in-built feature of relaxed state of a two-fluid plasma [R. N. Sudan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 1277 (1979)]. Relaxation in the 'Hall magnetofluid' approximation, in which the generalized Ohm's law includes the Hall effect term and the magnetic convection term but omits the contributions to the electric field from resistive dissipation, electron pressure gradient, thermoelectric effect, electron inertia, etc., has been extensively studied by many authors. In the present paper, Turner's [IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. PS-14, 849 (1986)] degenerate solution for the relaxed state of the Hall magnetohydrodynamic plasma has been adapted to the case of an infinitely long annular current carrying plasma, a tractable idealization of the current sheath of a plasma focus. The resulting model is consistent with experimental values of ion kinetic energy and observation of predominantly radially directed neutron emission in good shots.

  16. Existence of weakly damped kinetic Alfven eigenmodes in reversed shear tokamak plasmas

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    Gorelenkov, N. N.

    2008-11-15

    A kinetic theory of weakly damped Alfven eigenmode solutions strongly interacting with the continuum is developed for tokamak plasmas with reversed magnetic shear. It is shown that finite Larmor radius (FLR) effects are required for global eigenmode solutions. FLR effects induce multiple kinetic subeigenmodes and collisionless radiative damping. The theory explains the existence of experimentally observed Alfvenic instabilities with frequencies sweeping down and reaching their minimum (bottom)

  17. Modeling of High Kinetic Energy Plasma Jets for Fusion Applications

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    Bogatu, I. N.; Galkin, S. A.; Kim, J. S.

    2006-10-01

    We used semi-analytical models for high velocity (>200 km/s) and density (>10^17 cm-3) plasma jets to describe the acceleration in coaxial electrodes geometry, the collision, and plasma liner implosion, assuming that jets have merged into a spherical or cylindrical shell. The results are compared with experimental data and are being used for guiding LSP and MACH2 codes simulation and for optimization. The simplest model which uses the adiabatic invariant for oscillator revealed the basic relation between the velocity and the parameters of the plasma accelerator. Plasma slug model was extended for including friction and mass addition by electrode erosion. A simple model of blow-by instability by using the canting angle of the plasma current was formulated. As plasma jets collision at high interfacial Mach number generates shock fronts, we analyzed their possible consequences on the merging process and liner formation. The structure of the spherical shell liner during adiabatic implosion and the effect of the shock wave generated at void closure on the confinement time were also investigated.

  18. Time-dependent gas phase kinetics in a hydrogen diluted silane plasma

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    Nunomura, S.; Kondo, M.; Yoshida, I.

    2009-02-16

    The gas phase kinetics in a high-pressure hydrogen diluted silane plasma has been studied at time scales of 10{sup -2}-6x10{sup 2} s. The time-resolved gas phase composition shows the following kinetics at different time scales: silane decomposition and polysilane generation in < or approx. 2x10{sup -1} s, nanoparticle formation and plasma density reduction in 10{sup -1}-10{sup 0} s, polysilane accumulation in 10{sup 0}-10{sup 2} s, and silane depletion and electrode heating in > or approx. 10{sup 1} s. Disilane radicals are implied to be the dominant film precursors in addition to silyl radicals.

  19. On the kinetic and thermodynamic electron temperatures in non-thermal plasmas

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    Alvarez, R.; Cotrino, J.; Palmero, A.

    2014-01-01

    The framework to describe the out-of-equilibrium free electrons in cold plasmas is developed assuming the electron entropy is defined through the Boltzmann H-theorem. Our theory explains why the Saha-Boltzmann relation among higher-lying excited states by means of the electron kinetic temperature is fulfilled, even when free electrons are far from equilibrium. The thermodynamic electron temperature, pressure and chemical potential have been introduced through the derivatives of the electron entropy. It is demonstrated that under usual conditions in cold plasmas, e.g. when the electron distribution function possesses the Maxwellian, Druyvestein or Kappa functional forms, kinetic and thermodynamic electron temperatures yield the same value.

  20. LIGKA: A linear gyrokinetic code for the description of background kinetic and fast particle effects on the MHD stability in tokamaks

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    Lauber, Ph. Guenter, S.; Koenies, A.; Pinches, S.D.

    2007-09-10

    In a plasma with a population of super-thermal particles generated by heating or fusion processes, kinetic effects can lead to the additional destabilisation of MHD modes or even to additional energetic particle modes. In order to describe these modes, a new linear gyrokinetic MHD code has been developed and tested, LIGKA (linear gyrokinetic shear Alfven physics) [Ph. Lauber, Linear gyrokinetic description of fast particle effects on the MHD stability in tokamaks, Ph.D. Thesis, TU Muenchen, 2003; Ph. Lauber, S. Guenter, S.D. Pinches, Phys. Plasmas 12 (2005) 122501], based on a gyrokinetic model [H. Qin, Gyrokinetic theory and computational methods for electromagnetic perturbations in tokamaks, Ph.D. Thesis, Princeton University, 1998]. A finite Larmor radius expansion together with the construction of some fluid moments and specification to the shear Alfven regime results in a self-consistent, electromagnetic, non-perturbative model, that allows not only for growing or damped eigenvalues but also for a change in mode-structure of the magnetic perturbation due to the energetic particles and background kinetic effects. Compared to previous implementations [H. Qin, mentioned above], this model is coded in a more general and comprehensive way. LIGKA uses a Fourier decomposition in the poloidal coordinate and a finite element discretisation in the radial direction. Both analytical and numerical equilibria can be treated. Integration over the unperturbed particle orbits is performed with the drift-kinetic HAGIS code [S.D. Pinches, Ph.D. Thesis, The University of Nottingham, 1996; S.D. Pinches et al., CPC 111 (1998) 131] which accurately describes the particles' trajectories. This allows finite-banana-width effects to be implemented in a rigorous way since the linear formulation of the model allows the exchange of the unperturbed orbit integration and the discretisation of the perturbed potentials in the radial direction. Successful benchmarks for toroidal Alfven eigenmodes (TAEs) and kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) with analytical results, ideal MHD codes, drift-kinetic codes and other codes based on kinetic models are reported.

  1. Nonresonant kinetic instabilities of a relativistic plasma in a uniform magnetic field: Longitudinal and transverse mode coupling effects

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    Tautz, R. C.; Schlickeiser, R.; Lerche, I.

    2007-01-15

    The stability properties of relativistic plasmas embedded in a uniform magnetic field are investigated for longitudinal and transverse modes and with coupling effects between these modes. The direction of wave propagation in the plasma is not necessarily either parallel or transverse to the ambient magnetic field. The basic dispersion relation equations are given for arbitrary propagation directions. Detailed examination is focused on perpendicular wave propagation in this paper. The concept of neutral points in wave number space, introduced by Harris [Phys. Rev. Lett. 2, 34 (1959)], is generalized to allow for the inclusion of ion effects and the effects of fluctuating magnetic fields. Starting from the relativistic conductivity tensor, an expansion procedure for low wave frequencies is used to determine the stability properties in the neighborhood of neutral points and in the frequency regime below the ion cyclotron frequency. The bulk plasma properties determine stability or instability but the mode structure is derivable only from a particle kinetic picture, as with Weibel [Phys. Rev. Lett. 2, 83 (1959)] instabilities, and not from a magnetohydrodynamic description. For monoenergetic plasma distribution functions of electrons and ions, as well as for electrons and positrons, numerical examples are given to illustrate the neutral points and the unstable wave number regimes.

  2. Kinetic dissipation and anisotropic heating in a turbulent collisionless plasma

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    Parashar, T. N.; Shay, M. A.; Cassak, P. A.; Matthaeus, W. H.

    2009-03-15

    The kinetic evolution of the Orszag-Tang vortex is studied using collisionless hybrid simulations. In magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) this configuration leads rapidly to broadband turbulence. At large length scales, the evolution of the hybrid simulations is very similar to MHD, with magnetic power spectra displaying scaling similar to a Kolmogorov scaling of -5/3. At small scales, differences from MHD arise, as energy dissipates into heat almost exclusively through the magnetic field. The magnetic energy spectrum of the hybrid simulation shows a break where linear theory predicts that the Hall term in Ohm's law becomes significant, leading to dispersive kinetic Alfven waves. A key result is that protons are heated preferentially in the plane perpendicular to the mean magnetic field, creating a proton temperature anisotropy of the type observed in the corona and solar wind.

  3. Solar wind kinetic instabilities at small plasma betas

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    Ibscher, D. Schlickeiser, R.

    2014-02-15

    The ordinary perpendicular mode of drifting bi-Maxwellian plasma particle distributions with and without temperature anisotropy can provide aperiodic instabilities. These instabilities occur if the perpendicular thermal energy is much smaller than the streaming energy. This provides instabilities at small parallel plasma betas ?{sub ?}<1 and temperature anisotropies A?

  4. Exact kinetic theory for the instability of an electron beam in a hot magnetized plasma

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    Timofeev, I. V.; Annenkov, V. V.

    2013-09-15

    Efficiency of collective beam-plasma interaction strongly depends on the growth rates of dominant instabilities excited in the system. Nevertheless, exact calculations of the full unstable spectrum in the framework of relativistic kinetic theory for arbitrary magnetic fields and particle distributions were unknown until now. In this paper, we give an example of such a calculation answering the question whether the finite thermal spreads of plasma electrons are able to suppress the fastest growing modes in the beam-plasma system. It is shown that nonrelativistic temperatures of Maxwellian plasmas can stabilize only the oblique instabilities of relativistic beam. On the contrary, non-Maxwellian tails typically found in laboratory beam-plasma experiments are able to substantially reduce the growth rate of the dominant longitudinal modes affecting the efficiency of turbulent plasma heating.

  5. Nonlocal, kinetic stimulated Raman scattering in nonuniform plasmas: Averaged variational approach

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    Khain, P.; Friedland, L.; Shagalov, A. G.; Wurtele, J. S.

    2012-07-15

    Excitation of continuously phase-locked (autoresonant) plasma waves in a nonuniform plasma via stimulated Raman backscattering is analyzed with a focus on the kinetic regime (k{lambda}{sub D}{approx}1). The dominant nonlinear effect in this regime is that of resonant particles, and the plasma wave excitation is a nonlocal process involving formation and transport of the electron phase space holes. Whitham's averaged variational principle is applied in studying the coupled plasma, laser pump, and seed waves dynamics. A flat-top electron velocity distribution is used as the simplest model allowing a variational formulation within the water bag theory. The corresponding Lagrangian, averaged over the fast phase variable, yields evolution equations for the slow field variables. The adiabatic multiple water bag extension of the theory for application to autoresonant plasma waves in nonuniform plasmas with more realistic initial distributions is also discussed. Numerical solutions of the system of slow variational equations are compared with Vlasov-Ampere simulations.

  6. Spin Kinetic Models of PlasmasSemiclassical and Quantum Mechanical Theory

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    Brodin, Gert; Marklund, Mattias; Zamanian, Jens

    2009-11-01

    In this work a recently published semiclassical spin kinetic model, generalizing those of previous authors are discussed. Some previously described properties are reviewed, and a new example illustrating the theory is presented. The generalization to a fully quantum mechanical description is discussed, and the main features of such a theory is outlined. Finally, the main conclusions are presented.

  7. EXCITATION OF KINETIC ALFVEN WAVES BY DENSITY STRIATION IN MAGNETO-PLASMAS

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    Wu, D. J.; Chen, L.

    2013-07-01

    Field-aligned density striation is one of the most common inhomogeneity phenomena in magneto-plasmas, such as in the solar coronal plasma and terrestrial auroral plasma. Kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) can play an important role in the inhomogeneous heating of coronal magneto-plasmas as well as in the local acceleration of auroral energetic electrons. In this paper, we study the dispersion and instability of KAWs in a magneto-plasma with density striation structures. Results show that KAWs become unstable in the presence of the density striation and the corresponding instability has a maximal growth rate at the perpendicular wavelength close to the spatial scale of the density gradient. Related experimental phenomena in both laboratory and space plasmas are discussed. It is suggested that the excitation of KAWs by the density striation of magneto-plasmas can be of potential importance in understanding the physics of the formation of magneto-plasma filaments and their heating mechanisms, which are often present in the terrestrial auroral plasma, the solar coronal plasma, and other astrophysical plasmas.

  8. Characterization of electron kinetics regime with electron energy probability functions in inductively coupled hydrogen plasmas

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    Kim, June Young; Cho, Won-Hwi; Dang, Jeong-Jeung; Chung, Kyoung-Jae; Hwang, Y. S.

    2016-02-01

    Electron kinetics regime is characterized with the evolution of electron energy probability functions (EEPFs) in inductively coupled hydrogen plasmas. Measurements on EEPFs are carried out with a radio-frequency-compensated single Langmuir probe at the center of a planar-type hydrogen plasma driven by 13.56 MHz wave frequency. Measured EEPFs deviate considerably from the Maxwellian distribution only at relatively high pressures (15-40 mTorr), and the effective electron temperature steeply decreases as the gas pressure increases. Such evolution of the EEPF shapes with pressures is discussed in the consideration of the electron energy relaxation length and various characteristic frequencies. It is found that the EEPFs show locally depleted electron energy distribution where the electron-molecule vibrational collision frequency exceeds the electron-electron collision frequency at the local kinetics regime, while the measured EEPF is not dependent on the vibrational collision frequency at the non-local kinetics regime. Variation of the EEPF shape with distance from the heating region at the local kinetics regime is also well explained in the context of the energy relaxation length and electron-molecule collision frequencies. This study indicates that the control of electron energy distribution should be carried out in the consideration of electron kinetic regime depending on the energy relaxation length for various hydrogen plasma sources.

  9. Test-particle method in kinetic theory of a plasma.

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    Matsuda, K.

    1971-01-01

    The introduction of a test particle into a system is considered. The system may be described by the Born-Bogoliubov-Green-Kirkwood-Yvon hierarchy. The field particles form a cloud which surrounds the test particle. The cloud is described by a conditional probability function which satisfies a certain equation. A generalization of the superposition principle reported by Rostoker (1964) to higher order correlation functions is discussed. Kinetic equations with the generalized Lenard-Balescu term are obtained, taking into account also diffusion by waves. The characteristics regarding the absorption or emission of waves by particles can be calculated.

  10. Kinetic simulations of argon dusty plasma afterglow including metastable atom kinetics

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    Alexandrov, A. L. Schweigert, I. V.; Ariskin, D. A.

    2013-04-15

    The afterglow of a dusty plasma of rf discharge in argon is simulated by the particle-in-cell-Monte Carlo collision (PIC-MCC) method. The experimental observation that heavy dust contamination of plasma leads to an anomalous increase in the electron density at the beginning of afterglow is explained by release of electrons from the dust surface. Under the assumption that the floating potential of particles is in equilibrium with plasma conditions, the fast cooling of electrons in afterglow plasma due to a rapid escape of hot electrons from the volume leads to a decrease in the magnitude of the floating potential and hence to a loss of charge by dust. The intensive desorption of electrons from nanoparticles is the origin of anomalous behavior of the electron density. At the next stage of afterglow, when the electrons become cool, the plasma decay is defined by ambipolar diffusion. The effect of metastable argon atoms is also considered. Additional ionization due to metastable atom collisions affects the electron temperature but does not change the behavior of the electron density qualitatively.

  11. Derivation and Implementation of Hybrid Fluid/Kinetic Model for Fusion Plasmas

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    Held, E. D.

    2005-08-15

    This is a final report for Dr. Eric Held’s Junior Faculty in Plasmas Physics grant entitled, “Derivation and Implementation of Hybrid Fluid/Kinetic Model for Fusion Plasmas”. Progress over the three years and six months of this project included work on analytical and numerical fronts.

  12. Comparisons of dense-plasma-focus kinetic simulations with experimental measurements

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    Schmidt, A.; Link, A.; Welch, D.; Ellsworth, J.; Falabella, S.; Tang, V.

    2014-06-01

    Dense-plasma-focus (DPF) Z-pinch devices are sources of copious high-energy electrons and ions, x rays, and neutrons. The mechanisms through which these physically simple devices generate such high-energy beams in a relatively short distance are not fully understood and past optimization efforts of these devices have been largely empirical. Previously we reported on fully kinetic simulations of a DPF and compared them with hybrid and fluid simulations of the same device. Here we present detailed comparisons between fully kinetic simulations and experimental data on a 1.2 kJ DPF with two electrode geometries, including neutron yield and ion beam energy distributions. A more intensive third calculation is presented which examines the effects of a fully detailed pulsed power driver model. We also compare simulated electromagnetic fluctuations with direct measurement of radiofrequency electromagnetic fluctuations in a DPF plasma. These comparisons indicate that the fully kinetic model captures the essential physics of these plasmas with high fidelity, and provide further evidence that anomalous resistivity in the plasma arises due to a kinetic instability near the lower hybrid frequency.

  13. Comparisons of dense-plasma-focus kinetic simulations with experimental measurements.

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    Schmidt, A; Link, A; Welch, D; Ellsworth, J; Falabella, S; Tang, V

    2014-06-01

    Dense-plasma-focus (DPF) Z-pinch devices are sources of copious high-energy electrons and ions, x rays, and neutrons. The mechanisms through which these physically simple devices generate such high-energy beams in a relatively short distance are not fully understood and past optimization efforts of these devices have been largely empirical. Previously we reported on fully kinetic simulations of a DPF and compared them with hybrid and fluid simulations of the same device. Here we present detailed comparisons between fully kinetic simulations and experimental data on a 1.2 kJ DPF with two electrode geometries, including neutron yield and ion beam energy distributions. A more intensive third calculation is presented which examines the effects of a fully detailed pulsed power driver model. We also compare simulated electromagnetic fluctuations with direct measurement of radiofrequency electromagnetic fluctuations in a DPF plasma. These comparisons indicate that the fully kinetic model captures the essential physics of these plasmas with high fidelity, and provide further evidence that anomalous resistivity in the plasma arises due to a kinetic instability near the lower hybrid frequency. PMID:25019717

  14. Thermal ablation of plasma-facing surfaces in tokamak disruptions: Sensitivity to particle kinetic energy

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    Ehst, D.A.; Hassanein, A.

    1996-02-01

    Ablation damage to solid targets with high heat flux impulses is generally greater high-energy electron beam heat sources compared to low-energy plasma guns. This sensitivity to incoming particle kinetic energy is explored with computer modelling; a fast-running routine (DESIRE) is developed for initial scoping analysis and is found to be in reasonable agreement with several experiments on graphite and tungsten targets. If tokamak disruptions are characterized by particle energies less than {approximately}1 keV, then we expect plasma guns are a better analogue than electron beams for simulating disruption behavior and testing candidate plasma-facing materials.

  15. Time dependent evolution of linear kinetic Alfvn waves in inhomogeneous plasma

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    Goyal, R.; Sharma, R. P.; Scime, Earl E.

    2015-02-01

    The propagation of linear Kinetic Alfvn waves (KAWs) in inhomogeneous magnetized plasma has been studied while including inhomogeneities in transverse and parallel directions relative to the background magnetic field. The propagation of KAWs in inhomogeneous magnetized plasma is expected to play a key role in energy transfer and turbulence generation in space and laboratory plasmas. The inhomogeneity scale lengths in both directions may control the nature of fluctuations and localization of the waves. We present a theoretical study of the localization of KAWs, variations in magnetic field amplitude in time, and variation in the frequency spectra arising from inhomogeneities. The relevance of the model to space and laboratory observations is discussed.

  16. Non-thermal plasma destruction of allyl alcohol in waste gas: kinetics and modelling

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    DeVisscher, A.; Dewulf, J.; Van Durme, J.; Leys, C.; Morent, R.; Van Langenhove, H.

    2008-02-01

    Non-thermal plasma treatment is a promising technique for the destruction of volatile organic compounds in waste gas. A relatively unexplored technique is the atmospheric negative dc multi-pin-to-plate glow discharge. This paper reports experimental results of allyl alcohol degradation and ozone production in this type of plasma. A new model was developed to describe these processes quantitatively. The model contains a detailed chemical degradation scheme, and describes the physics of the plasma by assuming that the fraction of electrons that takes part in chemical reactions is an exponential function of the reduced field. The model captured the experimental kinetic data to less than 2 ppm standard deviation.

  17. Energy transfer and dual cascade in kinetic magnetized plasma turbulence.

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    Plunk, G G; Tatsuno, T

    2011-04-22

    The question of how nonlinear interactions redistribute the energy of fluctuations across available degrees of freedom is of fundamental importance in the study of turbulence and transport in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas, ranging from space settings to fusion devices. In this Letter, we present a theory for the dual cascade found in such plasmas, which predicts a range of new behavior that distinguishes this cascade from that of neutral fluid turbulence. These phenomena are explained in terms of the constrained nature of spectral transfer in nonlinear gyrokinetics. Accompanying this theory are the first observations of these phenomena, obtained via direct numerical simulations using the gyrokinetic code AstroGK. The basic mechanisms that are found provide a framework for understanding the turbulent energy transfer that couples scales both locally and nonlocally. PMID:21599375

  18. Energy Transfer and Dual Cascade in Kinetic Magnetized Plasma Turbulence

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    Plunk, G. G.; Tatsuno, T.

    2011-04-22

    The question of how nonlinear interactions redistribute the energy of fluctuations across available degrees of freedom is of fundamental importance in the study of turbulence and transport in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas, ranging from space settings to fusion devices. In this Letter, we present a theory for the dual cascade found in such plasmas, which predicts a range of new behavior that distinguishes this cascade from that of neutral fluid turbulence. These phenomena are explained in terms of the constrained nature of spectral transfer in nonlinear gyrokinetics. Accompanying this theory are the first observations of these phenomena, obtained via direct numerical simulations using the gyrokinetic code AstroGK. The basic mechanisms that are found provide a framework for understanding the turbulent energy transfer that couples scales both locally and nonlocally.

  19. High-order continuum kinetic method for modeling plasma dynamics in phase space

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    Vogman, G. V.; Colella, P.; Shumlak, U.

    2014-12-15

    Continuum methods offer a high-fidelity means of simulating plasma kinetics. While computationally intensive, these methods are advantageous because they can be cast in conservation-law form, are not susceptible to noise, and can be implemented using high-order numerical methods. Advances in continuum method capabilities for modeling kinetic phenomena in plasmas require the development of validation tools in higher dimensional phase space and an ability to handle non-cartesian geometries. To that end, a new benchmark for validating Vlasov-Poisson simulations in 3D (x,vx,vy) is presented. The benchmark is based on the Dory-Guest-Harris instability and is successfully used to validate a continuum finite volumemore » algorithm. To address challenges associated with non-cartesian geometries, unique features of cylindrical phase space coordinates are described. Preliminary results of continuum kinetic simulations in 4D (r,z,vr,vz) phase space are presented.« less

  20. Ion Kinetic Properties in Mercury's Pre-Midnight Plasma Sheet

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    Gershman, Daniel J.; Slavin, James A.; Raines, Jim M.; Zurbuchen, Thomas H.; Anderson, Brian J.; Korth, Haje; Baker, Daniel N.; Solomon, Sean C.

    2014-01-01

    With data from the Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer sensor on the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft, we demonstrate that the average distributions for both solar wind and planetary ions in Mercury's pre-midnight plasma sheet are well-described by hot Maxwell-Boltzmann distributions. Temperatures and densities of the H(+)-dominated plasma sheet, in the ranges is approx. 1-10 cm(exp -3) and is approx. 5-30MK, respectively, maintain thermal pressures of is approx.1 nPa. The dominant planetary ion, Na(+), has number densities about 10% that of H(+). Solar wind ions retain near-solar-wind abundances with respect to H(+) and exhibit mass-proportional ion temperatures, indicative of a reconnection-dominated heating in the magnetosphere. Conversely, planetary ion species are accelerated to similar average energies greater by a factor of is approx. 1.5 than that of H(+). This energization is suggestive of acceleration in an electric potential, consistent with the presence of a strong centrifugal acceleration process in Mercury's magnetosphere.

  1. Intensity dependence of non-linear kinetic behaviour of stimulated Raman scattering in fusion relevant plasmas

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    Maek, Martin; Rohlena, Karel

    2015-05-01

    Influence of kinetic effects on 3-wave interaction was examined within the frame of stimulated Raman backward scattering (SRBS) in a rarefied laser corona. The plasma is supposed to be weakly collisional with a negligible density gradient. The model is centred on the physical situation of shock ignition at a large scale direct drive compression experiments. The modelling uses a 1D geometry in a Maxwell-Vlasov model. The method used is a truncated Fourier-Hermite expansion numerically stabilized by a model collisional term with a realistic value of the collision frequency. In parallel, besides the linear theory of SRBS, a coupled mode 3-wave equation system (laser driving wave, Raman back-scattered wave and the daughter forward scattered plasma wave) is solved to demonstrate the correspondence between the full kinetic model and 3-wave interaction with no electron kinetics involved to identify the differences between both the solutions arising due to the electron kinetic effects. We concentrated mainly on the Raman reflectivity, which is one of the important parameters controlling the efficiency of the shock ignition scheme. It was found that the onset of the kinetic effects has a distinct intensity threshold, above which the Raman reflectivity may go down due to the electron kinetics. In addition, we were trying to identify the most important features of the electron phase space behaviour, such as particle trapping in potential minima of the generated plasma wave and its consequences for the 3-wave interaction. The role of the trapped electrons seems to be crucial for a deformation of the plasma wave dispersion curve, as indicated in some earlier work.

  2. One-dimensional hybrid-direct kinetic simulation of the discharge plasma in a Hall thruster

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    Hara, Kentaro; Boyd, Iain D.; Kolobov, Vladimir I.

    2012-11-15

    In order to model the non-equilibrium plasma within the discharge region of a Hall thruster, the velocity distribution functions (VDFs) must be obtained accurately. A direct kinetic (DK) simulation method that directly solves the plasma Boltzmann equation can achieve better resolution of VDFs in comparison to particle simulations, such as the particle-in-cell (PIC) method that inherently include statistical noise. In this paper, a one-dimensional hybrid-DK simulation, which uses a DK simulation for heavy species and a fluid model for electrons, is developed and compared to a hybrid-PIC simulation. Time-averaged results obtained from the hybrid-DK simulation are in good agreement with hybrid-PIC results and experimental data. It is shown from a comparison of using a kinetic simulation and solving the continuity equation that modeling of the neutral atoms plays an important role for simulations of the Hall thruster discharge plasma. In addition, low and high frequency plasma oscillations are observed. Although the kinetic nature of electrons is not resolved due to the use of a fluid model, the hybrid-DK model provides spatially and temporally well-resolved plasma properties and an improved resolution of VDFs for heavy species with less statistical noise in comparison to the hybrid-PIC method.

  3. Transition from gas to plasma kinetic equilibria in gravitating axisymmetric structures

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    Cremaschini, Claudio; Stuchlk, Zden?k

    2014-04-15

    The problem of the transition from gas to plasma in gravitating axisymmetric structures is addressed under the assumption of having initial and final states realized by kinetic Maxwellian-like equilibria. In astrophysics, the theory applies to accretion-disc scenarios around compact objects. A formulation based on non-relativistic kinetic theory for collisionless systems is adopted. Equilibrium solutions for the kinetic distribution functions describing the initial neutral matter and the resulting plasma state are constructed in terms of single-particle invariants and expressed by generalized Maxwellian distributions. The final plasma configuration is related to the initial gas distribution by the introduction of appropriate functional constraints. Qualitative aspects of the solution are investigated and physical properties of the system are pointed out. In particular, the admitted functional dependences of the fluid fields carried by the corresponding equilibrium distributions are determined. Then, the plasma is proved to violate the condition of quasi-neutrality, implying a net charge separation between ions and electrons. This result is shown to be independent of the precise realization of the plasma distribution function, while a physical mechanism able to support a non-neutral equilibrium state is proposed.

  4. A kinetic model of the plasma flow at the magnetic z-pinch and the plasmoid structure. Part 2 (in English)

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    Kubes, P.; Prykarpatsky, A. K.; Zagrodzinski, J.; Prykarpatsky, Y. A.

    In this article we will follow the approach developed in articles N.~N.~Bogoliubov, V.~Hr.~Samoilenko, Ukr. Fiz. Zh., 37, 147 (1992); J.~Gibbon, Physica D, 3, 503 (1981) using modern Lie--algebraic and symplectic geometry methods. It is devoted to the description of Boltzman--Vlasov type kinetic equations and some two--dimensional hydrodynamic Benney type flows associated with them. In our case of the cylindrical symmetry taking place at the interrupted magnetic z--pinch in plasma we used intensively the corresponding two--dimensionality of the plasma flow under consideration which made it possible to build a kinetic model of the plasmoid vortex structure with a conserved number of linkages of vortex lines. The latter can be used to explain the observed earlier stability of the plasmoid structure at the magnetic z--pinch.

  5. Kinetic Alfven solitary waves in a magnetized plasma with superthermal electrons

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    Panwar, A.; Ryu, C. M.; Bains, A. S.

    2015-09-01

    A study of the ion Larmor radius effects on the solitary kinetic Alfven waves (SKAWs) in a magnetized plasma with superthermal electrons is presented by employing the kinetic theory. The linear dispersion relation of SKAW is shown to depend on the superthermal parameter ?, ion to electron temperature ratio, and the angle of wave propagation. Using the Sagdeev potential approach, the energy balance equation has been derived to study the dynamics of SKAWs. The effects of various plasma parameters are investigated for the propagation of SKAWs. It is shown that only compressive solitons can exist and in the Maxwellian limit our results are in good agreement with previous studies. Further, the characteristics of small amplitude SKAWs are investigated. Present study could be useful for the understanding of SKAWs in a low ? plasma in astrophysical environment, where particle distributions are superthermal in nature.

  6. Arbitrary amplitude kinetic Alfven solitary waves and double layers in a non-Maxwellian plasma

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    Gogoi, Runmoni; Khan, Manoranjan

    2010-11-15

    To investigate the existence of kinetic Alfven wave solitons, warm adiabatic ions and kappa distributed electrons are considered in a magnetized plasma. The kappa distribution (having the spectral index {kappa}) is a velocity distribution that has a high energy tail but approaches the Maxwellian when {kappa}{yields}{infinity}. In this work, by using the Sagdeev pseudopotential method, an exact analytical expression for arbitrary amplitude solitary kinetic Alfven wave is derived. For different sets of plasma parameter values, the Sagdeev potential {Psi} ({phi}) has been calculated numerically. It is found that the spectral index {kappa} plays a significant role in determining the shape and size of the solitary waves and double layers. Also, it is observed that both compressive solitary waves and double layers exist depending on the values of different plasma parameters.

  7. Nonlinear excitations of kinetic Alfven waves in electron-positron-ion plasmas

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    Sah, O. P.

    2010-03-15

    A detailed study of nonlinear excitations (solitons and double layers) of kinetic Alfven waves in low but finite-beta electron-positron-ion plasma is presented using pseudopotential approach, which is valid for arbitrary wave amplitude. While sub- and super-Alfvenic solitonic structures and sub-Alfvenic double layer structures are found for both r (equilibrium positron-to-ion density ratio) <1 and r>1, super-Alfvenic double layers are found to be favorable in the region r>1. In any case, however, only compressive nonlinear excitations are found to exist. This contradicts the earlier result [H. Kakati and K. S. Goswami, Phys. Plasmas 7, 808 (2000)] predicting the existence of small-amplitude rarefactive sub- and super-Alfvenic kinetic Alfven double layers under the assumption r<<1. The effects of positron/ion density, ion temperature, obliqueness of the wave propagation, and plasma-beta on nonlinear excitations are also examined.

  8. Finite amplitude solitary structures of coupled kinetic Alfven-acoustic waves in dense plasmas

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    Sabeen, A.; Shah, H. A.; Masood, W.; Qureshi, M. N. S.

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, we have investigated the nonlinear propagating coupled Kinetic Alfven-acoustic waves in a low beta degenerate quantum plasma in the presence of trapped Fermi electrons using the quantum hydrodynamic (QHD) model. By using the two potential theory and the Sagdeev potential approach, we have investigated the formation of solitary structures for coupled kinetic Alfven-acoustic waves in the presence of quantum mechanically trapped electrons. We have shown that there are regions of propagation and non-propagation for such solitary structures. We have also highlighted the differences between the classical and quantum mechanically trapped electrons. Interestingly, it has been found that the nature of the nonlinearity for the quantum mechanically trapped electrons is different from its classical counterpart. The results presented here may have applications in white dwarf asteroseismology as well as next generation laser-plasma experiments where low beta plasma condition is met.

  9. Plasma-resistivity-induced strong damping of the kinetic resistive wall mode.

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    He, Yuling; Liu, Yueqiang; Liu, Yue; Hao, Guangzhou; Wang, Aike

    2014-10-24

    An energy-principle-based dispersion relation is derived for the resistive wall mode, which incorporates both the drift kinetic resonance between the mode and energetic particles and the resistive layer physics. The equivalence between the energy-principle approach and the resistive layer matching approach is first demonstrated for the resistive plasma resistive wall mode. As a key new result, it is found that the resistive wall mode, coupled to the favorable average curvature stabilization inside the resistive layer (as well as the toroidal plasma flow), can be substantially more stable than that predicted by drift kinetic theory with fast ion stabilization, but with the ideal fluid assumption. Since the layer stabilization becomes stronger with decreasing plasma resistivity, this regime is favorable for reactor scale, high-temperature fusion devices. PMID:25379920

  10. Kinetic shear Alfvn instability in the presence of impurity ions in tokamak plasmas

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    Lu, Gaimin; Shen, Y.; Xie, T.; He, Zhixiong; He, Hongda; Qi, Longyu; Cui, Shaoyan

    2013-10-15

    The effects of impurity ions on the kinetic shear Alfvn (KSA) instability in tokamak plasmas are investigated by numerically solving the integral equations for the KSA eigenmode in the toroidal geometry. The kinetic effects of hydrogen and impurity ions, including transit motion, finite ion Larmor radius, and finite-orbit-width, are taken into account. Toroidicity induced linear mode coupling is included through the ballooning-mode representation. Here, the effects of carbon, oxygen, and tungsten ions on the KSA instability in toroidal plasmas are investigated. It is found that, depending on the concentration and density profile of the impurity ions, the latter can be either stabilizing or destabilizing for the KSA modes. The results here confirm the importance of impurity ions in tokamak experiments and should be useful for analyzing experimental data as well as for understanding anomalous transport and control of tokamak plasmas.

  11. Three-Dimensional Drift Kinetic Response of High-? Plasmas in the DIII-D Tokamak

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    Wang, Z. R.; Lanctot, M. J.; Liu, Y. Q.; Park, J.-K.; Menard, J. E.

    2015-04-01

    A quantitative interpretation of the experimentally measured high-pressure plasma response to externally applied three-dimensional (3D) magnetic field perturbations, across the no-wall Troyon ? limit, is achieved. The self-consistent inclusion of the drift kinetic effects in magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) modeling [Y. Q. Liu et al., Phys. Plasmas 15, 112503 (2008)] successfully resolves an outstanding issue of the ideal MHD model, which significantly overpredicts the plasma-induced field amplification near the no-wall limit, as compared to experiments. The model leads to quantitative agreement not only for the measured field amplitude and toroidal phase but also for the measured internal 3D displacement of the plasma. The results can be important to the prediction of the reliable plasma behavior in advanced fusion devices, such as ITER [K. Ikeda, Nucl. Fusion 47, S1 (2007)].

  12. Alfven continuum deformation by kinetic geodesic effect in rotating tokamak plasmas

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    Elfimov, A. G.

    2010-02-15

    Using a quasitoroidal set of coordinates with coaxial circular magnetic surfaces, Vlasov equation is solved for collisionless plasmas in drift approach and a perpendicular dielectric tensor is found for large aspect ratio tokamaks in a low frequency band. Taking into account plasma rotation and charge separation parallel electric field, it is found that an ion geodesic effect deform Alfven wave continuum producing continuum minimum at the rational magnetic surfaces, which depends on the plasma rotation and poloidal mode numbers. In kinetic approach, the ion thermal motion defines the geodesic effect but the mode frequency also depends on electron temperature. A geodesic ion Alfven mode predicted below the continuum minimum has a small Landau damping in plasmas with Maxwell distribution but the plasma rotation may drive instability.

  13. Kinetic theory of a two-dimensional magnetized plasma. II - Balescu-Lenard limit.

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    Vahala, G.

    1972-01-01

    The kinetic theory of a two-dimensional one-species plasma in a uniform dc magnetic field is investigated in the small plasma parameter limit. The plasma consists of charged rods interacting through the logarithmic Coulomb potential. Vahala and Montgomery earlier (1971) derived a Fokker-Planck equation for this system, but it contained a divergent integral, which had to be cut off on physical grounds. This cutoff is compared to the standard cutoff introduced in the two-dimensional unmagnetized Fokker-Planck equation. In the small plasma parameter limit, it is shown that the Balescu-Lenard collision term is zero in the long time average limit if only two-body interactions are considered. The energy transfer from a test particle to an equilibrium plasma is discussed and is also shown to be zero in the long time average limit. This supports the unexpected result of zero Balescu-Lenard collision term.

  14. Three-dimensional drift kinetic response of high-? plasmas in the DIII-D tokamak.

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    Wang, Z R; Lanctot, M J; Liu, Y Q; Park, J-K; Menard, J E

    2015-04-10

    A quantitative interpretation of the experimentally measured high-pressure plasma response to externally applied three-dimensional (3D) magnetic field perturbations, across the no-wall Troyon ? limit, is achieved. The self-consistent inclusion of the drift kinetic effects in magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) modeling [Y.?Q. Liu etal., Phys. Plasmas 15, 112503 (2008)] successfully resolves an outstanding issue of the ideal MHD model, which significantly overpredicts the plasma-induced field amplification near the no-wall limit, as compared to experiments. The model leads to quantitative agreement not only for the measured field amplitude and toroidal phase but also for the measured internal 3D displacement of the plasma. The results can be important to the prediction of the reliable plasma behavior in advanced fusion devices, such as ITER [K. Ikeda, Nucl. Fusion 47, S1 (2007)]. PMID:25910133

  15. Kinetic Alfven wave in the presence of kappa distribution function in plasma sheet boundary layer

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    Shrivastava, G.; Shrivastava, J.; Ahirwar, G.

    2015-07-01

    The particle aspect approach is adopted to investigate the trajectories of charged particles in the electromagnetic field of kinetic Alfven wave. Expressions are found for the dispersion relation, damping/growth rate and associated currents in the presence of kappa distribution function. Kinetic effect of electrons and ions are included to study kinetic Alfven wave because both are important in the transition region. It is found that the ratio ? of electron thermal energy density to magnetic field energy density and the ratio of ion to electron thermal temperature (Ti/Te), and kappa distribution function affect the dispersion relation, damping/growth rate and associated currents in both cases(warm and cold electron limit).The treatment of kinetic Alfven wave instability is based on assumption that the plasma consist of resonant and non resonant particles. The resonant particles participate in an energy exchange process, whereas the non resonant particles support the oscillatory motion of the wave.

  16. Orszag Tang vortex - Kinetic study of a turbulent plasma

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    Parashar, T. N.; Servidio, S.; Shay, M. A.; Matthaeus, W. H.; Cassak, P. A.

    2010-03-25

    Kinetic evolution of the Orszag-Tang vortex is studied using collisionless hybrid simulations based on particle in cell ions and fluid electrons. In magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) this configuration leads rapidly to broadband turbulence. An earlier study estimated the dissipation in the system. A comparison of MHD and hybrid simulations showed similar behavior at large scales but substantial differences at small scales. The hybrid magnetic energy spectrum shows a break at the scale where Hall term in the Ohm's law becomes important. The protons heat perpendicularly and most of the energy is dissipated through magnetic interactions. Here, the space time structure of the system is studied using frequency-wavenumber (k-omega) decomposition. No clear resonances appear, ruling out the cyclotron resonances as a likely candidate for the perpendicular heating. The only distinguishable wave modes present, which constitute a small percentage of total energy, are magnetosonic modes.

  17. Kinetic effects in the transverse filamentation instability of pair plasmas

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    D'Angelo, M.; Fedeli, L.; Sgattoni, A.; Pegoraro, F.; Macchi, A.

    2015-12-01

    The evolution of the filamentation instability produced by two counter-streaming pair plasmas is studied with particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations in both one (1D) and two (2D) spatial dimensions. Radiation friction effects on particles are taken into account. During the nonlinear stage of the instability, a strong broadening of the particle energy spectrum occurs accompanied by the formation of a peak at twice their initial energy. A simple theory of the peak formation is presented. The presence of radiative losses does not change the dynamics of the instability but affects the structure of the particle spectra.

  18. Electromagnetic fluctuations in magnetized plasmas. I. The rigorous relativistic kinetic theory

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    Schlickeiser, R.; Yoon, P. H.

    2015-07-01

    Using the system of the Klimontovich and Maxwell equations, the general linear fluctuation theory for magnetized plasmas is developed. General expressions for the electromagnetic fluctuation spectra (electric and magnetic fields) from uncorrelated plasma particles in plasmas with a uniform magnetic field are derived, which are covariantly correct within the theory of special relativity. The general fluctuation spectra hold for plasmas of arbitrary composition, arbitrary momentum dependences of the plasma particle distribution functions, and arbitrary orientations of the wave vector with respect to the uniform magnetic field. Moreover, no restrictions on the values of the real and the imaginary parts of the frequency are made. The derived fluctuation spectra apply to both non-collective fluctuations and collective plasma eigenmodes in magnetized plasmas. In the latter case, kinetic equations for the components of fluctuating electric and magnetic fields in magnetized plasmas are derived that include the effect of spontaneous emission and absorption. In the limiting case of an unmagnetized plasmas, the general fluctuation spectra correctly reduce to the unmagnetized fluctuation spectra derived before.

  19. Theoretical description of the kinetics of solute adsorption at heterogeneous solid/solution interfaces. On the possibility of distinguishing between the diffusional and the surface reaction kinetics models

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    Rudzinski, Wladyslaw; Plazinski, Wojciech

    2007-04-01

    The kinetics of adsorption at solid/liquid interfaces is of crucial importance for life on our planet and a variety of technological processes. Let us remark, for instance, that the oxide/electrolyte interface is the largest natural interface existing on the earth. It is very impressive to observe the growing number of the papers reporting on application of adsorption processes in the technologies of environmental protection. The purification of wastewaters, for instance, has become one of the largest industries now. To optimize the cost and performance of the adsorption technology, one has to consider both the costs of sorbents, and the efficiency of the adsorption process. That efficiency is related not only to the equilibrium features of an adsorption system but also to the kinetics of the adsorption process. In technological processes a sorbent and a solution are brought into contact for a limited period of time, so, the rate of the transport of solute molecules from the bulk to the adsorbed phase is here of a primary importance. According to some generally expressed views a sorption process can be described by four consecutive kinetic steps: transport in the bulk solution; diffusion across the film surrounding the sorbent particles; diffusion in the pores of the sorbent; sorption and desorption on the solid surface viewed as a kind of chemical reaction. One of these steps is the slowest and controls the rate of sorption. Depending on the assumption which of these steps is the rate-controlling one, a variety of equations have been proposed in literature to describe that kinetic step. The knowledge of the nature of that kinetic and its theoretical description are very crucial for practical applications, as a key to design the adsorption equipment and conditions for an optimum efficiency to be achieved. So, first some laboratory experimental tests and next their subsequent theoretical analyses are carried out to elucidate the nature of the rate-controlling kinetic process. Such studies may involve a variety of experiments whose time dependence of adsorption is the most fundamental information. Sometimes accompanying studies of the corresponding adsorption equilibria are also carried out, but it seems that the importance of these studies has not been sufficiently recognized. Only such combined study creates a chance to distinguish correctly between one and another kinetic model to be assumed. However, the most essential condition is using proper theoretical expressions to represent the features of some kind of kinetics. Here we will show how the above-mentioned conditions may affect distinguishing between the kinetics which is governed by the intraparticle diffusion, and that in which surface reactions control the rate of sorption in an adsorption system. This is because these two kinetic models are most frequently assumed in the theoretical interpretation of experimental kinetic data.

  20. Kinetic Theory in Hot Plasmas and Neutral Gases Applications to the Computation of the transport coefficients

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    Bendib, A.

    2008-09-23

    The conference is devoted to the study of systems consisting of a large number of particles by using the kinetic theory. In a first part, we present a general overview of the kinetic theory. In particular, the role of the correlations between particles is shown and discussed through the main models reported in the literature. In a second part, we present three applications to the transport properties in plasmas and neutral gases. The first application is devoted to the transport in hot plasmas perturbed with respect to the global equilibrium. The quasi-static and collisionless distribution function and transport coefficients are established. The influence of relativistic effects is also discussed. The second application deals with strongly inhomogeneous magnetized plasmas. The transport coefficients of Braginskii are calculated numerically in the local and the weakly nonlocal approximations. New nonlocal transport coefficients are emphasized. Finally, we apply the kinetic theory to the neutral gases by calculating the semi-collisional dispersion relation of acoustic waves. In particular, the dispersion and the damping of these waves in rarefied gases are highlighted. The method used to solve the kinetic equations is compared with the conventional method of Chapman-Enskog.

  1. Dust kinetic Alfvn solitary and rogue waves in a superthermal dusty plasma

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    Saini, N. S.; Singh, Manpreet; Bains, A. S.

    2015-11-01

    Dust kinetic Alfvn solitary waves (DKASWs) have been examined in a low-? dusty plasma comprising of negatively charged dust grains, superthermal electrons, and ions. A nonlinear Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation has been derived using the reductive perturbation method. The combined effects of superthermality of charged particles (via ?), plasma ?, obliqueness of propagation (?), and dust concentration (via f) on the shape and size of the DKASWs have been examined. Only negative potential (rarefactive) structures are observed. Further, characteristics of dust kinetic Alfvn rogue waves (DKARWs), by deriving the non-linear Schrdinger equation (NLSE) from the KdV equation, are studied. Rational solutions of NLSE show that rogue wave envelopes are supported by this plasma model. It is observed that the influence of various plasma parameters (superthermality, plasma ?, obliqueness, and dust concentration) on the characteristics of the DKARWs is very significant. This fundamental study may be helpful in understanding the formation of coherent nonlinear structures in space and astrophysical plasma environments where superthermal particles are present.

  2. Limitations of electron cyclotron resonance ion source performances set by kinetic plasma instabilities.

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    Tarvainen, O; Laulainen, J; Komppula, J; Kronholm, R; Kalvas, T; Koivisto, H; Izotov, I; Mansfeld, D; Skalyga, V

    2015-02-01

    Electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECRIS) plasmas are prone to kinetic instabilities due to anisotropy of the electron energy distribution function stemming from the resonant nature of the electron heating process. Electron cyclotron plasma instabilities are related to non-linear interaction between plasma waves and energetic electrons resulting to strong microwave emission and a burst of energetic electrons escaping the plasma, and explain the periodic oscillations of the extracted beam currents observed in several laboratories. It is demonstrated with a minimum-B 14 GHz ECRIS operating on helium, oxygen, and argon plasmas that kinetic instabilities restrict the parameter space available for the optimization of high charge state ion currents. The most critical parameter in terms of plasma stability is the strength of the solenoid magnetic field. It is demonstrated that due to the instabilities the optimum Bmin-field in single frequency heating mode is often ?0.8BECR, which is the value suggested by the semiempirical scaling laws guiding the design of modern ECRISs. It is argued that the effect can be attributed not only to the absolute magnitude of the magnetic field but also to the variation of the average magnetic field gradient on the resonance surface. PMID:25725830

  3. Limitations of electron cyclotron resonance ion source performances set by kinetic plasma instabilities

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    Tarvainen, O. Laulainen, J.; Komppula, J.; Kronholm, R.; Kalvas, T.; Koivisto, H.; Izotov, I.; Mansfeld, D.; Skalyga, V.

    2015-02-15

    Electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECRIS) plasmas are prone to kinetic instabilities due to anisotropy of the electron energy distribution function stemming from the resonant nature of the electron heating process. Electron cyclotron plasma instabilities are related to non-linear interaction between plasma waves and energetic electrons resulting to strong microwave emission and a burst of energetic electrons escaping the plasma, and explain the periodic oscillations of the extracted beam currents observed in several laboratories. It is demonstrated with a minimum-B 14 GHz ECRIS operating on helium, oxygen, and argon plasmas that kinetic instabilities restrict the parameter space available for the optimization of high charge state ion currents. The most critical parameter in terms of plasma stability is the strength of the solenoid magnetic field. It is demonstrated that due to the instabilities the optimum B{sub min}-field in single frequency heating mode is often ≤0.8B{sub ECR}, which is the value suggested by the semiempirical scaling laws guiding the design of modern ECRISs. It is argued that the effect can be attributed not only to the absolute magnitude of the magnetic field but also to the variation of the average magnetic field gradient on the resonance surface.

  4. Kinetic theory of a two-dimensional magnetized plasma.

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    Vahala, G.; Montgomery, D.

    1971-01-01

    Several features of the equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics of a two-dimensional plasma in a uniform dc magnetic field are investigated. The charges are assumed to interact only through electrostatic potentials. The problem is considered both with and without the guiding-center approximation. With the guiding-center approximation, an appropriate Liouville equation and BBGKY hierarchy predict no approach to thermal equilibrium for the spatially uniform case. For the spatially nonuniform situation, a guiding-center Vlasov equation is discussed and solved in special cases. For the nonequilibrium, nonguiding-center case, a Boltzmann equation, and a Fokker-Planck equation are derived in the appropriate limits. The latter is more tractable than the former, and can be shown to obey conservation laws and an H-theorem, but contains a divergent integral which must be cut off on physical grounds. Several unsolved problems are posed.

  5. Kinetic Processes and Plasma Remediation of Toxic Gases

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    Gentile, Ann Catherine

    1995-11-01

    Regulations on the allowable emissions of toxic gases have resulted in increasing industrial interest in the development of energy efficient methods for remediation. In this work we computationally study the application of Dielectric Barrier Discharges to the remediation of perchloroethylene (C_2Cl_4 or PCE) and N_{x}O _{y}. We determine the kinetic processes that occur in remediation in order to devise methods for improving the energy efficiency of remediation. PCE remediation progresses by a chain chemistry. Removal is efficient in humid gas streams since reactions of H _2O initiate the production of radicals necessary for remediation. The end products can be further treated by conventional methods and then exhausted. Processes during N_{x }O_{y} remediation can be considered in terms of three time regimes. During the pulse, radicals are produced. NO and N_{x}O_{y } are then remediated. At long times NO is converted to NO_2 with no net change in N_{x}O _{y}. Remediation of NO is largely due to reduction by N. Removal is more efficient with higher applied voltage, faster rising pulses, more H_2O in the gas stream, and more pulses of lower energy. Spatial dependencies can affect the energy efficiencies of remediation. Localized energy deposition in the streamer can result in high temperatures facilitating production of NO. Diffusion of NO into the streamer region and advective transport of N outward into the bulk gas increase remediation. At very high energy depositions, transport decreases the instantaneous rate of change of efficiency with energy deposition despite the increased temperature.

  6. Spectral evolution of two-dimensional kinetic plasma turbulence in the wavenumber-frequency domain

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    Comişel, H.; Institute for Space Sciences, Atomiştilor 409, P.O. Box MG-23, Bucharest-Măgurele RO-077125 ; Verscharen, D.; Narita, Y.; Motschmann, U.; Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Institut für Planetenforschung, Rutherfordstr. 2, D-12489 Berlin

    2013-09-15

    We present a method for studying the evolution of plasma turbulence by tracking dispersion relations in the energy spectrum in the wavenumber-frequency domain. We apply hybrid plasma simulations in a simplified two-dimensional geometry to demonstrate our method and its applicability to plasma turbulence in the ion kinetic regime. We identify four dispersion relations: ion-Bernstein waves, oblique whistler waves, oblique Alfvén/ion-cyclotron waves, and a zero-frequency mode. The energy partition and frequency broadening are evaluated for these modes. The method allows us to determine the evolution of decaying plasma turbulence in our restricted geometry and shows that it cascades along the dispersion relations during the early phase with an increasing broadening around the dispersion relations.

  7. Measurement of the Kinetic Dust Temperature of a Weakly-Coupled Dusty Plasma

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    Williams, Jeremiah; Thomas, Edward Jr.

    2005-10-31

    Over the past 5 years, two-dimensional particle image velocimetry techniques have been used to obtain detailed measurements of microparticle transport in dusty plasma. Recently, the Auburn Plasma Sciences Laboratory has extended these techniques to a three-dimensional velocity vector measurement using stereoscopic particle image velocimetry (stereo-PIV). In this paper, we discuss the use of the stereo-PIV technique for determining the velocity space distribution function of the microparticle component of a dc glow discharge dusty plasma. These distribution functions are then used to make measurements of the kinetic temperature of the dust component. Preliminary results show that the temperature of the dust component is significantly larger than the other plasma components (electrons, ions and background neutrals)

  8. Dimension reduction of non-equilibrium plasma kinetic models using principal component analysis

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    Peerenboom, Kim; Parente, Alessandro; Kozk, Tom; Bogaerts, Annemie; Degrez, Grard

    2015-04-01

    The chemical complexity of non-equilibrium plasmas poses a challenge for plasma modeling because of the computational load. This paper presents a dimension reduction method for such chemically complex plasmas based on principal component analysis (PCA). PCA is used to identify a low-dimensional manifold in chemical state space that is described by a small number of parameters: the principal components. Reduction is obtained since continuity equations only need to be solved for these principal components and not for all the species. Application of the presented method to a CO2 plasma model including state-to-state vibrational kinetics of CO2 and CO demonstrates the potential of the PCA method for dimension reduction. A manifold described by only two principal components is able to predict the CO2 to CO conversion at varying ionization degrees very accurately.

  9. High-Performance Kinetic Plasma Simulations with GPUs and load balancing

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    Germaschewski, Kai; Ahmadi, Narges; Abbott, Stephen; Lin, Liwei; Wang, Liang; Bhattacharjee, Amitava; Fox, Will

    2014-10-01

    We will describe the Plasma Simulation Code (PSC), a modern particle-in-cell code with GPU support and dynamic load balancing capabilities. For 2-d problems, we achieve a speed-up of up to 6 × on the Cray XK7 ``Titan'' using its GPUs over the well-known VPIC code, which has been optimized for conventional CPUs with SIMD support. Our load-balancing algorithm employs a space-filling Hilbert-Peano curve to maintain locality and has shown to keep the load balanced within approximately 10% in production runs which otherwise slow down up to 5 × with only static load balancing. PSC is based on the libmrc computational framework, which also supports explicit and implicit time integration of fluid plasma models. Applications include magnetic reconnection in HED plasmas, particle acceleration in space plasmas and the nonlinear evolution of anisotropy-based kinetic instabilities like the mirror mode.

  10. 3D Kinetic Simulation of Plasma Jet Penetration in Magnetic Field

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    Galkin, Sergei A.; Bogatu, I. N.; Kim, J. S.

    2009-11-01

    A high velocity plasmoid penetration through a magnetic barrier is a problem of a great experimental and theoretical interest. Our LSP PIC code 3D fully kinetic numerical simulations of high density (10^16 cm-3) high velocity (30-140 km/sec) plasma jet/bullet, penetrating through the transversal magnetic field, demonstrate three different regimes: reflection by field, penetration by magnetic field expulsion and penetration by magnetic self-polarization. The behavior depends on plasma jet parameters and its composition: hydrogen, carbon (A=12) and C60-fullerene (A=720) plasmas were investigated. The 3D simulation of two plasmoid head-on injections along uniform magnetic field lines is analyzed. Mini rail plasma gun (accelerator) modeling is also presented and discussed.

  11. Kinetic plasma processes occurring in the outer plasmasphere

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    Wilson, Gordon R.

    1992-01-01

    One area of data analysis work that was begun under this contract is the fitting of the perpendicular velocity distributions of equatorially trapped ions with a Kappa function. This type of characterization of the trapped ions will be very useful for comparison with velocity distributions produced by the model. A second area of data analysis is to study data from consecutive passes when DE 1's apogee was near the magnetic equator and the spacecraft was often skimming along nearly the same L shell. In 1982 three such periods occurred in May, June, and July. For these consecutive events we have Kp histories, density measurements from a number of sources (Whistler data, DE SFR, ISEE SFR) and consecutive samples of ion pitch angle distributions along field lines. It is clear from this data how the pitch angle distributions evolve during a flux tube refilling event. Our modeling of the flow of plasma along closed field lines is following two basic tracks. The first is a study of the basic refilling process without the effect of wave-particle heating near the equator or the effect of large or abrupt field-aligned electric potential drops. This model includes the effects of Coulomb self-collisions and collisions with the O+ ions in the topside ionosphere. The second track is a study of the effects of wave produced pitch-angle scattering and perpendicular heating occurring near the magnetic equator, in connection with the development of large potential drops that result from electron heating and the development of density gradients.

  12. First steps towards the reaction kinetics of HMDSO in an atmospheric pressure plasma jet in argon

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    Loffhagen, Detlef; Becker, Markus M.; Foest, Rüdiger; Schäfer, Jan; Sigeneger, Florian

    2014-10-01

    Hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) is a silicon-organic compound which is often used as precursor for thin-film deposition by means of plasma polymerization because of its high deposition rate and low toxicity. To improve the physical understanding of the deposition processes, fundamental investigations have been performed to clarify the plasma-chemical reaction pathways of HMDSO and their effect on the composition and structure of the deposited film. The current contribution represents the main primary and secondary plasma-chemical processes and their reaction products in the effluent region of an argon plasma jet at atmospheric pressure. The importance of the different collision processes of electrons and heavy particles are discussed. Results of numerical modelling of the plasma jet and the Ar-HMDSO reaction kinetics indicate that the fragmentation of HMDSO is mainly initiated by collisions with molecular argon ions, while Penning ionization processes play a minor role for the reaction kinetics in the effluent region of the jet. The work has been supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) under Grant LO 623/3-1.

  13. Excited level populations and excitation kinetics of nonequilibrium ionizing argon discharge plasma of atmospheric pressure

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    Akatsuka, Hiroshi

    2009-04-15

    Population densities of excited states of argon atoms are theoretically examined for ionizing argon plasma in a state of nonequilibrium under atmospheric pressure from the viewpoint of elementary processes with collisional radiative model. The dependence of excited state populations on the electron and gas temperatures is discussed. Two electron density regimes are found, which are distinguished by the population and depopulation mechanisms for the excited states in problem. When the electron impact excitation frequency for the population or depopulation is lower than the atomic impact one, the electron density of the plasma is considered as low to estimate the population and depopulation processes. Some remarkable characteristics of population and depopulation mechanisms are found for the low electron density atmospheric plasma, where thermal relaxation by atomic collisions becomes the predominant process within the group of close-energy states in the ionizing plasma of atmospheric pressure, and the excitation temperature is almost the same as the gas temperature. In addition to the collisional relaxation by argon atoms, electron impact excitation from the ground state is also an essential population mechanism. The ratios of population density of the levels pairs, between which exists a large energy gap, include information on the electron collisional kinetics. For high electron density, the effect of atomic collisional relaxation becomes weak. For this case, the excitation mechanism is explained as electron impact ladderlike excitation similar to low-pressure ionizing plasma, since the electron collision becomes the dominant process for the population and depopulation kinetics.

  14. Relativistic kinetic theory of pitch angle scattering, slowing down, and energy deposition in a plasma

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    Robiche, J.; Rax, J.M.

    2004-10-01

    The collisional dynamics of a relativistic electron population in a Lorentzian plasma are investigated and analyzed within the framework of kinetic theory. The relativistic Fokker-Planck equation describing both slowing down and pitch angle scattering is derived, analyzed, and solved. The analytical Green function is used to express the electron range, the range straggling, and the mean radial dispersion as a function of the plasma parameters. Compared to standard slowing down theories, the inclusion of the pitch angle scattering without any Gaussian approximation appears to be essential to calculate these quantities.

  15. Arbitrary amplitude kinetic Alfven solitons in a plasma with a q-nonextensive electron velocity distribution

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    Liu, Y.; Liu, S. Q.; Dai, B.

    2011-09-15

    Arbitrary amplitude solitary kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) in a plasma with q-nonextensive electrons are investigated by the conventional Sagdeev pseudopotential method, through which the existence of solitary KAWs is analyzed theoretically and numerically. It is shown only solitons with density hump can exist, the amplitude of which depends sensitively on the parameter q and the plasma {beta}. There is an upper limit for the amplitude of solitary wave which decreases with the increase of q and {beta}. The results obtained in the framework of Maxwellian distribution are reproduced when q {yields} 1.

  16. A Boltzmann-kinetical description of an MHD shock with arbitrary field inclination

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    Siewert, M.; Fahr, H.-J.

    2008-07-01

    Aims: We revisit the general problem of the anisotropic MHD shock for arbitrary magnetic field inclinations, where the jump conditions are underdetermined. To describe the transition region of the shock, we derive a variant of a kinetic Boltzmann-Vlasov equation previously used to describe the perpendicular shock in the absence of dissipative processes. Methods: We derive effective force terms, for the kinetic equation, that are based on the conservation of the Chew-Goldberger-Low (CGL) MHD invariants which appear in the standard model for anisotropic MHD. This approach is based on a generalisation of the well-known equivalence between the first CGL invariant and the integral over the magnetic moments of the underlying particles. Results: Assuming an arbitrary distribution function on the upstream side, we integrate the kinetic equation across the shock. This result allows us to establish further relations between the MHD velocity moments on both sides. Using this additional information, we close the anisotropic MHD jump conditions. In addition, the now unique solution of the jump conditions allows us to present explicit cuts through a representative Maxwellian distribution function on both sides of the shock. In the kinetic equation, one only requires two parameters that need to be derived from the classical jump conditions, the classical MHD compression ratio and an equivalent ratio for the magnetic field strengths.

  17. Fast electron energy deposition in a magnetized plasma: Kinetic theory and particle-in-cell simulation

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    Robiche, J.; Rax, J.-M.; Bonnaud, G.; Gremillet, L.

    2010-03-15

    The collisional dynamics of a relativistic electron jet in a magnetized plasma are investigated within the framework of kinetic theory. The relativistic Fokker-Planck equation describing slowing down, pitch angle scattering, and cyclotron rotation is derived and solved. Based on the solution of this Fokker-Planck equation, an analytical formula for the root mean square spot size transverse to the magnetic field is derived and this result predicts a reduction in radial transport. Some comparisons with particle-in-cell simulation are made and confirm striking agreement between the theory and the simulation. For fast electron with 1 MeV typical kinetic energy interacting with a solid density hydrogen plasma, the energy deposition density in the transverse direction increases by a factor 2 for magnetic field of the order of 1 T. Along the magnetic field, the energy deposition profile is unaltered compared with the field-free case.

  18. From cold to fusion plasmas: spectroscopy, molecular dynamics and kinetic considerations

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    Capitelli, M.; Celiberto, R.; Colonna, G.; D'Ammando, G.; De Pascale, O.; Diomede, P.; Esposito, F.; Gorse, C.; Laricchiuta, A.; Longo, S.; Pietanza, L. D.

    2010-07-01

    Non-equilibrium effects in hydrogen plasmas have been investigated in different systems, ranging from RF plasmas to corona discharges. The existing measurements of vibrational and rotational temperatures, obtained by different spectroscopical techniques, are reported, rationalized by results calculated by kinetic models. Input data of these models are discussed with particular attention on the dependence of relevant cross sections on the vibrational quantum number. Moreover, the influence of the vibrational excitation of H2 molecules on the translational distribution of atoms in ground and excited levels is shown. Finally, a collisional radiative model for atomic hydrogen levels, based on the coupling of the Boltzmann equation for electron energy distribution function (EEDF) and the excited state kinetics, is presented, emphasizing the limits of quasi-stationary approximation. In the last case, large deviations of the EEDF and atomic level distributions from the equilibrium are observed.

  19. Kinetic Alfven wave instability driven by electron temperature anisotropy in high-beta plasmas

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    Chen, L.; Wu, D. J.

    2010-06-15

    Based on the kinetic dispersion equation in the low-frequency condition of omegaplasmas, which is associated with kinetic Alfven waves in the wave vector range of k{sub ||}lambda{sub I}<<1 and k{sub perpendicular}rho{sub i}<<1 (where lambda{sub I} and rho{sub i} are the ion inertial length and gyroradius, respectively), is investigated. The results show that the structures of both the growth rate and the real frequency are different from those driven by the ion temperature anisotropy. The growth rate is larger than that driven by the ion anisotropy. The critical instability condition is modified dramatically, in which the electron driven growth rate does not vanish at the classical critical point and its deviation from zero increases with the kinetic effect due to the short-wavelength modification.

  20. FokkerPlanck kinetic modeling of suprathermal ?-particles in a fusion plasma

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    Peigney, B.E.

    2014-12-01

    We present an ion kinetic model describing the transport of suprathermal ?-particles in inertial fusion targets. The analysis of the underlying physical model enables us to develop efficient numerical methods to simulate the creation, transport and collisional relaxation of fusion reaction products (?-particles) at a kinetic level. The model assumes spherical symmetry in configuration space and axial symmetry in velocity space around the mean flow velocity. A two-energy-scale approach leads to a self-consistent modeling of the coupling between suprathermal ?-particles and the thermal bulk of the imploding plasma. This method provides an accurate numerical treatment of energy deposition and transport processes involving suprathermal particles. The numerical tools presented here are then validated against known analytical results. This enables us to investigate the potential role of ion kinetic effects on the physics of ignition and thermonuclear burn in inertial confinement fusion schemes.

  1. Geodesic acoustic mode in anisotropic plasmas using double adiabatic model and gyro-kinetic equation

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    Ren, Haijun; Cao, Jintao

    2014-12-15

    Geodesic acoustic mode in anisotropic tokamak plasmas is theoretically analyzed by using double adiabatic model and gyro-kinetic equation. The bi-Maxwellian distribution function for guiding-center ions is assumed to obtain a self-consistent form, yielding pressures satisfying the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) anisotropic equilibrium condition. The double adiabatic model gives the dispersion relation of geodesic acoustic mode (GAM), which agrees well with the one derived from gyro-kinetic equation. The GAM frequency increases with the ratio of pressures, p{sub ?}/p{sub ?}, and the Landau damping rate is dramatically decreased by p{sub ?}/p{sub ?}. MHD result shows a low-frequency zonal flow existing for all p{sub ?}/p{sub ?}, while according to the kinetic dispersion relation, no low-frequency branch exists for p{sub ?}/p{sub ?}? 2.

  2. Effective-Viscosity Approach for Nonlocal Electron Kinetics in Inductively Coupled Plasmas

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    Hagelaar, G. J. M.

    2008-01-18

    In inductively coupled plasmas, nonlocal electron kinetics lead to the anomalous skin effect. We show that this can be approximately described through a fluid equation for electron momentum including a viscosity term with an effective-viscosity coefficient. The solution of this momentum equation coupled with the Maxwell equations is in good agreement with results from a particle-in-cell simulation over a wide range of conditions, reproducing the nonmonotonic structure of the anomalous skin with sometimes local negative power absorption.

  3. Solving kinetic equations with adaptive mesh in phase space for rarefied gas dynamics and plasma physics (Invited)

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    Kolobov, Vladimir; Arslanbekov, Robert; Frolova, Anna

    2014-12-09

    The paper describes an Adaptive Mesh in Phase Space (AMPS) technique for solving kinetic equations with deterministic mesh-based methods. The AMPS technique allows automatic generation of adaptive Cartesian mesh in both physical and velocity spaces using a Tree-of-Trees data structure. We illustrate advantages of AMPS for simulations of rarefied gas dynamics and electron kinetics on low temperature plasmas. In particular, we consider formation of the velocity distribution functions in hypersonic flows, particle kinetics near oscillating boundaries, and electron kinetics in a radio-frequency sheath. AMPS provide substantial savings in computational cost and increased efficiency of the mesh-based kinetic solvers.

  4. Kinetic Model of Evaporation of Droplets Dispersed in Aqueous-Organic Compositions in an Air-Plasma Flow

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    Karengin, A. A.; Karengin, A. G.; Vlasov, V. A.

    2015-09-01

    A kinetic model of droplet evaporation in an air-plasma flow is developed. Patterns of the influence of the initial air-plasma flow and droplet parameters and of the initial mass ratio of liquid and gaseous phases on the evaporation kinetics of droplets dispersed in aqueous-organic compositions in the air-plasma flow are established. It is shown that for aqueous-organic compositions having the adiabatic combustion temperature no less than 1200°C, the stage of solvent (water) evaporation is the limiting stage of the whole process in the air-plasma flow.

  5. Inertial-range kinetic turbulence in pressure-anisotropic astrophysical plasmas

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    Kunz, M. W.; Schekochihin, A. A.; Chen, C. H. K.; Abel, I. G.; Cowley, S. C.

    2015-10-01

    > A theoretical framework for low-frequency electromagnetic (drift-)kinetic turbulence in a collisionless, multi-species plasma is presented. The result generalises reduced magnetohydrodynamics (RMHD) and kinetic RMHD (Schekochihin et al., Astrophys. J. Suppl. Ser., vol. 182, 2009, pp. 310-377) to the case where the mean distribution function of the plasma is pressure-anisotropic and different ion species are allowed to drift with respect to each other - a situation routinely encountered in the solar wind and presumably ubiquitous in hot dilute astrophysical plasmas such as the intracluster medium. Two main objectives are achieved. First, in a non-Maxwellian plasma, the relationships between fluctuating fields (e.g. the Alfvén ratio) are order-unity modified compared to the more commonly considered Maxwellian case, and so a quantitative theory is developed to support quantitative measurements now possible in the solar wind. Beyond these order-unity corrections, the main physical feature of low-frequency plasma turbulence survives the generalisation to non-Maxwellian distributions: Alfvénic and compressive fluctuations are energetically decoupled, with the latter passively advected by the former; the Alfvénic cascade is fluid, satisfying RMHD equations (with the Alfvén speed modified by pressure anisotropy and species drifts), whereas the compressive cascade is kinetic and subject to collisionless damping (and for a bi-Maxwellian plasma splits into three independent collisionless cascades). Secondly, the organising principle of this turbulence is elucidated in the form of a conservation law for the appropriately generalised kinetic free energy. It is shown that non-Maxwellian features in the distribution function reduce the rate of phase mixing and the efficacy of magnetic stresses, and that these changes influence the partitioning of free energy amongst the various cascade channels. As the firehose or mirror instability thresholds are approached, the dynamics of the plasma are modified so as to reduce the energetic cost of bending magnetic-field lines or of compressing/rarefying them. Finally, it is shown that this theory can be derived as a long-wavelength limit of non-Maxwellian slab gyrokinetics.

  6. A DRIFT ORDERED SHORT MEAN-FREE DESCRIPTION FOR PARTIALLY IONIZED MAGNETIZED PLASMA

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    SIMAKOV, ANDERI N.

    2007-02-08

    Effects of neutral particles, most prominently the associated heat flux and viscosity, can be very important or even dominant at the edge of a tokamak and so must be self-consistently accounted for in a description of magnetized tokamak edge plasma. To the best of our knowledge, this has only been done so far for short mean-free path plasma under MHD-like Braginskii's orderings i.e. assuming that species velocities are on the order of the ion thermal speed. Since plasma flows in modern tokamaks are usually slow compared with the ion thermal speed (at least in the absence of strong external momentum sources) it is more appropriate to use drift orderings in which the plasma flow velocity is instead comparable with the diamagnetic heat flow divided by pressure. Employing drift orderings and evaluating species distribution functions through second order in the small gyroradius and mean-free path expansion parameters allows accounting for the important effects of heat fluxes on species momentum transport (viscosities), which are missing from the large flow ordered treatments. In this work we consider short mean-free path plasma consisting of electrons and single species of singly-charged ions and neutrals. We neglect neutral-neutral and elastic electron-neutral collisions and approximate the neutral-ion charge-exchange cross-section with a constant. We employ drift orderings to evaluate ion, neutral, and electron heat fluxes, viscosity tensors, and momentum and energy exchange terms and formulate a self-consistent system of electron, ion, and neutral fluid equations, thereby generalizing the drift-ordered treatment of fully ionized plasma.

  7. Astrophysical Gyrokinetics: Kinetic and Fluid Turbulent Cascades In Magentized Weakly Collisional Plasmas

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    Schekochihin, A. A.; Cowley, S. C.; Dorland, W.; Hammett, G. W.; Howes, G. G.; Quataert, E.; Tatsuno, T.

    2009-04-23

    This paper presents a theoretical framework for understanding plasma turbulence in astrophysical plasmas. It is motivated by observations of electromagnetic and density fluctuations in the solar wind, interstellar medium and galaxy clusters, as well as by models of particle heating in accretion disks. All of these plasmas and many others have turbulentmotions at weakly collisional and collisionless scales. The paper focuses on turbulence in a strong mean magnetic field. The key assumptions are that the turbulent fluctuations are small compared to the mean field, spatially anisotropic with respect to it and that their frequency is low compared to the ion cyclotron frequency. The turbulence is assumed to be forced at some system-specific outer scale. The energy injected at this scale has to be dissipated into heat, which ultimately cannot be accomplished without collisions. A kinetic cascade develops that brings the energy to collisional scales both in space and velocity. The nature of the kinetic cascade in various scale ranges depends on the physics of plasma fluctuations that exist there. There are four special scales that separate physically distinct regimes: the electron and ion gyroscales, the mean free path and the electron diffusion scale. In each of the scale ranges separated by these scales, the fully kinetic problem is systematically reduced to a more physically transparent and computationally tractable system of equations, which are derived in a rigorous way. In the "inertial range" above the ion gyroscale, the kinetic cascade separates into two parts: a cascade of Alfvenic fluctuations and a passive cascade of density and magnetic-fieldstrength fluctuations. The former are governed by the Reduced Magnetohydrodynamic (RMHD) equations at both the collisional and collisionless scales; the latter obey a linear kinetic equation along the (moving) field lines associated with the Alfvenic component (in the collisional limit, these compressive fluctuations become the slow and entropy modes of the conventional MHD). In the "dissipation range" below ion gyroscale, there are again two cascades: the kinetic-Alfven-wave (KAW) cascade governed by two fluid-like Electron Reduced Magnetohydrodynamic (ERMHD) equations and a passive cascade of ion entropy fluctuations both in space and velocity. The latter cascade brings the energy of the inertial-range fluctuations that was Landau-damped at the ion gyroscale to collisional scales in the phase space and leads to ion heating. The KAWenergy is similarly damped at the electron gyroscale and converted into electron heat. Kolmogorov-style scaling relations are derived for all of these cascades. The relationship between the theoretical models proposed in this paper and astrophysical applications and observations is discussed in detail.

  8. Astrophysical Gyrokinetics: Kinetic and Fluid Turbulent Cascades in Magnetized Weakly Collisional Plasmas

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    Schekochihin, A. A.; Cowley, S. C.; Dorland, W.; Hammett, G. W.; Howes, G. G.; Quataert, E.; Tatsuno, T.

    2009-05-01

    This paper presents a theoretical framework for understanding plasma turbulence in astrophysical plasmas. It is motivated by observations of electromagnetic and density fluctuations in the solar wind, interstellar medium and galaxy clusters, as well as by models of particle heating in accretion disks. All of these plasmas and many others have turbulent motions at weakly collisional and collisionless scales. The paper focuses on turbulence in a strong mean magnetic field. The key assumptions are that the turbulent fluctuations are small compared to the mean field, spatially anisotropic with respect to it and that their frequency is low compared to the ion cyclotron frequency. The turbulence is assumed to be forced at some system-specific outer scale. The energy injected at this scale has to be dissipated into heat, which ultimately cannot be accomplished without collisions. A kinetic cascade develops that brings the energy to collisional scales both in space and velocity. The nature of the kinetic cascade in various scale ranges depends on the physics of plasma fluctuations that exist there. There are four special scales that separate physically distinct regimes: the electron and ion gyroscales, the mean free path and the electron diffusion scale. In each of the scale ranges separated by these scales, the fully kinetic problem is systematically reduced to a more physically transparent and computationally tractable system of equations, which are derived in a rigorous way. In the "inertial range" above the ion gyroscale, the kinetic cascade separates into two parts: a cascade of Alfvnic fluctuations and a passive cascade of density and magnetic-field-strength fluctuations. The former are governed by the reduced magnetohydrodynamic (RMHD) equations at both the collisional and collisionless scales; the latter obey a linear kinetic equation along the (moving) field lines associated with the Alfvnic component (in the collisional limit, these compressive fluctuations become the slow and entropy modes of the conventional MHD). In the "dissipation range" below ion gyroscale, there are again two cascades: the kinetic-Alfvn-wave (KAW) cascade governed by two fluid-like electron reduced magnetohydrodynamic (ERMHD) equations and a passive cascade of ion entropy fluctuations both in space and velocity. The latter cascade brings the energy of the inertial-range fluctuations that was Landau-damped at the ion gyroscale to collisional scales in the phase space and leads to ion heating. The KAW energy is similarly damped at the electron gyroscale and converted into electron heat. Kolmogorov-style scaling relations are derived for all of these cascades. The relationship between the theoretical models proposed in this paper and astrophysical applications and observations is discussed in detail.

  9. Core Physics and Kinetics Calculations for the Fissioning Plasma Core Reactor

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    Butler, C.; Albright, D.

    2007-01-01

    Highly efficient, compact nuclear reactors would provide high specific impulse spacecraft propulsion. This analysis and numerical simulation effort has focused on the technical feasibility issues related to the nuclear design characteristics of a novel reactor design. The Fissioning Plasma Core Reactor (FPCR) is a shockwave-driven gaseous-core nuclear reactor, which uses Magneto Hydrodynamic effects to generate electric power to be used for propulsion. The nuclear design of the system depends on two major calculations: core physics calculations and kinetics calculations. Presently, core physics calculations have concentrated on the use of the MCNP4C code. However, initial results from other codes such as COMBINE/VENTURE and SCALE4a. are also shown. Several significant modifications were made to the ISR-developed QCALC1 kinetics analysis code. These modifications include testing the state of the core materials, an improvement to the calculation of the material properties of the core, the addition of an adiabatic core temperature model and improvement of the first order reactivity correction model. The accuracy of these modifications has been verified, and the accuracy of the point-core kinetics model used by the QCALC1 code has also been validated. Previously calculated kinetics results for the FPCR were described in the ISR report, "QCALC1: A code for FPCR Kinetics Model Feasibility Analysis" dated June 1, 2002.

  10. Kinetic Alfven waves as a source of plasma transport at the dayside magnetopause

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    Lee, L. C.; Johnson, Jay R.; Ma, Z. W.

    1994-01-01

    As the shocked solar wind with variable plasma density and magnetic field impinges on the dayside magnetopause, it is likely to generate large-scale Alfven waves at the solar wind magnetosphere interface. However, large gradients in the density and magnetic field at the magnetopause boundary effectively couple large-scale Alfven waves with kinetic Alfven waves may play an important role in plasma transport at the dayside magnetopause and in electron acceleration along field lines. The transport can occur because, unlike the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) shear Alfven wave, the kinetic Alfven wave has an associated parallel electric field which breaks down the 'frozen-in' condition and decouples the plasma from field lines. We calculate the average deviation of the plasma from the field line from which we estimate the diffusion coefficient associated with these 'bundles' of lead to acceleration of electrons along field lines in the magnetopause boundary and may possibly provide an explanation for observed counterstreaming electron beams characterized by energies of 50-200 eV.

  11. Kinetic simulations of magnetic reconnection in plasma with different beta values

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    Ricci, Paolo; Lapenta, Giovanni; Brackbill, Jeremiah

    2003-10-01

    We present kinetic simulations of collisionless magnetic reconnection in Harris current sheets. We simulate plasmas with different beta values by varying the guide fields: high guide field correspond to low beta. For all values of beta>me/mi, fast reconnection is made possible by the separation of the electron and ion dynamics in the reconnection region. The primary mechanism that relaxes the frozen-in conditions is given by the non-gyrotropic electron pressure terms for all the guide fields considered. The reconnection rate is then enhanced by the Whistler dynamics in high beta plasmas and by the Kinetic Alfvn Waves dynamics in lower beta plasmas. In the latter case, the ion sound radius takes the place of the ion inertial length as the length scale of interest. The guide field diminishes the reconnection rate and decreases the reconnection saturation level. The ion and electron flow pattern, acceleration, and heating are strongly influenced by the guide field. The simulations are also preliminary to a closer comparison with the results of the Reconnection Scaling eXperiment (RSX) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which allows one to study plasmas with different beta values.

  12. Kinetic description of ionospheric dynamics in the three-fluid approximation

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    Comfort, R. H.

    1975-01-01

    Conservation equations are developed in the three-fluid approximation for general application problems of ionospheric dynamics in the altitude region 90 km to 800 km for all geographic locations. These equations are applied to a detailed study of auroral E region neutral winds and their relationship to ionospheric plasma motions.

  13. The LANL atomic kinetics modeling effort and its application to W plasmas

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    Colgan, James; Abdallah, Joseph; Fontes, Christopher; Zhang, Honglin

    2010-12-10

    This is the work of the LANL group on atomic kinetics modelling. There are various levels of detail in the LANL suite of atomic physics codes: (1) Non-relativistic configuration average kinetics (nl{sup w}) + UTA spectra, (2) Relativistic configuration average kinetics (nlj{sup w}) + UTA spectra, (3) Mixed UTA (MUTA) - configuration average kinetics and spectra composed of mixture of UTAs and fine-structure features and (4) Fine-structure levels. The LANL suite of atomic physics codes consists of 5 codes: (1) CATS/RATS atomic structure codes (semi-relativistic Cowan code or Dirac-Fock-Slater code), (2) ACE collisional excitation code (Plane-wave Born, Columb-Born and distorted-wave methods) and (3) GIPPER ionization code (scaled-hydrogenic and distorted-wave methods). An on-line version of the codes is available at http://aphysics2.lanl.gov/tempweb. ATOMIC kinetics modelling code uses the atomic data for LTE or NLTE population kinetics models and spectral modelling of a broad range of plasma applications. The mixed UTA (MUTA) approach was developed for the spectra of complex ions and the results are in very good agreement with the Sandia-Z Iron opacity experiments. The LANL configuration-average/MUTA calculations were applied to tungsten problems of the non-LTE kinetics code comparison workshops. The LANL group plans to perform much larger calculations to assess the accuracy of the older results and to investigate low-temperature tungsten processes relevant to the divertor modelling.

  14. Time dependent evolution of linear kinetic Alfvén waves in inhomogeneous plasma

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    Goyal, R. Sharma, R. P.; Scime, Earl E.

    2015-02-15

    The propagation of linear Kinetic Alfvén waves (KAWs) in inhomogeneous magnetized plasma has been studied while including inhomogeneities in transverse and parallel directions relative to the background magnetic field. The propagation of KAWs in inhomogeneous magnetized plasma is expected to play a key role in energy transfer and turbulence generation in space and laboratory plasmas. The inhomogeneity scale lengths in both directions may control the nature of fluctuations and localization of the waves. We present a theoretical study of the localization of KAWs, variations in magnetic field amplitude in time, and variation in the frequency spectra arising from inhomogeneities. The relevance of the model to space and laboratory observations is discussed.

  15. Hypovalency--a kinetic-energy density description of a 4c-2e bond.

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    Jacobsen, Heiko

    2009-06-01

    A bond descriptor based on the kinetic energy density, the localized-orbital locator (LOL), is used to characterize the nature of the chemical bond in electron deficient multi-center bonds. The boranes B(2)H(6), B(4)H(4), B(4)H(10), [B(6)H(6)](2-), and [B(6)H(7)](-) serve as prototypical examples of hypovalent 3c-2e and 4c-2e bonding. The kinetic energy density is derived from a set of Kohn-Sham orbitals obtained from pure density functional calculations (PBE/TZVP), and the topology of LOL is analyzed in terms of (3,-3) attractors (Gamma). The B-B-B and B-H-B 3c-2e, and the B-B-H-B 4c-2e bonding situations are defined by their own characteristic LOL profiles. The presence of one attractor in relation to the three or four atoms that are engaged in electron deficient bonding provides sufficient indication of the type of 3c-2e or 4c-2e bond present. For the 4c-2e bond in [B(6)H(7)](-) the LOL analysis is compared to results from an experimental QTAIM study. PMID:19452076

  16. A mechanistic description of radiation-induced damage to normal tissue and its healing kinetics

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    Hanin, Leonid; Zaider, Marco

    2013-02-01

    We introduce a novel mechanistic model of the yield of tissue damage at the end of radiation treatment and of the subsequent healing kinetics. We find explicit expressions for the total number of functional proliferating cells as well as doomed (functional but non-proliferating) cells as a function of time post treatment. This leads to the possibility of estimatingfor any given cohort of patients undergoing radiation therapythe probability distribution of those kinetic parameters (e.g. proliferation rates) that determine times to injury onset and ensuing resolution. The model is suitable for tissues with simple duplication organization, meaning that functionally competent cells are also responsible for tissue renewal or regeneration following injury. An extension of the model to arbitrary temporal patterns of dose rate is presented. To illustrate the practical utility of the model, as well as its limitations, we apply it to data on the time course of urethral toxicity following fractionated radiation treatment and brachytherapy for prostate cancer.

  17. Kinetic effects on Lunar plasma environment on global scale, mesoscale and microscale

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    Kallio, E.; Dyadechkin, S.; Jarvinen, R.; Wurz, P.; Barabash, S.; Rantala, A.; Alho, M.

    2012-12-01

    Recent Lunar missions have shown that the solar wind interaction with the Moon is complex and scientifically more interesting than anticipated before, as shown by new in situ plasma, neutral atom and magnetic field observations. Especially, an unexpectedly high fraction of the incident solar wind protons is reflected from the surface, and even larger fraction by the Lunar magnetic anomalies. This effect has been observed both by measuring deviated solar wind flow near the magnetic anomalies and by observing decreased flux of energetic neutral hydrogen atoms, ENAs, from the surface region of strong magnetic anomalies. These "macro scale" processes affect the properties of plasma near the Lunar surface. Consequently, also physical processes at "micro scales" within the Debye sheath layer, where the electric potential of the surface and near surface region are controlled by photoelectrons and solar wind particles, are affected. In this work we introduce two numerical kinetic simulation models developed to study the solar wind interaction with the Moon: (1) a hybrid model (HYB-Moon) to study macro scale processes and (2) a full kinetic PIC model to study micro scale processes. Both models are part of the HYB planetary plasma modelling platform developed at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. In the hybrid model ions are modelled as particles while electrons form a charge neutralizing massless fluid. In the Particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation both ions and electrons are modelled as particles. In the presentation we show results based on these models. A schematic illustration of plasmas and fields which affect the lunar dust-plasma environment near the lunar surface: photoelectrons (e-hf), solar wind electrons (e-sw) and ions (H+sw), dust electrons (e-dust), dust particles (q dust), electric field (E) and magnetic field. Because of the non-zero magnetic field associated with the interplanetary magnetic field (Bsw), electric currents in the plasma and the lunar magnetic anomalies, the charged particle follow gyromotion around the magnetic field. The electric field contains the convective electric field of the solar wind (Esw) and the electric field associated with the charge separation within the potential sheath and possible also within magnetic anomalies. The length scale of the potential sheath is the Debye length (lamda D). See Kallio et al., "Kinetic effects on Lunar plasma environment on global scale, mesoscale and microscale" (PSS, 2012, submitted) for details.

  18. Gyrokinetic Electron and Fully Kinetic Ion Particle Simulation of Collisionless Plasma Dynamics

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    Yu Lin; Xueyi Wang; Liu Chen; Zhihong Lin

    2009-08-11

    Fully kinetic-particle simulations and hybrid simulations have been utilized for decades to investigate various fundamental plasma processes, such as magnetic reconnection, fast compressional waves, and wave-particle interaction. Nevertheless, due to disparate temporal and spatial scales between electrons and ions, existing fully kinetic-particle codes have to employ either unrealistically high electron-to-ion mass ratio, me/mi, or simulation domain limited to a few or a few ten's of the ion Larmor radii, or/and time much less than the global Alfven time scale in order to accommodate available computing resources. On the other hand, in the hybrid simulation, the ions are treated as fully kinetic particles but the electrons are treated as a massless fluid. The electron kinetic effects, e.g., wave-particle resonances and finite electron Larmor radius effects, are completely missing. Important physics, such as the electron transit time damping of fast compressional waves or the triggering mechanism of magnetic reconnection in collisionless plasmas is absent in the hybrid codes. Motivated by these considerations and noting that dynamics of interest to us has frequencies lower than the electron gyrofrequency, we planned to develop an innovative particle simulation model, gyrokinetic (GK) electrons and fully kinetic (FK) ions. In the GK-electron and FK-ion (GKe/FKi) particle simulation model, the rapid electron cyclotron motion is removed, while keeping finite electron Larmor radii, realistic me/mi ratio, wave-particle interactions, and off-diagonal components of electron pressure tensor. The computation power can thus be significantly improved over that of the full-particle codes. As planned in the project DE-FG02-05ER54826, we have finished the development of the new GK-electron and FK-ion scheme, finished its benchmark for a uniform plasma in 1-D, 2-D, and 3-D systems against linear waves obtained from analytical theories, and carried out a further convergence test and benchmark for a 2-D Harris current sheet against tearing mode and other instabilities in linear theories/models. More importantly, we have, for the first time, carried out simulation of linear instabilities in a 2-D Harris current sheet with a broad range of guide field BG and the realistic mi/me, and obtained important new results of current sheet instabilities in the presence of a finite BG. Indeed the code has accurately reproduced waves of interest here, such as kinetic Alfven waves, compressional Alfven/whistler wave, and lower-hybrid/modified two-stream waves. Moreover, this simulation scheme is capable of investigating collisionless kinetic physics relevant to magnetic reconnection in the fusion plasmas, in a global scale system for a long-time evolution and, thereby, produce significant new physics compared with both full-particle and hybrid codes. The results, with mi/me=1836 and moderate to large BG as in the real laboratory devices, have not been obtained in previous theory and simulations. The new simulation model will contribute significantly not only to the understanding of fundamental fusion (and space) plasma physics but also to DOE's SciDAC initiative by further pushing the frontiers of simulating realistic fusion plasmas.

  19. Vlasov Plasma Turbulence in the Solar Wind at Proton Kinetic Scales

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    Valentini, F.; Servidio, S.; Matthaeus, W. H.; Osman, K.; Perrone, D.; Califano, F.; Veltri, P.

    2014-12-01

    Solar-wind heating through turbulent dissipation at kinetic wavelengths represents one of the most studied and challenging problems in the field of space plasma physics. In this work, kinetic effects in the turbulent solar-wind plasma are investigated by means of multi-dimensional simulations of the hybrid Vlasov-Maxwell (HVM) model [1]. Using 5D (2D in space and 3D in velocity space) and full 6D simulations of plasma turbulence, it is found that kinetic effects manifest through the deformation of the proton distribution function (DF), with patterns of non-Maxwellian features being concentrated near regions of strong magnetic gradients. Recent analyses [2] of solar-wind data from spacecraft aimed to quantify kinetic effects through the temperature anisotropy (T?/T//) on the proton velocity DF, with respect to the local magnetic field. Values of the anisotropy range broadly, with most values between 10-1and 10. Moreover, the distribution of temperature anisotropy depends systematically on the ambient proton parallel beta (?//), the ratio of parallel kinetic pressure to magnetic pressure, manifesting a characteristic rhomboidal shape. In order to make contact with solar-wind observations, temperature anisotropy has been evaluated from an ensemble of HVM simulations [3], obtained by varying the global plasma beta and fluctuation level, in such a way to cover distinct regions of the parameter space defined by T?/T// and ?//. The HVM simulations presented here demonstrate that, when the DF is free to explore the entire velocity subspace, new features appear as complex interactions between the particles and the turbulent background. In particular, our numerical results indicate that the main direction of the proper temperature anisotropy, calculated in the main reference frame of the DF [4], has a finite probability of being along or across the ambient magnetic field, and is associated with magnetic intermittent events and with gradient-type structures in the flow and in the density. Comparison of numerical results with solar-wind data shows remarkable quantitative agreement. [1] B. A. Maruca et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 201101 (2011). [2] F. Valentini et al., J. Comput. Phys. 225, 753 (2007). [3] S. Servidio et al., AstroPhys. J. Lett. 781, L27 (2014). [4] S. Servidio et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 045001 (2012).

  20. High-order continuum kinetic method for modeling plasma dynamics in phase space

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    Vogman, G. V.; Colella, P.; Shumlak, U.

    2014-12-15

    Continuum methods offer a high-fidelity means of simulating plasma kinetics. While computationally intensive, these methods are advantageous because they can be cast in conservation-law form, are not susceptible to noise, and can be implemented using high-order numerical methods. Advances in continuum method capabilities for modeling kinetic phenomena in plasmas require the development of validation tools in higher dimensional phase space and an ability to handle non-cartesian geometries. To that end, a new benchmark for validating Vlasov-Poisson simulations in 3D (x,vx,vy) is presented. The benchmark is based on the Dory-Guest-Harris instability and is successfully used to validate a continuum finite volume algorithm. To address challenges associated with non-cartesian geometries, unique features of cylindrical phase space coordinates are described. Preliminary results of continuum kinetic simulations in 4D (r,z,vr,vz) phase space are presented.

  1. A Hamiltonian fluid-kinetic model for a two-species non-neutral plasma

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    Tassi, E.; Chandre, C.; Romé, M.

    2014-04-15

    A model for describing the dynamics of a pure electron plasma in the presence of a population of massive charged particles is presented. The model couples the fluid dynamics of the pure electron plasma with the dynamics of the massive particle population, the latter being treated kinetically. The model is shown to possess a noncanonical Hamiltonian structure and to preserve invariants analogous to those of the two-dimensional (2D) Euler equation for an incompressible inviscid fluid, and of the Vlasov equation. The Hamiltonian structure of the model is used to derive a set of stability conditions for rotating coherent structures of the two-species system, in the case of negatively charged massive particles. According to these conditions, stability is attained if both the equilibrium distribution function of the kinetic species and the equilibrium density of the electron fluid are monotonically decreasing functions of the corresponding single-particle energies in the rotating frame. For radially confined equilibria near the axis, the stability condition corresponds to the existence of a finite interval of rotation frequencies for the reference frame, with the upper bound determined by the presence of the kinetic population.

  2. Kinetics of ion and prompt electron emission from laser-produced plasma

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    Farid, N.; Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, School of Physics and Optical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian ; Harilal, S. S.; Hassanein, A.; Ding, H.

    2013-07-15

    We investigated ion emission dynamics of laser-produced plasma from several elements, comprised of metals and non-metals (C, Al, Si, Cu, Mo, Ta, W), under vacuum conditions using a Faraday cup. The estimated ion flux for various targets studied showed a decreasing tendency with increasing atomic mass. For metals, the ion flux is found to be a function of sublimation energy. A comparison of temporal ion profiles of various materials showed only high-Z elements exhibited multiple structures in the ion time of flight profile indicated by the observation of higher peak kinetic energies, which were absent for low-Z element targets. The slower ions were seen regardless of the atomic number of target material propagated with a kinetic energy of 1–5 keV, while the fast ions observed in high-Z materials possessed significantly higher energies. A systematic study of plasma properties employing fast photography, time, and space resolved optical emission spectroscopy, and electron analysis showed that there existed different mechanisms for generating ions in laser ablation plumes. The origin of high kinetic energy ions is related to prompt electron emission from high-Z targets.

  3. Plasma Turbulence and Kinetic Instabilities at Ion Scales in the Expanding Solar Wind

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    Hellinger, Petr; Matteini, Lorenzo; Landi, Simone; Verdini, Andrea; Franci, Luca; Trvn?ek, Pavel M.

    2015-10-01

    The relationship between a decaying strong turbulence and kinetic instabilities in a slowly expanding plasma is investigated using two-dimensional (2D) hybrid expanding box simulations. We impose an initial ambient magnetic field perpendicular to the simulation box, and we start with a spectrum of large-scale, linearly polarized, random-phase Alfvnic fluctuations that have energy equipartition between kinetic and magnetic fluctuations and vanishing correlation between the two fields. A turbulent cascade rapidly develops; magnetic field fluctuations exhibit a power-law spectrum at large scales and a steeper spectrum at ion scales. The turbulent cascade leads to an overall anisotropic proton heating, protons are heated in the perpendicular direction, and, initially, also in the parallel direction. The imposed expansion leads to generation of a large parallel proton temperature anisotropy which is at later stages partly reduced by turbulence. The turbulent heating is not sufficient to overcome the expansion-driven perpendicular cooling and the system eventually drives the oblique firehose instability in a form of localized nonlinear wave packets which efficiently reduce the parallel temperature anisotropy. This work demonstrates that kinetic instabilities may coexist with strong plasma turbulence even in a constrained 2D regime.

  4. Determination of plasma-free fatty acid kinetics with tracers: Methodologic considerations

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    Miles, J.M.; Jensen, M.D. )

    1991-05-01

    Plasma-free fatty acids (FFA) are an important source of energy for a variety of tissues. Recently, there has been an increased interest in the measurement of FFA kinetics in vivo, using radiolabeled or stable isotopic tracers. Standard techniques for measurement of FFA-specific activity are relatively imprecise and have limited sensitivity. The authors have developed a method for determination of the concentration and specific activity of individual plasma FFA that is precise (coefficient of variation less than 2%) and sensitive (detection limit in the high femptomolar to low picomolar range). Using this method, one can measure the kinetics of three or more long-chain fatty acids simultaneously. Its sensitivity is a particular advantage if one wishes to measure low rates of FFA turnover such as are encountered during hyperinsulinemia. It has been suggested that, for optimal accuracy in the determination of substrate kinetics, the tracer should be administered in the left ventricle and mixed venous blood samples should be obtained from the right heart. They have conducted experiments in dogs which demonstrate that peripheral tracer infusion and more conventional arterial (or arterialized venous) sampling actually provide more accurate estimates of FFA turnover; this is fortunate, since intracardiac infusion and sampling are not practical for human studies. 39 references.

  5. High-order continuum kinetic Vlasov-Poisson simulations of magnetized plasmas

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    Vogman, G. V.; Colella, P.; Shumlak, U.

    2014-10-01

    Continuum methods offer a high-fidelity means of simulating plasma kinetics as modeled by the Boltzmann-Maxwell equation system. These methods are advantageous because they can be cast in conservation law form, are not susceptible to noise, and can be implemented using high-order numerical methods. Thereby the methods can conserve mass, momentum, and energy to a high degree. A fourth-order accurate finite volume method has been developed to solve the continuum kinetic Vlasov-Poisson equation system in one spatial and two velocity dimensions. The method is validated in cartesian coordinates using the Dory-Guest-Harris instability, which is a special case of a perpendicularly-propagating kinetic electrostatic wave in a warm uniformly magnetized plasma. The instability dispersion relation, and its generalization to arbitrary distribution functions, are demonstrated to be well-suited benchmarks for continuum algorithms in higher-dimensional phase space. The numerical method has also been extended to two spatial dimensions, and has been implemented in cylindrical coordinates to simulate axisymmetric configurations such as a Z-pinch. This work was supported by the DOE SCGF fellowship, and grants from DOE ASCR and AFOSR.

  6. Continuum kinetic plasma modeling by the Vlasov-Maxwell system in multiple dimensions

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    Reddell, Noah; Shumlak, Uri

    2014-10-01

    A kinetic plasma model for multiple particle species described by the Vlasov equation and coupled to fully dynamic electromagnetic forces is presented. The model is implemented as evolving continuous PDFs (probability density functions) in particle phase space (position-velocity) as opposed to particle-in-cell (PIC) methods which discretely sample the PDF. The hyperbolic model is evolved using a high-order finite element method (discontinuous Galerkin), with excellent conservation of system mass, momentum, and energy - an advantage compared to PIC. Simulations of two- to six-dimensional phase space while resolving the plasma frequency and cyclotron frequency are computationally expensive. To maximize performance and scaling to large simulations, a new framework, WARPM, has been developed for many-core (e.g. GPU) computing architectures. WARPM supports both multi-fluid and continuum kinetic plasma models as coupled hyperbolic systems with nearest neighbor predictable communication. Simulation results are compared to existing benchmark problems and newly achievable studies of wave-particle interactions are presented. This research was supported by a grant from the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research and Dept. of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship.

  7. Influence of Gas Heating and Vibrational Kinetics on the Ionization Dynamics of Preformed Air Plasma Channels

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    Ladouceur, Harold; Baronavski, Andrew; Petrova, Tzvetelina

    2006-03-01

    An extensive self-consistent air-plasma model based upon the Boltzmann equation for the electron energy distribution function, coupled with a heavy particle kinetics was developed to study electric discharges in a preexisting air plasma column [1]. Incorporated in the model are the steady-state balance equations for various nitrogen and oxygen species in ground and excited states, as well as atomic and molecular ions. The influence of the gas temperature is accounted for by reduction of the neutral density, collisional processes such as recombination, dissociation, V-V and V-T reactions [2], and by reactions involving electronically excited states of O2. The model was applied to study the influence of the gas temperature and vibrational kinetics on the breakdown processes in a preformed air plasma channel. Numerical calculations predict that electrical breakdown occurs at relatively low electric field. The calculated self-consistent breakdown electric field is 10 kV/cm for gas temperature of 300 K, while at temperature of 600 K it drops to 5.7 kV/cm, in excellent agreement with the experimentally determined breakdown electric field [1]. * NRC-NRL Postdoc [1] Tz.B. Petrova, H.D. Ladouceur, and A.P. Baronavski, 58th Gaseous Electronics Conference, 2005; San Jose, California, FM.00062 [2] J. Loureiro and C.M. Ferreira, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys 19 (1986) 17-35

  8. Thermal fluctuation levels of magnetic and electric fields in unmagnetized plasma: The rigorous relativistic kinetic theory

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    Yoon, P. H. E-mail: rsch@tp4.rub.de; Schlickeiser, R. E-mail: rsch@tp4.rub.de; Kolberg, U. E-mail: rsch@tp4.rub.de

    2014-03-15

    Any fully ionized collisionless plasma with finite random particle velocities contains electric and magnetic field fluctuations. The fluctuations can be of three different types: weakly damped, weakly propagating, or aperiodic. The kinetics of these fluctuations in general unmagnetized plasmas, governed by the competition of spontaneous emission, absorption, and stimulated emission processes, is investigated, extending the well-known results for weakly damped fluctuations. The generalized Kirchhoff radiation law for both collective and noncollective fluctuations is derived, which in stationary plasmas provides the equilibrium energy densities of electromagnetic fluctuations by the ratio of the respective spontaneous emission coefficient and the true absorption coefficient. As an illustrative example, the equilibrium energy densities of aperiodic transverse collective electric and magnetic fluctuations in an isotropic thermal electron-proton plasmas of density n{sub e} are calculated as |?B|=?((?B){sup 2})=2.8(n{sub e}m{sub e}c{sup 2}){sup 1/2}g{sup 1/2}?{sub e}{sup 7/4} and |?E|=?((?E){sup 2})=3.2(n{sub e}m{sub e}c{sup 2}){sup 1/2}g{sup 1/3}?{sub e}{sup 2}, where g and ?{sub e} denote the plasma parameter and the thermal electron velocity in units of the speed of light, respectively. For densities and temperatures of the reionized early intergalactic medium, |?B|=610{sup ?18}G and |?E|=210{sup ?16}G result.

  9. Calculation of ion energy distributions from radio frequency plasmas using a simplified kinetic approach

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    Misakian, Martin; Wang, Yicheng

    2000-04-01

    Using an elementary kinetic approach, a procedure is described for calculating ion energy distributions (IEDs) from radio frequency (rf) plasmas. The calculated distributions, which are in the form of histograms, are used to fit experimental argon and CF3+ IEDs measured in a Gaseous Electronics Conference rf reactor modified to operate in a pulsed inductively coupled mode. Given the average plasma potential profile and its time dependence, the calculation incorporates a number of parameters used in more comprehensive treatments of the problem to determine the shape of the IED. The reverse calculation that determines the average potential profile, given an experimental IED, cannot be uniquely done, but some insights may be gained in some cases if a sufficient number of plasma related parameters are known, e.g., the shape and amplitude of the rf modulation. The results of the calculation indicate that argon ions forming the IEDs during the bright (H) mode come nearly exclusively from a presheath region that extends far into the interior of the plasma. The calculations also suggest that the CF3+ ions forming the IEDs observed during the dim (E) mode may preferentially come from near the "edge" of the bulk plasma. Possible significances of this difference are noted.

  10. Microstructural prototyping of ceramics by kinetic engineering: applications of spark plasma sintering.

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    Shen, Zhijian; Nygren, Mats

    2005-01-01

    The significance of kinetics on the development of microstructures in connection with sintering of ceramics is well recognized. In practice, however, it still remains a challenge to prepare designed microstructures via engineering the sintering kinetics because of an insufficient understanding of the different operative mechanisms that are in many cases overlapping. In this article the kinetic issues involved in sintering are described and discussed with respect to their potential for prototyping microstructures that yield desired properties. By exploiting and mastering the differences present in the kinetics of grain sliding, densification, chemical reactions, and grain growth, respectively, we have established processing principles for producing bulk ceramics with microstructures consisting of nano-sized grains, aligned grains, and/or non-equilibrium-phase constitutions, and for achieving radically improved superplasticity in brittle ceramics. Although the studies quoted in this article were mainly carried out by spark plasma sintering, more general implications of them are expected, including efficient particle sliding, deformation-induced dynamic ripening, superplastic deformation-induced dynamic ripening, and non-equilibrium integration. PMID:15889404

  11. Electron and ion kinetic effects on non-linearly driven electron plasma and ion acoustic waves

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    Berger, R. L.; Chapman, T.; Divol, L.; Still, C. H.; Brunner, S.; Valeo, E. J.

    2013-03-15

    Fully non-linear kinetic simulations of electron plasma and ion acoustic waves (IAWs) have been carried out with a new multi-species, parallelized Vlasov code. The numerical implementation of the Vlasov model and the methods used to compute the wave frequency are described in detail. For the first time, the nonlinear frequency of IAWs, combining the contributions from electron and ion kinetic effects and from harmonic generation, has been calculated and compared to Vlasov results. Excellent agreement of theory with simulation results is shown at all amplitudes, harmonic generation being an essential component at large amplitudes. For IAWs, the positive frequency shift from trapped electrons is confirmed and is dominant for the effective electron-to-ion temperature ratio, Z T{sub e}/T{sub i} Greater-Than-Or-Equivalent-To 10 with Z as the charge state. Furthermore, numerical results demonstrate unambiguously the dependence [R. L. Dewar, Phys. Fluids 15, 712 (1972)] of the kinetic shifts on details of the distribution of the trapped particles, which depends in turn on the conditions under which the waves were generated. The trapped particle fractions and energy distributions are derived and, upon inclusion of harmonic effects, shown to agree with the simulation results, completing a consistent picture. Fluid models of the wave evolution are considered but prove unable to capture essential details of the kinetic simulations. Detrapping by collisions and sideloss is also discussed.

  12. Kinetic Alfven wave instability driven by a field-aligned current in high-{beta} plasmas

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    Chen, L.; Wu, D. J.; Hua, Y. P.

    2011-10-15

    Including the ion-gyroradius effect, a general low-frequency kinetic dispersion equation is presented, which simultaneously takes account of a field-aligned current and temperature anisotropy in plasmas. Based on this dispersion equation, kinetic Alfven wave (KAW) instability driven by the field-aligned current, which is carried by the field-aligned drift of electrons relative to ions at a drift velocity V{sub D}, is investigated in a high-{beta} plasma, where {beta} is the kinetic-to-magnetic pressure ratio in the plasma. The numerical results show that the KAW instability driven by the field-aligned current has a nonzero growth rate in the parallel wave-number range 0plasma particles, the result shows that the instability conditions for these two driven mechanisms are both modified considerably, in which the growing parametric ranges of KAWs widen. The results have potential importance in understanding the physics of space and astrophysical plasma active phenomena since the field-aligned current, also called the Birkeland current, is one of the most active factors in plasma phenomena.

  13. Nonlinear interaction and parametric instability of kinetic Alfven waves in multicomponent plasmas

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    Zhao, J. S.; Yang, L.; Wu, D. J.; Lu, J. Y.

    2013-03-15

    Nonlinear couplings among kinetic Alfven waves are investigated for a three-component plasma consisting of electrons, protons, and heavy ions. The parametric instability is investigated, and the growth rate is obtained. In the kinetic regime, the growth rate for the parallel decay instability increases with the heavy ion content, but the growth rate for the reverse decay is independent of the latter since the perpendicular wavelength is much larger than the ion gyroradius. It decreases with the heavy ion content when the perpendicular wavelength is of the order of the ion gyroradius. It is also found that in the short perpendicular wavelength limit, the growth rate is only weakly affected by the heavy ions. On the other hand, in the inertial regime, for both parallel and reverse decay cases, the growth rate decreases as the number of heavy ions becomes large.

  14. Kinetic microtearing modes and reconnecting modes in strongly magnetised slab plasmas

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    Zocco, A.; Loureiro, N. F.; Dickinson, D.; Numata, R.; Roach, C. M.

    2015-06-01

    The problem of the linear microtearing mode in a slab magnetised plasma, and its connection to kinetic reconnecting modes, is addressed. Electrons are described using a novel hybrid fluid-kinetic model that captures electron heating, ions are gyrokinetic. Magnetic reconnection can occur as a result of either electron conductivity and inertia, depending on which one predominates. We eschew the use of an energy dependent collision frequency in the collisional operator model, unlike previous works. A model of the electron conductivity that matches the weakly collisional regime to the exact Landau result at zero collisionality and gives the correct electron isothermal response far from the reconnection region is presented. We identify in the breaking of the constant-A? approximation the necessary condition for microtearing instability in the collisional regime. Connections with the theory of collisional non-isothermal (or semicollisional) and collisionless tearing-parity electron temperature gradient driven (ETG) modes are elucidated.

  15. Visualization and analysis of the Kohn-Sham kinetic energy density and its orbital-free description in molecules.

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    Cancio, Antonio C; Stewart, Dane; Kuna, Aeryk

    2016-02-28

    We visualize the Kohn-Sham kinetic energy density (KED) and the ingredients - the electron density, its gradient, and Laplacian - used to construct orbital-free models of it, for the AE6 test set of molecules. These are compared to related quantities used in metaGGA's, to characterize two important limits - the gradient expansion and the localized-electron limit typified by the covalent bond. We find the second-order gradient expansion of the KED to be a surprisingly successful predictor of the exact KED, particularly at low densities where this approximation fails for exchange. This contradicts the conjointness conjecture that the optimal enhancement factors for orbital-free kinetic and exchange energy functionals are closely similar in form. In addition we find significant problems with a recent metaGGA-level orbital-free KED, especially for regions of strong electron localization. We define an orbital-free description of electron localization and a revised metaGGA that improves upon atomization energies significantly. PMID:26931681

  16. Kinetic Description of Ionospheric Outflows Based on the Exact Form of Fokker-Planck Collision Operator: Electrons

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    Khazanov, George V.; Khabibrakhmanov, Ildar K.; Glocer, Alex

    2012-01-01

    We present the results of a finite difference implementation of the kinetic Fokker-Planck model with an exact form of the nonlinear collisional operator, The model is time dependent and three-dimensional; one spatial dimension and two in velocity space. The spatial dimension is aligned with the local magnetic field, and the velocity space is defined by the magnitude of the velocity and the cosine of pitch angle. An important new feature of model, the concept of integration along the particle trajectories, is discussed in detail. Integration along the trajectories combined with the operator time splitting technique results in a solution scheme which accurately accounts for both the fast convection of the particles along the magnetic field lines and relatively slow collisional process. We present several tests of the model's performance and also discuss simulation results of the evolution of the plasma distribution for realistic conditions in Earth's plasmasphere under different scenarios.

  17. Self-consistent nonlinear kinetic simulations of the anomalous Doppler instability of suprathermal electrons in plasmas

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    Lai, W. N.; Chapman, S. C.; Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Troms, Troms ; Dendy, R. O.; Euratom/CCFE Fusion Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3DB

    2013-10-15

    Suprathermal tails in the distributions of electron velocities parallel to the magnetic field are found in many areas of plasma physics, from magnetic confinement fusion to solar system plasmas. Parallel electron kinetic energy can be transferred into plasma waves and perpendicular gyration energy of particles through the anomalous Doppler instability (ADI), provided that energetic electrons with parallel velocities v{sub ||}?(?+?{sub ce})/k{sub ||} are present; here ?{sub ce} denotes electron cyclotron frequency, ? the wave angular frequency, and k{sub ||} the component of wavenumber parallel to the magnetic field. This phenomenon is widely observed in tokamak plasmas. Here, we present the first fully self-consistent relativistic particle-in-cell simulations of the ADI, spanning the linear and nonlinear regimes of the ADI. We test the robustness of the analytical theory in the linear regime and follow the ADI through to the steady state. By directly evaluating the parallel and perpendicular dynamical contributions to jE in the simulations, we follow the energy transfer between the excited waves and the bulk and tail electron populations for the first time. We find that the ratio ?{sub ce}/(?{sub pe}+?{sub ce}) of energy transfer between parallel and perpendicular, obtained from linear analysis, does not apply when damping is fully included, when we find it to be ?{sub pe}/(?{sub pe}+?{sub ce}); here ?{sub pe} denotes the electron plasma frequency. We also find that the ADI can arise beyond the previously expected range of plasma parameters, in particular when ?{sub ce}>?{sub pe}. The simulations also exhibit a spectral feature which may correspond to the observations of suprathermal narrowband emission at ?{sub pe} detected from low density tokamak plasmas.

  18. Ion kinetics in Ar/H2 cold plasmas: the relevance of ArH+

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    Jiménez-Redondo, Miguel; Cueto, Maite; Doménech, José Luis; Tanarro, Isabel; Herrero, Víctor J.

    2015-01-01

    The recent discovery of ArH+ in the interstellar medium has awakened the interest in the chemistry of this ion. In this work, the ion-molecule kinetics of cold plasmas of Ar/H2 is investigated in glow discharges spanning the whole range of [H2]/([H2]+[Ar]) proportions for two pressures, 1.5 and 8 Pa. Ion concentrations are determined by mass spectrometry, and electron temperatures and densities, with Langmuir probes. A kinetic model is used for the interpretation of the results. The selection of experimental conditions evinces relevant changes with plasma pressure in the ion distributions dependence with the H2 fraction, particularly for the major ions: Ar+, ArH+ and H3+. At 1.5 Pa, ArH+ prevails for a wide interval of H2 fractions: 0.3<[H2]/([H2]+[Ar])<0.7. Nevertheless, a pronounced displacement of the ArH+ maximum towards the lowest H2 fractions is observed at 8 Pa, in detriment of Ar+, which becomes restricted to very small [H2]/([H2]+[Ar]) ratios, whereas H3+ becomes dominant for all [H2]/([H2]+[Ar]) > 0.1. The analysis of the data with the kinetic model allows the identification of the sources and sinks of the major ions over the whole range of experimental conditions sampled. Two key factors turn out to be responsible for the different ion distributions observed: the electron temperature, which determines the rate of Ar+ formation and thus of ArH+, and the equilibrium ArH+ + H2 ⇄ H3+ + Ar, which can be strongly dependent of the degree of vibrational excitation of H3+. The results are discussed and compared with previously published data on other Ar/H2 plasmas. PMID:26702354

  19. Reduced fluid descriptions of toroidally confined plasma with finite ion temperature effects

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    Hsu, C.T.

    1987-03-01

    Fluid descriptions of toroidally confined plasma with FLR effects are studied, based on a generalized, energy conserving, self-consistent, nonlinear reduced fluid model (HHM). The model, derived via a fluid approach starting from moment equations, differs from Braginskii's fluid system in retaining O(rho/sub i//sup 2/) terms (where rho/sub i/ is the ion gyroradius) and most of the non-ideal effects. Hence, many of the well-known reduced fluid models can be reproduced from HHM by simply specifying scales of some parameters such as rho/sub i/ and ..beta... On the other hand, a Pade approximation of the full FLR system, obtained from the simplified version of HHM, is also presented.

  20. Kinetic simulation of capacitively coupled plasmas driven by trapezoidal asymmetric voltage pulses

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    Diomede, Paola Economou, Demetre J.

    2014-06-21

    A kinetic Particle-In-Cell simulation with Monte Carlo Collisions was performed of a geometrically symmetric capacitively coupled, parallel-plate discharge in argon, driven by trapezoidal asymmetric voltage pulses with a period of 200?ns. The discharge was electrically asymmetric, making the ion energy distributions at the two electrodes different from one another. The fraction of the period (?), during which the voltage was kept at a constant (top-flat) positive value, was a critical control parameter. For the parameter range investigated, as ? increased, the mean ion energy on the grounded electrode increased and the ions became more directional, whereas the opposite was found for the ions striking the powered electrode. The absolute value of the DC self-bias voltage decreased as ? increased. Plasma instabilities, promoted by local double layers and electric field reversals during the time of the positive voltage excursion, were characterized by electron plasma waves launched from the sheath edge.

  1. Solitary kinetic Alfvén waves in bi-ion plasmas

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    Yang, Y.; Wu, W.

    In the presence of heavy ions a Sagdeev equation is obtained for the solitary kinetic Alfvén waves SKAWs in a low- beta m e m i ll beta ll1 or m i m e gg alpha gg 1 cold plasma Then the numerical solution can be calculated from the analytical expression and the basic equations set The results show that the density humps of SKAWs can exist in the sub-Alfvénic region and the heavy ion density amplitude and the width of the SKAWs rise with the increase in the initial density of heavy ions n b0 in such bi-ion plasmas The wave phase velocity decreases in this case The perturbed electromagnetic fields E z E x and B y are also studied further to discuss the effects of heavy ions on them These numerical results have been plotted for several different parameters

  2. The role of electron scattering with vibrationally excited nitrogen molecules on non-equilibrium plasma kinetics

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    Capitelli, Mario; CNR-IMIP, Via Amendola 122 Colonna, Gianpiero; D'Ammando, Giuliano; Laricchiuta, Annarita

    2013-10-15

    Electron energy distribution functions have been calculated by a self-consistent model which couples the electron Boltzmann equation with vibrationally and electronically excited state kinetics and plasma chemistry. Moderate pressure nitrogen gas discharges in the E/N range from 30 to 60 Townsend are investigated comparing an electron-impact cross section set considering transitions starting from all the vibrational states, with reduced models, taking into account only collisions involving the ground vibrational level. The results, while confirming the important role of second kind collisions in affecting the eedf, show a large dependence of the eedf on the set of inelastic processes involving vibrationally and electronically excited molecules, pointing out the need of using a cross section database including processes linking excited states in non-equilibrium plasma discharge models.

  3. The role of electron scattering with vibrationally excited nitrogen molecules on non-equilibrium plasma kinetics

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    Capitelli, Mario; Colonna, Gianpiero; D'Ammando, Giuliano; Laporta, Vincenzo; Laricchiuta, Annarita

    2013-10-01

    Electron energy distribution functions have been calculated by a self-consistent model which couples the electron Boltzmann equation with vibrationally and electronically excited state kinetics and plasma chemistry. Moderate pressure nitrogen gas discharges in the E/N range from 30 to 60 Townsend are investigated comparing an electron-impact cross section set considering transitions starting from all the vibrational states, with reduced models, taking into account only collisions involving the ground vibrational level. The results, while confirming the important role of second kind collisions in affecting the eedf, show a large dependence of the eedf on the set of inelastic processes involving vibrationally and electronically excited molecules, pointing out the need of using a cross section database including processes linking excited states in non-equilibrium plasma discharge models.

  4. Excited-state kinetics and radiation transport in low-temperature plasmas

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    Colonna, G.; D'Ammando, G.; Pietanza, L. D.; Capitelli, M.

    2015-01-01

    An advanced self-consistent plasma physics model including non-equilibrium vibrational kinetics, a collisional radiative model for atomic species, a Boltzmann solver for the electron energy distribution function, a radiation transport module coupled to a steady inviscid flow solver and, has been applied to study non-equilibrium in high enthalpy flows for Jupiters atmosphere. Two systems have been considered, a hypersonic shock tube and nozzle expansion, emphasizing the role of radiation reabsorption on macroscopic and microscopic flow properties. Large differences are found between thin and thick plasma conditions not only for the distributions, but also for the macroscopic quantities. In particular, in the nozzle expansion case, the electron energy distribution functions are characterized by a rich structure induced by superelastic collisions between excited species and cold electrons.

  5. Plasma heating at collisionless shocks due to the kinetic cross-field streaming instability

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    Winske, D.; Quest, K. B.; Tanaka, M.; Wu, C. S.

    1985-01-01

    Heating at collisionless shocks due to the kinetic cross-field streaming instability, which is the finite beta (ratio of plasma to magnetic pressure) extension of the modified two stream instability, is studied. Heating rates are derived from quasi-linear theory and compared with results from particle simulations to show that electron heating relative to ion heating and heating parallel to the magnetic field relative to perpendicular heating for both the electrons and ions increase with beta. The simulations suggest that electron dynamics determine the saturation level of the instability, which is manifested by the formation of a flattop electron distribution parallel to the magnetic field. As a result, both the saturation levels of the fluctuations and the heating rates decrease sharply with beta. Applications of these results to plasma heating in simulations of shocks and the earth's bow shock are described.

  6. Stability of the kinetic Alfven wave in a current-less plasma

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    Sreekala, G.; Sebastian, Sijo; Michael, Manesh; Abraham, Noble P.; Renuka, G.; Venugopal, Chandu

    2015-06-01

    The two potential theory of Hasegawa has been used to derive the dispersion relation for the kinetic Alfven wave (KAW) in a plasma composed of hydrogen, oxygen and electrons. All three components have been modeled by ring distributions (obtained by subtracting two Maxwellian distributions with different temperatures) with the hydrogen and electrons drifting, respectively, with velocities VdH and Vde. For the most general case, the dispersion relation is a polynomial equation of order five; it reduces to a relation which supports only one mode when VdH = 0. For typical parameters at comet Halley, we find that both VdH and Vde can drive the wave unstable; the KAW is thus driven unstable in a current-less plasma. Such an instability was found for the ion acoustic wave by Vranjes et al. (2009).

  7. Modeling of inductively coupled plasma SF{sub 6}/O{sub 2}/Ar plasma discharge: Effect of O{sub 2} on the plasma kinetic properties

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    Pateau, Amand; Rhallabi, Ahmed Fernandez, Marie-Claude; Boufnichel, Mohamed; Roqueta, Fabrice

    2014-03-15

    A global model has been developed for low-pressure, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) SF{sub 6}/O{sub 2}/Ar mixtures. This model is based on a set of mass balance equations for all the considered species, coupled with the discharge power balance equation and the charge neutrality condition. The present study is an extension of the kinetic global model previously developed for SF{sub 6}/Ar ICP plasma discharges [Lallement et al., Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 18, 025001 (2009)]. It is focused on the study of the impact of the O{sub 2} addition to the SF{sub 6}/Ar gas mixture on the plasma kinetic properties. The simulation results show that the electron density increases with the %O{sub 2}, which is due to the decrease of the plasma electronegativity, while the electron temperature is almost constant in our pressure range. The density evolutions of atomic fluorine and oxygen versus %O{sub 2} have been analyzed. Those atomic radicals play an important role in the silicon etching process. The atomic fluorine density increases from 0 up to 40% O{sub 2} where it reaches a maximum. This is due to the enhancement of the SF{sub 6} dissociation processes and the production of fluorine through the reactions between SF{sub x} and O. This trend is experimentally confirmed. On the other hand, the simulation results show that O(3p) is the preponderant atomic oxygen. Its density increases with %O{sub 2} until reaching a maximum at almost 40% O{sub 2}. Over this value, its diminution with O{sub 2}% can be justified by the high increase in the loss frequency of O(3p) by electronic impact in comparison to its production frequency by electronic impact with O{sub 2}.

  8. Mainz Organics Mechanism (MOM): description and sensitivity to some estimated kinetic parameters

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    Taraborrelli, Domenico; Cabrera Perez, David; Sander, Rolf; Pozzer, Andrea

    2015-04-01

    Despite decades of reasearch, global atmospheric chemistry models still have significant biases compared to the estimated distribution and evolution of tropospheric ozone and hydroxyl radical. The gas-phase oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOC) is acknowledged to play an important role among the processes affecting tropospheric ozone, methane lifetime and aerosol evolution. Thus, chemical mechanisms of very diverse complexity have been developed for the major VOCs. However, all mechanisms present shortcomings such as neglection or lumping of intermediates and estimate of many rate constants and product distributions. Here, we present a VOC oxidation mechanism of intermediate complexity called the Mainz Organics Mechanism (MOM). With about 400 species and 1500 reactions, it represents the oxidation of about 20 primarily emitted VOCs comprising small alkanes and alkenes, isoprene, pinenes and monocyclic aromatic compounds. The development protocol significantly borrows from the Master Chemical Mechanism (MCM). However, MOM distinguishes itself for a number of features. First, the structure activity relationship for estimating the rate constants involving hydroxyl radical is site-specific and dependent on temperature. Second, the alkyl nitrate yields are considered to be dependent on temperature, pressure and molecular structure. RO2 + HO2 reaction kinetics is consistent with the recent direct studies of \\chem{OH}-reformation. Isoprene chemistry includes the latest experimental advancements with respect to OH-recycling and alkyl nitrate chemistry. Pinenes chemistry is largely the one by the MCM but with some modifications according to the work of the Leuven's group. Finally, the chemistry of the aromatics is also borrowed from the MCM but with additional photolysis of ortho-nitrophenols leading to \\chem{HONO} formation. The sensitivity of the model to the temperature and pressure dependence of estimated \\chem{OH} rate constants and alkyl nitrate yields will be investigated and its impact on tropospheric ozone distribution will be shown.

  9. Electron, Atomic, and Radiation Kinetics in Plasma Discharge Lighting: Advanced Models and Observations

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    Giuliani, John L.

    2006-10-01

    Non-LTE discharges used in lighting sources provide an excellent testbed for understanding the interplay between plasma, atomic, and radiation physics. Standard models for the Hg fluorescent bulb include non-equilibrium kinetics for the species, but employ both a 0-D Boltzmann equation for the electron distribution function (EDF) and Holstein's probability-of-escape for radiation transport. These assumptions overlook some of the more interesting, and challenging, aspects of plasma lighting. The radial ambipolar potential requires the inclusion of the spatial gradient term in the inhomogeneous electron Boltzmann equation. The resulting EDF is found to depend on both electron energy and radial position [1]. Advanced radiation transport techniques account for non-local photo-pumping, line overlap within the Hg resonance lines, and partial frequency redistribution [2]. The results of our completely coupled model match the observed spatial distribution of Hg excited states and the line-of-sight intensity [3]. Due to environmental initiatives there is also recent interest in non-Hg discharges for high intensity lighting. One example is an RF electrodeless Mo-O-Ar plasma discharge bulb which operates by recycling the emitting Mo with an O catalyst. Based on atomic physics calculations for Mo [4], the kinetic pathways leading to visible emission can be identified [5] and explain the measured lighting efficiency of 40 lumens/watt of supplied power.[1] J. Appl. Phys., 94, p.62, 2003. [2] Plasma Sources Sci. Tech., 14, p.236, 2005. [3] J. Phys. D., 38, p.4180, 2005. [4] New J. Physics, 6, p.145, 2004. [5] J. Appl. Phys., 95, p.5284, 2004.

  10. Jovian Plasmas Torus Interaction with Europa. Plasma Wake Structure and Effect of Inductive Magnetic Field: 3D Hybrid Kinetic Simulation

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    Lipatov, A. S.; Cooper, J F.; Paterson, W. R.; Sittler, E. C., Jr.; Hartle, R. E.; Simpson, David G.

    2013-01-01

    The hybrid kinetic model supports comprehensive simulation of the interaction between different spatial and energetic elements of the Europa moon-magnetosphere system with respect to a variable upstream magnetic field and flux or density distributions of plasma and energetic ions, electrons, and neutral atoms. This capability is critical for improving the interpretation of the existing Europa flyby measurements from the Galileo Orbiter mission, and for planning flyby and orbital measurements (including the surface and atmospheric compositions) for future missions. The simulations are based on recent models of the atmosphere of Europa (Cassidy et al., 2007; Shematovich et al., 2005). In contrast to previous approaches with MHD simulations, the hybrid model allows us to fully take into account the finite gyroradius effect and electron pressure, and to correctly estimate the ion velocity distribution and the fluxes along the magnetic field (assuming an initial Maxwellian velocity distribution for upstream background ions). Photoionization, electron-impact ionization, charge exchange and collisions between the ions and neutrals are also included in our model. We consider the models with Oþ þ and Sþ þ background plasma, and various betas for background ions and electrons, and pickup electrons. The majority of O2 atmosphere is thermal with an extended non-thermal population (Cassidy et al., 2007). In this paper, we discuss two tasks: (1) the plasma wake structure dependence on the parameters of the upstream plasma and Europa's atmosphere (model I, cases (a) and (b) with a homogeneous Jovian magnetosphere field, an inductive magnetic dipole and high oceanic shell conductivity); and (2) estimation of the possible effect of an induced magnetic field arising from oceanic shell conductivity. This effect was estimated based on the difference between the observed and modeled magnetic fields (model II, case (c) with an inhomogeneous Jovian magnetosphere field, an inductive magnetic dipole and low oceanic shell conductivity).

  11. Merging for Particle-Mesh Complex Particle Kinetic Modeling of the Multiple Plasma Beams

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    Lipatov, Alexander S.

    2011-01-01

    We suggest a merging procedure for the Particle-Mesh Complex Particle Kinetic (PMCPK) method in case of inter-penetrating flow (multiple plasma beams). We examine the standard particle-in-cell (PIC) and the PMCPK methods in the case of particle acceleration by shock surfing for a wide range of the control numerical parameters. The plasma dynamics is described by a hybrid (particle-ion-fluid-electron) model. Note that one may need a mesh if modeling with the computation of an electromagnetic field. Our calculations use specified, time-independent electromagnetic fields for the shock, rather than self-consistently generated fields. While a particle-mesh method is a well-verified approach, the CPK method seems to be a good approach for multiscale modeling that includes multiple regions with various particle/fluid plasma behavior. However, the CPK method is still in need of a verification for studying the basic plasma phenomena: particle heating and acceleration by collisionless shocks, magnetic field reconnection, beam dynamics, etc.

  12. Kinetic Energy Oscillations during Disorder Induced Heating in an Ultracold Plasma

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    Langin, Thomas; McQuillen, Patrick; Strickler, Trevor; Pohl, Thomas; Killian, Thomas

    2015-05-01

    Ultracold neutral plasmas of strontium are generated by photoionizing laser-cooled atoms at temperature TMOT ~ 10 mK and density n ~1016 m-3 in a magneto-optical trap (MOT). After photoionization, the ions heat to ~ 1 K by a mechanism known as Disorder Induced Heating (DIH). During DIH kinetic energy oscillations (KEO) occur at a frequency ~ 2ωpi , where ωpi is the plasma frequency, indicating coupling to collective modes of the plasma. Electron screening also comes into play by changing the interaction from a Coulomb to a Yukawa interaction. Although DIH has been previously studied, improved measurements combined with molecular dynamics (MD) simulations allow us to probe new aspects. We demonstrate a measurement of the damping of the KEO due to electron screening which agrees with the MD simulations. We show that the MD simulations can be used to fit experimental DIH curves for plasma density n, resulting in very accurate density measurements. Finally, we discuss how ion temperature measurements are affected by the non-thermal distribution of the ions during the early stages of DIH. This work was supported by the United States National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy (PHY-0714603), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (FA9550- 12-1-0267), the Shell Foundation, and the Department of Defense (NDSEG Fellowship)

  13. Lagrangian fluid description with simple applications in compressible plasma and gas dynamics

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    Schamel, Hans

    2004-03-01

    The Lagrangian fluid description, in which the dynamics of fluids is formulated in terms of trajectories of fluid elements, not only presents an alternative to the more common Eulerian description but has its own merits and advantages. This aspect, which seems to be not fully explored yet, is getting increasing attention in fluid dynamics and related areas as Lagrangian codes and experimental techniques are developed utilizing the Lagrangian point of view with the ultimate goal of a deeper understanding of flow dynamics. In this tutorial review we report on recent progress made in the analysis of compressible, more or less perfect flows such as plasmas and dilute gases. The equations of motion are exploited to get further insight into the formation and evolution of coherent structures, which often exhibit a singular or collapse type behavior occurring in finite time. It is argued that this technique of solution has a broad applicability due to the simplicity and generality of equations used. The focus is on four different topics, the physics of which being governed by simple fluid equations subject to initial and/or boundary conditions. Whenever possible also experimental results are mentioned. In the expansion of a semi-infinite plasma into a vacuum the energetic ion peak propagating supersonically towards the vacuum-as seen in laboratory experiments-is interpreted by means of the Lagrangian fluid description as a relic of a wave breaking scenario of the corresponding inviscid ion dynamics. The inclusion of viscosity is shown numerically to stabilize the associated density collapse giving rise to a well defined fast ion peak reminiscent of adhesive matter. In purely convection driven flows the Lagrangian flow velocity is given by its initial value and hence the Lagrangian velocity gradient tensor can be evaluated accurately to find out the appearance of singularities in density and vorticity and the emergence of new structures such as wavelets in one-dimension (1D). In cosmology referring to the pancake model of Zel'dovich and the adhesion model of Gurbatov and Saichev, both assuming a clumping of matter at the intersection points of fluid particle trajectories (i.e. at the caustics), the foam-like large-scale structure of our Universe observed recently by Chandra X-ray observatory may be explained by the 3D convection of weakly interacting dark matter. Recent developments in plasma and nanotechnology-the miniaturization and fabrication of nanoelectronic devices being one example-have reinforced the interest in the quasi-ballistic electron transport in diodes and triodes, a field which turns out to be best treated by the Lagrangian fluid description. It is shown that the well-known space-charge-limited flow given by Child-Langmuir turns out to be incorrect in cases of finite electron injection velocities at the emitting electrode. In that case it is an intrinsic bifurcation scenario which is responsible for current limitation rather than electron reflection at the virtual cathode as intuitively assumed by Langmuir. The inclusion of a Drude friction term in the electron momentum equation can be handled solely by the Lagrangian fluid description. Exploiting the formula in case of field emission it is possible to bridge ballistic and drift-dominated transport. Furthermore, the transient processes in the electron transport triggered by the switching of the anode potential are shown to be perfectly accounted for by means of the Lagrangian fluid description. Finally, by use of the Lagrangian ion fluid equations in case of a two component, current driven plasma we derive a system of two coupled scalar wave equations which involve the specific volume of ions and electrons, respectively. It has a small amplitude strange soliton solution with unusual scaling properties. In case of charge neutrality the existence of two types of collapses are predicted, one being associated with a density excavation, the other one with a density clumping as in the laser induced ion expansion problem and in the cosmic sticking matter problem. However, only the latter will survive charge separation and hence be observable. In summary, the Lagrangian method of solving fluid equations turns out to be a powerful tool for compressible media in general. It offers new perspectives and addresses to a broad audience of physicists with interest in fields such as plasma and fluid dynamics, semiconductor- and astrophysics, to mention few of them.

  14. Anomalous kinetic energy of a system of dust particles in a gas discharge plasma

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    Norman, G. E. Stegailov, V. V. Timofeev, A. V.

    2011-11-15

    The system of equations of motion of dust particles in a near-electrode layer of a gas discharge has been formulated taking into account fluctuations of the charge of a dust particle and the features of the nearelectrode layer of the discharge. The molecular dynamics simulation of the system of dust particles has been carried out. Performing a theoretical analysis of the simulation results, a mechanism of increasing the average kinetic energy of dust particles in the gas discharge plasma has been proposed. According to this mechanism, the heating of the vertical oscillations of dust particles is initiated by induced oscillations generated by fluctuations of the charge of dust particles, and the energy transfer from vertical to horizontal oscillations can be based on the parametric resonance phenomenon. The combination of the parametric and induced resonances makes it possible to explain an anomalously high kinetic energy of dust particles. The estimate of the frequency, amplitude, and kinetic energy of dust particles are close to the respective experimental values.

  15. Nitric oxide kinetics in the afterglow of a diffuse plasma filament

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    Burnette, D.; Montello, A.; Adamovich, I. V.; Lempert, W. R.

    2014-08-01

    A suite of laser diagnostics is used to study kinetics of vibrational energy transfer and plasma chemical reactions in a nanosecond pulse, diffuse filament electric discharge and afterglow in N2 and dry air at 100 Torr. Laser-induced fluorescence of NO and two-photon absorption laser-induced fluorescence of O and N atoms are used to measure absolute, time-resolved number densities of these species after the discharge pulse, and picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy is used to measure time-resolved rotational temperature and ground electronic state N2(v = 0-4) vibrational level populations. The plasma filament diameter, determined from plasma emission and NO planar laser-induced fluorescence images, remains nearly constant after the discharge pulse, over a few hundred microseconds, and does not exhibit expansion on microsecond time scale. Peak temperature in the discharge and the afterglow is low, T ? 370 K, in spite of significant vibrational nonequilibrium, with peak N2 vibrational temperature of Tv ? 2000 K. Significant vibrational temperature rise in the afterglow is likely caused by the downward N2-N2 vibration-vibration (V-V) energy transfer. Simple kinetic modeling of time-resolved N, O, and NO number densities in the afterglow, on the time scale longer compared to relaxation and quenching time of excited species generated in the plasma, is in good agreement with the data. In nitrogen, the N atom density after the discharge pulse is controlled by three-body recombination and radial diffusion. In air, N, NO and O concentrations are dominated by the reverse Zel'dovich reaction, N + NO ? N2 + O, and ozone formation reaction, O + O2 + M ? O3 + M, respectively. The effect of vibrationally excited nitrogen molecules and excited N atoms on NO formation kinetics is estimated to be negligible. The results suggest that NO formation in the nanosecond pulse discharge is dominated by reactions of excited electronic states of nitrogen, occurring on microsecond time scale.

  16. Drift Kinetic Effects on 3D Plasma Response in High-beta Tokamak Resonant Field Amplification Experiments

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    Wang, Z. R.

    2014-10-01

    Through theory and simulation of drift kinetic effects, modeling with the MARS-K code has for the first time explained the linear plasma response to 3D fields in the vicinity of the ``no-wall'' ideal beta limit. A longstanding issue in understanding resonant field amplification (RFA) of plasma to 3D fields is that the ideal magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) theory predicts an unlimited amplification near the no-wall stability limit. However, in many experiments such as DIID-D and NSTX, the plasma response increases almost monotonically along with the plasma beta across the ideally predicted no-wall limit. This disagreement is now explained by perturbed drift kinetic theory and associated with distorted particle orbits by 3D fields. The upgraded MARS-K code, which has the capability to solve linearized hybrid MHD equations with drift kinetic effects self-consistently, is applied to study the DIII-D RFA experiments through the quantitative comparison. It reveals the kinetic effect due to thermal particles plays a major role in modifying the response structure throughout plasma and keeps the finite amplification of response, as the experimental measurements, around the no-wall beta limit. The perturbed energy analysis shows the modification of plasma response is mainly contributed by the precession, bounce and transit resonances of thermal ions. The kinetic effect of isotropic energetic particles with slowing down distribution can further slightly change the plasma response without significant contribution. RFA experiments in NSTX plasmas are also analyzed to affirm the role of drift kinetic effect on modifying the plasma response. This study shows good agreements between theoretical results and various RFA experimental measurements, providing the possible physics explanation of RFA phenomena observed in many tokamaks. The results also indicate the validity of self-consistent calculation of hybrid drift kinetic-MHD model with drift kinetic effect in high beta tokamaks. Supported by the US DOE under DE-AC02-09CH11466 & DE-FC02-04ER54698.

  17. Comparison of hydrodynamic and semi-kinetic treatments for plasma flow along closed field lines

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    Singh, Nagendra; Wilson, G. R.; Horwitz, J. L.

    1993-01-01

    Hydrodynamic and semi-kinetic treatments of plasma flow along closed geomagnetic field lines are compared. The hydrodynamic treatment is based on a simplified 16-moment set of transport equations as the equations for the heat flows are not solved; the heat flows are treated heuristically. The semi-kinetic treatment is based on a particle code. The comparison deals with the distributions of the plasma density, flow velocity, and parallel and perpendicular temperatures as obtained from the two treatments during the various stages of the flow. In the kinetic treatment, the appropriate boundary condition is the prescription of the velocity distribution functions for the particles entering the flux tubes at the ionospheric boundaries; those particles leaving the system are determined by the processes occurring in the flux tube. The prescribed distributions are half-Maxwellian with temperature T(sub 0) and density n(sub 0). In the hydrodynamic model, the prescribed boundary conditions are on density (n(sub 0)), flow velocity (V(sub 0)) and temperature (T(sub 0). It was found that results from the hydrodynamic treatment critically depend on V(sub 0); for early stages of the flow this treatment yields results in good agreement with those from the kinetic treatment, when V(sub 0) = square root of (kT(sub 0)/2 (pi)m), which is the average velocity of particles moving in a given direction for a Maxwellian distribution. During this early stage, the flows developing form the conjugate ionospheres show some distinct transitions. For the first hour or so, the flows are highly supersonic and penetrate deep into the opposite hemispheres, and both hydrodynamics and kinetic treatments yield almost similar features. It is found that during this period heatflow effects are negligibly small. When a flow penetrates deep into the opposite hemisphere, the kinetic treatment predicts reflection and setting up of counterstreaming. In contrast, the hydrodynamic treatment yields a shock in the flow. The reasons for this difference in the two treatments is discussed, showing that in view of the relatively warm ions, the coupling of ion beams and the consequent shock formation in the offequatorial region are not likely due to the enhancements in the beam temperatures. The counterstreaming in the kinetic treatment and the shock in the hydrodynamic treatment first advance upward to the equator and then downward to the ionospheric boundary from where the flow originated. The transit time for this advancement is found to be about 1 hour for the respective models. After 2 hours or so, both models predict that the flows from the ionospheric boundaries are generally subsonic with respect to the local ion-sound speed. At late stages of the flow, when a substantial fraction of ions entering the flux tube begin to return back in the kinetic treatment, the hydrodynamic treatment with the boundary condition V(sub 0) = square root of (kT(sub 0)/2(pi)m) yields an over-refilling, and the choice of V(sub 0) becomes uncertain.

  18. Plasma kinetics, tissue distribution, and cerebrocortical sources of reverse triiodothyronine in the rat

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    Obregon, M.J.; Larsen, P.R.; Silva, J.E.

    1985-06-01

    Studies in vitro have shown that rT3 is a potent and competitive inhibitor of T4 5'-deiodination (5'D). Recent studies in vivo have shown that cerebrocortical (Cx) T4 5'D-type II (5'D-II) activity (propylthiouracil (PTU) insensitive pathway), is reduced by T4 and rT3, the latter being more potent than T3 in Cx 5'D-II suppression. Some other reports had described rT3 production in rat brain as a very active pathway of thyroid hormone metabolism. To examine the possibility that rT3 plays a physiological role in regulating Cx 5'D-II, we have explored rT3 plasma kinetics, plasma to tissue exchange, and uptake by tissues in the rat, as well as the metabolic routes of degradation and the sources of rT3 in cerebral cortex (Cx). Plasma and tissue levels were assessed with tracer (/sup 125/I)rT3. Two main compartments were defined by plasma disappearance curves in euthyroid rats (K/sub 1/ = -6.2 h-1 and K/sub 2/ = -0.75 h-1). In Cx of euthyroid rats, (/sup 125/I)rT3 peaked 10 min after iv injection, tissue to plasma ratio being 0.016 +/- 0.004 (SE). In thyroidectomized rats, plasma and tissue (/sup 125/I)rT3 concentrations were higher than in euthyroid rats, except for the Cx that did not change. PTU caused further increases in all the tissues studied, except for the Cx and the pituitaries of thyroidectomized rats. From the effect of blocking 5'D-I with PTU or reducing its activity by making the animals hypothyroid, we concluded that 5'D-I accounts for most of the rT3 clearance from plasma. In contrast, in Cx and pituitary the levels of rT3 seem largely affected by 5'D-II activity. Since the latter results suggest that plasma rT3 does not play a major role in determining rT3 levels in these tissues, we explored the sources of rT3 in Cx using (/sup 125/I)T4. The (/sup 125/I)rT3 (T4) to (/sup 125/I)T4 ratio remained constant at 0.03 from 1 up to 5 h after injection of (/sup 125/I)T4.

  19. Kinetic Approach to the Electrical Conductivity in a Partially Ionized Hydrogen Plasma

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    Schlanges, M.; Kremp, D.; Keuer, H.

    The electrical conductivity is investigated for a partially ionized hydrogen plasma, starting from a generalized quantum kinetic equation with three particle collision integrals. To take into account plasma effects, screened potentials are used. The transport cross sections of the considered two and three particle scattering processes are calculated by perturbative solution of the Lippmann-Schwinger equations for the T-matrices up to the second Born approximation. In connection with a mass action law the influence of the electron-electron and the elastic electron-atom scattering is discussed. The pressure ionization (Mott-effect) is described by a minimum-behaviour of the electrical conductivity.Translated AbstractKinetische Nherung der elektrischen Leitfhigkeit in einem partiell ionisierten Wasserstoff-PlasmaAusgehend von einer verallgemeinerten quantenkinetischen Gleichung mit 3-Teilchenstointegralen wird die elektrische Leitfhigkeit fr ein teilweise ionisiertes Wasserstoffplasma untersucht. Um Plasmaeffekte zu bercksichtigen, werden abgeschirmte Potentiale benutzt. Die Berechnung der Transportquerschnitte der betrachteten 2- und 3-Teilchenstreuprozesse erfolgt durch Strungsentwicklung der Lippmann-Schwinger-Gleichungen fr die T-Matrizen bis zur 2. Bornschen Nherung. Unter Einbeziehung eines Massenwirkungsgesetzes wird der Einflu der Elektron-Elektron- und der elastischen Elektron-Atom-Streuung diskutiert. Die Druckionisation (Motteffekt) wird durch ein Minimumverhalten in der elektrischen Leitfhigkeit beschrieben.

  20. Jovian Plasma Torus Interaction with Europa: 3D Hybrid Kinetic Simulation. First results

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    Lipatov, A. S.; Cooper, J. F.; Paterson, W. R.; Sittler, E. C.; Hartle, R. E.; Simpson, D. G.

    2010-01-01

    The hybrid kinetic model supports comprehensive simulation of the interaction between different spatial and energetic elements of the Europa-moon-magnetosphere system with respect to variable upstream magnetic field and flux or density distributions of plasma and energetic ions, electrons, and neutral atoms. This capability is critical for improving the interpretation of the existing Europa flyby measurements from the Galileo orbiter mission, and for planning flyby and orbital measurements, (including the surface and atmospheric compositions) for future missions. The simulations are based on recent models of the atmosphere of Europa (Cassidy etal.,2007;Shematovichetal.,2005). In contrast to previous approaches with MHD simulations, the hybrid model allows us to fully take into account the finite gyro radius effect and electron pressure, and to correctly estimate the ion velocity distribution and the fluxes along the magnetic field (assuming an initial Maxwellian velocity distribution for upstream background ions).Non-thermal distributions of upstream plasma will be addressed in future work. Photoionization,electron-impact ionization, charge exchange and collisions between the ions and neutrals are also included in our model. We consider two models for background plasma:(a) with O(++) ions; (b) with O(++) and S(++) ions. The majority of O2 atmosphere is thermal with an extended cold population (Cassidyetal.,2007). A few first simulations already include an induced magnetic dipole; however, several important effects of induced magnetic fields arising from oceanic shell conductivity will be addressed in later work.

  1. New fully kinetic model for the study of electric potential, plasma, and dust above lunar landscapes

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    Dyadechkin, S.; Kallio, E.; Wurz, P.

    2015-03-01

    We have developed a new fully kinetic electrostatic simulation, HYBes, to study how the lunar landscape affects the electric potential and plasma distributions near the surface and the properties of lifted dust. The model embodies new techniques that can be used in various types of physical environments and situations. We demonstrate the applicability of the new model in a situation involving three charged particle species, which are solar wind electrons and protons, and lunar photoelectrons. Properties of dust are studied with test particle simulations by using the electric fields derived from the HYBes model. Simulations show the high importance of the plasma and the electric potential near the surface. For comparison, the electric potential gradients near the landscapes with feature sizes of the order of the Debye length are much larger than those near a flat surface at different solar zenith angles. Furthermore, dust test particle simulations indicate that the landscape relief influences the dust location over the surface. The study suggests that the local landscape has to be taken into account when the distributions of plasma and dust above lunar surface are studied. The HYBes model can be applied not only at the Moon but also on a wide range of airless planetary objects such as Mercury, other planetary moons, asteroids, and nonactive comets.

  2. Kinetic effects and nonlinear heating in intense x-ray-laser-produced carbon plasmas

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    Sentoku, Y.; Paraschiv, I.; Royle, R.; Mancini, R. C.; Johzaki, T.

    2014-11-01

    The x-ray laser-matter interaction for a low-Z material, carbon, is studied with a particle-in-cell code that solves the photoionization and x-ray transport self-consistently. Photoionization is the dominant absorption mechanism and nonthermal photoelectrons are produced with energy near the x-ray photon energy. The photoelectrons ionize the target rapidly via collisional impact ionization and field ionization, producing a hot plasma column behind the laser pulse. The radial size of the heated region becomes larger than the laser spot size due to the kinetic nature of the photoelectrons. The plasma can have a temperature of more than 10 000 K (>1 eV ), an energy density greater than 104 J /cm3 , an ion-ion Coulomb coupling parameter ? ?1 , and electron degeneracy ? ?1 , i.e., strongly coupled warm dense matter. By increasing the laser intensity, the plasma temperature rises nonlinearly from tens of eV to hundreds of eV, bringing it into the high energy density matter regime. The heating depth and temperature are also controllable by changing the photon energy of the incident laser light.

  3. The kinetics of nitrogen absorption and desorption from a plasma arc by molten iron

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    Katz, J. D.; King, T. B.

    1989-04-01

    A plasma torch and refractory-lined furnace with a 10 kg capacity were used to study the kinetics of nitrogen absorption and desorption in molten iron. In this study, melts containing both oxygen and sulfur were used. In accord with earlier studies, a limiting rate constant of 0.020 cm/s-pct was observed at high oxygen and/or sulfur contents. At lower oxygen and/or sulfur contents, the measured desorption rates are smaller than most of the reported values and appear to be limited by mixed melt, mass transfer chemical control. Absorption of nitrogen from the plasma arc is limited by mass transfer in the melt. The dominant form of convection in the vicinity of jet impingement is surface tension driven flow. The reaction N(g)=N(pct) appears to be responsible for the enhanced nitrogen content of the melt. The nitrogen content of a melt in equilibrium with the atomic nitrogen content of an Ar-5 pct N2 plasma jet was determined to be 0.30 wt pct or thirty times the equilibrium value.

  4. A physiologically based in silico kinetic model predicting plasma cholesterol concentrations in humans[S

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    van de Pas, Niek C. A.; Woutersen, Ruud A.; van Ommen, Ben; Rietjens, Ivonne M. C. M.; de Graaf, Albert A.

    2012-01-01

    Increased plasma cholesterol concentration is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. This study describes the development, validation, and analysis of a physiologically based kinetic (PBK) model for the prediction of plasma cholesterol concentrations in humans. This model was directly adapted from a PBK model for mice by incorporation of the reaction catalyzed by cholesterol ester transfer protein and contained 21 biochemical reactions and eight different cholesterol pools. The model was calibrated using published data for humans and validated by comparing model predictions on plasma cholesterol levels of subjects with 10 different genetic mutations (including familial hypercholesterolemia and Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome) with experimental data. Average model predictions on total cholesterol were accurate within 36% of the experimental data, which was within the experimental margin. Sensitivity analysis of the model indicated that the HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) concentration was mainly dependent on hepatic transport of cholesterol to HDL, cholesterol ester transfer from HDL to non-HDL, and hepatic uptake of cholesterol from non-HDL-C. Thus, the presented PBK model is a valid tool to predict the effect of genetic mutations on cholesterol concentrations, opening the way for future studies on the effect of different drugs on cholesterol levels in various subpopulations in silico. PMID:23024287

  5. The Effect of Hydrogen on Plasma Nitriding of Austenitic Stainless Steel: Kinetic Modeling

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    Moskalioviene, Teresa; Galdikas, Arvaidas

    2015-12-01

    The kinetic model of adsorption and stress-induced diffusion of nitrogen in austenitic stainless steels taking place during plasma nitriding using various mixtures of nitrogen and hydrogen is proposed. On the basis of proposed model, a numerical study has been undertaken to analyze and describe the effect of hydrogen on plasma nitriding of austenitic stainless steel. It was shown that the addition of hydrogen with concentrations in the range ~(30 to 40) pct enhances nitrogen penetration into steel. This is due to two factors: (1) reduction of the surface oxide due to chemical etching of the oxygen by hydrogen and (2) increase of NH radicals which are converted to active nitrogen atoms on the steel surface, i.e., the amount of adsorbed and diffused nitrogen increases. As a result, the thicker nitrogen-containing layer is observed. Moreover, results of numerical prediction show that an excessive amount of hydrogen (more than ~70 pct) in the gas mixture retards the nitriding process in comparison with nitriding in pure nitrogen plasma.

  6. Kinetics of structuring of submonolayer carbon coatings on silicon (100) crystals during microwave vacuum-plasma deposition

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    Yafarov, R. K.; Shanygin, V. Ya.

    2015-06-01

    The kinetics of self-organization of nanodomains during the deposition of submonolayer carbon coatings on (100) silicon in the microwave plasma of low-pressure ethanol vapors is studied by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The laws of influence of the substrate temperature and the kinetic energy of carbon-containing ions on the mechanisms of formation and structuring of the forming silicon-carbon surface phases are established. It is shown that the deposited carbon-containing nanodomains can be used as nonlithographic mask coatings for the formation of spatial low-dimensional systems on single-crystal silicon upon selective highly anisotropic plasma-chemical etching.

  7. Nonlinear coupling of lower hybrid waves to the kinetic low-frequency plasma response in the auroral ionosphere

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    Sanbonmatsu, K. Y.; Goldman, M. V.; Newman, D. L.

    A hybrid kinetic-fluid model is developed which is relevant to lower hybrid spikelets observed in the topside auroral ionosphere [Vago et al., 1992; Eriksson et al., 1994]. In contrast to previous fluid models [Shapiro et al., 1995; Tam and Chang, 1995; Seyler, 1994; Shapiro et al., 1993] our linear low frequency plasma response is magnetized and kinetic. Fluid theory is used to incorporate the nonlinear wave coupling. Performing a linear stability analysis, we calculate the growth rate for the modulational instability, driven by a lower hybrid wave pump. We find that both the magnetic and kinetic effects inhibit the modulational instability.

  8. Nonlinear Gyrokinetics: A Powerful Tool for the Description of Microturbulence in Magnetized Plasmas

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    John E. Krommes

    2010-09-27

    Gyrokinetics is the description of low-frequency dynamics in magnetized plasmas. In magnetic-confinement fusion, it provides the most fundamental basis for numerical simulations of microturbulence; there are astrophysical applications as well. In this tutorial, a sketch of the derivation of the novel dynamical system comprising the nonlinear gyrokinetic (GK) equation (GKE) and the coupled electrostatic GK Poisson equation will be given by using modern Lagrangian and Lie perturbation methods. No background in plasma physics is required in order to appreciate the logical development. The GKE describes the evolution of an ensemble of gyrocenters moving in a weakly inhomogeneous background magnetic field and in the presence of electromagnetic perturbations with wavelength of the order of the ion gyroradius. Gyrocenters move with effective drifts, which may be obtained by an averaging procedure that systematically, order by order, removes gyrophase dependence. To that end, the use of the Lagrangian differential one-form as well as the content and advantages of Lie perturbation theory will be explained. The electromagnetic fields follow via Maxwell's equations from the charge and current density of the particles. Particle and gyrocenter densities differ by an important polarization effect. That is calculated formally by a "pull-back" (a concept from differential geometry) of the gyrocenter distribution to the laboratory coordinate system. A natural truncation then leads to the closed GK dynamical system. Important properties such as GK energy conservation and fluctuation noise will be mentioned briefly, as will the possibility (and diffculties) of deriving nonlinear gyro fluid equations suitable for rapid numerical solution -- although it is probably best to directly simulate the GKE. By the end of the tutorial, students should appreciate the GKE as an extremely powerful tool and will be prepared for later lectures describing its applications to physical problems.

  9. Effects of He and Ar ion kinetic energies in protection of organosilicate glass from O{sub 2} plasma damage

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    Lee, Joe; Graves, David B.; Kazi, Haseeb; Gaddam, Sneha; Kelber, Jeffry A.

    2013-07-15

    In-situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ex-situ Fourier transform infrared studies of He plasma and Ar{sup +} ion bombardment pretreatments of organosilicate glass demonstrate that such pretreatments inhibit subsequent O{sub 2} plasma-induced carbon loss by forming a SiO{sub 2}-like damaged overlayer, and that the degree of protection correlates directly with increased ion kinetic energies, but not with the thickness of the SiO{sub 2} overlayer. This thickness is observed by XPS to be roughly constant and <1 nm regardless of ion energies involved. The data indicate that ion kinetic energies are an important parameter in protective noble gas plasma pretreatments to inhibit O{sub 2} plasma-induced carbon loss.

  10. Theoretical Modeling of Radiation-driven Atomic Kinetics of a Neon Photoionized Plasma

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    Durmaz, Tunay

    We report on a theoretical study on atomic kinetics modeling of a photoionized neon plasma at conditions relevant to laboratory experiments performed at the Z-machine in Sandia National Laboratories. We describe an atomic kinetics model and code, ATOKIN, that was developed and used to compute the atomic level population distribution. The study includes atomic level sensitivity with respect to energy level structure, radiation and transient effects, electron temperature and x-ray drive sensitivity and an idea for electron temperature extraction from a level population ratio. The neon atomic model considers several ionization stages of highly-charged neon ions as well as a detailed structure of non-autoionizing and autoionizing energy levels in each ion. In the energy level sensitivity study, the atomic model was changed by adding certain types of energy levels such as singly-excited, auto-ionizing doubly-excited states. Furthermore, these levels were added ion by ion for the most populated ions. Atomic processes populating and de-populating the energy levels consider photoexcitation and photoionization due to the external radiation flux, and spontaneous and collisional atomic processes including plasma radiation trapping. Relevant atomic cross sections and rates were computed with the atomic structure and scattering FAC code. The calculations were performed at constant particle number density and driven by the time-histories of temperature and external radiation flux. These conditions were selected in order to resemble those achieved in photoionized plasma experiments at the Z facility of Sandia National Laboratories. For the same set of time histories, calculations were done in a full time-dependent mode and also as a sequence of instantaneous, steady states. Differences between both calculations are useful to identify transient effects in the ionization and atomic kinetics of the photoionized plasma, and its dependence on the atomic model and plasma environmental conditions. We also calculated transmission spectra in an effort to identify time-dependent effects in observed spectral features. Furthermore, all the steady state and time-dependent calculations were performed for different electron temperature histories to investigate electron temperature effects in the same way transient effects were examined. The idea for electron temperature extraction based on the population ratio of two energy levels close in energy was investigated after preliminary estimations revealed evidence of dominant electron collisional excitation and de-excitation over photo-excitation and spontaneous radiative decay between the ground state, 1s22 s, and the first excited state, 1s22 p, levels of Li-like Ne. Since the populations of these levels were determined from the analysis of transmission spectra, it was then possible to estimate the temperature via a Boltzmann factor. Further studies were performed for various plasma conditions such as temperature and density in order to confirm the reliability of the method. Calculations were performed for a sequence of steady states and in a full time-dependent mode. Finally, the instantaneous spectra was integrated over several time intervals in order to test the method on conditions similar to those of laboratory experiments.

  11. Propagator expansion method for solving linearized plasma kinetic equations with collisions. Environmental research papers, June 1983-June 1984

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    Jasperse, J.R.

    1984-06-25

    A propagator expansion method is presented for solving linearized plasma kinetic equations with collisions. The essence of the method is the representation and use of the collisional propagator for a given problem as an expansion in powers of the collision frequency. The linearized Balescu-Lenard collision operator and the zero-order distribution function Maxwellian were determined. An exact expression for the collisional damping rate is obtained in the long-wavelength approximation to the first order in the plasma parameter.

  12. Reduced-fluid descriptions of toroidally confined plasma with finite-ion-temperature effects

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    Hsu, C.T.

    1986-01-01

    Fluid descriptions of toroidally confined plasma with FLR effects are studied, based on a generalized, energy-conserving, self-consistent, nonlinear reduced-fluid model (HHM). The model, derived via a fluid approach starting from moment equations, differs from Braginskii's fluid system in retaining O(rho/sub i//sup 2/) terms (where rho/sub i/ is the ion gyroradius) and most of the non-ideal effects. Hence, many of the well-known reduced-fluid models can be reproduced from HHM by simply specifying scales of some parameters such as rho/sub i/ and ..beta... On the other hand, a Pade approximation of the full FLR system, obtained from the simplified version of HHM, is also presented. This simplified model is not only energy-conserving and much easier to access, but also can be shown to retain FLR effects quite accurately. It is therefore remarked that this version should deserve further analytical and numerical studies. The possible applications of HHM are discussed in a general way so that further detailed studies can readily follow. In particular, linear toroidal drift-tearing modes with finite ion-temperature effects are studied. In addition, the non-canonical Hamiltonian theory and it's application to the reduced system are discussed. This fast developing theory has been useful for studying the equilibria and nonlinear instability of the fluid system

  13. Kinetic Analysis of Plasma Insulin Disappearance in Nonketotic Diabetic Patients and in Normal Subjects

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    Navalesi, Renzo; Pilo, Alessandro; Ferrannini, Eleuterio; Cecchetti, Paolo; Masoni, Antonio

    1978-01-01

    The studies so far reported on the metabolic clearance rate of insulin in human diabetes mellitus have given conflicting results, probably because they have been conducted on few patients and have used a variety of experimental techniques and data treatments. We investigated the kinetics of insulin distribution and degradation in 35 normal subjects and in 42 nonketotic, nonobese, overtly diabetic patients, of whom 26 were above 40 yr old and 16 were 40 yr old or less at diagnosis. The design of the study combined (a) the use of a tracer to perturb minimally the steady state and to avoid glucose infusion; (b) the preparation of purified [125I]-monoiodoinsulin, which has a metabolic behavior similar to that of native insulin; and (c) noncompartmental analysis of the plasma immunoprecipitable 125I-insulin disappearance curves, which were recorded for 2 h after pulse i.v. injection of the tracer. Metabolic clearance rate was found to be similar in diabetics (40418 ml/minm2, meanSEM) and in normals (42014), although the latter-onset patients had slightly, if not significantly, lower metabolic clearance rate values than the earlier-onset diabetics (38519 and 44336, respectively). The initial distribution volume of the hormone also did not significantly differ in diabetics and normals and was similar to plasma volume. The reentry rate into the initial distribution volume of the hormone and the total, plasma-equivalent distribution volume of insulin were both significantly raised in diabetics (25112 ml/minm2 and 10.30.5 liters/m2) in comparison with normals (1958 and 7.50.3). The posthepatic delivery rate of insulin was found to be slightly raised in later-onset diabetics (19420 mU/hm2), but somewhat reduced in earlier-onset diabetics (13315) in comparison with normals (17214); these differences reflected the different basal plasma insulin concentrations in these three groups. Chronic treatment with oral hypoglycemic drugs, age, duration of the disease, and degree of metabolic control appeared to have only little effect on the kinetics of insulin. On the basis of these results, we conclude that insulin-independent adult diabetics show, already in the fasting state, a combination of insulin resistance and insulin deficiency and a derangement in insulin distribution, the precise significance of which is uncertain. PMID:338630

  14. Jet-induced gauge field instabilities in the quark-gluon plasma: A kinetic theory approach

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    Mannarelli, Massimo; Manuel, Cristina

    2008-03-01

    We discuss the properties of the collective modes of a system composed by a thermalized quark-gluon plasma traversed by a relativistic jet of partons. The transport equations obeyed by the components of the plasma and of the jet are studied in the Vlasov approximation. Assuming that the partons in the jet can be described with a tsunamilike distribution function we derive the expressions of the dispersion law of the collective modes. Then the behavior of the unstable gauge modes of the system is analyzed for various values of the velocity of the jet, of the momentum of the collective modes and of the angle between these two quantities. We find that the most unstable modes are those with momentum orthogonal to the velocity of the jet and that these instabilities appear when the velocity of the jet is higher than a threshold value, which depends on the plasma and jet frequencies. The results obtained within the Vlasov approximation are compared with the corresponding results obtained using a chromohydrodynamical approach. The effect we discuss here suggests a possible collective mechanism for the description of the jet quenching phenomena in heavy-ion collisions.

  15. Kinetics of illuminated complex plasmas considering Mie scattering by spherical dust particles with a size distribution

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    Sodha, M. S.; Mishra, S. K.; Misra, Shikha

    2011-01-01

    In this paper Mie scattering of light by dust particles having Mathis, Rumpl, and Nordsieek power law distribution of size has been incorporated in the formulation of the kinetics of an illuminated complex plasma which takes into account the ionization of neutral atoms by an external agency, ion-electron recombination, photoemission of electrons by the dust particles, and accretion of electrons and ions on the surface of the particles; the number and energy balance of the constituent species has also been taken into account. An interesting conclusion is that unlike the usual case (when Mie scattering is neglected) the charge on a particle is not proportional to the radius and that for certain sets of parameters the smaller particles are negatively charged while the larger particles, carry positive charge.

  16. Properties of solitary kinetic Alfvn wave in a plasma with non-extensive electrons

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    Liu, Y. Shi, Z. F.; Han, Y.; Dai, B.

    2015-03-15

    The properties of solitary kinetic Alfvn waves (SKAWs) in a finite ? plasma with three dimensional non-extensive electrons are investigated. Numerical results show that there only exists sub-Alfvnic hump type SKAW. The down limit of the Alfvn Mach number M{sub z} for the existence of SKAW increases with the increase of ?. Whereas, it varies non-monotonously with respect to electron nonextensive parameter q for a given ?. In the range of M{sub z} where SKAWs exist for different values of q, a bigger q results in a denser soliton structure, making the magnitude of the static electric field along the background magnetic field enhanced. However, the dependence of the amplitudes of the perpendicular magnetic and electric field on q is non-monotonous.

  17. Properties of solitary kinetic Alfvn wave in a plasma with non-extensive electrons

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    Liu, Y.; Shi, Z. F.; Han, Y.; Dai, B.

    2015-03-01

    The properties of solitary kinetic Alfvn waves (SKAWs) in a finite ? plasma with three dimensional non-extensive electrons are investigated. Numerical results show that there only exists sub-Alfvnic hump type SKAW. The down limit of the Alfvn Mach number Mz for the existence of SKAW increases with the increase of ?. Whereas, it varies non-monotonously with respect to electron nonextensive parameter q for a given ?. In the range of Mz where SKAWs exist for different values of q, a bigger q results in a denser soliton structure, making the magnitude of the static electric field along the background magnetic field enhanced. However, the dependence of the amplitudes of the perpendicular magnetic and electric field on q is non-monotonous.

  18. Kinetics of pesticide degradation by human fresh frozen plasma (FFP) in vitro.

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    von der Wellen, Jens; Bierwisch, Anne; Worek, Franz; Thiermann, Horst; Wille, Timo

    2016-02-26

    There is an ongoing debate about the benefit of fresh frozen plasma (FFP) infusion in organophosphorus (OP) pesticide-poisoned patients. This prompted us to investigate the kinetics of OP pesticide degradation by FFP with an enzymatic assay in vitro. Degradation was rapid with shortest half-lives of 19.5s for chlorpyrifos-oxon, 6.3min for paraoxon-ethyl and 17.9min for dichlorvos. Heptenophos (78.0min), mevinphos (101.8min), profenofos (162.3min) and malaoxon (179.7min) showed half-lives of up to 3h. Substantial longer degradation half-lives of 69.7-80.8h were determined with chlorfenvinphos and bromfenvinphos. Methamidophos and omethoate showed no degradation by FFP indicated by half-lives similar to spontaneous hydrolysis. In conclusion, degradation by FFP depends on the particular OP pesticide and the used FFP batch. PMID:26220518

  19. Kinetic simulations and reduced modeling of longitudinal sideband instabilities in non-linear electron plasma waves

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    Brunner, S.; Berger, R. L.; Cohen, B. I.; Hausammann, L.; Valeo, E. J.

    2014-10-01

    Kinetic Vlasov simulations of one-dimensional finite amplitude Electron Plasma Waves are performed in a multi-wavelength long system. A systematic study of the most unstable linear sideband mode, in particular its growth rate γ and quasi- wavenumber δk, is carried out by scanning the amplitude and wavenumber of the initial wave. Simulation results are successfully compared against numerical and analytical solutions to the reduced model by Kruer et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 23, 838 (1969)] for the Trapped Particle Instability (TPI). A model recently suggested by Dodin et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 215006 (2013)], which in addition to the TPI accounts for the so-called Negative Mass Instability because of a more detailed representation of the trapped particle dynamics, is also studied and compared with simulations.

  20. A kinetic electron-neutral collision model for particle-in-cell plasma simulation

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    Pointon, Timothy; Cartwright, Keith

    2014-10-01

    Details of a kinetic electron-neutral collision model for particle-in-cell plasma simulation codes are presented. The model uses an efficient scheme to randomly select collision events - elastic, excitation and ionization - with the appropriate probability Ionization events create electron-ion pairs, and the secondary electrons can themselves ionize the gas. To maintain a manageable particle count, a particle merger algorithm can be used to periodically replace all particles of a given species in a cell with a new, smaller set that conserves charge, momentum, and energy Small-scale tests show that results with the merger are in good agreement with non-merged runs. Large simulations can only be done with the merger on, and typically show excellent merger efficiency (>90%). Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. DOE's NNSA under Contract DE-AC04-94-AL85000.

  1. Kinetic simulation of the O-X conversion process in dense magnetized plasmas

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    Ali Asgarian, M.; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University, Michigan 48824-1226 ; Verboncoeur, J. P.; Parvazian, A.; Trines, R.

    2013-10-15

    One scheme for heating a dense magnetized plasma core, such as in a tokamak, involves launching an ordinary (O) electromagnetic wave at the low density edge. It is converted to a reflected extraordinary (X) electromagnetic wave under certain conditions, and then transformed into an electron Bernstein wave able to reach high density regions inaccessible to most other waves. The O-X mode conversion is important in heating and diagnostic processes in different devices such as tokamaks, stellarators, and some types of pinches. The goal of this study has been to demonstrate that the kinetic particle-in-cell (PIC) scheme is suitable for modeling the O-X conversion process as the first step toward a more complete simulation of O-X-B heating. The O-X process is considered and simulated with a kinetic particle model for parameters of the TJ-II stellarator using the PIC code, XOOPIC. This code is able to model the non-monotonic density and the magnetic profile of the TJ-II stellarator. It can also statistically represent the self-consistent distribution function of the plasma, which has not been possible in previous fluid models. By considering the electric and magnetic components of launched and reflected waves, the O-mode and X-mode waves can be detected, and the O-X conversion can be demonstrated. In this work, the optimum angle for conversion efficiency, as predicted by the previous theory and experimentally confirmed, is used. Via considering the power of the launched O-mode wave and the converted X-mode wave, the efficiency of 63% for O-X conversion for the optimum theoretical launch angle of 47{sup ?} is obtained, which is in good agreement with efficiencies computed via full-wave simulations.

  2. Fully kinetic simulations of magnetic reconnction in semi-collisional plasmas

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    Daughton, William S; Roytershteyn, Vadim S; Albright, Brian J; Yin, Lin; Bowers, Kevin J; Karimabadi, Homa

    2009-01-01

    The influence of Coulomb collisions on the dynamics of magnetic reconnection is examined using fully kinetic simulations with a Monte-Carlo treatment of the Fokker-Planck collision operator. This powerful first-principles approach offers a bridge between kinetic and fluid regimes, which may prove useful for understanding the applicability of various fluid models. In order to lay the necessary groundwork, the collision algorithm is first carefully bench marked for a homogeneous plasma against theoretical predictions for beam-plasma interactions and electrical resistivity. Next, the collisional decay of a current layer is examined as a function of guide field, allowing direct comparisons with transport theory for the parallel and perpendicular resistivity as well as the thermoelectric force. Finally, the transition between collisional and collision less reconnection is examined in neutral sheet geometry. For modest Lundquist numbers S {approx}< 1000, a distinct transition is observed when the thickness of the Sweet-Parker layers falls below the ion inertia length {delta}{sub sp} {approx}< d,. At higher Lundquist number, deviations from the Sweet-Parker scaling are observed due to the growth of plasmoids (secondary-islands) within the elongated resistive layer. In certain cases, this instability leads to the onset of fast reconnection sooner than expected from {delta}{sub sp} {approx} d, condition. After the transition to fast reconnection, elongated electron current layers are formed which are unstable to the formation of new plasmoids. The structure and time-dependence of the electron diffusion region in these semi-collisional regimes is profoundly different than reported in two-fluid simulations.

  3. KINETIC PLASMA TURBULENCE IN THE FAST SOLAR WIND MEASURED BY CLUSTER

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    Roberts, O. W.; Li, X.; Li, B.

    2013-05-20

    The k-filtering technique and wave polarization analysis are applied to Cluster magnetic field data to study plasma turbulence at the scale of the ion gyroradius in the fast solar wind. Waves are found propagating in directions nearly perpendicular to the background magnetic field at such scales. The frequencies of these waves in the solar wind frame are much smaller than the proton gyrofrequency. After the wavevector k is determined at each spacecraft frequency f{sub sc}, wave polarization property is analyzed in the plane perpendicular to k. Magnetic fluctuations have {delta}B > {delta}B{sub Parallel-To} (here the Parallel-To and refer to the background magnetic field B{sub 0}). The wave magnetic field has right-handed polarization at propagation angles {theta}{sub kB} < 90 Degree-Sign and >90 Degree-Sign . The magnetic field in the plane perpendicular to B{sub 0}, however, has no clear sense of a dominant polarization but local rotations. We discuss the merits and limitations of linear kinetic Alfven waves (KAWs) and coherent Alfven vortices in the interpretation of the data. We suggest that the fast solar wind turbulence may be populated with KAWs, small-scale current sheets, and Alfven vortices at ion kinetic scales.

  4. Three-Dimensional Kinetic Simulation of the Nonlinear Evolution of Lower-Hybrid Waves in the Auroral Plasma

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    Singh, Nagendra

    2000-01-01

    Under this grant we have done research on the following topics. 1) Development of Parallel PIC Codes (PPIC); 2) Evolution of Lower-Hybrid Pump Waves; 3) Electron-beam Driven Plasma Electrodynamics; and 4) Studies on Inertial and Kinetic Alfven Waves. A brief summary of our findings and resulting publications are given.

  5. Non-Equilibrium Vibrational Kinetics in Radiofrequency H2 Plasmas: a Comparison Between Theoretical and Experimental Results

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    Capitelli, M.; De Pascale, O.; Shakatov, V.; Hassouni, K.; Lombardi, G.; Gicquel, A.

    2005-05-16

    Vibrational and rotational experimental temperatures of molecular hydrogen obtained by Coherent Anti-Stokes Spectroscopy (CARS) in Radiofrequency Inductive Plasmas have been analyzed and interpreted in terms of vibration, electron, dissociation-recombination and attachment kinetics. The analysis clarifies the role of atomic hydrogen and its heterogeneous recombination in affecting the vibrational content of the molecules.

  6. Nonlinear kinetic effects in inductively coupled plasmas via particle-in-cell simulations

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    Froese, Aaron; Smolyakov, Andrei; Sydorenko, Dmytro

    2007-11-01

    Kinetic effects in inductively coupled plasmas due to thermal motion of particles modified by self-consistent magnetic fields are studied using a particle-in-cell code. In the low pressure, low frequency regime, electron mean free paths are large relative to device size and the trajectories are strongly curved by the induced rf magnetic field. Analytic linear theories are unable to recover effects accumulated along each nonlinear path. Therefore, the simulated ICP is made progressively more complex to find the source of observed plasma behaviours. With only thermal motion modifying the wave-particle interaction, nonlocal behaviour becomes dominant at low frequencies, causing an anomalous skin effect with increased skin depth and power absorption and decreased ponderomotive force. However, when influenced by magnetic fields, the nonlocal effects are suppressed at large wave amplitudes due to nonlinear trapping. A mechanism is proposed for this low frequency restoration of local behaviour. Finally, a low rate of electron-neutral collisions is found to counteract the nonlinear behaviour, and hence reinforces nonlocal behaviour.

  7. Kinetic Alfven wave instability in a Lorentzian dusty plasma: Non-resonant particle approach

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    Rubab, N.; Biernat, H. K.; Erkaev, V.; Langmayr, D.

    2011-07-15

    Analysis of the electromagnetic streaming instability is carried out which is related to the cross field drift of kappa distributed ions. The linear dispersion relation for electromagnetic wave using Vlasov-fluid equations in a dusty plasma is derived. Modified two stream instability (MTSI) in a dusty plasma has been discussed in the limit {omega}{sub pd}{sup 2}/c{sup 2}k{sub perpendicular}{sup 2}<<1. Numerical calculations of the growth rate of instability have been carried out. Growth rates of kinetic Alfven instability are found to be small as compared to MTSI. Maximum growth rates for both instabilities occur in oblique directions for V{sub 0}{>=}V{sub A}. It is shown that the presence of both the charged dust particles and perpendicular ion beam sensibly modify the dispersion relation of low-frequency electromagnetic wave. The dispersion characteristics are found to be insensible to the superthermal character of the ion distribution function. Applications to different intersteller regions are discussed.

  8. Obliquely propagating solitary kinetic Alfven wave in a collisional dusty plasma

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    Woo, M. H.; Ryu, C.-M.; Choi, C.-R.

    2010-05-15

    An obliquely propagating solitary kinetic Alfven wave in a low beta dusty plasma (beta<plasma is re-examined. It is found that there is an upper limit of the possible Alfvenic Mach velocity, imposed by dust particles. The Mach number lies between l{sub z} and l{sub z}/sq root(N{sub d}), where l{sub z} is the directional cosine and N{sub d} is the dust particle charge density. In the collisional case, the same upper limit of the Mach velocity is found, and the solitary wave turns into an oscillating double layer. The damping scale and the size of the oscillation structure increase with increasing dust particle charge density. The damping scale and the size of the oscillation structure are estimated by using the virial theorem.

  9. Kinetic modeling of electronically enhanced reaction pathways in Plasma Assisted Combustion

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    Parsey, Guy; G?l, Yaman; Verboncoeur, John; Christlieb, Andrew

    2012-10-01

    The use of plasma energy to enhance and control the chemical reactions during combustion, a technology referred to as ``plasma assisted combustion'' (PAC), can result in a variety of beneficial effects: e.g. stable lean operation, pollution reduction, and wider range of p-T operating conditions. While experimental evidence abounds, theoretical understanding of PAC is at best incomplete, and numerical tools still lack in reliable predictive capabilities. In the context of a joint experimental-numerical effort at Michigan State University, we present here a modular Python framework dedicated to the dynamic optimization of non-equilibrium PAC systems. We first describe a novel kinetic global model, which aims at exploring scaling laws in parameter space, as well as the effect of a non-Maxwellian electron energy distribution function (EEDF). With such a model, we reproduce literature results and we critically review the effect of data uncertainty and limiting assumptions. Then, we explore means of measuring a non-Maxwellian EEDF through the use of a detailed collisional-radiative model, coupled to optical emission spectroscopy. Finally, we investigate the effect of different numerical integrators, as well as customized routines specifically designed to solve stiff sparse ODE systems.

  10. Ion probe beam experiments and kinetic modeling in a dense plasma focus Z-pinch

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    Schmidt, A. Ellsworth, J. Falabella, S. Link, A. McLean, H. Rusnak, B. Sears, J. Tang, V.; Welch, D.

    2014-12-15

    The Z-pinch phase of a dense plasma focus (DPF) emits multiple-MeV ions in a ∼cm length. The mechanisms through which these physically simple devices generate such high energy beams in a relatively short distance are not fully understood. We are exploring the origins of these large gradients using measurements of an ion probe beam injected into a DPF during the pinch phase and the first kinetic simulations of a DPF Z-pinch. To probe the accelerating fields in our table top experiment, we inject a 4 MeV deuteron beam along the z-axis and then sample the beam energy distribution after it passes through the pinch region. Using this technique, we have directly measured for the first time the acceleration of an injected ion beam. Our particle-in-cell simulations have been benchmarked on both a kJ-scale DPF and a MJ-scale DPF. They have reproduced experimentally measured neutron yields as well as ion beams and EM oscillations which fluid simulations do not exhibit. Direct comparisons between the experiment and simulations enhance our understanding of these plasmas and provide predictive design capability for accelerator and neutron source applications.

  11. Ion probe beam experiments and kinetic modeling in a dense plasma focus Z-pinch

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    Schmidt, A.; Ellsworth, J.; Falabella, S.; Link, A.; McLean, H.; Rusnak, B.; Sears, J.; Tang, V.; Welch, D.

    2014-12-01

    The Z-pinch phase of a dense plasma focus (DPF) emits multiple-MeV ions in a cm length. The mechanisms through which these physically simple devices generate such high energy beams in a relatively short distance are not fully understood. We are exploring the origins of these large gradients using measurements of an ion probe beam injected into a DPF during the pinch phase and the first kinetic simulations of a DPF Z-pinch. To probe the accelerating fields in our table top experiment, we inject a 4 MeV deuteron beam along the z-axis and then sample the beam energy distribution after it passes through the pinch region. Using this technique, we have directly measured for the first time the acceleration of an injected ion beam. Our particle-in-cell simulations have been benchmarked on both a kJ-scale DPF and a MJ-scale DPF. They have reproduced experimentally measured neutron yields as well as ion beams and EM oscillations which fluid simulations do not exhibit. Direct comparisons between the experiment and simulations enhance our understanding of these plasmas and provide predictive design capability for accelerator and neutron source applications.

  12. Passive Measurement of Hydrogen Ground State Rotational and Vibrational Temperatures in Kinetic Plasmas

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    D.R. Farley, D.P. Ludberg and S.A. Cohen

    2010-09-21

    A dipole-quadrupole electron-impact excitation model, consistent with molecular symmetry rules, is presented to fit ro-vibronic spectra of the hydrogen Fulcher-? Q-branch line emissions for passively measuring the rotational temperature of hydrogen neutral molecules in kinetic plasmas with the coronal equilibrium approximation. A quasi-rotational temperature and quadrupole contribution factor are adjustable parameters in the model. Quadrupole excitation is possible due to a violation of the 1st Born approximation for low to medium energy electrons (up to several hundred eV). The Born-Oppenheimer and Franck-Condon approximations are implicitly shown to hold. A quadrupole contribution of 10% is shown to fit experimental data at several temperatures from different experiments with electron energies from several to 100 eV. A convenient chart is produced to graphically determine the vibrational temperature of the hydrogen molecules from diagonal band intensities, if the ground state distribution is Boltzmann. Hydrogen vibrational modes are long-lived, surviving up to thousands of wall collisions, consistent with multiple other molecular dynamics computational results. The importance of inter-molecular collisions during a plasma pulse are also discussed.

  13. Absolute number density and kinetic analysis of the CF radical in pulsed CF4 + H2 radio-frequency plasmas

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    Stepanov, S.; Meichsner, J.

    2012-04-01

    The infrared tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (IR-TDLAS) experimental technique was employed to study CF radical kinetics in pulsed capacitively coupled CF4/H2 rf plasmas. In particular, the special data acquisition approach (so-called burst mode) was adapted and applied to monitor the absolute number density of CF with a temporal resolution of better than 1 ms. This enabled a proper kinetic analysis of the radical during both plasma on and plasma off phases. Thus, during the plasma off phase, the CF species was found to be rapidly consumed, mostly in the reactor volume. Possible surface losses (sticking) of CF were shown to be of minor importance, and became notable only at total pressures lower than 10 Pa. During the plasma on phase the CF concentration was measured to increase rapidly, reach a maximum and then decrease to its steady-state value. The observed overshoot in the CF density trace was shown to correlate with the corresponding decay of the C2F4 species also measured in the plasma on phase. The electron impact fragmentation of C2F4 was supposed to contribute significantly to the effective production of CF at the beginning of the plasma on phase, which might have caused the observed overshoots.

  14. Pulsar electrodynamics: Relativistic kinetic theory of radiative plasmas--collective phenomena and their radiation

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    Costa, A. A. da; Diver, D. A.; Laing, E. W.; Stark, C. R.; Teodoro, L. F. A.

    2011-01-15

    The classical modeling of radiation by accelerated charged particles in pulsars predicts a cutoff in photon energy at around 25 GeV. While this is broadly consistent with observations, the classical treatment is not self-consistent, and cannot be extended to explain the rare high-energy detections of photons in the 100s of GeV range. In this paper we revisit the theoretical modeling of high-energy radiation processes in very strong electromagnetic fields, in the context of both single particles and collective plasmas. There are no classical constraints on this description. We find that there is indeed a critical energy of around 50 GeV that arises naturally in this self-consistent treatment, but rather than being a cutoff, this critical energy signals a transition from radiation that is classical to a quasiquantum description, in which the particle is able to radiate almost its total energy in a single event. This new modeling therefore places pulsar radiation processes on a more secure physical basis, and admits the possibility of the production of TeV photons in a self-consistent way.

  15. Study of DC discharge plasma polymerization kinetics, film properties and applications and initial study of silica powder surface modification by RF plasma polymerization

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    Guo, Sheyu

    1998-09-01

    In this work, two kinds of plasma polymerization for surface modification are discussed. In part-I, DC plasma polymerization is investigated for film properties, film growth mechanism and film application. The monomers heaxamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) and pyrrole were selected to study the deposition rates change with discharge parameters such as pressure, flow rate, power, discharge current density. Structures and properties of film deposited at extreme conditions (high power/low pressure or low power/high pressure) were studied with FT-IR, SEM, TOF-SIMS, AIM, surface energy measurement and tribology test. This work also investigated DC plasma polymerization kinetics by combining plasma parameters with film deposited rate at different conditions. Both single and double Langmuir probes were used to measure the plasma parameters in pulsed power and continuous discharges. Plasma density and electron temperature are reported. A DC plasma polymerization kinetic model is Proposed based on the experimental data and a best-fit mathematical method. DC plasma polymerization application was the other object of this study. Cold-rolled steel and copper were coated with pyrrole and HMDSO, respectively. Corrosion rate were obtained from electrochemical polarization methods, and tests in humidity chamber directly. Various monomers were used to change the substrate surface energy. Hydrophilic and hydrophobic surface were achieved respectively by different monomers. A water-soluble film was obtained with acrylic acid in mild plasma conditions. In part-II, a initial study of powder surface modification has been done. The aim of this work was to investigate the possibility of changing powder surface properties with plasma-polymerized coatings. RF inductive plasma was used as a source to excite plasma polymerization for powder treatment. Plasma-polymerized pyrrole films were deposited on silica surface. Several techniques such as SEM, EDX, TOF-SIMS, FT-IF, DSC&TGA, and surface energy measurement were used for treated powder characterization. It was found that the film with several hundred angstrom thickness was deposited on silica surface. The silica became very hydrophobic. The performance test also showed that the rubber property was changed with pyrrole plasma treated silica.

  16. Kinetic Temperature and Electron Density Measurement in an Inductively Coupled Plasma Torch using Degenerate Four-Wave Mixing

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    Schafer, Julia; Lyons, Wendy; Tong, WIlliam G.; Danehy, Paul M.

    2008-01-01

    Laser wave mixing is presented as an effective technique for spatially resolved kinetic temperature measurements in an atmospheric-pressure radio-frequency inductively-coupled plasma. Measurements are performed in a 1 kW, 27 MHz RF plasma using a continuous-wave, tunable 811.5-nm diode laser to excite the 4s(sup 3)P2 approaches 4p(sup 3)D3 argon transition. Kinetic temperature measurements are made at five radial steps from the center of the torch and at four different torch heights. The kinetic temperature is determined by measuring simultaneously the line shape of the sub-Doppler backward phase-conjugate degenerate four-wave mixing and the Doppler-broadened forward-scattering degenerate four-wave mixing. The temperature measurements result in a range of 3,500 to 14,000 K+/-150 K. Electron densities measured range from 6.1 (+/-0.3) x 10(exp 15)/cu cm to 10.1 (+/-0.3) x 10(exp 15)/cu cm. The experimental spectra are analyzed using a perturbative treatment of the backward phase-conjugate and forward-geometry wave-mixing theory. Stark width is determined from the collisional broadening measured in the phase-conjugate geometry. Electron density measurements are made based on the Stark width. The kinetic temperature of the plasma was found to be more than halved by adding deionized water through the nebulizer.

  17. The Plasma Interaction Experiment /PIX/ - Description and flight qualification test program

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    Ignaczak, L. R.; Haley, F. A.; Domino, E. J.; Culp, D. H.; Shaker, F. J.

    1978-01-01

    The Plasma Interaction Experiment (PIX) is a battery powered preprogrammed auxiliary payload on the Landsat-C launch. This experiment is part of a larger program to investigate space plasma interactions with spacecraft surfaces and components. The varying plasma densities encountered during available telemetry coverage periods are deemed sufficient to determine first order interactions between the space plasma environment and the biased experimental surfaces. The specific objectives of the PIX flight experiment are to measure the plasma coupling current and the negative voltage breakdown characteristics of a solar array segment and a gold plated steel disk. Measurements will be made over a range of surface voltages up to plus or minus 1 kilovolt. The orbital environment will provide a range of plasma densities. The experimental surfaces will be voltage-biased in a preprogrammed step sequence to optimize the data returned for each plasma region and for the available telemetry coverage.

  18. Plasma glucose kinetics and response of insulin and GIP following a cereal breakfast in female subjects: effect of starch digestibility

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    Pronnet, F; Meynier, A; Sauvinet, V; Normand, S; Bourdon, E; Mignault, D; St-Pierre, D H; Laville, M; Rabasa-Lhoret, R; Vinoy, S

    2015-01-01

    Background/Objectives: Foods with high contents of slowly digestible starch (SDS) elicit lower glycemic responses than foods with low contents of SDS but there has been debate on the underlying changes in plasma glucose kinetics, that is, respective contributions of the increase in the rates of appearance and disappearance of plasma glucose (RaT and RdT), and of the increase in the rate of appearance of exogenous glucose (RaE) and decrease in endogenous glucose production (EGP). Subjects/Methods: Sixteen young healthy females ingested in random order four types of breakfasts: an extruded cereal (0.3% SDS: Lo-SDS breakfast) or one of three biscuits (3945% SDS: Hi-SDS breakfasts). The flour in the cereal products was labeled with 13C, and plasma glucose kinetics were measured using [6,6-2H2]glucose infusion, along with the response of plasma glucose, insulin and glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (GIP) concentrations. Results: When compared with the Lo-SDS breakfast, after the three Hi-SDS breakfasts, excursions in plasma glucose, the response of RaE, RaT and RdT, and the reduction in EGP were significantly lower (P<0.05). The amount of exogenous glucose absorbed over the 4.5-h postprandial period was also significantly lower by ~31% (P<0.001). These differences were associated with lower responses of GIP and insulin concentrations. Conclusions: Substituting extruded cereals with biscuits slows down the availability of glucose from the breakfast and its appearance in peripheral circulation, blunts the changes in plasma glucose kinetics and homeostasis, reduces excursions in plasma glucose, and possibly distributes the glucose ingested over a longer period following the meal. PMID:25852025

  19. Kinetics of plasma membrane and mitochondrial alterations in cells undergoing apoptosis

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    Lizard, G.; Fournel, S.; Genestier, L.; Dhedin, N.

    1995-11-01

    Programmed cell death or apoptosis is characterized by typical morphological alterations. By transmission electron microscopy, apoptotic cells are identified by condensation of the chromatin in tight apposition to the nuclear envelope, alteration of the nuclear envelope and fragmentation of the nucleus, whereas integrity of the plasma membrane and organelles is preserved. Conversely cells undergoing necrosis display and early desintegration of cytoplasmic membrane and swelling of mitochondria. In this study we assessed by flow cytometry the sequential alterations of forward angle light scatter, 90{degrees} light scatter, and fluorescence associated with fluorescein diacetate, rhodamine 123, and propidium iodide in two human B cell lines undergoing apoptosis induced by the topoisomerase II inhibitor VP-16. The kinetics of these modifications were compared to those of cells undergoing necrosis induced by the topoisomerase II inhibitor VP-16. The kinetics of these modifications were compared to those of cells undergoing necrosis induced by sodium azide. At the same time intervals, cells were examined by transmission electron microscopy and by UV microscopy after staining with Hoechst 33342. We report that sequential changes in light scatters and fluorescein diacetate are similar in cells undergoing apoptosis or necrosis, whereas apoptosis is characterized by a slightly delayed decrease of mitochondrial activity as assessed by rhodamine 123 staining. Surprisingly, a part of cells undergoing apoptosis displayed an early uptake of propidium iodide followed by a condensation and then a fragmentation of their nuclei. It is concluded that uptake of propidium iodide is a very early marker of cell death which does not discriminate between necrosis and apoptosis. Along with biochemical criteria, nuclear morphology revealed by staining with Hoechst 33342 would seem to be of the most simple and most discriminative assay of apoptosis. 33 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  20. High-resolution Hybrid Simulations of Kinetic Plasma Turbulence at Proton Scales

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    Franci, Luca; Landi, Simone; Matteini, Lorenzo; Verdini, Andrea; Hellinger, Petr

    2015-10-01

    We investigate properties of plasma turbulence from magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) to sub-ion scales by means of two-dimensional, high-resolution hybrid particle-in-cell simulations. We impose an initial ambient magnetic field perpendicular to the simulation box, and we add a spectrum of large-scale magnetic and kinetic fluctuations with energy equipartition and vanishing correlation. Once the turbulence is fully developed, we observe an MHD inertial range, where the spectra of the perpendicular magnetic field and the perpendicular proton bulk velocity fluctuations exhibit power-law scaling with spectral indices of -5/3 and -3/2, respectively. This behavior is extended over a full decade in wavevectors and is very stable in time. A transition is observed around proton scales. At sub-ion scales, both spectra steepen, with the former still following a power law with a spectral index of ∼ -3. A -2.8 slope is observed in the density and parallel magnetic fluctuations, highlighting the presence of compressive effects at kinetic scales. The spectrum of the perpendicular electric fluctuations follows that of the proton bulk velocity at MHD scales, and flattens at small scales. All these features, which we carefully tested against variations of many parameters, are in good agreement with solar wind observations. The turbulent cascade leads to on overall proton energization with similar heating rates in the parallel and perpendicular directions. While the parallel proton heating is found to be independent on the resistivity, the number of particles per cell, and the resolution employed, the perpendicular proton temperature strongly depends on these parameters.

  1. Kinetic theory of current and density drift instabilities with weak charged-neutral collisions. [in space plasmas

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    Gary, S. P.

    1984-01-01

    This paper describes the linear kinetic theory of electrostatic instabilities driven by a density gradient drift and a magnetic-field-aligned current in a plasma with weak charged neutral collisions. The configuration is that of a uniform magnetic field B, a weak, uniform density gradient in the x direction and a weak, uniform electric field in the z direction. Collisions are represented by the BGK model. The transition from the (kinetic) universal density drift instability to the (fluidlike) current convective instability is studied in detail, and the short wavelength properties of the latter mode are investigated.

  2. Plasma disposition kinetics of moxidectin after subcutaneous administration to pregnant sheep.

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    Prez, R; Nez, M J; Palma, C; Riquelme, J; Arboix, M

    2014-12-01

    The plasma kinetic profile of moxidectin (MXD) in ewes during the last third of pregnancy was studied after the subcutaneous dose of 0.2 mg/kg of body weight (bw). Two groups of sheep (n=7) that were equally balanced in body weight were used. Group I (control) was maintained unmated, while Group II (pregnant) was estrous-synchronized and mated with fertile rams. Both groups were maintained under similar conditions regarding management and feeding. When the ewes from Group II fulfilled 120days of pregnancy, both groups were treated with a subcutaneous injection of 0.2mg of MXD/kg bw. Blood samples were collected at different set times between 1h and 40days post-treatment. After plasma extraction and derivatization, the samples were analyzed using high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection. A noncompartmental pharmacokinetic analysis was performed, and the data were compared using Student's t-test. The mean pharmacokinetic parameters, including Cmax , Tmax , and the area under the concentration-time curve (AUC), were similar for both groups of sheep. The average of elimination half-life was significantly lower (P=0.0023) in the pregnant (11.492.2days) vs. the control (17.894.84days) sheep. Similarly, the mean residence time (MRT) for the pregnant group (20.63.8days) was lower (P=0.037) than that observed in the control group (27.49.1days). It is concluded that pregnancy produces a significant decrease in mean values of half-life of elimination of MXD, indicating that pregnancy can increase the rate of elimination of the drug reducing their permanence in the body. PMID:24731163

  3. Products and bioenergy from the pyrolysis of rice straw via radio frequency plasma and its kinetics.

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    Tu, Wen-Kai; Shie, Je-Lung; Chang, Ching-Yuan; Chang, Chiung-Fen; Lin, Cheng-Fang; Yang, Sen-Yeu; Kuo, Jing T; Shaw, Dai-Gee; You, Yii-Der; Lee, Duu-Jong

    2009-03-01

    The radio frequency plasma pyrolysis technology, which can overcome the disadvantages of common pyrolysis methods such as less gas products while significant tar formation, was used for pyrolyzing the biomass waste of rice straw. The experiments were performed at various plateau temperatures of 740, 813, 843 and 880K with corresponding loading powers of 357, 482, 574 and 664W, respectively. The corresponding yields of gas products (excluding nitrogen) from rice straw are 30.7, 56.6, 62.5 and 66.5wt.% with respect to the original dried sample and the corresponding specific heating values gained from gas products are about 4548, 4284, 4469 and 4438kcalkg(-1), respectively, for the said cases. The corresponding combustible portions remained in the solid residues are about 64.7, 35, 28.2 and 23.5wt.% with specific heating values of 4106, 4438, 4328 and 4251kcalkg(-1) with respective to solid residues, while that in the original dried sample is 87.2wt.% with specific heating value of 4042kcalkg(-1). The results indicated that the amount of combustibles converted into gas products increases with increasing plateau temperature. The kinetic model employed to describe the pyrolytic conversion of rice straw at constant temperatures agrees well with the experimental data. The best curve fittings render the frequency factor of 5759.5s(-1), activation energy of 74.29kJ mol(-1) and reaction order of 0.5. Data and information obtained are useful for the future design and operation of pyrolysis of rice straw via radio frequency plasma. PMID:19046633

  4. Mixing-layer kinetics model for plasma etching and the cellular realization in three-dimensional profile simulator

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    Guo Wei; Bai Bo; Sawin, Herbert H.

    2009-03-15

    In this article the major kinetics models for plasma-surface interactions were reviewed highlighting their strengths and limitations. As a subset of reactive-site modeling, mixing-layer kinetics model was developed based upon the assumption of random atomic mixing in the top surface layer. The translation of the layer enabled the modeling of both etching and deposition. A statistical concept, nearest-neighbor bonding probability, was defined to express the concentration of any surface moieties with the surface elemental composition. A lumped set of reactions was adopted to carry on the overall physichemical processes including ion incorporation, neutral adsorption, physical sputtering, ion-enhanced etching, dangling bond generation and annihilation, and spontaneous etching. The rate coefficients were fitted to the experimental etching yields at various beam etching conditions. The good match between the kinetics modeling and the experimental results verified the capability of the mixing-layer model of predicting the poly-Si etching in chlorine plasma at various operating conditions. Then the kinetics model was incorporated into the three-dimensional Monte Carlo profile simulator. The concept of the mixing layer was simulated by a cellular-based model through composition averaging among neighboring cells. The reactions were sorted out in terms of ion initiated and neutral initiated, respectively, as discrete events. The reaction rates were calculated based upon the cellular composition and used as probabilities to remove particles from the cell. Results showed that the profile simulation combined with the kinetics, the numeric kinetics model, and the experimental etching yields are in quantitative agreement, which demonstrated the accuracy of kinetics after incorporation into the profile simulation. The simulation was compared to the published research work comprehensively including the etching yields, surface compositions, and dominant product distributions.

  5. New Insights into Solar Coronal Plasma Kinetics from UVCS/SOHO

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    Cranmer, S. R.

    1999-05-01

    The SOHO Ultraviolet Coronagraph Spectrometer (UVCS/SOHO) has measured anisotropic temperatures and differential outflow velocities for hydrogen, oxygen, and magnesium ions in polar coronal holes. Line widths of the O VI 1032, 1037 doublet indicate perpendicular temperatures of at least 200 million K above 2 solar radii. We present theoretical models of the dissipation of high frequency (10 to 10,000 Hz) ion cyclotron resonant Alfven waves, and we find that it is possible to explain many of the observed kinetic properties of the plasma with relatively small wave amplitudes. There is suggestive evidence that such waves should be generated gradually throughout the wind rather than propagated up from the base of the corona. We also discuss how additional insight into the ion cyclotron resonance interaction can be obtained by considering the process as an analogue of Sobolev-theory radiative transfer. This work is supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under grant NAG5-3192 to the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, by Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, and by the ESA PRODEX program (Swiss contribution).

  6. Shear viscosity of the quark-gluon plasma in a kinetic theory approach

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    Puglisi, A.; Plumari, S.; Scardina, F.; Greco, V.

    2014-05-09

    One of the main results of heavy ions collision (HIC) at relativistic energy experiments is the very small shear viscosity to entropy density ratio of the Quark-Gluon Plasma, close to the conjectured lower bound η/s=1/4π for systems in the infinite coupling limit. Transport coefficients like shear viscosity are responsible of non-equilibrium properties of a system: Green-Kubo relations give us an exact expression to compute these coefficients. We compute shear viscosity numerically using Green-Kubo relation in the framework of Kinetic Theory solving the relativistic transport Boltzmann equation in a finite box with periodic boundary conditions. We investigate a system of particles interacting via anisotropic and energy dependent cross-section in the range of temperature of interest for HIC. Green-Kubo results are in agreement with Chapman-Enskog approximation while Relaxation Time approximation can underestimates the viscosity of a factor 2. The correct analytic formula for shear viscosity can be used to develop a transport theory with a fixed η/s and have a comparison with physical observables like elliptic flow.

  7. Mechanism of N2 Dissociation and Kinetics of N(4S) Atoms in Pure Nitrogen Plasma

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    Volynets, Andrey; Lopaev, Dmitry; Popov, Nikolay

    2014-10-01

    This work deals with kinetics of the ground state nitrogen atoms N(4S) and N2 dissociation mechanism in pure N2 plasma. The experiment was carried out in positive column of DC glow discharge for p = 5 --50 Torr, J = 20 --100 mA. N(4S) balance was considered for spatially uniform conditions controlled by only two terms: source (characterized by effective production rate keff) and loss (characterized by effective loss time τloss). Analysis of keff and τloss gains considerably better understanding of N2 dissociation. N/N2 dissociation rate as function of discharge parameters was obtained using two independent optical methods: actinometry on Ar atoms and N22 + band emission decay at discharge modulation. With N/N2 radial profiles N atom surface loss probability γN and then τloss were estimated. γN revealed to be dependent on N(4S) concentration and thereby discharge conditions through the sorption balance of physisorbed N atoms. Phenomenological model taking into account basic surface processes provides γN data in good agreement with experiment. Finally, keff was obtained as function of E/N and it was shown that even EEDF calculated with accounting for N2 vibrational excitation is unable to provide observed values of keff . Reasons of that fact are discussed in detail. The work was supported by RFBR (Grant #11-02-91063-CNRS) and by Optec Grant.

  8. In vitro kinetics of nerve agent degradation by fresh frozen plasma (FFP).

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    Wille T; Thiermann H; Worek F

    2014-02-01

    Great efforts have been undertaken in the last decades to develop new oximes to reactivate acetylcholinesterase inhibited by organophosphorus compounds (OP). So far, a broad-spectrum oxime effective against structurally diverse OP is still missing, and alternative approaches, e.g. stoichiometric and catalytic scavengers, are under investigation. Fresh frozen plasma (FFP) has been used in human OP pesticide poisoning which prompted us to investigate the in vitro kinetics of OP nerve agent degradation by FFP. Degradation was rapid and calcium-dependent with the G-type nerve agents tabun, sarin, soman and cyclosarin with half-lives from 5 to 28 min. Substantially longer and calcium-independent degradation half-lives of 23-33 h were determined with the V-type nerve agents CVX, VR and VX. However, at all the tested conditions, the degradation of V-type nerve agents was several-fold faster than spontaneous hydrolysis. Albumin did not accelerate the degradation of nerve agents. In conclusion, the fast degradation of G-type nerve agents by FFP might be a promising tool, but would require transfusion shortly after poisoning. FFP does not seem to be suitable for detoxifying relevant agent concentrations in case of human poisoning by V-type nerve agents.

  9. Kinetic Mie ellipsometry to determine the time-resolved particle growth in nanodusty plasmas

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    Groth, Sebastian; Greiner, Franko; Tadsen, Benjamin; Piel, Alexander

    2015-11-01

    The growth of nanometer-sized particles in a reactive argon-acetylene plasma is investigated by means of kinetic single-wavelength Mie ellipsometry from the change of the polarization state of scattered light. This requires advanced measurement techniques as well as complex methods for the analysis of the measured data. Today commercial devices reduce the metrological effort, but the data analysis is still a challenging topic. We present a scheme to gain time-resolved information about the size evolution of monodisperse spherical particles and to determine their optical properties, represented by the complex refractive index N, without limiting assumptions concerning the evolution of the particle size or the need for additional ex situ diagnostics. The method is applied on typical particle growth processes at varying optical depth and compared to ex situ SEM measurements. It is shown that more complex processes, including particle etching, can be analyzed. This demonstrates the applicability of the analysis on a strongly non-linear process.

  10. Kinetic RWM Stabilization Physics and RWM State-Space Control in NSTX High Beta Plasmas

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    Bialek, J.; Berkery, J.; Sabbagh, S.; Katsuro-Hopkins, O.; Betti, R.; Bell, R.; Gerhardt, S.; Leblanc, B.; Liu, Y.

    2012-10-01

    Steady-state operation of spherical torus fusion devices can be disrupted by resistive wall modes (RWMs). Present research on NSTX aims for a greater understanding of passive kinetic stabilization physics and improved active control techniques to reduce disruptions. Calculations with MISK indicate that resonance between the mode and precession of thermal ions can explain experimental marginal stability. The stabilizing effect from energetic particles depends on their anisotropic distribution. MISK has been benchmarked with other codes, including MARS-K, and the physics is shown to be equivalent through comparison of results from Solov'ev and ITER equilibria. An RWM state-space controller has been used in long-pulse discharges that have exceeded ?N = 6.4, and ?N/li = 13. It includes a 3D model of the unstable RWM eigenfunction and currents induced in nearby conducting structures. This model is reduced using optimal control techniques to less than 20 states for use in real-time. Effects of varying the gain matrix and feedback phase are experimentally examined. Comparisons between sensor measurements and the model show agreement with a sufficient number of states and details of the 3D wall. The system can allow for n > 1 plasma control through inclusion of n > 1 eigenfunctions.

  11. Influence of outgassing on plasma kinetics during wood treatment in dielectric barrier discharges at atmospheric pressure

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    Gangwar, R.; Levasseur, O.; Stafford, L.; Naude, N.; Gherardi, N.; Univ. de Montreal Team

    2013-09-01

    We have recently extended the range of applications of dielectric barrier discharges (DBD) at atmospheric pressure to the functionalization of wood surfaces with the objective of improving its durability following natural weathering. Having highly complex chemical composition and microstructure, it can release significant amount of impurities, which can play a crucial role on the plasma kinetics, and therefore on the process dynamics. The influence of wood outgassing on the physics driving DBD operated in nominally pure He was investigated using a combination of time-resolved optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and collisional-radiative (CR) modeling. For completely outgassed samples, the He I 588 nm-to-707 nm and 668 nm-to-728 nm line intensity ratios were relatively high early in the discharge cycle, decreased abruptly and then remained stable as the current increased and the discharge eventually extinguished. These results were correlated to a decrease of the electron temperature from about 1 eV early in the cycle to about 0.2 eV in the main discharge lifetime. As wood outgassing evolve, study revealed that the release of products (essentially air) from the wood substrate yields to an increase of the cycle-averaged electron temperature as well as to a significant quenching of He metastable atoms. Selected experiments in presence of trace amounts of N2, O2 and dry-air were also performed to better understand their respective roles.

  12. Discharge Kinetics of N2-O2 Laser Generated Plasma Channels

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    Ladouceur, Harold; Baronavski, Andrew; Petrova, Tzvetelina

    2006-10-01

    We study both experimentally and theoretically the effects of recombination and attachment of different N2--O2 gas compositions upon the plasma channel dynamics at one atmosphere. The time-dependent DC electrical conductivity technique [1] has been applied to determine the electron density decay. The rate constants have been determined from the electron balance equation by curve fitting of voltage-time measurements over the decay time interval. The measured electron density decay time for air is hundreds of nanoseconds while for pure nitrogen it is much longer, about 2 ?s. For air, we derive an attachment rate ?air=1.39x10^7;s-1 and an electron-ion recombination rate ?air=1.02x10-8;cm^31pts-1. In order to investigate in details the kinetics of N2--O2 gas mixture we developed a time-dependent collisional-radiative model based upon the numerical solution of the electron Boltzmann equation for the electron energy distribution function. It is coupled with the time-dependent balance equations of electrons, atomic and molecular ions under consideration, and various nitrogen and oxygen species in ground and excited states. The validity of the model was verified by comparison of the swarm parameters derived from the model with experimental parameters for pure oxygen, pure nitrogen, and air. [1] H.D. Ladouceur at al., Optics Communications, 189 (2001) 107 * NRL-NRC Postdoc

  13. Super-thermal particles in hot plasmasKinetic models, numerical solution strategies, and comparison to tokamak experiments

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    Lauber, Philipp

    2013-12-01

    The excitation of collective instabilities by super-thermal particles in hot plasmas and the related transport processes attract increasing interest due to their fundamental challenges for theoretical models and their practical importance for burning fusion plasmas. In fact, the physics of a self-heated thermonuclear plasma due to fusion-born 3.5 MeV ?-particles is one of the most important outstanding fundamental research topics on the way to a fusion power plant with magnetic confinement. Within the last 10 years significant advances on both the theoretical and the experimental sides have been made leading to a more detailed and quantitative understanding of fast-particle-driven instabilities. On the theoretical side, the crucial step was to move from fluid models for the plasma background with a hybrid kinetic expression for the energetic particles to a fully kinetic model for all the plasma species, i.e. background ions, background electrons, and fast ions. This improvement allows one to describe consistently the resonant interaction between global plasma waves such as shear Alfvn and Alfvn-acoustic waves, and the particles via Landau damping, i.e. the dynamics parallel to the magnetic background field. Also, mode conversion mechanisms require the inclusion of background ion scales in a kinetic, non-perturbative way. This accurate treatment of the plasma background leads not only to changes in the linear mode properties such as frequency, growth/damping rate, and mode structure but also influences the non-linear dynamics. Due to major advances, innovations and installation of diagnostics in present day experiments, this comparison can be carried out in a more detailed and comprehensive way than a few years ago. For example, the measurement of damping rates via active external antennas, the imaging of 2D mode structures via electron-cyclotron-emission spectroscopy, and the direct detection of escaping fast ions allow to diagnose various kinetic features of the plasma modes that are responsible for the transport of energetic particles. Furthermore, the fast particle distribution function itself can also be measured with much greater confidence. Therefore, the new physics accessible due to a more comprehensive model and numerical implementation can be directly verified and validated with experimental data.

  14. CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION Theory of Fusion Plasmas: Varenna-Lausanne International Workshop

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    Garbet, X.; Sauter, O.

    2010-12-01

    The Joint Varenna-Lausanne international workshop on Theory of Fusion Plasmas takes place every other year in a place particularly favourable for informal and in-depth discussions. Invited and contributed papers present state-of-the-art research in theoretical plasma physics, covering all domains relevant to fusion plasmas. This workshop always welcomes a fruitful mix of experienced researchers and students, to allow a better understanding of the key theoretical physics models and applications. Theoretical issues related to burning plasmas Anomalous Transport (Turbulence, Coherent Structures, Microinstabilities) RF Heating and Current Drive Macroinstabilities Plasma-Edge Physics and Divertors Fast particles instabilities Further details: http://Varenna-Lausanne.epfl.ch The conference is organized by: Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas, Ecole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne, Association EURATOM - Confdration Suisse 'Piero Caldirola' International Centre for the Promotion of Science and International School of Plasma Physics Istituto di Fisica del Plasma del CNR, Milano Editors: X Garbet (CEA, Cadarache, France) and O Sauter (CRPP-EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)

  15. Co-existence of whistler waves with kinetic Alfven wave turbulence for the high-beta solar wind plasma

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    Mithaiwala, Manish; Crabtree, Chris; Ganguli, Gurudas; Rudakov, Leonid

    2012-10-15

    It is shown that the dispersion relation for whistler waves is identical for a high or low beta plasma. Furthermore, in the high-beta solar wind plasma, whistler waves meet the Landau resonance with electrons for velocities less than the thermal speed, and consequently, the electric force is small compared to the mirror force. As whistlers propagate through the inhomogeneous solar wind, the perpendicular wave number increases through refraction, increasing the Landau damping rate. However, the whistlers can survive because the background kinetic Alfven wave (KAW) turbulence creates a plateau by quasilinear (QL) diffusion in the solar wind electron distribution at small velocities. It is found that for whistler energy density of only {approx}10{sup -3} that of the kinetic Alfven waves, the quasilinear diffusion rate due to whistlers is comparable to KAW. Thus, very small amplitude whistler turbulence can have a significant consequence on the evolution of the solar wind electron distribution function.

  16. Radical kinetics in an inductively-coupled plasma in CF4

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    Booth, J.P.; Abada, H.; Chabert, P.; Graves, D.B.

    2004-12-01

    Radiofrequency discharges in low pressure fluorocarbon gases are used for anisotropic and selective etching of dielectric materials (SiO2 and derivatives), a key step in the manufacture of integrated circuits. Plasmas in these gases are capable not only of etching, but also of depositing fluorocarbon films, depending on a number of factors including the ion bombardment energy, the gas composition and the surface temperature: this behavior is indeed responsible for etch selectivity between materials and plays a role in achieving the desired etched feature profiles. Free radical species, such as CFx and fluorine atoms, play important but complex roles in these processes. We have used laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), with time and space resolution in pulsed plasmas, to elucidate the kinetics of CF and CF2 radicals, elucidating their creation, destruction and transport mechanisms within the reactor. Whereas more complex gas mixtures are used in industrial processes, study of the relatively simple system of a pure CF4 plasma is more appropriate for the study of mechanisms. Previously the technique was applied to the study of single-frequency capacitively-coupled 'reactive ion etching' reactors, where the substrate (placed on the powered electrode) is always bombarded with high-energy CF{sub x}{sup +} ions. In this case it was found that the major source of CFx free radicals was neutralization, dissociation and backscattering of these incident ions, rather than direct dissociation of the feedstock gas. Subsequently, an inductively-coupled plasma (ICP) in pure CF4 was studied. This system has a higher plasma density, leading to higher gas dissociation, whereas the energy of ions striking the reactor surfaces is much lower (in the absence of additional RF biasing). The LIF technique also allows the gas temperature to be measured with good spatial and temporal resolution. This showed large gas temperature gradients within the ICP reactor, which must be taken into account in reactive species transport. In the ICP reactor we saw significant production of CF and CF2 radicals at the reactor top and bottom surfaces, at rates that cannot be explained by the neutralization of incident CF{sub x}{sup +} ions. These two species are also lost at very high rates in the gas phase. We postulate that these two phenomena are caused by electron-impact excitation of these radicals into low-lying metastable levels. The metastable molecules produced (that are invisible to LIF) diffuse to the reactor walls where they are quenched back to their ground state. In the afterglow the gas cools rapidly and contracts, causing gas convection. Whereas the density of the more reactive species decays monotonically in the afterglow, the density of CF2 initially increases. This is partly due to the gas contraction, bringing back CF2 (which is a relatively stable species) from the outer regions of the reactor, and partly due to chemical reactions producing CF2, as it is more thermodynamically stable than the other radical species such as CF and CF3.

  17. Synthesis of Indium-Containing Nanoparticles in Aqueous Suspension Using Plasmas in Water for Evaluating Their Kinetics in Living Body.

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    Amano, Takaaki; Sarinont, Thapanut; Koga, Kazunori; Hirata, Miyuki; Tanaka, Akiyo; Shiratani, Masaharu

    2015-11-01

    Nanoparticles have great potential for medical applications such as cancer therapy, whereas their toxic effects on human body are pointed out. To study kinetics and toxicity of nanoparticles in living body, we synthesized indium-containing nanoparticles in aqueous suspension using pulsed electrical discharge plasmas in water, because no indium compounds exist in the living body in the normal situation and hence indium-containing nanoparticles are useful tracer materials for analyzing kinetics of nanoparticles in living body. The mean size of synthesized primary nanoparticles is 7 nm, whereas the mean size of secondary nanoparticles is 315 nm. EDX and XRD analysis reveal that nanoparticles are indium crystalline and indium hydroxide crystalline with the mass ratio of 8:2. Preliminary subcutaneous administration of nanoparticles to mice shows that indium is transported from subcutaneous to blood. These results show that synthesized indium-containing nanoparticles are useful for analyzing kinetics of nanoparticles in living body. PMID:26726686

  18. Identical Collision Terms/Solutions of Kinetic Eqn. and Explanation of Damping of Waves in Plasmas and Solids Known by Different Names

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    Sharma, S. K.

    2010-11-23

    In this paper we show that identical collision terms are known by different names in gaseous plasmas and solids. Method used by plasma physicists and the one used by solid state physicists to solve Kinetic equation are also exactly same but they are also known by different names. In fact the physical explanation of damping of plasma Waves given by plasma physicists is quite similar to that given by solid state physicists to explain the absorption of acoustic waves in solids.

  19. Langmuir probe plasma parameters and kinetic rates in a Ar-SiH4-H2 plasma during nc-Si films deposition for photovoltaic applications

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    Moiseev, T.; Isella, G.; Chrastina, D.; Cavallotti, C.

    2009-11-01

    An assessment of main electron-impact and secondary (homogeneous) gas-phase reaction rates of silane in an argon-silane-hydrogen plasma during nano-crystalline silicon deposition is presented. Radially resolved Langmuir probe plasma parameters (electron temperature and density) and electron energy distribution functions (eedfs) have been evaluated for Ar, Ar-H2 and Ar-SiH4-H2 plasma in a low-energy plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition reactor. Input flow rates of 50 sccm Ar, 10 sccm SiH4 and 0-50 sccm H2 have been used for a reactor pressure range 1-4 Pa. The eedfs are used to evaluate kinetic rate constants for electron-impact dissociative processes of SiH4 and H2 and to infer the amount of atomic H available for the silane-hydrogen gas-phase reaction, observing trends with an increase in H2 input flow. The evolution of silane kinetic rates with an increase in H2 input indicates that conditions corresponding to nc-Si deposition are characterized by a dominance of silane-hydrogen gas-phase rates over electron-impact dissociation rates up to about two orders of magnitude.

  20. Measurement of plasma histamine: description of an improved method and normal values

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    Dyer, J.; Warren, K.; Merlin, S.; Metcalfe, D.D.; Kaliner, M.

    1982-08-01

    The single isotopic-enzymatic assay of histamine was modified to increase its sensitivity and to facilitate measurement of plasma histamine levels. The modification involved extracting /sup 3/H-1-methylhistamine (generated by the enzyme N-methyltransferase acting on histamine in the presence of S-(methyl-/sup 3/H)-adenosyl-L-methionine) into chloroform and isolating the /sup 3/H-1-methylhistamine by thin-layer chromatography (TLC). The TLC was developed in acetone:ammonium hydroxide (95:10), and the methylhistamine spot (Rf . 0.50) was identified with an o-phthalaldehyde spray, scraped from the plate, and assayed in a scintillation counter. The assay in plasma demonstrated a linear relationship from 200 to 5000 pg histamine/ml. Plasma always had higher readings than buffer, and dialysis of plasma returned these values to the same level as buffer, suggesting that the baseline elevations might be attributable to histamine. However, all histamine standard curves were run in dialyzed plasma to negate any additional influences plasma might exert on the assay. The arithmetic mean (+/- SEM) in normal plasma histamine was 318.4 +/- 25 pg/ml (n . 51), and the geometric mean was 280 +/- 35 pg/ml. Plasma histamine was significantly elevated by infusion of histamine at 0.05 to 1.0 micrograms/kg/min or by cold immersion of the hand of a cold-urticaria patient. Therefore this modified isotopic-enzymatic assay of histamine is extremely sensitive, capable of measuring fluctuations in plasma histamine levels within the normal range, and potentially useful in analysis of the role histamine plays in human physiology.

  1. Kinetic and thermodynamic properties of a convecting plasma in a two-dimensional dipole field

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    Huang, T. S.; Birmingham, T. J.

    1994-01-01

    Charged particle guiding center motion is considered in the magnetic field of a two-dimensional ('line') dipole on which is superimposed a small, static, perpendicular electric field. The parallel equation of motion is that of a simple harmonic oscillator for cos theta, the cosine of magnetic colatitude theta. Equations for the perpendicular electric and magnetic drifts are derived as well as their bounce-averaged forms. The latter are solved to yield a bounce-averaged guiding center trajectory, which is the same as that obtained from conversation of magnetic moment mu, longitudinal invariant J, and total (kinetic plus electrostatic) energy K. The algebraic simplicity of the trajectory equations is also manifest in the forms of the invariants. An interesting result is that guiding centers drift in such a way that they preserve the values of their equatorial pitch angles and (equivalently) mirror latitudes. The most general Maxwellian form of the equilibrium one-particle distribution function f is constructed from the invariants, and spatially varying density and pressure moments, parallel and perpendicular to the magnetic field, are identified. Much of the paper deals with the more restricted problem in which f is specified as a bi-Maxwellian over a straight line of finite length in the equatorial plane of the dipole and perpendicular to field lines. This might be thought of as specifying a cross-tail ion injection source; our formalism then describes the subsequent spatial development. The distribution away from the source is a scaled bi-Maxwellian but one that is cut off at large and small kinetic energies, which depend on position. Density and pressure components are reduced from the values they would have if the total content of individual flux tubes convected intact. The equatorial and meridional variations of density and pressure components are examined and compared systematically for the isotropic and highly anisotropic situations. There appears to be little qualitative difference due to anisotropy. An anisotropy measure is defined, and its spatial variation determined as a signature of possible MHD instability. Extreme values are found, larger than at the source, but the plasma beta in such regions is probably so low as to render the effect inconsequential energetically. Finally, the possible consequence of 'nonadia- batic' pressure profiles on electrostatic interchanges is considered, and a boundary delineating stabilizing and destabilizing regions determined.

  2. Hydrodynamic and kinetic models for spin-1/2 electron-positron quantum plasmas: Annihilation interaction, helicity conservation, and wave dispersion in magnetized plasmas

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    Andreev, Pavel A.

    2015-06-01

    We discuss the complete theory of spin-1/2 electron-positron quantum plasmas, when electrons and positrons move with velocities mach smaller than the speed of light. We derive a set of two fluid quantum hydrodynamic equations consisting of the continuity, Euler, spin (magnetic moment) evolution equations for each species. We explicitly include the Coulomb, spin-spin, Darwin and annihilation interactions. The annihilation interaction is the main topic of the paper. We consider the contribution of the annihilation interaction in the quantum hydrodynamic equations and in the spectrum of waves in magnetized electron-positron plasmas. We consider the propagation of waves parallel and perpendicular to an external magnetic field. We also consider the oblique propagation of longitudinal waves. We derive the set of quantum kinetic equations for electron-positron plasmas with the Darwin and annihilation interactions. We apply the kinetic theory to the linear wave behavior in absence of external fields. We calculate the contribution of the Darwin and annihilation interactions in the Landau damping of the Langmuir waves. We should mention that the annihilation interaction does not change number of particles in the system. It does not related to annihilation itself, but it exists as a result of interaction of an electron-positron pair via conversion of the pair into virtual photon. A pair of the non-linear Schrodinger equations for the electron-positron plasmas including the Darwin and annihilation interactions is derived. Existence of the conserving helicity in electron-positron quantum plasmas of spinning particles with the Darwin and annihilation interactions is demonstrated. We show that the annihilation interaction plays an important role in the quantum electron-positron plasmas giving the contribution of the same magnitude as the spin-spin interaction.

  3. Self-consistent surface kinetics models for plasma etching and deposition processes

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    Abdollahi-Alibeik, Shahram

    Gas-phase etching and deposition are among the most important processes in modern integrated circuit manufacturing and Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) fabrication. Developing simulation tools driven by improved etching and deposition models can facilitate an in-depth understanding of various processes. It can also help bring down the development cost of new processes. The focus of this work was on developing analytical self-consistent feature scale models, which were incorporated into our etch and deposition profile simulator, SPEEDIE. A self-consistent approach, in both flux transport and surface velocity calculations, enabled us to analytically model more complex surface kinetics such as chemical reactions. It also gave the models more physical meaning and empowered us with tools to discover phenomena, which would otherwise go unnoticed. Our approach was based on Langmuir adsorption model and mass/site balance equations. Using this approach, surface recombination of species was recognized as an important surface reaction mechanism, especially for predicting Aspect Ratio Dependent Etching (ARDE). In addition, a model was developed for the calculation of ion flux reflection from feature sidewalls in order to simulate micro-trenching phenomenon in silicon etching. A similar self-consistent approach was used to incorporate chemical reaction rates in analytical feature scale simulations. This reaction rate method was verified for tungsten chemical vapor deposition. The site balance approach was used to develop a self-consistent model for ion-enhanced deposition of CFx polymer in C4F8 plasma. This deposition is an important part of the Bosch deep trench etch process.

  4. Low Frequency, Electrodynamic Simulation of Kinetic Plasmas with the DARWIN Direct Implicit Particle-In (dadipic) Method.

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    Gibbons, Matthew Richard

    1995-01-01

    This dissertation describes a new algorithm for simulating low frequency, kinetic phenomena in plasmas. DArwin Direct Implicit Particle-in-Cell (DADIPIC), as its name implies, is a combination of the Darwin and direct implicit methods. One of the difficulties in simulating plasmas lies in the enormous disparity between the fundamental scale lengths of a plasma and the scale lengths of the phenomena of interest. The objective is to create models which can ignore the fundamental constraints without eliminating relevant plasma properties. Over the past twenty years several PIC methods have been investigated for overcoming the constraints on explicit electrodynamic PIC. These models eliminate selected high frequency plasma phenomena while retaining kinetic phenomena at low frequency. This dissertation shows that the combination of Darwin and Direct Implicit allows them to operate better than they have been shown to operate in the past. Through the Darwin method the hyperbolic Maxwell's equations are reformulated into a set of elliptic equations. Propagating light waves do not exist in the formulation so the Courant constraint on the time step is eliminated. The Direct Implicit method is applied only to the electrostatic field with the result that electrostatic plasma oscillations do not have to be resolved for stability. With the elimination of these constraints spatial and temporal discretization can be much larger than that possible with explicit, electrodynamic PIC. The code functions in a two dimensional Cartesian region and has been implemented with all components of the particle velocities, the E-field, and the B-field. Internal structures, conductors or dielectrics, may be placed in the simulation region, can be set at desired potentials, and driven with specified currents. The linear dispersion and other properties of the DADIPIC method are investigated in order to deduce guidelines for its use. Linear theory and simulations verifying the theory are used to generate the desired guidelines as well as show the utility of DADIPIC for a wide range of low frequency, electromagnetic phenomena. The separation of the fields has made the task of predicting algorithm behavior easier and produced a robust method without restrictive constraints. Finally, the code is used to simulate Inductively Coupled Plasmas similar to those used for plasma processing in the microelectronics industry. Collisionless heating in these low frequency systems is one of the important kinetic effects for which DADIPIC is well suited. Agreement with 1-D linear, analytic theory is shown. The utility of DADIPIC is shown in simulation results for 2-D and nonlinear effects which are not amenable to analytic solution.

  5. Pulse-Periodic Regime of Kinetic Instability of the ECR Discharge Plasma Under the Conditions of Double Plasma Resonance

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    Viktorov, M. E.; Golubev, S. V.; Zaitsev, V. V.; Mansfeld, D. A.

    2015-05-01

    We study the stability of a dense nonequilibrium plasma of the electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) discharge in an open magnetic trap immediately after the end of heating. The observed instability is accompanied by pulse-periodic generation of high-power electromagnetic radiation at a frequency that is close to the frequency of the upper hybrid resonance and the double gyrofrequency of electrons and by synchronous precipitations of fast electrons from the trap. It is shown that the observed instability is connected with excitation of plasma waves under the conditions of double plasma resonance in the decaying plasma of the ECR discharge.

  6. INTERMITTENT HEATING IN SOLAR WIND AND KINETIC SIMULATIONS

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    Wu, P.; Wan, M.; Matthaeus, W. H.; Shay, M. A.; Perri, S.; Osman, K.; Chapman, S.; Goldstein, M. L.

    2013-02-01

    Low-density astrophysical plasmas may be described by magnetohydrodynamics at large scales, but require kinetic description at ion scales in order to include dissipative processes that terminate the cascade. Here kinetic plasma simulations and high-resolution spacecraft observations are compared to facilitate the interpretation of signatures of various dissipation mechanisms. Kurtosis of increments indicates that kinetic scale coherent structures are present, with some suggestion of incoherent activity near ion scales. Conditioned proton temperature distributions suggest heating associated with coherent structures. The results reinforce the association of intermittent turbulence, coherent structures, and plasma dissipation.

  7. Dispersion and absorption of longitudinal electro-kinetic wave in ion-implanted GaN semiconductor plasmas

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    Soni, Dilip; Sharma, Giriraj; Saxena, Ajay; Jadhav, Akhilesh

    2015-07-01

    An analytical study on propagation characteristics of longitudinal electro-kinetic (LEK) waves is presented. Based on multi-fluid model of plasma, we have derived a dispersion relation for LEK waves in colloid laden GaN semiconductor plasmas. It is assumed that ions are implanted to form colloids in the GaN sample. The colloids are continuously bombarded by the plasma particles and stick on them, but they acquire a net negative charge due to relatively higher mobility of electrons. It is found from the dispersion relation that the presence of charged colloids not only modifies the existing modes but also supports new novel modes of LEKWs. It is hoped that the study would enhance understanding on dispersion and absorption of LEKWs and help in singling out the appropriate configurations in which GaN crystal would be better suited for fabrication of microwave devices.

  8. Localization of linear kinetic Alfvén wave in an inhomogeneous plasma and generation of turbulence

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    Sharma, R. P.; Goyal, R.; Scime, Earl E.; Dwivedi, N. K.

    2014-04-15

    This paper presents a model for the propagation of Kinetic Alfvén waves (KAWs) in inhomogeneous plasma when the inhomogeneity is transverse to the background magnetic field. The semi-analytical technique and numerical simulations have been performed to study the KAW dynamics when plasma inhomogeneity is incorporated in the dynamics. The model equations are solved in order to study the localization of KAW and their magnetic power spectrum which indicates the direct transfer of energy from lower to higher wave numbers. The inhomogeneity scale length plays a very important role in the turbulence generation and its level. The relevance of these investigations to space and laboratory plasmas has also been pointed out.

  9. Factors affecting ion kinetic temperature, number density, and containment time in the NASA Lewis bumpy-torus plasma

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    Roth, J. R.

    1977-01-01

    The degree of toroidal symmetry of the plasma, the number of midplane electrode rings, the configuration of electrode rings, and the location of the diagnostic instruments with respect to the electrode rings used to generate the plasma are discussed. Impurities were deliberately introduced into the plasma, and the effects of the impurity fraction on ion kinetic temperature and electron number density were observed. It is concluded that, if necessary precautions are taken, the plasma communicates extremely well along the magnetic field lines and displays a high degree of symmetry from sector to sector for a wide range of electrode ring configurations and operating conditions. Finally, some characteristic data taken under nonoptimized conditions are presented, which include the highest electron number density and the longest particle containment time (1.9 msec) observed. Also, evidence from a paired comparison test is presented which shows that the electric field acting along the minor radius of the toroidal plasma improves the plasma density and the calculated containment time more than an order of magnitude if the electric field points inward, relative to the values observed when it points (and pushes ions) radially outward.

  10. Low frequency, electrodynamic simulation of kinetic plasmas with the DArwin Direct Implicit Particle-In-Cell (DADIPIC) method

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    Gibbons, M.R.

    1995-06-01

    This dissertation describes a new algorithm for simulating low frequency, kinetic phenomena in plasmas. DArwin Direct Implicit Particle-in-Cell (DADIPIC), as its name implies, is a combination of the Darwin and direct implicit methods. One of the difficulties in simulating plasmas lies in the enormous disparity between the fundamental scale lengths of a plasma and the scale lengths of the phenomena of interest. The objective is to create models which can ignore the fundamental constraints without eliminating relevant plasma properties. Over the past twenty years several PIC methods have been investigated for overcoming the constraints on explicit electrodynamic PIC. These models eliminate selected high frequency plasma phenomena while retaining kinetic phenomena at low frequency. This dissertation shows that the combination of Darwin and Direct Implicit allows them to operate better than they have been shown to operate in the past. Through the Darwin method the hyperbolic Maxwell`s equations are reformulated into a set of elliptic equations. Propagating light waves do not exist in the formulation so the Courant constraint on the time step is eliminated. The Direct Implicit method is applied only to the electrostatic field with the result that electrostatic plasma oscillations do not have to be resolved for stability. With the elimination of these constraints spatial and temporal discretization can be much larger than that possible with explicit, electrodynamic PIC. The code functions in a two dimensional Cartesian region and has been implemented with all components of the particle velocities, the E-field, and the B-field. Internal structures, conductors or dielectrics, may be placed in the simulation region, can be set at desired potentials, and driven with specified currents.

  11. A Two Phase Description of Hot Dense Nuclear Matter and Quark Gluon Plasma

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    Kmpfer, B.; Schulz, H.; Horowitz, C. J.

    A two-phase model of nuclear matter and quark gluon plasma is presented. Nucleon-nucleon interaction is treated by the mean field theory while the pion-nucleon interaction is taken into account explicitly by using the spectrum of pionic excitations in nuclear matter. Interactions in the quark-gluon plasma are included by first-order corrections to the bag model equation of state. We find large pionic excitations near the constructed phase border line in the fragmentation region.Translated AbstractEine Zweiphasenbeschreibung fr heie und dichte Kernmaterie und Quark-Gluonen-PlasmaEin Zweiphasenmodell fr Kernmaterie und Quark-Gluonen-Plasma wird vorgestellt. Nukleon-Nukleon-Wechselwirkungen werden im Rahmen der mean-field-Theorie behandelt, whrend die Pion-Nukleon-Wechselwirkungen explizit durch Verwenden des Spektrums von pionischen Anregungen in Kernmaterie bercksichtigt werden. Wechselwirkungen im Quark-Gluonen-Plasma werden durch Korrekturen erster Ordnung zur Bag-Modell-Zustandsgleichung erfat. Wir finden starke pionische Anregungen nahe der konstruierten Phasengrenzlinie in der Fragmentationsregion.

  12. A Kinetic-fluid Model

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    First Author = C.Z. Cheng; Jay R. Johnson

    1998-07-10

    A nonlinear kinetic-fluid model for high-beta plasmas with multiple ion species which can be applied to multiscale phenomena is presented. The model embeds important kinetic effects due to finite ion Larmor radius (FLR), wave-particle resonances, magnetic particle trapping, etc. in the framework of simple fluid descriptions. When further restricting to low frequency phenomena with frequencies less than the ion cyclotron frequency the kinetic-fluid model takes a simpler form in which the fluid equations of multiple ion species collapse into single-fluid density and momentum equations and a low frequency generalized Ohm's law. The kinetic effects are introduced via plasma pressure tensors for ions and electrons which are computed from particle distribution functions that are governed by the Vlasov equation or simplified plasma dynamics equations such as the gyrokinetic equation. The ion FLR effects provide a finite parallel electric field, a perpendicular velocity that modifies the ExB drift, and a gyroviscosity tensor, all of which are neglected in the usual one-fluid MHD description. Eigenmode equations are derived which include magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling effects for low frequency waves (e.g., kinetic/inertial Alfven waves and ballooning-mirror instabilities).

  13. Fokker-Planck description of the scattering of radio frequency waves at the plasma edge

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    Hizanidis, Kyriakos; Ram, Abhay K.; Kominis, Yannis; Tsironis, Christos

    2010-02-01

    In magnetic fusion devices, radio frequency (rf) waves in the electron cyclotron (EC) and lower hybrid (LH) range of frequencies are being commonly used to modify the plasma current profile. In ITER, EC waves are expected to stabilize the neoclassical tearing mode (NTM) by providing current in the island region [R. Aymar et al., Nucl. Fusion 41, 1301 (2001)]. The appearance of NTMs severely limits the plasma pressure and leads to the degradation of plasma confinement. LH waves could be used in ITER to modify the current profile closer to the edge of the plasma. These rf waves propagate from the excitation structures to the core of the plasma through an edge region, which is characterized by turbulence—in particular, density fluctuations. These fluctuations, in the form of blobs, can modify the propagation properties of the waves by refraction. In this paper, the effect on rf due to randomly distributed blobs in the edge region is studied. The waves are represented as geometric optics rays and the refractive scattering from a distribution of blobs is formulated as a Fokker-Planck equation. The scattering can have two diffusive effects—one in real space and the other in wave vector space. The scattering can modify the trajectory of rays into the plasma and it can affect the wave vector spectrum. The refraction of EC waves, for example, could make them miss the intended target region where the NTMs occur. The broadening of the wave vector spectrum could broaden the wave generated current profile. The Fokker-Planck formalism for diffusion in real space and wave vector space is used to study the effect of density blobs on EC and LH waves in an ITER type of plasma environment. For EC waves the refractive effects become important since the distance of propagation from the edge to the core in ITER is of the order of a meter. The diffusion in wave vector space is small. For LH waves the refractive effects are insignificant but the diffusion in wave vector space is important. The theoretical model is general enough to study the effect of density blobs on all propagating cold plasma waves.

  14. Fokker-Planck description of the scattering of radio frequency waves at the plasma edge

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    Hizanidis, Kyriakos; Kominis, Yannis; Tsironis, Christos; Ram, Abhay K.

    2010-02-15

    In magnetic fusion devices, radio frequency (rf) waves in the electron cyclotron (EC) and lower hybrid (LH) range of frequencies are being commonly used to modify the plasma current profile. In ITER, EC waves are expected to stabilize the neoclassical tearing mode (NTM) by providing current in the island region [R. Aymar et al., Nucl. Fusion 41, 1301 (2001)]. The appearance of NTMs severely limits the plasma pressure and leads to the degradation of plasma confinement. LH waves could be used in ITER to modify the current profile closer to the edge of the plasma. These rf waves propagate from the excitation structures to the core of the plasma through an edge region, which is characterized by turbulence--in particular, density fluctuations. These fluctuations, in the form of blobs, can modify the propagation properties of the waves by refraction. In this paper, the effect on rf due to randomly distributed blobs in the edge region is studied. The waves are represented as geometric optics rays and the refractive scattering from a distribution of blobs is formulated as a Fokker-Planck equation. The scattering can have two diffusive effects--one in real space and the other in wave vector space. The scattering can modify the trajectory of rays into the plasma and it can affect the wave vector spectrum. The refraction of EC waves, for example, could make them miss the intended target region where the NTMs occur. The broadening of the wave vector spectrum could broaden the wave generated current profile. The Fokker-Planck formalism for diffusion in real space and wave vector space is used to study the effect of density blobs on EC and LH waves in an ITER type of plasma environment. For EC waves the refractive effects become important since the distance of propagation from the edge to the core in ITER is of the order of a meter. The diffusion in wave vector space is small. For LH waves the refractive effects are insignificant but the diffusion in wave vector space is important. The theoretical model is general enough to study the effect of density blobs on all propagating cold plasma waves.

  15. Description of HiPIMS plasma regimes in terms of composition, spoke formation and deposition rate

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    de los Arcos, Teresa; Schrder, Raphael; Aranda Gonzalvo, Yolanda; Schulz-von der Gathen, Volker; Winter, Jrg

    2014-10-01

    The behaviour of Cu and Cr HiPIMS (high power impulse magnetron sputtering) discharges was investigated by a combination of optical emission spectroscopy, energy-resolved mass spectrometry and optical imaging, for the complete current-voltage characteristic range achievable within our experimental conditions. Inflection points typical of HiPIMS current-voltage characteristics separate plasma regimes perfectly differentiated in terms of flux composition of species towards the substrate, deposition rate, and the nature of plasma self-organization. The reorganization of the HiPIMS plasma into spokes (areas of high ionization over the target) is associated to one regime of high plasma conductivity, where also deposition rate is limited. This spoke-dominated regime can be substituted by a homogeneous regime at higher powers, where there is an increase of deposition rate, which is driven mostly by an increase in the flux of metal neutrals and metal double-charged ions. The relevance of secondary electron emission mechanisms for the support of the spoke-dominated regime in reactive and non-reactive sputtering conditions is discussed.

  16. Ambiguities in the Tsallis description of non-thermal plasma species

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    Verheest, Frank; Verheest

    2013-12-01

    Tsallis q-non-extensive distributions have recently found favor in describing the presence of energetic particles and their influences on several plasma modes, notably electrostatic solitons. Here attention is drawn to ambiguities and subtleties in the superextensive and subextensive ranges in q, which are not always recognized in the literature, particularly in numerical studies.

  17. New approach to application of classic methods of physical and chemical kinetics to analysis of efficiency of plasma technology of coal gasification

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    Carpenko, E.I.; Devaytov, B.N.; Zhukov, M.F.

    1995-07-01

    This report is devoted to the problem of increase of the efficiency of new plasma technology of coal burning providing minimum negative influence to the environment. In particular, common method of statement and solution of inverse kinetic problem allowing to show plasma gasification advantages is represented here.

  18. Kinetic Space Weather: Toward a Global Hybrid Model of the Polar Ionosphere-Lower Magnetosphere Plasma Transport

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    Horwitz, James L.

    1996-01-01

    During the indicated period of performance, we had a number of publications concerned with kinetic polar ionosphere-lower magnetosphere plasma transport. For the IUGG 1991-4 Quadrennial Report, we reviewed aspects of U.S. accomplishments concerned with polar plasma transport, among other issues. In another review, we examined the computer simulations of multiple-scale processes in space plasmas, including polar plasma outflow and transport. We also examined specifically multiscale processes in ionospheric outflows. We developed a Generalized Semi-Kinetic(GSK) model for the topside-lower magnetosphere which explored the synergistic action of wave heating and electric potentials in the formation of auroral Ion conics, in particular the "pressure cooker" mechanism. We extended the GSK model all the way down to 120 km and applied this code to illustrate the response of the ionosphere- magnetosphere to soft-electron precipitation and convection-driven frictional ion heating, respectively. Later, the convection-driven heating work was extended to a paper for the Journal of Geophysical Research. In addition to the above full published papers, we also presented the first developments of the coupled fluid-semikinetic model for polar plasma transport during this period. The results from a steady-state treatment were presented, with the second presentation being concerned with the effects of photo-electrons on the polar wind, and the first garnering an outstanding student paper award from the American Geophysical Union. We presented the first results from a time-dependent version of this coupled fluid-semikinetic model.

  19. LSENS, a general chemical kinetics and sensitivity analysis code for homogeneous gas-phase reactions. 2: Code description and usage

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    Radhakrishnan, Krishnan; Bittker, David A.

    1994-01-01

    LSENS, the Lewis General Chemical Kinetics Analysis Code, has been developed for solving complex, homogeneous, gas-phase chemical kinetics problems and contains sensitivity analysis for a variety of problems, including nonisothermal situations. This report is part 2 of a series of three reference publications that describe LSENS, provide a detailed guide to its usage, and present many example problems. Part 2 describes the code, how to modify it, and its usage, including preparation of the problem data file required to execute LSENS. Code usage is illustrated by several example problems, which further explain preparation of the problem data file and show how to obtain desired accuracy in the computed results. LSENS is a flexible, convenient, accurate, and efficient solver for chemical reaction problems such as static system; steady, one-dimensional, inviscid flow; reaction behind incident shock wave, including boundary layer correction; and perfectly stirred (highly backmixed) reactor. In addition, the chemical equilibrium state can be computed for the following assigned states: temperature and pressure, enthalpy and pressure, temperature and volume, and internal energy and volume. For static problems the code computes the sensitivity coefficients of the dependent variables and their temporal derivatives with respect to the initial values of the dependent variables and/or the three rate coefficient parameters of the chemical reactions. Part 1 (NASA RP-1328) derives the governing equations describes the numerical solution procedures for the types of problems that can be solved by lSENS. Part 3 (NASA RP-1330) explains the kinetics and kinetics-plus-sensitivity-analysis problems supplied with LSENS and presents sample results.

  20. The Effects of Kinetic Alfven and Whistler Wave Turbulence and the Evolution of Electron Distribution in Solar Wind Plasma

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    Mithaiwala, M.; Rudakov, L.; Ganguli, G.; Crabtree, C. E.

    2011-12-01

    The high beta solar wind plasma turbulence is dominated by the kinetic Alfven waves (KAW) [1]. Though the measured high-energy tail on the electron distribution function can be a signature of the presence of whistler waves (WW) as well [2]. In Maxwellian plasma both KAW and WW are Landau damped at high beta, and only for the specific case of WW with kperp=0 is there no Landau damping. Due to the inhomogeneous solar wind plasma these parallel propagating WW should quickly develop large perpendicular wavenumbers kperp>k|| . However, as we have shown recently using measured KAW spectra, Landau damping establishes a plateau in the parallel electron distribution function and damping is strongly diminished [3]. The theory of WW in high beta inhomogeneous plasma will be presented and the impact of the electron cyclotron resonance with WW on the evolution of the electrons high energy tail will be discussed. [1] O. Alexandrova et. al., PRL (2009) ; F. Sahraoui et. al., PRL (2010). [2] T. Nieves-Chinchilla and A. F. Vinas, JGR (2008). [3] L. Rudakov et. al., Phys. Plasma, 18, 012307 (2011).

  1. Surface structure and surface kinetics of InN grown by plasma-assisted atomic layer epitaxy: A HREELS study

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    Acharya, Ananta R. E-mail: anantaach@gmail.com; Thoms, Brian D.; Nepal, Neeraj; Eddy, Charles R.

    2015-03-15

    The surface bonding configuration and kinetics of hydrogen desorption from InN grown by plasma-assisted atomic layer epitaxy have been investigated. High resolution electron energy loss spectra exhibited loss peaks assigned to a Fuchs–Kliewer surface phonon, N-N and N-H surface species. The surface N-N vibrations are attributed to surface defects. The observation of N-H but no In-H surface species suggested N-terminated InN. Isothermal desorption data were best fit by the first-order desorption kinetics with an activation energy of (0.88 ± 0.06) eV and pre-exponential factor of (1.5 ± 0.5) × 10{sup 5 }s{sup −1}.

  2. Spatially modulated phase in the holographic description of quark-gluon plasma.

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    Ooguri, Hirosi; Park, Chang-Soon

    2011-02-11

    We present a string theory construction of a gravity dual of a spatially modulated phase. Our earlier work shows that the Chern-Simons term in the five-dimensional Maxwell theory destabilizes the Reissner-Nordstrm black holes in anti-de Sitter space if the Chern-Simons coupling is sufficiently high. In this Letter, we show that a similar instability is realized on the world volume of 8-branes in the Sakai-Sugimoto model in the quark-gluon plasma phase. Our result suggests a new spatially modulated phase in quark-gluon plasma when the baryon density is above 0.8Nf??fm(-3) at temperature 150 MeV. PMID:21405455

  3. Spatially Modulated Phase in the Holographic Description of Quark-Gluon Plasma

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    Ooguri, Hirosi; Park, Chang-Soon

    2011-02-11

    We present a string theory construction of a gravity dual of a spatially modulated phase. Our earlier work shows that the Chern-Simons term in the five-dimensional Maxwell theory destabilizes the Reissner-Nordstroem black holes in anti-de Sitter space if the Chern-Simons coupling is sufficiently high. In this Letter, we show that a similar instability is realized on the world volume of 8-branes in the Sakai-Sugimoto model in the quark-gluon plasma phase. Our result suggests a new spatially modulated phase in quark-gluon plasma when the baryon density is above 0.8N{sub f} fm{sup -3} at temperature 150 MeV.

  4. Analytical description of a collisional plasma column in a vacuum arc centrifuge

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    Hole, M. J.; Simpson, S. W.

    2001-10-01

    In this work the effects of electron-ion collisions in the plasma column of a vacuum arc centrifuge are modelled using a perturbation technique. It is found that the model agrees reasonably with an earlier fluid simulation, in which ion viscosity effects were also included. Using the perturbed solutions, the axial evolution of the steady-state separation profile is resolved, showing that the effect of electron-ion collisions is to improve separative performance with increasing axial position. The conditions under which separative performance are optimized are suggested. The non-uniformity in the axial magnetic field of a vacuum arc centrifuge caused by plasma rotation is also investigated. It is found that the non-uniformity is weak for standard operating conditions.

  5. Analytical evaluation of the Tsytovich-Angelis dust-dust collision functions arising from the kinetic theory of dusty plasmas

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    Mamedov, B. A.

    2010-11-15

    An efficient analytical calculation approach is presented for the Tsytovich-Angelis dust-dust collision functions consisting of the kinetic theory of dusty plasmas. This method is based on the use of binomial expansion theorem for the analytical representation of the dust-dust collision functions. The analytical calculation offers the advantage that leads to a mathematical expression, which allows the direct calculation of the dust-dust collision functions. The proposed algorithm is implemented numerically using a computer program, and its convergence properties are investigated.

  6. Size control, quantum confinement, and oxidation kinetics of silicon nanocrystals synthesized at a high rate by expanding thermal plasma

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    Han, Lihao E-mail: A.H.M.Smets@tudelft.nl; Zeman, Miro; Smets, Arno H. M. E-mail: A.H.M.Smets@tudelft.nl

    2015-05-25

    The growth mechanism of silicon nanocrystals (Si NCs) synthesized at a high rate by means of expanding thermal plasma chemical vapor deposition technique are studied in this letter. A bimodal Gaussian size distribution is revealed from the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images, and routes to reduce the unwanted large Si NCs are discussed. Photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopies are employed to study the size-dependent quantum confinement effect, from which the average diameters of the small Si NCs are determined. The surface oxidation kinetics of Si NCs are studied using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and the importance of post-deposition passivation treatments of hydrogenated crystalline silicon surfaces are demonstrated.

  7. A model based on equations of kinetics to study nitrogen dioxide behavior within a plasma discharge reactor.

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    Abedi-Varaki, Mehdi; Ganjovi, Alireza; Shojaei, Fahimeh; Hassani, Zahra

    2015-01-01

    In this work, a zero-dimensional kinetics model is used to study the temporal behavior of different species such as charged particles, radicals and excited states inside a Dielectric Barrier Discharge plasma reactor. It is shown that, the reactor significantly reduces the concentration of nitrogen monoxide as an environmental pollutant. After a drastic increase, a decrease in the concentration of the NO2 molecules inside the reactor is seen. Nitrogen monoxide molecules with a very low concentration are produced inside the reactor and its quick conversion to other products is proved. The obtained results are compared with the existing experimental and simulation findings, whenever possible. PMID:26457188

  8. Kinetic theory of transport processes in partially ionized reactive plasma, I: General transport equations

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    Zhdanov, V. M.; Stepanenko, A. A.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper we derive the set of general transport equations for multicomponent partially ionized reactive plasma in the presence of electric and magnetic fields taking into account the internal degrees of freedom and electronic excitation of plasma particles. Our starting point is a generalized Boltzmann equation with the collision integral in the Wang-Chang and Uhlenbeck form and a reactive collision integral. We obtain a set of conservation equations for such plasma and employ a linearized variant of Grad's moment method to derive the system of moment (or transport) equations for the plasma species nonequilibrium parameters. Full and reduced transport equations, resulting from the linearized system of moment equations, are presented, which can be used to obtain transport relations and expressions for transport coefficients of electrons and heavy plasma particles (molecules, atoms and ions) in partially ionized reactive plasma.

  9. The Ulysses solar wind plasma investigation: Description and initial in-ecliptic results

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    Bame, S. J.; Phillips, J. L.; McComas, D. J.; Gosling, J. T.; Goldstein, B. E.

    1991-01-01

    During the in-ecliptic flight of Ulysses from the Earth toward its encounter with Jupiter, the Los Alamos solar wind plasma experiment has performed well. Briefly described, the instrumentation contains two independent electrostatic analyzers, one for ions and one for electrons. Initial analysis of solar wind electron core temperatures obtained between 1.15 and 3.76 AU yields a gradient of T {proportional to} R{sup {minus}0.7} which is flatter than expected for adiabatic expansion of a single-temperature Maxwellian velocity distribution and steeper than that obtained from Mariner-Voyager.

  10. Signature of a universal statistical description for drift-wave plasma turbulence

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    Anderson, Johan; Xanthopoulos, Pavlos

    2010-11-15

    This letter provides a theoretical interpretation of numerically generated probability density functions (PDFs) of intermittent plasma transport events. Specifically, nonlinear gyrokinetic simulations of ion-temperature-gradient turbulence produce the time series of heat flux that manifestly exhibit non-Gaussian PDFs with enhanced tails. It is demonstrated that, after the removal of autocorrelations, the numerical PDFs can be matched with predictions from a fluid theoretical setup based on the instanton method. This result points to a universality in the modeling of intermittent stochastic process offering a predictive capability.

  11. Kinetic mechanism of molecular energy transfer and chemical reactions in low-temperature air-fuel plasmas.

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    Adamovich, Igor V; Li, Ting; Lempert, Walter R

    2015-08-13

    This work describes the kinetic mechanism of coupled molecular energy transfer and chemical reactions in low-temperature air, H2-air and hydrocarbon-air plasmas sustained by nanosecond pulse discharges (single-pulse or repetitive pulse burst). The model incorporates electron impact processes, state-specific N2 vibrational energy transfer, reactions of excited electronic species of N2, O2, N and O, and 'conventional' chemical reactions (Konnov mechanism). Effects of diffusion and conduction heat transfer, energy coupled to the cathode layer and gasdynamic compression/expansion are incorporated as quasi-zero-dimensional corrections. The model is exercised using a combination of freeware (Bolsig+) and commercial software (ChemKin-Pro). The model predictions are validated using time-resolved measurements of temperature and N2 vibrational level populations in nanosecond pulse discharges in air in plane-to-plane and sphere-to-sphere geometry; temperature and OH number density after nanosecond pulse burst discharges in lean H2-air, CH4-air and C2H4-air mixtures; and temperature after the nanosecond pulse discharge burst during plasma-assisted ignition of lean H2-mixtures, showing good agreement with the data. The model predictions for OH number density in lean C3H8-air mixtures differ from the experimental results, over-predicting its absolute value and failing to predict transient OH rise and decay after the discharge burst. The agreement with the data for C3H8-air is improved considerably if a different conventional hydrocarbon chemistry reaction set (LLNL methane-n-butane flame mechanism) is used. The results of mechanism validation demonstrate its applicability for analysis of plasma chemical oxidation and ignition of low-temperature H2-air, CH4-air and C2H4-air mixtures using nanosecond pulse discharges. Kinetic modelling of low-temperature plasma excited propane-air mixtures demonstrates the need for development of a more accurate 'conventional' chemistry mechanism. PMID:26170427

  12. Unified First Principles Description from Warm Dense Matter to Ideal Ionized Gas Plasma: Electron-Ion Collisions Induced Friction

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    Dai Jiayu; Hou Yong; Yuan Jianmin

    2010-06-18

    Electron-ion interactions are central to numerous phenomena in the warm dense matter (WDM) regime and at higher temperature. The electron-ion collisions induced friction at high temperature is introduced in the procedure of ab initio molecular dynamics using the Langevin equation based on density functional theory. In this framework, as a test for Fe and H up to 1000 eV, the equation of state and the transition of electronic structures of the materials with very wide density and temperature can be described, which covers a full range of WDM up to high energy density physics. A unified first principles description from condensed matter to ideal ionized gas plasma is constructed.

  13. Versatile code DLAYZ for investigating population kinetics and radiative properties of plasmas in non-local thermodynamic equilibrium

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    Gao, Cheng; Zeng, Jiaolong; Li, Yongqiang; Jin, Fengtao; Yuan, Jianmin

    2013-09-01

    A versatile code DLAYZ based on collisional-radiative model is developed for investigating the population kinetics and radiative properties of plasmas in non-local thermodynamic equilibrium. DLAYZ is implemented on the detailed level accounting (DLA) approach and can be extended to detailed configuration accounting (DCA) and hybrid DLA/DCA approaches. The code can treat both steady state and time-dependent problems. The implementation of the main modules of DLAYZ is discussed in detail including atomic data, rates, population distributions and radiative properties modules. The complete set of basic atomic data is obtained using relativistic quantum mechanics. For dense plasmas, the basic atomic data with plasma screening effects can be obtained. The populations are obtained by solving the coupled rate equations, which are used to calculate the radiative properties. A parallelized version is implemented in the code to treat the large-scale rate equations. Two illustrative examples of a steady state case for carbon plasmas and a time-dependent case for the relaxation of a K-shell excited argon are employed to show the main features of the present code.

  14. A non-LTE kinetic model for quick analysis of K-shell spectra from Z-pinch plasmas

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    Li, J. Huang, X. B. Cai, H. C. Yang, L. B. Xie, W. P. Duan, S. C.

    2014-12-15

    Analyzing and modeling K-shell spectra emitted by low-to moderate-atomic number plasma is a useful and effective way to retrieve temperature density of z-pinch plasmas. In this paper, a non-LTE population kinetic model for quick analysis of K-shell spectra was proposed. The model contains ionization stages from bare nucleus to neutral atoms and includes all the important atomic processes. In the present form of the model, the plasma is assumed to be both optically thin and homogeneous with constant temperature and density, and only steady-state situation is considered. According to the detailed calculations for aluminum plasmas, contours of ratios of certain K-shell lines in electron temperature and density plane as well as typical synthesized spectra were presented and discussed. The usefulness of the model is demonstrated by analyzing the spectrum from a neon gas-puff Z-pinch experiment performed on a 1 MA pulsed-power accelerator.

  15. A non-LTE kinetic model for quick analysis of K-shell spectra from Z-pinch plasmas

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    Li, J.; Huang, X. B.; Cai, H. C.; Yang, L. B.; Xie, W. P.; Duan, S. C.

    2014-12-01

    Analyzing and modeling K-shell spectra emitted by low-to moderate-atomic number plasma is a useful and effective way to retrieve temperature density of z-pinch plasmas. In this paper, a non-LTE population kinetic model for quick analysis of K-shell spectra was proposed. The model contains ionization stages from bare nucleus to neutral atoms and includes all the important atomic processes. In the present form of the model, the plasma is assumed to be both optically thin and homogeneous with constant temperature and density, and only steady-state situation is considered. According to the detailed calculations for aluminum plasmas, contours of ratios of certain K-shell lines in electron temperature and density plane as well as typical synthesized spectra were presented and discussed. The usefulness of the model is demonstrated by analyzing the spectrum from a neon gas-puff Z-pinch experiment performed on a 1 MA pulsed-power accelerator.

  16. Impact of cold plasma on Citrobacter freundii in apple juice: inactivation kinetics and mechanisms.

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    Surowsky, Bjrn; Frhling, Antje; Gottschalk, Nathalie; Schlter, Oliver; Knorr, Dietrich

    2014-03-17

    Various studies have shown that cold plasma is capable of inactivating microorganisms located on a variety of food surfaces, food packaging materials and process equipment under atmospheric pressure conditions; however, less attention has been paid to the impact of cold plasma on microorganisms in liquid foodstuffs. The present study investigates cold plasma's ability to inactivate Citrobacter freundii in apple juice. Optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and temperature measurements were performed to characterise the plasma source. The plasma-related impact on microbial loads was evaluated by traditional plate count methods, while morphological changes were determined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Physiological property changes were obtained through flow cytometric measurements (membrane integrity, esterase activity and membrane potential). In addition, mathematical modelling was performed in order to achieve a reliable prediction of microbial inactivation and to establish the basis for possible industrial implementation. C. freundii loads in apple juice were reduced by about 5 log cycles after a plasma exposure of 480s using argon and 0.1% oxygen plus a subsequent storage time of 24h. The results indicate that a direct contact between bacterial cells and plasma is not necessary for achieving successful inactivation. The plasma-generated compounds in the liquid, such as H2O2 and most likely hydroperoxy radicals, are particularly responsible for microbial inactivation. PMID:24462703

  17. Plasma miR-221/222 Family as Novel Descriptive and Prognostic Biomarkers for Glioma.

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    Zhang, Rui; Pang, Bo; Xin, Tao; Guo, Hua; Xing, Yi; Xu, Shangchen; Feng, Bin; Liu, Bin; Pang, Qi

    2016-04-01

    Glioma, the most common type of primary central nervous system cancers, was progressive with poor survival. MicroRNA, as a novel biomarker, was suspected to be novel biomarkers for glioma diagnosis and prognosis. The study aimed at investigating the diagnostic and predictive value of miR-221/222 family for glioma. In the first phase, we compared plasma miR-221/222 family levels between 50 glioma patients and 51 healthy controls by real-time qRT-PCR amplification. Meanwhile, a meta-analysis based on published studies and presents study was performed to explore the diagnostic performance of miR-221/222 family in human cancers. In the second phase, we correlated the miR-221/222 family expression level with prognosis of glioma using Kaplan-Meier survival curves. The plasma miR-221/222 family levels were found to be significantly upregulated in glioma patients (P = 0.001). The ROC curve analysis yielded an AUC values of 0.84 (95 % confidence interval (CI): 0.74-0.93) for miR-221 and 0.92 (95 % CI 0.87-0.94) for miR-222. In the meta-analysis, the summary receiver operating characteristic (sROC) was plotted with an AUC of 0.82 (95 % CI 0.78-0.85) for miR-221/222 family. It was also demonstrated that high positive plasma miR-221 and miR-222 were both correlated with poor survival rate (miR-221: HR = 2.13; 95 % CI, 1.05-4.31; miR-222: HR = 2.09; 95 % CI, 1.00-4.37). This study demonstrated that the detection of the miRNA-221/222 family should be considered as a new additional tool to better characterize glioma. PMID:25636684

  18. Quantitative description of ion transport via plasma membrane of yeast and small cells.

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    Volkov, Vadim

    2015-01-01

    Modeling of ion transport via plasma membrane needs identification and quantitative understanding of the involved processes. Brief characterization of main ion transport systems of a yeast cell (Pma1, Ena1, TOK1, Nha1, Trk1, Trk2, non-selective cation conductance) and determining the exact number of molecules of each transporter per a typical cell allow us to predict the corresponding ion flows. In this review a comparison of ion transport in small yeast cell and several animal cell types is provided. The importance of cell volume to surface ratio is emphasized. The role of cell wall and lipid rafts is discussed in respect to required increase in spatial and temporary resolution of measurements. Conclusions are formulated to describe specific features of ion transport in a yeast cell. Potential directions of future research are outlined based on the assumptions. PMID:26113853

  19. Quantitative description of ion transport via plasma membrane of yeast and small cells

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    Volkov, Vadim

    2015-01-01

    Modeling of ion transport via plasma membrane needs identification and quantitative understanding of the involved processes. Brief characterization of main ion transport systems of a yeast cell (Pma1, Ena1, TOK1, Nha1, Trk1, Trk2, non-selective cation conductance) and determining the exact number of molecules of each transporter per a typical cell allow us to predict the corresponding ion flows. In this review a comparison of ion transport in small yeast cell and several animal cell types is provided. The importance of cell volume to surface ratio is emphasized. The role of cell wall and lipid rafts is discussed in respect to required increase in spatial and temporary resolution of measurements. Conclusions are formulated to describe specific features of ion transport in a yeast cell. Potential directions of future research are outlined based on the assumptions. PMID:26113853

  20. Reduced fluid-kinetic equations for low-frequency dynamics, magnetic reconnection, and electron heating in low-beta plasmas

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    Zocco, Alessandro; Schekochihin, Alexander A.

    2011-10-15

    A minimal model for magnetic reconnection and, generally, low-frequency dynamics in low-beta plasmas is proposed. The model combines analytical and computational simplicity with physical realizability: it is a rigorous limit of gyrokinetics for plasma beta of order the electron-ion mass ratio. The model contains collisions and can be used both in the collisional and collisionless reconnection regimes. It includes gyrokinetic ions (not assumed cold) and allows for the topological rearrangement of the magnetic field lines by either resistivity or electron inertia, whichever predominates. The two-fluid dynamics are coupled to electron kinetics--electrons are not assumed isothermal and are described by a reduced drift-kinetic equation. The model, therefore allows for irreversibility and conversion of magnetic energy into electron heat via parallel phase mixing in velocity space. An analysis of the exchanges between various forms of free energy and its conversion into electron heat is provided. It is shown how all relevant linear waves and regimes of the tearing instability (collisionless, semicollisional, and fully resistive) are recovered in various limits of our model. An efficient way to simulate our equations numerically is proposed, via the Hermite representation of the velocity space. It is shown that small scales in velocity space will form, giving rise to a shallow Hermite-space spectrum, whence it is inferred that, for steady-state or sufficiently slow dynamics, the electron heating rate will remain finite in the limit of vanishing collisionality.

  1. Kinetic Plasma and Turbulent Mix Studies using DT Plastic-shell Implosions with Shell-thickness and Pressure Variations

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    Kim, Y.; Herrmann, H. W.; Hoffman, N. M.; Schmitt, M. J.; Bradley, P. A.; Kagan, G.; Gales, S.; Horsfield, C. J.; Rubery, M.; Leatherland, A.; Gatu Johnson, M.; Glebov, V.; Seka, W.; Marshall, F.; Stoeckl, C.; Church, J.

    2014-10-01

    Kinetic plasma and turbulent mix effects on inertial confinement fusion have been studied using a series of DT-filled plastic-shell implosions at the OMEGA laser facility. Plastic capsules of 4 different shell thicknesses (7.4, 15, 20, 29 micron) were shot at 2 different fill pressures in order to vary the ion mean free path compared to the size of fuel region (i.e., Knudsen number). We varied the empirical Knudsen number by a factor of 25. Measurements were obtained from the burn-averaged ion temperature and fuel areal density. Preliminary results indicate that as the empirical Knudsen number increases, fusion performances (e.g., neutron yield) increasingly deviate from hydrodynamic simulations unless turbulent mix and ion kinetic terms (e.g., enhanced ion diffusion, viscosity, thermal conduction, as well as Knudsen-layer fusion reactivity reduction) are considered. We are developing two separate simulations: one is a reduced-ion-kinetics model and the other is turbulent mix model. Two simulation results will be compared with the experimental observables.

  2. Electron-Vibrational Energy Exchange in Nitrogen-Containing Plasma: a Comparison Between an Analytical Approach and a Kinetic Model

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    Yang, Wei; Dong, Zhiwei

    2016-01-01

    This paper investigates the electron-vibrational (e-V) energy exchange in nitrogen-containing plasma, which is very efficient in the case of gas discharge and high speed flow. Based on Harmonic oscillator approximation and the assumption of the e-V relaxation through a continuous series of Boltzmann distributions over the vibrational states, an analytic approach is derived from the proposed scaling relation of e-V transition rates. A full kinetic model is then investigated by numerically solving the state-to-state master equation for all vibrational levels. The analytical approach leads to a Landau-Teller (LT)-type equation for relaxation of vibrational energy, and predicts the relaxation time on the right order of magnitude. By comparison with the kinetic model, the LT-type equation is valid in typical electron temperatures in gas discharge. However, the analytical approach is not capable of describing the vibrational distribution function during the e-V process in which a full kinetic model is required. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11505015) and the National High-Tech Research and Development Program of China (863 Program)

  3. Kinetic description of intense nonneutral beam propagation through a periodic solenoidal focusing field based on the nonlinear Vlasov-Maxwell equations

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    Davidson, R.C.; Chen, C.

    1997-08-01

    A kinetic description of intense nonneutral beam propagation through a periodic solenoidal focusing field B{sup sol}({rvec x}) is developed. The analysis is carried out for a thin beam with characteristic beam radius r{sub b} {much_lt} S, and directed axial momentum {gamma}{sub b}m{beta}{sub b}c (in the z-direction) large compared with the transverse momentum and axial momentum spread of the beam particles. Making use of the nonlinear Vlasov-Maxwell equations for general distribution function f{sub b}({rvec x},{rvec p},t) and self-consistent electrostatic field consistent with the thin-beam approximation, the kinetic model is used to investigate detailed beam equilibrium properties for a variety of distribution functions. Examples are presented both for the case of a uniform solenoidal focusing field B{sub z}(z) = B{sub 0} = const. and for the case of a periodic solenoidal focusing field B{sub z}(z + S) = B{sub z}(z). The nonlinear Vlasov-Maxwell equations are simplified in the thin-beam approximation, and an alternative Hamiltonian formulation is developed that is particularly well-suited to intense beam propagation in periodic focusing systems. Based on the present analysis, the Vlasov-Maxwell description of intense nonneutral beam propagation through a periodic solenoidal focusing field {rvec B}{sup sol}({rvec x}) is found to be remarkably tractable and rich in physics content. The Vlasov-Maxwell formalism developed here can be extended in a straightforward manner to investigate detailed stability behavior for perturbations about specific choices of beam equilibria.

  4. Excitation of kinetic geodesic acoustic modes by drift waves in nonuniform plasmas

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    Qiu, Z.; Chen, L.; Dept. Physics and Astronomy, Univ. of California, Irvine, California 92697-4575 ; Zonca, F.; Associazione Euratom-ENEA sulla Fusione, C.P. 65 - I-00044 - Frascati

    2014-02-15

    Effects of system nonuniformities and kinetic dispersiveness on the spontaneous excitation of Geodesic Acoustic Mode (GAM) by Drift Wave (DW) turbulence are investigated based on nonlinear gyrokinetic theory. The coupled nonlinear equations describing parametric decay of DW into GAM and DW lower sideband are derived and then solved both analytically and numerically to investigate the effects on the parametric decay process due to system nonuniformities, such as nonuniform diamagnetic frequency, finite radial envelope of DW pump, and kinetic dispersiveness. It is found that the parametric decay process is a convective instability for typical tokamak parameters when finite group velocities of DW and GAM associated with kinetic dispersiveness and finite radial envelope are taken into account. When, however, nonuniformity of diamagnetic frequency is taken into account, the parametric decay process becomes, time asymptotically, a quasi-exponentially growing absolute instability.

  5. Influence of supersonic ions and nonlocal electron kinetics on the sheath voltage in an expanding plasma

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    Schrder, Benjamin; Brinkmann, Ralf Peter; Harhausen, Jens; Foest, Rdiger; Ohl, Andreas

    2015-04-01

    We present the investigation of the sheath potential in an expanding plasma. The properties of the expanding plasma are measured by means of a Langmuir probe. The obtained data is used to calculate the sheath potential and the electron distribution function. We show that the sheath voltage is typically about 40% lower than in a case that neglects supersonic ions and assumes a Maxwellian electron distribution. We explain the magnitude of the measured sheath potential by balancing the ion flux density calculated with an analytical model for the expanding plasma and the electron flux density calculated with the electron distribution function.

  6. Kinetic theory of cnoidal dust hole propagation in dusty pair plasmas

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    Schamel, Hans

    2009-11-15

    The complex pattern and propagation characteristics of cnoidal dust holes in dusty pair plasmas are analyzed in the weak amplitude limit. Dependent on the collective trapping conditions of the charged dust species and of other physically relevant parameters, a new class of electrostatic waves is presented, which supplements the known class of small amplitude waves. As the latter is typically based, in the lowest order, on a linearization of the governing Vlasov-Poisson system, this class of intrinsically nonlinear structures is claimed to be of paramount importance for the completion or at least correction of the theory of plasma turbulence and anomalous transport in electrostatically driven, collisionless, or weakly collisional plasmas.

  7. Complete kinetic isotope effect description of transition states for acid-catalyzed hydrolyses of methyl. cap alpha. - and. beta. -glucopyranosides

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    Bennet, A.J.; Sinnott, M.L.

    1986-11-12

    The following kinetic isotope effects (k/sub light//k/sub heavy/) have been measured by the isotopic quasi-racemate method for the hydrolyses of methyl ..cap alpha..- and ..beta..-glucopyranosides, respectively in 2.0 M HClO/sub 4/ at 80/sup 0/C (..cap alpha..-D 1.137 +/- 0.007, 1.089 +/- 0.006; ..beta..-D 1.073 +/- 0.003, 1.045 +/- 0.004; ..gamma..-D (C5) 0.987 +/- 0.002, 0.971 +/- 0.003; leaving group d/sub 3/ 1.006 +/- 0.001, 1.015 +/- 0.002; leaving group /sup 18/O 1.026 +/- 0.001, 1.024 +/ +/- 0.002; anomeric /sup 13/C 1.007 +/- 0.001, 1.011 +/- 0.002). In conjunction with studies of the effect of added solutes on the rates of hydrolysis of various aldopyranosyl derivatives, which indicate such reactions are truly unimolecular, and model ring /sup 18/O and ..beta..-deuterium effects, it is possible to locate the dihedral angles about the O5-C1 and C1-C2 bonds at the transition state using these data. If the dihedral angles so derived are used as constraints in calculations using N.L. Allinger's MM2 molecular mechanics program, transition-state structures are obtained. The geometry of these transition states stands in contradiction to the theory of stereoelectronic control.

  8. Vlasov simulations of kinetic Alfvn waves at proton kinetic scales

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    Vsconez, C. L.; Valentini, F.; Camporeale, E.; Veltri, P.

    2014-11-01

    Kinetic Alfvn waves represent an important subject in space plasma physics, since they are thought to play a crucial role in the development of the turbulent energy cascade in the solar wind plasma at short wavelengths (of the order of the proton gyro radius ?p and/or inertial length dp and beyond). A full understanding of the physical mechanisms which govern the kinetic plasma dynamics at these scales can provide important clues on the problem of the turbulent dissipation and heating in collisionless systems. In this paper, hybrid Vlasov-Maxwell simulations are employed to analyze in detail the features of the kinetic Alfvn waves at proton kinetic scales, in typical conditions of the solar wind environment (proton plasma beta ?p = 1). In particular, linear and nonlinear regimes of propagation of these fluctuations have been investigated in a single-wave situation, focusing on the physical processes of collisionless Landau damping and wave-particle resonant interaction. Interestingly, since for wavelengths close to dp and ?p ? 1 (for which ?p ? dp) the kinetic Alfvn waves have small phase speed compared to the proton thermal velocity, wave-particle interaction processes produce significant deformations in the core of the particle velocity distribution, appearing as phase space vortices and resulting in flat-top velocity profiles. Moreover, as the Eulerian hybrid Vlasov-Maxwell algorithm allows for a clean almost noise-free description of the velocity space, three-dimensional plots of the proton velocity distribution help to emphasize how the plasma departs from the Maxwellian configuration of thermodynamic equilibrium due to nonlinear kinetic effects.

  9. Applicability of random sequential adsorption algorithm for simulation of surface plasma polishing kinetics

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    Minárik, Stanislav; Vaňa, Dušan

    2015-11-01

    Applicability of random sequential adsorption (RSA) model for the material removal during a surface plasma polishing is discussed. The mechanical nature of plasma polishing process is taken into consideration in modified version of RSA model. During the plasma polishing the surface layer is aligned such that molecules of material are removed from the surface mechanically as a consequence of the surface deformation induced by plasma particles impact. We propose modification of RSA technique to describe the reduction of material on the surface provided that sequential character of molecules release from the surface is maintained throughout the polishing process. This empirical model is able to estimate depth profile of material density on the surface during the plasma polishing. We have shown that preliminary results obtained from this model are in good agreement with experimental results. We believe that molecular dynamics simulation of the polishing process, possibly also other types of surface treatment, can be based on this model. However influence of material parameters and processing conditions (including plasma characteristics) must be taken into account using appropriate model variables.

  10. Kinetic modeling of evolution of 3 + 1:Resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization plasma in argon at low pressures

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    Tholeti, Siva Sashank; Alexeenko, Alina A.; Shneider, Mikhail N.

    2014-06-15

    We present numerical kinetic modeling of generation and evolution of the plasma produced as a result of resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) in Argon gas. The particle-in-cell/Monte Carlo collision (PIC/MCC) simulations capture non-equilibrium effects in REMPI plasma expansion by considering the major collisional processes at the microscopic level: elastic scattering, electron impact ionization, ion charge exchange, and recombination and quenching for metastable excited atoms. The conditions in one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) formulations correspond to known experiments in Argon at a pressure of 5 Torr. The 1D PIC/MCC calculations are compared with the published results of local drift-diffusion model, obtained for the same conditions. It is shown that the PIC/MCC and diffusion-drift models are in qualitative and in reasonable quantitative agreement during the ambipolar expansion stage, whereas significant non-equilibrium exists during the first few 10 s of nanoseconds. 2D effects are important in the REMPI plasma expansion. The 2D PIC/MCC calculations produce significantly lower peak electron densities as compared to 1D and show a better agreement with experimentally measured microwave radiation scattering.

  11. Treatment of methyl tert-butyl ether contaminated water using a dense medium plasma reactor: a mechanistic and kinetic investigation.

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    Johnson, Derek C; Shamamian, Vasgen A; Callahan, John H; Denes, Ferencz S; Manolache, Sorin O; Dandy, David S

    2003-10-15

    Plasma treatment of contaminated water appears to be a promising alternative for the oxidation of aqueous organic pollutants. This study examines the kinetic and oxidation mechanisms of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) in a dense medium plasma (DMP) reactor utilizing gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and gas chromatography-thermal conductivity techniques. A rate law is developed for the removal of MTBE from an aqueous solution in the DMP reactor. Rate constants are also derived for three reactor configurations and two pin array spin rates. The oxidation products from the treatment of MTBE-contaminated water in the DMP reactor were found to be predominately carbon dioxide, with smaller amounts of acetone, tert-butyl formate, and formaldehyde. The lack of stable intermediate products suggests that the MTBE is, to some extent, oxidized directly to carbon dioxide, making the DMP reactor a promising tool in the future remediation of water. Chemical and physical mechanisms together with carbon balances are used to describe the formation of the oxidation products and the important aspects of the plasma discharge. PMID:14594395

  12. Comparison of two-fluid and gyrokinetic models for kinetic Alfvén waves in solar and space plasmas

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    Yang, L.; Wu, D. J.; Wang, S. J.; Lee, L. C.

    2014-09-01

    An analytical comparative study of a two-fluid and a gyrokinetic model of kinetic Alfvén waves (KAWs) is presented for various solar and space plasma environments. Based on the linear KAW dispersion relation for gyrokinetics (Howes et al. 2006), the wave group velocity and electromagnetic polarizations are obtained analytically. Then the gyrokinetic wave properties are compared with those of the two-fluid model. The results show that both models agree well with each other not only in the long wavelength regime (>> the ion gyroradius ρ {sub i}) for all cases considered, but also in wavelengths ∼ρ {sub i} and <<ρ {sub i} (still much larger than the electron gyroscale) for a moderate or low (≲ 1) and a high (>>1) ion/electron temperature ratio T {sub 0i}/T {sub 0e}, respectively. However, the fluid model calculations deviate strongly from the gyrokinetic model at scales <ρ {sub i} for a relatively low T {sub 0i}/T {sub 0e} due to the electron gyroradius effect. Meanwhile, the plasma β {sub i} can make the gyrokinetic dispersion relation of KAWs become complex and sometimes have an oscillation-like structure. With the inherent simplicity of the fluid theory, these results may improve our understanding of the applicability of the two-fluid model, and may have important implications for computer simulation studies of KAWs in the solar and space plasma surroundings.

  13. Adsorption of lead(II) on O₂-plasma-oxidized multiwalled carbon nanotubes: thermodynamics, kinetics, and desorption.

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    Yu, Xin-Yao; Luo, Tao; Zhang, Yong-Xing; Jia, Yong; Zhu, Bang-Jing; Fu, Xu-Cheng; Liu, Jin-Huai; Huang, Xing-Jiu

    2011-07-01

    O(2)-plasma-oxidized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (po-MWCNTs) have been used as an adsorbent for adsorption of lead(II) in water. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy measurements show that the bulk properties of MWCNTs were not changed after O(2)-plasma oxidation. The adsorption capacity of MWCNTs for lead(II) was greatly enhanced after plasma oxidation mainly because of the introduction of oxygen-containing functional groups onto the surface of MWCNTs. The removal of lead(II) by po-MWCNTs occurs rather quickly, and the adsorption kinetics can be well described by the pseudo-second-order model. The adsorption isotherm of lead(II) onto MWCNTs fits the Langmuir isotherm model. The adsorption of lead(II) onto MWCNTs is strongly dependent upon the pH values. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis shows that the adsorption mechanism is mainly due to the chemical interaction between lead(II) and the surface functional groups of po-MWCNTs. The thermodynamic parameters (ΔH°, ΔS°, and ΔG°) calculated from the adsorption isotherms suggest that the adsorption of lead(II) onto MWCNTs is endothermic and spontaneous. The regeneration performance shows that lead(II) can be easily regenerated from po-MWCNTs by altering the pH values of the solution. PMID:21675756

  14. Fat Oxidation, Hormonal and Plasma Metabolite Kinetics during a Submaximal Incremental Test in Lean and Obese Adults

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    Lanzi, Stefano; Codecasa, Franco; Cornacchia, Mauro; Maestrini, Sabrina; Salvadori, Alberto; Brunani, Amelia; Malatesta, Davide

    2014-01-01

    This study aimed to compare fat oxidation, hormonal and plasma metabolite kinetics during exercise in lean (L) and obese (O) men. Sixteen L and 16 O men [Body Mass Index (BMI): 22.90.3 and 39.01.4 kg.m?2] performed a submaximal incremental test (Incr) on a cycle-ergometer. Fat oxidation rates (FORs) were determined using indirect calorimetry. A sinusoidal model, including 3 independent variables (dilatation, symmetry, translation), was used to describe fat oxidation kinetics and determine the intensity (Fatmax) eliciting maximal fat oxidation. Blood samples were drawn for the hormonal and plasma metabolite determination at each step of Incr. FORs (mg.FFM?1.min?1) were significantly higher from 20 to 30% of peak oxygen uptake () in O than in L and from 65 to 85% in L than in O (p?0.05). FORs were similar in O and in L from 35 to 60% . Fatmax was 17% significantly lower in O than in L (p<0.01). Fat oxidation kinetics were characterized by similar translation, significantly lower dilatation and left-shift symmetry in O compared with L (p<0.05). During whole exercise, a blunted lipolysis was found in O [lower glycerol/fat mass (FM) in O than in L (p?0.001)], likely associated with higher insulin concentrations in O than in L (p<0.01). Non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) were significantly higher in O compared with L (p<0.05). Despite the blunted lipolysis, O presented higher NEFA availability, likely due to larger amounts of FM. Therefore, a lower Fatmax, a left-shifted and less dilated curve and a lower reliance on fat oxidation at high exercise intensities suggest that the difference in the fat oxidation kinetics is likely linked to impaired muscular capacity to oxidize NEFA in O. These results may have important implications for the appropriate exercise intensity prescription in training programs designed to optimize fat oxidation in O. PMID:24523934

  15. Kinetics of Circulating Plasma Cell-Free DNA in Paediatric Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma

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    Primerano, Simona; Burnelli, Roberta; Carraro, Elisa; Pillon, Marta; Elia, Caterina; Farruggia, Piero; Sala, Alessandra; Vinti, Luciana; Buffardi, Salvatore; Basso, Giuseppe; Mascarin, Maurizio; Mussolin, Lara

    2016-01-01

    Levels of plasma cell-free DNA (cfDNA) of a large series of children with classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) were evaluated and analyzed at diagnosis and during chemotherapy treatment in relation with clinical characteristics. CfDNA levels in cHL patients were significantly higher compared with controls (p=0.002). CfDNA at diagnosis was correlated with presence of B symptoms (p=0.027) and high erythrocyte sedimentation rate (p=0.049). We found that the increasing of plasma cfDNA after first chemotherapy cycle seems to be associated with a worse prognosis (p=0.049). Levels of plasma cfDNA might constitute an interesting non-invasive tool in cHL patients' management. PMID:26918050

  16. Kinetics of Circulating Plasma Cell-Free DNA in Paediatric Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma.

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    Primerano, Simona; Burnelli, Roberta; Carraro, Elisa; Pillon, Marta; Elia, Caterina; Farruggia, Piero; Sala, Alessandra; Vinti, Luciana; Buffardi, Salvatore; Basso, Giuseppe; Mascarin, Maurizio; Mussolin, Lara

    2016-01-01

    Levels of plasma cell-free DNA (cfDNA) of a large series of children with classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) were evaluated and analyzed at diagnosis and during chemotherapy treatment in relation with clinical characteristics. CfDNA levels in cHL patients were significantly higher compared with controls (p=0.002). CfDNA at diagnosis was correlated with presence of B symptoms (p=0.027) and high erythrocyte sedimentation rate (p=0.049). We found that the increasing of plasma cfDNA after first chemotherapy cycle seems to be associated with a worse prognosis (p=0.049). Levels of plasma cfDNA might constitute an interesting non-invasive tool in cHL patients' management. PMID:26918050

  17. DEMOCRITUS code: A kinetic approach to the simulation of complex plasmas

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    Arinaminpat, Nimlan; Fichtl, Chris; Patacchini, Leonardo; Lapenta, Giovanni; Delzanno, Gian Luca

    2006-10-01

    The DEMOCRITUS code is a particle-based code for plasma-material interaction simulation. The code makes use of particle in cell (PIC) methods to simulate each plasma species, the material, and their interaction. In this study, we concentrate on a dust particle immersed in a plasma. We start with the simplest case, in which the dust particle is not allowed to emit. From here, we expand the DEMOCRITUS code to include thermionic and photo emission algorithms and obtain our data. Next we expand the physics processes present to include the presence of magnetic fields and collisional processes with a neutral gas. Finally we describe new improvements of the code including a new mover that allows for particle subcycling and a new grid adaptation approach.

  18. Optimization of kinetic parameters for the degradation of plasmid DNA in rat plasma

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    Chaudhry, Q. A.

    2014-12-01

    Biotechnology is a rapidly growing area of research work in the field of pharmaceutical sciences. The study of pharmacokinetics of plasmid DNA (pDNA) is an important area of research work. It has been observed that the process of gene delivery faces many troubles on the transport of pDNA towards their target sites. The topoforms of pDNA has been termed as super coiled (S-C), open circular (O-C) and linear (L), the kinetic model of which will be presented in this paper. The kinetic model gives rise to system of ordinary differential equations (ODEs), the exact solution of which has been found. The kinetic parameters, which are responsible for the degradation of super coiled, and the formation of open circular and linear topoforms have a great significance not only in vitro but for modeling of further processes as well, therefore need to be addressed in great detail. For this purpose, global optimization techniques have been adopted, thus finding the optimal results for the said model. The results of the model, while using the optimal parameters, were compared against the measured data, which gives a nice agreement.

  19. High-energy kinetic theory of a particle beam generated plasma

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    Peyraud, N.

    1984-08-01

    The equilibrium high-energy electron distribution in a particle-beam-generated plasma is calculated. The tail of the distribution, above the first excited state, is derived from a Boltzmann equation which contains inelastic collisional processes and a continuous source term. This equation is analytically solved by a Laplace-transformation method, and (in a numerical application for the case of an argon plasma created by a high-energy electron beam between 1 and 1000 keV), the branching ratios for energy deposition in ionization and excitation states are calculated. The results are compared with those of the laser group of Orsay (Bretagne et al., 1981).

  20. Kinetic Description of Intense Beam Propagation Through a Periodic Focusing Field for Uniform Phase-Space Density

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    Ronald C. Davidson; Hong Qin; Stephan I. Tzenov; Edward A. Startsev

    2003-02-26

    The Vlasov-Maxwell equations are used to investigate the nonlinear evolution of an intense sheet beam with distribution function f{sub b}(x,x{prime},s) propagating through a periodic focusing lattice k{sub x}(s+S) = k{sub x}(s), where S = const is the lattice period. The analysis considers the special class of distribution functions with uniform phase-space density f{sub b}(x,x{prime},s) = A = const inside of the simply connected boundary curves, x{prime}{sub +}(x,s) and x{prime}{sub -}(x,s), in the two-dimensional phase space (x,x{prime}). Coupled nonlinear equations are derived describing the self-consistent evolution of the boundary curves, x{prime}{sub +}(x,s) and x{prime}{sub -}(x,s), and the self-field potential {psi}(x,s) = e{sub b}{phi}(x,s)/{gamma}{sub b}m{sub b}{beta}{sub g}{sup 2}c{sup 2}. The resulting model is shown to be exactly equivalent to a (truncated) warm-fluid description with zero heat flow and triple-adiabatic equation-of-state with scalar pressure P{sub b}(x,s) = const x [n{sub b}(x,s)]. Such a fluid model is amenable to direct analysis by transforming to Lagrangian variables following the motion of a fluid element. Specific examples of periodically focused beam equilibria are presented, ranging from a finite-emittance beam in which the boundary curves in phase space (x,x{prime}) correspond to a pulsating parallelogram, to a cold beam in which the number density of beam particles, n{sub b}(x,s), exhibits large-amplitude periodic oscillations. For the case of a sheet beam with uniform phase-space density, the present analysis clearly demonstrates the existence of periodically focused beam equilibria without the undesirable feature of an inverted population in phase space that is characteristic of the Kapchinskij-Vladimirskij beam distribution.

  1. Classical description of charge exchange involving He-like or Li-like ions in Rydberg states in plasmas

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    Kryukov, N.; Oks, E.

    2016-02-01

    A purely classical description of energy terms of one-electron Rydberg quasimolecules (hereafter, RQ1) consisting of one electron and two fully stripped ions of charges Z and Z?, where Z? ? Z, had been previously published by one of us. The analysis of the crossings of the energy terms led to a classical description of charge exchange either between a hydrogen-like ion of the nuclear charge Z with a fully stripped ion of the charge Z? or between a hydrogen-like ion of the nuclear charge Z? with a fully stripped ion of the charge Z. Later applications included, e.g., the influence of electric and magnetic fields, as well as of the screening by plasma electrons. In the present paper we extend the classical description of energy terms to two-electron Rydberg quasimolecules (RQ2), consisting of two electrons and two fully stripped ions of charges Z and Z?, and to three-electron Rydberg quasimolecules (RQ3), consisting of three electrons and two fully stripped ions of charges Z and Z?. We show that classical energy terms of RQ2 and RQ3 also exhibit crossings like the energy terms of RQ1. The crossing of terms of RQ2 occurs at a larger internuclear distance compared to the crossing of the corresponding terms of RQ1, so that the cross-section of the charge exchange for RQ2 is larger than the corresponding cross-section for RQ1. The crossing of terms of RQ3 occurs at an even larger internuclear distance compared to the crossing of the corresponding terms of RQ2, so that the cross-section of the charge exchange for RQ3 is even larger than the corresponding cross-section for RQ2. Thus, the classical roots of charge exchange are revealed not only by the example of RQ1 systems, but also by the examples of RQ2 and RQ3 systems. Our results contribute to advance the understanding of the quantum-classical correspondence and can be used in applications where charge exchange plays the key role.

  2. Kinetics of abamectin disposition in blood plasma and milk of lactating dairy sheep and suckling lambs.

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    Cerkvenik-Flajs, Vesna; Grabnar, Iztok; Kozuh Erzen, Nevenka; Marc, Irena; Antonić, Jan; Vergles-Rataj, Aleksandra; Kuzner, Jernej; Pogacnik, Milan

    2007-11-14

    Abamectin (ABM) has been used worldwide as an anthelmintic drug in veterinary medicine and as an agricultural pesticide. Its pharmacokinetics and permeation into milk was evaluated in dairy sheep after subcutaneous administration. ABM elimination half-lives and mean residence times were 1.7 and 3.7 days for blood plasma and 1.9 and 3.8 days for milk, respectively. The ABM milk to plasma concentration ratio (0.89) primarily depends on milk fat content. Transfer of ABM residues to suckling lambs was evaluated by determination of ABM concentration time courses in lambs' plasma. Mean maximal concentration in lambs was 1.6 microg L(-1) at 3.3 days, and elimination half-life was 2.7 days. In ewes' plasma and milk, ABM was detected up to 23 days. Because of different pharmacokinetics, ABM exposure in lambs was almost 10% of the exposure in ewes, although the amount excreted in milk was only 1.0% of the dose. PMID:17937481

  3. MULTICOMPARTMENT KINETIC MODEL FOR LEAD. PART 3. LEAD IN BLOOD PLASMA AND ERYTHROCYTES

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    Multicompartment models have been fitted to experimental data on plasma lead and blood lead concentrations of subjects studied by de Silva (1981, Brit. J. Industr. Med. 38, 209-217) and one subject studied by Manton and Malloy (1983, Brit. J. Industr. Med., 40, 51-57). Nonlinear ...

  4. Full kinetic simulations of plasma flow interactions with meso- and microscale magnetic dipoles

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    Ashida, Y.; Yamakawa, H.; Usui, H.; Miyake, Y.; Shinohara, I.; Funaki, I.; Nakamura, M.

    2014-12-15

    We examined the plasma flow response to meso- and microscale magnetic dipoles by performing three-dimensional full particle-in-cell simulations. We particularly focused on the formation of a magnetosphere and its dependence on the intensity of the magnetic moment. The size of a magnetic dipole immersed in a plasma flow can be characterized by a distance L from the dipole center to the position where the pressure of the local magnetic field becomes equal to the dynamic pressure of the plasma flow under the magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) approximation. In this study, we are interested in a magnetic dipole whose L is smaller than the Larmor radius of ions r{sub iL} calculated with the unperturbed dipole field at the distance L from the center. In the simulation results, we confirmed the clear formation of a magnetosphere consisting of a magnetopause and a tail region in the density profile, although the spatial scale is much smaller than the MHD scale. One of the important findings in this study is that the spatial profiles of the plasma density as well as the current flows are remarkably affected by the finite Larmor radius effect of the plasma flow, which is different from the Earth's magnetosphere. The magnetopause found in the upstream region is located at a position much closer to the dipole center than L. In the equatorial plane, we also found an asymmetric density profile with respect to the plasma flow direction, which is caused by plasma gyration in the dipole field region. The ion current layers are created in the inner region of the dipole field, and the electron current also flows in the region beyond the ion current layer because ions with a large inertia can closely approach the dipole center. Unlike the ring current structure of the Earth's magnetosphere, the current layers in the microscale dipole fields are not circularly closed around the dipole center. Since the major current is caused by the particle gyrations, the current is independently determined to be in the direction of the electron and ion gyrations, which are the same in both the upstream and downstream regions. The present analysis on the formation of a magnetosphere in the regime of a microscale magnetic dipole is significant for understanding the solar wind response to the crustal magnetic anomalies on the Moon surface, such as were recently observed by spacecraft.

  5. Full kinetic simulations of plasma flow interactions with meso- and microscale magnetic dipoles

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    Ashida, Y.; Usui, H.; Shinohara, I.; Nakamura, M.; Funaki, I.; Miyake, Y.; Yamakawa, H.

    2014-12-01

    We examined the plasma flow response to meso- and microscale magnetic dipoles by performing three-dimensional full particle-in-cell simulations. We particularly focused on the formation of a magnetosphere and its dependence on the intensity of the magnetic moment. The size of a magnetic dipole immersed in a plasma flow can be characterized by a distance L from the dipole center to the position where the pressure of the local magnetic field becomes equal to the dynamic pressure of the plasma flow under the magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) approximation. In this study, we are interested in a magnetic dipole whose L is smaller than the Larmor radius of ions riL calculated with the unperturbed dipole field at the distance L from the center. In the simulation results, we confirmed the clear formation of a magnetosphere consisting of a magnetopause and a tail region in the density profile, although the spatial scale is much smaller than the MHD scale. One of the important findings in this study is that the spatial profiles of the plasma density as well as the current flows are remarkably affected by the finite Larmor radius effect of the plasma flow, which is different from the Earth's magnetosphere. The magnetopause found in the upstream region is located at a position much closer to the dipole center than L. In the equatorial plane, we also found an asymmetric density profile with respect to the plasma flow direction, which is caused by plasma gyration in the dipole field region. The ion current layers are created in the inner region of the dipole field, and the electron current also flows in the region beyond the ion current layer because ions with a large inertia can closely approach the dipole center. Unlike the ring current structure of the Earth's magnetosphere, the current layers in the microscale dipole fields are not circularly closed around the dipole center. Since the major current is caused by the particle gyrations, the current is independently determined to be in the direction of the electron and ion gyrations, which are the same in both the upstream and downstream regions. The present analysis on the formation of a magnetosphere in the regime of a microscale magnetic dipole is significant for understanding the solar wind response to the crustal magnetic anomalies on the Moon surface, such as were recently observed by spacecraft.

  6. Prospective evaluation of plasma kinetic bipolar resection of bladder cancer: comparison to monopolar resection and pathologic findings

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    Mashni, Joseph; Godoy, Guilherme; Haarer, Chadwick; Dalbagni, Guido; Reuter, Victor E.; Al Ahmadie, Hikmat

    2015-01-01

    Objective To determine whether the Gyrus ACMI plasma kinetic bipolar device (Gyrus ACMI, Southborough, MA) improves pathologic specimen preservation and clinical outcomes compared to standard monopolar electrocautery. Patients and methods In our prospective study, 83 patients underwent monopolar or bipolar transurethral resection of bladder tumors between April 2006 and February 2007 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dedicated genitourinary oncology pathologists blinded to resection type and assessed pathologic features including stage and grade, presence of muscularis propria, fragment size, presence and thickness of thermal artifacts within the specimen, layer of tissue most affected, severity of tissue distortion, and diagnostic impact of thermal artifacts. Clinical outcomes including, perforation, obturator reflex, need for muscle paralysis, a catheter, or admission, were recorded. Clinical and pathologic outcomes between resection modality were compared. Results There were no significant thermal artifacts in 9/38 (23.7 %) and 11/45 (24.4 %) monopolar and bipolar specimens, respectively. The layer of bladder tissue most affected by thermal artifacts was readable in 18/38 (47.4 %) monopolar and 27/45 (60.0 %) bipolar specimens. Tissue distortion from thermal artifacts led to areas within 11/38 (28.9 %) monopolar and 7/45 (15.6 %) bipolar specimens being unreadable. Ultimately, thermal artifacts caused moderate diagnostic difficulty in 2/38 (5.3 %) specimens of the monopolar group and severe diagnostic difficulty in 1/45 (2.2 %) bipolar specimens. Clinically, there was no major difference between resection methods. Conclusion Plasma kinetic bipolar equipment appears to cause less tissue distortion and has the potential to facilitate staging and grading of bladder tumors. No differences in clinical outcomes were appreciated between resection methods. If these results can be repeated in larger studies, the bipolar device represents a small advancement in transurethral resection. PMID:24792236

  7. Cluster observations of kinetic structures and electron acceleration within a dynamic plasma bubble

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    Zhou, Meng; Deng, Xiaohua; Ashour-Abdalla, Maha; Walker, Raymond; Pang, Ye; Tang, Chaoling; Huang, Shiyong; El-Alaoui, Mostafa; Yuan, Zhigang; Li, Huimin

    2013-02-01

    Fast plasma flows are believed to play important roles in transporting mass, momentum, and energy in the magnetotail during active periods, such as the magnetospheric substorms. In this paper, we present Cluster observations of a plasma-depleted flux tube, i.e., a plasma bubble associated with fast plasma flow before the onset of a substorm in the near-Earth tail around X = -18 RE. The bubble is bounded by both sharp leading (?bz/?x < 0) and trailing (?bz/?x > 0) edges. The two edges are thin current layers (approximately ion inertial length) that carry not only intense perpendicular current but also field-aligned current. The leading edge is a dipolarization front (DF) within a slow plasma flow, while the trailing edge is embedded in a super-Alfvnic convective ion jet. The electron jet speed exceeds the ion flow speed thus producing a large tangential current at the trailing edge. The electron drift is primarily given by the E B drift. Interestingly, the trailing edge moves faster than the leading edge, which causes shrinking of the bubble and local flux pileup inside the bubble. This resulted in a further intensification of Bz, or a secondary dipolarization. Both the leading and trailing edges are tangential discontinuities that confine the electrons inside the bubble. Strong electron acceleration occurred corresponding to the secondary dipolarization, with perpendicular fluxes dominating the field-aligned fluxes. We suggest that betatron acceleration is responsible for the electron energization. Whistler waves and lower hybrid drift waves were identified inside the bubble. Their generation mechanisms and potential roles in electron dynamics are discussed.

  8. Comparative plasma disposition kinetics of albendazole and its new benzimidazol prodrug in dog.

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    Khalil, Z; El Karbane, M; Faouzi, M E A; Ansar, M; Azougagh, M; El Harti, J; Taoufik, J

    2016-01-01

    The comparative pharmacokinetic behavior of albendazole (ABZ) and its new benzimidazol prodrug [1-tert-butyloxycarbonyl-5-propylthio-1-H-benzimidazol-2ylcarbamate of methyl] (ABZBoc), following their oral administration (10mg/kg) to healthy dogs was explored. Blood samples were obtained serially over a 24h period after treatment, then the plasma was analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to search the albendazole metabolites (ABZSO and ABZSO2). However, the albendazole parent drug was not detectable at any time after both treatments (ABZ and ABZBoc). By albendazole metabolites (ABZSO and ABZSO2) were the analytes recovered in the plasma after oral administration of ABZ and ABZBoc. Furthermore, some amounts of ABZBoc were also available in the plasma samples treated with this new produg. The plasma profile of each analyte followed a similar pattern after both treatments, the active metabolite (ABZSO) was the major analyte recovered in plasma (between 1 and 24h post-treatment). The pharmacokinetic parameters of both groups were calculated (Cmax, Tmax, t1/2, AUC0-?), and analyzed using the Student's t-test, P<0.05. Thus,the pharmacokinetic analysis indicated four statistically significant changes in the pharmacokinetic parameters defined above of the albendazole metabolites (ABZSO, ABZSO2) between the group treated with albendazole (group A) and that treated with ABZBoc prodrug (group B). Hence, the levels of the various pharmacokinetics parameters were low in the group treated with prodrug, as well they did not reach equivalent concentrations to that of albendazole. These differences between albendazole and its new prodrug may be explained by the fact that ABZBoc prodrug was not effectively reduced in the intestine of dogs. PMID:26530448

  9. Arbitrary amplitude double layers in warm dust kinetic Alfven wave plasmas

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    Gogoi, Runmoni; Devi, Nirupama

    2008-07-15

    Large amplitude electrostatic structures associated with low-frequency dust kinetic Alfvenic waves are investigated under the pressure (temperature) gradient indicative of dust dynamics. The set of equations governing the dust dynamics, Boltzmann electrons, ions and Maxwell's equation have been reduced to a single equation known as the Sagdeev potential equation. Parameter ranges for the existence of arbitrary amplitude double layers are observed. Exact analytical expressions for the energy integral is obtained and computed numerically through which sub-Alfvenic arbitrary amplitude rarefactive double layers are found to exist.

  10. Towards fully hybrid simulations of atmospheric pressure plasmas

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    Likhanskii, Alexandre

    2013-09-01

    Recent experimental studies demonstrated high potential of using atmospheric pressure plasmas for a number of industrial application, such as plasma medicine, plasma processing, plasma aerodynamics and plasma transistors. Majority of the numerical efforts addressing this type of gas discharges were done using fluid plasma representation. However, fluid plasma models lack important plasma effects, such as non-Maxwellian EEDF in the cathode sheath of streamer head or formation of filamentary structures. These effects must be addressed using kinetic approach. The presentation will describe the developed hybrid (kinetic +fluid) model in Tech-X code VSim (formerly Vorpal) for simulation of wide range of discharges. The model incorporated majority of relevant physics processes, including photoionization for accurate description of filament development. The results of the simulation of atmospheric pressure discharges for relevant industrial problems using kinetic, fluid and hybrid approaches will be presented, and detailed comparison between the models will be provided.

  11. Toroidal kinetic eta{sub i}-mode study in reversed-field pinch plasmas

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    Liu Songfen; Guo, S. C.; Dong, J. Q.

    2010-05-15

    The ion temperature gradient (ITG) driven electrostatic modes in reversed-field pinch (RFP) plasma are studied with the gyrokinetic integral equation. A systematic threshold study is carried out and the results are compared with that in tokamaks with similar geometry and reveal that the ITG modes in RFP configurations are more stable than in tokamaks. The physics mechanism for such difference is that shorter connection length in RFPs leads to stronger landau damping, which is dominant and ultimately determinant for the stability threshold. The results confirm and extend the previous conclusion obtained with the differential equation [S. C. Guo, Phys. Plasmas 13, 122510 (2008)]. In addition, the effects of magnetic gradient and curvature drifts, which induce important interaction driving the modes, are carefully investigated. The effects of safety factor, ratio of electron temperature to ion temperature, magnetic shear as well as finite Larmor radius are also studied.

  12. Wavevector anisotropy of plasma turbulence at ion kinetic scales: solar wind observations and hybrid simulations

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    Comi?el, H.; Narita, Y.; Motschmann, U.

    2014-11-01

    Wavevector anisotropy of ion-scale plasma turbulence is studied at various values of ion beta. Two complementary methods are used. One is multi-point measurements of magnetic field in the near-Earth solar wind as provided by the Cluster spacecraft mission, and the other is hybrid numerical simulation of two-dimensional plasma turbulence. Both methods demonstrate that the wavevector anisotropy is reduced with increasing values of ion beta. Furthermore, the numerical simulation study shows the existence of a scaling law between ion beta and the wavevector anisotropy of the fluctuating magnetic field that is controlled by the thermal or hybrid particle-in-cell simulation noise. Likewise, there is weak evidence that the power-law scaling can be extended to the turbulent fluctuating cascade. This fact can be used to construct a diagnostic tool to determine or to constrain ion beta using multi-point magnetic field measurements in space.

  13. Kinetic simulation on ion acoustic wave in gas discharge plasma with convective scheme

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    Matsunaga, Yasushi; Hatori, Tadatsugu; Kato, Tomokazu

    2000-03-01

    In a one-dimensional plasma-sheath system representing a concave quasistationary electric potential typical of a negatively charged system, oscillations of ion are simulated by the aid of a convective scheme useful for weakly ionized plasma, and are theoretically investigated. The frequency spectra of the ion current through a cathode reveal to us that two modes of ion acoustic waves are dominant; a high and a low frequency mode. By deriving a linear differential equation with a dissipation and an ion flow, and taking for granted the sheath width and the distribution of ion flow velocity, the dispersion relation for a finite length system can be calculated. The simulation results, such as the reinforcement of the low frequency mode and the suppression of the high frequency mode, are satisfactorily corroborated by the linear theory. The instabilities of the waves are caused by the asymmetry of boundary conditions and by the dissipative effect.

  14. Oscillatory patterns in three-dimensional kinetic simulations of space plasma

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    Olshevsky, Vyacheslav; Deca, Jan; Divin, Andrey; Lapenta, Giovanni; Markidis, Stefano

    2015-04-01

    We analyse kinetic simulations of the relaxation of a magnetic field configuration with multiple null-points. The power spectral density of the magnetic field is dissipative and exhibits two breaks: at ion-inertial and at electron-gyration scales; the slopes are steeper than observed in solar wind. Although different simulations in the same configuration show similar energetics, the local evolution pattern is rather chaotic. Most of the null-points in the simulations are of the spiral type, they are surrounded by twisted field lines, and powerful currents establish through them forming Z-pinches. Various instabilities are associated with the current channels, especially prominent is the kinking which drives secondary magnetic reconnection that dissipates the magnetic energy. In some regions the current channels produce thin secondary threads that show lower hybrid drift-like oscillatory characteristics. Oscillatory patterns are also detected at the halo boundary above dipolar lunar anomalies in 3-D kinetic simulations. It is found that they are (at least partially) in relation to the position of the B=0 line across the halo formed due to the opposing directions of the dipolar and interplanetary magnetic field in the simulation set-up, as well is to the strength of both fields and the solar wind parameters. We investigate and compare the detailed characteristics of small-scale wave patterns in both 3D simulations of null points and lunar magnetic anomalies.

  15. Kinetic transverse dispersion relation for relativistic magnetized electron-positron plasmas with Maxwell-Jüttner velocity distribution functions

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    López, Rodrigo A.; Moya, Pablo S.; Muñoz, Víctor; Viñas, Adolfo F.; Valdivia, J. Alejandro

    2014-09-15

    We use a kinetic treatment to study the linear transverse dispersion relation for a magnetized isotropic relativistic electron-positron plasma with finite relativistic temperature. The explicit linear dispersion relation for electromagnetic waves propagating along a constant background magnetic field is presented, including an analytical continuation to the whole complex frequency plane for the case of Maxwell-Jüttner velocity distribution functions. This dispersion relation is studied numerically for various temperatures. For left-handed solutions, the system presents two branches, the electromagnetic ordinary mode and the Alfvén mode. In the low frequency regime, the Alfvén branch has two dispersive zones, the normal zone (where ∂ω/∂k > 0) and an anomalous zone (where ∂ω/∂k < 0). We find that in the anomalous zone of the Alfvén branch, the electromagnetic waves are damped, and there is a maximum wave number for which the Alfvén branch is suppressed. We also study the dependence of the Alfvén velocity and effective plasma frequency with the temperature. We complemented the analytical and numerical approaches with relativistic full particle simulations, which consistently agree with the analytical results.

  16. Kinetic model of electric potentials in localized collisionless plasma structures under steady quasi-gyrotropic conditions

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    Schindler, K.; Birn, J.; Hesse, M.

    2012-08-15

    Localized plasma structures, such as thin current sheets, generally are associated with localized magnetic and electric fields. In space plasmas localized electric fields not only play an important role for particle dynamics and acceleration but may also have significant consequences on larger scales, e.g., through magnetic reconnection. Also, it has been suggested that localized electric fields generated in the magnetosphere are directly connected with quasi-steady auroral arcs. In this context, we present a two-dimensional model based on Vlasov theory that provides the electric potential for a large class of given magnetic field profiles. The model uses an expansion for small deviation from gyrotropy and besides quasineutrality it assumes that electrons and ions have the same number of particles with their generalized gyrocenter on any given magnetic field line. Specializing to one dimension, a detailed discussion concentrates on the electric potential shapes (such as 'U' or 'S' shapes) associated with magnetic dips, bumps, and steps. Then, it is investigated how the model responds to quasi-steady evolution of the plasma. Finally, the model proves useful in the interpretation of the electric potentials taken from two existing particle simulations.

  17. Kinetic Model of Electric Potentials in Localized Collisionless Plasma Structures under Steady Quasi-gyrotropic Conditions

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    Schindler, K.; Birn, J.; Hesse, M.

    2012-01-01

    Localized plasma structures, such as thin current sheets, generally are associated with localized magnetic and electric fields. In space plasmas localized electric fields not only play an important role for particle dynamics and acceleration but may also have significant consequences on larger scales, e.g., through magnetic reconnection. Also, it has been suggested that localized electric fields generated in the magnetosphere are directly connected with quasi-steady auroral arcs. In this context, we present a two-dimensional model based on Vlasov theory that provides the electric potential for a large class of given magnetic field profiles. The model uses an expansion for small deviation from gyrotropy and besides quasineutrality it assumes that electrons and ions have the same number of particles with their generalized gyrocenter on any given magnetic field line. Specializing to one dimension, a detailed discussion concentrates on the electric potential shapes (such as "U" or "S" shapes) associated with magnetic dips, bumps, and steps. Then, it is investigated how the model responds to quasi-steady evolution of the plasma. Finally, the model proves useful in the interpretation of the electric potentials taken from two existing particle simulations.

  18. Age related differences in the plasma kinetics of flavanols in rats.

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    Margalef, Maria; Iglesias-Carres, Lisard; Pons, Zara; Bravo, Francisca Isabel; Muguerza, Begoa; Arola-Arnal, Anna

    2016-03-01

    Dietary flavanols produce beneficial health effects; once absorbed, they are recognized as xenobiotics and undergo Phase-II enzymatic detoxification. However, flavanols with a degree of polymerization greater than 2 reach the colon, where they are subjected to microbial metabolism and can be further absorbed and undergo Phase-II reactions. In this sense, flavanols' health-promoting properties are mainly attributed to their metabolic products. Several age-related physiological changes have been evidenced, and it is known that flavanols' bioavailability is affected by internal factors. Therefore, this study aimed to elucidate whether animals of different ages, specifically young and adult rats, exhibit differences in their flavanol metabolism and plasma bioavailability. To accomplish this, an acute dose of a grape seed polyphenol extract was administered to male rats; after 2, 4, 7, 24 and 48 h, flavanols and their Phase-II and microbial metabolites were quantified by HPLC-ESI-MS/MS in plasma. The results indicated important age-related quantitative differences in plasma flavanol metabolites. Interestingly, adult rats presented a remarkable reduction in flavanol absorption and Phase-II flavanol metabolism. Consequently, microbial-derived flavanol metabolism is triggered by higher flavanol affluence in the colonic tract. Furthermore, young rats presented a faster metabolic profile than adult rats. Hence, our results indicate that the physiological bioactivities of flavanols may depend on age. PMID:26895669

  19. What is a plasma?

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    Intrator, Thomas P.

    2012-08-30

    This introduction will define the plasma fourth state of matter, where we find plasmas on earth and beyond, and why they are useful. There are applications to many consumer items, fusion energy, scientific devices, satellite communications, semiconductor processing, spacecraft propulsion, and more. Since 99% of our observable universe is ionized gas, plasma physics determines many important features of astrophysics, space physics, and magnetosphere physics in our solar system. We describe some plasma characteristics, examples in nature, some useful applications, how to create plasmas. A brief introduction to the theoretical framework includes the connection between kinetic and fluid descriptions, quasi neutrality, Debye shielding, ambipolar electric fields, some plasma waves. Hands-on demonstrations follow. More complete explanations will follow next week.

  20. A Model for Molecular Hydrogen Ground State Rotational Populations in Kinetic Plasmas

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    Farley, David; Cohen, Samuel

    2010-11-01

    A model has been developed to calculate the ground-state rotational populations of homonuclear diatomic molecules in kinetic gases, including the effects of electron-impact excitation, wall collisions, and gas feed rate. The equations are exact within the accuracy of the cross sections used and of the assumed equilibrating effect of wall collisions. It is found that the inflow of feed gas and equilibrating wall collisions can significantly affect the rotational distribution in competition with non-equilibrating electron-impact effects. The resulting steady-state rotational distributions are generally Boltzmann for N>2 with a rotational temperature between the wall and feed gas temperatures. The N=0,1,2 rotational level populations depend sensitively on the relative rates of electron-impact excitation versus wall collision and gas feed rates.

  1. Convective Raman amplification of light pulses causing kinetic inflation in inertial fusion plasmas

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    Ellis, I. N.; Strozzi, D. J.; Williams, E. A.; Winjum, B. J.; Tsung, F. S.; Mori, W. B.; Fahlen, J. E.; Grismayer, T.

    2012-11-15

    We perform 1D particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations using OSIRIS, which model a short-duration ({approx}500{omega}{sub 0}{sup -1} FWHM) scattered light seed pulse in the presence of a constant counter-propagating pump laser with an intensity far below the absolute instability threshold. The seed undergoes linear convective Raman amplification and dominates over fluctuations due to particle discreteness. Our simulation results are in good agreement with results from a coupled-mode solver when we take into account special relativity and the use of finite size PIC simulation particles. We present linear gain spectra including both effects. Extending the PIC simulations past when the seed exits the simulation domain reveals bursts of large-amplitude scattering in many cases, which does not occur in simulations without the seed pulse. These bursts can have amplitudes several times greater than the amplified seed pulse, and we demonstrate that this large-amplitude scattering is the result of kinetic inflation by examining trapped particle orbits. This large-amplitude scattering is caused by the seed modifying the distribution function earlier in the simulation. We perform some simulations with longer duration seeds, which lead to parts of the seeds undergoing kinetic inflation and reaching amplitudes several times more than the steady-state linear theory results. Simulations with continuous seeds demonstrate that the onset of inflation depends on seed wavelength and incident intensity, and we observe oscillations in the reflectivity at a frequency equal to the difference between the seed frequency and the frequency at which the inflationary stimulated Raman scattering grows.

  2. PLASMA EFFECTS ON FAST PAIR BEAMS. II. REACTIVE VERSUS KINETIC INSTABILITY OF PARALLEL ELECTROSTATIC WAVES

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    Schlickeiser, R.; Krakau, S.; Supsar, M. E-mail: steffen.krakau@rub.de

    2013-11-01

    The interaction of TeV gamma-rays from distant blazars with the extragalactic background light produces relativistic electron-positron pair beams by the photon-photon annihilation process. Using the linear instability analysis in the kinetic limit, which properly accounts for the longitudinal and the small but finite perpendicular momentum spread in the pair momentum distribution function, the growth rate of parallel propagating electrostatic oscillations in the intergalactic medium is calculated. Contrary to the claims of Miniati and Elyiv, we find that neither the longitudinal nor the perpendicular spread in the relativistic pair distribution function significantly affect the electrostatic growth rates. The maximum kinetic growth rate for no perpendicular spread is even about an order of magnitude greater than the corresponding reactive maximum growth rate. The reduction factors in the maximum growth rate due to the finite perpendicular spread in the pair distribution function are tiny and always less than 10{sup 4}. We confirm earlier conclusions by Broderick et al. and our group that the created pair beam distribution function is quickly unstable in the unmagnetized intergalactic medium. Therefore, there is no need to require the existence of small intergalactic magnetic fields to scatter the produced pairs, so that the explanation (made by several authors) for the Fermi non-detection of the inverse Compton scattered GeV gamma-rays by a finite deflecting intergalactic magnetic field is not necessary. In particular, the various derived lower bounds for the intergalactic magnetic fields are invalid due to the pair beam instability argument.

  3. Kinetic analysis of the energy transport of bursty bulk flows in the plasma sheet

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    Cao, Jinbin; Ma, Yuduan; Parks, George; Reme, Henri; Dandouras, Iannis; Zhang, Tielong

    2013-01-01

    The energy transport of bursty bulk flows (BBFs) is very important to the understanding of substorm energy transport. Previous studies all use the MHD bulk parameters to calculate the energy flux density of BBFs. In this paper, we use the kinetic approach, i.e., ion velocity distribution function, to study the energy transport of an earthward bursty bulk flow observed by Cluster C1 on 30 July 2002. The earthward energy flux density calculated using kinetic approach QKx is obviously larger than that calculated using MHD bulk parameters QMHDx. The mean ratio QKx/QMHDx in the flow velocity range 200-800 km/s is 2.7, implying that the previous energy transport of BBF estimated using MHD approach is much underestimated. The underestimation results from the deviation of ion velocity distribution from ideal Maxwellian distribution. The energy transport of BBF is mainly provided by ions above 10 keV although their number density Nf is much smaller than the total ion number density N. The ratio QKx/QMHDx is basically proportional to the ratio N/Nf. The flow velocity v(E) increases with increasing energy. The ratio Nf/N is perfectly proportional to flow velocity Vx. A double ion component model is proposed to explain the above results. The increase of energy transport capability of BBF is important to understanding substorm energy transport. It is inferred that for a typical substorm, the ratio of the energy transport of BBF to the substorm energy consumption may increase from the previously estimated 5% to 34% or more.

  4. Convective Raman amplification of light pulses causing kinetic inflation in inertial fusion plasmas

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    Ellis, I. N.; Strozzi, D. J.; Winjum, B. J.; Tsung, F. S.; Grismayer, T.; Mori, W. B.; Fahlen, J. E.; Williams, E. A.

    2012-11-01

    We perform 1D particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations using OSIRIS, which model a short-duration (500?0-1 FWHM) scattered light seed pulse in the presence of a constant counter-propagating pump laser with an intensity far below the absolute instability threshold. The seed undergoes linear convective Raman amplification and dominates over fluctuations due to particle discreteness. Our simulation results are in good agreement with results from a coupled-mode solver when we take into account special relativity and the use of finite size PIC simulation particles. We present linear gain spectra including both effects. Extending the PIC simulations past when the seed exits the simulation domain reveals bursts of large-amplitude scattering in many cases, which does not occur in simulations without the seed pulse. These bursts can have amplitudes several times greater than the amplified seed pulse, and we demonstrate that this large-amplitude scattering is the result of kinetic inflation by examining trapped particle orbits. This large-amplitude scattering is caused by the seed modifying the distribution function earlier in the simulation. We perform some simulations with longer duration seeds, which lead to parts of the seeds undergoing kinetic inflation and reaching amplitudes several times more than the steady-state linear theory results. Simulations with continuous seeds demonstrate that the onset of inflation depends on seed wavelength and incident intensity, and we observe oscillations in the reflectivity at a frequency equal to the difference between the seed frequency and the frequency at which the inflationary stimulated Raman scattering grows.

  5. Computational Plasma Physics at the Bleeding Edge: Simulating Kinetic Turbulence Dynamics in Fusion Energy Sciences

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    Tang, William

    2013-04-01

    Advanced computing is generally recognized to be an increasingly vital tool for accelerating progress in scientific research in the 21st Century. The imperative is to translate the combination of the rapid advances in super-computing power together with the emergence of effective new algorithms and computational methodologies to help enable corresponding increases in the physics fidelity and the performance of the scientific codes used to model complex physical systems. If properly validated against experimental measurements and verified with mathematical tests and computational benchmarks, these codes can provide more reliable predictive capability for the behavior of complex systems, including fusion energy relevant high temperature plasmas. The magnetic fusion energy research community has made excellent progress in developing advanced codes for which computer run-time and problem size scale very well with the number of processors on massively parallel supercomputers. A good example is the effective usage of the full power of modern leadership class computational platforms from the terascale to the petascale and beyond to produce nonlinear particle-in-cell simulations which have accelerated progress in understanding the nature of plasma turbulence in magnetically-confined high temperature plasmas. Illustrative results provide great encouragement for being able to include increasingly realistic dynamics in extreme-scale computing campaigns to enable predictive simulations with unprecedented physics fidelity. Some illustrative examples will be presented of the algorithmic progress from the magnetic fusion energy sciences area in dealing with low memory per core extreme scale computing challenges for the current top 3 supercomputers worldwide. These include advanced CPU systems (such as the IBM-Blue-Gene-Q system and the Fujitsu K Machine) as well as the GPU-CPU hybrid system (Titan).

  6. Plasma reactivity in high-power impulse magnetron sputtering through oxygen kinetics

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    Vitelaru, Catalin; Lundin, Daniel; Brenning, Nils; Minea, Tiberiu

    2013-10-01

    The atomic oxygen metastable dynamics in a Reactive High-Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (R-HiPIMS) discharge has been characterized using time-resolved diode laser absorption in an Ar/O2 gas mixture with a Ti target. Two plasma regions are identified: the ionization region (IR) close to the target and further out the diffusion region (DR), separated by a transition region. The ?s temporal resolution allows identifying the main atomic oxygen production and destruction routes, which are found to be very different during the pulse as compared to the afterglow as deduced from their evolution in space and time.

  7. Plasma reactivity in high-power impulse magnetron sputtering through oxygen kinetics

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    Vitelaru, Catalin; Lundin, Daniel; Brenning, Nils; Minea, Tiberiu

    2013-09-01

    The atomic oxygen metastable dynamics in a Reactive High-Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (R-HiPIMS) discharge has been characterized using time-resolved diode laser absorption in an Ar/O2 gas mixture with a Ti target. Two plasma regions are identified: the ionization region (IR) close to the target and further out the diffusion region (DR), separated by a transition region. The ?s temporal resolution allows identifying the main atomic oxygen production and destruction routes, which are found to be very different during the pulse as compared to the afterglow as deduced from their evolution in space and time.

  8. Plasma reactivity in high-power impulse magnetron sputtering through oxygen kinetics

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    Vitelaru, Catalin; National Institute for Optoelectronics, Magurele-Bucharest, RO 077125 ; Lundin, Daniel; Division of Space and Plasma Physics, School of Electrical Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, SE-100 44 ; Brenning, Nils; Minea, Tiberiu

    2013-09-02

    The atomic oxygen metastable dynamics in a Reactive High-Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (R-HiPIMS) discharge has been characterized using time-resolved diode laser absorption in an Ar/O{sub 2} gas mixture with a Ti target. Two plasma regions are identified: the ionization region (IR) close to the target and further out the diffusion region (DR), separated by a transition region. The ?s temporal resolution allows identifying the main atomic oxygen production and destruction routes, which are found to be very different during the pulse as compared to the afterglow as deduced from their evolution in space and time.

  9. Modeling the chemical kinetics of atmospheric plasma for cell treatment in a liquid solution

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    Kim, H. Y.; Kang, S. K.; Lee, H. Wk.; Lee, H. W.; Kim, G. C.; Lee, J. K.

    2012-07-15

    Low temperature atmospheric pressure plasmas have been known to be effective for living cell inactivation in a liquid solution but it is not clear yet which species are key factors for the cell treatment. Using a global model, we elucidate the processes through which pH level in the solution is changed from neutral to acidic after plasma exposure and key components with pH and air variation. First, pH level in a liquid solution is changed by He{sup +} and He(2{sup 1}S) radicals. Second, O{sub 3} density decreases as pH level in the solution decreases and air concentration decreases. It can be a method of removing O{sub 3} that causes chest pain and damages lung tissue when the density is very high. H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, HO{sub 2}, and NO radicals are found to be key factors for cell inactivation in the solution with pH and air variation.

  10. Kinetic Simulations of the Self-Focusing and Dissipation of Finite-Width Electron Plasma Waves

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    Winjum, B. J.; Berger, R. L.; Chapman, T.; Banks, J. W.; Brunner, S.

    2013-09-01

    Two-dimensional simulations, both Vlasov and particle-in-cell, are presented that show the evolution of the field and electron distribution of finite-width, nonlinear electron plasma waves. The intrinsically intertwined effects of self-focusing and dissipation of field energy caused by electron trapping are studied in simulated systems that are hundreds of wavelengths long in the transverse direction but only one wavelength long and periodic in the propagation direction. From various initial wave states, both the width at focus Δm relative to the initial width Δ0 and the maximum field amplitude at focus are shown to be a function of the growth rate of the transverse modulational instability γTPMI divided by the loss rate of field energy νE to electrons escaping the trapping region. With dissipation included, an amplitude threshold for self-focusing γTPMIE~1 is found that supports the analysis of Rose [Phys. Plasmas 12, 012318 (2005)].

  11. Kinetic effects of Alfven wave nonlinearity. I - Ponderomotive density fluctuations

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    Spangler, Steven R.

    1989-01-01

    The Vlasov theory is used to study kinetic corrections to fluid descriptions of Alfven wave nonlinearity. The method is to obtain an expression for the second-order perturbed distribution function produced by a nonlinear Alfven wave. From this distribution function a kinetically correct expression is obtained for the plasma density perturbation associated with an envelope-modulated Alfven wave. This kinetic theory result differs substantially from the fluid expression when the plasma beta is greater than about 1, and the electron and ion temperatures are approximately equal. This result is of interest because density fluctuations are an observationally accessible indicator of wave nonlinearity in solar system Alfven waves. It also will assist in the determination of properties of Alfven waves in the interstellar medium. Finally, this analysis also yields a kinetically correct expression for u, the magnetic field-aligned component of the plasma fluid velocity.

  12. Gyrocenter-gauge kinetic theory

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    H. Qin; W. M. Tang; W. W. Lee

    2000-08-07

    Gyrocenter-gauge kinetic theory is developed as an extension of the existing gyrokinetic theories. In essence, the formalism introduced here is a kinetic description of magnetized plasmas in the gyrocenter coordinates which is fully equivalent to the Vlasov-Maxwell system in the particle coordinates. In particular, provided the gyroradius is smaller than the scale-length of the magnetic field, it can treat high frequency range as well as the usual low frequency range normally associated with gyrokinetic approaches. A significant advantage of this formalism is that it enables the direct particle-in-cell simulations of compressional Alfven waves for MHD applications and of RF waves relevant to plasma heating in space and laboratory plasmas. The gyrocenter-gauge kinetic susceptibility for arbitrary wavelength and arbitrary frequency electromagnetic perturbations in a homogeneous magnetized plasma is shown to recover exactly the classical result obtained by integrating the Vlasov-Maxwell system in the particle coordinates. This demonstrates that all the waves supported by the Vlasov-Maxwell system can be studied using the gyrocenter-gauge kinetic model in the gyrocenter coordinates. This theoretical approach is so named to distinguish it from the existing gyrokinetic theory, which has been successfully developed and applied to many important low-frequency and long parallel wavelength problems, where the conventional meaning of gyrokinetic has been standardized. Besides the usual gyrokinetic distribution function, the gyrocenter-gauge kinetic theory emphasizes as well the gyrocenter-gauge distribution function, which sometimes contains all the physics of the problems being studied, and whose importance has not been realized previously. The gyrocenter-gauge distribution function enters Maxwell's equations through the pull-back transformation of the gyrocenter transformation, which depends on the perturbed fields. The efficacy of the gyrocenter-gauge kinetic approach is largely due to the fact that it directly decouples particle's gyromotion from its gyrocenter motion in the gyrocenter coordinates. As in the case of kinetic theories using guiding center coordinates, obtaining solutions for this kinetic system involves only following particles along their gyrocenter orbits. However, an added advantage here is that unlike the guiding center formalism, the gyrocenter coordinates used in this theory involves both the equilibrium and the perturbed components of the electromagnetic field. In terms of solving the kinetic system using particle simulation methods, the gyrocenter-gauge kinetic approach enables the reduction of computational complexity without the loss of important physical content.

  13. Book review: Modern Plasma Physics, Vol. I: Physical Kinetics of Turbulent Plasmas, by Patrick H. Diamond, Sanae-I. Itoh and Kimitaka Itoh, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK), 2010, IX, 417 p., ISBN 978-0-521-86920-1 (Hardback)

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    Somov, B. V.

    If you want to learn not only the most fundamental things about the physics of turbulent plasmas but also the current state of the problem including the most recent results in theoretical and experimental investigations - and certainly many physicists and astrophysicists do - this series of three excellent monographs is just for you. The first volume "Physical Kinetics of Turbulent Plasmas" develops the kinetic theory of turbulence through a focus on quasi-particle models and dynamics. It discusses the concepts and theoretical methods for describing weak and strong fluid and phase space turbulence in plasma systems far from equilibrium. The core material includes fluctuation theory, self-similar cascades and transport, mean field theory, resonance broadening and nonlinear wave-particle interaction, wave-wave interaction and wave turbulence, strong turbulence theory and renormalization. The book gives readers a deep understanding of the fields under consideration and builds a foundation for future applications to multi-scale processes of self-organization in tokamaks and other confined plasmas. In spite of a short pedagogical introduction, the book is addressed mainly to well prepared readers with a serious background in plasma physics, to researchers and advanced graduate students in nonlinear plasma physics, controlled fusions and related fields such as cosmic plasma physics

  14. Kinetics of polar mesospheric plasma layers: Comparison of theoretical results with observations

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    Sodha, M. S.; Misra, Shikha; Mishra, S. K.; Dixit, Amrit

    2011-08-15

    This paper presents an analytical model for the physical understanding of the charge distribution on ice dust particles in plasma layers of polar mesospheric clouds PMCs (Noctilucent clouds and polar mesospheric summer echoes). For the case of pure ice dust (with high work function), the charging of the particles occurs only because of the accretion of electronic and ionic species on the surface of ice grains. The analysis is based on the number and energy balance of constituents and allows the charge to be only an integral multiple (positive or negative) of the electronic charge. Amongst other interesting results, the theory explains the observed charge distribution on pure ice particles and corresponding reduction of electron density (viz., Bite out) in the PMCs.

  15. Comparison of initial value and eigenvalue codes for kinetic toroidal plasma instabilities

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    Kotschenreuther, M.; Rewoldt, G.; Tang, W.M.

    1994-04-01

    In plasma physics, linear instability calculations can be implemented either as initial value calculations or as eigenvalue calculations. Here, comparisons between comprehensive linear gyrokinetic calculations employing the ballooning formalism for high-n (toroidal mode number) toroidal instabilities are described. One code implements an initial value calculation on a grid using a Lorentz collision operator and the other implements an eigenvalue calculation with basis functions using a Krook collision operator. An electrostatic test case with artificial parameters for the toroidal drift mode destabilized by the combined effects of trapped particles and an ion temperature gradient has been carefully analyzed both in the collisionless limit and with varying collisionality. Good agreement is found. Results from applied studies using parameters from the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) experiment are also compared.

  16. Kinetics Analysis of the Plasma Membrane Sucrose-H+ Symporter from Sugar Beet (Beta vulgaris L.) Leaves.

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    Buckhout, T. J.

    1994-01-01

    The kinetics behavior of the H+-sucrose (Suc) symporter was investigated in plasma membrane vesicles from sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L.) leaves by analyzing the effect of external and internal pH (pHo and pHi, respectively) on Suc uptake. The apparent Km for Suc uptake increased 18-fold as the pHo increased from 5.5 to 7.5. Over this same pHo range, the apparent Vmax for Suc uptake remained constant. The effects of pHi in the presence or absence of internal Suc were exclusively restricted to changes in Vmax. Thus, proton concentration on the inside of the membrane vesicles ([H+]i) behaved as a noncompetitive inhibitor of Suc uptake. The Km for the proton concentration on the outside of the membrane vesicles was estimated to be pH 6.3, which would indicate that at physiological apoplastic pH Suc transport might be sensitive to changes in pHo. On the other hand, the [H+]i for half-maximal inhibition of Suc uptake was approximately pH 5.4, making regulation of Suc transport through changes in [H+]i unlikely. These results were interpreted in the framework of the kinetics models for co-transport systems developed by D. Sanders, U.-P. Hansen, D. Gradmann, and C. L. Slayman (J Membr Biol [1984] 77: 123-152). Based on their analysis, the behavior of the Suc symporter with respect to the [H+]i is interpreted as an ordered binding mechanism by which the binding of Suc on the apoplastic side of the membrane and its release on the symplastic side precedes that of H+ (i.e. a first-on, first-off model). PMID:12232379

  17. Plasma transport in stochastic magnetic fields. III. Kinetics of test-particle diffusion

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    Krommes, J.A.; Oberman, C.; Kleva, R.G.

    1982-07-01

    A discussion is given of test particle transport in the presence of specified stochastic magnetic fields, with particular emphasis on the collisional limit. Certain paradoxes and inconsistencies in the literature regarding the form of the scaling laws are resolved by carefully distinguishing a number of physically distinct correlation lengths, and thus by identifying several collisional subregimes. The common procedure of averaging the conventional fluid equations over the statistics of a random field is shown to fail in some important cases because of breakdown of the Chapman-Enskog ordering in the presence of a stochastic field component with short autocorrelation length. A modified perturbation theory is introduced which leads to a Kubo-like formula valid in all collisionality regimes. The direct-interaction approximation is shown to fail in the interesting limit in which the orbit exponentiation length L/sub K/ appears explicitly. A higher order renormalized kinetic theory in which L/sub K/ appears naturally is discussed and used to rederive more systematically the results of the heuristic scaling arguments.

  18. Theoretical description based on general and exact nonextensive dispersion relations of plasma oscillation data and verification of new acoustic plasma waves

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    Ebrahimi, V.; Esfandyari-Kalejahi, A.

    2014-09-15

    In this paper, first we represent the differences between spatial and temporal dispersions and their dependence on the measurement techniques for electrostatic waves in unmagnetized collisionless plasma. Then, three different experimental data are compared to the solutions of exact nonextensive dispersion relations for electron-ion and pair plasma. The results confirm the existence of new acoustic plasma waves. Furthermore, these comparisons yield a Maxwellian and a nonextensive plasma with nonextensive parameter q larger than one, and a Maxwellian plasma with some abnormal dispersion properties.

  19. Chemistry and kinetics of the GaN formation by plasma nitridation of GaAs: An in situ real-time ellipsometric study

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    Losurdo, M.; Capezzuto, P.; Bruno, G.; Irene, E. A.

    1998-12-01

    The chemistry and kinetics of the nitridation of GaAs (100) surfaces by N2, N2-H2, and N2-NH3 radio-frequency plasmas, in a remote configuration, are investigated in situ and in real time using spectroscopic ellipsometry. The effects of the surface temperature in the range 70-700 C and of the gas-phase chemistry on both the nitridation kinetics and the composition of the resulting GaN layer are highlighted. Pure N2 plasmas yield stoichiometric and smooth GaN layers with As segregation at the GaN/GaAs interface. The As segregation inhibits GaAs nitridation, because the N atoms scavenge the free As, and thereby limits the GaN thickness to a few angstroms. Thicker GaN layers (>100 ) are obtained by N2-H2 and N2-NH3 plasmas, since hydrogen reduces the As segregation by the formation and desorption of AsHx species. For the three plasma mixtures, the self-limiting nature of the GaAs nitridation process is revealed and explained using simple kinetic and chemical models based on the fact that the GaAs nitridation can be considered to be a topochemical reaction. Also demonstrated is the ineffectiveness of the nitridation at T>=600 C, which is accompanied by the GaAs substrate decomposition and yields both a rough and Ga-rich GaN layer.

  20. A kinetic-MHD model for studying low frequency multiscale phenomena

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    Cheng, C.Z.; Johnson, J.R.

    1996-05-01

    A nonlinear kinetic-MHD model for studying low frequency multiscale phenomena has been developed by taking advantage of the single fluid MHD model`s simplicity and by properly accounting for core ion finite Larmor radius (FLR) effects and major kinetic effects of energetic particles. The kinetic-MHD model treats the low energy core plasma by a generalized MHD description and energetic particles kinetically; the coupling between the dynamics of these two components of plasmas is through the plasma pressure. The generalized MHD model for core plasma includes core ion FLR effects which provide a finite parallel electric field, a modified perpendicular velocity from the {bold E} {times} {bold B} drift, and a gyroviscosity tensor, which are neglected in the usual single fluid MHD description. The perturbed core plasma electron and ion densities, velocity and pressure tensor are determined from both the low frequency and high frequency gyro-kinetic equations. From the quasineutrality condition, we obtain the parallel electric field, which arises from the ion gryoradius effects. The kinetic-MHD model is closed by generalized pressure laws for the core and energetic plasmas. When ion gryoradius radius is on the order of the plasma equilibrium scale length, the Vlasov description may be adopted to describe the energetic particle dynamics. From the kinetic-MHD model we derive eigenmode equations for low frequency waves such as shear/kinetic Alfven waves (KAW) and ballooning-mirror modes. The kinetic-MHD model has been successfully applied to study ballooning-mirror instabilities to understand the field-aligned structure and instability threshold of compressional Pc 5 waves in the ring current region. It is also demonstrated that the ion FLR effects in the dispersion relation of KAWs are properly retained; note that these are not properly included in the popularly employed two-fluid equations because the gryoviscosity contribution is usually not retained. 18 refs., 2 figs.

  1. Self-consistent kinetic PIC simulations of collisionless supercritical shocks in astrophysical plasmas with multiple ion species

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    Rekaa, Vegard L.; Chapman, Sandra C.; Dendy, Richard O.

    2014-05-01

    Supernova remnant and heliopause termination shock plasmas may contain significant populations of minority heavy ions such as alpha-particles, with relative number densities n?/ni up to 50%. Fully self-consistent kinetic simulations of quasi-perpendicular, supercritical shocks can show non-steady, reforming solutions with consequences for ion acceleration local to the shock. We present the first set of particle-in-cell simulations that span the entire range of values of n?/ni from zero to one, where the two ion species and electrons are all treated fully self-consistently. These '1.5D' simulations evolve the full three dimensional particle trajectories and electromagnetic vector fields as a function of one space co-ordinate and time. The simulated supercritical (Mach number ~ 8) shocks have perpendicular geometry, plasma ? = 0.15, upstream magnetic field B1 = 10-7T and particle density n ? 107m-3. Crucial to the time evolving phenomenology of the shocks and particles at different n?/ni are the interplay between the differing characteristic gyroscales of the two ion species. Ions can gain energy both directly by acceleration in the electromagnetic foot-ramp region of the shock, and in the strongly fluctuating fields downstream. The downstream field fluctuations are driven by the free energy that both ion species gain in their initial interaction with the shock. The details of all these processes, and their efficiency for energization, are found to depend on n?/ni. Disclaimer: This work was partly funded by the UK Engineering and Physics Sciences Research Council under grant EP/G003955 and by The European Communities under the contract of association between Euratom and CCFE. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the European Communities.

  2. Ion plasma wave and its instability in interpenetrating plasmas

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    Vranjes, J.; Kono, M.

    2014-04-15

    Some essential features of the ion plasma wave in both kinetic and fluid descriptions are presented. The wave develops at wavelengths shorter than the electron Debye radius. Thermal motion of electrons at this scale is such that they overshoot the electrostatic potential perturbation caused by ion bunching, which consequently propagates as an unshielded wave, completely unaffected by electron dynamics. So in the simplest fluid description, the electrons can be taken as a fixed background. However, in the presence of magnetic field and for the electron gyro-radius shorter than the Debye radius, electrons can participate in the wave and can increase its damping rate. This is determined by the ratio of the electron gyro-radius and the Debye radius. In interpenetrating plasmas (when one plasma drifts through another), the ion plasma wave can easily become growing and this growth rate is quantitatively presented for the case of an argon plasma.

  3. Ion kinetic effects on the wake potential behind a dust grain in a flowing plasma

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    Winske, D.; Daughton, W.; Lemons, D. S.; Murillo, M. S.

    2000-06-01

    The structure of the wake potential downstream of a stationary dust grain in a flowing plasma is studied on ion time scales using particle-in-cell simulation methods. The scaling of the wake is investigated as a function of Mach number and other parameters as well as the dimensionality of the system. The results are compared and discussed in relation to various theoretical expressions for the wake. Consistent with theory, in one dimension the wake wavelength scales as M{lambda}{sub De}(1-M{sup 2}){sup -1/2} for M<1, where M is the Mach number and {lambda}{sub De} is the electron Debye length, while no wake forms for M>1. In two dimensions, a wake is formed for both M<1 and M>1, while the wake wavelength scales as M{lambda}{sub De} in both regimes. The amplitude of the wake peaks at M{approx_equal}1 in both the one- and two-dimensional simulations. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  4. Simulation of a tokamak edge plasma with the kinetic code COGENT

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    Dorf, M.; Cohen, R.; Dorr, M.; Hittinger, J.; Rognlien, T.; Colella, P.; Martin, D.; McCorquodale, P.

    2013-10-01

    Progress on the development of the continuum gyrokinetic code COGENT for edge plasma simulations is reported. The COGENT code models an axisymmetric gyrokinetic equation coupled to the long-wavelength limit of the gyro-Poisson equation. COGENT is distinguished by application of fourth-order conservative discretization, and mapped multiblock grid technology to handle the geometric complexity of the tokamak edge. The code has also a number of model collision operator options, which have been successfully verified in neoclassical simulations. Our recent development work has focused on incorporation of the full (nonlinear) Fokker-Planck collision model. The implementation of the Fokker-Plank operator is discussed in detail, and the results of the initial verification studies are presented. In addition, we report on progress and status of the newly available divertor version of the COGENT code that includes both closed and open magnetic field line regions and a model for recycled neutral gas. Work performed for USDOE, at LLNL under contract DE-AC52-07NA27344 and at LBNL under contract DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  5. The kinetics of grain growth in near-micrometre grain size copper produced by spark plasma sintering

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    Zhu, K. N.; Ruan, Q.; Godfrey, A.

    2015-08-01

    Samples of copper with a grain size in the near-micrometre regime and in a nearly fully recrystallized condition have been prepared by a spark plasma sintering (SPS) process. The thermal stability of these samples in the temperature range from 950 to 1050 C has been investigated by an analysis of the kinetics of grain growth, based on microstructural measurements using electron backscatter diffraction. In the temperature range from 950 to 1000 C the activation energy for grain growth is approx. 300 kJ mol-1, corresponding to a value one and a half times the activation energy for self-diffusion in pure copper. In the temperature range from 1000 to 1050 C the activation energy for grain growth is found to decrease, although annealing in this temperature range additionally results in non-uniform grain growth. For preparation of samples with a desired uniform grain size at present the best method appears to be via control of the temperature during the SPS process.

  6. Kinetic simulations of externally driven and instability driven nonlinear electron plasma waves relevant to stimulated Raman scattering

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    Winjum, B. J.; Berger, R. L.; Chapman, T.; Banks, J. W.; Brunner, S.; Decyk, V. K.; Mori, W. B.

    2013-10-01

    We present 2D kinetic simulations, both Vlasov and PIC, of externally-driven, nonlinear electron plasma waves (EPWs) with wavenumber k?D ~ 1 / 3 , and we investigate their link with EPWs that evolve self-consistently in PIC simulations of stimulated Raman scattering (SRS). Simulating externally-driven EPWs is useful for isolating aspects of EPW evolution, while SRS modeling ultimately requires understanding the self-consistent evolution of EPWs with SRS light waves. In the externally-driven EPW simulations, the intrinsically intertwined effects of self-focusing and dissipation of field energy caused by electron trapping are studied. From various initial wave states, the width and field amplitude at focus are shown to be a function of the growth rate of the transverse modulational instability, ?tpmi, divided by the loss rate of field energy, ?E, to electrons, and we find an amplitude threshold for self-focusing, ?tpmi /?E ~ 1 . These results are compared with the EPWs that arise in SRS simulations. Similarities and differences are investigated by varying the external driver and the incident and (seeded) scattered light waves. Performed by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344 and funded under project tracking code 12-ERD-061. Supported also in part under Grants DE-NA0001833 and NSF-Phy-0904039. Simulations performed on UCLA's Hoffman2 and Dawson2 and NERSC's Hopper.

  7. Observation of nonlinear couplings between coexisting kinetic geodesic acoustic modes in the edge plasmas of the HT-7 tokamak

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    Kong, D. F.; Liu, A. D.; Lan, T.; Qiu, Z. Y.; Zhao, H. L.; Sheng, H. G.; Yu, C. X.; Chen, L.; Xu, G. S.; Zhang, W.; Wan, B. N.; Chen, R.; Ding, W. X.; Sun, X.; Xie, J. L.; Li, H.; Liu, W. D.

    2013-11-01

    Coexisting multi-geodesic acoustic modes (GAMs), especially coexisting dual GAMs, are observed and studied through Langmuir probe arrays at the edge plasmas of the HT-7 tokamak with lithium-coated walls. The dual GAMs are named a low-frequency GAM (LFGAM) and a high-frequency GAM (HFGAM), and it is found that within the measuring range, the HFGAM propagates outwards while the LFGAM propagates both inwards and outwards with their central frequencies nearly unchanged, and both modes have maximum amplitudes at positions with radial wavenumbers close to zero; meanwhile, the two positions happen to be where the continuum GAM frequency is closest to the central frequencies of the LFGAM and the HFGAM. These characteristics are consistent with those of a kinetic GAM converted from a continuum GAM. The nonlinear couplings between the LFGAM and the HFGAM are also analysed. In this study, we observed not only the interaction between the LFGAM and the HFGAM, but also the self-coupling of the GAM with the beat frequency between them, as well as the coupling between the LFGAM and an unknown mode at ?50 kHz. These nonlinear interactions may play important roles during the saturation process of GAMs. Additionally, amplitude correlation analyses of multi-GAMs indicate that second harmonic GAMs are probably generated from the self-interaction of fundamental GAMs.

  8. Kinetic plasma processes occurring in the outer plasmasphere. Final progress report, November 1991-April 1992

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    Wilson, G.R.

    1992-05-01

    One area of data analysis work that was begun under this contract is the fitting of the perpendicular velocity distributions of equatorially trapped ions with a [Kappa] function. This type of characterization of the trapped ions will be very useful for comparison with velocity distributions produced by the model. A second area of data analysis is to study data from consecutive passes when DE1's apogee was near the magnetic equator and the spacecraft was often skimming along nearly the same L shell. In 1982 three such periods occurred in May, June, and July. For these consecutive events the authors have Kp histories, density measurements from a number of sources (Whistler data, DE SFR, ISEE SFR) and consecutive samples of ion pitch angle distributions along field lines. It is clear from this data how the pitch angle distributions evolve during a flux tube refilling event. The modeling of the flow of plasma along closed field lines is following two basic tracks. The first is a study of the basic refilling process without the effect of wave-particle heating near the equator or the effect of large or abrupt field-aligned electric potential drops. This model includes the effects of Coulomb self-collisions and collisions with the O+ ions in the topside ionosphere. The second track is a study of the effects of wave produced pitch-angle scattering and perpendicular heating occurring near the magnetic equator, in connection with the development of large potential drops that result from electron heating and the development of density gradients.

  9. Multicomponent kinetic simulation of BernsteinGreeneKruskal modes associated with ion acoustic and dust-ion acoustic excitations in electron-ion and dusty plasmas

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    Hosseini Jenab, S. M.; Kourakis, I.

    2014-04-15

    A series of numerical simulations based on a recurrence-free Vlasov kinetic algorithm presented earlier [Abbasi et al., Phys. Rev. E 84, 036702 (2011)] are reported. Electron-ion plasmas and three-component (electron-ion-dust) dusty, or complex, plasmas are considered, via independent simulations. Considering all plasma components modeled through a kinetic approach, the nonlinear behavior of ionic scale acoustic excitations is investigated. The focus is on BernsteinGreeneKruskal (BGK) modes generated during the simulations. In particular, we aim at investigating the parametric dependence of the characteristics of BGK structures, namely of their time periodicity (?{sub trap}) and their amplitude, on the electron-to-ion temperature ratio and on the dust concentration. In electron-ion plasma, an exponential relation between ?{sub trap} and the amplitude of BGK modes and the electron-to-ion temperature ratio is observed. It is argued that both characteristics, namely, the periodicity ?{sub trap} and amplitude, are also related to the size of the phase-space vortex which is associated with BGK mode creation. In dusty plasmas, BGK modes characteristics appear to depend on the dust particle density linearly.

  10. Kinetic (particle-in-cell) simulation of nonlinear laser absorption in a finite-size plasma with a background inhomogeneous magnetic field

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    Mehdian, H. Kargarian, A.; Hajisharifi, K.

    2015-06-15

    In this paper, the effect of an external inhomogeneous magnetic field on the high intensity laser absorption rate in a sub-critical plasma has been investigated by employing a relativistic electromagnetic 1.5 dimensional particle-in-cell code. Relying on the effective nonlinear phenomena such as phase-mixing and scattering, this study shows that in a finite-size plasma the laser absorption increases with inhomogeneity of the magnetic field (i.e., reduction of characteristic length of inhomogeneous magnetic field, λ{sub p}) before exiting a considerable amount of laser energy from the plasma due to scattering process. On the other hand, the presence of the external inhomogeneous magnetic field causes the maximum absorption of laser to occur at a shorter time. Moreover, study of the kinetic results associated with the distribution function of plasma particles shows that, in a special range of the plasma density and the characteristic length of inhomogeneous magnetic field, a considerable amount of laser energy is transferred to the particles producing a population of electrons with kinetic energy along the laser direction.

  11. Human muscle sympathetic nerve activity and plasma noradrenaline kinetics in space

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    Ertl, Andrew C; Diedrich, Andr; Biaggioni, Italo; Levine, Benjamin D; Robertson, Rose Marie; Cox, James F; Zuckerman, Julie H; Pawelczyk, James A; Ray, Chester A; Buckey, Jay C; Lane, Lynda D; Shiavi, Richard; Gaffney, F Andrew; Costa, Fernando; Holt, Carol; Blomqvist, C Gunnar; Eckberg, Dwain L; Baisch, Friedhelm J; Robertson, David

    2002-01-01

    Astronauts returning from space have reduced red blood cell masses, hypovolaemia and orthostatic intolerance, marked by greater cardioacceleration during standing than before spaceflight, and in some, orthostatic hypotension and presyncope. Adaptation of the sympathetic nervous system occurring during spaceflight may be responsible for these postflight alterations. We tested the hypotheses that exposure to microgravity reduces sympathetic neural outflow and impairs sympathetic neural responses to orthostatic stress. We measured heart rate, photoplethysmographic finger arterial pressure, peroneal nerve muscle sympathetic activity and plasma noradrenaline spillover and clearance, in male astronauts before, during (flight day 12 or 13) and after the 16 day Neurolab space shuttle mission. Measurements were made during supine rest and orthostatic stress, as simulated on Earth and in space by 7 min periods of 15 and 30 mmHg lower body suction. Mean ( s.e.m.) heart rates before lower body suction were similar preflight and in flight. Heart rate responses to ?30 mmHg were greater in flight (from 56 4 to 72 4 beats min?1) than preflight (from 56 4 at rest to 62 4 beats min?1, P < 0.05). Noradrenaline spillover and clearance were increased from preflight levels during baseline periods and during lower body suction, both in flight (n = 3) and on postflight days 1 or 2 (n = 5, P < 0.05). Inflight baseline sympathetic nerve activity was increased above preflight levels (by 1033 %) in the same three subjects in whom noradrenaline spillover and clearance were increased. The sympathetic response to 30 mmHg lower body suction was at preflight levels or higher in each subject (35 preflight vs. 40 bursts min?1 in flight). No astronaut experienced presyncope during lower body suction in space (or during upright tilt following the Neurolab mission). We conclude that in space, baseline sympathetic neural outflow is increased moderately and sympathetic responses to lower body suction are exaggerated. Therefore, notwithstanding hypovolaemia, astronauts respond normally to simulated orthostatic stress and are able to maintain their arterial pressures at normal levels. PMID:11773339

  12. Human muscle sympathetic nerve activity and plasma noradrenaline kinetics in space

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    Ertl, Andrew C.; Diedrich, Andre; Biaggioni, Italo; Levine, Benjamin D.; Robertson, Rose Marie; Cox, James F.; Zuckerman, Julie H.; Pawelczyk, James A.; Ray, Chester A.; Buckey, Jay C Jr; Lane, Lynda D.; Shiavi, Richard; Gaffney, F. Andrew; Costa, Fernando; Holt, Carol; Blomqvist, C. Gunnar; Eckberg, Dwain L.; Baisch, Friedhelm J.; Robertson, David

    2002-01-01

    Astronauts returning from space have reduced red blood cell masses, hypovolaemia and orthostatic intolerance, marked by greater cardio-acceleration during standing than before spaceflight, and in some, orthostatic hypotension and presyncope. Adaptation of the sympathetic nervous system occurring during spaceflight may be responsible for these postflight alterations. We tested the hypotheses that exposure to microgravity reduces sympathetic neural outflow and impairs sympathetic neural responses to orthostatic stress. We measured heart rate, photoplethysmographic finger arterial pressure, peroneal nerve muscle sympathetic activity and plasma noradrenaline spillover and clearance, in male astronauts before, during (flight day 12 or 13) and after the 16 day Neurolab space shuttle mission. Measurements were made during supine rest and orthostatic stress, as simulated on Earth and in space by 7 min periods of 15 and 30 mmHg lower body suction. Mean (+/- S.E.M.) heart rates before lower body suction were similar pre-flight and in flight. Heart rate responses to -30 mmHg were greater in flight (from 56 +/- 4 to 72 +/- 4 beats min(-1)) than pre-flight (from 56 +/- 4 at rest to 62 +/- 4 beats min(-1), P < 0.05). Noradrenaline spillover and clearance were increased from pre-flight levels during baseline periods and during lower body suction, both in flight (n = 3) and on post-flight days 1 or 2 (n = 5, P < 0.05). In-flight baseline sympathetic nerve activity was increased above pre-flight levels (by 10-33 %) in the same three subjects in whom noradrenaline spillover and clearance were increased. The sympathetic response to 30 mmHg lower body suction was at pre-flight levels or higher in each subject (35 pre-flight vs. 40 bursts min(-1) in flight). No astronaut experienced presyncope during lower body suction in space (or during upright tilt following the Neurolab mission). We conclude that in space, baseline sympathetic neural outflow is increased moderately and sympathetic responses to lower body suction are exaggerated. Therefore, notwithstanding hypovolaemia, astronauts respond normally to simulated orthostatic stress and are able to maintain their arterial pressures at normal levels.

  13. Plasma-assisted combustion: Systematic decoupling of the kinetic enhancement mechanisms of ignition, flame propagation, and flame stabilization by long-lifetime species

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    Ombrello, Timothy M.

    The advancement of propulsion devices and combustion systems has created ever increasingly more restrictive reactive environments that push the limits of combustion technology. Precise combustion control for higher efficiencies, reduced emissions, and limited residence times to react can exceed what is possible with traditional combustion chemistry, and therefore require new and creative solutions. The application of plasma to combustion systems offers a promising solution, with significant enhancement having been shown by many researchers. Nevertheless, there remain many unknowns with respect to the key species and mechanisms of enhancement. Detailed systematic experimental and numerical investigations were performed to identify the kinetic mechanisms of combustion enhancement by long-lifetime species generated by non-equilibrium plasma discharges. Two burner systems were adopted and integrated with plasma discharge devices to establish unique combustion platforms to study ignition, flame propagation, and flame stabilization phenomena. A counterflow diffusion flame burner was adopted for the investigation of the effects of plasma on flame stabilization. A newly developed non-equilibrium magnetic gliding arc plasma discharge was integrated with a counterflow diffusion flame burner and was found to significantly extend the limits of flame stabilization when activating air. Laser diagnostic methods of planar Rayleigh scattering and OH planar laser-induced fluorescence were applied and comparison to numerical simulations showed that the extension of the extinction limits was predominately through thermal effects due to rapid recombination of radicals. To elucidate the kinetic effects of plasma, the counterflow burner was augmented for ignition experiments. The application of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and comparison to numerical simulations showed significant kinetic ignition enhancement by plasma-produced NOx when activating air. The results established the existence of new ignition regimes for NO x addition that were strongly dependent upon the strain rates (residence times) in the system. The addition of small concentrations of fuel to the air upstream of the plasma produced fuel fragments and partially oxidized products that inhibited ignition. The dominating effects of plasma-produced NOx significantly mitigated the inhibitive effects of these species on chain-branching reaction pathways. To further decouple the plasma-flame interaction, the two long-lifetime plasma species of O3 and O2(a1Delta g) were produced, isolated, measured, and transported to a lifted flame burner to investigate their effect on flame propagation speed. The effects of O3 at atmospheric and sub-atmospheric pressure were found to be significant because of the decomposition of O3 releasing O to rapidly react with the fuel and extract chemical heat early in the pre-heat zone of the flame. The effect of O2(a1Delta g) was isolated by the addition of NO to the plasma afterglow to eliminate O3 and O catalytically. The O2(a1Delta g) was isolated, measured quantitatively using high sensitivity off-axis integrated cavity output absorption spectroscopy, and observed to enhance flame speed. The comparison of experimental and numerical simulation results showed that the current enhancement mechanism including O2(a 1Deltag) could not accurately explain the increase in flame speed observed. Furthermore, a novel filter system was developed to minimize the concentration of all plasma-produced species other than O3 and O2(a1Deltag) through gas phase and wall surface quenching. Lastly, a new simplified and well-defined plasma-combustion system was developed to provide a platform to study the plasma-flame interaction. In addition, a flow visualization technique was proposed by using plasma activation and NO seeding which could be applied to a system where particle seeding of the flow is prohibitive.

  14. Turbulence Kinetic Energy budget during the afternoon transition - Part 1: Observed surface TKE budget and boundary layer description for 10 intensive observation period days

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    Nilsson, E.; Lohou, F.; Lothon, M.; Pardyjak, E.; Mahrt, L.; Darbieu, C.

    2015-11-01

    The decay of turbulence kinetic energy (TKE) and its budget in the afternoon period from mid-day until zero buoyancy flux at the surface is studied in a two-part paper by means of measurements from the Boundary Layer Late Afternoon and Sunset Turbulence (BLLAST) field campaign for 10 Intensive Observation Period days. Here, in Part 1, near-surface measurements from a small tower are used to estimate a TKE budget. The overall boundary layer characteristics and meso-scale situation at the site are also described based upon taller tower measurements, radiosoundings and remote sensing instrumentation. Analysis of the TKE budget during the afternoon transition reveals a variety of different surface layer dynamics in terms of TKE and TKE decay. This is largely attributed to variations in the 8 m wind speed, which is responsible for different amounts of near-surface shear production on different afternoons and variations within some of the afternoon periods. The partitioning of near surface production into local dissipation and transport in neutral and unstably stratified conditions was investigated. Although variations exist both between and within afternoons, as a rule of thumb, our results suggest that about 50 % of the near surface production of TKE is compensated by local dissipation near the surface, leaving about 50 % available for transport. This result indicates that it is important to also consider TKE transport as a factor influencing the near-surface TKE decay rate, which in many earlier studies has mainly been linked with the production terms of TKE by buoyancy and wind shear. We also conclude that the TKE tendency is smaller than the other budget terms, indicating a quasi-stationary evolution of TKE in the afternoon transition. Even though the TKE tendency was observed to be small, a strong correlation to mean buoyancy production of -0.69 was found for the afternoon period. For comparison with previous results, the TKE budget terms are normalized with friction velocity and measurement height and discussed in the framework of Monin-Obukhov similarity theory. Empirically fitted expressions are presented. Alternatively, we also suggest a non-local parametrization of dissipation using a TKE-length scale model which takes into account the boundary layer depth in addition to distance above the ground. The non-local formulation is shown to give a better description of dissipation compared to a local parametrization.

  15. PROTEUS. Fortran Program to Solve 2-D Continuum Equations for Chemically Reacting Plasma

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    Meeks, E.; Evans, G.H.; Winters, W.S.; Moen, C.D.; Ting, A.; Grcar, J.F.; Vitello, P.A.; Stewart, R.; Bukowski, J.D.; Graves, D.B.; Berry, L.; Tolliver, J.S.; Jaeger, E.F.

    1997-02-01

    PROTEUS is a FORTRAN program that solves 2-d continuum equations for chemically reacting plasma flow including electron, ion, and neutral transport, plasma generation, and plasma-surface kinetics, for modeling inductively coupled plasma reactors. PROTEUS consists of three primary modules: a charged species transport module, a neutral species transport module, and an electromagnetic field solver module. these modules are referred to as INDUCT, CURRENT, and ORMAX, respectively. The modules are all written in FORTRAN and have been designed for and tested on UNIX workstations. PROTEUS also includes interfaces to CHEMKIN III and SURFACE CHEMKIN III for general descriptions of plasma and surface kinetics.

  16. The Effect of Plasma Spraying on the Microstructure and Aging Kinetics of the Al-Si Matrix Alloy and Al-Si/SiC Composites

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    Altunpak, Yahya; Akbulut, Hatem; stel, Fatih

    2010-02-01

    The Al-Si (LM 13)-based matrix alloy reinforced with SiC particles containing 10, 20, and 30 vol.% SiC particles were spray-formed onto Al-Si substrates. The sprayed samples were directly subjected to a standard aging treatment (T551). From the experiments, it was observed that the high rate of solidification resulted in very fine silicon particles which were observed as continuous islands in the matrix and each island exhibited several very fine silicon crystals. Analysis showed that plasma-spraying caused an increased solid solubility of the silicon in the aluminum matrix. DSC measurements in the permanent mold-cast Al-Si matrix alloy and plasma-sprayed Al-Si matrix alloy showed that plasma-spraying causes an increase in the amount of GP-zone formation owing to the very high rate solidification after plasma-spraying. In the plasma-sprayed Al-Si/SiC composites GP zones were suppressed, since particle-matrix interfaces act as a sink for vacancies during quenching from high plasma process temperature. Introduction of SiC particles to the Al-Si age-hardenable alloy resulted in a decrease in the time required to reach plateau matrix hardness owing to acceleration of aging kinetics by ceramic SiC particles.

  17. Kinetic modelling of impurity transport in detached plasma for integrated divertor simulation with SONIC (SOLDOR/NEUT2D/IMPMC/EDDY)

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    Shimizu, K.; Takizuka, T.; Ohya, K.; Inai, K.; Nakano, T.; Takayama, A.; Kawashima, H.; Hoshino, K.

    2009-06-01

    A Monte Carlo (MC) impurity code IMPMC has been coupled self-consistently with a divertor code SOLDOR/NEUT2D by overcoming the intrinsic problems of MC modelling for impurity transport. MC modelling is required for impurity transport in order to take into account the kinetic effect and the complex dissociation processes of hydrocarbons. The integrated divertor code SONIC enables us to investigate the details of impurity transport including erosion/redeposition processes on the divertor plates by further coupling of an 3D plasma-surface interaction MC code EDDY. The dynamic evolution of X-point MARFE observed in JT-60U is investigated. The simulation results indicate that the hydrocarbons sputtered from the dome contribute to the enhanced radiation near the X-point. The kinetic effect of thermal force on the He transport is investigated for JT-60SA detached plasmas. Without the recycling, the kinetic effect improves the helium compression, compared with the conventional (fluid) evaluation. This effect is, however, masked by the recycling at the divertor targets.

  18. Kinetically modified parametric instabilities of circularly polarized Alfven waves: Ion kinetic effects

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    Nariyuki, Y.; Hada, T.

    2006-12-15

    Parametric instabilities of parallel propagating, circularly polarized, finite amplitude Alfven waves in a uniform background plasma is studied, within a framework of one-dimensional Vlasov description for ions and massless electron fluid, so that kinetic perturbations in the longitudinal direction (ion Landau damping) are included. The present formulation also includes the Hall effect. The obtained results agree well with relevant analysis in the past, suggesting that kinetic effects in the longitudinal direction play essential roles in the parametric instabilities of Alfven waves when the kinetic effects react ''passively.'' Furthermore, existence of the kinetic parametric instabilities is confirmed for the regime with small-wave-number daughter waves. Growth rates of these instabilities are sensitive to ion temperature. The formulation and results demonstrated here can be applied to Alfven waves observed in the solar wind and in the earth's foreshock region.

  19. Response to "Comment on `The ion-kinetic D'Angelo mode'" [Phys. Plasmas 22, 044703 (2015)

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    Chibisov, D. V.; Mikhailenko, V. S.

    2015-04-01

    A response to "Comment on `The ion-kinetic D'Angelo mode'" by Aman-ur-Rehman, Shaukat Ali Shan, and Hamid Saleem is given. We find that all Comments are grounded on the misinterpretations of the results of our paper "The ion-kinetic D'Angelo mode" and are erroneous.

  20. Advances in electron kinetics and theory of gas discharges

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    Kolobov, Vladimir I.; The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama 35899

    2013-10-15

    “Electrons, like people, are fertile and infertile: high-energy electrons are fertile and able to reproduce.”—Lev TsendinModern physics of gas discharges increasingly uses physical kinetics for analysis of non-equilibrium plasmas. The description of underlying physics at the kinetic level appears to be important for plasma applications in modern technologies. In this paper, we attempt to grasp the legacy of Professor Lev Tsendin, who advocated the use of the kinetic approach for understanding fundamental problems of gas discharges. We outline the fundamentals of electron kinetics in low-temperature plasmas, describe elements of the modern kinetic theory of gas discharges, and show examples of the theoretical approach to gas discharge problems used by Lev Tsendin. Important connections between electron kinetics in gas discharges and semiconductors are also discussed. Using several examples, we illustrate how Tsendin's ideas and methods are currently being developed for the implementation of next generation computational tools for adaptive kinetic-fluid simulations of gas discharges used in modern technologies.

  1. Impact of etching kinetics on the roughening of thermal SiO{sub 2} and low-k dielectric coral films in fluorocarbon plasmas

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    Yin Yunpeng; Sawin, Herbert H.

    2007-07-15

    The impact of etching kinetics and etching chemistries on surface roughening was investigated by etching thermal silicon dioxide and low-k dielectric coral materials in C{sub 4}F{sub 8}/Ar plasma beams in an inductive coupled plasma beam reactor. The etching kinetics, especially the angular etching yield curves, were measured by changing the plasma pressure and the feed gas composition which influence the effective neutral-to-ion flux ratio during etching. At low neutral-to-ion flux ratios, the angular etching yield curves are sputteringlike, with a peak around 60 deg. -70 deg. off-normal angles; the surface at grazing ion incidence angles becomes roughened due to ion scattering related ion-channeling effects. At high neutral-to-ion flux ratios, ion enhanced etching dominates and surface roughening at grazing angles is mainly caused by the local fluorocarbon deposition induced micromasking mechanism. Interestingly, the etched surfaces at grazing angles remain smooth for both films at intermediate neutral-to-ion flux ratio regime. Furthermore, the oxygen addition broadens the region over which the etching without roughening can be performed.

  2. Description of the plasma diagnostics package (PDP) for the OSS-1 Shuttle mission and JSC plasma chamber test in conjunction with the fast pulse electron gun (FPEG)

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    Shawhan, S. D.

    1982-01-01

    The objectives, equipment, and techniques for the plasma diagnostics package (PDP) carried by the OSS-1 instrument payload of the STS-4 and scheduled for the Spacelab-2 mission are described. The goals of the first flight were to examine the Orbiter-magnetoplasma interactions by measuring the electric and magnetic field strengths, the ionized particle wakes, and the generated waves. The RMS was employed to lift the unit out of the bay in order to allow characterization of the fields, EM interference, and plasma contamination within 15 m of the Orbiter. The PDP will also be used to examine plasma depletion, chemical reaction rates, waves, and energized plasma produced by firing of the Orbiter thrusters. Operation of the PDP was carried out in the NASA Space Environment Simulation Laboratory test chamber, where the PDP was used to assay the fields, fluxes, wave amplitudes, and particle energy spectra. The PDP instrumentation is also capable of detecting thermal ions, thermal electrons suprathermal particles, VHF/UHF EMI levels, and the S-band field strength.

  3. Plasma and memory B-cell kinetics in infants following a primary schedule of CRM 197-conjugated serogroup C meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine.

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    Kelly, Dominic F; Snape, Matthew D; Perrett, Kirsten P; Clutterbuck, Elizabeth A; Lewis, Susan; Blanchard Rohner, Geraldine; Jones, Meryl; Yu, Ly-Mee; Pollard, Andrew J

    2009-05-01

    The induction of persistent protective levels of pathogen-specific antibody is an important goal of immunization against childhood infections. However, antibody persistence is poor after immunization in infancy versus later in life. Serogroup C meningococci (MenC) are an important cause of bacteraemia and meningitis in children. The use of protein-polysaccharide conjugate vaccines against MenC has been associated with a significant decline in the incidence of invasive disease. However, vaccine effectiveness is negligible by more than 1 year after a three-dose priming series in infancy and corresponds to a rapid decline in antibody following an initial immune response. The cellular mechanisms underlying the generation of persistent antibody in this age group are unclear. An essential prelude to larger studies of peripheral blood B cells is an understanding of B-cell kinetics following immunization. We measured MenC- and diphtheria-specific plasma and memory B-cell kinetics in infants receiving a CRM(197) (cross-reactive material; mutant diphtheria toxoid)-conjugated MenC vaccine at 2, 3 and 4 months of age. Plasma cell responses were more delayed after the first dose when compared with the rapid appearance of plasma cells after the third dose. Memory B cells were detectable at all time-points following the third dose as opposed to the low frequency seen following a first dose. This study provides data on B-cell kinetics following a primary schedule of immunization in young infants upon which to base further studies of the underlying cellular mechanism of humoral immunity. PMID:19175802

  4. On the kinetic foundations of Kaluza's magnetohydrodynamics

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    Sandoval-Villalbazo, Alfredo; Sagaceta-Meja, Alma R.; Garca-Perciante, Ana L.

    2015-06-01

    Recent work has shown the existence of a relativistic effect present in a single component non-equilibrium fluid, corresponding to a heat flux due to an electric field [J. Non-Equilib. Thermodyn. 38 (2013), 141-151]. The treatment in that work was limited to a four-dimensional Minkowski space-time in which the Boltzmann equation was treated in a special relativistic approach. The more complete framework of general relativity can be introduced to kinetic theory in order to describe transport processes associated to electromagnetic fields. In this context, the original Kaluza's formalism is a promising approach [Sitz. Ber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. (1921), 966-972; Gen. Rel. Grav. 39 (2007), 1287-1296; Phys. Plasmas 7 (2000), 4823-4830]. The present work contains a kinetic theory basis for Kaluza's magnetohydrodynamics and gives a novel description for the establishment of thermodynamic forces beyond the special relativistic description.

  5. Vlasov simulations of kinetic Alfvén waves at proton kinetic scales

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    Vásconez, C. L.; Valentini, F.; Veltri, P.; Camporeale, E.

    2014-11-15

    Kinetic Alfvén waves represent an important subject in space plasma physics, since they are thought to play a crucial role in the development of the turbulent energy cascade in the solar wind plasma at short wavelengths (of the order of the proton gyro radius ρ{sub p} and/or inertial length d{sub p} and beyond). A full understanding of the physical mechanisms which govern the kinetic plasma dynamics at these scales can provide important clues on the problem of the turbulent dissipation and heating in collisionless systems. In this paper, hybrid Vlasov-Maxwell simulations are employed to analyze in detail the features of the kinetic Alfvén waves at proton kinetic scales, in typical conditions of the solar wind environment (proton plasma beta β{sub p} = 1). In particular, linear and nonlinear regimes of propagation of these fluctuations have been investigated in a single-wave situation, focusing on the physical processes of collisionless Landau damping and wave-particle resonant interaction. Interestingly, since for wavelengths close to d{sub p} and β{sub p} ≃ 1 (for which ρ{sub p} ≃ d{sub p}) the kinetic Alfvén waves have small phase speed compared to the proton thermal velocity, wave-particle interaction processes produce significant deformations in the core of the particle velocity distribution, appearing as phase space vortices and resulting in flat-top velocity profiles. Moreover, as the Eulerian hybrid Vlasov-Maxwell algorithm allows for a clean almost noise-free description of the velocity space, three-dimensional plots of the proton velocity distribution help to emphasize how the plasma departs from the Maxwellian configuration of thermodynamic equilibrium due to nonlinear kinetic effects.

  6. Energetic particle physics with applications in fusion and space plasmas

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    Cheng, C.Z.

    1997-05-01

    Energetic particle physics is the study of the effects of energetic particles on collective electromagnetic (EM) instabilities and energetic particle transport in plasmas. Anomalously large energetic particle transport is often caused by low frequency MHD instabilities, which are driven by these energetic particles in the presence of a much denser background of thermal particles. The theory of collective energetic particle phenomena studies complex wave-particle interactions in which particle kinetic physics involving small spatial and fast temporal scales can strongly affect the MHD structure and long-time behavior of plasmas. The difficulty of modeling kinetic-MHD multiscale coupling processes stems from the disparate scales which are traditionally analyzed separately: the macroscale MHD phenomena are studied using the fluid MHD framework, while microscale kinetic phenomena are best described by complicated kinetic theories. The authors have developed a kinetic-MHD model that properly incorporates major particle kinetic effects into the MHD fluid description. For tokamak plasmas a nonvariational kinetic-MHD stability code, the NOVA-K code, has been successfully developed and applied to study problems such as the excitation of fishbone and Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes (TAE) and the sawtooth stabilization by energetic ions in tokamaks. In space plasmas the authors have employed the kinetic-MHD model to study the energetic particle effects on the ballooning-mirror instability which explains the multisatellite observation of the stability and field-aligned structure of compressional Pc 5 waves in the magnetospheric ring current plasma.

  7. 3D-full wave and kinetics numerical modelling of electron cyclotron resonance ion sources plasma: steps towards self-consistency

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    Mascali, David; Torrisi, Giuseppe; Neri, Lorenzo; Sorbello, Gino; Castro, Giuseppe; Celona, Luigi; Gammino, Santo

    2015-01-01

    Electron Cyclotron Resonance (ECR) ion Sources are the most performing machines for the production of intense beams of multi-charged ions in fundamental science, applied physics and industry. Investigation of plasma dynamics in ECRIS still remains a challenge. A better comprehension of electron heating, ionization and diffusion processes, ion confinement and ion beam formation is mandatory in order to increase ECRIS performances both in terms of output beams currents, charge states, beam quality (emittance minimization, beam halos suppression, etc.). Numerical solution of Vlasov equation via kinetic codes coupled to FEM solvers is ongoing at INFN-LNS, based on a PIC strategy. Preliminary results of the modeling will be shown about wave-plasma interaction and electron-ion confinement: the obtained results are very helpful to better understand the influence of the different parameters (especially RF frequency and power) on the ion beam formation mechanism.

  8. Analytical description of generation of the residual current density in the plasma produced by a few-cycle laser pulse

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    Silaev, A. A.; Vvedenskii, N. V.

    2015-05-01

    When a gas is ionized by a few-cycle laser pulse, some residual current density (RCD) of free electrons remains in the produced plasma after the passage of the laser pulse. This quasi-dc RCD is an initial impetus to plasma polarization and excitation of the plasma oscillations which can radiate terahertz (THz) waves. In this work, the analytical model for calculation of RCD excited by a few-cycle laser pulse is developed for the first time. The dependences of the RCD on the carrier-envelope phase (CEP), wavelength, duration, and intensity of the laser pulse are derived. It is shown that maximum RCD corresponding to optimal CEP increases with the laser pulse wavelength, which indicates the prospects of using mid-infrared few-cycle laser pulses in the schemes of generation of high-power THz pulses. Analytical formulas for optimal pulse intensity and maximum efficiency of excitation of the RCD are obtained. Basing on numerical solution of the 3D time-dependent Schrdinger equation for hydrogen atoms, RCD dependence on CEP is calculated in a wide range of wavelengths. High accuracy of analytical formulas is demonstrated at the laser pulse parameters which correspond to the tunneling regime of ionization.

  9. Analytical description of generation of the residual current density in the plasma produced by a few-cycle laser pulse

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    Silaev, A. A. Vvedenskii, N. V.

    2015-05-15

    When a gas is ionized by a few-cycle laser pulse, some residual current density (RCD) of free electrons remains in the produced plasma after the passage of the laser pulse. This quasi-dc RCD is an initial impetus to plasma polarization and excitation of the plasma oscillations which can radiate terahertz (THz) waves. In this work, the analytical model for calculation of RCD excited by a few-cycle laser pulse is developed for the first time. The dependences of the RCD on the carrier-envelope phase (CEP), wavelength, duration, and intensity of the laser pulse are derived. It is shown that maximum RCD corresponding to optimal CEP increases with the laser pulse wavelength, which indicates the prospects of using mid-infrared few-cycle laser pulses in the schemes of generation of high-power THz pulses. Analytical formulas for optimal pulse intensity and maximum efficiency of excitation of the RCD are obtained. Basing on numerical solution of the 3D time-dependent Schrödinger equation for hydrogen atoms, RCD dependence on CEP is calculated in a wide range of wavelengths. High accuracy of analytical formulas is demonstrated at the laser pulse parameters which correspond to the tunneling regime of ionization.

  10. Effects of parallel sound wave damping and drift kinetic damping on the resistive wall mode stability with various plasma rotation profiles

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    Liu, Chao; Liu, Yue

    2015-10-01

    > The effect of a parallel viscous force induced damping and the magnetic precessional drift resonance induced damping on the stability of the resistive wall mode (RWM) is numerically investigated for one of the advanced steady-state scenarios in international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER). The key element of the investigation is to study how different plasma rotation profiles affect the stability prediction. The single-fluid, toroidal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) code MARS-F (Liu et al., Phys. Plasmas, vol. 7, 2000, p. 3681) and the MHD-kinetic hybrid code MARS-K (Liu et al., Phys. Plasmas, vol. 15, 2008, 112503) are used for this purpose. Three extreme rotation profiles are considered: (a) a uniform profile with no shear, (b) a profile with negative flow shear at the rational surface ( is the equilibrium safety factor), and (c) a profile with positive shear at . The parallel viscous force is found to be effective for the mode stabilization at high plasma flow speed (about a few percent of the Alfven speed) for the no shear flow profile and the negative shear flow profile, but the stable domain does not appear with the positive shear flow profile. The predicted eigenmode structure is different with different rotation profiles. With a self-consistent inclusion of the magnetic precession drift resonance of thermal particles in MARS-K computations, a lower critical flow speed, i.e. the minimum speed needed for full suppression of the mode, is obtained. Likewise the eigenmode structure is also modified by different rotation profiles in the kinetic results.

  11. The Nonlinear Wave-Wave Interaction of the Kinetic Alfvén Wave and Its Application in the Solar-Terrestrial Space Plasmas

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    Zhao, J. S.

    2012-09-01

    Kinetic Alfvén waves (KAWs) are dispersive Alfvén waves with perpendicular wavelengths comparable to the ion gyroradius or the electron inertial length. The KAWs can play an important role in plasma heating, particle acceleration, and anomalous particle transport, and have been extensively applied to various active phenomena of plasma. Therefore, the wave characters for the KAWs in various astrophysical and space plasmas have been an interesting subject with extensive attentions. In this thesis we study in depth nonlinear wave-wave interaction processes of the KAWs in various plasma environments, and focus on the nonlinear growth rates of the KAWs caused by these wave-wave coupling processes. In this thesis, we first study the local nonlinear wave-wave coupling among three KAWs in different plasma beta conditions, where Q≡ m_{e}/m_{i} is the electron-ion mass ratio and β is the kinetic-magnetic pressure ratio of the plasma. Our results show that: (1) in the inertial region, the reverse decay, where the pump wave decays into two reversely propagating KAWs, is stronger than the parallel decay, where the pump wave decays into two KAWs propagating in the same direction; (2) in the aspect of the wavelength change, the decay rate of the pump wave into the shorter-wavelength daughter waves is higher than that into the longer-wavelength daughter waves, implying that the decay process develops mainly towards exciting small-scale waves; (3) in the kinetic region (Q≪ β ≪ 1) and the high-β region, the nonlinear growth rate decreases with β, but increases with the ion-electron temperature ratio T_{i}/T_{e}. Secondly, we study the non-local coupling of small-scale KAWs with large-scale Alfvén waves (AWs) and convective cell. The results show that: (1) in the inertial region of βkinetic region of β>Q, the coupling occurs in the way of ``AW + KAW1 → KAW2''; (2) the modulation instability of KAWs can excite the electrostatic convective cell in the inertial region of β≪ Q and the magnetostatic convective cell in the kinetic region of Q≪βll 1. We finally discuss the coupling between KAWs and high-frequency whistler waves (WWs) and the three-wave coupling among WWs. The results show that: (1) the decay process of ``WW → WW + KAW'' can effectively excite KAWs, and the excited KAW can propagate parallel or antiparallel to the pump WW; (2) the three-wave coupling process of WWs occurs in the way that the long-wavelength pump wave decays into the short-wavelength waves, and it is dominated by the reverse decay. The results of this thesis show that our results can explain the excitation of two reversely-propagating electron fluxes in the Earth's auroral zone, the generation of KAWs in the solar atmosphere, and the production of WWs propagating towards the Sun in the interplanetary space.

  12. Kinetics of selected plasma cytokines during innate-adaptive immune response transition in adult cattle infected with the bovine ephemeral fever virus.

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    Barigye, R; Melville, L F; Davis, S; Walsh, S; Hunt, N; Hunt, R

    2016-04-15

    While virus neutralizing antibodies are known to be variably protective against bovine ephemeral fever (BEF) virus (BEFV) infections, the cytokine events that mediate the nascent adaptive immune response have not been defined in cattle. This study determined the plasma kinetics of IL-2, IFN-γ, IL-6, and IL-10 during the period of innate-immune response transition and evaluated the relationship between the virus neutralizing antibody response and viraemia in BEFV-infected cattle. Plasma from four virus-infected and uninfected negative control animals was tested by cytokine-specific immunoenzymatic assays, viraemia monitored by qRT-PCR, and virus neutralizing antibody titres determined using a standard protocol. Unlike the negative controls, plasma IL-6 and IL-10 were increased in all the virus-infected animals starting several days prior to initiation of viraemia. In one animal, plasma IL-2 and IFN-γ were consistently higher than in the other three virus-infected animals and the negative control mean. The animal with the strongest IL-2 and IFN-γ responses had the shortest viraemia while the heifer with the lowest IL-2/IFN-γ indices demonstrated the longest viraemia. Evidently, increase in plasma IL-6 and IL-10 precedes seroconversion during BEFV infections in cattle suggesting the two cytokines may influence immunological events that pave way to B-cell activation and seroconversion. While there is remarkable variability in IL-2 and IFN-γ expression amongst BEFV-infected animals, increased plasma levels of the two cytokines appear to be associated with a shorter viraemia. Ongoing studies will help define the precise role of T cells in anti-BEFV adaptive immune responses. PMID:27016765

  13. Properties of kinetic Alfvn waves: A comparison of fluid models with kinetic theory

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    Hunana, P.; Goldstein, M. L.; Passot, T.; Sulem, P. L.; Laveder, D.; Zank, G. P.

    2013-06-01

    Although the solar wind, as a collisionless plasma, is properly described by the kinetic Maxwell-Vlasov description, it can be argued that much of our understanding of the solar wind is based on a fluid description of magnetohydrodynamics that derives from interpretation of observational data together with numerical modeling. In recent years, there has been significant interest in better understanding the importance of kinetic effects, i.e., the differences between kinetic and fluid descriptions. Here we concentrate on the physical properties of oblique kinetic Alfvn waves (KAWs) that appear to be a key ingredient in the solar wind turbulence cascade. We use three different fluid models with various degrees of complexity and calculate the polarization and magnetic compressibility of KAWs (propagation angle ? = 88), which we compare to solutions derived from linear kinetic theory. We explore a wide range of possible proton plasma ? = [0.1, 10.0] and a wide range of length scales k?rL = [0.001, 10.0], where rL denotes the proton gyroscale. It is shown that the ``classical'' isotropic two-fluid model is very compressible in comparison with kinetic theory and that the largest discrepancy occurs at scales larger than the proton gyroscale. We also show that the two-fluid model contains a large error in the polarization of electric field, even at scales k?rL << 1. Furthermore, to understand these discrepancies between the two-fluid model and the kinetic theory, we employ two versions of the Landau fluid model that incorporate linear low-frequency kinetic effects such as Landau damping and finite Larmor radius (FLR) corrections into the fluid description. We show that allowing for anisotropic pressure fluctuations and Landau damping is crucial for correct modeling of magnetic compressibility and that FLR corrections (i.e., nongyrotropic contributions) are required to correctly capture the polarization. We also show that, in addition to Landau damping, FLR corrections are necessary to accurately describe the damping rate of KAWs. We conclude that kinetic effects are important even at scales which are significantly larger than the proton gyroscale k?rL << 1.

  14. LSENS, A General Chemical Kinetics and Sensitivity Analysis Code for Homogeneous Gas-Phase Reactions. Part 2; Code Description and Usage

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    Radhakrishnan, Krishnan; Bittker, David A.

    1994-01-01

    LSENS, the Lewis General Chemical Kinetics and Sensitivity Analysis Code, has been developed for solving complex, homogeneous, gas-phase chemical kinetics problems and contains sensitivity analysis for a variety of problems, including nonisothermal situations. This report is part II of a series of three reference publications that describe LSENS, provide a detailed guide to its usage, and present many example problems. Part II describes the code, how to modify it, and its usage, including preparation of the problem data file required to execute LSENS. Code usage is illustrated by several example problems, which further explain preparation of the problem data file and show how to obtain desired accuracy in the computed results. LSENS is a flexible, convenient, accurate, and efficient solver for chemical reaction problems such as static system; steady, one-dimensional, inviscid flow; reaction behind incident shock wave, including boundary layer correction; and perfectly stirred (highly backmixed) reactor. In addition, the chemical equilibrium state can be computed for the following assigned states: temperature and pressure, enthalpy and pressure, temperature and volume, and internal energy and volume. For static problems the code computes the sensitivity coefficients of the dependent variables and their temporal derivatives with respect to the initial values of the dependent variables and/or the three rate coefficient parameters of the chemical reactions. Part I (NASA RP-1328) derives the governing equations and describes the numerical solution procedures for the types of problems that can be solved by LSENS. Part III (NASA RP-1330) explains the kinetics and kinetics-plus-sensitivity-analysis problems supplied with LSENS and presents sample results.

  15. Modulatory ATP binding to the E2 state of maize plasma membrane H+-ATPase indicated by the kinetics of vanadate inhibition.

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    Wang, Xiaozhi; Qian, Xiaoqing; Stumpf, Beate; Fatima, Ammara; Feng, Ke; Schubert, Sven; Hanstein, Stefan

    2013-10-01

    P-type ATPases, as major consumers of cellular ATP in eukaryotic cells, are characterized by the formation of a phosphorylated enzyme intermediate (E2P), a process that is allosterically coupled to translocation of cations against an electrochemical gradient. The catalytic cycle comprises binding of Mg-ATP at the nucleotide-binding domain, phosphorylation of the E1 state (E1), conformational transition to the E2P state, and dephosphorylation through the actuator domain and re-establishment of the E1 state. Recently, it has been suggested that, for several P-type ATPases, Mg-ATP binds to the phosphorylated enzyme, thereby accelerating the transition to the E1 state, before then becoming the enzyme's catalytic substrate. Here, we provide evidence supporting this viewpoint. We employed kinetic models based on steady-state kinetics in the presence and absence of the reversible inhibitor orthovanadate. Vanadate is generally considered to be a conformational probe that specifically binds to the E2 state, arresting the enzyme in a state analogous to the E2P state. Hydrolytic H(+) -ATPase activities were measured in inside-out plasma membrane vesicles isolated from roots and shoots of maize plants. For root enzymes, kinetic models of vanadate inhibition that allow simultaneous binding of Mg-ATP and vanadate to the same enzyme state were most plausible. For shoot enzymes, application of the competitive inhibitor Mg-free ATP attenuated vanadate inhibition, which is consistent with a model in which either Mg-free ATP or Mg-ATP is bound to the enzyme when vanadate binds. Therefore, data from roots and shoots indicate that binding of ATP species before transition to the E1 state plays an important role in the catalytic cycle of plant plasma membrane H(+) -ATPase. PMID:23879673

  16. Positive and negative chlorine ion kinetics in inductively-coupled Cl{sub 2}BCl{sub 3} plasmas

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    Fleddermann, C.B.; Hebner, G.A.

    1997-05-01

    Discharges in gas mixtures of Cl{sub 2}, BCl{sub 3}, Ar, and N{sub 2} are used by the integrated circuit industry for metal etching, and are as yet not well understood, especially in inductively-coupled plasma (ICP) sources which are rapidly becoming the industry standard for etching tools. An essential parameter that must be measured in these plasmas is the density of ions, both positive and negative, formed in the plasma. In the work presented here, LIF and laser photodetachment were used to measure relative metastable chlorine ion CL{sup +}* density and temperature and absolute Cl{sup {minus}} density as a function of gas mixture.

  17. The 3D MHD code GOEMHD3 for astrophysical plasmas with large Reynolds numbers. Code description, verification, and computational performance

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    Skála, J.; Baruffa, F.; Büchner, J.; Rampp, M.

    2015-08-01

    Context. The numerical simulation of turbulence and flows in almost ideal astrophysical plasmas with large Reynolds numbers motivates the implementation of magnetohydrodynamical (MHD) computer codes with low resistivity. They need to be computationally efficient and scale well with large numbers of CPU cores, allow obtaining a high grid resolution over large simulation domains, and be easily and modularly extensible, for instance, to new initial and boundary conditions. Aims: Our aims are the implementation, optimization, and verification of a computationally efficient, highly scalable, and easily extensible low-dissipative MHD simulation code for the numerical investigation of the dynamics of astrophysical plasmas with large Reynolds numbers in three dimensions (3D). Methods: The new GOEMHD3 code discretizes the ideal part of the MHD equations using a fast and efficient leap-frog scheme that is second-order accurate in space and time and whose initial and boundary conditions can easily be modified. For the investigation of diffusive and dissipative processes the corresponding terms are discretized by a DuFort-Frankel scheme. To always fulfill the Courant-Friedrichs-Lewy stability criterion, the time step of the code is adapted dynamically. Numerically induced local oscillations are suppressed by explicit, externally controlled diffusion terms. Non-equidistant grids are implemented, which enhance the spatial resolution, where needed. GOEMHD3 is parallelized based on the hybrid MPI-OpenMP programing paradigm, adopting a standard two-dimensional domain-decomposition approach. Results: The ideal part of the equation solver is verified by performing numerical tests of the evolution of the well-understood Kelvin-Helmholtz instability and of Orszag-Tang vortices. The accuracy of solving the (resistive) induction equation is tested by simulating the decay of a cylindrical current column. Furthermore, we show that the computational performance of the code scales very efficiently with the number of processors up to tens of thousands of CPU cores. This excellent scalability of the code was obtained by simulating the 3D evolution of the solar corona above an active region (NOAA AR1249) for which GOEMHD3 revealed the energy distribution in the solar atmosphere in response to the energy influx from the chromosphere through the transition region, taking into account the weak Joule current dissipation and viscosity in the almost dissipationless solar corona. Conclusions: The new massively parallel simulation code GOEMHD3 enables efficient and fast simulations of almost ideal astrophysical plasma flows with large Reynolds numbers well resolved and on huge grids covering large domains. Its abilities are verified by comprehensive set of tests of ideal and weakly dissipative plasma phenomena. The high-resolution (20483 grid points) simulation of a large part of the solar corona above an observed active region proves the excellent parallel scalability of the code up to more than 30 000 processor cores. A movie associated to Fig. 21 is available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  18. Coupled electron and ion nonlinear oscillations in a collisionless plasma

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    Karimov, A. R.

    2013-05-15

    Dynamics of coupled electrostatic electron and ion nonlinear oscillations in a collisionless plasma is studied with reference to a kinetic description. Proceeding from the exact solution of Vlasov-Maxwell equations written as a function of linear functions in the electron and ion velocities, we arrive at the two coupled nonlinear equations which describe the evolution of the system.

  19. Saturation of backward stimulated scattering of laser in kinetic regime: Wavefront bowing, trapped particle modulational instability, and trapped particle self-focusing of plasma waves

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    Yin, L.; Albright, B. J.; Bowers, K. J.; Daughton, W.; Rose, H. A.

    2008-01-15

    Backward stimulated Raman and Brillouin scattering (SRS and SBS) of laser are examined in the kinetic regime using particle-in-cell simulations. The SRS reflectivity measured as a function of the laser intensity in a single hot spot from two-dimensional (2D) simulations shows a sharp onset at a threshold laser intensity and a saturated level at higher intensities, as obtained previously in Trident experiments [D. S. Montgomery et al., Phys. Plasmas 9, 2311 (2002)]. In these simulations, wavefront bowing of electron plasma waves (ion acoustic waves) due to the trapped particle nonlinear frequency shift, which increases with laser intensity, is observed in the SRS (SBS) regime for the first time. Self-focusing from trapped particle modulational instability (TPMI) [H. A. Rose, Phys. Plasmas 12, 12318 (2005)] is shown to occur in both two- and three-dimensional SRS simulations. The key physics underlying nonlinear saturation of SRS is identified as a combination of wavefront bowing, TPMI, and self-focusing of electron plasma waves. The wavefront bowing marks the beginning of SRS saturation and self-focusing alone is sufficient to terminate the SRS reflectivity, both effects resulting from cancellation of the source term for SRS and from greatly increased dissipation rate of the electron plasm waves. Ion acoustic wave bowing also contributes to the SBS saturation. Velocity diffusion by transverse modes and rapid loss of hot electrons in regions of small transverse extent formed from self-focusing lead to dissipation of the wave energy and an increase in the Landau damping rate in spite of strong electron trapping that reduces Landau damping initially. The ranges of wavelength and growth rate associated with transverse breakup of the electron-plasma wave are also examined in 2D speckle simulations as well as in 2D periodic systems from Bernstein-Greene-Kruskal equilibrium and are compared with theory predictions.

  20. Comparative kinetics of damage to the plasma and mitochondrial membranes by intra-cellularly synthesized and externally-provided photosensitizers using multi-color FACS.

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    Haupt, Sara; Malik, Zvi; Ehrenberg, Benjamin

    2014-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer involves inflicting lethal damage to the cells of malignant tumors, primarily by singlet oxygen that is generated following light-absorption in a photosensitizer molecule. Dysfunction of cells is manifested in many ways, including peroxidation of cellular components, membrane rupture, depolarization of electric potentials, termination of mitochondrial activity, onset of apoptosis and necrosis and eventually cell lysis. These events do not necessarily occur in linear fashion and different types of damage to cell components occur, most probably, in parallel. In this report we measured the relative rates of damage to two cellular membranes: the plasma membrane and the mitochondrial membrane. We employed photosensitizers of diverse hydrophobicities and used different incubation procedures, which lead to their different intra-cellular localizations. We monitored the damage that was inflicted on these membranes, by employing optical probes of membrane integrity, in a multi-color FACS experiment. The potentiometric indicator JC-1 monitored the electric cross-membrane potential of the mitochondria and the fluorometric indicator Draq7 monitored the rupture of the plasma membrane. We show that the electric depolarization of the mitochondrial membrane and the damage to the enveloping plasma membrane proceed with different kinetics that reflect the molecular character and intracellular location of the sensitizer: PpIX that is synthesized in the cells from ALA causes rapid mitochondrial damage and very slow damage to the plasma membrane, while externally added PpIX has an opposite effect. The hydrophilic sensitizer HypS4 can be taken up by the cells by different incubation conditions, and these affect its intracellular location, and as a consequence either the plasma membrane or the mitochondria is damaged first. A similar correlation was found for additional extracellularly-provided photosensitizers HP and PpIX. PMID:24173598