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  1. 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

  2. Hybrid simulations of weakly collisional plasmas

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    Xia, Qian; Reville, Brian; Tzoufras, Michail

    2016-10-01

    Laser produced plasma experiments can be exploited to investigate phenomena of astrophysical relevance. The high densities and velocities that can be generated in the laboratory provide ideal conditions to investigate weakly collisional or collisionless plasma shock physics. In addition, the high temperatures permit magnetic and kinetic Reynolds numbers that are difficult to achieve in other plasma experiments, opening the possibility to study plasma dynamo. Many of these experiments are based on a classic plasma physics problem, namely the interpenetration of two plasma flows. To investigate this phenomenon, we are constructing a novel multi-dimensional hybrid numerical scheme, that solves the ion distribution kinetically via a Vlasov-Fokker-Planck equation, with electrons providing a charge neutralizing fluid. This allows us to follow the evolution on hydrodynamic timescales, while permitting inclusion ofcollisionlesseffects on small scales. It also could be used to study the increasing collisional effects due to the stiff gradient and weakly anisotropic velocity distribution. We present some preliminary validation tests for the code, demonstrating its ability to accurately model key processes that are relevant to laboratory and astrophysical plasmas.

  3. Weak turbulence theory for collisional plasmas

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    Yoon, P. H.; Ziebell, L. F.; Kontar, E. P.; Schlickeiser, R.

    2016-03-01

    Plasma is an ionized gas in which the collective behavior dominates over the individual particle interactions. For this reason, plasma is often treated as collisionless or collision-free. However, the discrete nature of the particles can be important, and often, the description of plasmas is incomplete without properly taking the discrete particle effects into account. The weak turbulence theory is a perturbative nonlinear theory, whose essential formalism was developed in the late 1950s and 1960s and continued on through the early 1980s. However, the standard material found in the literature does not treat the discrete particle effects and the associated fluctuations emitted spontaneously by thermal particles completely. Plasma particles emit electromagnetic fluctuations in all frequencies and wave vectors, but in the standard literature, the fluctuations are approximately treated by considering only those frequency-wave number regimes corresponding to the eigenmodes (or normal modes) satisfying the dispersion relations, while ignoring contributions from noneigenmodes. The present paper shows that the noneigenmode fluctuations modify the particle kinetic equation so that the generalized equation includes the Balescu-Lénard-Landau collision integral and also modify the wave kinetic equation to include not only the collisional damping term but also a term that depicts the bremsstrahlung emission of plasma normal modes.

  4. Weak turbulence theory for collisional plasmas.

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    Yoon, P H; Ziebell, L F; Kontar, E P; Schlickeiser, R

    2016-03-01

    Plasma is an ionized gas in which the collective behavior dominates over the individual particle interactions. For this reason, plasma is often treated as collisionless or collision-free. However, the discrete nature of the particles can be important, and often, the description of plasmas is incomplete without properly taking the discrete particle effects into account. The weak turbulence theory is a perturbative nonlinear theory, whose essential formalism was developed in the late 1950s and 1960s and continued on through the early 1980s. However, the standard material found in the literature does not treat the discrete particle effects and the associated fluctuations emitted spontaneously by thermal particles completely. Plasma particles emit electromagnetic fluctuations in all frequencies and wave vectors, but in the standard literature, the fluctuations are approximately treated by considering only those frequency-wave number regimes corresponding to the eigenmodes (or normal modes) satisfying the dispersion relations, while ignoring contributions from noneigenmodes. The present paper shows that the noneigenmode fluctuations modify the particle kinetic equation so that the generalized equation includes the Balescu-Lénard-Landau collision integral and also modify the wave kinetic equation to include not only the collisional damping term but also a term that depicts the bremsstrahlung emission of plasma normal modes.

  5. Ion loss in weakly collisional three ion species plasmas

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    Hershkowitz, Noah; Yip, Chi-Shung; Severn, Greg

    2016-10-01

    Ion velocity distribution functions (ivdfs) at sheath-presheath boundaries are studied with laser-induced fluorescence in weakly collisional Xe-Kr-Ar and Xe-Ar-Ne plasmas using tunable diode lasers for Ar + and Xe + ions. The argon and xenon ivdfs are measured at the sheath-presheath boundary near a negatively biased boundary plate. The plasma potential profiles are measured by an emissive probe throughout the sheath and presheath. Relative ion concentrations resulting from the neutral gas mixtures are calculated using G-H. Kim's loss-production balance method. Ne + and Kr + ions are added to plasmas with approximately equal amounts of Ar + and Xr + ions, where Ar + and Xe + ions are previously observed to reach the sheath edge at nearly the system sound speed. In two ion species plasmas, instability enhanced collisional friction was demonstrated to dictate the escape velocities of the ions. When three ion species are present, it is demonstrated that as the concentration of the third ion species increases, Xe + and Ar + ion velocities at the sheath edge deviates from the common sound speed and approach their individual Bohm velocities. These observations are consistent with the predictions of the instability enhanced collisional friction theory This work was supported by NSF under Grant No. 1464741 and U.S. DOE under Grant No. DE-SC00114226.

  6. Collisional effects in weakly collisional plasmas: nonlinear electrostatic waves and recurrence phenomena

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    Camporeale, E.; Pezzi, O.; Valentini, F.

    2015-12-01

    The longstanding problem of collisions in plasmas is a very fascinating and huge topic in plasma physics. The 'natural' operator that describes the Coulombian interactions between charged particles is the Landau (LAN) integral operator. The LAN operator is a nonlinear, integro-differential and Fokker-Planck type operator which satisfies the H theorem for the entropy growth. Due to its nonlinear nature and multi-dimensionality, any approach to the solution of the Landau integral is almost prohibitive. Therefore collisions are usually modeled by simplified collisional operators. Here collisional effects are modeled by i) the one-dimensional Lenard-Bernstein (LB) operator and ii) the three-dimensional Dougherty (DG) operator. In the first case i), by focusing on a 1D-1V phase space, we study recurrence effects in a weakly collisional plasma, being collisions modeled by the LB operator. By decomposing the linear Vlasov-Poisson system in the Fourier-Hermite space, the recurrence problem is investigated in the linear regime of the damping of a Langmuir wave and of the onset of the bump-on-tail instability. The analysis is then confirmed and extended to the nonlinear regime through a Eulerian collisional Vlasov-Poisson code. Despite being routinely used, an artificial collisionality is not in general a viable way of preventing recurrence in numerical simulations. Moreover, recursive phenomena affect both the linear exponential growth and the nonlinear saturation of a linear instability by producing a fake growth in the electric field, thus showing that, although the filamentation is usually associated with low amplitude fluctuations contexts, it can occur also in nonlinear phenomena. On the other hand ii), the effects of electron-electron collisions on the propagation of nonlinear electrostatic waves are shown by means of Eulerian simulations in a 1D-3V (one dimension in physical space, three dimensions in velocity space) phase space. The nonlinear regime of the symmetric

  7. Electrostatic thermal noise in a weakly ionized collisional plasma

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    Martinović, M. M.; Zaslavsky, A.; Maksimović, M.; Å egan, S.

    2017-01-01

    Quasi-thermal noise (QTN) spectroscopy is a plasma diagnostic technique which enables precise measurements of local electron velocity distribution function moments. This technique is based on measurements and analysis of voltage fluctuations at the antenna terminals, induced by thermal motion of charged particles. In this work, we accommodate, for the first time, this technique to weakly ionized collisional plasmas. It turns out that the QTN spectrum is modified both at low frequencies, increasing the level of power spectrum, and around the plasma frequency, where collisions damp the plasma oscillations and therefore broaden and reduce the amplitude of so called "plasma peak," while the spectrum at high frequencies is nearly unmodified compared to the collisionless case. Based on these results, we show that QTN spectroscopy enables independent measurements of the collision frequency, electron density, and temperature, provided the ratio of collision frequency to plasma frequency is ν/ωp˜0.1. The method presented here can be used for precise estimation of plasma parameters in laboratory devices and unmagnetized ionospheres, while application in the ionosphere of Earth is possible but limited to small, low-frequency range due to magnetic field influence.

  8. An Extended Magnetohydrodynamics Model for Relativistic Weakly Collisional Plasmas

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    Chandra, Mani; Gammie, Charles F.; Foucart, Francois; Quataert, Eliot

    2015-09-01

    Black holes that accrete far below the Eddington limit are believed to accrete through a geometrically thick, optically thin, rotationally supported plasma that we will refer to as a radiatively inefficient accretion flow (RIAF). RIAFs are typically collisionless in the sense that the Coulomb mean free path is large compared to {GM}/{c}2, and relativistically hot near the event horizon. In this paper we develop a phenomenological model for the plasma in RIAFs, motivated by the application to sources such as Sgr A* and M87. The model is derived using Israel-Stewart theory, which considers deviations up to second order from thermal equilibrium, but modified for a magnetized plasma. This leads to thermal conduction along magnetic field lines and a difference in pressure, parallel and perpendicular to the field lines (which is equivalent to anisotropic viscosity). In the non-relativistic limit, our model reduces to the widely used Braginskii theory of magnetized, weakly collisional plasmas. We compare our model to the existing literature on dissipative relativistic fluids, describe the linear theory of the plasma, and elucidate the physical meaning of the free parameters in the model. We also describe limits of the model when the conduction is saturated and when the viscosity implies a large pressure anisotropy. In future work, the formalism developed in this paper will be used in numerical models of RIAFs to assess the importance of non-ideal processes for the dynamics and radiative properties of slowly accreting black holes.

  9. BUOYANCY INSTABILITIES IN A WEAKLY COLLISIONAL INTRACLUSTER MEDIUM

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    Kunz, Matthew W.; Stone, James M.; Bogdanovic, Tamara; Reynolds, Christopher S. E-mail: jstone@astro.princeton.edu E-mail: chris@astro.umd.edu

    2012-08-01

    The intracluster medium (ICM) of galaxy clusters is a weakly collisional plasma in which the transport of heat and momentum occurs primarily along magnetic-field lines. Anisotropic heat conduction allows convective instabilities to be driven by temperature gradients of either sign: the magnetothermal instability (MTI) in the outskirts of clusters and the heat-flux buoyancy-driven instability (HBI) in their cooling cores. We employ the Athena magnetohydrodynamic code to investigate the nonlinear evolution of these instabilities, self-consistently including the effects of anisotropic viscosity (i.e., Braginskii pressure anisotropy), anisotropic conduction, and radiative cooling. We find that, in all but the innermost regions of cool-core clusters, anisotropic viscosity significantly impairs the ability of the HBI to reorient magnetic-field lines orthogonal to the temperature gradient. Thus, while radio-mode feedback appears necessary in the central few Multiplication-Sign 10 kpc, heat conduction may be capable of offsetting radiative losses throughout most of a cool core over a significant fraction of the Hubble time. Magnetically aligned cold filaments are then able to form by local thermal instability. Viscous dissipation during cold filament formation produces accompanying hot filaments, which can be searched for in deep Chandra observations of cool-core clusters. In the case of MTI, anisotropic viscosity leads to a nonlinear state with a folded magnetic field structure in which field-line curvature and field strength are anti-correlated. These results demonstrate that, if the HBI and MTI are relevant for shaping the properties of the ICM, one must self-consistently include anisotropic viscosity in order to obtain even qualitatively correct results.

  10. Plasma-wall transition in weakly collisional plasmas

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    Manfredi, G.; Devaux, S.

    2008-10-15

    This paper reviews some theoretical and computational aspects of plasma-wall interactions, in particular the formation of sheaths. Some fundamental results are derived analytically using a simple fluid model, and are subsequently tested with kinetic simulations. The various regions composing the plasma-wall transition (Debye sheath, collisional and magnetic presheaths) are discussed in details.

  11. Transition in Electron Physics of Magnetic Reconnection in Weakly Collisional Plasma

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    Le, A.; Roytershteyn, V.; Karimabadi, H.; Daughton, W. S.; Egedal, J.; Forest, C.

    2013-12-01

    Using self-consistent fully kinetic simulations with a Monte-Carlo treatment of the Coulomb collision operator, we explore the transition between collisional and kinetic regimes of magnetic reconnection in high-Lundquist-number current sheets. Recent research in collisionless reconnection has shown that electron kinetic physics plays a key role in the evolution. Large-scale electron current sheets may form, leading to secondary island formation and turbulent flux rope interactions in 3D. The new collisional simulations demonstrate how increasing collisionality modifies or eliminates these electron structures in the kinetic regimes. Additional basic questions that are addressed include how the reconnection rate and the release of magnetic energy into electrons and ions vary with collisionality. The numerical study provides insight into reconnection in dense regions of the solar corona, the solar wind, and upcoming laboratory experiments at MRX (Princeton) and MPDX (UW-Madison). The implications of these results for studies of turbulence dissipation in weakly collisional plasmas are discussed.

  12. Landau Damping for the Linearized Vlasov Poisson Equation in a Weakly Collisional Regime

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    Tristani, Isabelle

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, we consider the linearized Vlasov-Poisson equation around an homogeneous Maxwellian equilibrium in a weakly collisional regime: there is a parameter {ɛ } in front of the collision operator which will tend to 0. Moreover, we study two cases of collision operators, linear Boltzmann and Fokker-Planck. We prove a result of Landau damping for those equations in Sobolev spaces uniformly with respect to the collision parameter {ɛ } as it goes to 0.

  13. Photon-echo studies of collisional relaxation in weakly ionized noble-gas mixtures.

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    Woodworth, M R

    1983-06-01

    Photon-echo relaxation rates are measured in weakly ionized plasmas of binary mixtures of noble gases, in which the photon echo generated on a transition in one noble-gas species is damped primarily by atoms of the second species. The special cases of pure krypton and xenon are extensions of previous work in pure helium, neon, and argon. With the exception of mixtures with helium as the perturber, measured relaxation rates are consistent with collisional line-broadening calculations.

  14. Landau Damping for the Linearized Vlasov Poisson Equation in a Weakly Collisional Regime

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    Tristani, Isabelle

    2017-10-01

    In this paper, we consider the linearized Vlasov-Poisson equation around an homogeneous Maxwellian equilibrium in a weakly collisional regime: there is a parameter {ɛ } in front of the collision operator which will tend to 0. Moreover, we study two cases of collision operators, linear Boltzmann and Fokker-Planck. We prove a result of Landau damping for those equations in Sobolev spaces uniformly with respect to the collision parameter {ɛ } as it goes to 0.

  15. Modeling of Weakly Collisional Parallel Electron Transport for Edge Plasma Simulations

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    Umansky, M. V.; Dimits, A. M.; Joseph, I.; Omotani, J. T.; Rognlien, T. D.

    2014-10-01

    The parallel electron heat transport in a weakly collisional regime can be represented in the framework of the Landau-fluid (LF) model. Practical implementation of LF-based transport models has become possible due to the recent invention of an efficient non- spectral method for the non-local closure operators. Here the implementation of a LF based model for the parallel plasma transport is described, and the model is tested for different collisionality regimes against a Fokker-Plank code. The new method appears to represent weakly collisional parallel electron transport more accurately than the conventional flux-limiter based models; on the other hand it is computationally efficient enough to be used in tokamak edge plasma simulations. Implementation of an LF-based model for the parallel plasma transport in the UEDGE code is described, and applications to realistic divertor simulations are discussed. Work performed for U.S. DoE by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  16. Laser-pulse compression in a collisional plasma under weak-relativistic ponderomotive nonlinearity

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    Singh, Mamta; Gupta, D. N.

    2016-05-01

    We present theory and numerical analysis which demonstrate laser-pulse compression in a collisional plasma under the weak-relativistic ponderomotive nonlinearity. Plasma equilibrium density is modified due to the ohmic heating of electrons, the collisions, and the weak relativistic-ponderomotive force during the interaction of a laser pulse with plasmas. First, within one-dimensional analysis, the longitudinal self-compression mechanism is discussed. Three-dimensional analysis (spatiotemporal) of laser pulse propagation is also investigated by coupling the self-compression with the self-focusing. In the regime in which the laser becomes self-focused due to the weak relativistic-ponderomotive nonlinearity, we provide results for enhanced pulse compression. The results show that the matched interplay between self-focusing and self-compression can improve significantly the temporal profile of the compressed pulse. Enhanced pulse compression can be achieved by optimizing and selecting the parameters such as collision frequency, ion-temperature, and laser intensity.

  17. Laser-pulse compression in a collisional plasma under weak-relativistic ponderomotive nonlinearity

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    Singh, Mamta; Gupta, D. N.

    2016-05-15

    We present theory and numerical analysis which demonstrate laser-pulse compression in a collisional plasma under the weak-relativistic ponderomotive nonlinearity. Plasma equilibrium density is modified due to the ohmic heating of electrons, the collisions, and the weak relativistic-ponderomotive force during the interaction of a laser pulse with plasmas. First, within one-dimensional analysis, the longitudinal self-compression mechanism is discussed. Three-dimensional analysis (spatiotemporal) of laser pulse propagation is also investigated by coupling the self-compression with the self-focusing. In the regime in which the laser becomes self-focused due to the weak relativistic-ponderomotive nonlinearity, we provide results for enhanced pulse compression. The results show that the matched interplay between self-focusing and self-compression can improve significantly the temporal profile of the compressed pulse. Enhanced pulse compression can be achieved by optimizing and selecting the parameters such as collision frequency, ion-temperature, and laser intensity.

  18. Rotation of weakly collisional plasmas in tokamaks, operated with Alfv{acute e}n waves

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    Tsypin, V.S.; Elfimov, A.G.; de Azevedo, C.A.; de Assis, A.S.

    1996-12-01

    The effect of the kinetic Alfv{acute e}n waves on weakly collisional plasma rotation in tokamaks has been studied for the plateau and banana regimes. The quasistationary rotation velocities and radial electric field have been found. The estimation of these quantities for the Phaedrus-T tokamak [S. Wukitch {ital et} {ital al}., Phys. Rev. Lett. {bold 77}, 294 (1996)] and for the Joint European Torus (JET) [A. Fasoli {ital et} {ital al}., Nucl. Fusion, {bold 36}, 258 (1996)] has been presented. It is shown that the kinetic Alfv{acute e}n waves, which are needed for current drive, change weakly the quasistationary rotation velocities and radial electric field, as found from the experimental data of these tokamaks. In conditions with increased rf power, the plasma rotation and radial electric field can essentially grow up. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  19. ASTROPHYSICAL GYROKINETICS: KINETIC AND FLUID TURBULENT CASCADES IN MAGNETIZED WEAKLY COLLISIONAL PLASMAS

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

    2009-05-15

    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 Alfvenic 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 Alfvenic component (in the collisional limit, these compressive fluctuations

  20. THE STABILITY OF WEAKLY COLLISIONAL PLASMAS WITH THERMAL AND COMPOSITION GRADIENTS

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    Pessah, Martin E.; Chakraborty, Sagar E-mail: sagarc@iitk.ac.in

    2013-02-10

    Over the last decade, substantial efforts have been devoted to understanding the stability properties, transport phenomena, and long-term evolution of weakly collisional, magnetized plasmas which are stratified in temperature. The insights gained via these studies have led to a significant improvement of our understanding of the processes that determine the physical evolution and observational properties of the intracluster medium (ICM) permeating galaxy clusters. These studies have been carried out under the assumption that the ICM is a homogeneous medium. This, however, might not be a good approximation if heavy elements are able to sediment in the inner region of the galaxy cluster. Motivated by the need to obtain a more complete picture of the dynamical properties of the ICM, we analyze the stability of a weakly collisional, magnetized plane-parallel atmosphere which is stratified in both temperature and composition. This allows us to discuss for the first time the dynamics of weakly collisional environments where heat conduction, momentum transport, and ion-diffusion are anisotropic with respect to the direction of the magnetic field. We show that depending on the relative signs and magnitudes of the gradients in the temperature and the mean molecular weight, the plasma can be subject to a wide variety of unstable modes which include modifications to the magnetothermal instability (MTI), the heat-flux-driven buoyancy instability (HBI), and overstable gravity modes previously studied in homogeneous media. We also find that there are new modes which are driven by heat conduction and particle diffusion. We discuss the astrophysical implications of our findings for a representative galaxy cluster where helium has sedimented. Our findings suggest that the core insulation that results from the magnetic field configurations that arise as a natural consequence of the HBI, which would be MTI stable in a homogeneous medium, could be alleviated if the mean molecular

  1. Vlasov simulations of plasma-wall interactions in a magnetized and weakly collisional plasma

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    Devaux, S.; Manfredi, G.

    2006-08-15

    A Vlasov code is used to model the transition region between an equilibrium plasma and an absorbing wall in the presence of a tilted magnetic field, for the case of a weakly collisional plasma ({lambda}{sub mfp}>>{rho}{sub i}, where {lambda}{sub mfp} is the ion-neutral mean-free path and {rho}{sub i} is the ion Larmor radius). The phase space structure of the plasma-wall transition is analyzed in detail and theoretical estimates of the magnetic presheath width are tested numerically. It is shown that the distribution near the wall is far from Maxwellian, so that temperature measurements should be interpreted with care. Particular attention is devoted to the angular distribution of ions impinging on the wall, which is an important parameter to determine the level of wall erosion and sputtering.

  2. Numerical study on the stability of weakly collisional plasma in E×B fields

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    Horký, M.

    2015-02-15

    Plasma stability in weakly collisional plasmas in the presence of E×B fields is studied with numerical simulations. Different types of ion-neutral collisions are considered in a fully magnetized regime. We study the influence of ion-neutral collisions and the role of collision types on the stability of plasma. It is found that the stability of plasma depends on the type of ion-neutral collisions, with the plasma being unstable for charge exchange collisions, and stable for the elastic scattering. The analysis focuses on the temporal evolution of the velocity phase space, RMS values of the potential fluctuations, and coherent structures in potential densities. For the unstable case, we observe growth and propagation of electrostatic waves. Simulations are performed with a three-dimensional electrostatic particle in cell code.

  3. Models of magnetic field evolution and effective viscosity in weakly collisional extragalactic plasmas

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    Mogavero, Federico; Schekochihin, Alexander A.

    2014-06-01

    In weakly collisional plasmas such as the intracluster medium (ICM), the viscous stress and the rate of change of the magnetic energy are proportional to the local pressure anisotropy, so subject to constraints imposed by the pressure-anisotropy-driven microinstabilities (mirror and firehose) and controlled by the local instantaneous plasma β. The dynamics of such plasmas can be dramatically different from a conventional magnetohydrodynamic fluid. The plasma is expected to stay locally marginal with respect to the instabilities, but how it does this remains an open question. Two models of magnetic field evolution are investigated. In the first, marginality is achieved via suppression of the rate of change of the field. In the second, the instabilities give rise to anomalous collisionality, reducing pressure anisotropy to marginal - at the same time decreasing viscosity and so increasing the turbulent rate of strain. Implications of these two models are studied in a simplified zero-dimensional setting. In the first model, the field grows explosively but on a time-scale that scales with the initial β, while in the second, dynamical field strength can be reached in one large-scale turbulence turnover time regardless of the initial seed. Both models produce very intermittent fields. Both also suffer from fairly strong constraints on their applicability: for typical cluster-core conditions, scale separation between the fluid motions (with account of suppressed viscous stress) and the miscoscale fluctuations break down at β ˜ 104-105. At larger β (weaker fields), a fully collisionless plasma dynamo theory is needed to justify field growth from a tiny primordial seed. However, the models discussed here are appropriate for studying the structure of the currently observed field as well as large-scale dynamics and thermodynamics of the magnetized ICM or similarly dilute astrophysical plasmas.

  4. Charging of a conducting sphere in a weakly ionized collisional plasma: Temporal dynamics and stationary state

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    Grach, V. S.; Garasev, M. A.

    2015-07-01

    We consider the interaction of a isolated conducting sphere with a collisional weakly ionized plasma in an external field. We assume that the plasma consists of two species of ions neglecting of electrons. We take into account charging of the sphere due to sedimentation of plasma ions on it, the field of the sphere charge and the space charge, as well as recombination and molecular diffusion. The nonstationary problem of interaction of the sphere with the surrounding plasma is solved numerically. The temporal dynamics of the sphere charge and plasma perturbations is analyzed, as well as the properties of the stationary state. It is shown that the duration of transient period is determined by the recombination time and by the reverse conductivity of ions. The temporal dynamics of the sphere charge and plasma perturbations is determined by the intensity of recombination processes relative to the influence of the space charge field and diffusion. The stationary absolute value of the sphere charge increases linearly with the external electric field, decreases with the relative intensity of recombination processes and increases in the presence of substantial diffusion. The scales of the perturbed region in the plasma are determined by the radius of the sphere, the external field, the effect of diffusion, and the relative intensity of recombination processes. In the limiting case of the absence of molecular diffusion and a strong external field, the properties of the stationary state coincide with those obtained earlier as a result of approximate solution.

  5. A collisional-radiative model for low-pressure weakly magnetized Ar plasmas

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    Zhu, Xi-Ming; Tsankov, Tsanko; Czarnetzki, Uwe; Marchuk, Oleksandr

    2016-09-01

    Collisional-radiative (CR) models are widely investigated in plasma physics for describing the kinetics of reactive species and for optical emission spectroscopy. This work reports a new Ar CR model used in low-pressure (0.01-10 Pa) weakly magnetized (<0.1 Tesla) plasmas, including ECR, helicon, and NLD discharges. In this model 108 realistic levels are individually studied, i.e. 51 lowest levels of the Ar atom and 57 lowest levels of the Ar ion. We abandon the concept of an ``effective level'' usually adopted in previous models for glow discharges. Only in this way the model can correctly predict the non-equilibrium population distribution of close energy levels. In addition to studying atomic metastable and radiative levels, this model describes the kinetic processes of ionic metastable and radiative levels in detail for the first time. This is important for investigation of plasma-surface interaction and for optical diagnostics using atomic and ionic line-ratios. This model could also be used for studying Ar impurities in tokamaks and astrophysical plasmas.

  6. Charging of a conducting sphere in a weakly ionized collisional plasma: Temporal dynamics and stationary state

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    Grach, V. S. Garasev, M. A.

    2015-07-15

    We consider the interaction of a isolated conducting sphere with a collisional weakly ionized plasma in an external field. We assume that the plasma consists of two species of ions neglecting of electrons. We take into account charging of the sphere due to sedimentation of plasma ions on it, the field of the sphere charge and the space charge, as well as recombination and molecular diffusion. The nonstationary problem of interaction of the sphere with the surrounding plasma is solved numerically. The temporal dynamics of the sphere charge and plasma perturbations is analyzed, as well as the properties of the stationary state. It is shown that the duration of transient period is determined by the recombination time and by the reverse conductivity of ions. The temporal dynamics of the sphere charge and plasma perturbations is determined by the intensity of recombination processes relative to the influence of the space charge field and diffusion. The stationary absolute value of the sphere charge increases linearly with the external electric field, decreases with the relative intensity of recombination processes and increases in the presence of substantial diffusion. The scales of the perturbed region in the plasma are determined by the radius of the sphere, the external field, the effect of diffusion, and the relative intensity of recombination processes. In the limiting case of the absence of molecular diffusion and a strong external field, the properties of the stationary state coincide with those obtained earlier as a result of approximate solution.

  7. Validity of the Taylor Hypothesis for Linear Kinetic Waves in the Weakly Collisional Solar Wind

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    Howes, G. G.; Klein, K. G.; TenBarge, J. M.

    2014-07-01

    The interpretation of single-point spacecraft measurements of solar wind turbulence is complicated by the fact that the measurements are made in a frame of reference in relative motion with respect to the turbulent plasma. The Taylor hypothesis—that temporal fluctuations measured by a stationary probe in a rapidly flowing fluid are dominated by the advection of spatial structures in the fluid rest frame—is often assumed to simplify the analysis. But measurements of turbulence in upcoming missions, such as Solar Probe Plus, threaten to violate the Taylor hypothesis, either due to slow flow of the plasma with respect to the spacecraft or to the dispersive nature of the plasma fluctuations at small scales. Assuming that the frequency of the turbulent fluctuations is characterized by the frequency of the linear waves supported by the plasma, we evaluate the validity of the Taylor hypothesis for the linear kinetic wave modes in the weakly collisional solar wind. The analysis predicts that a dissipation range of solar wind turbulence supported by whistler waves is likely to violate the Taylor hypothesis, while one supported by kinetic Alfvén waves is not.

  8. Validity of the Taylor hypothesis for linear kinetic waves in the weakly collisional solar wind

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    Howes, G. G.; Klein, K. G.; TenBarge, J. M.

    2014-07-10

    The interpretation of single-point spacecraft measurements of solar wind turbulence is complicated by the fact that the measurements are made in a frame of reference in relative motion with respect to the turbulent plasma. The Taylor hypothesis—that temporal fluctuations measured by a stationary probe in a rapidly flowing fluid are dominated by the advection of spatial structures in the fluid rest frame—is often assumed to simplify the analysis. But measurements of turbulence in upcoming missions, such as Solar Probe Plus, threaten to violate the Taylor hypothesis, either due to slow flow of the plasma with respect to the spacecraft or to the dispersive nature of the plasma fluctuations at small scales. Assuming that the frequency of the turbulent fluctuations is characterized by the frequency of the linear waves supported by the plasma, we evaluate the validity of the Taylor hypothesis for the linear kinetic wave modes in the weakly collisional solar wind. The analysis predicts that a dissipation range of solar wind turbulence supported by whistler waves is likely to violate the Taylor hypothesis, while one supported by kinetic Alfvén waves is not.

  9. Hybrid particle-in-cell simulations of weakly collisional shock formation

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    Spisak, Jacob; Valenzuela, Julio; Kim, Joohwan; Beg, Farhat

    2016-10-01

    Recently, we studied shock formation by the head on collision of supersonic plasma jets using a wire configuration on the compact current driver GenASIS (200 kA in 150 ns). We used two wire materials: aluminum, where radiative cooling is not significant, and copper, where radiation is important to shock dynamics. In both cases, when the jets collide a conical structure develops in time and moves towards the cathode at a speed of 20km/s. Radiation effects are apparent in the copper case, as the shock is thinner than in the Aluminum case and when it starts moving a prominent bow shock develops. Furthermore, the estimated inter jet ion mean free path is larger than the shock width, indicating a magnetic field may help mediate the shock. To investigate the physics of weakly collisional shock formation, we perform two dimensional simulations of two merging, counter-propagating jets using the initial conditions from the experiment. Electrons are treated as a fluid and ions are treated as kinetic particles using the hybrid particle in cell code LSP. We explore how shock formation is affected by radiative cooling and the presence of an external magnetic field. We also carried out simulations where both ions and electrons were treated as fluids. This work was partially financed by Department of Energy Grant Number DE-SC0014493.

  10. How LIF has helped to understand ion loss at the boundaries of weakly collisional plasmas

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    Hershkowitz, N.; Ko, E.; Wang, X.; Oksuza, L.; Halab, A.; Servern, G.

    2003-10-01

    Recent experiments in weakly collisional multi-dipole plasmas with one and two positive ion species have provided a much better understanding of ion motion in presheaths near the boundaries of such plasmas. Plasma potential was determined with emissive probes, ion density with Langmuir probes and diode laser LIF, ion drift velocity with Mach probes calibrated with LIF, and directly with LIF, and from the phase velocity of ion acoustic waves. LIF provided measurements of the ion velocity distribution functions and showed that ion-neutral charge exchange results in ion "heating" near boundaries. LIF showed that Ar ions in Ar-He plasma exit the plasma at the plasma/sheath boundary with a velocity greater than the Ar ion Bohm velocity. In single species plasma, the same diagnostic shows Ar average ion exit velocity equals the Bohm velocity. ^A Suleyman Demirel University, Physics Dept., Isparta Turkey ^B KACST, Space Research Institute, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia *Work supported by US DOE grant DE-FG02-97ER 54437

  11. Self-focusing of a high-intensity laser in a collisional plasma under weak relativistic-ponderomotive nonlinearity

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    Gupta, D. N.; Islam, M. R.; Jaroszynski, D. A.; Jang, D. G.; Suk, H.

    2013-12-15

    Self-focusing a laser beam in collisional plasma is investigated under the weak relativistic-ponderomotive nonlinearity. In this case, the plasma equilibrium density is modified and it causes generation of the nonlinearity due to the Ohmic heating of electrons, collisions, and the weak relativistic-ponderomotive force during the interaction of the laser beam with the plasma. Our theoretical and simulation results show that a significant nonlinearity in laser self-focusing can occur under the weak relativistic-ponderomotive regime for some appropriate simulation parameters.

  12. Stationary distribution functions for ohmic Tokamak-plasmas in the weak-collisional transport regime by MaxEnt principle

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    Sonnino, Giorgio; Peeters, Philippe; Sonnino, Alberto; Nardone, Pasquale; Steinbrecher, György

    2015-01-01

    In previous works, we derived stationary density distribution functions (DDF) where the local equilibrium is determined by imposing the maximum entropy (MaxEnt) principle, under the scale invariance restrictions, and the minimum entropy production theorem. In this paper we demonstrate that it is possible to reobtain these DDF solely from the MaxEnt principle subject to suitable scale invariant restrictions in all the variables. For the sake of concreteness, we analyse the example of ohmic, fully ionized, tokamak-plasmas, in the weak-collisional transport regime. In this case we show that it is possible to reinterpret the stationary distribution function in terms of the Prigogine distribution function where the logarithm of the DDF is directly linked to the entropy production of the plasma. This leads to the suggestive idea that also the stationary neoclassical distribution functions, for magnetically confined plasmas in the collisional transport regimes, may be derived solely by the MaxEnt principle.

  13. Transport Processes in a Cylinder Immersed in a Weakly Collisional, Magnetized Plasma

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    Alt, Andrew; Raitses, Yevgeny

    2016-10-01

    Plasma-immersed wall experiments were performed in a magnetized xe plasma in a cross-field penning configuration with density and electron temperature around 1012 cm-3 and 2ev. A cylinder with an open end and diameter of 1.4mm was placed across field lines so that electrons were blocked from reaching a wire recessed behind the shield while Ions were unimpeded. This is the configuration of a magnetically insulated baffled probe, a diagnostic for passively measuring plasma potential. The reduction of electron current to the wire causes it to float close to the plasma potential. Electrons have been observed further behind the baffle than expected and possible mechanisms for this have been studied, including a hall effect at the entrance, exb drift inside the volume, and other collisional effects. This work was supported by DOE contract DE-AC02-09CH11466.

  14. Discrete Kinetic Eigenmode Spectra of Electron Plasma Oscillations in Weakly Collisional Plasma: A Numerical Study

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    Black, Carrie; Germaschewski, Kai; Bhattacharjee, Amitava; Ng, C. S.

    2013-01-01

    It has been demonstrated that in the presence of weak collisions, described by the Lenard-Bernstein collision operator, the Landau-damped solutions become true eigenmodes of the system and constitute a complete set. We present numerical results from an Eulerian Vlasov code that incorporates the Lenard-Bernstein collision operator. The effect of the collisions on the numerical recursion phenomenon seen in Vlasov codes is discussed. The code is benchmarked against exact linear eigenmode solutions in the presence of weak collisions, and a spectrum of Landau-damped solutions is determined within the limits of numerical resolution. Tests of the orthogonality and the completeness relation are presented.

  15. Discrete kinetic eigenmode spectra of electron plasma oscillations in weakly collisional plasma: A numerical study

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    Black, Carrie; Germaschewski, Kai; Bhattacharjee, Amitava; Ng, C. S.

    2013-01-01

    It has been demonstrated that in the presence of weak collisions, described by the Lenard-Bernstein (LB) collision operator, the Landau-damped solutions become true eigenmodes of the system and constitute a complete set [C.-S. Ng et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 1974 (1999) and C. S. Ng et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 065002 (2004)]. We present numerical results from an Eulerian Vlasov code that incorporates the Lenard-Bernstein collision operator [A. Lenard and I. B. Bernstein, Phys. Rev. 112, 1456 (1958)]. The effect of collisions on the numerical recursion phenomenon seen in Vlasov codes is discussed. The code is benchmarked against exact linear eigenmode solutions in the presence of weak collisions, and a spectrum of Landau-damped solutions is determined within the limits of numerical resolution. Tests of the orthogonality and the completeness relation are presented.

  16. Discrete kinetic eigenmode spectra of electron plasma oscillations in weakly collisional plasma: A numerical study

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    Black, Carrie; Ng, C. S.

    2013-01-15

    It has been demonstrated that in the presence of weak collisions, described by the Lenard-Bernstein (LB) collision operator, the Landau-damped solutions become true eigenmodes of the system and constitute a complete set [C.-S. Ng et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 1974 (1999) and C. S. Ng et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 065002 (2004)]. We present numerical results from an Eulerian Vlasov code that incorporates the Lenard-Bernstein collision operator [A. Lenard and I. B. Bernstein, Phys. Rev. 112, 1456 (1958)]. The effect of collisions on the numerical recursion phenomenon seen in Vlasov codes is discussed. The code is benchmarked against exact linear eigenmode solutions in the presence of weak collisions, and a spectrum of Landau-damped solutions is determined within the limits of numerical resolution. Tests of the orthogonality and the completeness relation are presented.

  17. Attenuation characteristics of electromagnetic waves in a weak collisional and fully ionized dusty plasma

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    Dan, Li; Guo, Li-Xin; Li, Jiang-Ting; Chen, Wei; Yan, Xu; Huang, Qing-Qing

    2017-09-01

    The expression of complex dielectric permittivity for non-magnetized fully ionized dusty plasma is obtained based on the kinetic equation in the Fokker-Planck-Landau collision model and the charging equation of the statistical theory. The influences of density, average size of dust grains, and balanced charging of the charge number of dust particles on the attenuation properties of electromagnetic waves in fully ionized dusty plasma are investigated by calculating the attenuation constant. In addition, the attenuation characteristics of weakly ionized and fully ionized dusty plasmas are compared. Results enriched the physical mechanisms of microwave attenuation for fully ionized dusty plasma and provide a theoretical basis for future studies.

  18. Generation of electric fields and currents by neutral flows in weakly ionized plasmas through collisional dynamos

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    Dimant, Y. S.; Oppenheim, M. M.; Fletcher, A. C.

    2016-08-01

    In weakly ionized plasmas neutral flows drag plasma across magnetic field lines generating intense electric fields and currents. An example occurs in the Earth's ionosphere near the geomagnetic equator. Similar processes take place in the Solar chromosphere and magnetohydrodynamic generators. This paper argues that not all convective neutral flows generate electric fields and currents and it introduces the corresponding universal criterion for their formation, ∇×(U ×B )≠∂B /∂t , where U is the neutral flow velocity, B is the magnetic field, and t is time. This criterion does not depend on the conductivity tensor, σ ̂ . For many systems, the displacement current, ∂B /∂t , is negligible making the criterion even simpler. This theory also shows that the neutral-dynamo driver that generates E-fields and currents plays the same role as the DC electric current plays for the generation of the magnetic field in the Biot-Savart law.

  19. Generation of Currents in Weakly Ionized Plasmas through a Collisional Dynamo

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    Dimant, Yakov; Oppenheim, Meers; Fletcher, Alex

    2016-10-01

    Intense electric currents called electrojets occur in weakly ionized magnetized plasmas. An example occurs in the Earth's ionosphere near the magnetic equator where neutral winds drive the plasma across the geomagnetic field. Similar processes take place in the Solar chromosphere and MHD generators. We argue that not all convective neutral flows generate electrojets and it introduces the corresponding universal criterion for the current formation, ∇ × (U-> × B->) ≠ ∂ B-> / ∂ t , where U-> is the neutral flow velocity, B-> is the magnetic field, and t is time. This criterion does not depend on the conductivity tensor, σ̂ . For many systems, the displacement current, ∂ B-> / ∂ t , is negligible, making the criterion even simpler. This theory also shows that the neutral-dynamo driver that generates electrojets plays the same role as the DC electric current plays for the generation of the magnetic field in the Biot-Savart law. Work supported by NSF/DOE Grant PHY-1500439.

  20. Propagation of electromagnetic waves in a weak collisional and fully ionized dusty plasma

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    Jia, Jieshu; Yuan, Chengxun Gao, Ruilin; Wang, Ying; Zhou, Zhong-Xiang; Liu, Sha; Yue, Feng; Wu, Jian; Li, Hui

    2016-04-15

    The propagation properties of electromagnetic (EM) waves in fully ionized dusty plasmas is the subject of this study. The dielectric relationships for EM waves propagating in a fully ionized dusty plasma was derived from the Boltzmann distribution law, taking into consideration the collision and charging effects of the dust grains. The propagation properties of the EM waves in a dusty plasma were numerically calculated and studied. The study results indicated that the dusty grains with an increased radius and charge were more likely to impede the penetration of EM waves. Dust grains with large radii and high charge cause the attenuation of the EM wave in the dusty plasma. The different density of the dust in the plasma appeared to have no obvious effect on the transmission of the EM waves. The propagation of the EM waves in a weakly ionized dusty plasma varies from that in a fully ionized dusty plasma. The results are helpful to analyze the effects of dust in dusty plasmas and also provide a theoretical basis for future studies.

  1. Subgrid modeling of convective turbulence in weakly ionized collisional plasma by renormalization group analysis

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    Hamza, A.M.; Sudan, R.N.

    1995-03-01

    The equations governing the nonlinear evolution of density fluctuations in a low-pressure weakly ionized plasma driven unstable by the ExB or gradient-drift instability were derived by Sudan and Keskinen for addressing the electrostatic turbulence in the E and F regions of the Earth`s ionosphere. The authors have developed a subgrid model suitable for the numerical simulation of these equations which is closely related to renormalized diffusion caused by small-scale fluctuation spectrum. {open_quotes}Dynamical Renormalization Group{close_quotes} (RNG) methods are employed to obtain the renormalized diffusion. This procedure computes the long-wavelength, long-time behavior of density correlations generated by the evolution equation for the plasma stirred by a Gaussian random force characterized by a correlation function {proportional_to} k{sup m} where k is the wavenumber of the forcing function. The effect of small scales on the large-scale dynamics in the limit k{yields}0 and infinite Reynolds number can be expressed in the form of renormalized coefficients; in this case, renormalized diffusion. If one assumes the power spectra to be given by the Kolmogorov argument of cascading of energy through k space then one can derive a subgrid model based on the results of RNG. 27 refs.

  2. Novel theoretical approaches in Thomson laser scattering measurements in weakly nonideal, collisional and inhomogenous arc plasma jets

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    Gregori, Gianluca

    In this thesis we present a novel analysis of the Thomson scattered light from arc plasma jets. This analysis goes beyond the standard random phase approximation (RPA) for plasmas that are weakly non-ideal and collisional. Since these plasmas are characterized by a low number of electrons in the Debye sphere, the usual approach of assuming that each charged particle is surrounded by a well defined screening cloud is questionable. In addition, frequent electron-ion collisions may alter the form for the dynamic structure factor in a more fundamental way than the commonly used Bhatnagar-Gross- Krook (BGK) approximation could predict. Indeed, the failure of the RPA and the BGK approximations in the interpretation of the light scattered data in thermal plasma jet is reported. The novel suggested approach is based on a memory function formalism (MFF) for the spectral density function, which is used to describe the spectrum of the scattered light under a wider range of conditions than the RPA or the BGK approximation. The MFF technique is constructed on a series expansion which preserves the three lowest order frequency-moment sum rules. Simplified forms for these sum rules are introduced in the linear Debye-Huckel (D-H) limit. Possible extensions to the non-linear D-H limit are also discussed and compared with molecular dynamics simulations. In addition, corrections to the proposed form for the sum-rules in highly inhomogeneus systems are derived. Experimental results from arc plasma jets at different operating conditions are then compared with the MFF theory. With this approach self-consistent values for the electron temperature and density in arc plasma jets are obtained. Electron temperature values are compared with a series of spectroscopic measurements that we have performed on the same plasma. Results show that spectroscopic temperatures are lower than the temperatures obtained with Thomson scattering at the same plasma conditions, suggesting a possible departure

  3. The effect of weak collisionality on damped modes and its contribution to linear mode coupling in gyrokinetic simulation

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    Hilscher, P. P.; Imadera, K.; Li, J. Q.; Kishimoto, Y.

    2013-08-15

    We revisit the characteristics of stable, damped modes originating from the Landau damping by employing a discretized gyrokinetic Vlasov simulation and also eigenvalue analysis in an unsheared slab geometry. By comparing results between gyrokinetic simulation and an eigenvalue analysis, we found that there exists a critical collisionality β{sub c}{sup *} at which the Case-van Kampen (CvK) modes are damped down to the analytically estimated Landau damping rate and an eigenmode consistent with Landau's theory emerges. Consequently, the recurrence phenomenon disappears so that the Landau damping can be properly reproduced. The critical collisionality β{sub c}{sup *} depends on the resolution in velocity space; i.e., a higher (lower) resolution requires a lower (higher) collisionality, while tends to zero (β{sub c}{sup *}→0) as Δv→0. It is found through a reduced model that even in the collisionless case with marginally stable CvK modes, the linear mode coupling between unstable and stable/damped components through a tertiary mode and the resultant energy transfer can be properly calculated such that the stable/damped mode persists as an eigenstate.

  4. Effect of the radio frequency discharge on the dust charging process in a weakly collisional and fully ionized plasma

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    Motie, Iman; Bokaeeyan, Mahyar

    2015-02-15

    A close analysis of dust charging process in the presence of radio frequency (RF) discharge on low pressure and fully ionized plasma for both weak and strong discharge's electric field is considered. When the electromagnetic waves pass throughout fully ionized plasma, the collision frequency of the plasma is derived. Moreover, the disturbed distribution function of plasma particles in the presence of the RF discharge is obtained. In this article, by using the Krook model, we separate the distribution function in two parts, the Maxwellian part and the perturbed part. The perturbed part of distribution can make an extra current, so-called the accretion rate of electron (or ion) current, towards a dust particle as a function of the average electron-ion collision frequency. It is proven that when the potential of dust grains increases, the accretion rate of electron current experiences an exponential reduction. Furthermore, the accretion rate of electron current for a strong electric field is relatively smaller than that for a weak electric field. The reasons are elaborated.

  5. Weakness

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  6. Collisional Evolution of Planetesimals

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    Leinhardt, Zoë Malka

    2010-05-01

    Over 400 extrasolar planets have been discovered. These planetary systems are very different from our solar system and surprisingly diverse. The large number of planets detected suggests that planet formation is common around main sequence stars. The major problem facing the scientific community with regards to these discoveries is that observations cannot trace the history of planet formation. Observations provide snapshots of the early stages of a protoplanetary gas disk orbiting a young star and the late stages after planetary systems have formed. But the evolution from a young star to a planetary system has not been observed. Thus, the challenge is to connect the early and late stages of planet formation. Planets form from the collisional growth of planetary building blocks, planetesimals. In recent numerical work we found that the resistance of planetesimals to collisional erosion changes dramatically during planet formation. Young planetesimals are weak aggregates that are easily disrupted due to efficient momentum coupling during low-velocity collisions in early phases of collisional evolution. However, as impact speeds increase the same weak planetesimals become dramatically stronger because the shock from a supersonic impact loses energy to deformation and phase changes. Our work identifies a paradox for the early stages of planet formation. Objects in the km-size range are weak and susceptible to collisional disruption. However, this disruption may actually produce large amounts of debris that can be accreted by remaining undisrupted planetesimals allowing growth. As we work to disentangle these sorts of conundrums we can expect to put forward hypotheses for collisional remnants in our solar system - for example, the dwarf planet Haumea and its collisional family. In this talk I will review the current understanding of planetesimal evolution and discuss how future numerical simulations may connect observational snapshots to provide a complete history of

  7. Solar wind collisional heating

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    Pezzi, Oreste

    2017-06-01

    To properly describe heating in weakly collisional turbulent plasmas such as the solar wind, interparticle collisions should be taken into account. Collisions can convert ordered energy into heat by means of irreversible relaxation towards the thermal equilibrium. Recently, Pezzi et al. (Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 116, 2016a, 145001) showed that the plasma collisionality is enhanced by the presence of fine structures in velocity space. Here, the analysis is extended by directly comparing the effects of the fully nonlinear Landau operator and a linearized Landau operator. By focusing on the relaxation towards the equilibrium of an out of equilibrium distribution function in a homogeneous force-free plasma, here it is pointed out that it is significant to retain nonlinearities in the collisional operator to quantify the importance of collisional effects. Although the presence of several characteristic times associated with the dissipation of different phase space structures is recovered in both the cases of the nonlinear and the linearized operators, the influence of these times is different in the two cases. In the linearized operator case, the recovered characteristic times are systematically larger than in the fully nonlinear operator case, this suggesting that fine velocity structures are dissipated more slowly if nonlinearities are neglected in the collisional operator.

  8. Quenching of internal rotations versus collisional cooling at ultralow energies for weakly interacting partners: Cs{sub 2}({sup 3{Sigma}}{sub u}{sup +}) with {sup 3,4}He

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    Caruso, D.; Tacconi, M.; Gianturco, F. A.; Yurtsever, E.

    2010-04-15

    Quantum-scattering calculations at ultralow (close to 10{sup -6} cm{sup -1}) collision energies are carried out for the Cs dimer in its spin-stretched triplet state, interacting with helium. An ab initio potential energy surface is computed and employed, while the target molecule is kept in its ground vibrational state and several excitated initial rotational states are considered in the quantum dynamics. The highly anisotropic interaction is seen to cause, in spite of its weakness, internal energy quenching rates comparable with the efficiency of the collisional cooling of relative kinetic energies. The rates of spin-flip processes are also analyzed and compared with pure rotational quenching events.

  9. Energetically consistent collisional gyrokinetics

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    Burby, J. W.; Brizard, A. J.; Qin, H.

    2015-10-15

    We present a formulation of collisional gyrokinetic theory with exact conservation laws for energy and canonical toroidal momentum. Collisions are accounted for by a nonlinear gyrokinetic Landau operator. Gyroaveraging and linearization do not destroy the operator's conservation properties. Just as in ordinary kinetic theory, the conservation laws for collisional gyrokinetic theory are selected by the limiting collisionless gyrokinetic theory.

  10. Two-photon collisional redistribution of radiation

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    Alber, G.; Cooper, J.

    1985-01-01

    Collisional redistribution in the presence of two weakly exciting laser fields is studied, including the effects due to degeneracy of the radiator states. A general expression for the total redistributed intensity is derived valid for arbitrary detunings and polarizations of the exciting laser fields. In particular, this expression contains all single-collision and sequential-collision contributions, which are equally important under certain circumstances. The similarities and differences between the redistributed intensity as calculated in this paper and the collisionally aided radiative excitation cross sections studied by Yeh and Berman (1979) and Light and Szoke (1978) are pointed out.

  11. Energetically consistent collisional gyrokinetics

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    Burby, J. W.; Brizard, A. J.; Qin, H.

    2015-10-30

    Here, we present a formulation of collisional gyrokinetic theory with exact conservation laws for energy and canonical toroidal momentum. Collisions are accounted for by a nonlinear gyrokinetic Landau operator. Gyroaveraging and linearization do not destroy the operator's conservation properties. Just as in ordinary kinetic theory, the conservation laws for collisional gyrokinetic theory are selected by the limiting collisionless gyrokinetic theory. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

  12. Energetically consistent collisional gyrokinetics

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    Burby, J. W.; Brizard, A. J.; Qin, H.

    2015-10-30

    Here, we present a formulation of collisional gyrokinetic theory with exact conservation laws for energy and canonical toroidal momentum. Collisions are accounted for by a nonlinear gyrokinetic Landau operator. Gyroaveraging and linearization do not destroy the operator's conservation properties. Just as in ordinary kinetic theory, the conservation laws for collisional gyrokinetic theory are selected by the limiting collisionless gyrokinetic theory. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

  13. Collisional Cascades Revisited

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    Schlichting, Hilke; Pan, M.

    2013-01-01

    Collisional cascades are believed to be the primary mechanism operating in circumstellar dusty debris disks, and are thought to be important in the Kuiper and Asteroid belt. Collisional cascades transfer mass via destructive collisions from larger bodies to smaller ones. Their widespread occurrence and potential importance in understanding planet formation and planet-disk interactions have motivated detailed studies of collisional cascades. The standard theoretical treatment of collisional cascades derives a steady-state size distribution assuming a single constant velocity dispersion for all bodies regardless of size. We relax this assumption and solve self-consistently for the bodies' steady-state size and size-dependent velocity distributions. Specifically, we account for viscous stirring, dynamical friction, and collisional damping of the bodies' random velocities in addition to the mass conservation requirement typically applied to find the size distribution in a steady-state cascade. The resulting size distributions are significantly steeper than those derived without velocity evolution. For example, accounting self-consistently for the velocities can change the standard q = 3.5 power-law index of the Dohnanyi differential size spectrum to an index as large as q = 4. Similarly, for bodies held together by their own gravity, the corresponding power-law index range 2.88 < q < 3.14 of Pan & Sari (2005) can steepen to values as large as q = 3.26. These differences in the size distribution power law index are very important when estimating the total disk mass, including larger bodies, by extrapolating from the observed dust masses. Our velocity results allow quantitative predictions of the bodies' scale heights as a function of size. Together with our predictions, observations of the scale heights for different-sized bodies in, for example, extrasolar debris disks may constrain the total mass in large bodies stirring the cascade as well as the colliding bodies

  14. Fine velocity structures collisional dissipation in plasmas

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    Pezzi, Oreste; Valentini, Francesco; Veltri, Pierluigi

    2016-04-01

    In a weakly collisional plasma, such as the solar wind, collisions are usually considered far too weak to produce any significant effect on the plasma dynamics [1]. However, the estimation of collisionality is often based on the restrictive assumption that the particle velocity distribution function (VDF) shape is close to Maxwellian [2]. On the other hand, in situ spacecraft measurements in the solar wind [3], as well as kinetic numerical experiments [4], indicate that marked non-Maxwellian features develop in the three-dimensional VDFs, (temperature anisotropies, generation of particle beams, ring-like modulations etc.) as a result of the kinetic turbulent cascade of energy towards short spatial scales. Therefore, since collisional effects are proportional to the velocity gradients of the VDF, the collisionless hypothesis may fail locally in velocity space. Here, the existence of several characteristic times during the collisional relaxation of fine velocity structures is investigated by means of Eulerian numerical simulations of a spatially homogeneous force-free weakly collisional plasma. The effect of smoothing out velocity gradients on the evolution of global quantities, such as temperature and entropy, is discussed, suggesting that plasma collisionality can increase locally due to the velocity space deformation of the particle velocity distribution. In particular, by means of Eulerian simulations of collisional relaxation of a spatially homogeneous force-free plasma, in which collisions among particles of the same species are modeled through the complete Landau operator, we show that the system entropy growth occurs over several time scales, inversely proportional to the steepness of the velocity gradients in the VDF. We report clear evidences that fine velocity structures are dissipated by collisions in a time much shorter than global non-Maxwellian features, like, for example, temperature anisotropies. Moreover we indicate that, if small-scale structures

  15. Collisional lifetimes of meteoroids

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    Soja, R. H.; Schwarzkopf, G. J.; Sommer, M.; Vaubaillon, J.; Albin, T.; Rodmann, J.; Grün, E.; Srama, R.

    2016-01-01

    Collisions of meteoroids with interplanetary dust grain fragments particles, dispersing larger particles amongst lower mass intervals. Here we use the method of Grün et al. (1985) and the IMEM interplanetary dust model to calculate the collisional lifetimes for different orbits, and for particles in different meteor showers. The timescales are usually long - of order 10^4 years for 1mm grains on Jupiter-family and Hally-type comet orbits. However, near-sun orbits particles suffer more frequent collisions and therefore have much shorter lifetimes. We discuss factors that affect the accuracy of these calculations.

  16. Collisional damping of the geodesic acoustic mode with toroidal rotation. I. Viscous damping

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    Gong, Xueyu; Xie, Baoyi; Chen, You; Yu, Jiangmei; Yu, Jun; Guo, Wenfeng

    2016-03-15

    With the dispersion relation derived for the geodesic acoustic mode in toroidally rotating tokamak plasmas using the fluid model, the effect of the toroidal rotation on the collisional viscous damping of the geodesic acoustic mode is investigated. It is found that the collisional viscous damping of the geodesic acoustic mode has weak increase with respect to the toroidal Mach number.

  17. Collisional atomic mixing

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    Biersack, Jochen P.

    The collisional mixing of thin metal markers in silicon is investigated with the computer program TRIM-DYNAMIC (T-DYN). This code assumes that at high dose irradiation, the substrate Si or Ge, will get fully amorphized, and the recoil atom can stop in any position after slowing down below a certain final energy Ef (taken here as 3 eV). In order to avoid chemical effects, the system Au marker in a silicon matrix was chosen for the TRIM simulation. The results are in good agreement with the experimental findings, as compiled in the review article by Paine and Averback. Similar collisional mixing effects occur in the process of SIMS or Auger electron depth profiling, and cannot be avoided. An example is given here for a thin layer of arsenic vapor deposited on Si and covered by amorphous silicon. The analysing ion beam in this case was 14.5 keV Cs+ incident at 37° towards the surface normal. In comparison with the SIMS measurements by modern depth profiling equipment, again good agreement was found between the T-DYN results and the experiment.

  18. Transition from Collisionless to Collisional MRI

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    Prateek Sharma; Gregory W. Hammett; Eliot Quataert

    2003-07-24

    Recent calculations by Quataert et al. (2002) found that the growth rates of the magnetorotational instability (MRI) in a collisionless plasma can differ significantly from those calculated using MHD. This can be important in hot accretion flows around compact objects. In this paper, we study the transition from the collisionless kinetic regime to the collisional MHD regime, mapping out the dependence of the MRI growth rate on collisionality. A kinetic closure scheme for a magnetized plasma is used that includes the effect of collisions via a BGK operator. The transition to MHD occurs as the mean free path becomes short compared to the parallel wavelength 2*/k(sub)||. In the weak magnetic field regime where the Alfven and MRI frequencies w are small compared to the sound wave frequency k(sub)||c(sub)0, the dynamics are still effectively collisionless even if omega << v, so long as the collision frequency v << k(sub)||c(sub)0; for an accretion flow this requires n less than or approximately equal to *(square root of b). The low collisionality regime not only modifies the MRI growth rate, but also introduces collisionless Landau or Barnes damping of long wavelength modes, which may be important for the nonlinear saturation of the MRI.

  19. Collisional blockade in microscopic optical dipole traps.

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    Schlosser, N; Reymond, G; Grangier, P

    2002-07-08

    We analyze the operating regimes of a very small optical dipole trap, loaded from a magneto-optical trap, as a function of the atom loading rate, i.e., the number of atoms per second entering the dipole trap. We show that, when the dipole trap volume is small enough, a "collisional blockade" mechanism locks the average number of trapped atoms on the value 0.5 over a large range of loading rates. We also discuss the "weak loading" and "strong loading" regimes outside the blockade range, and we demonstrate experimentally the existence of these three regimes.

  20. Collisional Growth of Planetesimals

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    Schroeter, Thomas; Nyffenegger, Oliver; Benz, Willy

    2010-05-01

    Motivation ---------- In the current planet formation paradigm, planets form through collisions. While the size of the primordial planetesimals is not yet established, it is recognized that this collision cascade plays an crucial role not only in determining the growth rate of the bodies but also in determining their internal structure as well as bulk chemical composition. In the case of giant gaseous planets, the nucleated instability scenario begins with the formation of critical cores of order 10 Earth masses through this very process as well. Hence, the process of collisional growth underpins the early formation of all planets massive or not. The most natural and physically appropriate approach for studying these processes is to perform N-body simulations. Unfortunately, simulating the collisional dynamics of a very large number of bodies (several hundreds of millions) over very long timescales (hundred million orbits) turns out to be computationally prohibitive. Therefore, this approach remains for the moment limited to the late stages of formation when the number of bodies has become tractable. Statistical approaches while allowing treating an arbitrary number of bodies do not provide individual collision histories and therefore cannot address some of the most important issues related to the internal structure of young planets. By introducing an orbit averaging method based on a Monte Carlo technique that allows integrating the system using time steps much longer than an orbital period, we are in a position to follow the individual collision history of several tens of millions of bodies over long evolution times. Hence, this method effectively bridges the gap between the early small planetesimals and the large embryos for which the evolution can be followed using an N-body approach. Approach -------- The method is based on an orbit averaging Monte Carlo process. The essential advantage of the method is to allow for time steps that are not dictated by the

  1. FLYCHK Collisional-Radiative Code

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    SRD 160 FLYCHK Collisional-Radiative Code (Web, free access)   FLYCHK provides a capability to generate atomic level populations and charge state distributions for low-Z to mid-Z elements under NLTE conditions.

  2. Inclined, collisional sediment transport

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    Berzi, Diego; Fraccarollo, Luigi

    2013-10-01

    We apply the constitutive relations of kinetic theory of granular gases to the transport of cohesionless sediments driven by a gravitational liquid turbulent stream in steady uniform conditions. The sediment-laden flow forms self-equilibrated mechanisms of resistance at the bed surface, below which the sediments are at rest. This geo-physical process takes place quite often in streams at moderate slope and may be interpreted through tools common to fluid mechanics and particle physics. Taking into account the viscous dissipation of the fluctuation energy of the particles, and using approximate methods of integration of the governing differential equations, permit to obtain a set of simple formulas for predicting how depths and flow rates adjust to the angle of inclination of the bed, without requiring additional tuning parameters besides the particle and fluid properties. The agreement with laboratory experiments performed with either plastic cylinders or gravel in water is remarkable. We also provide quantitative criteria to determine the range of validity of the theory, i.e., the values of the Shields number and the angle of inclination of the bed for which the particle stresses can be mostly ascribed to collisional exchange of momentum.

  3. Magentically actuated compressor

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    Evans, J.; Studer, P. A. (Inventor)

    1985-01-01

    A vibration free fluid compressor particularly adapted for Stirling cycle cryogenic refrigeration apparatus comprises a pair of identical opposing ferromagnetic pistons located in a housing and between a gas spring including a sealed volume of a working fluid such as gas under pressure. The gas compresses and expands in accordance with movement of the pistons to generate a compression wave which can be vented to other apparatus, for example, a displacer unit in a Stirling cycle engine. The pistons are urged outwardly due to the pressure of the gas; however, a fixed electromagnetic coil assembly located in the housing adjacent the pistons, is periodically energized to produce a magnetic field which interlinks the pistons in such a fashion that the pistons are mutually attracted to one another. The mass of the pistons, in conjunction with the compressed gas between them, form a naturally resonant system which, when the pistons are electromagnetically energized, produces an oscillating compression wave in the entrapped fluid medium.

  4. Magnetismo Molecular (Molecular Magentism)

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    Reis, Mario S; Moreira Dos Santos, Antonio F

    2010-07-01

    The new synthesis processes in chemistry open a new world of research, new and surprising materials never before found in nature can now be synthesized and, as a wonderful result, observed a series of physical phenomena never before imagined. Among these are many new materials the molecular magnets, the subject of this book and magnetic properties that are often reflections of the quantum behavior of these materials. Aside from the wonderful experience of exploring something new, the theoretical models that describe the behavior these magnetic materials are, in most cases, soluble analytically, which allows us to know in detail the physical mechanisms governing these materials. Still, the academic interest in parallel this subject, these materials have a number of properties that are promising to be used in technological devices, such as in computers quantum magnetic recording, magnetocaloric effect, spintronics and many other devices. This volume will journey through the world of molecular magnets, from the structural description of these materials to state of the art research.

  5. COLLISIONALLY BORN FAMILY ABOUT 87 SYLVIA

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    Vokrouhlicky, David; Nesvorny, David; Bottke, William F.; Morbidelli, Alessandro E-mail: davidn@boulder.swri.ed E-mail: morby@obs-nice.f

    2010-06-15

    There are currently more than 1000 multi-opposition objects known in the Cybele population, adjacent and exterior to the asteroid main belt, allowing a more detailed analysis than was previously possible. Searching for collisionally born clusters in this population, we find only one statistically robust case: a family of objects about (87) Sylvia. We use a numerical model to simulate the Sylvia family long-term evolution due to gravitational attraction from planets and thermal (Yarkovsky) effects and to explain its perturbed structure in the orbital element space. This allows us to conclude that the Sylvia family must be at least several hundreds of million years old, in agreement with evolutionary timescales of Sylvia's satellite system. We find it interesting that other large Cybele-zone asteroids with known satellites-(107) Camilla and (121) Hermione-do not have detectable families of collisional fragments about them (this is because we assume that binaries with large primary and small secondary components are necessarily impact generated). Our numerical simulations of synthetic clusters about these asteroids show they would suffer a substantial dynamical depletion by a combined effect of diffusion in numerous weak mean-motion resonances and Yarkovsky forces provided their age is close to {approx}4 billion years. However, we also believe that a complete effacement of these two families requires an additional component, very likely due to resonance sweeping or other perturbing effects associated with the late Jupiter's inward migration. We thus propose that both Camilla and Hermione originally had their collisional families, as in the Sylvia case, but they lost them in an evolution that lasted a billion years. Their satellites are the only witnesses of these effaced families.

  6. Collisional Evolution of Terrestrial Planets

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    Agnor, C.; Asphaug, E.

    2004-12-01

    The terrestrial planets are generally thought to have formed via the collisional accumulation of rocky bodies. The characteristics of the planets produced by this process are, to a large degree, determined by their collisional evolution, and their associated differentiation and thermal evolution. Studies of planet formation and planetary collisional evolution have typically been conducted separately. Most works of late-stage planet formation use perfectly inelastic mergers to model collisions (e.g. Agnor, Canup & Levison 1999, Chambers 2001, Levison & Agnor 2003), with certain recognized inadequacies, notably prohibitively large spin angular momentum acquired as a planet grows. To date, studies of the collisional evolution of terrestrial planets has focused on determining the efficacy of single impacts to account for particular planetary characteristics and the formation of satellites (e.g. Benz et al. 1988, Canup & Asphaug 2001, Canup 2004). It has been recognized for some time (Wetherill 1985) that the final characteristics (e.g. spin state, bulk composition, isotopic age) of an accreting planet are determined not by the last or single largest collision but by all of the major collisional encounters in a planet's history (Agnor, Canup & Levison 1999). As demonstrated by our impact models, each major impact changes the silicate to metal ratio, the thermal state, and the spin state, and sets the stage for the subsequent collision. We are studying collisional dynamics and outcomes common to the late stage of terrestrial planet formation. We use smooth particle hydrodynamics model collisions in an effort to identify the range of impact dynamics that allow for accretion (i.e. mass growth instead of mass loss). In our initial study we found that for dynamical environments typical of most late stage accretion models, about half of all collisions between equal mass planetary embryos do not result in accumulation into a larger embryo (Agnor & Asphaug 2004). We will

  7. Collisional model of quasilinear transport driven by toroidal electrostatic ion temperature gradient modes

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    Pusztai, I.; Fueloep, T.; Candy, J.; Hastie, R. J.

    2009-07-15

    The stability of ion temperature gradient (ITG) modes and the quasilinear fluxes driven by them are analyzed in weakly collisional tokamak plasmas using a semianalytical model based on an approximate solution of the gyrokinetic equation, where collisions are modeled by a Lorentz operator. Although the frequencies and growth rates of ITG modes far from threshold are only very weakly sensitive to the collisionality, the a/L{sub Ti} threshold for stability is affected significantly by electron-ion collisions. The decrease in collisionality destabilizes the ITG mode driving an inward particle flux, which leads to the steepening of the density profile. Closed analytical expressions for the electron and ion density and temperature responses have been derived without expansion in the smallness of the magnetic drift frequencies. The results have been compared with gyrokinetic simulations with GYRO and illustrated by showing the scalings of the eigenvalues and quasilinear fluxes with collisionality, temperature scale length, and magnetic shear.

  8. Mach Probe Wakes are Important in Weakly Magnetized, Collisional Plasmas

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    Gosselin, Jordan James; Thakur, Saikat; Sears, Stephanie; McKee, John; Scime, Earl; Tynan, George

    2015-11-01

    Mach probes are often used as the diagnostic for flow in the scrape off layer (SOL) of tokamaks and in linear devices because of their low cost and ease of construction. However, proper interpretation of the Mach number has been debated, and interpretation methods use different calibration factors for different plasma parameters. The Controlled Shear Decorrelation eXperiment (CSDX) operates in an intermediate magnetization regime. To validate theories in this regime, measurements of the parallel ion velocity were made with Mach probes and laser induced fluorescence (LIF) at magnetic fields from 400 to 1600 gauss. We find that Mach probe measurements indicate higher velocities than LIF at fields above 400 gauss. Reduced downstream plasma density due to probe shadowing is a strong candidate for the cause of the discrepancy. An advective-diffusive model for the geometric shadowing and downstream plasma density is presented. When the model for the density drop is included, the Mach probe results agree with the LIF data. This result should be included by groups using Mach probes to measure parallel velocities in plasmas where the ion-neutral mean free path is shorter than the probe shadow length, Lps = a2Cs /Dperp in linear devices, the SOL, or divertor region of tokamaks. This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, under Awards Number DE-FG02-07ER54912.

  9. Collisional Evolution of Terrestrial Planets

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    Agnor, C. B.; Asphaug, E. I.

    2003-05-01

    The currently accepted model for the formation of terrestrial planets describes their growth as the collisional accumulation of rocky or sometimes molten planetesimals. The characteristics of the planets produced by this process are, to a large degree, determined by their collisional evolution, and their associated differentiation and thermal evolution. Studies of planet formation and planetary collisional evolution have typically been conducted separately. Most works of late-stage planet formation use perfectly inelastic mergers to model collisions (e.g. Agnor, Canup & Levison 1999, Chambers 2001, Levison & Agnor 2003), with certain recognized inadequacies, notably rotationally unstable spin rates acquired as a planet grows. Do planets really accrete in this manner? On the other hand, most of the work studying the collisional evolution of terrestrial planets has focused on determining the efficacy of single impacts to account for particular planetary characteristics and the formation of satellites (e.g. Benz et al. 1988, Canup & Asphaug 2001). It has been recognized for some time (Wetherill 1985) that the final characteristics (e.g. spin state, bulk composition, isotopic age) of an accreting planet are determined not by the last or single largest collision (Agnor, Canup & Levison 1999) but by all of the major collisional encounters in a planet's history. As demonstrated in our impact models, each major impact changes the silicate to metal ratio, the thermal state, and the spin state, and sets the stage for subsequent collisions. We have commenced a detailed study of collision dynamics and outcomes common to the late stage of terrestrial planet accretion. We are modeling collisions using smooth particle hydrodynamics to examine, primarily, the regimes of impact that truly allow for accretion (i.e. mass accumulation instead of mass loss). We are also studying the cumulative affect of giant impacts on major planetary characteristics (such as composition and spin) and

  10. Collisional processes in cometary plasmas

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    Cravens, T. E.

    1991-01-01

    The interaction of the solar wind with comets is initiated at large distances from the nucleus by the ionization of cometary neutrals. The resulting contamination of the solar wind with cometary ions mass-loads the solar wind flow, causing it to slow down. The plasma-comet interaction is largely collisionless at large cometocentric distances. However, collisional processes become important in the inner coma (within the cometopause). Collisional processes include charge-transfer between solar wind protons and neutrals, ion-neutral friction, electron and ion thermal cooling, and ion-neutral chemistry. For example, the magnetometer on the Giotto spacecraft observed a diamagnetic cavity near closest approach. This cavity is a consequence of the balance between an inward-directed magnetic pressure gradient force and an outward ion-netural frictional force. Thermalization of the cometary ion distribution function by Coulomb collisions is another important process in the inner coma of an active comet.

  11. Petrologic evidence for collisional heating of chondritic asteroids

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    Rubin, Alan E.

    1995-01-01

    The identification of the mechanism(s) responsible for heating asteroids is among the major problems in planetary science. Because of difficulties with models of electromagnetic induction and the decay of short-lived radionuclides, it is worthwhile to evaluate the evidence for collisional heating. New evidence for localized impact heating comes from the high proportion of relict type-6 material among impact-melt-bearing ordinary chondrites (OC). This relict material was probably metamorphosed by residual heat within large craters. Olivine aggregates composed of faceted crystals with 120 deg triple junctions occur within the melted regions of the Chico and Rose City OC melt rocks; the olivine aggregates formed from shocked, mosaicized olivine grains that underwent contact metamorphism. Large-scale collisional heating is supoorted by the correlation in OC between petrologic type and shock stage; no other heating mechanism can readily account for this correlation. The occurrence of impact-melt-rock clasts in OC that have been metamorphosed along with their whole rocks indicates that some impact events preceded or accompanied thermal metamorphism. Such impacts events, occurring during or shortly after accretion, are probably responsible for substantially melting approximately 0.5% of OC. These events must have heated a larger percentage of OC to subsolidus temperatures sufficient to have caused significant metamorphism. If collisional heating is viable, then OC parent asteroids must have been large; large OC asteroids in the main belt may include those of the S(IV) spectral subtype. Collisional heating is inconsistent with layered ('onion-shell') structures in OC asteroids (wherein the degree of metamorphism increases with depth), but the evidence for such structures is weak. It seems likely that collisional heating played an important role in metamorphosing chondritic asteroids.

  12. Optimal electric potential profile in a collisional magnetized thruster

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    Fruchtman, Amnon; Makrinich, Gennady

    2016-10-01

    A major figure of merit in propulsion in general and in electric propulsion in particular is the thrust per unit of deposited power, the ratio of thrust over power. We have recently demonstrated experimentally and theoretically that for a fixed deposited power in the ions, the momentum delivered by the electric force is larger if the accelerated ions collide with neutrals during the acceleration. As expected, the higher thrust for given power is achieved for a collisional plasma at the expense of a lower thrust per unit mass flow rate. Operation in the collisional regime can be advantageous for certain space missions. We analyze a Hall thruster configuration in which the flow is only weakly ionized but there are frequent ion-neutral collisions. With a variational method we seek an electric potential profile that maximizes thrust over power. We then examine what radial magnetic field profile should determine such a potential profile. Supported by the Israel Science Foundation Grant 765/11.

  13. Collisional plateaus. [in earth and Venus lithospheres

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    Morgan, P.; Burke, K.

    1985-01-01

    Aspects of the geology of collisional plateaus formed by the thickening of continental crust are briefly reviewed. The history of studies of collisional plateaus is summarized, and igneous activity in collisional plateaus is discussed. Isostatic considerations pertaining to these plateaus are addressed, developing models of isostatic support of topography which illustrate the importance of compressional tectonics in the creation of high altitude plateaus. Possible analogous environments on Venus are considered. Finally, the paradox of extension associated with compression in the plateaus is discussed.

  14. Collisional plateaus. [in earth and Venus lithospheres

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    Morgan, P.; Burke, K.

    1985-01-01

    Aspects of the geology of collisional plateaus formed by the thickening of continental crust are briefly reviewed. The history of studies of collisional plateaus is summarized, and igneous activity in collisional plateaus is discussed. Isostatic considerations pertaining to these plateaus are addressed, developing models of isostatic support of topography which illustrate the importance of compressional tectonics in the creation of high altitude plateaus. Possible analogous environments on Venus are considered. Finally, the paradox of extension associated with compression in the plateaus is discussed.

  15. Collisional δf method

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    Chen, Yang; White, Roscoe B.

    1997-10-01

    A general method for including various collisional effects, such as the drag and diffusion of test particles due to background plasmas, the effect of particle source and sink, and the like-particle Coloumb collisions, is presented. The marker density g is generally unknown along the particle trajectory, and its evaluation depends on the way particles are initially loaded and new particles are injected into the simulation. The method is demonstrated for the problem of the nonlinear evolution of the toroidicity induced Alfvén eigenmode, driven by energetic α particles. The saturation amplitude is found to scale with the collision rate in a way as predicted by theory.

  16. Collisional Damping Of Plasma Waves On A Pure Electron Plasma Column

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    Anderson, M. W.; O'Neil, T. M.

    2009-03-01

    The collisional damping of electron plasma waves (or, more precisely, Trivelpiece-Gould waves) on a pure electron plasma column is discussed. The damping in a pure electron plasma differs from that in a neutral plasma, since there are no ions to provide collisional drag. A dispersion equation for the complex wave frequency is derived from Poisson's equation and the drift-kinetic equation with the Dougherty collision operator—a Fokker-Planck operator that conserves particle number, momentum, and energy yet is analytically tractable. In the limit of weak collisionality, for phase velocity comparable to the thermal velocity, Landau damping is recovered. For larger phase velocity, where Landau damping is negligible, the dispersion equation can be solved analytically, yielding the complex frequency ω = (kzωp/k)[1+(3/2)(kλD)2(1+10iα/9)(1+2iα)-1], where ωp is the plasma frequency, kz is the axial wavenumber, k is the total wavenumber, λD is the Debye length, ν is the collision frequency, and α≡νk/ωpkz. This expression spans from the weakly collisional regime (α≪1)) to the strongly collisional regime (α≫1), matching onto fluid results in the latter limit. Note that in the weakly collisional regime the damping rate is given by Im(ω)≅-4ν(kλD)2/3, which is suppressed from the damping rate in a neutral plasma [Im(ω)≅-ν/2] by the factor (kλD)2≪1; this suppression reflects the conservation of electron momentum in the pure electron plasma. In the limit of strong collisionality, the damping is enhanced by cross-field transport resulting from long-range collisions. These collisions are neglected in the kinetic treatment, but their contribution to the damping is estimated from fluid theory.

  17. THE COLLISIONAL EVOLUTION OF DEBRIS DISKS

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    Gaspar, Andras; Rieke, George H.; Balog, Zoltan E-mail: grieke@as.arizona.edu

    2013-05-01

    We explore the collisional decay of disk mass and infrared emission in debris disks. With models, we show that the rate of the decay varies throughout the evolution of the disks, increasing its rate up to a certain point, which is followed by a leveling off to a slower value. The total disk mass falls off {proportional_to}t {sup -0.35} at its fastest point (where t is time) for our reference model, while the dust mass and its proxy-the infrared excess emission-fades significantly faster ({proportional_to}t {sup -0.8}). These later level off to a decay rate of M{sub tot}(t){proportional_to}t {sup -0.08} and M{sub dust}(t) or L{sub ir}(t){proportional_to}t {sup -0.6}. This is slower than the {proportional_to}t {sup -1} decay given for all three system parameters by traditional analytic models. We also compile an extensive catalog of Spitzer and Herschel 24, 70, and 100 {mu}m observations. Assuming a log-normal distribution of initial disk masses, we generate model population decay curves for the fraction of stars harboring debris disks detected at 24 {mu}m. We also model the distribution of measured excesses at the far-IR wavelengths (70-100 {mu}m) at certain age regimes. We show general agreement at 24 {mu}m between the decay of our numerical collisional population synthesis model and observations up to a Gyr. We associate offsets above a Gyr to stochastic events in a few select systems. We cannot fit the decay in the far-infrared convincingly with grain strength properties appropriate for silicates, but those of water ice give fits more consistent with the observations (other relatively weak grain materials would presumably also be successful). The oldest disks have a higher incidence of large excesses than predicted by the model; again, a plausible explanation is very late phases of high dynamical activity around a small number of stars. Finally, we constrain the variables of our numerical model by comparing the evolutionary trends generated from the exploration

  18. Neoclassical Transport Including Collisional Nonlinearity

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    Candy, J.; Belli, E. A.

    2011-06-10

    In the standard {delta}f theory of neoclassical transport, the zeroth-order (Maxwellian) solution is obtained analytically via the solution of a nonlinear equation. The first-order correction {delta}f is subsequently computed as the solution of a linear, inhomogeneous equation that includes the linearized Fokker-Planck collision operator. This equation admits analytic solutions only in extreme asymptotic limits (banana, plateau, Pfirsch-Schlueter), and so must be solved numerically for realistic plasma parameters. Recently, numerical codes have appeared which attempt to compute the total distribution f more accurately than in the standard ordering by retaining some nonlinear terms related to finite-orbit width, while simultaneously reusing some form of the linearized collision operator. In this work we show that higher-order corrections to the distribution function may be unphysical if collisional nonlinearities are ignored.

  19. Collisional {delta}f method

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    Chen, Y.; White, R.B.

    1997-10-01

    A general method for including various collisional effects, such as the drag and diffusion of test particles due to background plasmas, the effect of particle source and sink, and the like-particle Coloumb collisions, is presented. The marker density g is generally unknown along the particle trajectory, and its evaluation depends on the way particles are initially loaded and new particles are injected into the simulation. The method is demonstrated for the problem of the nonlinear evolution of the toroidicity induced Alfv{acute e}n eigenmode, driven by energetic {alpha} particles. The saturation amplitude is found to scale with the collision rate in a way as predicted by theory.{copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  20. Collisional Aggregation Due to Turbulence

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    Pumir, Alain; Wilkinson, Michael

    2016-03-01

    Collisions between particles suspended in a fluid play an important role in many physical processes. As an example, collisions of microscopic water droplets in clouds are a necessary step in the production of macroscopic raindrops. Collisions of dust grains are also conjectured to be important for planet formation in the gas surrounding young stars and to play a role in the dynamics of sand storms. In these processes, collisions are favored by fast turbulent motions. Here we review recent advances in the understanding of collisional aggregation due to turbulence. We discuss the role of fractal clustering of particles and caustic singularities of their velocities. We also discuss limitations of the Smoluchowski equation for modeling such processes. These advances lead to a semiquantitative understanding on the influence of turbulence on collision rates and point to deficiencies in the current understanding of rainfall and planet formation.

  1. Collisional Damping of Plasma Waves on a Pure Electron Plasma Column.

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    Anderson, M. W.; O'Neil, T. M.

    2007-11-01

    Collisional damping of electron plasma waves (Trivelpiece-Gould waves) on a magnetized pure electron plasma column is discussed. Damping in a pure electron plasma differs from damping in a neutral plasma, since there are no ions to provide a collisional drag on the oscillating electrons. A dispersion relation for the complex frequency, φ, is derived from Poisson's equation and the drift-kinetic equation with the Dougherty collision operator. This approximate Fokker-Planck operator conserves particle number, momentum, and energy, and also is analytically tractable. For large phase velocity, where Landau damping is negligible, the dispersion relation yields the complex frequency φ kzφp/ k)[1 3/2)(k λD)^2 (1 10 α/ 9) (1 2 α)-1], where φp is the plasma frequency, kz is the axial wave number, k is the total wave number, λD is the Debye length, ν is the collision frequency and α k / φpkz. This expression spans uniformly from the weakly collisional regime ( α ) to the strongly collisional regime (α> 1 ), matching onto fluid results in the latter limit. For comparison, note that in the weakly collisional regime, the damping rate is given by Im (φ) 4 νk^2 λD^2 / 3, which is suppressed from the damping rate for the case of a neutral plasma [i.e., Im (φ) ˜- ν] by the small factor ( k λD)^2 1.

  2. Universal collisional activation ion trap mass spectrometry

    DOEpatents

    McLuckey, S.A.; Goeringer, D.E.; Glish, G.L.

    1993-04-27

    A universal collisional activation ion trap comprises an ion trapping means containing a bath gas and having connected thereto a noise signal generator. A method of operating a universal collisional activation ion trap comprises the steps of: providing an ion trapping means; introducing into the ion trapping means a bath gas; and, generating a noise signal within the ion trapping means; introducing into the ion trapping means a substance that, when acted upon by the noise signal, undergoes collisional activation to form product ions.

  3. Universal collisional activation ion trap mass spectrometry

    DOEpatents

    McLuckey, Scott A.; Goeringer, Douglas E.; Glish, Gary L.

    1993-01-01

    A universal collisional activation ion trap comprises an ion trapping means containing a bath gas and having connected thereto a noise signal generator. A method of operating a universal collisional activation ion trap comprises the steps of: providing an ion trapping means; introducing into the ion trapping means a bath gas; and, generating a noise signal within the ion trapping means; introducing into the ion trapping means a substance that, when acted upon by the noise signal, undergoes collisional activation to form product ions.

  4. Influence of collisional dephasing processes on superfluorescence

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    Maki, Jeffery J.; Malcuit, Michelle S.; Raymer, Michael G.; Boyd, Robert W.; Drummond, Peter D.

    1989-11-01

    We present a quantum-mechanical treatment of the influence of collisional dephasing processes on the statistical properties of superfluorescence (SF). The theory, which treats nonlinear propagation effects as well as quantum noise, shows how the nature of the cooperative emission process changes from that of SF to that of amplified spontaneous emission as the collisional dephasing rate is varied. The predictions of how the SF delay time varies with the collisional dephasing rate are in good agreement with the results of a recent experiment [M. S. Malcuit, J. J. Maki, D. J. Simkin, and R. W. Boyd, Phys. Rev. Lett. 59, 1189 (1987)].

  5. Drift and separation in collisionality gradients

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    Ochs, I. E.; Rax, J. M.; Gueroult, R.; ...

    2017-07-20

    Here we identify a single-particle drift resulting from collisional interactions with a background species, in the presence of a collisionality gradient and background net flow. We also analyze this drift in different limits, showing how it reduces to the well known impurity pinch for high-Zi impurities. We find that in the low-temperature, singly ionized limit, the magnitude of the drift becomes mass-dependent and energy-dependent. Furthermore, by solving for the resulting diffusion-advection motion, we propose a mass-separation scheme that takes advantage of this drift, and analyze the separative capability as a function of collisionally dissipated energy.

  6. Drift and separation in collisionality gradients

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    Ochs, I. E.; Rax, J. M.; Gueroult, R.; Fisch, N. J.

    2017-08-01

    We identify a single-particle drift resulting from collisional interactions with a background species, in the presence of a collisionality gradient and background net flow. We analyze this drift in different limits, showing how it reduces to the well known impurity pinch for high-Zi impurities. We find that in the low-temperature, singly ionized limit, the magnitude of the drift becomes mass-dependent and energy-dependent. By solving for the resulting diffusion-advection motion, we propose a mass-separation scheme that takes advantage of this drift, and analyze the separative capability as a function of collisionally dissipated energy.

  7. Collisional Records in Iron Meteorites

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    Marti, K.; Lavielle, B.; Jeannot, J.-P.

    1995-09-01

    The asteroid belt is considered to be the ultimate source of iron meteorites and it would be of considerable interest to obtain a chronology of break-ups of asteroidal objects. However, as multiple fragmentation of such objects did likely occur, the exposure ages date the break-off of iron masses from shielded locations within the immediate parent object. Meteorites which were fragmented in more than one collisional event may have recorded integral effects of cosmic ray interactions in varying geometrical configuration and individual stages may be difficult to unravel; we term such exposure histories "complex". Exposure age histograms based on potassium ages have been discussed by Voshage [1] and he concluded that irons of groups IIIA and IIIB reveal similar histograms and probably were derived from the same parent body. He also noted a cluster for group IVA members ,but no clear evidence for other clusters. We present the collisional evidence based on published noble gas data, coupled to the new production rates which we calculate for central locations, adjusted for off-center locations whenever concentration profiles can be inferred. Unlike potassium ages which show large uncertainties for ages < 300 Ma, T38 ages can be obtained for all iron meteorites. We note, however,that T38 values of five "old" irons are systematically 15% lower than potassium ages. We confirm the evidence for stochastic events for IIIAB and IVA irons. The statistics are improved because of the larger data base. There are interesting clusters also among ages < 100 Ma, in the range which overlaps the histograms of chondrites. Recent reports [2,3] of H-chondritic inclusions in IIE irons, whose exposure ages are consistent with H-chondrite clusters, point to a genetic link. Group IIAB reveals two clusters with T38 < 100 Ma, and both events appear to involve also IIE irons. Clusterings of two thirds of group IIIE members and of group IID irons appear significant. The youngest IVB ages coincide

  8. Magnetosonic shock wave in collisional pair-ion plasma

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    Adak, Ashish Khan, Manoranjan; Sikdar, Arnab

    2016-06-15

    Nonlinear propagation of magnetosonic shock wave has been studied in collisional magnetized pair-ion plasma. The masses of both ions are same but the temperatures are slightly different. Two fluid model has been taken to describe the model. Two different modes of the magnetosonic wave have been obtained. The dynamics of the nonlinear magnetosonic wave is governed by the Korteweg-de Vries Burgers' equation. It has been shown that the ion-ion collision is the source of dissipation that causes the Burgers' term which is responsible for the shock structures in equal mass pair-ion plasma. The numerical investigations reveal that the magnetosonic wave exhibits both oscillatory and monotonic shock structures depending on the strength of the dissipation. The nonlinear wave exhibited the oscillatory shock wave for strong magnetic field (weak dissipation) and monotonic shock wave for weak magnetic field (strong dissipation). The results have been discussed in the context of the fullerene pair-ion plasma experiments.

  9. Collisionality Dependence of Multi-species Density Peaking in Turbulence Simulations of C-Mod Plasmas

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    Mikkelsen, D. R.; Bitter, M.; Delgado-Aparicio, L.; Hill, K. W.; Greenwald, M.; Howard, N.; Podpaly, Y.; Reinke, M.; Rice, J. E.; Hughes, J. W.; Ma, Y.; Candy, J.; Waltz, R. E.

    2012-10-01

    In nonlinear GYRO simulations of C-Mod plasmas, a turbulently driven pinch produces modest density peaking of all species. The ratio of density at r/a=0.44 and 0.74 is 1.2 for the majority and minority D & H (and electrons), and increases with impurity Z: 1.1 for helium, 1.15 for boron, 1.29 for neon, 1.36 for argon, 1.47 for molybdenum. Density peaking is only weakly affected when the ion temperature profile is varied to align the predicted heat flux to the experimental transport analysis. New simulations will extend the collisionality to the lower part of the experimentally accessible range in C-Mod to study the collisionality dependence of density peaking, and to establish whether much stronger peaking is predicted for lower collisionalities. Simulations based on measured I-mode ion and electron temperature profiles will also be presented.

  10. Leap frog integrator modifications in highly collisional particle-in-cell codes

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    Hanzlikova, N.; Turner, M. M.

    2014-07-01

    Leap frog integration method is a standard, simple, fast, and accurate way to implement velocity and position integration in particle-in-cell codes. Due to the direct solution of kinetics of particles in phase space central to the particle-in-cell procedure, important information can be obtained on particle velocity distributions, and consequently on transport and heating processes. This approach is commonly associated with physical situations where collisional effects are weak, but can also be profitably applied in some highly collisional cases, such as occur in semiconductor devices and gaseous discharges at atmospheric pressure. In this paper, we show that the implementation of the leap frog integration method in these circumstances can violate some of the assumptions central to the accuracy of this scheme. Indeed, without adaptation, the method gives incorrect results. We show here how the method must be modified to deal correctly with highly collisional cases.

  11. Collisional damping of plasma waves on a pure electron plasma column

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    Anderson, M. W.; O'Neil, T. M.

    2007-11-01

    The collisional damping of electron plasma waves (or Trivelpiece-Gould waves) on a pure electron plasma column is discussed. The damping in a pure electron plasma differs from that in a neutral plasma, since there are no ions to provide collisional drag. A dispersion relation for the complex wave frequency is derived from Poisson's equation and the drift-kinetic equation with the Dougherty collision operator—a Fokker-Planck operator that conserves particle number, momentum, and energy. For large phase velocity, where Landau damping is negligible, the dispersion relation yields the complex frequency ω =(kzωp/k)[1+(3/2)(kλD)2(1+10iα/9)(1+2iα)-1], where ωp is the plasma frequency, kz is the axial wavenumber, k is the total wavenumber, λD is the Debye length, ν is the collision frequency, and α ≡νk/ωpkz. This expression spans from the weakly collisional regime (α≪1) to the moderately collisional regime (α˜1) and in the weakly collisional limit yields a damping rate which is smaller than that for a neutral plasma by the factor k2λD2≪1. In the strongly collisional limit (α≫1), the damping is enhanced by long-range interactions that are not present in the kinetic theory (which assumes pointlike interactions); the effect of these long-range collisions on the damping is discussed.

  12. Possible Effects of Collisional Breakup on Mixed-Phase Deep Convection Simulated by a Spectral (Bin) Cloud Model.

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    Seifert, Axel; Khain, Alexander; Blahak, Ulrich; Beheng, Klaus D.

    2005-06-01

    The effects of the collisional breakup of raindrops are investigated using the Hebrew University Cloud Model (HUCM). The parameterizations, which are combined in the new breakup scheme, are those of Low and List, Beard and Ochs, as well as Brown. A sensitivity study reveals strong effects of collisional breakup on the precipitation formation in mixed-phase deep convective clouds for strong as well as for weak precipitation events. Collisional breakup reduces the number of large raindrops, increases the number of small raindrops, and, as a consequence, decreases surface rain rates and considerably reduces the speed of rain formation. In addition, it was found that including breakup can lead to a more intense triggering of secondary convective cells. But a statistical comparison with observed raindrop size distributions shows that the parameterizations might systematically overestimate collisional breakup.

  13. Collisional damping rates for plasma waves

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    Tigik, S. F. Ziebell, L. F.; Yoon, P. H.

    2016-06-15

    The distinction between the plasma dynamics dominated by collisional transport versus collective processes has never been rigorously addressed until recently. A recent paper [P. H. Yoon et al., Phys. Rev. E 93, 033203 (2016)] formulates for the first time, a unified kinetic theory in which collective processes and collisional dynamics are systematically incorporated from first principles. One of the outcomes of such a formalism is the rigorous derivation of collisional damping rates for Langmuir and ion-acoustic waves, which can be contrasted to the heuristic customary approach. However, the results are given only in formal mathematical expressions. The present brief communication numerically evaluates the rigorous collisional damping rates by considering the case of plasma particles with Maxwellian velocity distribution function so as to assess the consequence of the rigorous formalism in a quantitative manner. Comparison with the heuristic (“Spitzer”) formula shows that the accurate damping rates are much lower in magnitude than the conventional expression, which implies that the traditional approach over-estimates the importance of attenuation of plasma waves by collisional relaxation process. Such a finding may have a wide applicability ranging from laboratory to space and astrophysical plasmas.

  14. IDENTIFYING COLLISIONAL FAMILIES IN THE KUIPER BELT

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    Marcus, Robert A.; Ragozzine, Darin; Murray-Clay, Ruth A.; Holman, Matthew J.

    2011-05-20

    The identification and characterization of numerous collisional families-clusters of bodies with a common collisional origin-in the asteroid belt has added greatly to the understanding of asteroid belt formation and evolution. More recent study has also led to an appreciation of physical processes that had previously been neglected (e.g., the Yarkovsky effect). Collisions have certainly played an important role in the evolution of the Kuiper Belt as well, though only one collisional family has been identified in that region to date, around the dwarf planet Haumea. In this paper, we combine insights into collisional families from numerical simulations with the current observational constraints on the dynamical structure of the Kuiper Belt to investigate the ideal sizes and locations for identifying collisional families. We find that larger progenitors (r {approx} 500 km) result in more easily identifiable families, given the difficulty in identifying fragments of smaller progenitors in magnitude-limited surveys, despite their larger spread and less frequent occurrence. However, even these families do not stand out well from the background. Identifying families as statistical overdensities is much easier than characterizing families by distinguishing individual members from interlopers. Such identification seems promising, provided the background population is well known. In either case, families will also be much easier to study where the background population is small, i.e., at high inclinations. Overall, our results indicate that entirely different techniques for identifying families will be needed for the Kuiper Belt, and we provide some suggestions.

  15. Collisional damping rates for plasma waves

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    Tigik, S. F.; Ziebell, L. F.; Yoon, P. H.

    2016-06-01

    The distinction between the plasma dynamics dominated by collisional transport versus collective processes has never been rigorously addressed until recently. A recent paper [P. H. Yoon et al., Phys. Rev. E 93, 033203 (2016)] formulates for the first time, a unified kinetic theory in which collective processes and collisional dynamics are systematically incorporated from first principles. One of the outcomes of such a formalism is the rigorous derivation of collisional damping rates for Langmuir and ion-acoustic waves, which can be contrasted to the heuristic customary approach. However, the results are given only in formal mathematical expressions. The present brief communication numerically evaluates the rigorous collisional damping rates by considering the case of plasma particles with Maxwellian velocity distribution function so as to assess the consequence of the rigorous formalism in a quantitative manner. Comparison with the heuristic ("Spitzer") formula shows that the accurate damping rates are much lower in magnitude than the conventional expression, which implies that the traditional approach over-estimates the importance of attenuation of plasma waves by collisional relaxation process. Such a finding may have a wide applicability ranging from laboratory to space and astrophysical plasmas.

  16. Jeans stability in collisional quantum dusty magnetoplasmas

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    Jamil, M.; Asif, M.; Mir, Zahid; Salimullah, M.

    2014-09-15

    Jeans instability is examined in detail in uniform dusty magnetoplasmas taking care of collisional and non-zero finite thermal effects in addition to the quantum characteristics arising through the Bohm potential and the Fermi degenerate pressure using the quantum hydrodynamic model of plasmas. It is found that the presence of the dust-lower-hybrid wave, collisional effects of plasma species, thermal effects of electrons, and the quantum mechanical effects of electrons have significance over the Jeans instability. Here, we have pointed out a new class of dissipative instability in quantum plasma regime.

  17. On collisional disruption - Experimental results and scaling laws

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    Davis, Donald R.; Ryan, Eileen V.

    1990-01-01

    Both homogeneous and inhomogeneous targets have been addressed by the present experimental consideration of the impact strengths, fragment sizes, and fragment velocities generated by cement mortar targets whose crushing strengths vary by an order of magnitude, upon impact of projectiles in the velocity range of 50-5700 m/sec. When combined with additional published data, dynamic impact strength is found to correlate with quasi-static material strengths for materials ranging in character from basalt to ice; two materials not following this trend, however, are weak mortar and clay targets. Values consistent with experimental results are obtainable with a simple scaling algorithm based on impact energy, material properties, and collisional strain rate.

  18. Spatial structure of a collisionally inhomogeneous Bose-Einstein condensate

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    Li, Fei; Zhang, Dongxia; Rong, Shiguang; Xu, Ying

    2013-11-15

    The spatial structure of a collisionally inhomogeneous Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in an optical lattice is studied. A spatially dependent current with an explicit analytic expression is found in the case with a spatially dependent BEC phase. The oscillating amplitude of the current can be adjusted by a Feshbach resonance, and the intensity of the current depends heavily on the initial and boundary conditions. Increasing the oscillating amplitude of the current can force the system to pass from a single-periodic spatial structure into a very complex state. But in the case with a constant phase, the spatially dependent current disappears and the Melnikov chaotic criterion is obtained via a perturbative analysis in the presence of a weak optical lattice potential. Numerical simulations show that a strong optical lattice potential can lead BEC atoms to a state with a chaotic spatial distribution via a quasiperiodic route.

  19. Stellarator bootstrap current and plasma flow velocity at low collisionality

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    Helander, P.; Parra, F. I.; Newton, S. L.

    2017-04-01

    The bootstrap current and flow velocity of a low-collisionality stellarator plasma are calculated. As far as possible, the analysis is carried out in a uniform way across all low-collisionality regimes in general stellarator geometry, assuming only that the confinement is good enough that the plasma is approximately in local thermodynamic equilibrium. It is found that conventional expressions for the ion flow speed and bootstrap current in the low-collisionality limit are accurate only in the -collisionality regime and need to be modified in the -regime. The correction due to finite collisionality is also discussed and is found to scale as 2/5$ .

  20. Trapped-Particle-Mediated Collisional Damping of Non-Axisymmetric Plasma Waves

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    Kabantsev, Andrey A.; Driscoll, C. Fred

    2006-10-18

    Weak axial ripples in magnetic or electric confinement fields in pure electron plasmas cause slow electrons to be trapped locally, and collisional diffusion across the trapping separatrix then causes surprisingly large trapped-particle-mediated (TPM) damping and transport effects. Here, we characterize TPM damping of m{theta} {ne} 0, mz = {+-}1 Trivelpiece-Gould (TG) plasma modes in large amplitude long-lived BGK states. The TPM damping gives {gamma}BGK/{omega} {approx} 10-4, and seems to dominate in regimes of weak collisions.

  1. Collisional Transitions in Interstellar Asymmetric Top Molecules

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    Chandra, Suresh

    2012-07-01

    For the study of a molecule in interstellar space or in circumstellar envelopes of an evolved star, one has to deal with a multi-level system in the molecule. These levels are connected through radiative as well as collisional transitions. The NLTE effects in a molecule come in the picture only when collisional transitions are present. Computation of collisional rates is quite cumbersome task. Besides emission and absorption, two anomalous phenomena: (i) MASER action and (ii) Anomalous absorption (Absorption against the CMB) are shown by some molecules in interstellar space. Both of these phenomena are good examples of NLTE prevailing in the interstellar space and circumstellar envelopes of evolved stars. In the present talk, we shall discuss about the collisional transitions between rotational levels in a molecule. The collisional rate coefficients for the rotational transition J τ → J' τ' at the kinetic temperature T, averaged over the Maxwellian distribution are C(J τ → J' τ'|T) = \\Big(\\frac{8 k T}{π μ}\\Big)^{1/2} \\Big(\\frac{1}{k T}\\Big)^2 \\int_0^\\infty σ (J τ → J' τ'|E) E {e}^{-E/kT} {d} E where μ is the reduced mass of the system and the cross section σ(J τ → J' τ'|E) for the transition is \\begin{eqnarray} σ (J τ → J' τ'|E) = \\sum_{L M M'} S(J, τ, J', τ'|L, M, M') q(L, M, M'|E) The q(L, M, M'|E) are the parameters which can be obtained from the software MOLSCAT. The spectroscopic coefficients, S ( J, τ, J', τ'|L, M, M'), depend on the wave-functions of the molecules and on the angular momentum coupling factors: S(J, τ, J', τ'|L, M, M') = \\sum_{p, p', q, q'} g^p_{J τ} g^q_{J τ} g^{p'}_{J' τ'} g^{q'}_{J' τ'} \\big \\big Here, \\big represents the Clebsch-Gorden coefficient. The g-coefficients can be obtained from laboratory analysis of the molecule and the parameters q(L, M, M'|E) can be obtained with the help of the software MOLSCAT for a

  2. Collisional Simulations of Neptune's Ring Arcs

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    Hänninen, J.; Porco, C.

    1997-03-01

    The currently accepted model for Neptune arc confinement relies on the radial and azimuthal confining perturbations due to the nearby satellite, Galatea. This model calls for arc particle orbits exhibiting a negative eccentricity gradient and crossing at quadrature, a configuration that paradoxically leads to collisions energetic enough to disrupt arc confinement. We confirm with numerical collisional N-body simulations that the confinement mechanism relying on a 42:43 corotation-inclination resonance and a 42:43 outer Lindblad resonance with Galatea is indeed capable of confining a large population of 10-m-size and bigger particles over short time scales. Moreover, we find that an 84:86 outer vertical resonance, also due to Galatea, falling within 20 m of the arcs' radial position, effectively reduces the collision frequency and relative collisional velocities and consequently stabilizes the arcs over long time scales against the disruptive effects of collisions.

  3. Collisional relaxation: Landau versus Dougherty operator

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    Pezzi, Oreste; Valentini, F.; Veltri, P.

    2015-01-01

    A detailed comparison between the Landau and the Dougherty collision operators has been performed by means of Eulerian simulations, in the case of relaxation toward equilibrium of a spatially homogeneous field-free plasma in three-dimensional velocity space. Even though the form of the two collisional operators is evidently different, we found that the collisional evolution of the relevant moments of the particle distribution function (temperature and entropy) are similar in the two cases, once an `ad hoc' time rescaling procedure has been performed. The Dougherty operator is a nonlinear differential operator of the Fokker-Planck type and requires a significantly lighter computational effort with respect to the complete Landau integral; this makes self-consistent simulations of plasmas in presence of collisions affordable, even in the multi-dimensional phase space geometry.

  4. Collisional and collisionless expansion of Yukawa balls.

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    Piel, Alexander; Goree, John A

    2013-12-01

    The expansion of Yukawa balls is studied by means of molecular dynamics simulations of collisionless and collisional situations. High computation speed was achieved by using the parallel computing power of graphics processing units. When the radius of the Yukawa ball is large compared to the shielding length, the expansion process starts with the blow-off of the outermost layer. A rarefactive wave subsequently propagates radially inward at the speed of longitudinal phonons. This mechanism is fundamentally different from Coulomb explosions, which employ a self-similar expansion of the entire system. In the collisionless limit, the outer layers carry away most of the available energy. The simulations are compared with analytical estimates. In the collisional case, the expansion process can be described by a nonlinear diffusion equation that is a special case of the porous medium equation.

  5. Ambient tremors in a collisional orogenic belt

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    Chuang, Lindsay Yuling; Chen, Kate Huihsuan; Wech, Aaron G.; Byrne, Timothy; Peng, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Deep-seated tectonic tremors have been regarded as an observation tied to interconnected fluids at depth, which have been well documented in worldwide subduction zones and transform faults but not in a collisional mountain belt. In this study we explore the general features of collisional tremors in Taiwan and discuss the possible generation mechanism. In the 4 year data, we find 231 ambient tremor episodes with durations ranging from 5 to 30 min. In addition to a coseismic slip-induced stress change from nearby major earthquake, increased tremor rate is also highly correlated with the active, normal faulting earthquake swarms at the shallower depth. Both the tremor and earthquake swarm activities are confined in a small, area where the high attenuation, high thermal anomaly, the boundary between high and low resistivity, and localized veins on the surfaces distributed, suggesting the involvement of fluids from metamorphic dehydration within the orogen.

  6. Collisional thulium vapour gas-discharge laser

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    Gerasimov, V A; Pavlinskii, A V

    2004-01-31

    A collisional laser on a system of atomic levels based on the principle proposed by Gould is built for the first time. The population of the upper laser level and relaxation of the lower level occur upon inelastic collisions of excited thulium atoms with helium atoms. The lower-level relaxation occurs in a reaction with an energy defect of > 13000 cm{sup -1}. (active media. lasers)

  7. Collisional excitation of interstellar methyl cyanide

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    Green, Sheldon

    1986-01-01

    Theoretical calculations are used to determine the collisional excitation rates of methyl cyanide under interstellar molecular cloud conditions. The required Q(L,M) as a function of kinetic temperature were determined by averaging fixed energy IOS (infinite order sudden) results over appropriate Boltzmann distributions of collision energies. At a kinetic temperature of 40 K, rates within a K ladder were found to be accurate to generally better than about 30 percent.

  8. Collisionally induced atomic clock shifts and correlations

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    Band, Y. B.; Osherov, I.

    2011-07-15

    We develop a formalism to incorporate exchange symmetry considerations into the calculation of collisional frequency shifts for atomic clocks using a density-matrix formalism. The formalism is developed for both fermionic and bosonic atomic clocks. Numerical results for a finite-temperature {sup 87}Sr {sup 1}S{sub 0} (F=9/2) atomic clock in a magic wavelength optical lattice are presented.

  9. Fe XVII Emission from Hot, Collisional Plasmas

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    Beiersdorfer, P; Bitter, M; von Goeler, S; Hill, K W

    2004-12-03

    The ratios of the Fe XVII 3s {yields} 2p transitions to that of the dominant 3d {yields} 2p transition measured in high-temperature tokamak plasmas are compared to solar and astrophysical observations. Good agreement is found, indicating that the collisional line formation processes active in opacity-free, low-density, high-temperature laboratory plasmas are a good description of those found in astrophysical plasmas.

  10. Collisional zones in Puerto Rico and the northern Caribbean

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    Laó-Dávila, Daniel A.

    2014-10-01

    Puerto Rico is an amalgamation of island arc terranes that has recorded the deformational and tectonic history of the North American-Caribbean Plate boundary. Four collisional zones indicate the contractional events that have occurred at the plate boundary. Metamorphism and deformation of Middle Jurassic to Early Cretaceous oceanic lithosphere during the Early Cretaceous indicate the earliest collisional event. Then, an ophiolitic mélange, mostly comprised of blocks of the metamorphosed oceanic lithosphere, was formed and emplaced in the backarc region during the Turonian-Coniacian deformational event. A possible collision with a buoyant block in the North American Plate caused late Maastrichtian-early Paleocene contraction that created fold-and-thrust belts and the remobilization and uplift of serpentinite bodies in the Southwest Block. Late Eocene-early Oligocene transpression was localized along the Southern and Northern Puerto Rico fault zones, which occur north and south of large granodiorite intrusions in the strong Central Block. The deformation was accommodated in pure shear domains of fold-and-thrust belts and conjugate strike-slip faults, and simple shear domains of large mostly left-lateral faults. In addition, it reactivated faults in the weak Southwest Block. This island-wide transpression is the result of a Greater Antilles arc and continental North American collision. The kinematic model of the structures described in Puerto Rico correlate with some structures in Hispaniola and Cuba, and shows how the northern boundary of the Caribbean Plate was shortened by collisions with continental lithosphere of the North American Plate throughout its history. The tectonic evolution of the Greater Antilles shows a history of collisions, in which the latest collision accretes Cuba to the North American Plate, reorganizes the plate boundary, and deforms with transpression Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. The latest collision in Puerto Rico shows the case in which an

  11. Kinetic Theory of Instability-Enhanced Collisional Effects

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    Baalrud, Scott

    2009-10-01

    A generalization of the Lenard-Balescu collision operator is derived which accounts for the scattering of particles by instability amplified fluctuations that originate from the thermal motion of discrete particles (in contrast to evoking a fluctuation level externally, as is done in quasilinear kinetic theory) [1]. Emphasis is placed on plasmas with convective instabilities. It is shown that an instability-enhanced collective response results which can be the primary mechanism for scattering particles, being orders of magnitude more frequent than conventional Coulomb collisions, even though the fluctuations are in a linear growth phase. The resulting collision operator is shown to obey conservation laws (energy, momentum, and density), Galilean invariance, and the Boltzmann H-theorem. It has the property that Maxwellian is the unique equilibrium distribution function; again in contrast to weak turbulence or quasilinear theories. Instability-enhanced collisional effects can dominate the physics of low-temperature plasmas. For example, this theory has been applied to two outstanding problems: Langmuir's paradox [2] and determining Bohm's criterion for plasmas with multiple ion species. Langmuir's paradox is a measurement of anomalous electron scattering rapidly establishing a Maxwellian distribution in gas discharges with low temperature and pressure. This may be explained by instability-enhanced scattering in the plasma-boundary transition region (presheath) where convective ion-acoustic instabilities are excited. Bohm's criterion for multiple ion species is a single condition that the ion fluid speeds must obey at the sheath edge; but it is insufficient to determine the speed of individual species. It is shown that an instability-enhanced collisional friction, due to streaming instabilities in the presheath, determines this criterion.[4pt] [1] S.D. Baalrud, J.D. Callen, and C.C. Hegna, Phys. Plasmas 15, 092111 (2008).[0pt] [2] S.D. Baalrud, J.D. Callen, and C

  12. Collisional excitation of vinylidene (H2CC)

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    Sharma, M. K.; Sharma, Monika; Verma, U. P.; Chandra, Suresh

    2014-11-01

    Though H2CO, H2CS, H2CCC, H2CCCC, H2CCO have been identified in cool interstellar molecular clouds, identification of H2CC is still awaited. To analyze its spectrum, collisional rate coefficients are required. We have calculated collisional rate coefficients for rotational transitions between 23 levels of ortho and para H2CC for kinetic temperatures 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 K. The scattering problem is analyzed using the computer code MOLSCAT where the colliding partner is He atom. The interaction between H2CC and He has been calculated with GAUSSIAN 2003. For the interaction potential obtained with GAUSSIAN 2003, MOLSCAT is used to derive the parameters q(L,M,M‧|E) as a function of energy E of the colliding partner. After averaging the parameters q(L,M,M‧|E) over a Maxwellian distribution, the parameters Q(L,M,M‧|T) as a function of the kinetic temperature T in the cloud are obtained. Finally, the collisional rate coefficients have been calculated. We have also calculated radiative transition probabilities for the transitions between the rotational levels. Finally, for ortho-H2CC, we have solved a set of statistical equilibrium equations coupled with the equations of radiative transfer and found that the H2CC may be identified through anomalous absorption of its transition 111-110 at 4.89 GHz.

  13. Exact collisional moments for plasma fluid theories

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    Pfefferlé, D.; Hirvijoki, E.; Lingam, M.

    2017-04-01

    The velocity-space moments of the often troublesome nonlinear Landau collision operator are expressed exactly in terms of multi-index Hermite-polynomial moments of distribution functions. The collisional moments are shown to be generated by derivatives of two well-known functions, namely, the Rosenbluth-MacDonald-Judd-Trubnikov potentials for a Gaussian distribution. The resulting formula has a nonlinear dependency on the relative mean flow of the colliding species normalised to the root-mean-square of the corresponding thermal velocities and a bilinear dependency on densities and higher-order velocity moments of the distribution functions, with no restriction on temperature, flow, or mass ratio of the species. The result can be applied to both the classic transport theory of plasmas that relies on the Chapman-Enskog method, as well as to derive collisional fluid equations that follow Grad's moment approach. As an illustrative example, we provide the collisional ten-moment equations with exact conservation laws for momentum- and energy-transfer rates.

  14. Exact collisional moments for plasma fluid theories

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    Pfefferlé, D.; Hirvijoki, E.; Lingam, M.

    2017-04-01

    The velocity-space moments of the often troublesome nonlinear Landau collision operator are expressed exactly in terms of multi-index Hermite-polynomial moments of distribution functions. The collisional moments are shown to be generated by derivatives of two well-known functions, namely, the Rosenbluth-MacDonald-Judd-Trubnikov potentials for a Gaussian distribution. The resulting formula has a nonlinear dependency on the relative mean flow of the colliding species normalised to the root-mean-square of the corresponding thermal velocities and a bilinear dependency on densities and higher-order velocity moments of the distribution functions, with no restriction on temperature, flow, or mass ratio of the species. The result can bemore » applied to both the classic transport theory of plasmas that relies on the Chapman-Enskog method, as well as to derive collisional fluid equations that follow Grad's moment approach. As an illustrative example, we provide the collisional ten-moment equations with exact conservation laws for momentum-and energy-transfer rates.« less

  15. Mantle conveyor beneath the Tethyan collisional belt

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    Faccenna, C.; Becker, T. W.

    2012-04-01

    Collisional belts are generated by the arrival of continental lithosphere into a subduction zone. The Tethyan suture from the Bitlis to the Himalayas is a prime example where the Arabian and Indian plates collided with Eurasia during the Cenozoic. While the kinematics of this process are well established, its dynamics are more uncertain. India and Arabia intriguingly keep advancing, in spite of large collisional resisting forces, and in the absence of a substantial, upper mantle slab driving force at present-day. We perform global mantle circulation computations to test the role of deep mantle flow as a driving force for the kinematics of the Tethyan collisional belt, evaluating different boundary conditions and mantle density distributions as inferred from seismic tomography or slab models. Our results show that mantle drag exerted on the base of the lithosphere by a large-scale, convective "conveyor belt" with an active upwelling component is likely the main cause for the ongoing indentation of the Indian and Arabian plates into Eurasia

  16. Mantle conveyor beneath the Tethyan collisional belt

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    Becker, Thorsten W.; Faccenna, Claudio

    2011-10-01

    Collisional belts are generated by the arrival of continental lithosphere into a subduction zone. The Tethyan suture from the Bitlis to the Himalayas is a prime example where the Arabian and Indian plates collided with Eurasia during the Cenozoic. While the kinematics of this process are well established, its dynamics are more uncertain. India and Arabia intriguingly keep advancing, in spite of large collisional resisting forces, and in the absence of a substantial, upper mantle slab driving force at present-day. We perform global mantle circulation computations to test the role of deep mantle flow as a driving force for the kinematics of the Tethyan collisional belt, evaluating different boundary conditions and mantle density distributions as inferred from seismic tomography or slab models. Our results show that mantle drag exerted on the base of the lithosphere by a large-scale, convective "conveyor belt" with an active upwelling component is likely the main cause for the ongoing indentation of the Indian and Arabian plates into Eurasia.

  17. Weak Interactions

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    Lee, T. D.

    1957-06-01

    Experimental results on the non-conservation of parity and charge conservation in weak interactions are reviewed. The two-component theory of the neutrino is discussed. Lepton reactions are examined under the assumption of the law of conservation of leptons and that the neutrino is described by a two- component theory. From the results of this examination, the universal Fermi interactions are analyzed. Although reactions involving the neutrino can be described, the same is not true of reactions which do not involve the lepton, as the discussion of the decay of K mesons and hyperons shows. The question of the invariance of time reversal is next examined. (J.S.R.)

  18. ACCRETION IN PROTOPLANETARY DISKS BY COLLISIONAL FUSION

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    Wettlaufer, J. S.

    2010-08-10

    The formation of a solar system such as ours is believed to have followed a multi-stage process around a protostar and its associated accretion disk. Whipple first noted that planetesimal growth by particle agglomeration is strongly influenced by gas drag, and Cuzzi and colleagues have shown that when midplane particle mass densities approach or exceed those of the gas, solid-solid interactions dominate the drag effect. The size dependence of the drag creates a 'bottleneck' at the meter scale with such bodies rapidly spiraling into the central star, whereas much smaller or larger particles do not. Independent of whether the origin of the drag is angular momentum exchange with gas or solids in the disk, successful planetary accretion requires rapid planetesimal growth to kilometer scales. A commonly accepted picture is that for collisional velocities V{sub c} above a certain threshold value, V {sub th{approx}} 0.1-10 cm s{sup -1}, particle agglomeration is not possible; elastic rebound overcomes attractive surface and intermolecular forces. However, if perfect sticking is assumed for all ranges of interparticle collision speeds the bottleneck can be overcome by rapid planetesimal growth. While previous work has dealt with the influences of collisional pressures and the possibility of particle fracture or penetration, the basic role of the phase behavior of matter-phase diagrams, amorphs, and polymorphs-has been neglected. Here, it is demonstrated for compact bodies that novel aspects of surface phase transitions provide a physical basis for efficient sticking through collisional melting/amorphization/polymorphization and subsequent fusion/annealing to extend the collisional velocity range of primary accretion to {Delta}V{sub c} {approx} 1-100 m s{sup -1} >> V {sub th}, which encompasses both typical turbulent rms speeds and the velocity differences between boulder-sized and small grains {approx}1-50 m s{sup -1}. Therefore, as inspiraling meter-sized bodies collide

  19. Inward particle transport at high collisionality in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak

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    Wang, G. Q.; Ma, J.; Weiland, J.; Zang, Q.

    2013-10-15

    We have made the first drift wave study of particle transport in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (Wan et al., Nucl. Fusion 49, 104011 (2009)). The results reveal that collisions make the particle flux more inward in the high collisionality regime. This can be traced back to effects that are quadratic in the collision frequency. The particle pinch is due to electron trapping which is not very efficient in the high collisionality regime so the approach to equilibrium is slow. We have included also the electron temperature gradient (ETG) mode to give the right electron temperature gradient, since the Trapped Electron Mode (TE mode) is weak in this regime. However, at the ETG mode number ions are Boltzmann distributed so the ETG mode does not give particle transport.

  20. Collisional dust avalanches in debris discs

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    Grigorieva, A.; Artymowicz, P.; Thébault, Ph.

    2007-01-01

    We quantitatively investigate how collisional avalanches may develop in debris discs as the result of the initial breakup of a planetesimal or comet-like object, triggering a collisional chain reaction due to outward escaping small dust grains. We use a specifically developed numerical code that follows both the spatial distribution of the dust grains and the evolution of their size-frequency distribution due to collisions. We investigate how strongly avalanche propagation depends on different parameters (e.g., amount of dust released in the initial breakup, collisional properties of dust grains, and their distribution in the disc). Our simulations show that avalanches evolve on timescales of ~1000 years, propagating outwards following a spiral-like pattern, and that their amplitude exponentially depends on the number density of dust grains in the system. We estimate the probability of witnessing an avalanche event as a function of disc densities, for a gas-free case around an A-type star, and find that features created by avalanche propagation can lead to observable asymmetries for dusty systems with a β Pictoris-like dust content or higher. Characteristic observable features include: (i) a brightness asymmetry of the two sides for a disc viewed edge-on, and (ii) a one-armed open spiral or a lumpy structure in the case of face-on orientation. A possible system in which avalanche-induced structures might have been observed is the edge-on seen debris disc around HD 32297, which displays a strong luminosity difference between its two sides.

  1. Muscle Weakness

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    Al Kaissi, Ali; Ryabykh, Sergey; Ochirova, Polina; Kenis, Vladimir; Hofstätter, Jochen G.; Grill, Franz; Ganger, Rudolf; Kircher, Susanne Gerit

    2017-01-01

    Marked ligamentous hyperlaxity and muscle weakness/wasting associated with awkward gait are the main deficits confused with the diagnosis of myopathy. Seven children (6 boys and 1 girl with an average age of 8 years) were referred to our department because of diverse forms of skeletal abnormalities. No definitive diagnosis was made, and all underwent a series of sophisticated investigations in other institutes in favor of myopathy. We applied our methodology through the clinical and radiographic phenotypes followed by targeted genotypic confirmation. Three children (2 boys and 1 girl) were compatible with the diagnosis of progressive pseudorheumatoid chondrodysplasia. The genetic mutation was correlated with the WISP 3 gene actively expressed by articular chondrocytes and located on chromosome 6. Klinefelter syndrome was the diagnosis in 2 boys. Karyotyping confirmed 47,XXY (aneuploidy of Klinefelter syndrome). And 2 boys were finally diagnosed with Morquio syndrome (MPS type IV A) as both showed missense mutations in the N-acetylgalactosamine-sulfate sulfatase gene. Misdiagnosis can lead to the initiation of a long list of sophisticated investigations. PMID:28210640

  2. Collisional Drift Waves in Stellarator Plasmas

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    J.L.V. Lewandowski

    2003-10-07

    A computational study of resistive drift waves in the edge plasma of a stellarator with an helical magnetic axis is presented. Three coupled field equations, describing the collisional drift wave dynamics in the linear approximation, are solved as an initial-value problem along the magnetic field line. The magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium is obtained from a three-dimensional local equilibrium model. The use of a local magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium model allows for a computationally efficient systematic study of the impact of the magnetic field structure on drift wave stability.

  3. Wavepacket theory of collisional dissociation in molecules

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    Kulander, K.

    1980-01-01

    An explicit integration scheme is used to solve the time dependent Schroedinger equation for wavepackets which model collisions in the collinear H + H/sub 2/ system. A realistic LEPS-type potential energy surface is used. Collision energies considered are above the dissociation threshold and probabilities for collision induced dissociation are reported. Also quantum mechanical state-to-state transition probabilities are generated. These results are compared to extensive classical trajectory calculations performed on this same system. The time evolution of the wavepacket densities is studied to understand the dynamics of the collinear collisional dissociation process.

  4. Dense, collisional, shearing flows of compliant spheres

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    Jenkins, James; Berzi, Diego

    2017-06-01

    We outline the development of theory to describe, dense, collisional shearing flows of identical compliant spheres. We begin with two simple theories: one for rigid, nearly elastic spheres that interact through instantaneous, binary collisions; the other for compliant spheres that interact through multiple, enduring contacts. We then join the two extremes by adding compliance to the collisions and collisions to the spheres in enduring contact. Finally, we compare the predictions of the resulting theory with the results of discrete numerical simulations of steady, homogeneous shearing of compliant frictional spheres.

  5. Ion closure theory for high collisionality revisited

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    Ji, Jeong-Young Held, Eric D.

    2015-06-15

    According to analytical calculations of the ion collision operator, the ion-electron collision terms could be larger than the ion-ion collision terms. In the previous work [J.-Y. Ji and E. D. Held, Phys. Plasmas 20, 042114 (2013)], the ion-electron collision effects are diminished by the ion temperature change terms introduced from unlikely assumptions. In this work, the high-collisionality closures for ions are calculated without the temperature change terms. The ion-electron collision terms significantly modify existing closure coefficients.

  6. Missing mass in collisional debris from galaxies.

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    Bournaud, Frédéric; Duc, Pierre-Alain; Brinks, Elias; Boquien, Médéric; Amram, Philippe; Lisenfeld, Ute; Koribalski, Bärbel S; Walter, Fabian; Charmandaris, Vassilis

    2007-05-25

    Recycled dwarf galaxies can form in the collisional debris of massive galaxies. Theoretical models predict that, contrary to classical galaxies, these recycled galaxies should be free of nonbaryonic dark matter. By analyzing the observed gas kinematics of such recycled galaxies with the help of a numerical model, we demonstrate that they do contain a massive dark component amounting to about twice the visible matter. Staying within the standard cosmological framework, this result most likely indicates the presence of large amounts of unseen, presumably cold, molecular gas. This additional mass should be present in the disks of their progenitor spiral galaxies, accounting for a substantial part of the so-called missing baryons.

  7. Asymptotic separation in multispecies collisional plasma shocks.

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    Bellei, C; Amendt, P A

    2014-07-01

    When a piston drives a shock in a multicomponent plasma, residual separation of the ion species persists close to the piston-plasma boundary, long after the shock has propagated away from the boundary and has reached a (nearly) steady-state solution. This effect is observed in hybrid particle-in-cell simulations with two kinetic ion species and fluid electrons. It is a consequence of the different dynamics experienced by ions of different mass and charge-to-mass ratio and must be taken into account to properly model the physics of species separation in collisional plasma shocks.

  8. Simulation of collisional fragmentation with explosives

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    Housen, Kevin

    1993-01-01

    For practical reasons, experimental studies of collisional fragmentation must at times rely on explosives to fragment a target body. For example, Housen et al., described experiments in which spheres were fragmented in a pressurized atmosphere. Explosives were used because impacts could not be performed in the pressure chamber. Explosives can also be used to study targets much larger than those which can be disrupted by conventional light-gas guns, thereby allowing size- and rate-effects to be investigated. The purpose of this study is to determine the charge burial depth required to simulate various aspects of collisions.

  9. Collisional population transfer in yterbium ions

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    Schauer, Martin Michael; Torgerson, Justin R; Danielson, Jeremy R; Zhao, Xinxin; Nguyen, Ahn - Tuan; Wang, Li - Bang

    2009-01-01

    Long-lived metastable states of Yb+ ions are used for atomic frequency standards, precision measurements, and quantum information research. The effect of population trapping and transfer in these states must be well understood. We report here the transfer of Yb+ ions into the long-lived {sup 2}F{sub 7/2} state by means of collisions between He buffer gas and Yb+ ions held in a linear Paul trap. Transfer rates were measured as functions of buffer-gas pressure and repump-laser power, and the collisional population transfer rates were extracted. The measured transfer rate coefficients are 8.32(75)x10-11 and 8.65(33)x10-11 cm3/s for the collisional processes {sup 2}P{sub 1/2}{yields}{sup 2}D{sub 5/2} and {sup 2}D{sub 3/2}{yields}{sup 2}F{sub 7/2}, respectively.

  10. Laser cooling by collisional redistribution of radiation.

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    Vogl, Ulrich; Weitz, Martin

    2009-09-03

    The general idea that optical radiation may cool matter was put forward 80 years ago. Doppler cooling of dilute atomic gases is an extremely successful application of this concept. More recently, anti-Stokes cooling in multilevel systems has been explored, culminating in the optical refrigeration of solids. Collisional redistribution of radiation has been proposed as a different cooling mechanism for atomic two-level systems, although experimental investigations using moderate-density gases have not reached the cooling regime. Here we experimentally demonstrate laser cooling of an atomic gas based on collisional redistribution of radiation, using rubidium atoms in argon buffer gas at a pressure of 230 bar. The frequent collisions in the ultradense gas transiently shift a highly red-detuned laser beam (that is, one detuned to a much lower frequency) into resonance, whereas spontaneous decay occurs close to the unperturbed atomic resonance frequency. During each excitation cycle, kinetic energy of order k(B)T-that is, the thermal energy (k(B), Boltzmann's constant; T, temperature)-is extracted from the dense atomic sample. In a proof-of-principle experiment with a thermally non-isolated sample, we demonstrate relative cooling by 66 K. The cooled gas has a density more than ten orders of magnitude greater than the typical values used in Doppler-cooling experiments, and the cooling power reaches 87 mW. Future applications of the technique may include supercooling beyond the homogeneous nucleation temperature and optical chillers.

  11. Archean collisional tectonics in SW Montana

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    Mogk, D.; Rickmond, D.; Salt, K.; Clark, M.; Mueller, P.; Lafrenze, D.; Wooden, J.; Henry, D.

    1985-01-01

    The Archean continental crust of SW Montana evolved through alternating cycles of stable platform sedimentation followed by crustal thickening through collisional tectonics. The ancient sialic crust in the Beartooth Mountains served as the nucleus for accretion of younger terranes to the west. The oldest orogenic cycle recognized in the Beartooth Mountains involves a 3.4 Ga old supracrustal sequence which was metamorphosed in the granulite facies (T=700-800/sup 0/C, P=6Kb, 35/sup 0/C/Km); deep burial is interpreted as the result of collisional tectonic thickening. The second orogenic cycle is subduction related and has produced 2.8 Ga old andesites, 2.75 Ga old calc-alkaline intrusives, upper amphibolite grade metamorphism, transcurrent faulting (in the North Snowy Block and Yankee Jim canyon at 2.8 Ga) and nappe emplacement. In the central Beartooths post-orogenic granites intrude pelitic schists (T=600/sup 0/C, P=8Kb, 25/sup 0/C/Km). West of the Beartooths the basement consists of 2.75-2.70 Ga old, tectonically telescoped coarse clastics (Gallatin, Madison Ranges) and stable platform sequences (Gravelly, Tobacco Root, Ruby Ranges). Nappe formation and granulite-migmatite (700-750/sup 0/C) associations are common, suggesting deep burial through tectonic thickening. A later-kinematic mesozonal (8Kb) qtz diorite-granodiorite batholithic complex is present in the northern Madison Range. Quartzofeldspathic paragneisses in the westernmost Archean basement are derived from either a continental or island arc source.

  12. Collisional Features in Saturn's F Ring

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    Attree, Nicholas Oliver; Murray, Carl; Cooper, Nicholas; Williams, Gareth

    2016-10-01

    Saturn's highly dynamic F ring contains a population of small (radius ~ 1 km) moonlets embedded within its core or on nearby orbits. These objects interact, both gravitationally and collisionally, with the ring producing a range of features, some of which are unique to it. Here we present a brief overview of F ring collisional processes, investigated using a combination of Cassini imaging, simulations and orbital dynamics. Collisions produce linear debris clouds, known as 'jets' and 'mini-jets', which evolve, due to differential orbital motion, over periods ranging from hours to months. Mini-jet-forming collisions occur daily in the F ring whilst larger, more dramatic, events are rarer but produce jets that persist for many months, 'wrapping around' the ring to form almost parallel strands. Measuring jet properties, such as formation rates and relative orbits, allows us to infer a local population of order hundreds of objects colliding at relative velocities of a few metres per second. N-body modelling of the collisions shows good agreement with observations when two aggregates are allowed to impact and partially fragment (as opposed to a solid moonlet encountering dust), implying massive objects both in the core and nearby. Multiple, repeated collisions by the same, or fragments of the same, object are also important in explaining some jet morphology, showing that many objects survive the collisions. The F ring represents a natural laboratory for observing low-velocity collisions between icy objects as well as the ongoing aggregation and accretion that most-likely forms them.

  13. Collisional deactivation of highly vibrationally excited pyrazine

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    Miller, Laurie A.; Barker, John R.

    1996-07-01

    The collisional deactivation of vibrationally excited pyrazine (C4N2H4) in the electronic ground state by 19 collider gases was studied using the time-resolved infrared fluorescence (IRF) technique. The pyrazine was photoexcited with a 308 nm laser and its vibrational deactivation was monitored following rapid radiationless transitions to produce vibrationally excited molecules in the electronic ground state. The IRF data were analyzed by a simple approximate inversion method, as well as with full collisional master equation simulations. The average energies transferred in deactivating collisions (<ΔE>d) exhibit a near-linear dependence on vibrational energy at lower energies and less dependence at higher energies. The deactivation of ground state pyrazine was found to be similar to that of ground state benzene [J. R. Barker and B. M. Toselli, Int. Rev. Phys. Chem. 12, 305 (1990)], but it is strikingly different from the deactivation of triplet state pyrazine [T. J. Bevilacqua and R. B. Weisman, J. Chem. Phys. 98, 6316 (1993)].

  14. Collisional evolution of the Earth's leftover population

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    Kuzmitcheva, M. Yu.; Ivanov, B. A.

    We study populations of minor bodies at the end of the main accretional period in the inner solar system when they undergo to disruptive collisional cascade. The final depletion of the population on highly-inclined orbits with a timescale on the order of 77 Ma would cause a late heavy bombardment. For numerical simulations we use an original code successfully tested to explore a collisional evolution of the Main Belt asteroids. Size-frequency distribution of the leftover population with the same strength scaling law as for the MB population demonstrates similar features in R-plots such as two humps. In the fist turn for 1 Ma a depression in population of the weakest bodies develops and it's position is defined by the chosen strength law and not dependant on the velocity of mutual collisions in the wide range. From this point of view the leftover population and the primordial Main Belt population are indistinguishable in crater records on the early lunar terrains.

  15. Collisional and Radiative Relaxation of Antihydrogen.

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    Bass, E. M.; Dubin, D. H. E.

    2007-11-01

    Antihydrogen is produced in high-magnetic-field Penning traps by introducing antiprotons into a pure-positron plasma at cryogenic temperature T.ootnotetextG. Gabrielse et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 213401 (2002).^,ootnotetextM. Amoretti et al., Nature 419, 456 (2002). In the experimental regime, three-body recombination forms highly-excited atoms which exhibit classical guiding-center drift orbits.ootnotetextM.E. Glinsky and T.M. O'Neil, Phys. Fluids B 3, 1279 (1991).^,ootnotetextF. Robicheaux and J.D. Hanson, Phys. Rev. A 69, 010701 (2004). Using energy transition rates obtained from a Monte-Carlo simulation, we track the collisional evolution of a distribution of atoms from binding energies near T to Uc= e^2 (B^2/mec^2)^1/3, where atom dynamics is chaotic. While the flux through the kinetic bottleneck (U = 4 T) is proportional to T-9/2, data suggest that the flux at Uc (at a fixed time) does not scale strongly with T or magnetic field B. At Uc, radiation begins to take over as the principle energy-loss mechanism. Evolution due to radiation is tracked for a typical collisionally-evolved energy distribution to show that a small number of low-angular-momentum atoms radiate to the ground state rapidly, while others drop into slowly-radiating, circular orbits at intermediate energies.

  16. Collisional-Radiative Kinetics in Monatomic Gases

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    Le, Hai; Karagozian, Ann

    2012-11-01

    A detailed model of electronic excited states is essential in capturing all the nonequilibrium processes of a partially ionized plasma by means of collisional and radiative interactions. This collisional-radiative (CR) model allows us to consider deviations from equilibrium distribution of the internal states, and is now more commonly used in the study of plasma discharges. Prior studies by Kapper and Cambier and Panesi et al. suggest that this level of detail is needed for an accurate prediction of the flow field, and it is particularly relevant to plasma-combustion interactions. The required number of excited states needed to be included in the CR model is often prohibitively large due to the nonequilibrium condition of the plasma. The consequence is a large system of ODE's which needs to be solved at each time step. A reduced mechanism for the CR model can be attained by grouping the upper states of the atomic state distribution (ASDF) into a pseudo-level in which the population is characterized either by a uniform distribution or a Boltzmann distribution. This talk presents both detailed and reduced models for an ionizing shock in Argon. Supported by the US Air Force/ERC, Inc. under subcontract RS111738.

  17. A COLLISIONAL ORIGIN FOR THE LEO RING

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    Michel-Dansac, Leo; Emsellem, Eric; Duc, Pierre-Alain; Bournaud, Frederic; Oosterloo, Tom; Morganti, Raffaella; Serra, Paolo; Ibata, Rodrigo

    2010-07-10

    Extended H I structures around galaxies are of prime importance for probing galaxy formation scenarios. The giant H I ring in the Leo group is one of the largest and most intriguing H I structures in the nearby universe. Whether it consists of primordial gas, as suggested by the apparent absence of any optical counterpart and the absence of an obvious physical connection to nearby galaxies, or of gas expelled from a galaxy in a collision is actively debated. We present deep wide field-of-view optical images of the ring region obtained with MegaCam on the CFHT. They reveal optical counterparts to several H I and UV condensations along the ring, in the g', r', and i' bands, which likely correspond to stellar associations formed within the gaseous ring. Analyzing the spectral energy distribution of one of these star-forming regions, we found it to be typical for a star-forming region in pre-enriched tidal debris. We then use simulations to test the hypothesis that the Leo ring results from a head-on collision between Leo group members NGC 3384 and M96. According to our model which is able to explain, at least qualitatively, the main observational properties of the system, the Leo ring is consistent with being a collisional ring. It is thus likely another example of extended intergalactic gas made-up of pre-enriched collisional debris.

  18. Collisional Features in Saturn's F Ring

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    Attree, Nicholas; Murray, Carl D; Cooper, Nicholas; Williams, Gareth

    2014-05-01

    Saturn’s F ring is a highly dynamic environment; changeable over timescales from hours to years and displaying a variety of features caused by both gravitational and collisional interactions with local objects. These objects range from the ‘shepherding’ moons Prometheus and Pandora down to small (radius < 1 km) moonlets, embedded in the ring or on nearby orbits. Previously (Attree et al. 2014) we catalogued nearly 900 small-scale collisional features (“mini-jets”) from Cassini images, placing constraints on the size and orbital distribution of the local colliding population. Here we will present the latest work on F ring collisions; updating the catalogue with new Cassini images to further refine our statistics of the population as well as discussing specific, interesting features which shed light on the collision process. We will also present the results of N-body simulations of the collisions and discuss ongoing work to survey the larger “jet” features. These are caused by higher velocity collisions 30m/s) with more distant objects like S/2004 S 6 which may represent the upper end of the moonlet population in size and in orbit.

  19. Heat flux viscosity in collisional magnetized plasmas

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    Liu, C.; Fox, W.; Bhattacharjee, A.

    2015-05-15

    Momentum transport in collisional magnetized plasmas due to gradients in the heat flux, a “heat flux viscosity,” is demonstrated. Even though no net particle flux is associated with a heat flux, in a plasma there can still be momentum transport owing to the velocity dependence of the Coulomb collision frequency, analogous to the thermal force. This heat-flux viscosity may play an important role in numerous plasma environments, in particular, in strongly driven high-energy-density plasma, where strong heat flux can dominate over ordinary plasma flows. The heat flux viscosity can influence the dynamics of the magnetic field in plasmas through the generalized Ohm's law and may therefore play an important role as a dissipation mechanism allowing magnetic field line reconnection. The heat flux viscosity is calculated directly using the finite-difference method of Epperlein and Haines [Phys. Fluids 29, 1029 (1986)], which is shown to be more accurate than Braginskii's method [S. I. Braginskii, Rev. Plasma Phys. 1, 205 (1965)], and confirmed with one-dimensional collisional particle-in-cell simulations. The resulting transport coefficients are tabulated for ease of application.

  20. Collisional Transfer of Population and Orientation in NaK

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    Wolfe, C. M.; Ashman, S.; Huennekens, J.; Beser, B.; Bai, J.; Lyyra, A. M.

    2010-03-01

    We report current work to study transfer of population and orientation in collisions of NaK molecules with argon and potassium atoms using polarization labeling (PL) and laser- induced fluorescence (LIF) spectroscopy. In the PL experiment, a circularly polarized pump laser excites a specific NaK A^1&+circ;(v'=16, J') <- X^1&+circ;(v''=0, J'±1) transition, creating an orientation (non-uniform MJ' level distribution) in both levels. The linearly polarized probe laser is scanned over various 3^1π(v, J'±1) <- A^1&+circ;(v'=16, J') transitions. The probe laser passes through a crossed linear polarizer before detection, and signal is recorded if the probe laser polarization has been modified by the vapor (which occurs when it comes into resonance with an oriented level). Using both spectroscopic methods, analysis of weak collisional satellite lines adjacent to these directly populated lines, as a function of argon buffer gas pressure and cell temperature, allows us to discern separately the effects collisions with argon atoms and potassium atoms have on the population and orientation of the molecule. In addition, code has been written which provides a theoretical analysis of the process, through a solution of the density matrix equations of motion for the system.

  1. Collisional PIC Simulations of Particles in Magnetic Fields

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    Peter, William

    2003-10-01

    Because of the long range of Coloumb forces, collisions with distant particles in plasmas are more important than collisions with near neighbors. In addition, many problems in space physics and magnetic confinement include regions of weak magnetic field where the MHD approximation breaks down. A particle-in-cell code based on the quiet direct simulation Monte-Carlo method(B. J. Albright, W. Daughton, D. Lemons, D. Winske, and M. E. Jones, Physics of Plasmas) 9, 1898 (2002). is being developed to study collisional (e.g., ν ˜ Ω) particle motion in magnetic fields. Primary application is to energetic particle loss in the radiation belts(K. Papadopoulos, COSPAR Meeting, Houston, TX, Oct., 2002.) at a given energy and L-shell. Other applications include trapping in rotating field-reversed configurations(N. Rostoker and A. Qerushi, Physics of Plasmas) 9, 3057 (2002)., and electron behavior in magnetic traps(V. Gorgadze, T. Pasquini, J. S. Wurtele, and J. Fajans, Bull. Am. Phys. Soc.) 47, 127 (2002).. The use of the random time-step method(W. Peter, Bull. Am. Phys. Soc.) 47, 52 (2002). to decrease simulation times by 1-2 orders of magnitude is also being studied.

  2. Polarization of fast particle beams by collisional pumping

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    Stearns, J. Warren; Kaplan, Selig N.; Pyle, Robert V.; Anderson, L. Wilmer; Ruby, Lawrence; Schlachter, Alfred S.

    1988-01-01

    Method and apparatus for highly polarizing a fast beam of particles by collisional pumping, including generating a fast beam of particles, and also generating a thick electron-spin-polarized medium positioned as a target for the beam. The target is made sufficiently thick to allow the beam to interact with the medium to produce collisional pumping whereby the beam becomes highly polarized.

  3. Complexity Reduction of Collisional-Radiative Kinetics for Atomic Plasma

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    2013-12-23

    or disclose the work. 14. ABSTRACT Thermal non- equilibrium processes in partially ionized plasmas can be most accurately modeled by collisional...prohibitively large, making multidimensional and unsteady simulations of non- equilibrium radiating plasma particularly challenging. In this paper, we...published online 23 December 2013) Thermal non- equilibrium processes in partially ionized plasmas can be most accurately modeled by collisional

  4. Dust ion acoustic solitary waves in a collisional dusty plasma with dust grains having Gaussian distribution

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    Maitra, Sarit; Banerjee, Gadadhar

    2014-11-15

    The influence of dust size distribution on the dust ion acoustic solitary waves in a collisional dusty plasma is investigated. It is found that dust size distribution changes the amplitude and width of a solitary wave. A critical wave number is derived for the existence of purely damping mode. A deformed Korteweg-de Vries (dKdV) equation is obtained for the propagation of weakly nonlinear dust ion acoustic solitary waves and the effect of different plasma parameters on the solution of this equation is also presented.

  5. Collisional Effects in Simulations of High Altitude Nuclear Explosions

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    Islam, Tanim

    2013-10-01

    The simulation of the later-time (> 1 second) debris dynamics of a high altitude nuclear explosion (HANE) require, at a minimum, an understanding of the interaction of the ionized blast material with the relatively collisional upper ionosphere and lower exosphere (<= 200 km). At these altitudes, the collisional mean free path of ionized atmospheric particles may become smaller than the length scale of the diamagnetic bubble. Here we report on the local dynamics about the debris/air interface for Starfish Prime like, and lower energy, HANEs at altitudes in which collisionality becomes important. We model the debris dynamics with the hybrid plasma simulation code KIM3D, and use a standard Miller-Combi particle pairing algorithm to model particle collisions. We demonstrate new dynamics associated with finite collisionality in mildly collisional HANEs.

  6. Collisional effects on nonlinear ion drag force for small grains

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    Hutchinson, I. H.; Haakonsen, C. B.

    2013-08-15

    The ion drag force arising from plasma flow past an embedded spherical grain is calculated self-consistently and non-linearly using particle in cell codes, accounting for ion-neutral collisions. Using ion velocity distribution appropriate for ion drift driven by a force field gives wake potential and force greatly different from a shifted Maxwellian distribution, regardless of collisionality. The low-collisionality forces are shown to be consistent with estimates based upon cross-sections for scattering in a Yukawa (shielded) grain field, but only if non-linear shielding length is used. Finite collisionality initially enhances the drag force, but only by up to a factor of 2. Larger collisionality eventually reduces the drag force. In the collisional regime, the drift distribution gives larger drag than the shift distribution even at velocities where their collisionless drags are equal. Comprehensive practical analytic formulas for force that fit the calculations are provided.

  7. Aeolian Sand Transport with Collisional Suspension

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    Jenkins, James T.; Pasini, Jose Miguel; Valance, Alexandre

    2004-01-01

    Aeolian transport is an important mechanism for the transport of sand on Earth and on Mars. Dust and sand storms are common occurrences on Mars and windblown sand is responsible for many of the observed surface features, such as dune fields. A better understanding of Aeolian transport could also lead to improvements in pneumatic conveying of materials to be mined for life support on the surface of the Moon and Mars. The usual view of aeolian sand transport is that for mild winds, saltation is the dominant mechanism, with particles in the bed being dislodged by the impact of other saltating particles, but without in-flight collisions. As the wind becomes stronger, turbulent suspension keeps the particles in the air, allowing much longer trajectories, with the corresponding increase in transport rate. We show here that an important regime exists between these two extremes: for strong winds, but before turbulent suspension becomes dominant, there is a regime in which in-flight collisions dominate over turbulence as a suspension mechanism, yielding transport rates much higher than those for saltation. The theory presented is based on granular kinetic theory, and includes both turbulent suspension and particle-particle collisions. The wind strengths for which the calculated transport rates are relevant are beyond the published strengths of current wind tunnel experiments, so these theoretical results are an invitation to do experiments in the strong-wind regime. In order to make a connection between the regime of saltation and the regime of collisional suspension, it is necessary to better understand the interaction between the bed and the particles that collide with it. This interaction depends on the agitation of the particles of the bed. In mild winds, collisions with the bed are relatively infrequent and the local disturbance associated with a collision can relax before the next nearby collision. However, as the wind speed increases, collision become more frequent

  8. Kinetic Theory of Instability-Enhanced Collisional Effects

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    Baalrud, Scott D.

    2009-11-01

    A generalization of the Lenard-Balescu collision operator is derived which accounts for the scattering of particles by instability amplified fluctuations that originate from the thermal motion of discrete particles (in contrast to evoking a fluctuation level externally, as is done in quasilinear kinetic theory) [1]. Emphasis is placed on plasmas with convective instabilities. It is shown that an instability-enhanced collective response results which can be the primary mechanism for scattering particles, being orders of magnitude more frequent than conventional Coulomb collisions, even though the fluctuations are in a linear growth phase. The resulting collision operator is shown to obey conservation laws (energy, momentum, and density), Galilean invariance, and the Boltzmann H-theorem. It has the property that Maxwellian is the unique equilibrium distribution function; again in contrast to weak turbulence or quasilinear theories. Instability-enhanced collisional effects can dominate particle scattering and cause strong frictional forces. For example, this theory has been applied to two outstanding problems: Langmuir's paradox [2] and determining Bohm's criterion for plasmas with multiple ion species [3]. Langmuir's paradox is a measurement of anomalous electron scattering rapidly establishing a Maxwellian distribution in gas discharges with low temperature and pressure. This may be explained by instability-enhanced scattering in the plasma-boundary transition region (presheath) where convective ion-acoustic instabilities are excited. Bohm's criterion for multiple ion species is a single condition that the ion fluid speeds must obey at the sheath edge; but it is insufficient to determine the speed of individual species. It is shown that an instability-enhanced collisional friction, due to streaming instabilities in the presheath, determines this criterion.[4pt] [1] S.D. Baalrud, J.D. Callen, and C.C. Hegna, Phys. Plasmas 15, 092111 (2008).[0pt] [2] S.D. Baalrud, J

  9. Wind enhanced planetary escape: Collisional modifications

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    Curtis, S. A.; Hartle, R. E.

    1976-01-01

    The problem of thermal escape is considered in which both the effects of thermospheric winds at the exobase and collisions below the exobase are included in a Monte Carlo calculation. The collisions are included by means of a collisional relaxation layer of a background gas which models the transition region between the exosphere and the thermosphere. The wind effects are considered in the limiting cases of vertical and horizontal flows. Two species are considered: terrestrial hydrogen and terrestrial helium. In the cases of terrestrial hydrogen the escape fluxes were found to be strongly filtered or throttled by collisions at high exospheric temperatures. The model is applied to molecular hydrogen diffusing through a methane relaxation layer under conditions possible on Titan. The results are similar to the case of terrestrial hydrogen with wind enhanced escape being strongly suppressed by collisions. It is concluded that wind enhanced escape is not an important process on Titan.

  10. Collisional and Dynamical Evolution of Planetary Systems

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    Weidenschilling, Stuart J.

    2004-01-01

    Senior Scientst S. J. Weidenschilling presents his final administrative report in the research program entitled "Collisional and Dynamical Evolution of Planetary Systems," on which he was the Principal Investigator. This research program produced the following publications: 1) "Jumping Jupiters" in binary star systems. F. Marzari, S. J. Weidenschilling, M. Barbieri and V. Granata. Astrophys. J., in press, 2005; 2) Formation of the cores of the outer planets. To appear in "The Outer Planets" (R. Kallenbach, ED), ISSI Conference Proceedings (Space Sci. Rev.), in press, 2005; 3) Accretion dynamics and timescales: Relation to chondrites. S. J. Weidenschilling and J. Cuzzi. In Meteorites and the Early Solar System LI (D. Lauretta et al., Eds.), Univ. of Arizona Press, 2005; 4) Asteroidal heating and thermal stratification of the asteroid belt. A. Ghosh, S. J.Weidenschilling, H. Y. McSween, Jr. and A. Rubin. In Meteorites and the Early Solar System I1 (D. Lauretta et al., Eds.), Univ. of Arizona Press, 2005.

  11. Efficient hybrid algorithms for collisional plasma simulation

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    Dimits, A. M.; Cohen, B. I.; Caflisch, R. E.; Wang, C. M.; Huang, Y.

    2009-11-01

    We report on the development of efficient hybrid simulation algorithms for plasma systems that span a wide range of collisionality. Investigations of their performance, using ion-sheath and electron-transport test problems, are presented. In these schemes the distribution function is decomposed of into kinetic and fluid components. The fluid component is treated via Eulerian fluid simulation methods. In one class of algorithms, the kinetic component is treated using a combination of fixed-weight particle-in-cell (PIC) and binary Monte-Carlo collision methods. Particles are created by sampling from the fluid component, and paired for collisions with the kinetic particles. In the other class of algorithms, the kinetic component is treated using evolving-weight delta-f-PIC schemes and collision-field algorithms. The performance these algorithms depends strongly on the particular sets of criteria for (a) exchange between the particle and fluid components and (b) creation, destruction, and retention of the simulation particles.

  12. Energy balance of the collisional tearing mode

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    Bondeson, A.; Sobel, J.R.

    1984-08-01

    The energy balance of the collisional tearing mode is examined within linear theory. It is found that in an asymmetric case the quadratic form given by Furth for the net release of magnetic energy must be completed with a term connected with the current gradient in the resistive layer. The growth-rate and the inner-layer solution are calculated in the limit where viscosity dominates over inertia. The amounts of energy going into Joule heating and either kinetic energy or viscous dissipation are calculated analytically. In the inertial regime 1/4 of the net decrease in magnetic energy goes into kinetic energy and (3)/(4) into Joule heating, while, in viscous regime, (1)/(6) goes into viscous dissipation and (5)/(6) into Joule heating. The analytical results, based on the constant-psi approximation, are in good agreement with numerical simulations when the resistive layer is sufficiently narrow.

  13. SOLAR WIND COLLISIONAL AGE FROM A GLOBAL MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS SIMULATION

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    Chhiber, R; Usmanov, AV; Matthaeus, WH; Goldstein, ML

    2016-04-10

    Simple estimates of the number of Coulomb collisions experienced by the interplanetary plasma to the point of observation, i.e., the “collisional age”, can be usefully employed in the study of non-thermal features of the solar wind. Usually these estimates are based on local plasma properties at the point of observation. Here we improve the method of estimation of the collisional age by employing solutions obtained from global three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamics simulations. This enables evaluation of the complete analytical expression for the collisional age without using approximations. The improved estimation of the collisional timescale is compared with turbulence and expansion timescales to assess the relative importance of collisions. The collisional age computed using the approximate formula employed in previous work is compared with the improved simulation-based calculations to examine the validity of the simplified formula. We also develop an analytical expression for the evaluation of the collisional age and we find good agreement between the numerical and analytical results. Finally, we briefly discuss the implications for an improved estimation of collisionality along spacecraft trajectories, including Solar Probe Plus.

  14. Collisional coupling in counterstreaming laser-produced plasmas

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    Koopman, D. W.; Goforth, R. R.

    1974-01-01

    The collisional processes which transfer momentum between counterstreaming plasmas are reviewed and applied to the example of a laser-produced plasma expanding into a partially ionized background. Experimental measurements of the dependence of the ion flow field on collisional momentum transfer demonstrate the validity of the simplified treatment of collision processes which have been adopted. A numerical model which simulates the laser-plasma interaction with the background confirms the importance of collisions in previous experimental studies of momentum coupling, and provides some insight into the distinction between collisional and collisionless flow regimes.

  15. Collisional Penrose process in a rotating wormhole spacetime

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    Tsukamoto, Naoki; Bambi, Cosimo

    2015-05-01

    In a collisional Penrose process, two particles coming from the asymptotically flat region collide in the ergosphere of a compact object. The collision produces two new particles, one with positive energy and one with negative energy. When the particle with positive energy escapes to infinity, the process extracts energy from the compact object. In this paper, we study the collisional Penrose process in a rotating wormhole spacetime. We consider the simple case of a head-on collision at the throat of a Teo wormhole. We find that the process of energy extraction from a Teo wormhole can be substantially more efficient than the collisional Penrose process in the Kerr black hole spacetime.

  16. Impact of collisionality on fluctuation characteristics of micro-turbulence

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    Vermare, L.; Hennequin, P.; Guercan, Oe. D.; Bourdelle, C.; Clairet, F.; Garbet, X.; Sabot, R.

    2011-01-15

    The influence of changing collisionality on density fluctuation characteristics is studied during dedicated {nu}* scaling experiments, using Doppler backscattering system. First, the repartition of fluctuation energy over different spatial scales, as represented by the wavenumber spectrum, is investigated and a modification of the shape of the perpendicular wavenumber spectrum in the low wavenumber part of the spectrum is observed when changing collisionality. In addition, a new procedure to evaluate the dispersion relation of micro-turbulence is presented. From the behavior of the perpendicular mean velocity of density fluctuations with the perpendicular wavenumber, different dispersion relations are obtained between low and high collisionality cases.

  17. Plasma ion stratification by weak planar shocks

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    Simakov, Andrei N.; Keenan, Brett D.; Taitano, William T.; Chacón, Luis

    2017-09-01

    We derive fluid equations for describing steady-state planar shocks of a moderate strength ( 0 collisional plasma comprising two separate ion species. In addition to the standard fluid shock quantities, such as the total mass density, mass-flow velocity, and electron and average ion temperatures, the equations describe shock stratification in terms of variations in the relative concentrations and temperatures of the two ion species along the shock propagation direction. We have solved these equations analytically for weak shocks ( 0 weak shocks, and they have been used to verify kinetic simulations of shocks in multi-ion plasmas.

  18. Particle Segregation in Collisional Shearing Flows

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    Jenkins, J. T.; Louge, M. Y.

    1999-01-01

    The size segregation of flowing or shaken grains is a commonly observed phenomenon in industrial processes and in nature. In systems that do not involve much agitation of the grains, several mechanisms that involve gravity have been identified as leading to such segregation. In highly agitated flows, there is a mechanism independent of gravity that is available to drive separation of different grains. This is associated with spatial gradients in the energy of their velocity fluctuations. Because collisions between grains inevitably dissipate energy, collisional granular shear flows are usually of limited extent in the direction transverse to the flow. One consequence of this is that shear flows are strongly influenced by their boundaries. Because grains, on average, slip relative to boundaries, a bumpy or frictional boundary can convert slip energy into fluctuation energy. However, because each collision between a grain and the boundary dissipates fluctuation energy, there is a competition between production and dissipation. In principle, it is possible to design the geometry of the boundary - for example, the size and spacing of the bumps - so that the boundary either produces or dissipates fluctuation energy. This permits the control of the component of the spatial gradient of the fluctuation energy that is normal to the boundary. The gradients in fluctuation energy established by such boundaries may be exploited to drive the separation by size or other properties in a binary mixture of spherical grains. Microgravity makes the visual observations possible by permitting us to employ moderate rates of shear. On earth, the effects of gravity can be minimized by shearing so rapidly that the particle pressure overwhelms gravity. However, in this event, separation takes place too rapidly for visual observation, buoyancy and/or condensation associated with the centripetal acceleration must be accounted for, and the particles can be severely damaged. Because, in the

  19. THE CREATION OF HAUMEA'S COLLISIONAL FAMILY

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    Schlichting, Hilke E.; Sari, Re'em E-mail: sari@tapir.caltech.edu

    2009-08-01

    Recently, the first collisional family was discovered in the Kuiper Belt. The parent body of this family, Haumea, is one of the largest objects in the Kuiper Belt and is orbited by two satellites. It has been proposed that the Haumea family was created from dispersed fragments that resulted from a giant impact. This proposed origin of the Haumea family is however in conflict with the observed velocity dispersion between the family members ({approx} 140 m s{sup -1}) which is significantly less than the escape velocity from Haumea's surface ({approx} 900 m s{sup -1}). In this paper we propose a different formation scenario for Haumea's collisional family. In our scenario the family members are ejected while in orbit around Haumea. This scenario, therefore, naturally gives rise to a lower velocity dispersion among the family members than expected from direct ejection from Haumea's surface. In our scenario Haumea's giant impact forms a single moon that tidally evolves outward until it suffers a destructive collision from which the family is created. We show that this formation scenario yields a velocity dispersion of {approx} 190 m s{sup -1} among the family members which is in good agreement with the observations. We discuss an alternative scenario that consists of the formation and tidal evolution of several satellites that are ejected by collisions with unbound Kuiper Belt objects. However, the formation of the Haumea family in this latter way is difficult to reconcile with the large abundance of Kuiper Belt binaries. We, therefore, favor forming the family by a destructive collision of a single moon of Haumea. The probability for Haumea's initial giant impact in today's Kuiper Belt is less than 10{sup -3}. In our scenario, however, Haumea's giant impact can occur before the excitation of the Kuiper Belt and the ejection of the family members afterward. This has the advantage that one can preserve the dynamical coherence of the family and explain Haumea's original

  20. "Ideal" tearing and the transition to fast reconnection in the weakly collisional MHD and EMHD regimes

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    Del Sarto, Daniele; Pucci, Fulvia; Tenerani, Anna; Velli, Marco

    2016-03-01

    This paper discusses the transition to fast growth of the tearing instability in thin current sheets in the collisionless limit where electron inertia drives the reconnection process. It has been previously suggested that in resistive MHD there is a natural maximum aspect ratio (ratio of sheet length and breadth to thickness) which may be reached for current sheets with a macroscopic length L, the limit being provided by the fact that the tearing mode growth time becomes of the same order as the Alfvén time calculated on the macroscopic scale. For current sheets with a smaller aspect ratio than critical the normalized growth rate tends to zero with increasing Lundquist number S, while for current sheets with an aspect ratio greater than critical the growth rate diverges with S. Here we carry out a similar analysis but with electron inertia as the term violating magnetic flux conservation: previously found scalings of critical current sheet aspect ratios with the Lundquist number are generalized to include the dependence on the ratio de2/L2, where de is the electron skin depth, and it is shown that there are limiting scalings which, as in the resistive case, result in reconnecting modes growing on ideal time scales. Finite Larmor radius effects are then included, and the rescaling argument at the basis of "ideal" reconnection is proposed to explain secondary fast reconnection regimes naturally appearing in numerical simulations of current sheet evolution.

  1. Dust charging and charge fluctuations in a weakly collisional radio-frequency sheath at low pressure

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    Piel, Alexander Schmidt, Christian

    2015-05-15

    Models for the charging of dust particles in the bulk plasma and in the sheath region are discussed. A new model is proposed that describes collision-enhanced ion currents in the sheath. The collisions result in a substantial reduction of the negative charge of the dust. Experimental data for the dust charge in the sheath can be described by this model when a Bi-Maxwellian electron distribution is taken into account. Expressions for the dust charging rate for all considered models are presented and their influence on the rise of the kinetic dust temperature is discussed.

  2. Kinetic description of linear wave propagation in inhomogeneous, nonstationary, anisotropic, weakly magnetized, and collisional plasma

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    Bénisti, Didier

    2015-07-15

    This paper addresses the linear propagation of an electron wave in a plasma whose distribution function, at zero order in the wave amplitude, may be chosen arbitrarily, provided that it is not strongly peaked at the wave phase velocity, and that it varies very little over one wave period and one wavelength. Then, from first principles is derived an equation for the wave action density that allows for Landau damping, whose rate is calculated at first order in the variations of the wave number and frequency. Moreover, the effect of collisions is accounted for in a way that adapts to any choice for the collision operator in Boltzmann equation. The wave may also be externally driven, so that the results presented here apply to stimulated Raman scattering.

  3. Collisional Relaxation in an Extended-Pulse Photon Echo: Weak-Field Limit

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    1989-06-15

    calculated by FT techniques, is found to be P 2 1( e) 2i Y] V2X 3 Tp, T 2 Tp 3 e - 21’phI Xexp -2T, I --- -erf(k aT /2) -FT,- T, ) I -exp[ --(koT, )/2]21...Shoemaker, Laser anid Coherence .Spvcromcopi-, edited b\\ J 4A. Flusberg. T. Mossberg, and S. R. Hartmann, Opt. Commun . [. Steinfeld (Plenum, New York, 197S

  4. Simulation of laser-driven plasma beat-wave propagation in collisional weakly relativistic plasmas

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    Kaur, Maninder; Nandan Gupta, Devki

    2016-11-01

    The process of interaction of lasers beating in a plasma has been explored by virtue of particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations in the presence of electron-ion collisions. A plasma beat wave is resonantly excited by ponderomotive force by two relatively long laser pulses of different frequencies. The amplitude of the plasma wave become maximum, when the difference in the frequencies is equal to the plasma frequency. We propose to demonstrate the energy transfer between the laser beat wave and the plasma wave in the presence of electron-ion collision in nearly relativistic regime with 2D-PIC simulations. The relativistic effect and electron-ion collision both affect the energy transfer between the interacting waves. The finding of simulation results shows that there is a considerable decay in the plasma wave and the field energy over time in the presence of electron-ion collisions.

  5. Deterministic single-file dynamics in collisional representation.

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    Marchesoni, F; Taloni, A

    2007-12-01

    We re-examine numerically the diffusion of a deterministic, or ballistic single file with preassigned velocity distribution (Jepsen's gas) from a collisional viewpoint. For a two-modal velocity distribution, where half the particles have velocity +/-c, the collisional statistics is analytically proven to reproduce the continuous time representation. For a three-modal velocity distribution with equal fractions, where less than 12 of the particles have velocity +/-c, with the remaining particles at rest, the collisional process is shown to be inhomogeneous; its stationary properties are discussed here by combining exact and phenomenological arguments. Collisional memory effects are then related to the negative power-law tails in the velocity autocorrelation functions, predicted earlier in the continuous time formalism. Numerical and analytical results for Gaussian and four-modal Jepsen's gases are also reported for the sake of a comparison.

  6. The Collisional Ring Galaxy NGC 922

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    Pellerin, A.; Meurer, G. R.; Bekki, K.; Elmegreen, D. M.; Wong, O. I.; Knezek, P. M.

    2010-06-01

    We present a detailed study of the star cluster population detected in the galaxy NGC 922, one of the closest collisional ring galaxies, using HST/WFPC2 UBVI photometry, population synthesis models, and N-body/SPH simulations. We find that most clusters are younger than 7 Myr, and that most of them are located in the ring or along the bar, consistent with the strong Hα emission. The observed age distribution displays a slope not consistent with the simulated star formation history of NGC 922. However our simulations match the cluster age distribution best when cluster disruption is considered. We also find clusters with ages (>50 Myr) and masses (>105 Msun) that are excellent progenitors for faint fuzzy clusters. The images also show a tidal plume pointing toward the companion. Its stellar age suggests that it consists of stars significantly older than the epoch of collision and that they were stripped off during the passage of the companion. Finally, a comparison of the star-forming complexes observed in NGC 922 with those of a distant ring galaxy from the GOODS field indicates very similar masses and sizes, suggesting similar origins.

  7. Collisional Ionization Equilibrium for Optically Thin Plasmas

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    Bryans, P.; Mitthumsiri, W.; Savin, D. W.; Badnell, N. R.; Gorczyca, T. W.; Laming, J. M.

    2006-01-01

    Reliably interpreting spectra from electron-ionized cosmic plasmas requires accurate ionization balance calculations for the plasma in question. However, much of the atomic data needed for these calculations have not been generated using modern theoretical methods and their reliability are often highly suspect. We have utilized state-of-the-art calculations of dielectronic recombination (DR) rate coefficients for the hydrogenic through Na-like ions of all elements from He to Zn. We have also utilized state-of-the-art radiative recombination (RR) rate coefficient calculations for the bare through Na-like ions of all elements from H to Zn. Using our data and the recommended electron impact ionization data of Mazzotta et al. (1998), we have calculated improved collisional ionization equilibrium calculations. We compare our calculated fractional ionic abundances using these data with those presented by Mazzotta et al. (1998) for all elements from H to Ni, and with the fractional abundances derived from the modern DR and RR calculations of Gu (2003a,b, 2004) for Mg, Si, S, Ar, Ca, Fe, and Ni.

  8. Polarization of fast particle beams by collisional pumping

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    Stearns, J.W.; Kaplan, S.N.; Pyle, R.V.; Anderson, L.W.; Schlachter, A.S.; Ruby, L.

    1984-10-19

    The invention relates to method and apparatus for polarizing a fast beam of particles by collisional pumping, including generating a fast beam of particles, and generating a thick electron-spin-polarized medium positioned as a target for said beam, said medium being sufficiently thick to allow said beam to interact with said medium to produce collisional pumping whereby said particle beam becomes highly polarized.

  9. Cancellation of the Collisional Frequency Shift in Caesium Fountain Clocks

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    Szymaniec, K.; Chalupczak, W.; Tiesinga, E.; Williams, C. J.; Weyers, S.; Wynands, R.

    2007-04-13

    We have observed that the collisional frequency shift in primary caesium fountain clocks varies with the clock state population composition and, in particular, is zero for a given fraction of the |F=4,m{sub F}=0> atoms, depending on the initial cloud parameters. We present a theoretical model explaining our observations. The possibility of the collisional shift cancellation implies an improvement in the performance of caesium fountain standards and a simplification in their operation.

  10. Scattering properties of weakly bound dimers of fermionic atoms

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    Petrov, D.S.; Salomon, C.; Shlyapnikov, G.V.

    2005-01-01

    We consider weakly bound diatomic molecules (dimers) formed in a two-component atomic Fermi gas with a large positive scattering length for the interspecies interaction. We develop a theoretical approach for calculating atom-dimer and dimer-dimer elastic scattering and for analyzing the inelastic collisional relaxation of the molecules into deep bound states. This approach is based on the single-channel zero-range approximation, and we find that it is applicable in the vicinity of a wide two-body Feshbach resonance. Our results draw prospects for various interesting manipulations of weakly bound dimers of fermionic atoms.

  11. Amplitude limits and nonlinear damping of shear-Alfvén waves in high-beta low-collisionality plasmas

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    Squire, J.; Schekochihin, A. A.; Quataert, E.

    2017-05-01

    This work, which extends Squire et al (Astrophys. J. Lett. 2016 830 L25), explores the effect of self-generated pressure anisotropy on linearly polarized shear-Alfvén fluctuations in low-collisionality plasmas. Such anisotropies lead to stringent limits on the amplitude of magnetic perturbations in high-β plasmas, above which a fluctuation can destabilize itself through the parallel firehose instability. This causes the wave frequency to approach zero, ‘interrupting’ the wave and stopping its oscillation. These effects are explored in detail in the collisionless and weakly collisional ‘Braginskii’ regime, for both standing and traveling waves. The focus is on simplified models in one dimension, on scales much larger than the ion gyroradius. The effect has interesting implications for the physics of magnetized turbulence in the high-β conditions that are prevalent in many astrophysical plasmas.

  12. Multispecies density peaking in gyrokinetic turbulence simulations of low collisionality Alcator C-Mod plasmas

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    Mikkelsen, D. R. Bitter, M.; Delgado-Aparicio, L.; Hill, K. W.; Greenwald, M.; Howard, N. T.; Hughes, J. W.; Rice, J. E.; Reinke, M. L.; Podpaly, Y.; Ma, Y.; Candy, J.; Waltz, R. E.

    2015-06-15

    Peaked density profiles in low-collisionality AUG and JET H-mode plasmas are probably caused by a turbulently driven particle pinch, and Alcator C-Mod experiments confirmed that collisionality is a critical parameter. Density peaking in reactors could produce a number of important effects, some beneficial, such as enhanced fusion power and transport of fuel ions from the edge to the core, while others are undesirable, such as lower beta limits, reduced radiation from the plasma edge, and consequently higher divertor heat loads. Fundamental understanding of the pinch will enable planning to optimize these impacts. We show that density peaking is predicted by nonlinear gyrokinetic turbulence simulations based on measured profile data from low collisionality H-mode plasma in Alcator C-Mod. Multiple ion species are included to determine whether hydrogenic density peaking has an isotope dependence or is influenced by typical levels of low-Z impurities, and whether impurity density peaking depends on the species. We find that the deuterium density profile is slightly more peaked than that of hydrogen, and that experimentally relevant levels of boron have no appreciable effect on hydrogenic density peaking. The ratio of density at r/a = 0.44 to that at r/a = 0.74 is 1.2 for the majority D and minority H ions (and for electrons), and increases with impurity Z: 1.1 for helium, 1.15 for boron, 1.3 for neon, 1.4 for argon, and 1.5 for molybdenum. The ion temperature profile is varied to match better the predicted heat flux with the experimental transport analysis, but the resulting factor of two change in heat transport has only a weak effect on the predicted density peaking.

  13. Collisional activation with random noise in ion trap mass spectrometry.

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    McLuckey, S A; Goeringer, D E; Glish, G L

    1992-07-01

    Random noise applied to the end caps of a quadrupole ion trap is shown to be an effective means for the collisional activation of trapped ions independent of mass/charge ratio and number of ions. This technique is compared and contrasted with conventional single-frequency collisional activation for the molecular ion of N,N-dimethylaniline, protonated cocaine, the molecular anion of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene, and doubly pronated neuromedin U-8. Collisional activation with noise tends to produce more extensive fragmentation than the conventional approach due to the fact that product ions are also kinetically excited in the noise experiment. The efficiency of the noise experiment in producing detectable product ions relative to the conventional approach ranges from being equivalent to being a factor of 3 less efficient. Furthermore, discrimination against low mass/charge product ions is apparent in the data from multiply charged biomolecules. Nevertheless, collisional activation with random noise provides a very simple means for overcoming problems associated with the dependence of single-frequency collisional activation on mass/charge ratio and the number of ions in the ion trap.

  14. Collisionality scaling of the electron heat flux in ETG turbulence

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    Colyer, G. J.; Schekochihin, A. A.; Parra, F. I.; Roach, C. M.; Barnes, M. A.; Ghim, Y.-c.; Dorland, W.

    2017-05-01

    In electrostatic simulations of MAST plasma at electron-gyroradius scales, using the local flux-tube gyrokinetic code GS2 with adiabatic ions, we find that the long-time saturated electron heat flux (the level most relevant to energy transport) decreases as the electron collisionality decreases. At early simulation times, the heat flux ‘quasi-saturates’ without any strong dependence on collisionality, and with the turbulence dominated by streamer-like radially elongated structures. However, the zonal fluctuation component continues to grow slowly until much later times, eventually leading to a new saturated state dominated by zonal modes and with the heat flux proportional to the collision rate, in approximate agreement with the experimentally observed collisionality scaling of the energy confinement in MAST. We outline an explanation of this effect based on a model of ETG turbulence dominated by zonal-nonzonal interactions and on an analytically derived scaling of the zonal-mode damping rate with the electron-ion collisionality. Improved energy confinement with decreasing collisionality is favourable towards the performance of future, hotter devices.

  15. Eulerian simulations of collisional effects on electrostatic plasma waves

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    Pezzi, Oreste; Valentini, Francesco; Perrone, Denise; Veltri, Pierluigi

    2013-09-01

    The problem of collisions in a plasma is a wide subject with a huge historical literature. In fact, the description of realistic plasmas is a tough problem to attack, both from the theoretical and the numerical point of view. In this paper, a Eulerian time-splitting algorithm for the study of the propagation of electrostatic waves in collisional plasmas is presented. Collisions are modeled through one-dimensional operators of the Fokker-Planck type, both in linear and nonlinear forms. The accuracy of the numerical code is discussed by comparing the numerical results to the analytical predictions obtained in some limit cases when trying to evaluate the effects of collisions in the phenomenon of wave plasma echo and collisional dissipation of Bernstein-Greene-Kruskal waves. Particular attention is devoted to the study of the nonlinear Dougherty collisional operator, recently used to describe the collisional dissipation of electron plasma waves in a pure electron plasma column [M. W. Anderson and T. M. O'Neil, Phys. Plasmas 14, 112110 (2007)]. Finally, for the study of collisional plasmas, a recipe to set the simulation parameters in order to prevent the filamentation problem can be provided, by exploiting the property of velocity diffusion operators to smooth out small velocity scales.

  16. Eulerian simulations of collisional effects on electrostatic plasma waves

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    Pezzi, Oreste; Valentini, Francesco; Perrone, Denise; Veltri, Pierluigi

    2013-09-15

    The problem of collisions in a plasma is a wide subject with a huge historical literature. In fact, the description of realistic plasmas is a tough problem to attack, both from the theoretical and the numerical point of view. In this paper, a Eulerian time-splitting algorithm for the study of the propagation of electrostatic waves in collisional plasmas is presented. Collisions are modeled through one-dimensional operators of the Fokker-Planck type, both in linear and nonlinear forms. The accuracy of the numerical code is discussed by comparing the numerical results to the analytical predictions obtained in some limit cases when trying to evaluate the effects of collisions in the phenomenon of wave plasma echo and collisional dissipation of Bernstein-Greene-Kruskal waves. Particular attention is devoted to the study of the nonlinear Dougherty collisional operator, recently used to describe the collisional dissipation of electron plasma waves in a pure electron plasma column [M. W. Anderson and T. M. O'Neil, Phys. Plasmas 14, 112110 (2007)]. Finally, for the study of collisional plasmas, a recipe to set the simulation parameters in order to prevent the filamentation problem can be provided, by exploiting the property of velocity diffusion operators to smooth out small velocity scales.

  17. Collisional activation with random noise in ion trap mass spectrometry

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    McLuckey, S.A.; Goeringer, D.E.; Glish, G.L.

    1992-07-01

    Random noise applied to the end caps of a quadrupole ion trap is shown to be an effective means for the collisional activation of trapped ions independent of mass/charge ratio and number of ions. This technique is compared and contrasted with conventional single-frequency collisional activation for the molecular ion of N,N-dimethylaniline, protonated cocaine, the molecular anion of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene, and doubly protonated neuromedin U-8. Collisional activation with noise tends to produce more extensive fragmentation than the conventional approach due to the fact that product ions are also kinetically excited in the noise experiment. The efficiency of the noise experiment in producing detectable product ions relative to the conventional approach ranges from being equivalent to being a factor of 3 less efficient. Furthermore, discrimination against low mass/charge product ions is apparent in the data from multiply charged biomolecules. Nevertheless, collisional activation with random noise provides a very simple means for overcoming problems associated with the dependence of single-frequency collisional activation on mass/charge ratio and the number of ions in the ion trap. 45 refs., 7 figs.

  18. The Collisional Evolution of Debris Disks

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    Gáspár, A.; Rieke, G. H.; Psaltis, D.; Özel, F.; Balog, Z.

    2014-03-01

    With their discovery, debris disks gave the first proof of existence of extrasolar planetary systems (Aumann et al. 1984, Smith & Terrile 1984). Although extrasolar planets are now readily detected, the importance of debris disks in characterizing their host systems is not diminished. Debris disks are relatively easy to detect at infrared wavelengths, independent of their viewing angle; they enable the study of the dynamical evolution of their host systems; they are able to reveal the outer regions of the systems where planets are difficult to detect; and coronagraphic scattered light images show the active sites of major dust production within the systems. During their operational lifetime, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Herschel Space Observatory have observed many hundreds of resolved and unresolved debris disks. These detections have helped us characterize the thermal emission and also location of the disks. The observations have also shown a general decay in the observed infrared luminosity of the debris disks as a function of system age and disk location. This evolution must be understood thoroughly before probing other parameters, such as their dependence on stellar metallicity or binarity. A second critical parameter is the shape of the particle size distribution, which can strongly influence conclusions from spectral energy distribution models. I will describe results obtained with our collisional cascade code, which has been optimized to study the time evolution of debris disk dust. I will show that the rate of the decay varies throughout the evolution of the disks, increasing its rate up to a certain point, which is followed by a leveling off to a value of Lir(t)~-0.6. This is slower than the ~-1 decay given by traditional analytic models. I will show how our numerical code can reproduce the fraction of detected debris disk sources within an extensive catalog of Spitzer and Herschel 24, 70, and 100 µm observations (Gaspar et al. 2013). I will also

  19. The Magentic Field in Tapia's Globule 2

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    Andersson, B.-G.; Bhat, Ramesh; Crutcher, Richard; Vaillancourt, John

    2010-04-01

    We propose to measure the magnetic field in the Southern Coalsack, using the Zeeman effect in OH at 1665 and 1667 MHz. The impetus for this measurement comes 1) from the large magnetic field (B~90 uG) derived by Andersson & Potter (2005), using Chandrasekhar-Fermi analysis of optical polarimetry and 2) because the Southern Coalsack may be a near-by example of triggered star formation. While the derived field strength is significantly larger than usually seen in the interstellar medium (ISM), the existence of an X-ray emitting envelope around the cloud, containing significant amounts of O VI ions (Anderson et al., 2004), puts the magnetic pressure at approximate equipartition with the thermal pressure of such gas. A chain of observational results indicates that the Coalsack might be a, maybe unique, near-by example of externally triggered star formation. This chain starts with the passage of the Upper Centaurus-Lupus superbubble over the cloud (Crawford 1991) and eventually causing triggered star formation (Lada et al. 2004; Hennebelle, Witworth & Goodwin 2006). Probing the high magnetic field strength and providing accurate constraints for the interpretation of the observations of the cloud is of great importance for testing this hypothesis.

  20. Nonlinear coherent structures of Alfvén wave in a collisional plasma

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    Jana, Sayanee; Ghosh, Samiran; Chakrabarti, Nikhil

    2016-07-01

    The Alfvén wave dynamics is investigated in the framework of two-fluid approach in a compressible collisional magnetized plasma. In the finite amplitude limit, the dynamics of the nonlinear Alfvén wave is found to be governed by a modified Korteweg-de Vries Burgers equation (mKdVB). In this mKdVB equation, the electron inertia is found to act as a source of dispersion, and the electron-ion collision serves as a dissipation. The collisional dissipation is eventually responsible for the Burgers term in mKdVB equation. In the long wavelength limit, this weakly nonlinear Alfvén wave is shown to be governed by a damped nonlinear Schrödinger equation. Furthermore, these nonlinear equations are analyzed by means of analytical calculation and numerical simulation to elucidate the various aspects of the phase-space dynamics of the nonlinear wave. Results reveal that nonlinear Alfvén wave exhibits the dissipation mediated shock, envelope, and breather like structures. Numerical simulations also predict the formation of dissipative Alfvénic rogue wave, giant breathers, and rogue wave holes. These results are discussed in the context of the space plasma.

  1. Nonlinear coherent structures of Alfvén wave in a collisional plasma

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    Jana, Sayanee; Chakrabarti, Nikhil

    2016-07-15

    The Alfvén wave dynamics is investigated in the framework of two-fluid approach in a compressible collisional magnetized plasma. In the finite amplitude limit, the dynamics of the nonlinear Alfvén wave is found to be governed by a modified Korteweg-de Vries Burgers equation (mKdVB). In this mKdVB equation, the electron inertia is found to act as a source of dispersion, and the electron-ion collision serves as a dissipation. The collisional dissipation is eventually responsible for the Burgers term in mKdVB equation. In the long wavelength limit, this weakly nonlinear Alfvén wave is shown to be governed by a damped nonlinear Schrödinger equation. Furthermore, these nonlinear equations are analyzed by means of analytical calculation and numerical simulation to elucidate the various aspects of the phase-space dynamics of the nonlinear wave. Results reveal that nonlinear Alfvén wave exhibits the dissipation mediated shock, envelope, and breather like structures. Numerical simulations also predict the formation of dissipative Alfvénic rogue wave, giant breathers, and rogue wave holes. These results are discussed in the context of the space plasma.

  2. Phase-diffusion dynamics in weakly coupled bose-einstein condensates.

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    Boukobza, Erez; Chuchem, Maya; Cohen, Doron; Vardi, Amichay

    2009-05-08

    We study the phase sensitivity of collisional phase diffusion between weakly coupled Bose-Einstein condensates, using a semiclassical picture of the two-mode Bose-Hubbard model. When weak coupling is allowed, zero relative phase locking is attained in the Josephson-Fock transition regime, whereas a pi relative phase is only locked in Rabi-Josephson point. Our analytic semiclassical estimates agree well with the numerical results.

  3. Phase-Diffusion Dynamics in Weakly Coupled Bose-Einstein Condensates

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    Boukobza, Erez; Vardi, Amichay; Chuchem, Maya; Cohen, Doron

    2009-05-08

    We study the phase sensitivity of collisional phase diffusion between weakly coupled Bose-Einstein condensates, using a semiclassical picture of the two-mode Bose-Hubbard model. When weak coupling is allowed, zero relative phase locking is attained in the Josephson-Fock transition regime, whereas a {pi} relative phase is only locked in Rabi-Josephson point. Our analytic semiclassical estimates agree well with the numerical results.

  4. Collisional dissipation rate in shearing flows of granular liquid crystals

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    Berzi, Diego; Thai-Quang, Nha; Guo, Yu; Curtis, Jennifer

    2017-05-01

    We make use of discrete-element-method numerical simulations of inelastic frictionless cylinders in simple shearing at different length-to-diameter ratios and solid volume fractions to analyze the rate of collisional dissipation of the fluctuation kinetic energy. We show that the nonspherical geometry of the particles is responsible, by inducing rotation, for increasing the dissipation rate of the fluctuation kinetic energy with respect to that for frictionless spheres. We also suggest that the partial alignment of the cylinders induced by shearing concurs with the particle inelasticity in generating correlation in the velocity fluctuations and thus affecting the collisional dissipation rate as the solid volume fraction increases. Finally, we propose simple phenomenological modifications to the expression of the collisional dissipation rate of kinetic theory of granular gases to take into account our findings.

  5. Collisional dynamics of perturbed particle disks in the solar system

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    Roberts, William W., Jr.

    1989-01-01

    Theoretical and computational studies were carried out on galactic and planetary disks. With the goal of addressing important open questions centered on galactic structure, the cloudy interstellar medium, giant molecular clouds, and star formation in galactic disks and the collisional dynamics of perturbed particulate matter in planetary disks, focus was largely on the self-gravitational effects, dissipative effects, and collisional dynamics of cloud-particle disks. N-body, 'cloud-particle' computational algorithms were developed for the purpose of isolating the role of gaseous self gravity from the roles of other dominant physical mechanisms and dynamical processes, e.g. the collisional dynamics and dissipative processes. The efforts focused largely on galactic disks show that observational constraints provide stringent tests of the numerical simulation techniques developed. Self gravitational effects of the galactic interstellar medium's gas clouds are included by means of Fourier Transform technique.

  6. Impurity Transport in a Mixed-Collisionality Stellarator Plasma

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    Helander, P.; Newton, S. L.; Mollén, A.; Smith, H. M.

    2017-04-01

    A potential threat to the performance of magnetically confined fusion plasmas is the problem of impurity accumulation, which causes the concentration of highly charged impurity ions to rise uncontrollably in the center of the plasma and spoil the energy confinement by excessive radiation. It has long been thought that the collisional transport of impurities in stellarators always leads to such an accumulation (if the electric field points inwards, which is usually the case), whereas tokamaks, being axisymmetric, can benefit from "temperature screening," i.e., an outward flux of impurities driven by the temperature gradient. Here it is shown, using analytical techniques supported by results from a new numerical code, that such screening can arise in stellarator plasmas, too, and indeed does so in one of the most relevant operating regimes, where the impurities are highly collisional while the bulk plasma is at low collisionality.

  7. A mantle conveyor belt beneath the Tethyan collisional belt

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    Becker, T. W.; Faccenna, C.

    2011-12-01

    Collisional belts are generated by the arrival of continental lithosphere into a subduction zone, leading to stacking of crustal slices during indentation. The Tethyan suture from the Bitlis to the Himalayas is a prime example where the Arabian and Indian plates collided with Eurasia during the Cenozoic, generating the highest mountain belts on Earth (Argand, 1924). While the kinematics of this process are well established, its dynamics are more uncertain. India and Arabia intriguingly keep advancing in spite of large collisional resisting forces. We perform global mantle circulation computations to test the role of deep mantle flow as a driving force for the kinematics of the Tethyan collisional belt, evaluating different boundary conditions and mantle density distributions as inferred from seismic tomography or slab models. Our results show that mantle drag exerted on the base of the lithosphere by a large-scale upwelling is likely the main cause for the ongoing indentation of the Indian and Arabian plates into Eurasia.

  8. Collisional disruption of porous sintered glass beads at low impact velocities

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    Setoh, M.; Hiraoka, K.; Nakamura, A. M.; Hirata, N.; Arakawa, M.

    Porous materials are believed to be common in the asteroids and satellites of the outer planets. In order to study the relationship between the structure of small bodies and their thermal and collisional evolution, we performed impact disruption experiments on porous sintered glass bead targets using a light-gas gun. The sintered glass bead targets were prepared to have various porosity and compressive strength. The compressive strength ranges over an order of magnitude according to the various sintering conditions. Both the compressive strength and the longitudinal wave velocity were found to have good correlations with the size of the necks developed between the bead particles. In our first low-velocity impact runs with these targets, we selected the targets with roughly the same porosity but different compressive strength. We shot the targets by cylindrical polycarbonate projectiles at velocities ranging from 10 to 120 m/s. The results showed that the targets of higher compressive strength have higher impact strength as could be expected. However, compared to previous results from the impact disruption of glass bead targets at velocity of 4.9-5.5 km/s [Love, S.G., Hörz, F., Donald, E.B. Target porosity effects in impact cratering and collisional disruption. Icarus 105, 216-224, 1993], the impact strength derived in our study was found to be lower by more than an order of magnitude [Setoh, M., Nakamura, A.M., Hiraoka, K., et al. Collisional disruption of weakly sintered porous targets at Low impact velocities. Earth Planet. Space (in press)]. The differences between the two experiments were the impact velocity, target-projectile size ratio, and the projectile material and shape. In our new low-velocity impact runs, we used projectiles of glass spheres that are similar to those of Love et al. The impact strength was again found to be much smaller than those found in high-velocity runs performed by Love et al. Therefore our previous and present results show that

  9. Radiative and collisional processes in CNA 2Π i

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    Halpern, Joshua B.; Huang, Yuhui; Titarchuk, Tatiana

    1996-02-01

    In the last four years we have carried out a number of studies on the radiative and collisional processes in theA 2Π i state of CN. Many of these of interest to those studying planetary atmospheres, comets and solar spectra are summarized in this paper. Data for CNA 2Π i fluorescence lifetimes and quenching rates, and collisional energy transfer between CNA 2Π i andX 2∑+ are reported. Detailed comparisons and a discussion of the results may be found in several already published papers.

  10. Collisional redistribution effects on x-ray laser saturation behavior

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    Koch, J.A.; MacGowan, B.J.; Da Silva, L.B.; Matthews, D.J.; Lee, R.W.; London, R.A.; Mrowka, S.; Underwood, J.H.; Batson, P.J.

    1994-06-01

    We recently published a detailed summary of our experimental and theoretical research on Ne-like Se x-ray laser line widths, and one of our conclusions was that collisional redistribution rates are likely to have an effect on the saturation behavior of the 206.4 {angstrom} Se x-ray laser. In this paper we focus on the effects of collisional redistribution on x-ray laser gain coefficients, and discuss ways of including these effects in existing laser line- transfer models.

  11. Magnetic reconnection in a weakly ionized plasma

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    Leake, James E.; Lukin, Vyacheslav S.; Linton, Mark G.

    2013-06-15

    Magnetic reconnection in partially ionized plasmas is a ubiquitous phenomenon spanning the range from laboratory to intergalactic scales, yet it remains poorly understood and relatively little studied. Here, we present results from a self-consistent multi-fluid simulation of magnetic reconnection in a weakly ionized reacting plasma with a particular focus on the parameter regime of the solar chromosphere. The numerical model includes collisional transport, interaction and reactions between the species, and optically thin radiative losses. This model improves upon our previous work in Leake et al.[“Multi-fluid simulations of chromospheric magnetic reconnection in a weakly ionized reacting plasma,” Astrophys. J. 760, 109 (2012)] by considering realistic chromospheric transport coefficients, and by solving a generalized Ohm's law that accounts for finite ion-inertia and electron-neutral drag. We find that during the two dimensional reconnection of a Harris current sheet with an initial width larger than the neutral-ion collisional coupling scale, the current sheet thins until its width becomes less than this coupling scale, and the neutral and ion fluids decouple upstream from the reconnection site. During this process of decoupling, we observe reconnection faster than the single-fluid Sweet-Parker prediction, with recombination and plasma outflow both playing a role in determining the reconnection rate. As the current sheet thins further and elongates, it becomes unstable to the secondary tearing instability, and plasmoids are seen. The reconnection rate, outflows, and plasmoids observed in this simulation provide evidence that magnetic reconnection in the chromosphere could be responsible for jet-like transient phenomena such as spicules and chromospheric jets.

  12. Weak scale supersymmetry

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    Hall, L.J. California Univ., Berkeley, CA . Dept. of Physics)

    1990-11-12

    An introduction to the ideas and current state of weak scale supersymmetry is given. It is shown that LEP data on Z decays has already excluded two of the most elegant models of weak scale supersymmetry. 14 refs.

  13. Comets as collisional fragments of a primordial planetesimal disk

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    Morbidelli, A.; Rickman, H.

    2015-11-01

    Context. The Rosetta mission and its exquisite measurements have revived the debate on whether comets are pristine planetesimals or collisionally evolved objects. Aims: We investigate the collisional evolution experienced by the precursors of current comet nuclei during the early stages of the solar system in the context of the so-called Nice model. Methods: We considered two environments for the collisional evolution: (1) the transplanetary planetesimal disk, from the time of gas removal until the disk was dispersed by the migration of the ice giants; and (2) the dispersing disk during the time that the scattered disk was formed. We performed simulations using different methods in the two cases to determine the number of destructive collisions typically experienced by a comet nucleus of 2 km radius. Results: In the widely accepted scenario, where the dispersal of the planetesimal disk occurred at the time of the Late Heavy Bombardment about 4 Gy ago, comet-sized planetesimals have a very low probability of surviving destructive collisions in the disk. On the extreme assumption that the disk was dispersed directly upon gas removal, a significant fraction of the planetesimals might have remained intact. However, these survivors would still bear the marks of many nondestructive impacts. Conclusions: The Nice model of solar system evolution predicts that typical km-sized comet nuclei are predominantly fragments resulting from collisions experienced by larger parent bodies. An important goal for future research is to investigate whether the observed properties of comet nuclei are compatible with such a collisional origin.

  14. Collisional diffusion in toroidal plasmas with elongation and triangularity

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    Martin, P.; Castro, E.; Haines, M. G.

    2007-05-15

    Collisional diffusion is analyzed for plasma tokamaks with different ellipticities and triangularities. Improved nonlinear equations for the families of magnetic surfaces are used here. Dimensionless average velocities are calculated as a function of the inductive electric field, elongation, triangularity, and Shafranov shift. Confinement has been found to depend significantly on triangularity.

  15. Collisional and dynamic evolution of dust from the asteroid belt

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    Gustafson, Bo A. S.; Gruen, Eberhard; Dermott, Stanley F.; Durda, Daniel D.

    1992-12-01

    The size and spatial distribution of collisional debris from main belt asteroids is modeled over a 10 million year period. The model dust and meteoroid particles spiral toward the Sun under the action of Poynting-Robertson drag and grind down as they collide with a static background of field particles.

  16. Laser-induced collisional autoionization in europium and strontium atoms.

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    Buffa, R

    1995-01-15

    An experiment that involves laser-induced collisional autoionization in europium and strontium atoms is proposed and the spectral line shape of the cross section is calculated on the basis of data available in the literature. The feasibility of the experiment both in oven cells and in a crossed-atomic-beam geometry is discussed.

  17. The limits of the Bohm criterion in collisional plasmas

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    Valentini, H.-B.; Kaiser, D.

    2015-05-15

    The sheath formation within a low-pressure collisional plasma is analysed by means of a two-fluid model. The Bohm criterion takes into account the effects of the electric field and the inertia of the ions. Numerical results yield that these effects contribute to the space charge formation, only, if the collisionality is lower than a relatively small threshold. It follows that a lower and an upper limit of the drift speed of the ions exist where the effects treated by Bohm can form a sheath. This interval becomes narrower as the collisionality increases and vanishes at the mentioned threshold. Above the threshold, the sheath is mainly created by collisions and the ionisation. Under these conditions, the sheath formation cannot be described by means of Bohm like criteria. In a few references, a so-called upper limit of the Bohm criterion is stated for collisional plasmas where the momentum equation of the ions is taken into account, only. However, the present paper shows that this limit results in an unrealistically steep increase of the space charge density towards the wall, and, therefore, it yields no useful limit of the Bohm velocity.

  18. Does the Bohm Criterion have meaning for collisional plasmas?

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    Severn, Greg; Yip, Chi-Shung; Nourgostar, Sirous; Hershkowitz, Noah

    2014-10-01

    Theorists view the Bohm criterion as approximately true, holding only for collisionless plasmas. The question of whether there exists a collisionally modified Bohm Criterion (CMBC) is often answered in the negative, and it is only a question of how the Bohm Criterion fails for the case of finite collisionality. The question is of importance considering that nearly all practical plasma processing applications involve plasmas of finite collisionality. There is, however, very little experimental work to help choose between competing models of how Bohm's Criterion fails. The question of critical importance is this: in plasmas of finite collisionality, do ions reach the Bohm speed at the location where the quasineutral plasma ends and where space charge appears? We have begun to examine the question experimentally in single ion species plasmas, and our goal is to vary the ion-neutral mean free path λ within the interval 1 < λ /λD <103 , where λD is the Debye length, and to present both plasma potential data and ion velocity distribution function profiles, measured by emissive probes and by LIF, respectively, to help us understand and assess the validity of theoretical claims. Work supported by NSF Grant No. PHY-1206421, CBET-0903783, and CBET-0903832, and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Grant Nos. DE-FG02- 97ER54437 and DE FG02- 03ER54728.

  19. Formation and Collisional Evolution of Kuiper Belt Objects

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    Kenyon, S. J.; Bromley, B. C.; O'Brien, D. P.; Davis, D. R.

    This chapter summarizes analytic theory and numerical calculations for the formation and collisional evolution of Kuiper belt objects (KBOs) at 20-150 AU. We describe the main predictions of a baseline self-stirring model and show how dynamical perturbations from a stellar flyby or stirring by a giant planet modify the evolution. Although robust comparisons between observations and theory require better KBO statistics and more comprehensive calculations, the data are broadly consistent with KBO formation in a massive disk followed by substantial collisional grinding and dynamical ejection. However, there are important problems reconciling the results of coagulation and dynamical calculations. Contrasting our current understanding of the evolution of KBOs and asteroids suggests that additional observational constraints, such as the identification of more dynamical families of KBOs (like the 2003 EL61 family), would provide additional information on the relative roles of collisional grinding and dynamical ejection in the Kuiper belt. The uncertainties also motivate calculations that combine collisional and dynamical evolution, a "unified" calculation that should give us a better picture of KBO formation and evolution.

  20. Effects of ionization on the collisional streaming instability

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    Petrovic, D.; Vranjes, J.; Poedts, S.

    2005-11-15

    The influence of inelastic collisions on the collisional streaming instability is studied. The dispersion equation of the system is derived in the regime of strongly magnetized electrons and magnetized ions. The linear stability of the system is investigated. The numerical results are applied to a laboratory argon plasma.

  1. Collisional and dynamic evolution of dust from the asteroid belt

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    Gustafson, Bo A. S.; Gruen, Eberhard; Dermott, Stanley F.; Durda, Daniel D.

    1992-01-01

    The size and spatial distribution of collisional debris from main belt asteroids is modeled over a 10 million year period. The model dust and meteoroid particles spiral toward the Sun under the action of Poynting-Robertson drag and grind down as they collide with a static background of field particles.

  2. Peculiarities of collisional excitation transfer with excited screened energy levels of atoms

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    Gerasimov, V. A.; Gerasimov, V. V.; Pavlinskiy, A. V.

    2007-09-15

    We report an experimental discovery of deviations from the known regularities in collisional excitation transfer processes for metal atoms. The collisional excitation transfer with excited screened energy levels of thulium and dysprosium atoms is studied. The selecting role of the screening 6s shell in collisional excitation transfer is shown.

  3. Postselected weak measurement beyond the weak value

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    Geszti, Tamas

    2010-04-15

    Closed expressions are derived for the quantum measurement statistics of pre- and postselected Gaussian particle beams. The weakness of the preselection step is shown to compete with the nonorthogonality of postselection in a transparent way. The approach is shown to be useful in analyzing postselection-based signal amplification, allowing measurements to be extended far beyond the range of validity of the well-known Aharonov-Albert-Vaidman limit. Additionally, the present treatment connects postselected weak measurement to the topic of phase-contrast microscopy.

  4. Collisional effects after selective laser excitation of polyatomic molecules

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    Zalesskaya, G. A.; Yakovlev, D. L.; Sambor, E. G.

    2003-09-01

    Application of multistep schemes for excitation of polyatomic molecules makes it possible to improve bond-selected excitation with light. Fast collisional energy transfer is one of the most important processes that hinder bond-selected reactions. Collisional effects after multistep laser excitation of molecules is an active area of research at present time because of both the little studied characteristics of relaxation processes for polyatomic molecules in vibrational quasi-continuum and possible practical applications. In this report, the intensities and decay rates of the time-resolved delayed fluorescence (DF) activated by several ways of multistep laser excitation of complex organic molecules (acetophenone, benzophenone, anthraquinone, fluorenone) were used to study collisional processes after nonequilbirium vibrational excitation of triplet molecules mixed with bath gases N2, CO2, NH3, H2O, C2H2, CCl4, C6H6, C5H12, many of which participate in important chemical and photochemical organic molecules transformations that occur in nature. The quantitative characteristics of collisional processes in vibrational quasicontinuum were obtained. Analysis was made of rate constant dependences for near-resonant vibration-vibration (V-V) and vibration-translation (V-T) energy transfer processes on such factors as: properties of excited molecules and bath gases; vibrational energy of excited molecules; temperature, etc. Conclusions were made that collisional efficiencies of V-V process in mixture with polyatomic bath gases were governed by long-range attractive interactions. Upper levels, initially populated following laser excitation relaxed to vibrational distribution after several collisions. Majority of the collision took place only in V-T transfer of relatively small energies. The regularities of this process reflected the dominant role of short-range repulsive forces.

  5. Aperiodic Weak Topological Superconductors.

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    Fulga, I C; Pikulin, D I; Loring, T A

    2016-06-24

    Weak topological phases are usually described in terms of protection by the lattice translation symmetry. Their characterization explicitly relies on periodicity since weak invariants are expressed in terms of the momentum-space torus. We prove the compatibility of weak topological superconductors with aperiodic systems, such as quasicrystals. We go beyond usual descriptions of weak topological phases and introduce a novel, real-space formulation of the weak invariant, based on the Clifford pseudospectrum. A nontrivial value of this index implies a nontrivial bulk phase, which is robust against disorder and hosts localized zero-energy modes at the edge. Our recipe for determining the weak invariant is directly applicable to any finite-sized system, including disordered lattice models. This direct method enables a quantitative analysis of the level of disorder the topological protection can withstand.

  6. Collisional damping of the geodesic acoustic mode with toroidal rotation. II. Gyrokinetic formulation

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    Xie, Baoyi; Yu, Jun; Chen, You; Gong, Xueyu; Guo, Wenfeng

    2016-03-15

    The collisional damping of the geodesic acoustic mode (GAM) is analytically investigated in toroidally rotating tokamaks by using the gyrokinetic equation. It is found that the toroidal rotation could decrease the collisional damping of the GAM in the small safety factor region and increase the collisional damping of the GAM in the large safety factor region at low ion collision rate; while at high ion collision rate, the toroidal rotation will increase the collisional damping of the GAM with arbitrary safety factor. Furthermore, the change quantity of collisional damping rate of the GAM due to the toroidal rotation at high collision rate is larger than that at low collision rate.

  7. Scattering properties of weakly-bound dimers of Fermi atoms

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    Petrov, Dmitry

    2005-03-01

    We discuss the behavior of weakly bound bosonic dimers formed in a two-component Fermi gas with a large positive scattering length for the interspecies interaction. We present a theoretical approach for solving a few-body scattering problem and describe the physics of dimer-dimer elastic and inelastic scattering. We explain why these diatomic molecules, while in the highest ro-vibrational level, are characterized by remarkable collisional stability. Co-authors are Christophe Salomon, LKB, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France; Georgy Shlyapnikov, LPTMS, University of South Paris, Orsay, France.

  8. Collisional dust fragmentation near nuclear surface within cometary jets

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    Steckloff, J.; Melosh, J.

    2014-07-01

    model and find that Δ R_{(R)} ∝ R is additionally able to create power-law radiance profiles. For a thermal fragmentation mechanism, thermal skin depth considerations suggest that the splitting time in binary fission should have the dependence of τ_{s (R)} ∝ R^{2}, whereas the thickness of the shed layer Δ R in grain shedding should remain constant or grow with time, rather than decrease with time as the grain loses mass. Therefore, these functional dependencies of the fundamental splitting parameters are inconsistent with the thermal fragmentation mechanisms suspected to act on dust grains further away from the nucleus such as volatile sublimation [2] and sintering [4]. Our best fit to the most prominent Tempel 1 scarp jet [5,6] is a binary splitting mechanism where τ_{s (R)} R^{2} = const. (see Figure). This dependence of dust fragmentation upon the surface area of the dust grain suggests that dust fragmentation near the origin of Tempel 1's scarp jets is dominated by collisions, consistent with observed radiances. The low collisional speeds in this region are consistent with weak, fractal-like dust-grain structures.

  9. Robust Weak Measurements

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    Tollaksen, Jeff; Aharonov, Yakir

    2006-03-01

    We introduce a new type of weak measurement which yields a quantum average of weak values that is robust, outside the range of eigenvalues, extends the valid regime for weak measurements, and for which the probability of obtaining the pre- and post-selected ensemble is not exponentially rare. This result extends the applicability of weak values, shifts the statistical interpretation previously attributed to weak values and suggests that the weak value is a property of every pre- and post-selected ensemble. We then apply this new weak measurement to Hardy's paradox. Usually the paradox is dismissed on grounds of counterfactuality, i.e., because the paradoxical effects appear only when one considers results of experiments which do not actually take place. We suggest a new set of measurements in connection with Hardy's scheme, and show that when they are actually performed, they yield strange and surprising outcomes. More generally, we claim that counterfactual paradoxes point to a deeper structure inherent to quantum mechanics characterized by weak values (Aharonov Y, Botero A, Popescu S, Reznik B, Tollaksen J, Physics Letters A, 301 (3-4): 130-138, 2002).

  10. Weakly Hamiltonian actions

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    Martínez Torres, David; Miranda, Eva

    2017-05-01

    In this paper we generalize constructions of non-commutative integrable systems to the context of weakly Hamiltonian actions on Poisson manifolds. In particular we prove that abelian weakly Hamiltonian actions on symplectic manifolds split into Hamiltonian and non-Hamiltonian factors, and explore generalizations in the Poisson setting.

  11. Collisional cooling of large ions in electrospray mass spectrometry.

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    Chernushevich, Igor V; Thomson, Bruce A

    2004-03-15

    Collisional cooling of ions in the rf-only multipole guides has become a method of choice for coupling electrospray sources to various mass analyzers. Normally parameters of such ion guides (length, pressure) provide enough thermalization and focusing for ions in a wide mass range. Noncovalent complexes, however, have more compact conformations than denatured biomolecules of similar mass and, therefore may not be transmitted efficiently through standard ion guides, as demonstrated by theoretical analysis, simulations, and experiments. Several methods of improving collisional cooling for large compact ions have been developed on a quadrupole time-of-flight instrument, which include operating the ion guides at higher pressure and trapping ions to increase the cooling time. Improved transmission of heavy ions obtained with those methods is studied in experiments with proteasome 20S, an oligomeric protein noncovalent complex with molecular weight around 692,000, and a few other compounds.

  12. Localization of collisionally inhomogeneous condensates in a bichromatic optical lattice

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    Cheng Yongshan; Adhikari, S. K.

    2011-02-15

    By direct numerical simulation and variational solution of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation, we studied the stationary and dynamic characteristics of a cigar-shaped, localized, collisionally inhomogeneous Bose-Einstein condensate trapped in a one-dimensional bichromatic quasiperiodic optical-lattice potential, as used in a recent experiment on the localization of a Bose-Einstein condensate [Roati et al., Nature (London) 453, 895 (2008)]. The effective potential characterizing the spatially modulated nonlinearity is obtained. It is found that the collisional inhomogeneity has influence not only on the central region but also on the tail of the Bose-Einstein condensate. The influence depends on the sign and value of the spatially modulated nonlinearity coefficient. We also demonstrate the stability of the stationary localized state by performing a standard linear stability analysis. Where possible, the numerical results are shown to be in good agreement with the variational results.

  13. Collisional broadening of angular correlations in a multiphase transport model

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    Edmonds, Terrence; Li, Qingfeng; Wang, Fuqiang

    2017-10-01

    Systematic comparisons of jetlike correlation data to radiative and collisional energy loss model calculations are essential to extract transport properties of the quark-gluon medium created in relativistic heavy ion collisions. This paper presents a transport study of collisional broadening of jetlike correlations, by following parton-parton collision history in a multiphase transport (AMPT) model. The correlation shape is studied as functions of the number of parton-parton collisions suffered by a high transverse momentum probe parton (Ncoll) and the azimuth of the probe relative to the reaction plane (ϕfin.probe). Correlation is found to broaden with increasing Ncoll and ϕfin.probe from in- to out-of-plane direction. This study provides a transport model reference for future jet-medium interaction studies.

  14. ADAS tools for collisional-radiative modelling of molecules

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    Guzmán, F.; O'Mullane, M.; Summers, H. P.

    2013-07-01

    New theoretical and computational tools for molecular collisional-radiative models are presented. An application to the hydrogen molecule system has been made. At the same time, a structured database has been created where fundamental cross sections and rates for individual processes as well as derived data (effective coefficients) are stored. Relative populations for the vibrational states of the ground electronic state of H2 are presented and this vibronic resolution model is compared electronic resolution where vibronic transitions are summed over vibrational sub-states. Some new reaction rates are calculated by means of the impact parameter approximation. Computational tools have been developed to automate process and simplify the data assembly. Effective (collisional-radiative) rate coefficients versus temperature and density are presented.

  15. Turbulence-driven bootstrap current in low-collisionality tokamaks.

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    McDevitt, C J; Tang, Xian-Zhu; Guo, Zehua

    2013-11-15

    Neoclassical bootstrap current is expected to provide a significant fraction of the equilibrium plasma current in tokamak reactors. Here we report a novel mechanism through which a bootstrap current may be driven even in a collisionless plasma. In analogy with the neoclassical mechanism, in which the collisional equilibrium established between trapped and passing electrons produces a steady state current, we show that resonant scattering of electrons by drift wave microturbulence provides an additional means of determining the equilibrium between trapped and passing electrons and thus driving a bootstrap current. Employing a linearized Fokker-Planck collision operator, the plasma current in the presence of both collisions and resonant electron scattering is computed, allowing for the relative strength of these two mechanisms to be quantified as a function of collisionality and fluctuation amplitude.

  16. Collisional shifts in optical-lattice atom clocks

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    Band, Y. B.; Vardi, A.

    2006-09-15

    We theoretically study the effects of elastic collisions on the determination of frequency standards via Ramsey-fringe spectroscopy in optical-lattice atom clocks. Interparticle interactions of bosonic atoms in multiply occupied lattice sites can cause a linear frequency shift, as well as generate asymmetric Ramsey-fringe patterns and reduce fringe visibility due to interparticle entanglement. We propose a method of reducing these collisional effects in an optical lattice by introducing a phase difference of {pi} between the Ramsey driving fields in adjacent sites. This configuration suppresses site-to-site hopping due to interference of two tunneling pathways, without degrading fringe visibility. Consequently, the probability of double occupancy is reduced, leading to cancellation of collisional shifts.

  17. Collisional effects on Rayleigh-Taylor-induced magnetic fields

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    Manuel, M. J.-E.; Flaig, M.; Plewa, T.; Li, C. K.; Séguin, F. H.; Frenje, J. A.; Casey, D. T.; Petrasso, R. D.; Hu, S. X.; Betti, R.; Hager, J.; Meyerhofer, D. D.; Smalyuk, V.

    2015-05-15

    Magnetic-field generation from the Rayleigh-Taylor (RT) instability was predicted more than 30 years ago, though experimental measurements of this phenomenon have only occurred in the past few years. These pioneering observations demonstrated that collisional effects are important to B-field evolution. To produce fields of a measurable strength, high-intensity lasers irradiate solid targets to generate the nonaligned temperature and density gradients required for B-field generation. The ablation process naturally generates an unstable system where RT-induced magnetic fields form. Field strengths inferred from monoenergetic-proton radiographs indicate that in the ablation region diffusive effects caused by finite plasma resistivity are not negligible. Results from the first proof-of-existence experiments are reviewed and the role of collisional effects on B-field evolution is discussed in detail.

  18. Collisional dynamics of perturbed particle disks in the solar system

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    Roberts, W. W.; Stewart, G. R.

    1987-01-01

    Investigations of the collisional evolution of particulate disks subject to the gravitational perturbation of a more massive particle orbiting within the disk are underway. Both numerical N-body simulations using a novel collision algorithm and analytical kinetic theory are being employed to extend our understanding of perturbed disks in planetary rings and during the formation of the solar system. Particular problems proposed for investigation are: (1) The development and testing of general criteria for a small moonlet to clear a gap and produce observable morphological features in planetary rings; (2) The development of detailed models of collisional damping of the wavy edges observed on the Encke division of Saturn's A ring; and (3) The determination of the extent of runaway growth of the few largest planetesimals during the early stages of planetary accretion.

  19. Idiopathic isolated orbicularis weakness

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    MacVie, O P; Majid, M A; Husssin, H M; Ung, T; Manners, R M; Ormerod, I; Pawade, J; Harrad, R A

    2012-01-01

    Purpose Orbicularis weakness is commonly associated with seventh nerve palsy or neuromuscular and myopathic conditions such as myotonic dystrophy and myasethenia gravis. We report four cases of idiopathic isolated orbicularis weakness. Methods All four cases were female and the presenting symptoms of ocular irritation and epiphora had been present for over 7 years in three patients. All patients had lagophthalmos and three had ectropion. Three patients underwent full investigations which excluded known causes of orbicularis weakness. Two patients underwent oribularis oculi muscle biopsy and histological confirmation of orbicularis atrophy. Results All patients underwent surgery to specifically address the orbicularis weakness with satisfactory outcomes and alleviation of symptoms in all cases. Isolated orbicularis weakness may be a relatively common entity that is frequently overlooked. Conclusion Early recognition of this condition may lead to better management and prevent patients undergoing unnecessary surgical procedures. PMID:22322997

  20. Collisional and dissociative processes involving molecular free radicals

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    Dagdigian, Paul J.; Alexander, Millard H.

    1995-04-01

    A collaborative experimental and theoretical study of a number of elementary collisional processes involving small molecular free radicals of importance in combustion and in the decomposition of propellants has been carried out. These have involved chemical reactions and photodissociation, as well as nonreactive collision-induced rotational and electronic transitions. Information on non-bonding interactions involving free radicals was also obtained from analysis of the electronic spectrum of van der Waals complexes of these species.

  1. Collisional and dynamical processes in moon and planet formation

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    1979-01-01

    The collisional and dynamical processes in moon and planet formation are discussed. A hydrodynamic code of collision calculations, the orbital element changes due to gravitational scattering, a validation of the mass shifting algorithm, a theory of rotations, and the origin of asteroids are studied. A numerical model of planet growth is discussed and a methodology to evaluate the rate at which megaregolith increases its depth as a function of total accumulate number of impacts on an initially smooth, coherent surface is described.

  2. Uniform derivation of Coulomb collisional transport thanks to Debye shielding

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    Escande, Dominique; Elskens, Yves; Doveil, Fabrice

    2016-10-01

    The effective potential acting on particles in plasmas being essentially the Debye-shielded Coulomb potential, the particles collisional transport in thermal equilibrium is calculated for all impact parameters b, with a convergent expression reducing to Rutherford scattering for small b, in agreement with both usual expressions holding for large b and small b. No cutoff at the Debye length scale is needed, and the Coulomb logarithm is only slightly modified.

  3. Collisional dynamics of ultracold Sr in an optical dipole trap

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    Yan, Mi; Martinez de Escobar, Yenny; Mickelson, Pascal; Killian, Thomas

    2009-05-01

    A model for describing inelastic and elastic collision dynamics of atoms in an optical dipole trap (ODT) is presented, which is capable of describing traps with little or no spatial symmetry and atomic samples with relatively small ratios of trap depth to atom equilibrium temperature. We apply this model to ^88Sr in ODT which has well-characterized collisional properties and compare results of model with measurements.

  4. Collisional Radiative Models for non-Maxwellian plasmas

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    Hartgers, Bart; van Dijk, Jan; van der Mullen, Joost

    1999-10-01

    Collisional Radiative models are a useful tool for studying plasmas. In their simplest form, they are used to calculate an atomic state distribution function (ASDF) from given electron and neutral densities and an electron temperature. Additionally, global ionization and recombination coefficients can be calculated as a function of electron density and temperature. In turn, these coefficients are used as input for the general plasma model

  5. Kinetic model for the collisionless sheath of a collisional plasma

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    Tang, Xian-Zhu Guo, Zehua

    2016-08-15

    Collisional plasmas typically have mean-free-path still much greater than the Debye length, so the sheath is mostly collisionless. Once the plasma density, temperature, and flow are specified at the sheath entrance, the profile variation of electron and ion density, temperature, flow speed, and conductive heat fluxes inside the sheath is set by collisionless dynamics, and can be predicted by an analytical kinetic model distribution. These predictions are contrasted here with direct kinetic simulations, showing good agreement.

  6. Collisional frequency shift of a trapped-ion optical clock

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    Vutha, Amar C.; Kirchner, Tom; Dubé, Pierre

    2017-08-01

    Collisions with background gas can perturb the transition frequency of trapped ions in an optical atomic clock. We develop a nonperturbative framework based on a quantum channel description of the scattering process and use it to derive a master equation which leads to a simple analytic expression for the collisional frequency shift. As a demonstration of our method, we calculate the frequency shift of the Sr+ optical atomic clock transition due to elastic collisions with helium.

  7. Determination of collisional linewidths and shifts by a convolution method

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    Pickett, H. M.

    1980-01-01

    A technique is described for fitting collisional linewidths and shifts from experimental spectral data. The method involves convoluting a low-pressure reference spectrum with a Lorentz shape function and comparing the convoluted spectrum with higher pressure spectra. Several experimental examples are given. One advantage of the method is that no extra information is needed about the instrument response function or spectral modulation. In addition, the method is shown to be relatively insensitive to the presence of reflections in the sample cell.

  8. System and method for collisional activation of charged particles

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    Ibrahim, Yehia M; Belov, Mikhail E; Prior, David C

    2013-09-24

    A collision cell is disclosed that provides ion activation in various selective modes. Ion activation is performed inside selected segments of a segmented quadrupole that provides maximum optimum capture and collection of fragmentation products. The invention provides collisional cooling of precursor ions as well as product fragments and further allows effective transmission of ions through a high pressure interface into a coupled mass analysis instrument.

  9. Ion Collection by a Sphere in a Drifting Collisional Plasma

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    Haakonsen, Christian Bernt; Hutchinson, Ian H.

    2011-11-29

    SCEPTIC3D now includes charge-exchange collisions, and is used to examine ion collection by a floating conducting sphere (small compared to the electron debye length) in the presence of a background neutral drift. The enhancement of ion collection at moderate collisionalities seen for the stationary case is weakened as the drift speed increases from the ion thermal speed to the ion sound speed, above which no enhancement is seen.

  10. Measurement of Collisional Cross-Field Heat Transport in a Nonneutral Plasma.

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    Hollmann, E. M.; Anderegg, F.; Driscoll, C. F.

    1998-11-01

    Cross-magnetic-field heat transport has been measured for a steady-state Mg^+ ion plasma confined in a Penning-Malmberg trap. The measured thermal diffusivity is up to 200 times larger than the classical value, but agrees well with long-range collisional theory.(D.H.E. Dubin and T.M. O'Neil, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78), 3868 (1997). This measurement uses two lasers: a strong (1 mW) beam to initially create localized ion heating (or cooling); and a weak (<=0.1 mW) beam to obtain the temperature T as the heat pulse spreads. The local thermal diffusivity \\chi is calculated from the measured T (r,t). The classical theory of heat conductivity describes collisions with impact parameters less than a cyclotron radius, i.e. ρ < r_c; in contrast, the enhanced heat transport arises from long-range collisions with impact parameter rc < ρ < λ_D. The thermal diffusivity has been measured over temperature and density ranges of 5 × 10-4 < T < 5 eV and 10^6 < n < 1.3 × 10^8 cm-3, at fields 1 < B < 4;Tesla. The measured diffusivity shows no variation with n or B, and agrees quantitatively with the long-range collisional prediction of \\chi_raisebox-.8ex lr ∝ T-1/2; but disagrees strongly with the classical prediction of \\chi_raisebox-.6ex c ∝ nB-2 T-1/2.

  11. Kinetic ion-acoustic solitary waves in collisional plasmas

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    Pezzi, Oreste; Valentini, Francesco; Veltri, Pierluigi

    2014-05-01

    The excitation and the propagation of solitary waves of ion-acoustic nature are analyzed by means of kinetic Eulerian simulations, in both collision-free and collisional plasmas, composed of kinetic warm protons and linear Boltzmannian electrons. The process of soliton formation is discussed in detail through the description of the time evolution of the electrostatic potential and of the associated phase space portraits of the proton distribution function. We study the effects of collisions on the propagation of solitary waves, by modeling proton-proton interactions through the one-dimensional nonlinear Dougherty operator, which is a collisional operator of the Fokker-Planck type. We show how, in a case of non-negligible collisionality, short spatial scales in the electrostatic potential are dissipated in time and the phase space structures, observed in the distribution function in absence of collisions, are significantly smoothed out. Finally, by exploiting the analogy between ion-acoustic waves in neutral infinite plasma and Trivelpiece-Gould waves in nonneutral plasmas columns, a recipe to observe solitary structures in nonneutral plasma devices is proposed.

  12. Tearing instabilities in the banana-plateau collisionality regime

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    Qu, W.X.; Callen, J.D.

    1985-04-01

    Starting from a resistive MHD set of equations and adding neoclassical currents (bootstrap, enhanced polarization and pinch type), we derive the eigenmode equation and relevant dispersion relation for ''neoclassical MHD'' tearing modes in the banana-plateau collisionality regime. The ballooning mode representation and a multiple length scale approximation are utilized. Analysis of the dispersion relation shows that the neoclassical effects on tearing modes are quite strong for ..sqrt..epsilon ..beta../sub p/(1 + nu/sub *//sub e/)/sup -1/ > S/sup -2/5/ (epsilon is the inverse aspect ratio, ..beta../sub p/ is the poloidal beta value, nu/sub *//sub e/ is the electron collisionality factor and S is the neoclassical MHD Reynolds number). The growth rate ..gamma.. and singular layer width deltax are increased typically by more than one order of magnitude from the usual values for epsilon ..beta../sub p/ approx. = 1. For our model, the changes in the tearing modes from the banana-plateau collisionality regime to the usual Pfirsch-Schlueter regime are very clear and natural.

  13. Collisional ballooning mode dispersion relation in the banana regime

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    Zheng, L.; Tessarotto, M.

    1995-08-01

    Collisional ballooning mode theory in the banana regime is developed for tokamak configurations from the gyrokinetic formalism. A general dispersion relation is obtained, which in principle can deal with a collision operator of any type. However, investigation of an approximate Fokker--Planck collision operator developed in recent neoclassical transport theory is detailed. The most significant feature of the present theory as compared to the customary treatment lies in that the distinction between particle and fluid velocities is made in the ordering analyses. This reveals that the eigenfrequency of modes is determined by balancing the small-parallel-ion-velocity (SPIV) effect [L.-J. Zheng and M. Tessarotto, Phys. Plasmas {bold 1}, 3928 (1994)], instead of the fluid inertia one, with the instability drives. Since the parallel-electric-field effect is found to be negligible as compared to the SPIV effect, in contrast to the customary resistive ballooning mode picture, the leading collisional effect is demonstrated to be the modification of the SPIV effect instead of the relaxation of the frozen-in-law. The ion--ion collisions are the cause for this modification, while the electron collisional effect is shown to be negligible. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  14. Modulational instability of electromagnetic waves in a collisional quantum magnetoplasma

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    Niknam, A. R.; Rastbood, E.; Bafandeh, F.; Khorashadizadeh, S. M.

    2014-04-15

    The modulational instability of right-hand circularly polarized electromagnetic electron cyclotron (CPEM-EC) wave in a magnetized quantum plasma is studied taking into account the collisional effects. Employing quantum hydrodynamic and nonlinear Schrödinger equations, the dispersion relation of modulated CPEM-EC wave in a collisional plasma has been derived. It is found that this wave is unstable in such a plasma system and the growth rate of the associated instability depends on various parameters such as electron Fermi temperature, plasma number density, collision frequency, and modulation wavenumber. It is shown that while the increase of collision frequency leads to increase of the growth rate of instability, especially at large wavenumber limit, the increase of plasma number density results in more stable modulated CPEM-EC wave. It is also found that in contrast to collisionless plasma in which modulational instability is restricted to small wavenumbers, in collisional plasma, the interval of instability occurrence can be extended to a large domain.

  15. COLLISIONAL EVOLUTION OF ULTRA-WIDE TRANS-NEPTUNIAN BINARIES

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    Parker, Alex H.; Kavelaars, J. J.

    2012-01-10

    The widely separated, near-equal mass binaries hosted by the cold classical Kuiper Belt are delicately bound and subject to disruption by many perturbing processes. We use analytical arguments and numerical simulations to determine their collisional lifetimes given various impactor size distributions and include the effects of mass loss and multiple impacts over the lifetime of each system. These collisional lifetimes constrain the population of small (R {approx}> 1 km) objects currently residing in the Kuiper Belt and confirm that the size distribution slope at small size cannot be excessively steep-likely q {approx}< 3.5. We track mutual semimajor axis, inclination, and eccentricity evolution through our simulations and show that it is unlikely that the wide binary population represents an evolved tail of the primordially tight binary population. We find that if the wide binaries are a collisionally eroded population, their primordial mutual orbit planes must have preferred to lie in the plane of the solar system. Finally, we find that current limits on the size distribution at small radii remain high enough that the prospect of detecting dust-producing collisions in real time in the Kuiper Belt with future optical surveys is feasible.

  16. Intersystem collisional transfer of excitation in low altitude aurora

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    Benesch, W.

    1983-03-01

    The characteristics of auroral optical emission as a function of altitude are exploited as a source of data for the investigation of the intersystem collisional transfer (ICT) of excitation in the nitrogen molecule. The procedure is based on a recently proposed model for the generation of the red lower border of type B auroras as resulting from the effect of the increased collision frequency at lower altitudes on the distribution of population within the excited molecules. In particular, the 85 km turn-on altitude for the red lower border of auroral arcs provides an indicator for the determination of the density and pressure required for the onset of the ICT process at mesopause temperatures. Values are obtained for collision cross sections and rate constants for the coupling of neighboring vibrational levels in adjacent electronic states in nitrogen. The results are compared with the findings of several laboratory studies on similar collisional transfers among nested electronic states. A two-part process is suggested to account for the observed features of intersystem collisional transfer phenomena.

  17. Constraining Collisional Models of Planetesimals in Debris Disks

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    MacGregor, Meredith A.; Wilner, David J.; Hughes, A. Meredith; Steele, Amy; Ricci, Luca; Andrews, Sean M.; Chandler, Claire J.; Tahli Maddison, Sarah

    2016-01-01

    Debris disks around main-sequence stars are produced by the ongoing collisional erosion of planetesimals, analogous to Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) or comets in our own Solar System. Observations of these dusty belts offer a window into the physical and dynamical properties of planetesimals in extrasolar systems through the size distribution of dust grains. In particular, the millimeter/radio spectral index of thermal dust emission encodes information on the grain size distribution that can be used to test proposed collisional models of planetesimals. We have made sensitive Jansky Very Large Array (JVLA) observations of a sample of 7 nearby debris disks at 9 mm and combine these with archival Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) observations of 8 additional debris disks at 7 mm. Using measurements at (sub)millimeter wavelengths from the literature, we place tight constraints on the millimeter spectral indices and thus grain size distributions of this sample of debris disks. Our analysis gives a weighted mean for the slope of the power-law grain distribution that is close to the classical prediction for a steady-state collisional cascade (q=3.5), but not consistent with the steeper distributions predicted by recent models that include more complex fragmentation processes. To interpret this result, we explore the effects of material strengths, velocity distributions, and small-size cutoffs on the steady-state grain size distribution.

  18. New insights into main belt asteroid collisional lifetimes

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    Henych, Tomas; Holsapple, Keith

    2016-10-01

    We are developing a new Monte Carlo code to study the collisional and spin evolution of main belt asteroids. A byproduct is information on asteroid lifetimes. We find new interpretations and values of those lifetimes.In the conventional approach, the "collisional lifetime" is measured by the time when an asteroid is struck by an impactor large enough to remove one-half of the target's mass. That event is called a catastrophic disruption (CD). From an assumed population of impactors and Poisson statistics, one can estimate the largest expected impactor to impact in a given time interval to get its expected collisional lifetime. However, our Monte Carlo simulations give lifetimes that are distinctly shorter. That raises questions about the basic definition of catastrophic disruption.During its presence in the main belt, many other asteroids of all sizes continually strike a target asteroid. Before the CD one happens, there are many small impacts, and a few less than but not equal to the CD one. Each impact erodes the target asteroid. Very commonly, it is eroded to a much smaller mass before some CD event. We will present examples.So what shall we define as its collisional lifetime? Should it be the time for which its mass is reduced to one-half of its original mass, irrespective of how that happened, perhaps from many impacts? Or when any single impact reduces its mass to one-half of its original mass? Or when a single impact reduces it to one-half of its current mass?We propose that collisional lifetime is defined as the time at which it reaches 50% of its original mass, from any combination of small and/or large events. We use cratering and ejecta scaling formulas (e.g. Holsapple, 1993, Housen and Holsapple, 2011) to calculate the eroded mass history of the target for a history of impactors and calculate the outcome of any impact using the current size. In the gravity regime, the eroded body is easier to disrupt. We will present our lifetime estimates and those of

  19. The Dependence of H-mode Energy Confinement and Transport on Collisionality in NSTX

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    Kaye, S. M.; Gerhardt, S.; Guttenfelder, W.; Maingi, R.; Bell, R. E.; Diallo, A.; LeBlanc, B. P.; Podesta, M.

    2012-11-28

    Understanding the dependence of confi nement on collisionality in tokamaks is important for the design of next-step devices, which will operate at collisionalities at least one order of magnitude lower than in present generation. A wide range of collisionality has been obtained in the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) by employing two different wall conditioning techniques, one with boronization and between-shot helium glow discharge conditioning (HeGDC+B), and one using lithium evaporation (Li EVAP). Previous studies of HeGDC+B plasmas indicated a strong and favorable dependence of normalized con nement on collisionality. Discharges with lithium conditioning discussed in the present study gen- erally achieved lower collisionality, extending the accessible range of collisionality by almost an order of unity. While the confinement dependences on dimensional, engineering variables of the HeGDC+B and Li EVAP datasets differed, collisionality was found to unify the trends, with the lower collisionality lithium conditioned discharges extending the trend of increasing normalized confi nement time with decreasing collisionality when other dimension less variables were held as fi xed as possible. This increase of confi nement with decreasing collisionality was driven by a large reduction in electron transport in the outer region of the plasma. This result is consistent with gyrokinetic calculations that show microtearing and Electron Temperature Gradient modes to be more stable for the lower collisionality discharges. Ion transport, near neoclassical at high collisionality, became more anomalous at lower collisionality, possibly due to the growth of hybrid TEM/KBM modes in the outer regions of the plasma

  20. The Dependence of H-mode Energy Confinement and Transport on Collisionality in NSTX

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    Kaye, S. M.; Gerhardt, S.; Guttenfelder, W.; Maingi, R.; Bell, R. E.; Diallo, A.; LeBlanc, B. P.; Podesta, M.

    2012-11-27

    Understanding the dependence of confi nement on collisionality in tokamaks is important for the design of next-step devices, which will operate at collisionalities at least one order of magnitude lower than in present generation. A wide range of collisionality has been obtained in the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) by employing two different wall conditioning techniques, one with boronization and between-shot helium glow discharge conditioning (HeGDC+B), and one using lithium evaporation (Li EVAP). Previous studies of HeGDC+B plasmas indicated a strong and favorable dependence of normalized con nement on collisionality. Discharges with lithium conditioning discussed in the present study gen- erally achieved lower collisionality, extending the accessible range of collisionality by almost an order of unity. While the confinement dependences on dimensional, engineering variables of the HeGDC+B and Li EVAP datasets differed, collisionality was found to unify the trends, with the lower collisionality lithium conditioned discharges extending the trend of increasing normalized confi nement time with decreasing collisionality when other dimension less variables were held as fi xed as possible. This increase of confi nement with decreasing collisionality was driven by a large reduction in electron transport in the outer region of the plasma. This result is consistent with gyrokinetic calculations that show microtearing and Electron Temperature Gradient modes to be more stable for the lower collisionality discharges. Ion transport, near neoclassical at high collisionality, became more anomalous at lower collisionality, possibly due to the growth of hybrid TEM/KBM modes in the outer regions of the plasma.

  1. History of Weak Interactions

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    Lee, T. D.

    1970-07-01

    While the phenomenon of beta-decay was discovered near the end of the last century, the notion that the weak interaction forms a separate field of physical forces evolved rather gradually. This became clear only after the experimental discoveries of other weak reactions such as muon-decay, muon-capture, etc., and the theoretical observation that all these reactions can be described by approximately the same coupling constant, thus giving rise to the notion of a universal weak interaction. Only then did one slowly recognize that the weak interaction force forms an independent field, perhaps on the same footing as the gravitational force, the electromagnetic force, and the strong nuclear and sub-nuclear forces.

  2. Electromagnetic and Weak Interactions

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    Salam, A.; Ward, J. C.

    One of the recurrent dreams in elementary particles physics is that of a possible fundamental synthesis between electro-magnetism and weak interactions [1]. The idea has its origin in the following shared characteristics…

  3. Demystifying Weak Measurements

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    Kastner, R. E.

    2017-05-01

    A large literature has grown up around the proposed use of `weak measurements' (i.e., unsharp measurements followed by post-selection) to allegedly provide information about hidden ontological features of quantum systems. This paper attempts to clarify the fact that `weak measurements' involve strong (projective) measurements on one (pointer) member of an entangled system. The only thing `weak' about such measurements is that the correlation established via the entanglement does not correspond to eigenstates of the `weakly measured observable' for the remaining component system(s) subject to the weak measurement. All observed statistics are straightforwardly and easily predicted by standard quantum mechanics. Specifically, it is noted that measurement of the pointer steers the remaining degree(s) of freedom into new states with new statistical properties—constituting a non-trivial (even if generally small) disturbance. In addition, standard quantum mechanics readily allows us to conditionalize on a final state if we choose, so the `post-selection' that features prominently in time-symmetric formulations is also equipment from standard quantum theory. Assertions in the literature that weak measurements leave a system negligibly disturbed, and/or that standard quantum theory is cumbersome for computing the predicted measurement results, are therefore unsupportable, and ontological claims based on such assertions need to be critically reassessed.

  4. Atom-atom inelastic collisions and three-body atomic recombination in weakly ionized argon plasmas

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    Braun, C. G.; Kunc, J. A.

    1989-01-01

    A stationary collisional-radiative model including both inelastic electron-atom and atom-atom collisions is used to examine nonequilibrium weakly ionized argon plasmas with atomic densities 10 to the 16th to 10 to the 20th/cu cm, temperatures below 6000 K, and with different degrees of radiation trapping. It is shown that three-body atomic recombination becomes important at high particle densities. Comparison is made between the present approach and Thomson's theory for atomic recombination.

  5. Atom-atom inelastic collisions and three-body atomic recombination in weakly ionized argon plasmas

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    Braun, C. G.; Kunc, J. A.

    1989-01-01

    A stationary collisional-radiative model including both inelastic electron-atom and atom-atom collisions is used to examine nonequilibrium weakly ionized argon plasmas with atomic densities 10 to the 16th to 10 to the 20th/cu cm, temperatures below 6000 K, and with different degrees of radiation trapping. It is shown that three-body atomic recombination becomes important at high particle densities. Comparison is made between the present approach and Thomson's theory for atomic recombination.

  6. Orbital and Collisional Evolution of the Irregular Satellites

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    Nesvorný, David; Alvarellos, Jose L. A.; Dones, Luke; Levison, Harold F.

    2003-07-01

    The irregular moons of the Jovian planets are a puzzling part of the solar system inventory. Unlike regular satellites, the irregular moons revolve around planets at large distances in tilted and eccentric orbits. Their origin, which is intimately linked with the origin of the planets themselves, is yet to be explained. Here we report a study of the orbital and collisional evolution of the irregular satellites from times after their formation to the present epoch. The purpose of this study is to find out the features of the observed irregular moons that can be attributed to this evolution and separate them from signatures of the formation process. We numerically integrated ~60,000 test satellite orbits to map orbital locations that are stable on long time intervals. We found that the orbits highly inclined to the ecliptic are unstable due to the effect of the Kozai resonance, which radially stretches them so that satellites either escape from the Hill sphere, collide with massive inner moons, or impact the parent planet. We also found that prograde satellite orbits with large semimajor axes are unstable due to the effect of the evection resonance, which locks the orbit's apocenter to the apparent motion of the Sun around the parent planet. In such a resonance, the effect of solar tides on a resonant moon accumulates at each apocenter passage of the moon, which causes a radially outward drift of its orbital apocenter; once close to the Hill sphere, the moon escapes. By contrast, retrograde moons with large orbital semimajor axes are long-lived. We have developed an analytic model of the distant satellite orbits and used it to explain the results of our numerical experiments. In particular, we analytically studied the effect of the Kozai resonance. We numerically integrated the orbits of the 50 irregular moons (known by 2002 August 16) for 108 yr. All orbits were stable on this time interval and did not show any macroscopic variations that would indicate

  7. Weak bond screening system

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    Chuang, S. Y.; Chang, F. H.; Bell, J. R.

    Consideration is given to the development of a weak bond screening system which is based on the utilization of a high power ultrasonic (HPU) technique. The instrumentation of the prototype bond strength screening system is described, and the adhesively bonded specimens used in the system developmental effort are detailed. Test results obtained from these specimens are presented in terms of bond strength and level of high power ultrasound irradiation. The following observations were made: (1) for Al/Al specimens, 2.6 sec of HPU irradiation will screen weak bond conditions due to improper preparation of bonding surfaces; (2) for composite/composite specimens, 2.0 sec of HPU irradiation will disrupt weak bonds due to under-cured conditions; (3) for Al honeycomb core with composite skin structure, 3.5 sec of HPU irradiation will disrupt weak bonds due to bad adhesive or oils contamination of bonding surfaces; and (4) for Nomex honeycomb with Al skin structure, 1.3 sec of HPU irradiation will disrupt weak bonds due to bad adhesive.

  8. The collisional history of dwarf planet Ceres revealed by Dawn

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    Marchi, S.; Williams, D. A.; Mest, S. C.; Schenk, P.; O'Brien, D. P.; De Sanctis, M. C.; Ermakov, A.; Castillo, J. C.; Jaumann, R.; Neesemann, A.; Hiesinger, H.; Park, R. S.; Kneissl, T.; Schmedemann, N.; Raymond, C. A.; Russell, C. T.

    2015-12-01

    Impact craters are a ubiquitous feature of solid surfaces of celestial objects. Craters are oftentimes used to constrain the past evolution of their host objects, as well as to assess their crustal structures. The Dawn spacecraft, currently in orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, has revealed a surface peppered with impact craters. Two important facts emerge from their global spatial distribution: i) significant longitudinal and latitudinal asymmetries in the crater areal density, ii) and the lack of well-preserved craters larger than 400 km in imaging data. Interestingly, most of the low crater density terrains are found in the vicinity of the three largest, well-preserved impact craters ranging from ~160 to ~290 km in diameter. These low crater areal density terrains expand over a greater distance than observed for large craters on rocky bodies and icy satellites, which typically are confined within one crater radius from the rim. To assess the collisional history of Ceres we developed a Monte Carlo model that tracks the timing, size and number of collisions throughout the history of the solar system. The model shows that Ceres' collisional evolution should have resulted typically in a factor of 10 more craters than observed, with some ~10 craters larger than 400 km expected to have formed over the last 4.5 Gyr ago. While small craters may have reached an equilibrium level, which does not allow then to further increase in number, the lack of evident large craters is a puzzle. A possibility is that the scars of large craters have been obliterated by topography relaxation due to an ice-rich crust. Here we will present an overview of the Ceres' crater spatial distribution and compare it to other siblings (such as the asteroid Vesta), and collisional evolution models. We will also discuss how these results pose important constraints on the internal structure of the dwarf planet in conjunction with surface composition and gravity data acquired by Dawn.

  9. Hybrid accretionary/collisional mechanism of Paleozoic Asian continental growth

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    Schulmann, Karel; Lexa, Ondrej; Janousek, Vojtech; Pavla, Stipska; Yingde, Jiang; Alexandra, Guy; Min, Sun

    2016-04-01

    Continental crust is formed above subduction zones by well-known process of "juvenile crust growth". This new crust is in modern Earth assembled into continents by two ways: (i) short-lived collisions of continental blocks with the Eurasian continent along the "Alpine-Himalayan collisional/interior orogens" in the heart of the Pangean continental plates realm; and (ii) long lived lateral accretion of ocean-floor fragments along "circum-Pacific accretionary/peripheral orogens" at the border of the Pacific oceanic plate. This configuration has existed since the late Proterozoic, when the giant accretionary Terra Australis Orogen developed at periphery of an old Palaeo-Pacific ocean together with collisional Caledonian and Variscan orogens. At the same time, the large (ca. 9 millions km2) Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB) developed in the NE part of the Pangea. This orogen reveals features of both peripheral and interior orogens, which implies that the generally accepted "peripheral-accretionary" and "interior- collisional" paradigm is not applicable here. To solve this conundrum a new model of unprecedented Phanerozoic continental growth is proposed. In this model, the CAOB precursor evolved at the interface of old exterior and young interior oceans. Subsequently, the new lithospheric domain was transferred by advancing subduction into the interior of the Pangean mostly continental realm. During this process the oceanic crust was transformed into continental crust and it was only later when this specific lithosphere was incorporated into the Asian continent. If true, this concept represents revolutionary insight into processes of crustal growth explaining the enigma of anchoring hybrid lithosphere inside a continent without its subduction or Tibetan-type thickening.

  10. Collisional Processing of Olivine and Pyroxene in Cometary Dust

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    Lederer, S. M.; Cintala, M. J.; Olney, R. D.; Keller, L. P.; Nakamura-Messenger, K.; Zolensky, M.

    2008-01-01

    According to the nebular theory of solar-system formation, collisions between bodies occurred frequently early in the solar system s history and continue at a lower rate even today. Collisions have reworked the surface compositions and structures of cometary nuclei, though to an unknown degree. The majority of the collisional history of a typical Jupiter-family comet takes place while it resides in the Kuiper Belt. Impacts occur on the surfaces of small bodies over a large range of velocities by impactors of all sizes, but typical encounter speeds within the Kuiper Belt are 1.5 to 2.0 km/s[1]. Durda and Stern suggest that the interiors of most cometary nuclei with diameters <5 km have been heavily damaged by collisions [2]. They estimate that over a period of 3.5 Gy, a nucleus with a diameter of 2 km and an orbit between 35-45 AU will experience 90-300 collisions with objects greater than 8 m in diameter. In this same time interval, collisions between a typical Trans-Neptunian Object (TNO) 200 km in diameter and objects with d > 8 m would rework up to one-third of that TNO s surface. In fact, it has been proposed that most short-period comets from the Kuiper Belt (90%) are collisional fragments from larger TNOs - not primordial objects themselves [3] - and that most short-period comets from the Kuiper Belt will be collisionally processed both on their surfaces as well as in their interiors.

  11. The Collisional Evolution of the Main Asteroid Belt

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    Bottke, W. F.; Brož, M.; O'Brien, D. P.; Campo Bagatin, A.; Morbidelli, A.; Marchi, S.

    Collisional and dynamical models of the main asteroid belt allow us to glean insights into planetesimal- and planet-formation scenarios as well as how the main belt reached its current state. Here we discuss many of the processes affecting asteroidal evolution and the constraints that can be used to test collisional model results. We argue the main belt's wavy size-frequency distribution for diameter D < 100-km asteroids is increasingly a byproduct of comminution as one goes to smaller sizes, with its shape a fossil-like remnant of a violent early epoch. Most D > 100-km asteroids, however, are primordial, with their physical properties set by planetesimal formation and accretion processes. The main-belt size distribution as a whole has evolved into a collisional steady state, and it has possibly been in that state for billions of years. Asteroid families provide a critical historical record of main-belt collisions. The heavily depleted and largely dispersed "ghost families," however, may hold the key to understanding what happened in the primordial days of the main belt. New asteroidal fragments are steadily created by both collisions and mass shedding events via YORP spinup processes. A fraction of this population, in the form of D < 30 km fragments, go on to escape the main belt via the Yarkovsky/YORP effects and gravitational resonances, thereby creating a quasi-steady-state population of planet-crossing and near-Earth asteroids. These populations go on to bombard all inner solar system worlds. By carefully interpreting the cratering records they produce, it is possible to constrain how portions of the main-belt population have evolved with time.

  12. Fractionation of hydrogen and deuterium on Venus due to collisional ejection

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    Gurwell, Mark A.; Yung, Yuk L.

    1993-01-01

    The collisional ejection process for hydrogen on Venus is reanalyzed. Improved values for the efficiency of H and D escape as a function of the ionospheric temperature are reported. It is proposed that the reduction of the hydrogen flux for collisional ejection be reduced from 8 to 3.5 x 10 exp 6/sq cm/s, and a revised D/H fractional factor of 0.47 due to collisional ejection is suggested. The resulting deuterium flux is 3.1 x 10 exp 4/sq cm/s, roughly six times the flux due to charge exchange, making collisional ejection the dominant escape mechanism for deuterium on Venus.

  13. Fractionation of hydrogen and deuterium on Venus due to collisional ejection

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    Gurwell, M. A.; Yung, Y. L.

    1993-02-01

    The collisional ejection process for hydrogen on Venus is reanalyzed. Improved values for the efficiency of H and D escape as a function of the ionospheric temperature are reported. It is proposed that the reduction of the hydrogen flux for collisional ejection be reduced from 8 to 3.5 x 10 exp 6/sq cm/s, and a revised D/H fractional factor of 0.47 due to collisional ejection is suggested. The resulting deuterium flux is 3.1 x 10 exp 4/sq cm/s, roughly six times the flux due to charge exchange, making collisional ejection the dominant escape mechanism for deuterium on Venus.

  14. Collisional Shift and Broadening of Iodine Spectral Lines in Air Near 543 nm

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    Fletcher, D. G.; McDaniel, J. C.

    1995-01-01

    The collisional processes that influence the absorption of monochromatic light by iodine in air have been investigated. Measurements were made in both a static cell and an underexpanded jet flow over the range of properties encountered in typical compressible-flow aerodynamic applications. Experimentally measured values of the collisional shift and broadening coefficients were 0.058 +/- 0.004 and 0.53 +/- 0.010 GHz K(exp 0.7)/torr, respectively. The measured shift value showed reasonable agreement with theoretical calculations based on Lindholm-Foley collisional theory for a simple dispersive potential. The measured collisional broadening showed less favorable agreement with the calculated value.

  15. Collisional Excitation of Automotive Fuel Components (ethanol and Isooctane)

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    Cobb, Rachelle H.; White, Allen R.; Devasher, Rebecca B.

    2009-06-01

    It is possible to excite fuel components indirectly via a 10.6 um CO2 laser. A 9% solution of isopropanol in ethanol was used, as it has a strong absorption cross section at 10.6 um. CO2 laser excitation of pure ethanol caused little or no change in absorption in the C-H stretch region. However, the ethanol/isopropanol mixture did show a response proportional to laser excitation. Further studies indicate that excitation of isooctane/isopropanol mixture is also possible via collisional energy transfer between the laser excited isopropanol and isooctane.

  16. Zeeman degeneracy effects in collisional intense-field resonance fluorescence

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    Cooper, J.; Ballagh, R. J.; Burnett, K.

    1980-01-01

    Resonance fluorescence due to intense laser fields from a Zeeman degenerate atom being perturbed by collisional interactions is calculated in the impact regime by using the quantum-fluctuation-regression theorem. Various interesting effects are found. For example, the scattered intensity spectrum for a J = 0 to J = 1 transition for polarization parallel to the laser polarization is essentially an asymmetric triplet, whereas for a perpendicular polarization due to collisions the spectrum is essentially a doublet (whose frequencies do not correspond with any of those of the triplet). Further, the width of the fluorescent component (whose frequency is close to the unperturbed frequency) actually decreases with increasing laser power.

  17. Collisional three-body recombination in strongly coupled ultracold plasmas

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    Vorob'ev, V. S.

    2017-07-01

    The collisional three-body (e - e - ion) recombination in an ultracold plasma is considered when the temperature T is small and the coupling parameter characterizing the interaction of electrons and ions exceeds unity. For these conditions, we calculate the average energy of the electron and find the recombination coefficient. The latter for small values of the coupling parameter becomes ˜ T-9 /2 and for large ones is inversely proportional to the plasma frequency. We compare the results obtained with different theoretical models and the numerical simulation data of the recombination process.

  18. Collisional Vibrational Quenching of NO+(V) Ions

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    1988-06-03

    6 ILL WAI~p r -rI In -" N Collisional vibrational quenching of NO+(v) ions - Robert A. Morris,s) A. A. Viggiano ,b) F. Dale, and John F. Paulson l...importance in the earth’s ionosphere endoergic and does not proceed at a significant rate. Charge and in other plasmas involving atmospheric species... Viggiano #, F. Dale, John F. Paulson 13a. TYPE OF REPORT I13b. TIME COVERED 14. DATE OF REPORT (Year, Month, Day) Is. A ON Reprint _IFROM TO ____ 1988 June 3

  19. Collisional transfer of population and orientation in sodium potassium

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    Wolfe, Christopher Matthew

    Collisional spectral satellite lines have been identified in recent optical-optical double resonance (OODR) excitation spectra of the NaK molecule. These satellite lines represent both a transfer of population, and a partial preservation of angular momentum orientation, to a rotational level adjacent to the one directly excited by the pump laser beam. A rate equation model was used to study the intensities of these satellite lines as a function of argon pressure and heat pipe oven temperature, in order to separate the collisional effects of argon and potassium atoms (being the most populous species in the vapor by an order of magnitude over the third most populous). Using a fit of this rate equation model to the data, it was found that collisions between NaK and potassium are more likely to transfer population and destroy orientation than argon collisions, and also more likely to transfer population to rotational levels higher in energy than the one being pumped (i.e. a propensity for positive Delta J collisions). Also, collisions between NaK and argon atoms show a propensity toward even-numbered changes in J. In addition to the above study, an analysis of collisional line broadening and velocity-changes in J-changing collisions was performed, showing potassium has a higher line broadening rate coefficient, as well as a smaller velocity change in J-changing collisions, than argon. A program was also written in Fortran 90/95 which solves the density matrix equations of motion in steady state for a coupled system of 3 (or 4) energy levels with their constituent degenerate magnetic sublevels. The solution to these equations yields the populations of each sublevel in steady state, as well as the laser-induced coherences between each sublevel (which are needed to model the polarization spectroscopy lineshape precisely). Development of an appropriate theoretical model for collisional transfer will yield a more rigorous study of the problem than the empirical rate

  20. Magnetosonic wave in pair-ion electron collisional plasmas

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    Hussain, S.; Hasnain, H.

    2017-03-01

    Low frequency magnetosonic waves in positive and negative ions of equal mass and opposite charges in the presence of electrons in collisional plasmas are studied. The collisions of ions and electrons with neutrals are taken into account. The nonlinearities in the plasma system arise due to ion and electrons flux, Lorentz forces, and plasma current densities. The reductive perturbation method is applied to derive the Damped Korteweg de Vries (DKdV) equation. The time dependent solution of DKdV is presented. The effects of variations of different plasma parameters on propagation characteristics of magnetosonic waves in pair-ion electron plasma in the context of laboratory plasmas are discussed.

  1. A+M Collisional Databases in ALADDIN Format

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    ALADDIN (A Labelled Atomic Data Interface) is a database system developed in order to provide a standard and flexible format and interface for the exchange and management of atomic, molecular and plasma-material interaction data of interest to fusion research. As part of the Atomic and Molecular Data Information System (AMDIS), introduced by the IAEA Atomic and Molecular Data Unit, the ALADDIN interface is available on-line. Twelve databases from DOE and IAEA sources are available from the CFADC website under the heading A+M Collisional Databases.

  2. s-Wave collisional frequency shift of a fermion clock.

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    Hazlett, Eric L; Zhang, Yi; Stites, Ronald W; Gibble, Kurt; O'Hara, Kenneth M

    2013-04-19

    We report an s-wave collisional frequency shift of an atomic clock based on fermions. In contrast to bosons, the fermion clock shift is insensitive to the population difference of the clock states, set by the first pulse area in Ramsey spectroscopy, θ(1). The fermion shift instead depends strongly on the second pulse area θ(2). It allows the shift to be canceled, nominally at θ(2)=π/2, but correlations perturb the null to slightly larger θ(2). The frequency shift is relevant for optical lattice clocks and increases with the spatial inhomogeneity of the clock excitation field, naturally larger at optical frequencies.

  3. Weak mutually unbiased bases

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    Shalaby, M.; Vourdas, A.

    2012-02-01

    Quantum systems with variables in { Z}(d) are considered. The properties of lines in the { Z}(d)\\times { Z}(d) phase space of these systems are studied. Weak mutually unbiased bases in these systems are defined as bases for which the overlap of any two vectors in two different bases is equal to d-1/2 or alternatively to one of the d-1/2i, 0 (where di is a divisor of d apart from d, 1). They are designed for the geometry of the { Z}(d)\\times { Z}(d) phase space, in the sense that there is a duality between the weak mutually unbiased bases and the maximal lines through the origin. In the special case of prime d, there are no divisors of d apart from 1, d and the weak mutually unbiased bases are mutually unbiased bases.

  4. Weak lensing and cosmology

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    Lombardi, Marco; Bertin, Giuseppe

    1999-02-01

    Recently, it has been shown that it is possible to reconstruct the projected mass distribution of a cluster from weak lensing provided that both the geometry of the universe and the probability distribution of galaxy redshifts are known; actually, when additional photometric data are taken to be available, the galaxy redshift distribution could be determined jointly with the cluster mass from the weak lensing analysis. In this paper we develop, in the spirit of a ``thought experiment,'' a method to constrain the geometry of the universe from weak lensing, provided that the redshifts of the source galaxies are measured. The quantitative limits and merits of the method are discussed analytically and with a set of simulations, in relation to point estimation, interval estimation, and test of hypotheses for homogeneous Friedmann-Lema\\^\\i tre models. The constraints turn out to be significant when a few thousand source galaxies are used.

  5. Experimental test of instability enhanced collisional friction for determining ion loss in two ion species plasmas a)

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    Hershkowitz, N.; Yip, C.-S.; Severn, G. D.

    2011-05-01

    Recent experiments have shown that ions in weakly collisional plasmas containing two ion species of comparable densities approximately reach a common velocity at the sheath edge equal to the bulk plasma ion sound velocity. A recent theory [S. D. Baalrud, C. C. Hegna, and J. D. Callen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 205002 (2009)] suggests that this is a consequence of collisional friction between the two ion species enhanced by the two stream instability. The theory finds that the difference in velocities at the sheath edge depends on the relative concentrations of the two ions. The difference in velocities is small, with both species approaching to the bulk sound velocity, when the concentrations are comparable, and is large, with each species reaching its own Bohm velocity, when the relative concentration differences are large. To test these findings, drift velocities of Ar and Xe ions were measured with laser-induced fluorescence in Ar-Xe and He-Xe plasmas and combined with ion acoustic wave and plasma potential data. In addition, electron temperature was varied by a Maxwell demon [K. R. MacKenzie et al., App. Phys. Lett. 18, 529 (1971)]. The predictions were found to be in excellent agreement with the experimental data. The generalized Bohm criterion in two ion species plasmas is also verified in a wider variety of relative ion concentrations.

  6. Weak and electromagnetic interactions

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    Salam, Abdus

    One of the recurrent dreams in elementary particle physics is that of a possible fundamental synthesis between electromagnetism and weak interaction. The idea has its origin in the following shared characteristics: 1. Both forces affect equally all forms of matter -leptons as well as hadrons. 2. Both are vector in character. 3. Both (individually) possess universal coupling strengths.

  7. Weaknesses in Underperforming Schools

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    van de Grift, Wim; Houtveen, Thoni

    2007-01-01

    In some Dutch elementary schools, the average performance of students over several years is significantly below the level that could be expected of them. This phenomenon is known as "underperformance." The most important identifiable weaknesses that go along with this phenomenon are that (a) learning material offered at school is…

  8. In praise of weakness

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    Steinberg, Aephraim; Feizpour, Amir; Rozema; Mahler; Hayat

    2013-03-01

    Quantum physics is being transformed by a radical new conceptual and experimental approach known as weak measurement that can do everything from tackling basic quantum mysteries to mapping the trajectories of photons in a Young's double-slit experiment. Aephraim Steinberg, Amir Feizpour, Lee Rozema, Dylan Mahler and Alex Hayat unveil the power of this new technique.

  9. Shear Alfven waves with Landau and collisional effects

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    Hedrick, C.L.; Leboeuf, J.; Spong, D.A.

    1995-06-01

    Shear Alfven waves can be driven unstable by hot particles such as alpha particles in an ignited fusion device or hot ions in existing devices. Motivated by rather collisional Wendelstein 7 Advanced Stellarator (W7-AS) [Phys. Rev. Lett. {bold 72}, 1220 (1994)] beam-driven global Alfven instability experiments, the effect of electron and ion collisions on these modes has been examined. Collisions broaden and suppress the peak associated with Landau effects. This broadening makes ion damping more important, while the electron damping is suppressed. Additional resistive effects provide increased damping for the main part of the spectrum, which can have a rather high phase velocity. Of more general interest is the fact that collisional and collisionless resistivity has a numerically stabilizing effect that is known to be important for nonlinear resistive magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). This can preclude the need for introducing and testing the sensitivity to similar ad hoc effects. Numerical and analytic results for both a particle-conserving Krook collision operator and a Lorentz (pitch angle) collision operator are compared and contrasted.

  10. Collisional cooling investigation of THz rotational transitions of water

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    Dick, Michael J.; Drouin, Brian J.; Pearson, John C.

    2010-02-15

    An investigation of the pressure broadening by helium and hydrogen of six rotational transitions of water has been completed. The six transitions studied included two para water transitions (0{sub 00}-1{sub 11} and 1{sub 11}-2{sub 02}) and four ortho water transitions (1{sub 01}-1{sub 10}, 2{sub 21}-3{sub 12}, 3{sub 03}-3{sub 12} and 3{sub 12}-3{sub 21}) in the frequency region 0.55-1.17 THz. This survey was accomplished using the collisional cooling technique which allowed the broadening of each transition to be studied below the water condensation temperature. For each of the transitions studied, the temperature dependence of the pressure broadening by helium showed little dependence on temperature, while the broadening by hydrogen showed a sharp decrease at the lowest temperatures. This behavior was modeled, for each transition broadened by helium and hydrogen, with a power law, or a power law modified with a Boltzmann-like step function, and the results of these fits will be presented. In addition, an extensive investigation of the systematic error in the temperature of the water vapor in the collisional cooling experiment will be discussed. Finally, the impact of these new broadening measurements on models of star formation in the interstellar medium will be outlined.

  11. Quasi-collisional Magneto-optic Effects in Collisionless Plasmas

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    Keenan, Brett; Ford, Alex; Medvedev, Mikhail

    2016-03-01

    High-amplitude, chaotic/turbulent electromagnetic fluctuations are ubiquitous in astrophysical plasmas, where they can be excited by various kinetic-streaming and/or anisotropy-driven instabilities, such as the Weibel instability. These fields typically exist on ``sub-Larmor scales'' -- scales smaller than the electron Larmor radius. Electrons moving through such magnetic fields undergo small-angle stochastic deflections of their pitch-angles, thus establishing diffusive transport on long time-scales. We show that this behavior, under certain conditions, is equivalent to Coulomb collisions in collisional plasmas. The magnetic pitch-angle diffusion coefficient, which acts as an effective ``collision'' frequency, may be substantial in these, otherwise, collisionless environments. We show that this effect, colloquially referred to as the plasma ``quasi-collisionality'', may radically alter the expected radiative transport properties of candidate plasmas. We argue that the modified magneto-optic effects in these plasmas provide an attractive, novel radiative diagnostic tool for the exploration and characterization of small-scale magnetic turbulence.

  12. GAP CLEARING BY PLANETS IN A COLLISIONAL DEBRIS DISK

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    Nesvold, Erika R.; Kuchner, Marc J. E-mail: Marc.Kuchner@nasa.gov

    2015-01-10

    We apply our 3D debris disk model, SMACK, to simulate a planet on a circular orbit near a ring of planetesimals that are experiencing destructive collisions. Previous simulations of a planet opening a gap in a collisionless debris disk have found that the width of the gap scales as the planet mass to the 2/7th power (α = 2/7). We find that gap sizes in a collisional disk still obey a power law scaling with planet mass, but that the index α of the power law depends on the age of the system t relative to the collisional timescale t {sub coll} of the disk by α = 0.32(t/t {sub coll}){sup –0.04}, with inferred planet masses up to five times smaller than those predicted by the classical gap law. The increased gap sizes likely stem from the interaction between collisions and the mean motion resonances near the chaotic zone. We investigate the effects of the initial eccentricity distribution of the disk particles and find a negligible effect on the gap size at Jovian planet masses, since collisions tend to erase memory of the initial particle eccentricity distributions. Finally, we find that the presence of Trojan analogs is a potentially powerful diagnostic of planets in the mass range ∼1-10 M {sub Jup}. We apply our model to place new upper limits on planets around Fomalhaut, HR 4796 A, HD 202628, HD 181327, and β Pictoris.

  13. Nonlinear transport processes in tokamak plasmas. I. The collisional regimes

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    Sonnino, Giorgio; Peeters, Philippe

    2008-06-15

    An application of the thermodynamic field theory (TFT) to transport processes in L-mode tokamak plasmas is presented. The nonlinear corrections to the linear ('Onsager') transport coefficients in the collisional regimes are derived. A quite encouraging result is the appearance of an asymmetry between the Pfirsch-Schlueter (P-S) ion and electron transport coefficients: the latter presents a nonlinear correction, which is absent for the ions, and makes the radial electron coefficients much larger than the former. Explicit calculations and comparisons between the neoclassical results and the TFT predictions for Joint European Torus (JET) plasmas are also reported. It is found that the nonlinear electron P-S transport coefficients exceed the values provided by neoclassical theory by a factor that may be of the order 10{sup 2}. The nonlinear classical coefficients exceed the neoclassical ones by a factor that may be of order 2. For JET, the discrepancy between experimental and theoretical results for the electron losses is therefore significantly reduced by a factor 10{sup 2} when the nonlinear contributions are duly taken into account but, there is still a factor of 10{sup 2} to be explained. This is most likely due to turbulence. The expressions of the ion transport coefficients, determined by the neoclassical theory in these two regimes, remain unaltered. The low-collisional regimes, i.e., the plateau and the banana regimes, are analyzed in the second part of this work.

  14. Fast Collisional Lipid Transfer Among Polymer-Bounded Nanodiscs.

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    Cuevas Arenas, Rodrigo; Danielczak, Bartholomäus; Martel, Anne; Porcar, Lionel; Breyton, Cécile; Ebel, Christine; Keller, Sandro

    2017-04-05

    Some styrene/maleic acid (SMA) copolymers solubilise membrane lipids and proteins to form polymer-bounded nanodiscs termed SMA/lipid particles (SMALPs). Although SMALPs preserve a lipid-bilayer core, they appear to be more dynamic than other membrane mimics. We used time-resolved Förster resonance energy transfer and small-angle neutron scattering to determine the kinetics and the mechanisms of phospholipid transfer among SMALPs. In contrast with vesicles or protein-bounded nanodiscs, SMALPs exchange lipids not only by monomer diffusion but also by fast collisional transfer. Under typical experimental conditions, lipid exchange occurs within seconds in the case of SMALPs but takes minutes to days in the other bilayer particles. The diffusional and second-order collisional exchange rate constants for SMALPs at 30 °C are kdif = 0.287 s(-1) and kcol = 222 M(-1)s(-1), respectively. Together with the fast kinetics, the observed invariability of the rate constants with probe hydrophobicity and the moderate activation enthalpy of ~70 kJ mol(-1) imply that lipids exchange through a "hydrocarbon continuum" enabled by the flexible nature of the SMA belt surrounding the lipid-bilayer core. Owing to their fast lipid-exchange kinetics, SMALPs represent highly dynamic equilibrium rather than kinetically trapped membrane mimics, which has important implications for studying protein/lipid interactions in polymer-bounded nanodiscs.

  15. Ultrahigh-Energy Debris from the Collisional Penrose Process.

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    Berti, Emanuele; Brito, Richard; Cardoso, Vitor

    2015-06-26

    Soon after the discovery of the Kerr metric, Penrose realized that superradiance can be exploited to extract energy from black holes. The original idea (involving the breakup of a single particle) yields only modest energy gains. A variant of the Penrose process consists of particle collisions in the ergoregion. The collisional Penrose process has been explored recently in the context of dark matter searches, with the conclusion that the ratio η between the energy of postcollision particles detected at infinity and the energy of the colliding particles should be modest (η≲1.5). Schnittman [Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 261102 (2014)] has shown that these studies underestimated the maximum efficiency by about 1 order of magnitude (i.e., η≲15). In this work we show that particle collisions in the vicinity of rapidly rotating black holes can produce high-energy ejecta and result in high efficiencies under much more generic conditions. The astrophysical likelihood of these events deserves further scrutiny, but our study hints at the tantalizing possibility that the collisional Penrose process may power gamma rays and ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays.

  16. Self-consistent Size and Velocity Distributions of Collisional Cascades

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    Pan, Margaret; Schlichting, Hilke E.

    2012-03-01

    The standard theoretical treatment of collisional cascades derives a steady-state size distribution assuming a single constant velocity dispersion for all bodies regardless of size. Here we relax this assumption and solve self-consistently for the bodies' steady-state size and size-dependent velocity distributions. Specifically, we account for viscous stirring, dynamical friction, and collisional damping of the bodies' random velocities in addition to the mass conservation requirement typically applied to find the size distribution in a steady-state cascade. The resulting size distributions are significantly steeper than those derived without velocity evolution. For example, accounting self-consistently for the velocities can change the standard q = 3.5 power-law index of the Dohnanyi differential size spectrum to an index as large as q = 4. Similarly, for bodies held together by their own gravity, the corresponding power-law index range 2.88 < q < 3.14 of Pan & Sari can steepen to values as large as q = 3.26. Our velocity results allow quantitative predictions of the bodies' scale heights as a function of size. Together with our predictions, observations of the scale heights for different-sized bodies for the Kuiper belt, the asteroid belt, and extrasolar debris disks may constrain the mass and number of large bodies stirring the cascade as well as the colliding bodies' internal strengths.

  17. SELF-CONSISTENT SIZE AND VELOCITY DISTRIBUTIONS OF COLLISIONAL CASCADES

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    Pan, Margaret; Schlichting, Hilke E. E-mail: hilke@ucla.edu

    2012-03-10

    The standard theoretical treatment of collisional cascades derives a steady-state size distribution assuming a single constant velocity dispersion for all bodies regardless of size. Here we relax this assumption and solve self-consistently for the bodies' steady-state size and size-dependent velocity distributions. Specifically, we account for viscous stirring, dynamical friction, and collisional damping of the bodies' random velocities in addition to the mass conservation requirement typically applied to find the size distribution in a steady-state cascade. The resulting size distributions are significantly steeper than those derived without velocity evolution. For example, accounting self-consistently for the velocities can change the standard q = 3.5 power-law index of the Dohnanyi differential size spectrum to an index as large as q = 4. Similarly, for bodies held together by their own gravity, the corresponding power-law index range 2.88 < q < 3.14 of Pan and Sari can steepen to values as large as q = 3.26. Our velocity results allow quantitative predictions of the bodies' scale heights as a function of size. Together with our predictions, observations of the scale heights for different-sized bodies for the Kuiper belt, the asteroid belt, and extrasolar debris disks may constrain the mass and number of large bodies stirring the cascade as well as the colliding bodies' internal strengths.

  18. Fast Collisional Lipid Transfer Among Polymer-Bounded Nanodiscs

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    Cuevas Arenas, Rodrigo; Danielczak, Bartholomäus; Martel, Anne; Porcar, Lionel; Breyton, Cécile; Ebel, Christine; Keller, Sandro

    2017-01-01

    Some styrene/maleic acid (SMA) copolymers solubilise membrane lipids and proteins to form polymer-bounded nanodiscs termed SMA/lipid particles (SMALPs). Although SMALPs preserve a lipid-bilayer core, they appear to be more dynamic than other membrane mimics. We used time-resolved Förster resonance energy transfer and small-angle neutron scattering to determine the kinetics and the mechanisms of phospholipid transfer among SMALPs. In contrast with vesicles or protein-bounded nanodiscs, SMALPs exchange lipids not only by monomer diffusion but also by fast collisional transfer. Under typical experimental conditions, lipid exchange occurs within seconds in the case of SMALPs but takes minutes to days in the other bilayer particles. The diffusional and second-order collisional exchange rate constants for SMALPs at 30 °C are kdif = 0.287 s−1 and kcol = 222 M−1s−1, respectively. Together with the fast kinetics, the observed invariability of the rate constants with probe hydrophobicity and the moderate activation enthalpy of ~70 kJ mol−1 imply that lipids exchange through a “hydrocarbon continuum” enabled by the flexible nature of the SMA belt surrounding the lipid-bilayer core. Owing to their fast lipid-exchange kinetics, SMALPs represent highly dynamic equilibrium rather than kinetically trapped membrane mimics, which has important implications for studying protein/lipid interactions in polymer-bounded nanodiscs. PMID:28378790

  19. Experimental observations of low-velocity collisional systems

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    Jorges, Jeffery; Dove, Adrienne; Colwell, Joshua

    Low-velocity collisions in systems of centimeter-sized objects may result in particle growth by accretion, rebounding, or erosive processes that result in the production of additional smaller particles. Numerical simulations of these systems are limited by a need to understand the collisional parameters governing the outcomes of these collisions over a range of conditions. Here, we present the results from laboratory experiments designed to explore low-velocity collisions by conducting experiments in a vacuum chamber in our 0.8-sec drop tower apparatus. These experiments utilize a variety of impacting spheres, including glass, Teflon, aluminum, stainless steel, and brass. These spheres are either used in their natural state or are ``mantled'' - coated with a few-mm thick layer of a cohesive powder. A high-speed, high-resolution video camera is used to record the motion of the colliding bodies. These videos are then processed and we track the particles to determine impactor speeds before and after collision and the collisional outcome. We determine how the coefficient of restitution varies as a function of material type, morphology, and impact velocity. For impact velocities in the range from about 20-100 cm/s we observe that mantling of particles has the most significant effect, reducing the coefficients of restitution.

  20. GAMMA-RAY BURSTS FROM MAGNETIZED COLLISIONALLY HEATED JETS

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    Vurm, Indrek; Beloborodov, Andrei M.; Poutanen, Juri E-mail: juri.poutanen@oulu.fi

    2011-09-01

    Jets producing gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are likely to carry a neutron component that drifts with respect to the proton component. The neutron-proton collisions strongly heat the jet and generate electron-positron pairs. We investigate radiation produced by this heating using a new numerical code. Our results confirm the recent claim that collisional heating generates the observed Band-type spectrum of GRBs. We extend the model to study the effects of magnetic fields on the emitted spectrum. We find that the spectrum peak remains near 1 MeV for the entire range of the magnetization parameter 0 < {epsilon}{sub B} < 2 that is explored in our simulations. The low-energy part of the spectrum softens with increasing {epsilon}{sub B}, and a visible soft excess appears in the keV band. The high-energy part of the spectrum extends well above the GeV range and can contribute to the prompt emission observed by Fermi/LAT. Overall, the radiation spectrum created by the collisional mechanism appears to agree with observations, with no fine tuning of parameters.

  1. Modeling collisional processes in plasmas using discontinuous numerical methods

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    Miller, Sean

    Fluid-based plasma models are typically applied to parameter regimes where a local thermal equilibrium is assumed. The applicability of this regime is valid for many plasmas, however, it is limited to plasma dynamics dominated by collisional effects. This study attempts to extend the validity of the collisional fluid regime using an anisotropic 13-moment fluid model derived from the Pearson type-IV probability distribution. The model explicitly evolves the heat flux hyperbolically alongside the density, momentum, and energy in order to capture dynamics usually restricted to costly kinetic models. Each particle species is modeled individually and collectively coupled through electromagnetic and collision operators. To remove electromagnetic divergence errors inherent to numerical representations of Maxwell's equations, both hyperbolic and parabolic cleaning methods are presented. The plasma models are implemented using high-order finite volume and discontinuous Galerkin numerical methods designed for unstructured meshes. The unstructured code framework, numerical methods, and plasma models were developed in the University of Washington's WARPXM code for use on heterogeneous accelerated clusters.

  2. Nonlinear transport processes in tokamak plasmas. I. The collisional regimes

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    Sonnino, Giorgio; Peeters, Philippe

    2008-06-01

    An application of the thermodynamic field theory (TFT) to transport processes in L-mode tokamak plasmas is presented. The nonlinear corrections to the linear ("Onsager") transport coefficients in the collisional regimes are derived. A quite encouraging result is the appearance of an asymmetry between the Pfirsch-Schlüter (P-S) ion and electron transport coefficients: the latter presents a nonlinear correction, which is absent for the ions, and makes the radial electron coefficients much larger than the former. Explicit calculations and comparisons between the neoclassical results and the TFT predictions for Joint European Torus (JET) plasmas are also reported. It is found that the nonlinear electron P-S transport coefficients exceed the values provided by neoclassical theory by a factor that may be of the order 102. The nonlinear classical coefficients exceed the neoclassical ones by a factor that may be of order 2. For JET, the discrepancy between experimental and theoretical results for the electron losses is therefore significantly reduced by a factor 102 when the nonlinear contributions are duly taken into account but, there is still a factor of 102 to be explained. This is most likely due to turbulence. The expressions of the ion transport coefficients, determined by the neoclassical theory in these two regimes, remain unaltered. The low-collisional regimes, i.e., the plateau and the banana regimes, are analyzed in the second part of this work.

  3. Fast Collisional Lipid Transfer Among Polymer-Bounded Nanodiscs

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    Cuevas Arenas, Rodrigo; Danielczak, Bartholomäus; Martel, Anne; Porcar, Lionel; Breyton, Cécile; Ebel, Christine; Keller, Sandro

    2017-04-01

    Some styrene/maleic acid (SMA) copolymers solubilise membrane lipids and proteins to form polymer-bounded nanodiscs termed SMA/lipid particles (SMALPs). Although SMALPs preserve a lipid-bilayer core, they appear to be more dynamic than other membrane mimics. We used time-resolved Förster resonance energy transfer and small-angle neutron scattering to determine the kinetics and the mechanisms of phospholipid transfer among SMALPs. In contrast with vesicles or protein-bounded nanodiscs, SMALPs exchange lipids not only by monomer diffusion but also by fast collisional transfer. Under typical experimental conditions, lipid exchange occurs within seconds in the case of SMALPs but takes minutes to days in the other bilayer particles. The diffusional and second-order collisional exchange rate constants for SMALPs at 30 °C are kdif = 0.287 s-1 and kcol = 222 M-1s-1, respectively. Together with the fast kinetics, the observed invariability of the rate constants with probe hydrophobicity and the moderate activation enthalpy of ~70 kJ mol-1 imply that lipids exchange through a “hydrocarbon continuum” enabled by the flexible nature of the SMA belt surrounding the lipid-bilayer core. Owing to their fast lipid-exchange kinetics, SMALPs represent highly dynamic equilibrium rather than kinetically trapped membrane mimics, which has important implications for studying protein/lipid interactions in polymer-bounded nanodiscs.

  4. Hypernuclear Weak Decays

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    Itonaga, K.; Motoba, T.

    The recent theoretical studies of Lambda-hypernuclear weak decaysof the nonmesonic and pi-mesonic ones are developed with the aim to disclose the link between the experimental decay observables and the underlying basic weak decay interactions and the weak decay mechanisms. The expressions of the nonmesonic decay rates Gamma_{nm} and the decay asymmetry parameter alpha_1 of protons from the polarized hypernuclei are presented in the shell model framework. We then introduce the meson theoretical Lambda N -> NN interactions which include the one-meson exchanges, the correlated-2pi exchanges, and the chiral-pair-meson exchanges. The features of meson exchange potentials and their roles on the nonmesonic decays are discussed. With the adoption of the pi + 2pi/rho + 2pi/sigma + omega + K + rhopi/a_1 + sigmapi/a_1 exchange potentials, we have carried out the systematic calculations of the nonmesonic decay observables for light-to-heavy hypernuclei. The present model can account for the available experimental data of the decay rates, Gamma_n/Gamma_p ratios, and the intrinsic asymmetry parameters alpha_Lambda (alpha_Lambda is related to alpha_1) of emitted protons well and consistently within the error bars. The hypernuclear lifetimes are evaluated by converting the total weak decay rates Gamma_{tot} = Gamma_pi + Gamma_{nm} to tau, which exhibit saturation property for the hypernuclear mass A ≥ 30 and agree grossly well with experimental data for the mass range from light to heavy hypernuclei except for the very light ones. Future extensions of the model and the remaining problems are also mentioned. The pi-mesonic weak processes are briefly surveyed, and the calculations and predictions are compared and confirmed by the recent high precision FINUDA pi-mesonic decay data. This shows that the theoretical basis seems to be firmly grounded.

  5. Sheath and boundary conditions in a collisional magnetized warm electronegative plasma

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    Li, Jing-ju; Ma, J. X.; Wei, Zi-an

    2013-06-15

    The characteristics of a weakly collisional sheath in a warm electronegative plasma in the presence of an oblique magnetic field are investigated using a fluid model including the effects of ionization and ion-neutral collisions. The general sheath criterion imposed on the entrance velocity component of the positive ions perpendicular to the wall at the sheath-presheath edge is derived and discussed. It is shown that the boundary conditions are crucial to the sheath structure. Without including the entrance velocity components parallel to the wall, a pulse-like structure in the positive-ion density distribution near the sheath-presheath edge appears if the magnetic field is strong. With inclusion of all velocity components at the edge, the pulse-like structure disappears, resulting in a smooth sheath profile. It is also found that increasing the temperature and decreasing the concentration of the negative ions will increase the sheath thickness, and increasing the magnetic field will decrease the sheath thickness.

  6. Effect of Radiation on Chromospheric Magnetic Reconnection: Reactive and Collisional Multi-fluid Simulations

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    Alvarez Laguna, A.; Lani, A.; Mansour, N. N.; Deconinck, H.; Poedts, S.

    2017-06-01

    We study magnetic reconnection under chromospheric conditions in five different ionization levels from 0.5% to 50% using a self-consistent two-fluid (ions + neutrals) model that accounts for compressibility, collisional effects, chemical inequilibrium, and anisotropic heat conduction. Results with and without radiation are compared, using two models for the radiative losses: an optically thin radiation loss function, and an approximation of the radiative losses of a plasma with photospheric abundances. The results without radiation show that reconnection occurs faster for the weakly ionized cases as a result of the effect of ambipolar diffusion and fast recombination. The tearing mode instability appears earlier in the low ionized cases and grows rapidly. We find that radiative losses have a stronger effect than was found in previous results as the cooling changes the plasma pressure and the concentration of ions inside the current sheet. This affects the ambipolar diffusion and the chemical equilibrium, resulting in thin current sheets and enhanced reconnection. The results quantify this complex nonlinear interaction by showing that a strong cooling produces faster reconnections than have been found in models without radiation. The results accounting for radiation show timescales and outflows comparable to spicules and chromospheric jets.

  7. Experimental measurements of the collisional absorption of XUV radiation in warm dense aluminium

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    Kettle, B.; Dzelzainis, T.; White, S.; Li, L.; Dromey, B.; Zepf, M.; Lewis, C. L. S.; Williams, G.; Künzel, S.; Fajardo, M.; Dacasa, H.; Zeitoun, Ph.; Rigby, A.; Gregori, G.; Spindloe, C.; Heathcote, R.; Riley, D.

    2016-08-01

    The collisional (or free-free) absorption of soft x rays in warm dense aluminium remains an unsolved problem. Competing descriptions of the process exist, two of which we compare to our experimental data here. One of these is based on a weak scattering model, another uses a corrected classical approach. These two models show distinctly different behaviors with temperature. Here we describe experimental evidence for the absorption of 26-eV photons in solid density warm aluminium (Te≈1 eV). Radiative x-ray heating from palladium-coated CH foils was used to create the warm dense aluminium samples and a laser-driven high-harmonic beam from an argon gas jet provided the probe. The results indicate little or no change in absorption upon heating. This behavior is in agreement with the prediction of the corrected classical approach, although there is not agreement in absolute absorption value. Verifying the correct absorption mechanism is decisive in providing a better understanding of the complex behavior of the warm dense state.

  8. Experimental measurements of the collisional absorption of XUV radiation in warm dense aluminium.

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    Kettle, B; Dzelzainis, T; White, S; Li, L; Dromey, B; Zepf, M; Lewis, C L S; Williams, G; Künzel, S; Fajardo, M; Dacasa, H; Zeitoun, Ph; Rigby, A; Gregori, G; Spindloe, C; Heathcote, R; Riley, D

    2016-08-01

    The collisional (or free-free) absorption of soft x rays in warm dense aluminium remains an unsolved problem. Competing descriptions of the process exist, two of which we compare to our experimental data here. One of these is based on a weak scattering model, another uses a corrected classical approach. These two models show distinctly different behaviors with temperature. Here we describe experimental evidence for the absorption of 26-eV photons in solid density warm aluminium (T_{e}≈1 eV). Radiative x-ray heating from palladium-coated CH foils was used to create the warm dense aluminium samples and a laser-driven high-harmonic beam from an argon gas jet provided the probe. The results indicate little or no change in absorption upon heating. This behavior is in agreement with the prediction of the corrected classical approach, although there is not agreement in absolute absorption value. Verifying the correct absorption mechanism is decisive in providing a better understanding of the complex behavior of the warm dense state.

  9. Weak Interactions and Instability Cascades.

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    Kadoya, Taku; McCann, Kevin S

    2015-07-29

    Food web theory states that a weak interactor which is positioned in the food web such that it tends to deflect, or mute, energy away from a potentially oscillating consumer-resource interaction often enhances community persistence and stability. Here we examine how adding other weak interactions (predation/harvesting) on the stabilizing weak interactor alters the stability of food web using a set of well-established food web models/modules. We show that such "weak on weak" interaction chains drive an indirect dynamic cascade that can rapidly ignite a distant consumer-resource oscillator. Nonetheless, we also show that the "weak on weak" interactions are still more stable than the food web without them, and so weak interactions still generally act to stabilize food webs. Rather, these results are best interpreted to say that the degree of the stabilizing effect of a given important weak interaction can be severely compromised by other weak interactions (including weak harvesting).

  10. Weak Finsler structures and the Funk weak metric

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    Papadopoulos, Athanase; Troyanov, Marc

    2009-04-01

    We discuss general notions of metrics and of Finsler structures which we call weak metrics and weak Finsler structures. Any convex domain carries a canonical weak Finsler structure, which we call its tautological weak Finsler structure. We compute distances in the tautological weak Finsler structure of a domain and we show that these are given by the so-called Funk weak metric. We conclude the paper with a discussion of geodesics, of metric balls and of convexity properties of the Funk weak metric.

  11. Interstellar formaldehyde. I - The collisional pumping mechanism for anomalous 6-centimeter absorption.

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    Thaddeus, P.

    1972-01-01

    Investigation of the quantum mechanics of the collisional pumping process which Townes and Cheung (1969) propose as the cause of 'anomalous' formaldehyde absorption in diffuse dark nebulae discussed by Palmer et al. (1969). Quantum effects are taken into account in an attempt to determine whether such nebulae are likely to provide the physical conditions required for the collisional pumping process.

  12. Interstellar formaldehyde. I - The collisional pumping mechanism for anomalous 6-centimeter absorption.

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    Thaddeus, P.

    1972-01-01

    Investigation of the quantum mechanics of the collisional pumping process which Townes and Cheung (1969) propose as the cause of 'anomalous' formaldehyde absorption in diffuse dark nebulae discussed by Palmer et al. (1969). Quantum effects are taken into account in an attempt to determine whether such nebulae are likely to provide the physical conditions required for the collisional pumping process.

  13. On negative ion-drag force for dust in collisional plasmas

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    Patacchini, Leonardo; Hutchinson, Ian H.

    2008-09-07

    The ion-drag force on a dust particle in collisional plasmas is self-consistently calculated using the Particle In Cell code SCEPTIC in the entire range of charge-exchange collisionlality. It is shown that the ion-drag only reverses in the strongly collisional regime, where other forces are of much stronger magnitude than the ion-drag itself.

  14. Plasma size and collisionality scaling of ion-temperature-gradient-driven turbulence

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    Nakata, Motoki; Idomura, Yasuhiro

    2013-11-01

    Fixed-flux (FF), fixed-gradient (FG) and local fluxtube (FT) gyrokinetic simulations are systematically compared for ion-temperature-gradient (ITG)-driven turbulence. The collisionality (ν*) dependence of ion heat diffusivity is verified through the inter-model comparisons. When the temperature gradient is far from the nonlinear critical value, the FF and FT models give a weak ν*-dependence, while the FG model shows a strong ν*-dependence. The entropy transfer analysis on the zonal-flow saturation mechanisms in the quasi-steady state of the FT simulation provides clear insights on the different ν*-dependence of the turbulent transport and zonal-flow shearing rate in the far-above- and near-critical cases. It has also been revealed that the FG model provides the strong ν*-dependence through the change of ITG-mode stability due to ν*-dependent heating/sink by the adaptive heat source, where the velocity distribution function is deformed. The plasma size (ρ*) scan in the FF simulations show a Bohm-like transport scaling even in a local limit regime, ρ*-1 ⩾ 300, where profile-shear effects are weak. It has been clarified that the transient variations of local power balance are essential mechanisms leading to the Bohm-like heat transport even at similar mean temperature gradients, where the burst amplitude and its frequency increase with the plasma size and the heating power. The mechanism is unique to the FF model. Comparisons of statistical characteristics in the local limit regime show differences in frequency spectra and probability density functions of the heat flux, while zonal-flow structures and avalanche propagations properties are similar among these models.

  15. Response to “Comment on ‘Propagation of surface waves on a semi-bounded quantum magnetized collisional plasma’” [Phys. Plasmas 23, 044701 (2016)

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    Niknam, A. R.; Taheri Boroujeni, S.; Khorashadizadeh, S. M.

    2016-04-15

    We reply to the Comment of Moradi [Phys. Plasmas 23, 044701 (2016)] on our paper [Phys. Plasmas 20, 122106 (2013)]. It is shown that TM surface waves can propagate on the surface of a semi-bounded quantum magnetized collisional plasma in the Faraday configuration in the electrostatic limit. In addition, in the Faraday configuration, one can neglect the coupling of TM and TE modes in the two limiting cases of weak magnetic field (low cyclotron frequency) and strong magnetic field (high cyclotron frequency).

  16. Weak Gravitational Lensing

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    Pires, Sandrine; Starck, Jean-Luc; Leonard, Adrienne; Réfrégier, Alexandre

    2012-03-01

    This chapter reviews the data mining methods recently developed to solve standard data problems in weak gravitational lensing. We detail the different steps of the weak lensing data analysis along with the different techniques dedicated to these applications. An overview of the different techniques currently used will be given along with future prospects. Until about 30 years ago, astronomers thought that the Universe was composed almost entirely of ordinary matter: protons, neutrons, electrons, and atoms. The field of weak lensing has been motivated by the observations made in the last decades showing that visible matter represents only about 4-5% of the Universe (see Figure 14.1). Currently, the majority of the Universe is thought to be dark, that is, does not emit electromagnetic radiation. The Universe is thought to be mostly composed of an invisible, pressure less matter - potentially relic from higher energy theories - called "dark matter" (20-21%) and by an even more mysterious term, described in Einstein equations as a vacuum energy density, called "dark energy" (70%). This "dark" Universe is not well described or even understood; its presence is inferred indirectly from its gravitational effects, both on the motions of astronomical objects and on light propagation. So this point could be the next breakthrough in cosmology. Today's cosmology is based on a cosmological model that contains various parameters that need to be determined precisely, such as the matter density parameter Omega_m or the dark energy density parameter Omega_lambda. Weak gravitational lensing is believed to be the most promising tool to understand the nature of dark matter and to constrain the cosmological parameters used to describe the Universe because it provides a method to directly map the distribution of dark matter (see [1,6,60,63,70]). From this dark matter distribution, the nature of dark matter can be better understood and better constraints can be placed on dark energy

  17. Weakly supervised glasses removal

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    Wang, Zhicheng; Zhou, Yisu; Wen, Lijie

    2015-03-01

    Glasses removal is an important task on face recognition, in this paper, we provide a weakly supervised method to remove eyeglasses from an input face image automatically. We choose sparse coding as face reconstruction method, and optical flow to find exact shape of glasses. We combine the two processes iteratively to remove glasses more accurately. The experimental results reveal that our method works much better than these algorithms alone, and it can remove various glasses to obtain natural looking glassless facial images.

  18. Composite weak bosons

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    Suzuki, M.

    1988-04-01

    Dynamical mechanism of composite W and Z is studied in a 1/N field theory model with four-fermion interactions in which global weak SU(2) symmetry is broken explicitly by electromagnetic interaction. Issues involved in such a model are discussed in detail. Deviation from gauge coupling due to compositeness and higher order loop corrections are examined to show that this class of models are consistent not only theoretically but also experimentally.

  19. MODELING COLLISIONAL CASCADES IN DEBRIS DISKS: THE NUMERICAL METHOD

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    Gaspar, Andras; Psaltis, Dimitrios; Oezel, Feryal; Rieke, George H.; Cooney, Alan E-mail: dpsaltis@as.arizona.edu E-mail: grieke@as.arizona.edu

    2012-04-10

    We develop a new numerical algorithm to model collisional cascades in debris disks. Because of the large dynamical range in particle masses, we solve the integro-differential equations describing erosive and catastrophic collisions in a particle-in-a-box approach, while treating the orbital dynamics of the particles in an approximate fashion. We employ a new scheme for describing erosive (cratering) collisions that yields a continuous set of outcomes as a function of colliding masses. We demonstrate the stability and convergence characteristics of our algorithm and compare it with other treatments. We show that incorporating the effects of erosive collisions results in a decay of the particle distribution that is significantly faster than with purely catastrophic collisions.

  20. Young Stellar Populations in the Collisional Ring Galaxy NGC 922

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    Pellerin, A.; Meurer, G. R.; Bekki, K.; Elmegreen, D. M.; Wong, O. I.; Knezek, P.

    2010-04-01

    We studied the star cluster population properties in the nearby collisional ring galaxy NGC 922 using HST/WFPC2 photometry and population synthesis modeling. We found that 69% of the detected clusters are younger than 7 Myr, and that most of them are located in the ring or along the bar, consistent with the strong Hα emission. The images also show a tidal plume pointing toward the companion. Its stellar age is consistent with pre-existing stars that were probably stripped off during the passage of the companion. We compared the star-forming complexes observed in NGC 922 with those of a distant ring galaxy from the GOODS eld. It indicates very similar masses and sizes, suggesting similar origins. Finally, we found clusters that are excellent progenitor candidates for faint fuzzy clusters.

  1. Collisional dynamics in a gas of molecular super-rotors.

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    Khodorkovsky, Yuri; Steinitz, Uri; Hartmann, Jean-Michel; Averbukh, Ilya Sh

    2015-07-10

    Recently, femtosecond laser techniques have been developed that are capable of bringing gas molecules to extremely fast rotation in a very short time, while keeping their translational motion relatively slow. Here we study collisional equilibration dynamics of this new state of molecular gases. We show that the route to equilibrium starts with a metastable 'gyroscopic stage' in the course of which the molecules maintain their fast rotation and orientation of the angular momentum through many collisions. The inhibited rotational-translational relaxation is characterized by a persistent anisotropy in the molecular angular distribution, and is manifested in the optical birefringence and anisotropic diffusion in the gas. After a certain induction time, the 'gyroscopic stage' is abruptly terminated by an explosive rotational-translational energy exchange, leading the gas towards the final equilibrium. We illustrate our conclusions by direct molecular dynamics simulation of several gases of linear molecules.

  2. A conservative scheme for Vlasov Poisson Landau modeling collisional plasmas

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    Zhang, Chenglong; Gamba, Irene M.

    2017-07-01

    We have developed a deterministic conservative solver for the inhomogeneous Fokker-Planck-Landau equation coupled with the Poisson equation, which is a classical mean-field primary model for collisional plasmas. Two subproblems, i.e. the Vlasov-Poisson problem and homogeneous Landau problem, are obtained through time-splitting methods, and treated separately by the Runge-Kutta Discontinuous Galerkin method and a conservative spectral method, respectively. To ensure conservation when projecting between the two different computing grids, a special conservation routine is designed to link the solutions of these two subproblems. This conservation routine accurately enforces conservation of moments in Fourier space. The entire numerical scheme is implemented with parallelization with hybrid MPI and OpenMP. Numerical experiments are provided to study linear and nonlinear Landau Damping problems and two-stream flow problem as well.

  3. Collisional processing of comet surfaces: impact experiments into olivine

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    Lederer, S. M.; Jensen, E. A.; Cintala, M. J.; Smith, D. C.; Nakamura-Messenger, K.; Keller, L. P.; Wooden, D. H.; Fernandez, Y. R.; Zolensky, M. E.

    2011-10-01

    A new paradigm has emerged where 3.9 Ga ago, a violent reshuffling reshaped the placement of small bodies in the solar system (the Nice model). Surface properties of these objects may have been affected by collisions caused by this event, and by collisions with other small bodies since their emplacement. In addition, objects in the Kuiper Belt are believed to undergo extensive collisional processing while in the Kuiper Belt. Physical manifestations of shock effects (e.g., planar dislocations) in minerals typically found in comets will be correlated with spectral changes (e.g. reddening, loss and shift of peaks, new signatures) to allow astronomers to better understand geophysical impact processing that has occurred on small bodies. Targets will include solid and granular olivine (forsterite), impacted over a range of impact speeds with the Experimental Impact Laboratory at NASA JSC. Analyses include quantification of the dependence of the spectral changes with respect to impact speed, texture of the target, and temperature.

  4. Electromagnetic drift waves dispersion for arbitrarily collisional plasmas

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    Lee, Wonjae Krasheninnikov, Sergei I.; Angus, J. R.

    2015-07-15

    The impacts of the electromagnetic effects on resistive and collisionless drift waves are studied. A local linear analysis on an electromagnetic drift-kinetic equation with Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook-like collision operator demonstrates that the model is valid for describing linear growth rates of drift wave instabilities in a wide range of plasma parameters showing convergence to reference models for limiting cases. The wave-particle interactions drive collisionless drift-Alfvén wave instability in low collisionality and high beta plasma regime. The Landau resonance effects not only excite collisionless drift wave modes but also suppress high frequency electron inertia modes observed from an electromagnetic fluid model in collisionless and low beta regime. Considering ion temperature effects, it is found that the impact of finite Larmor radius effects significantly reduces the growth rate of the drift-Alfvén wave instability with synergistic effects of high beta stabilization and Landau resonance.

  5. Cosmochemical fractionation by collisional erosion during the Earth's accretion

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    Boujibar, Asmaa; Andrault, Denis; Bolfan-Casanova, Nathalie; Bouhifd, Mohamed Ali; Monteux, Julien

    2015-01-01

    Early in the Solar System's history, energetic collisions of differentiated bodies affected the final composition of the terrestrial planets through partial destruction. Enstatite chondrites (EC) are the best candidates to represent the primordial terrestrial precursors as they present the most similar isotopic compositions to Earth. Here we report that collisional erosion of >15% of the early Earth's mass can reconcile the remaining compositional differences between EC and the Earth. We base our demonstration on experimental melting of an EC composition at pressures between 1 bar and 25 GPa. At low pressures, the first silicate melts are highly enriched in incompatible elements Si, Al and Na, and depleted in Mg. Loss of proto-crusts through impacts raises the Earth's Mg/Si ratio to its present value. To match all major element compositions, our model implies preferential loss of volatile lithophile elements and re-condensation of refractory lithophile elements after the impacts. PMID:26395157

  6. Collisional effects in the dynamics of a dipolar gas

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    Sykes, Andrew

    2016-05-01

    In this talk, we discuss the role of collisions in dipolar gases which are far from equilibrium. We compare and contrast collisional mechanisms with mean-field effects. We consider several cases of dynamical behaviour. We begin with cross-dimensional relaxation, where the time-scale of equilibration is studied following a quench in the trap parameters. We also discuss the damping of monopole and quadrupole excitations. Finally we discuss time-of-flight expansion dynamics. Our results demonstrate that collisions can play a significant role. We use these results to extract an estimate of the deca-heptuplet s-partial-wave scattering length of bosonic dysprosium, and to improve the accuracy of experimental time-of-flight expansion imaging. Financial support from the Marie Sklodowska-Curie H2020 framework program.

  7. Structural and collisional data for Mg III and Al IV

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    Elabidi, Haykel

    2014-10-01

    We present in this work energy levels, oscillator strengths, radiative decay rates and fine structure collision strengths for the Mg III and Al IV ions. The 11 configurations: (1s2) 2s22p6, 2s22p53l, 2s2p63l, 2s22p54l (l⩽n-1, where n is the principal quantum number), yielding the lowest 75 levels are used. The collisional data for these two ions are missing in the literature, especially the database CHIANTI, this is the principal motivation behind the present work. Calculations have been performed using the AUTOSTRUCTURE code. AUTOSTRUCTURE treats the scattering problem in the distorted wave approach. Fine structure collision strengths are calculated for a range of electron energies from 10 Ry to 240 Ry. The atomic structure data are compared to available experimental and theoretical results.

  8. The acoustic instabilities in magnetized collisional dusty plasmas

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    Pandey, B. P.; Vladimirov, S. V.; Dwivedi, C. B.

    2014-09-15

    The present work investigates the wave propagation in collisional dusty plasmas in the presence of electric and magnetic field. It is shown that the dust ion-acoustic waves may become unstable to the reactive instability whereas dust-acoustic waves may suffer from both reactive and dissipative instabilities. If the wave phase speed is smaller than the plasma drift speed, the instability is of reactive type whereas in the opposite case, the instability becomes dissipative in nature. Plasma in the vicinity of dust may also become unstable to reactive instability with the instability sensitive to the dust material: dielectric dust may considerably quench this instability. This has implications for the dust charging and the use of dust as a probe in the plasma sheath.

  9. LAD Dissertation Prize Talk: Molecular Collisional Excitation in Astrophysical Environments

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    Walker, Kyle M.

    2017-06-01

    While molecular excitation calculations are vital in determining particle velocity distributions, internal state distributions, abundances, and ionization balance in gaseous environments, both theoretical calculations and experimental data for these processes are lacking. Reliable molecular collisional data with the most abundant species - H2, H, He, and electrons - are needed to probe material in astrophysical environments such as nebulae, molecular clouds, comets, and planetary atmospheres. However, excitation calculations with the main collider, H2, are computationally expensive and therefore various approximations are used to obtain unknown rate coefficients. The widely-accepted collider-mass scaling approach is flawed, and alternate scaling techniques based on physical and mathematical principles are presented here. The most up-to-date excitation data are used to model the chemical evolution of primordial species in the Recombination Era and produce accurate non-thermal spectra of the molecules H2+, HD, and H2 in a primordial cloud as it collapses into a first generation star.

  10. Self-focusing of electromagnetic pulsed beams in collisional plasmas

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    Faisal, Mohammad; Verma, M. P.; Sodha, Mahendra Singh

    2008-10-15

    In this paper, the self-focusing of an electromagnetic pulsed beam in a collisional plasma has been investigated in the paraxial approximation, following the formalism developed by Akhmanov. The energy balance equation for electrons, the equation expressing the equality of pressure gradient (of electrons and ions) to the force due to space charge field, and the equation for the beam width parameter f (obtained by following Akhmanov's approach) have been simultaneously solved for given initial (z=0) time profile of the pulse to obtain f as a function of {xi} (cz/{omega}r{sub 0}{sup 2}) and t{sup '}=t-z/V{sub g}, where V{sub g} is the group velocity. Both Gaussian and sine time profiles of the pulse have been investigated.

  11. Short-Period Comets: Primordial Bodies or Collisional Fragments?

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    Farinella; Davis

    1996-08-16

    Modeling results show that collisions among Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt Objects (EKOs), a vast swarm of small bodies orbiting beyond Neptune, have been a major process affecting this population and its progeny, the short-period comets. Most EKOs larger than about 100 kilometers in diameter survive over the age of the solar system, but at smaller sizes collisional breakup is frequent, producing a cascade of fragments having a power law size-frequency distribution. Collisions are also a plausible mechanism for injecting EKOs 1 to 10 kilometers in diameter into dynamical resonances, where they can be transported into the inner solar system to become short-period comets. The fragmental nature of these comets may explain their physical properties, such as shape, color, and strength.

  12. Equilibrium models of mass distribution and collisional lifetimes of asteroids

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    Williams, David R.; Wetherill, George

    1993-01-01

    An understanding of the steady state distribution expected in the present day asteroid belt is important to our understanding of the collisional evolution of the asteroids and their physical properties. We have extended earlier work to show that, in the absence of gravity, a simple power law distribution as a function of mass with constant exponent will give an equilibrium distribution of asteroids for all bodies much smaller than the largest asteroids. This result holds for realistic fragmentation mechanisms and is independent of the physical properties of the asteroids. Inclusion of the effects of gravity on disruption and fragmentation of asteroids precludes an analytic solution to this problem, and rules out a simple power law distribution. We are currently calculating numerical solutions in order to determine the expected steady state mass distribution in the asteroid belt.

  13. Collisionally-activated dissociation in hyperthermal surface ionization of cholesterol

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    Dagan, Shai; Danon, Albert; Amirav, Aviv

    1992-03-01

    Cholesterol in a hydrogen-seeded supersonic molecular beam was scattered from a continuously oxidized rhenium foil. The hyperthermal surface scattering exhibited efficient molecular ionization with a controlled amount of molecular ion dissociation. At 5.3 eV incident molecular kinetic energy the hyperthermal surface ionization mass spectrum was dominated by the parent molecular ion. Upon the increase of the molecular kinetic energy, a gradual increase in the degree of ion dissociation was observed. At 22eV incident kinetic energy the parent ion was completely dissociated and the mass spectrum was dominated by an extensive consecutive fragmentation. An efficient kinetic-vibrational energy transfer was observed, and it is extimated to be over 18% of the available incident kinetic energy. The implication for surface collisionally-activated dissociation of polyatomic ions is discussed. Rhenium oxide is suggested as an optimal surface for this purpose, as well as for the hyperthermal surface ionization of neutral species.

  14. The violent collisional history of asteroid 4 Vesta.

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    Marchi, S; McSween, H Y; O'Brien, D P; Schenk, P; De Sanctis, M C; Gaskell, R; Jaumann, R; Mottola, S; Preusker, F; Raymond, C A; Roatsch, T; Russell, C T

    2012-05-11

    Vesta is a large differentiated rocky body in the main asteroid belt that accreted within the first few million years after the formation of the earliest solar system solids. The Dawn spacecraft extensively imaged Vesta's surface, revealing a collision-dominated history. Results show that Vesta's cratering record has a strong north-south dichotomy. Vesta's northern heavily cratered terrains retain much of their earliest history. The southern hemisphere was reset, however, by two major collisions in more recent times. We estimate that the youngest of these impact structures, about 500 kilometers across, formed about 1 billion years ago, in agreement with estimates of Vesta asteroid family age based on dynamical and collisional constraints, supporting the notion that the Vesta asteroid family was formed during this event.

  15. Simulations of a molecular plasma in collisional-radiative nonequilibrium

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    Cambier, Jean-Luc; Moreau, Stephane

    1993-01-01

    A code for the simulation of nonequilibrium plasmas is being developed, with the capability to couple the plasma fluid-dynamics for a single fluid with a collisional-radiative model, where electronic states are treated as separate species. The model allows for non-Boltzmann distribution of the electronic states. Deviations from the Boltzmann distributions are expected to occur in the rapidly ionizing regime behind a strong shock or in the recombining regime during a fast expansion. This additional step in modeling complexity is expected to yield more accurate predictions of the nonequilibrium state and the radiation spectrum and intensity. An attempt at extending the code to molecular plasma flows is presented. The numerical techniques used, the thermochemical model, and the results of some numerical tests are described.

  16. Synchrotron and collisional damping effects on runaway electron distributions

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    Paz-Soldan, C.; Eidietis, N.; Pace, D.; Cooper, C.; Shiraki, D.; Commaux, N.; Hollmann, E.; Moyer, R.; Granetz, R.; Embreus, O.; Fulop, T.; Stahl, A.; Wilkie, G.; Aleynikov, P.; Brennan, D. P.; Liu, C.

    2016-10-01

    Validated models of runaway electron (RE) dissipation are required to confidently approve safe ITER Q = 10 operation. DIII-D experiments using quiescent REs are exploring the importance of synchrotron and collisional damping terms to RE dissipation. New time and energy-resolved measurements of RE bremsstrahlung hard X-ray (HXR) emission reveal stark differences between high and low energy REs as damping terms are varied. Previously reported anomalously high RE dissipation only applies to low energy REs. At high energy (where synchrotron effects are strongest) low synchrotron damping cases reach higher peak RE energy despite weaker particle confinement. Low-energy RE decay is observed concurrently with high-energy RE growth. RE dissipation models predict bump-on-tail distributions whose properties depend on the damping terms. Measured HXR spectra are very broad, as expected for bump-on-tail distributions. Work supported by the U.S. DOE under DE-FC02-04ER54698.

  17. Collisional Effects On Laser-Induced Fluorescence Flame Measurements

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    Crosley, David R.

    1981-08-01

    Abstract. Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) is a method of considerable utility for the measurement of the transient free radicals which are the keys to the chemistry of flames. Collisions experienced by the electronically excited state can alter the magnitude and the spectral form of the fluorescence signals. Recent studies on both quenching and energy transfer collisions, and their influence on LIF measurements, are treated in this review; special emphasis is given to the important and popular OH molecule. Different solutions to the problem of accounting for quenching are considered, and both effects and exploitation of energy transfer within the excited state are discussed. Although further research is needed to better quantify these collisional effects, LIF can currently provide data significant for the understanding of combustion chemistry.

  18. Bohm's criterion in a collisional magnetized plasma with thermal ions

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    Hatami, M. M.; Shokri, B.

    2012-08-15

    Using the hydrodynamic model and considering a planar geometry, the modified Bohm's sheath criterion is investigated in a magnetized, collisional plasma consisting of electron and positive ions with finite temperature. It is assumed that the singly charged positive ions enter into the sheath region obliquely, i.e., their velocity at the sheath edge is not normal to the wall, and the electron densities obey Boltzmann relations. It is shown that there are both upper and lower limit for the Bohm entrance velocity of ions in this case and both of these limits depend on the magnitude and direction of the applied magnetic field. To determine the accuracy of our derived generalized Bohm's criterion, it reduced to some familiar physical condition. Also, using this generalized Bohm's criterion, the behavior of the electron and positive ion density distributions are studied in the sheath region.

  19. Flexural extension of the upper continental crust in collisional foredeeps

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    Bradley, D.C.; Kidd, W.S.F.

    1991-01-01

    Normal faults on the outer slopes of trenches and collisional foredeeps reveal that high-amplitude lithospheric flexure can result in inelastic extensional deformation of the convex side of a flexed plate. This process, which we call "flexural extension', differs fundamentally from rifting in that the lower lithosphere contracts while the upper lithosphere extends. Structural evidence does not support common illustrations of flexural normal faults as planar-irrotational structures which simply die out at shallow crustal depths. Instead, the surface geology shows that flexural normal faulting must be rotational with respect to the enveloping surface of the flexed plate. This toppled domino geometry implies the presence at depth of a detachment or zone of distributed ductile simple shear where fault displacement and block rotation are accommodated. -from Authors

  20. Collisional Processing of Comet Surfaces: Impact Experiments into Olivine

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    Lederer, S. M.; Jensen, E. A.; Cintala, M. J.; Smith, D. C.; Nakamura-Messenger, K.; Keller, L. P.; Wooden, D. H.; Fernandez, Y. R.; Zolensky, M. E.

    2011-01-01

    A new paradigm has emerged where 3.9 Ga ago, a violent reshuffling reshaped the placement of small bodies in the solar system (the Nice model). Surface properties of these objects may have been affected by collisions caused by this event, and by collisions with other small bodies since their emplacement. In addition, objects in the Kuiper Belt are believed to undergo extensive collisional processing while in the Kuiper Belt. Physical manifestations of shock effects (e.g., planar dislocations) in minerals typically found in comets will be correlated with spectral changes (e.g. reddening, loss and shift of peaks, new signatures) to allow astronomers to better understand geophysical impact processing that has occurred on small bodies. Targets will include solid and granular olivine (forsterite), impacted over a range of impact speeds with the Experimental Impact Laboratory at NASA JSC. Analyses include quantification of the dependence of the spectral changes with respect to impact speed, texture of the target, and temperature.

  1. THE COLLISIONAL DIVOT IN THE KUIPER BELT SIZE DISTRIBUTION

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    Fraser, Wesley C.

    2009-11-20

    This paper presents the results of collisional evolution calculations for the Kuiper Belt starting from an initial size distribution similar to that produced by accretion simulations of that region-a steep power-law large object size distribution that breaks to a shallower slope at r approx 1-2 km, with collisional equilibrium achieved for objects r approx< 0.5 km. We find that the break from the steep large object power law causes a divot, or depletion of objects at r approx 10-20 km, which, in turn, greatly reduces the disruption rate of objects with r approx> 25-50 km, preserving the steep power-law behavior for objects at this size. Our calculations demonstrate that the roll-over observed in the Kuiper Belt size distribution is naturally explained as an edge of a divot in the size distribution; the radius at which the size distribution transitions away from the power law, and the shape of the divot from our simulations are consistent with the size of the observed roll-over, and size distribution for smaller bodies. Both the kink radius and the radius of the divot center depend on the strength scaling law in the gravity regime for Kuiper Belt objects. These simulations suggest that the sky density of r approx 1 km objects is approx10{sup 6}-10{sup 7} objects per square degree. A detection of the divot in the size distribution would provide a measure of the strength of large Kuiper Belt objects, and constrain the shape of the size distribution at the end of accretion in the Kuiper Belt.

  2. Collisional modelling of the debris disc around HIP 17439

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    Schüppler, Ch.; Löhne, T.; Krivov, A. V.; Ertel, S.; Marshall, J. P.; Eiroa, C.

    2014-07-01

    We present an analysis of the debris disc around the nearby K2 V star HIP 17439. In the context of the Herschel DUNES key programme, the disc was observed and spatially resolved in the far-IR with the Herschel PACS and SPIRE instruments. In a previous study, we assumed that the size and radial distribution of the circumstellar dust are independent power laws. There, several scenarios capable of explaining the observations were suggested after exploring a very broad range of possible model parameters. In this paper, we perform a follow-up in-depth collisional modelling of these scenarios to further distinguish between them. In our models we consider collisions, direct radiation pressure, and drag forces, which are the actual physical processes operating in debris discs. We find that all scenarios discussed in the first paper are physically reasonable and can reproduce the observed spectral energy distribution along with the PACS surface brightness profiles reasonably well. In one model, the dust is produced beyond 120 au in a narrow planetesimal belt and is transported inwards by Poynting-Robertson and stellar wind drag. Good agreement with the observed radial profiles would require stellar winds by about an order of magnitude stronger than the solar value, which is not confirmed - although not ruled out - by observations. Another model consists of two spatially separated planetesimal belts, a warm inner and a cold outer one. This scenario would probably imply the presence of planets clearing the gap between the two components. Finally, we show qualitatively that the observations can be explained by assuming the dust is produced in a single, but broad planetesimal disc with a surface density of solids rising outwards, as expected for an extended disc that experiences a natural inside-out collisional depletion. Prospects of distinguishing between the competing scenarios by future observations are discussed.

  3. `Weak A' phenotypes

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    Cartron, J. P.; Gerbal, A.; Hughes-Jones, N. C.; Salmon, C.

    1974-01-01

    Thirty-five weak A samples including fourteen A3, eight Ax, seven Aend, three Am and three Ae1 were studied in order to determine their A antigen site density, using an IgG anti-A labelled with 125I. The values obtained ranged between 30,000 A antigen sites for A3 individuals, and 700 sites for the Ae1 red cells. The hierarchy of values observed made it possible to establish a quantitative relationship between the red cell agglutinability of these phenotypes measured under standard conditions, and their antigen site density. PMID:4435836

  4. Weakly broken galileon symmetry

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    Pirtskhalava, David; Santoni, Luca; Trincherini, Enrico; Vernizzi, Filippo

    2015-09-01

    Effective theories of a scalar ϕ invariant under the internal galileon symmetryϕ→ϕ+b{sub μ}x{sup μ} have been extensively studied due to their special theoretical and phenomenological properties. In this paper, we introduce the notion of weakly broken galileon invariance, which characterizes the unique class of couplings of such theories to gravity that maximally retain their defining symmetry. The curved-space remnant of the galileon’s quantum properties allows to construct (quasi) de Sitter backgrounds largely insensitive to loop corrections. We exploit this fact to build novel cosmological models with interesting phenomenology, relevant for both inflation and late-time acceleration of the universe.

  5. Inherent weaknesses of cosmology

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    Chiu, H.-Y.

    1986-01-01

    Sources of astrophysical evidence necessary to verify a cosmological model are reviewed. Cosmological history of the universe is divided into four epochs, each unique in its physical conditions related to observability at present. The current epoch, started after recombination of hydrogen in the universe, offers the most in observability. In earlier epochs, verifiable astrophysical evidence gradually disappeared. It seems that no astrophysical evidence has been left behind from the singularity epoch of the Universe. The gradual disappearance of astrophysical evidence ascertainable at present is the result of physical conditions structured within the cosmological models, hence indicating certain inherent weaknesses of cosmology as a verifiable physical theory.

  6. Weak scale superstrings

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    Lykken, J.D.

    1996-09-01

    Recent developments in string duality suggest that the string scale may not be irrevocably tied to the Planck scale. Two explicit but unrealistic examples are described where the ratio of the string scale to the Planck scale is arbitrarily small. Solutions that are more realistic may exist in the intermediate coupling or {open_quote}{open_quote}truly strong coupling{close_quote}{close_quote} region of the heterotic string. Weak scale superstrings have dramatic experimental consequences for both collider physics and cosmology. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  7. ICU-Acquired Weakness.

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    Jolley, Sarah E; Bunnell, Aaron E; Hough, Catherine L

    2016-11-01

    Survivorship after critical illness is an increasingly important health-care concern as ICU use continues to increase while ICU mortality is decreasing. Survivors of critical illness experience marked disability and impairments in physical and cognitive function that persist for years after their initial ICU stay. Newfound impairment is associated with increased health-care costs and use, reductions in health-related quality of life, and prolonged unemployment. Weakness, critical illness neuropathy and/or myopathy, and muscle atrophy are common in patients who are critically ill, with up to 80% of patients admitted to the ICU developing some form of neuromuscular dysfunction. ICU-acquired weakness (ICUAW) is associated with longer durations of mechanical ventilation and hospitalization, along with greater functional impairment for survivors. Although there is increasing recognition of ICUAW as a clinical entity, significant knowledge gaps exist concerning identifying patients at high risk for its development and understanding its role in long-term outcomes after critical illness. This review addresses the epidemiologic and pathophysiologic aspects of ICUAW; highlights the diagnostic challenges associated with its diagnosis in patients who are critically ill; and proposes, to our knowledge, a novel strategy for identifying ICUAW. Copyright © 2016 American College of Chest Physicians. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Small Scale Isocurvature Perturbation of Weakly Interacting Massive Particle

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    Choi, Ki-Young; Gong, Jinn-Ouk; Shin, Chang Sub

    2016-07-01

    It is known that the smallest size of the structures of the Universe with the weakly interacting massive dark matter is determined by the scale that enters the Hubble horizon at the time of kinetic decoupling of WIMP. This comes from the fact that the perturbation at smaller scales is erased due to the collisional damping during the kinetic decoupling. However the isocurvature mode is not affected and continue to be constant. We discuss about the generation of the isocurvature mode of WIMP dark matter at small scales recently found by Choi, Gong, and Shin1 and its implications for the indirect detection of dark matter through the formation of the small size of halos.

  9. Weakly relativistic plasma expansion

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    Fermous, Rachid Djebli, Mourad

    2015-04-15

    Plasma expansion is an important physical process that takes place in laser interactions with solid targets. Within a self-similar model for the hydrodynamical multi-fluid equations, we investigated the expansion of both dense and under-dense plasmas. The weakly relativistic electrons are produced by ultra-intense laser pulses, while ions are supposed to be in a non-relativistic regime. Numerical investigations have shown that relativistic effects are important for under-dense plasma and are characterized by a finite ion front velocity. Dense plasma expansion is found to be governed mainly by quantum contributions in the fluid equations that originate from the degenerate pressure in addition to the nonlinear contributions from exchange and correlation potentials. The quantum degeneracy parameter profile provides clues to set the limit between under-dense and dense relativistic plasma expansions at a given density and temperature.

  10. Collisional transfer of population and orientation in NaK

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    Wolfe, C. M.; Ashman, S.; Bai, J.; Beser, B.; Ahmed, E. H.; Lyyra, A. M.; Huennekens, J.

    2011-05-01

    Collisional satellite lines with |ΔJ| ≤ 58 have been identified in recent polarization spectroscopy V-type optical-optical double resonance (OODR) excitation spectra of the Rb2 molecule [H. Salami et al., Phys. Rev. A 80, 022515 (2009)]. Observation of these satellite lines clearly requires a transfer of population from the rotational level directly excited by the pump laser to a neighboring level in a collision of the molecule with an atomic perturber. However to be observed in polarization spectroscopy, the collision must also partially preserve the angular momentum orientation, which is at least somewhat surprising given the extremely large values of ΔJ that were observed. In the present work, we used the two-step OODR fluorescence and polarization spectroscopy techniques to obtain quantitative information on the transfer of population and orientation in rotationally inelastic collisions of the NaK molecules prepared in the 2(A)1Σ+(v' = 16, J' = 30) rovibrational level with argon and potassium perturbers. A rate equation model was used to study the intensities of these satellite lines as a function of argon pressure and heat pipe oven temperature, in order to separate the collisional effects of argon and potassium atoms. Using a fit of this rate equation model to the data, we found that collisions of NaK molecules with potassium atoms are more likely to transfer population and destroy orientation than collisions with argon atoms. Collisions with argon atoms show a strong propensity for population transfer with ΔJ = even. Conversely, collisions with potassium atoms do not show this ΔJ = even propensity, but do show a propensity for ΔJ = positive compared to ΔJ = negative, for this particular initial state. The density matrix equations of motion have also been solved numerically in order to test the approximations used in the rate equation model and to calculate fluorescence and polarization spectroscopy line shapes. In addition, we have measured rate

  11. Collisional transfer of population and orientation in NaK.

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    Wolfe, C M; Ashman, S; Bai, J; Beser, B; Ahmed, E H; Lyyra, A M; Huennekens, J

    2011-05-07

    Collisional satellite lines with |ΔJ| ≤ 58 have been identified in recent polarization spectroscopy V-type optical-optical double resonance (OODR) excitation spectra of the Rb(2) molecule [H. Salami et al., Phys. Rev. A 80, 022515 (2009)]. Observation of these satellite lines clearly requires a transfer of population from the rotational level directly excited by the pump laser to a neighboring level in a collision of the molecule with an atomic perturber. However to be observed in polarization spectroscopy, the collision must also partially preserve the angular momentum orientation, which is at least somewhat surprising given the extremely large values of ΔJ that were observed. In the present work, we used the two-step OODR fluorescence and polarization spectroscopy techniques to obtain quantitative information on the transfer of population and orientation in rotationally inelastic collisions of the NaK molecules prepared in the 2(A)(1)Σ(+)(v' = 16, J' = 30) rovibrational level with argon and potassium perturbers. A rate equation model was used to study the intensities of these satellite lines as a function of argon pressure and heat pipe oven temperature, in order to separate the collisional effects of argon and potassium atoms. Using a fit of this rate equation model to the data, we found that collisions of NaK molecules with potassium atoms are more likely to transfer population and destroy orientation than collisions with argon atoms. Collisions with argon atoms show a strong propensity for population transfer with ΔJ = even. Conversely, collisions with potassium atoms do not show this ΔJ = even propensity, but do show a propensity for ΔJ = positive compared to ΔJ = negative, for this particular initial state. The density matrix equations of motion have also been solved numerically in order to test the approximations used in the rate equation model and to calculate fluorescence and polarization spectroscopy line shapes. In addition, we have measured

  12. The Collisional and Radiative Processes of the Hydroxyl Radical

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    Steffens, Kristen Lisa

    1995-01-01

    The OH radical is an important species in the chemistry of atmospheric and combustion environments, where an understanding of OH concentration and chemistry is necessary to create and validate chemical models. Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) is used with great success in OH detection, but OH LIF measurements require a vast knowledge of the collisional and spectroscopic properties of OH. Information is still lacking, especially concerning vibrational levels v^' > 0 of the rm A^2Sigma^+ electronic state. We investigate transition probabilities and collisional processes of these higher vibrational levels. Experimental vibrational band transition probabilities from v^' = 3 and 2 of OH rm A^2Sigma^+ are needed to determine the electronic transition moment for the rm A^2Sigma^+ -rm X^2Pi_{i } system to calculate a consistent set of rotational and vibrational dependent transition probabilities for uses including rm X^2Pi_ {i} temperature determinations and rm A^2Sigma^+ and rm X^2Pi_{i} nascent population determinations. Using LIF in a low -pressure CH_4/O_2 flame, we measured relative emission intensities for vibrational bands (3,0) through (3,5) and (2,0) through (2,6). Our emission intensities have been used in another study to determine the best rm A^2 Sigma^+-rm X^2 Pi_{i} electronic transition moment. For quantitative OH concentration measurements in high pressure flames exciting the predissociative v ^' = 3 level, one must account for vibrational energy transfer (VET). We measure the amounts of VET occurring from v^' = 3 in CH_4/O_2 , CH_4/air, and H _2/O_2 flames at pressures between 14 and 760 Torr. Significant amounts of VET occur in all flames and must be accounted for to get accurate OH concentrations. Stratospheric OH concentration measurement employs OH rm A^2Sigma^+v ^' = 1 excitation, which requires accurate VET and quenching cross sections for major colliders. We use LIF to measure the v^ ' = 1 VET and quenching cross sections for N_2, O_2 and CO_2

  13. Collisionless Zonal Flow Saturation for Weak Magnetic Shear

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    Lu, Zhixin; Wang, Weixing; Diamond, Patrick; Ashourvan, Arash; Tynan, George

    2015-11-01

    The damping of the zonal flow, either collisional or collisionless, plays an important role in regulating the drift wave-zonal flow system, and can affect the transport and confinement. The tertiary instability, e.g., a generalized Kelvin-Helmholtz (KH) instability driven by flow shear, has been suggested theoretically as a possible damping mechanism [Rogers 2000 PRL, Diamond 2005 PPCF]. The sensitivity of the tertiary mode to magnetic shear has not been quantified, especially in weak magnetic shear regimes. In this work, parametric scans using gyrokinetic simulation demonstrate that the zonal electric field energy normalized by the turbulence electric field energy decreases as magnetic shear decreases. With ITG drive artificially eliminated, the time evolution of the zonal structure indicates that the zonal electric field damps more rapidly at weak shear. This suggests larger collisionless zonal flow damping or larger effective turbulent viscosity at weak magnetic shear. The effects of the zonal components of specific variables, e.g., the parallel shear flow and the radial electric field, on tertiary instability, are also studied. Quantitative studies on the magnetic shear scaling of tertiary instability excitation and the collisionless zonal flow saturation are ongoing.

  14. CLMSZ, Garnet Mountain area, southern California: A collisionally generated contractional shear zone

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    Bracchi, K.A.; Girty, G.H.; Girty, M.S. . Dept. of Geological Sciences)

    1993-04-01

    The Harper Creek gneiss (HCg) and Oriflamme Canyon unit (OCu) underlie the central portion of the Cuyamaca Laguna Mountains shear zone (CLMSZ) in and around Garnet Mountain, Peninsular Ranges, California, and may have been deformed during Cretaceous arc-continent collision. U-Pb zircon work and petrological and geochemical analyses suggest that in the Garnet Mountain area, the 140 Ma HCg is derived from granite and granodiorite, whereas the 122 [+-] 1 Ma OCu is a protomylonite derived from a granite. Both units appear to be per aluminous calc-alkaline magmatic arc granitoids. Mineral assemblages suggest uppermost greenschist to lower amphibolite grade conditions during deformation. In the HCg, S-1hc is a mylonitic gneissosity with a mean attitude of N11W, 60 NE. A mineral streaking lineation lies within the plane of S-1hc and has a mean attitude of 61[degree] N76E. In the OCu, S-1oc strikes about N13W and dips 52 NE and contains a mineral streaking lineation with an attitude of 49 N52E. Dextral and sinistral shear bands, S-2d and S-2s (looking NW), transect S-1hc and S-1oc. S-2d and S-2s strike subparallel to S-1. In the HCg S-2s is weakly developed and dips about 32 NE, whereas S-2d is more dominant and dips about 76 NE. On the OCu these relationships are reversed. S-2d does not cross cut S-2s: hence, the two sets of shear bands are interpreted to be conjugates reflecting NE-SW contraction and subvertical extension during collisional development of the CLMSZ.

  15. Anatexis witnessed post-collisional evolution of the Dabie orogen, China

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    Xu, Haijin; Zhang, Junfeng

    2017-09-01

    Crustal anatexis plays a significant role in the processes of orogenic evolution. We carried out a combined study of structure, U-Pb age and trace element on zircons from leucosome-based migmatites in the North Dabie zone to provide information on crustal anatexis during the evolution of the Dabie orogen. Protoliths of the migmatites are Middle Neoproterozoic (ca. 780-710 Ma) magmatic rocks that belong to the South China Block. They underwent a relatively low-T eclogite-facies metamorphism during the Middle to Late Triassic (235-225 Ma) continental subduction and collision. An over-thickened crustal root was formed and the Dabie orogen entered into the stage of post-collisional evolution after the Triassic. The earliest anatexis occurred at ca. 185 Ma; the anatexis in the Jurassic was weak and gentle due to episodic flow of metamorphic fluids with a prolonged interval. Nevertheless, it indicates that the crustal root started to become ductile and unstable at that time. Extensive epsodic anatexis occurred between ca. 160 Ma and 110 Ma. As the anatexis became stronger, more extensive and uninterrupted, the anatectic products changed gradually from low-degree migmatites to high-degree migmatites. The beginning of extensive anatexis at ∼160 Ma marks the beginning of orogenic activation. The duration of ca. 160-145 Ma corresponds to the orogenic activation when the collision-thickened crust still remained, whereas the period of ca. 145-110 Ma is in accordance with the orogenic collapse. The peak period of anatexis (ca. 145-125 Ma) was accompanied by plutonism, high-T granulite-facies metamorphism, extensional uplift and subsequent delamination of crustal root. After that, the anatexis trailed off until ca. 110 Ma. The long lasting multistage anatexis recorded in the migmatites has witnessed the evolution of the Dabie orogen in the postcollisional stage.

  16. Reply to 'Comment on 'Collisional cooling investigation of THz rotational transitions of water''

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    Drouin, Brian J.; Pearson, John C.; Dick, Michael J.

    2010-09-15

    This response describes the authors' reaction to a critique of recent work on the ultracold physics of water. The possibility of spin-selective adsorption occurring in the context of the collisional cooling experiment is discussed.

  17. Implications of the inferred compositions of asteroids for their collisional evolution

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    Chapman, C. R.

    1986-01-01

    The inferred compositions of mainbelt asteroids set constraints on the nature and degree of collisional evolution of the asteroids. The existence of a basaltic crust on 4 Vesta seems to require that there has been very little collisional evolution since the presumably ancient solidification of its crust, which is consistent with most recent models of collisional evolution. But interpretations of the compositions of M- and S-type asteroids as collisionally stripped cores of differentiated parent bodies argue for much more extensive collisions. A major problem is presented by the extreme rarity of olivine-rich asteroids and olivine meteorites. Studies of the compositions of members of dynamical families suggest that most supposed families are either not real, or at least are not genetically related fragments of a cosmochemically reasonable precursor body. The mutual incompatibilities among various 'accepted' traits of the asteroids deserve further study in order to develop a self-consistent scenario for the chemical and physical evolution of the asteroids.

  18. Collisional Processing of Proto-Comets in the Primordial Solar Nebula

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    Stern, S. Alan; Weissman, Paul R.

    2000-01-01

    We find that icy planetesimals (proto-comets) in the giant planets region of the solar nebula will be collisionally eroded on timescales shorter than their dynamical lifetimes for ejection to the Oort cloud.

  19. Collisional Disruption of Gravitational Aggregates in the Tidal Environment

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    Hyodo, Ryuki; Ohtsuki, Keiji

    2014-05-01

    The degree of disruption in collisions in free space is determined by specific impact energy, and the mass fraction of the largest remnant is a monotonically decreasing function of impact energy. However, it has not been shown whether such a relationship is applicable to collisions under the influence of a planet's tidal force, which is important in ring dynamics and satellite accretion. Here we examine the collisional disruption of gravitational aggregates in the tidal environment by using local N-body simulations. We find that outcomes of such a collision largely depend on the impact velocity, the direction of impact, and the radial distance from the planet. In the case of a strong tidal field corresponding to Saturn's F ring, collisions in the azimuthal direction are much more destructive than those in the radial direction. Numerical results of collisions sensitively depend on the impact velocity, and a complete disruption of aggregates can occur even in impacts with velocity much lower than their escape velocity. In such low-velocity collisions, the deformation of colliding aggregates plays an essential role in determining collision outcomes, because the physical size of the aggregate is comparable to its Hill radius. On the other hand, the dependence of collision outcomes on impact velocity becomes similar to the case in free space when the distance from the planet is sufficiently large. Our results are consistent with Cassini observations of the F ring, which suggest ongoing creation and disruption of aggregates within the ring.

  20. Direct and Collisional Excitation of Automotive Fuel Components)

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    White, Allen R.; Wilson, Kyle; Sakai, Stephen; Devasher, Rebecca B.

    2010-06-01

    Adding energy directly into the vibrational modes of automotive fuel may reduce the threshold energy required for combustion, without raising the combustion charge temperature. This energy can be supplied either directly via incident laser radiation or indirectly through collision with directly excited molecules. The most common chemical in commercial gasoline, isooctane, does not absorb infrared radiation sufficiently at any wavelength for which an infrared laser is readily available. However, CO2 lasers are relatively cheap, and are available at wavelengths which are absorbed by isopropanol as well as ethanol, which is also a component of commercial gasoline. In this study, the infrared absorption of isopropanol and ethanol in balance isooctane were measured at three wavelengths (10.6 m, 10.2 m, and 9.3 m) of incident CO2 laser radiation. Additional time-resolved emission measurements were performed for these mixtures. The data support the existence of the proposed collisional pathway for energy transfer from ethanol and isopropanol to isooctane.

  1. Potential around a dust grain in collisional plasma

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    Moulick, R. Goswami, K. S.

    2015-04-15

    The ion neutral collision can lead to interesting phenomena in dust charging, totally different from the expectations based on the traditional orbit motion limited theory. The potential around a dust grain is investigated for the collisional plasma considering the presence of ion neutral collisions. Fluid equations are solved for the one dimensional radial coordinate. It is observed that with the gradual increase in ion neutral collision, the potential structure around the dust grain changes its shape and is different from the usual Debye-Hückel potential. The shift however starts from a certain value of ion neutral collision and the electron-ion density varies accordingly. The potential variation is interesting and reconfirms the fact that there exists a region of attraction for negative charges. The collision modeling is done for the full range of plasma, i.e., considering the bulk and the sheath jointly. The potential variation with collision is also shown explicitly and the variation is found to cope up with the earlier observations.

  2. Predictions for collisional frequency shifts of ultracold rubidium atomic clocks

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    Kokkelmans, S. J. J. M. F.; Verhaar, B. J.; Heinzen, D. J.; Gibble, K.

    1997-04-01

    A few years ago atomic fountains using cold ^133Cs atoms led to a breakthrough in the field of atomic frequency standards(A. Clairon, C. Salomon, S. Guellati, and W. D. Phillips, Europhys. Lett. 16), 165 (1991); K. Gibble and S. Chu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 70, 1771 (1993).. It was soon found that the frequency shifts induced by collisions between atoms during their fountain orbit stand in the way to drawing the full benefits from this development. A possible way out is to switch to another atomic species(K. Gibble and B.J. Verhaar, Phys. Rev. A 52), 3370 (1995).. Recent experiments have made it possible to determine cold collision parameters for pairs of rubidium atoms with unprecedented accuracy(J.M. Vogels, C.C. Tsai, R.S. Freeland, S.J.J.M.F. Kokkelmans, B.J. Verhaar, and D.J. Heinzen (submitted).). Making use of these parameters we predict the collisional frequency shifts for a ^87Rb and a ^85Rb laser-cooled clock. Our results show the prospects for new atomic clocks based on ultracold rubidium to be promising.

  3. COLLISIONAL GROOMING MODELS OF THE KUIPER BELT DUST CLOUD

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    Kuchner, Marc J.; Stark, Christopher C. E-mail: starkc@umd.ed

    2010-10-15

    We modeled the three-dimensional structure of the Kuiper Belt (KB) dust cloud at four different dust production rates, incorporating both planet-dust interactions and grain-grain collisions using the collisional grooming algorithm. Simulated images of a model with a face-on optical depth of {approx}10{sup -4} primarily show an azimuthally symmetric ring at 40-47 AU in submillimeter and infrared wavelengths; this ring is associated with the cold classical KB. For models with lower optical depths (10{sup -6} and 10{sup -7}), synthetic infrared images show that the ring widens and a gap opens in the ring at the location of Neptune; this feature is caused by trapping of dust grains in Neptune's mean motion resonances. At low optical depths, a secondary ring also appears associated with the hole cleared in the center of the disk by Saturn. Our simulations, which incorporate 25 different grain sizes, illustrate that grain-grain collisions are important in sculpting today's KB dust, and probably other aspects of the solar system dust complex; collisions erase all signs of azimuthal asymmetry from the submillimeter image of the disk at every dust level we considered. The model images switch from being dominated by resonantly trapped small grains ('transport dominated') to being dominated by the birth ring ('collision dominated') when the optical depth reaches a critical value of {tau} {approx} v/c, where v is the local Keplerian speed.

  4. HIDING IN THE SHADOWS. II. COLLISIONAL DUST AS EXOPLANET MARKERS

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    Dobinson, Jack; Leinhardt, Zoë M.; Lines, Stefan; Carter, Philip J.; Dodson-Robinson, Sarah E.; Teanby, Nick A.

    2016-03-20

    Observations of the youngest planets (∼1–10 Myr for a transitional disk) will increase the accuracy of our planet formation models. Unfortunately, observations of such planets are challenging and time-consuming to undertake, even in ideal circumstances. Therefore, we propose the determination of a set of markers that can preselect promising exoplanet-hosting candidate disks. To this end, N-body simulations were conducted to investigate the effect of an embedded Jupiter-mass planet on the dynamics of the surrounding planetesimal disk and the resulting creation of second-generation collisional dust. We use a new collision model that allows fragmentation and erosion of planetesimals, and dust-sized fragments are simulated in a post-process step including non-gravitational forces due to stellar radiation and a gaseous protoplanetary disk. Synthetic images from our numerical simulations show a bright double ring at 850 μm for a low-eccentricity planet, whereas a high-eccentricity planet would produce a characteristic inner ring with asymmetries in the disk. In the presence of first-generation primordial dust these markers would be difficult to detect far from the orbit of the embedded planet, but would be detectable inside a gap of planetary origin in a transitional disk.

  5. Evolution of a Gaussian laser beam in warm collisional magnetoplasma

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    Jafari, M. J.; Jafari Milani, M. R.; Niknam, A. R.

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, the spatial evolution of an intense circularly polarized Gaussian laser beam propagated through a warm plasma is investigated, taking into account the ponderomotive force, Ohmic heating, external magnetic field, and collisional effects. Using the momentum transfer and energy equations, both modified electron temperature and electron density in plasma are obtained. By introducing the complex dielectric permittivity of warm magnetized plasma and using the complex eikonal function, coupled differential equations for beam width parameter are established and solved numerically. The effects of polarization state of laser and magnetic field on the laser spot size evolution are studied. It is observed that in case of the right-handed polarization, an increase in the value of external magnetic field causes an increase in the strength of the self-focusing, especially in the higher values, and consequently, the self-focusing occurs in shorter distance of propagation. Moreover, the results demonstrate the existence of laser intensity and electron temperature ranges where self-focusing can occur, while the beam diverges outside of these regions; meanwhile, in these intervals, there exists a turning point for each of intensity and temperature in which the self-focusing process has its strongest strength. Finally, it is found that the self-focusing effect can be enhanced by increasing the plasma frequency (plasma density).

  6. Isotope Effects in Collisional VT Relaxation of Molecular Hydrogen

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    Bieniek, R. J.

    2006-01-01

    A simple exponential-potential model of molecular collisions leads to a two-parameter analytic expression for rates of collisionally induced vibrational-translation (VT) energy exchange that has been shown to be accurate over variations of orders of magnitude as a function of temperature in a variety of systems. This includes excellent agreement with reported experimental and theoretical results for the fundamental self-relaxation rate of molecular hydrogen H2(v = 1) + H2 yields H2(v = 0) + H2. The analytic rate successfully follows the five-orders-of-magnitude change in experimental values for the temperature range 50-2000 K. This approach is now applied to isotope effects in the vibrational relaxation rates of excited HD and D2 in collision with H2: HD(v = 1)+H2 yields HD(v = 0)+H2 and D2(v = 1)+H2 yields D2(v = 0)+H2. The simplicity of the analytic expression for the thermal rate lends itself to convenient application in modeling the evolving vibrational populations of molecular hydrogen in shocked astrophysical environments.

  7. Satellitesimal Formation via Collisional Dust Growth in Steady Circumplanetary Disks

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    Shibaike, Yuhito; Okuzumi, Satoshi; Sasaki, Takanori; Ida, Shigeru

    2017-09-01

    The icy satellites around Jupiter are considered to have formed in a circumplanetary disk. While previous models have focused on the formation of the satellites starting from satellitesimals, the question of how satellitesimals themselves form from smaller dust particles has not yet been addressed. In this work, we study the possibility that satellitesimals form in situ in a circumplanetary disk. We calculate the radial distribution of the surface density and representative size of icy dust particles that grow by colliding with each other and drift toward the central planet in a steady circumplanetary disk with a continuous supply of gas and dust from the parent protoplanetary disk. The radial drift barrier is overcome if the ratio of the dust-to-gas accretion rates onto the circumplanetary disk, {\\dot{M}}{{d}}/{\\dot{M}}{{g}}, is high and the strength of turbulence, α, is not too low. The collision velocity is lower than the critical velocity of fragmentation when α is low. Taken together, we find that the conditions for satellitesimal formation via dust coagulation are given by {\\dot{M}}{{d}}/{\\dot{M}}{{g}}≥slant 1 and {10}-4≤slant α < {10}-2. The former condition is generally difficult to achieve, suggesting that the in situ satellitesimal formation via particle sticking is viable only under extreme conditions. We also show that neither satellitesimal formation via the collisional growth of porous aggregates nor via streaming instability is viable as long as {\\dot{M}}{{d}}/{\\dot{M}}{{g}} is low.

  8. Collisional Grooming Models of the Kuiper Belt Dust Cloud

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    Kuchner, Marc J.; Stark, Christopher C.

    2010-01-01

    We modeled the three-dimensional structure of the Kuiper Belt (KB) dust cloud at four different dust production rates, incorporating both planet-dust interactions and grain-grain collisions using the collisional grooming algorithm. Simulated images of a model with a face-on optical depth of approximately 10 (exp -4) primarily show an azimuthally- symmetric ring at 40-47 AU in submillimeter and infrared wavelengths; this ring is associated with the cold classical KB. For models with lower optical depths (10 (exp -6) and 10 (exp-7)), synthetic infrared images show that the ring widens and a gap opens in the ring at the location of Neptune; this feature is caused by trapping of dust grains in Neptune's mean motion resonances. At low optical depths, a secondary ring also appears associated with the hole cleared in the center of the disk by Saturn. Our simulations, which incorporate 25 different grain sizes, illustrate that grain-grain collisions are important in sculpting today's KB dust, and probably other aspects of the solar system dust complex; collisions erase all signs of azimuthal asymmetry from the submillimeter image of the disk at every dust level we considered. The model images switch from being dominated by resonantly trapped small grains ("transport dominated") to being dominated by the birth ring ("collision dominated") when the optical depth reaches a critical value of r approximately v/c, where v is the local Keplerian speed.

  9. Global, Collisional Model of High-Energy Photoelectrons

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    Khazanov, G. V.; Moore, T. E.; Liemohn, M. W.; Jordanova, V. K.; Fok, M.-C.

    1996-01-01

    A previously-developed colissional, interhemispheric flux tube model for photoelectrons (PE) has been extended to three dimensions by including transport due to vector E x vector B and magnetic gradient-curvature drifts. Using this model, initial calculations of the high-energy (greater then 50 eV) PE distribution as a function of time, energy, pitch angle, and spatial location in the equatorial plane, are reported for conditions of low geomagnetic activity. To explore both the dynamic and steady behaviors of the model, the simulation starts with the abrupt onset of photoelectron excitation, and is followed to steady state conditions. The results illustrate several features of the interaction of photoelectrons with typical magnetospheric plasmas and fields, including collisional diffusion of photoelectrons in pitch angle with flux tube filling, diurnal intensity and pitch angle asymmetries introduced by directional sunlight, and energization of the photoelectron distribution in the evening sector. Cross-field drift is shown to have a long time scale, taking 12 to 24 hours to reach a steady state distribution. Future applications of the model are briefly outlined.

  10. Tabletop Transient Collisional Excitation X-Ray Lasers

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    Dunn, J; Li, Y; Osterheld, A L; Nilsen, J; Moon, S J; Fournier, K B; Hunter, J R; Faenov, A; Pikuz, T A; Shlyaptsev, V N

    1999-09-03

    Recent transient collisional excitation x-ray laser experiments are reported using the COMET tabletop laser driver at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Ne-like and Ni-like ion x-ray laser schemes have been investigated with a combination of long 600 ps and short {approximately}1 ps high power laser pulses with 5-10 J total energy. We show small signal gain saturation for x-ray lasers when a reflection echelon traveling wave geometry is utilized. A gain length product of 18 has been achieved for the Ni-like Pd 4d{r_arrow}4p J=0-1 line at 147 {angstrom}, with an estimated output of {approximately}10{micro}J. Strong lasing on the 119 {angstrom} Ni-like Sn line has also been observed. To our knowledge this is the first time gain saturation has been achieved on a tabletop laser driven scheme and is the shortest wavelength tabletop x-ray laser demonstrated to date. In addition, we present preliminary results of the characterization of the line focus uniformity for a Ne-like ion scheme using L-shell spectroscopy.

  11. COLLISIONAL STRIPPING AND DISRUPTION OF SUPER-EARTHS

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    Marcus, Robert A.; Sasselov, Dimitar; Hernquist, Lars; Stewart, Sarah T.

    2009-08-01

    The final stage of planet formation is dominated by collisions between planetary embryos. The dynamics of this stage determine the orbital configuration and the mass and composition of planets in the system. In the solar system, late giant impacts have been proposed for Mercury, Earth, Mars, and Pluto. In the case of Mercury, this giant impact may have significantly altered the bulk composition of the planet. Here we present the results of smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations of high-velocity (up to {approx}5v {sub esc}) collisions between 1 and 10 M {sub +} planets of initially terrestrial composition to investigate the end stages of formation of extrasolar super-Earths. As found in previous simulations of collisions between smaller bodies, when collision energies exceed simple merging, giant impacts are divided into two regimes: (1) disruption and (2) hit-and-run (a grazing inelastic collision and projectile escape). Disruption occurs when the impact parameter is near zero, when the projectile mass is small compared to the target, or at extremely high velocities. In the disruption regime, we derive the criteria for catastrophic disruption (when half the total colliding mass is lost), the transition energy between accretion and erosion, and a scaling law for the change in bulk composition (iron-to-silicate ratio) resulting from collisional stripping of a mantle.

  12. On the inclusion of collisional correlations in quantum dynamics

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    Slama, N.; Reinhard, P.-G.; Suraud, E.

    2015-04-15

    We present a formalism to describe collisional correlations responsible for thermalization effects in finite quantum systems. The approach consists in a stochastic extension of time dependent mean field theory. Correlations are treated in time dependent perturbation theory and loss of coherence is assumed at some time intervals allowing a stochastic reduction of the correlated dynamics in terms of a stochastic ensemble of time dependent mean-fields. This theory was formulated long ago in terms of density matrices but never applied in practical cases because of its complexity. We propose here a reformulation of the theory in terms of wave functions and use a simplified 1D model of cluster and molecules allowing to test the theory in a schematic but realistic manner. We illustrate the performance in terms of several observables, in particular global moments of the density matrix and single particle entropy built on occupation numbers. The occupation numbers remain fixed in time dependent mean-field propagation and change when evaluating the correlations, then taking fractional values. They converge asymptotically towards Fermi distributions which is a clear indication of thermalization.

  13. Nonextensive statistics and the sheath criterion in collisional plasmas

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    Hatami, M. M.

    2015-01-15

    The Bohm criterion in an electropositive plasma containing nonextensively distributed electrons and warm ions is investigated by using a steady state two-fluid model. Taking into account the ion-neutral collisions and finite temperature of ions, a modified Bohm criterion is derived which limits both maximum and minimum allowable velocity of ions at the sheath edge (u{sub 0i}). It is found that the degree of nonextensivity of electrons (q) and temperature of positive ions (T{sub i}) affect only the lower limit of the entrance velocity of ions into the sheath while the degree of ion collisionality (α) influences both lower and upper limits of the ion velocities at the sheath edge. In addition, depending on the value of q, it is shown that the minimum velocity of positive ions at the sheath edge can be greater or smaller than its Maxwellian counterpart. Moreover, it is shown that, depending on the values of α and T{sub i}, the positive ions with subsonic velocity may enter the sheath for either q > 1 or −1 < q < 1. Finally, as a practical application, the density distribution of charged particles in the sheath region is studied for different values of u{sub 0i}, and it is shown that monotonical reduction of the positive ion density distribution occurs only when the velocity of positive ions at the sheath edge lies between two above mentioned limits.

  14. Collisional and radiative processes in high-pressure discharge plasmas

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    Becker, Kurt H.; Kurunczi, Peter F.; Schoenbach, Karl H.

    2002-05-01

    Discharge plasmas at high pressures (up to and exceeding atmospheric pressure), where single collision conditions no longer prevail, provide a fertile environment for the experimental study of collisions and radiative processes dominated by (i) step-wise processes, i.e., the excitation of an already excited atomic/molecular state and by (ii) three-body collisions leading, for instance, to the formation of excimers. The dominance of collisional and radiative processes beyond binary collisions involving ground-state atoms and molecules in such environments allows for many interesting applications of high-pressure plasmas such as high power lasers, opening switches, novel plasma processing applications and sputtering, absorbers and reflectors for electromagnetic waves, remediation of pollutants and waste streams, and excimer lamps and other noncoherent vacuum-ultraviolet light sources. Here recent progress is summarized in the use of hollow cathode discharge devices with hole dimensions in the range 0.1-0.5 mm for the generation of vacuum-ultraviolet light.

  15. Variational Algorithms for Drift and Collisional Guiding Center Dynamics

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    Ellison, C. Leland; Finn, John M.; Qin, Hong; Tang, William M.

    2014-10-01

    The simulation of guiding center test particle dynamics in the upcoming generation of magnetic confinement devices requires novel numerical methods to obtain the necessary long-term numerical fidelity. Geometric algorithms, which retain conserved quantities in the numerical time advances, are well-known to exhibit excellent long simulation time behavior. Due to the non-canonical Hamiltonian structure of the guiding center equations of motion, it is only recently that geometric algorithms have been developed for guiding center dynamics. This poster will discuss and compare several families of variational algorithms for application to 3-D guiding center test particle studies, while benchmarking the methods against standard Runge-Kutta techniques. Time-to-solution improvements using GPGPU hardware will be presented. Additionally, collisional dynamics will be incorporated into the structure-preserving guiding center algorithms for the first time. Non-Hamiltonian effects, such as polarization drag and simplified stochastic operators, can be incorporated using a Lagrange-d'Alembert variational principle. The long-time behavior of variational algorithms which include dissipative dynamics will be compared against standard techniques. This work was supported by DOE Contract DE-AC02-09CH11466.

  16. Collisional disruption of gravitational aggregates in the tidal environment

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    Hyodo, Ryuki; Ohtsuki, Keiji

    2014-05-20

    The degree of disruption in collisions in free space is determined by specific impact energy, and the mass fraction of the largest remnant is a monotonically decreasing function of impact energy. However, it has not been shown whether such a relationship is applicable to collisions under the influence of a planet's tidal force, which is important in ring dynamics and satellite accretion. Here we examine the collisional disruption of gravitational aggregates in the tidal environment by using local N-body simulations. We find that outcomes of such a collision largely depend on the impact velocity, the direction of impact, and the radial distance from the planet. In the case of a strong tidal field corresponding to Saturn's F ring, collisions in the azimuthal direction are much more destructive than those in the radial direction. Numerical results of collisions sensitively depend on the impact velocity, and a complete disruption of aggregates can occur even in impacts with velocity much lower than their escape velocity. In such low-velocity collisions, the deformation of colliding aggregates plays an essential role in determining collision outcomes, because the physical size of the aggregate is comparable to its Hill radius. On the other hand, the dependence of collision outcomes on impact velocity becomes similar to the case in free space when the distance from the planet is sufficiently large. Our results are consistent with Cassini observations of the F ring, which suggest ongoing creation and disruption of aggregates within the ring.

  17. Randomly driven granular fluids: collisional statistics and short scale structure.

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    Pagonabarraga, I; Trizac, E; van Noije, T P C; Ernst, M H

    2002-01-01

    We present a molecular-dynamics and kinetic theory study of granular material, modeled by inelastic hard disks, fluidized by a random driving force. The focus is on collisional averages and short-distance correlations in the nonequilibrium steady state, in order to analyze in a quantitative manner the breakdown of molecular chaos, i.e., factorization of the two-particle distribution function, f((2))(x(1),x(2)) approximately chif((1))(x(1))f((1))(x(2)) in a product of single-particle ones, where x(i)=[r(i),v(i)] with i=1,2 and chi represents the position correlation. We have found that molecular chaos is only violated in a small region of the two-particle phase space [x(1),x(2)], where there is a predominance of grazing collisions. The size of this singular region grows with increasing inelasticity. The existence of particle- and noise-induced recollisions magnifies the departure from mean-field behavior. The implications of this breakdown in several physical quantities are explored.

  18. Langmuir probe in collisionless and collisional plasma including dusty plasma

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    Bose, Sayak; Kaur, Manjit; Chattopadhyay, P. K.; Ghosh, J.; Saxena, Y. C.; Pal, R.

    2017-04-01

    Measurements of local plasma parameters in dusty plasma are crucial for understanding the physics issues related to such systems. The Langmuir probe, a small electrode immersed in the plasma, provides such measurements. However, designing of a Langmuir probe system in a dusty plasma environment demands special consideration. First, the probe has to be miniaturized enough so that its perturbation on the ambient dust structure is minimal. At the same time, the probe dimensions must be such that a well-defined theory exists for interpretation of its characteristics. The associated instrumentation must also support the measurement of current collected by the probe with high signal to noise ratio. The most important consideration, of course, comes from the fact that the probes are prone to dust contamination, as the dust particles tend to stick to the probe surface and alter the current collecting area in unpredictable ways. This article describes the design and operation of a Langmuir probe system that resolves these challenging issues in dusty plasma. In doing so, first, different theories that are used to interpret the probe characteristics in collisionless as well as in collisional regimes are discussed, with special emphasis on application. The critical issues associated with the current-voltage characteristics of Langmuir probe obtained in different operating regimes are discussed. Then, an algorithm for processing these characteristics efficiently in presence of ion-neutral collisions in the probe sheath is presented.

  19. A collisional family of icy objects in the Kuiper belt.

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    Brown, Michael E; Barkume, Kristina M; Ragozzine, Darin; Schaller, Emily L

    2007-03-15

    The small bodies in the Solar System are thought to have been highly affected by collisions and erosion. In the asteroid belt, direct evidence of the effects of large collisions can be seen in the existence of separate families of asteroids--a family consists of many asteroids with similar orbits and, frequently, similar surface properties, with each family being the remnant of a single catastrophic impact. In the region beyond Neptune, in contrast, no collisionally created families have hitherto been found. The third largest known Kuiper belt object, 2003 EL61, however, is thought to have experienced a giant impact that created its multiple satellite system, stripped away much of an overlying ice mantle, and left it with a rapid rotation. Here we report the discovery of a family of Kuiper belt objects with surface properties and orbits that are nearly identical to those of 2003 EL61. This family appears to be fragments of the ejected ice mantle of 2003 EL61.

  20. Study of Mixed Collisionality Gas Flow in the VASIMR Thruster

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    Batishchev, Oleg; Molvig, Kim

    2000-11-01

    The degree of gas ionization in the VASIMR plasma thruster [1] is about one percent. This allows separating of the gas propellant flow from the plasma dynamics. The Knudsen number of the hydrogen (deuterium) or helium gas flow in a system of pipes of varying diameter falls into the .2-5 range. This indicates that the kinetic approach is required. First we present results from 1D hybrid Poiseuille-Knudsen model for viscous - free molecular pipe flow [2]. We compare simulation results to the experimental measurements. Next we study effects of (i) internal baffles to assist the retaining of the propellant, and (ii) gas pre-heating. Finally, we describe an extension of our 1D2V fully kinetic finite volume method [3] to a semi-collisional gas flow simulation. [1] F. Chang-Díaz et al., Bulletin of APS, 44 (1999) 99. [2] O. Batishchev and K. Molvig, AIAA 2000-3754 paper (2000). [3] Batishchev O. et al., J. Plasma Phys. 61 (1999) 347.

  1. Evolution of a Gaussian laser beam in warm collisional magnetoplasma

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    Jafari, M. J.; Jafari Milani, M. R.; Niknam, A. R.

    2016-07-15

    In this paper, the spatial evolution of an intense circularly polarized Gaussian laser beam propagated through a warm plasma is investigated, taking into account the ponderomotive force, Ohmic heating, external magnetic field, and collisional effects. Using the momentum transfer and energy equations, both modified electron temperature and electron density in plasma are obtained. By introducing the complex dielectric permittivity of warm magnetized plasma and using the complex eikonal function, coupled differential equations for beam width parameter are established and solved numerically. The effects of polarization state of laser and magnetic field on the laser spot size evolution are studied. It is observed that in case of the right-handed polarization, an increase in the value of external magnetic field causes an increase in the strength of the self-focusing, especially in the higher values, and consequently, the self-focusing occurs in shorter distance of propagation. Moreover, the results demonstrate the existence of laser intensity and electron temperature ranges where self-focusing can occur, while the beam diverges outside of these regions; meanwhile, in these intervals, there exists a turning point for each of intensity and temperature in which the self-focusing process has its strongest strength. Finally, it is found that the self-focusing effect can be enhanced by increasing the plasma frequency (plasma density).

  2. Collisional excitation of electron Landau levels in strong magnetic fields

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    Langer, S. H.

    1981-01-01

    The cross sections for the excitation and deexcitation of the quantized transverse energy levels of an electron in a magnetic field are calculated for electron-proton and electron-electron collisions in light of the importance of the cross sections for studies of X-ray pulsar emission. First-order matrix elements are calculated using the Dirac theory of the electron, thus taking into account relativistic effects, which are believed to be important in accreting neutron stars. Results for the collisional excitation of ground state electrons by protons are presented which demonstrate the importance of proton recoil and relativistic effects, and it is shown that electron-electron excitations may contribute 10 to 20% of the excitation rate from electron-proton scattering in a Maxwellian plasma. Finally, calculations of the cross section for electron-proton small-angle scattering are presented which lead to relaxation rates for the electron velocity distribution which are modified by the magnetic field, and to a possible increase in the value of the Coulomb logarithm.

  3. Collisional Grooming Models of the Kuiper Belt Dust Cloud

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    Kuchner, Marc J.; Stark, Christopher C.

    2010-01-01

    We modeled the three-dimensional structure of the Kuiper Belt (KB) dust cloud at four different dust production rates, incorporating both planet-dust interactions and grain-grain collisions using the collisional grooming algorithm. Simulated images of a model with a face-on optical depth of approximately 10 (exp -4) primarily show an azimuthally- symmetric ring at 40-47 AU in submillimeter and infrared wavelengths; this ring is associated with the cold classical KB. For models with lower optical depths (10 (exp -6) and 10 (exp-7)), synthetic infrared images show that the ring widens and a gap opens in the ring at the location of Neptune; this feature is caused by trapping of dust grains in Neptune's mean motion resonances. At low optical depths, a secondary ring also appears associated with the hole cleared in the center of the disk by Saturn. Our simulations, which incorporate 25 different grain sizes, illustrate that grain-grain collisions are important in sculpting today's KB dust, and probably other aspects of the solar system dust complex; collisions erase all signs of azimuthal asymmetry from the submillimeter image of the disk at every dust level we considered. The model images switch from being dominated by resonantly trapped small grains ("transport dominated") to being dominated by the birth ring ("collision dominated") when the optical depth reaches a critical value of r approximately v/c, where v is the local Keplerian speed.

  4. Collisional model of the drag force of granular impact

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    Stevens Bester, Cacey; Behringer, Robert P.

    2017-06-01

    A dense, dry granular target can cause a free-falling intruding object to come to an abrupt stop as its momentum is lost to the grains. An empirical force law describes this process, characterizing the stopping force as the sum of depth-dependent friction and velocity-dependent inertial drag. However, a complete interpretation of the stopping force, incorporating grain-scale interactions during impact, remains unresolved. Here, the momentum transfer is proposed to occur through sporadic, normal collisions with clusters of high force-carrying grains at the intruder's surface. To test this model in impact experiments, we determine the forces acting on an intruder decelerating through a dense granular medium using high-speed imaging of its trajectory. We vary the geometry of the impacting object to infer intruder-grain interactions. As a result, we connect the inertial drag to the effect of intruder shape based on the proposed collisional model. These impact studies serve as an approach to understand dynamic force transmission in granular media.

  5. Elimination of collisional dephasing by control laser fields

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    Sokolov, Alexei

    2003-05-01

    The perturbation of electronic states during a molecular collision results in an adiabatic shift of natural molecular frequencies. It is this frequency shift (integrated over the collision time) that produces an oscillation phase shift, and ultimately leads to dephasing of a molecular ensemble. However, the fact that during the collision all molecular levels shift in unison can be used to eliminate the shift of one selected transition, by applying a control laser field to an adjacent (control) transition. The amplitude and frequency of the control field can be adjusted such that the time-varying Stark shift produced by this field precisely compensates collisional frequency shift for the transition of interest, and as a result suppresses dephasing. This technique can possibly be extended to adiabatic atomic collisions, and to different types of inhomogeneous broadening. Earlier workers have demonstrated similar methods for Doppler width reduction, by utilizing velocity-dependent Stark shifts produced by control fields. There is also a relation of this proposal to electromagnetically induced transparency.

  6. Multiscale mantle convection along the Tethyan collisional margin

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    Faccenna, Claudio; Becker, Thorsten

    2013-04-01

    We perform global mantle circulation to reconstruct the style and geometry of mantle convection beneath the Tethyan region, from the Mediterranean to the Hiamalayan belt. To quantify the contribution of mantle heterogeneity and subduction zones to mantle circulation and plate motions, we compute the instantaneous mantle flow that can be inferred from seismic tomography when velocity anomalies are converted into temperature. Model results are compared with geodesy, residual topography, and shear wave splitting observations. We evaluate different boundary conditions to test the role of slab pull and mantle convection as driving forces for the kinematics of the Tethyan system. Our results show that mantle drag exerted on the base of the lithosphere by a large-scale, convective "conveyor belt" with an active upwelling component is likely the main cause for the ongoing indentation of the Indian and Arabian plates into Eurasia. This large scale convection cell superimposed to small scale convection that could be resolved in region such as the Mediterranean, where high resolution seismic tomography is available. More in general, our model emphasizes that large scale mantle convection dragging continental block against Eurasia produce the necessary kinematic conditions to sustaine thick collisional orogen, whereas small scale convection confined in the upper mantle produces ephemeral, slab-pull dominated, orogenic belt.

  7. On collisional diffusion in a stochastic magnetic field

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    Abdullaev, S. S.

    2013-08-15

    The effect of particle collisions on the transport in a stochastic magnetic field in tokamaks is investigated. The model of resonant magnetic perturbations generated by external coils at the plasma edge is used for the stochastic magnetic field. The particle collisions are simulated by a random walk process along the magnetic field lines and the jumps across the field lines at the collision instants. The dependencies of the local diffusion coefficients on the mean free path λ{sub mfp}, the diffusion coefficients of field lines D{sub FL}, and the collisional diffusion coefficients, χ{sub ⊥} are studied. Based on these numerical data and the heuristic arguments, the empirical formula, D{sub r}=χ{sub ⊥}+v{sub ||}D{sub FL}/(1+L{sub c}/λ{sub mfp}), for the local diffusion coefficient is proposed, where L{sub c} is the characteristic length of order of the connection length l{sub c}=πqR{sub 0}, q is the safety factor, R{sub 0} is the major radius. The formula quite well describes the results of numerical simulations. In the limiting cases, the formula describes the Rechester-Rosenbluth and Laval scalings.

  8. Expansion of Collisional Radiative Model for Helium line ratio spectroscopy

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    Cinquegrani, David; Cooper, Chris; Forest, Cary; Milhone, Jason; Munoz-Borges, Jorge; Schmitz, Oliver; Unterberg, Ezekial

    2015-11-01

    Helium line ratio spectroscopy is a powerful technique of active plasma edge spectroscopy. It enables reconstruction of plasma edge parameters like electron density and temperature by use of suitable Collisional Radiative Models (CRM). An established approach is successful at moderate plasma densities (~1018m-3 range) and temperature (30-300eV), taking recombination and charge exchange to be negligible. The goal of this work is to experimentally explore limitations of this approach to CRM. For basic validation the Madison Plasma Dynamo eXperiment (MPDX) will be used. MPDX offers a very uniform plasma and spherical symmetry at low temperature (5-20 eV) and low density (1016 -1017m-3) . Initial data from MPDX shows a deviation in CRM results when compared to Langmuir probe data. This discrepancy points to the importance of recombination effects. The validated model is applied to first time measurement of electron density and temperature in front of an ICRH antenna at the TEXTOR tokamak. These measurements are important to understand RF coupling and PMI physics at the antenna limiters. Work supported in part by start up funds of the Department of Engineering Physics at the UW - Madison, USA and NSF CAREER award PHY-1455210.

  9. Weak neutral current chemistry

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    Mohan, R.

    1996-07-01

    Metal cluster organic complexes, neither atomic nor solid but in analogy to atomic nuclei and to mesoscopic systems, have unusual dynamics and catalytic properties. Organo-metal clusters as quintessence prebiotic enzymes could have originated the homochirality of the molecules from achiral precursors, controlled from the atomic-nucleus, with the initial product itself serving subsequently as chiral auxiliary transferring and amplifying the chirality in the autocatalytic process now. High resolution spectroscopic studies of diatomic molecules beginning now may lead to upper estimates of the interaction strength of weak neutral currents (WNG) with valence electrons of metal clusters and suggest kinetic pathways to dynamic symmetry breaking in the asymmetric synthesis of chiral molecules. An estimate of 10-5 kT (thousand times larger than for radiolysis) for the parity violating energy (PVE) could be sufficient to run an entropy driven spin-catalyzed asymmetric synthesis. Expect then, wherever there are metal clusters in interstellar dust or under the sea chiral molecular production.

  10. Weak neutral current chemistry

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    Mohan, R.

    1996-07-01

    Metal cluster organic complexes, neither atomic nor solid but in analogy to atomic nuclei and to mesoscopic systems, have unusual dynamics and catalytic properties. Organo-metal clusters as quintessence prebiotic enzymes could have originated the homochirality of the molecules from achiral precursors, controlled from the atomic-nucleus, with the initial product itself serving subsequently as chiral auxiliary transferring and amplifying the chirality in the autocatalytic process now. High resolution spectroscopic studies of diatomic molecules beginning now may lead to upper estimates of the interaction strength of weak neutral currents (WNG) with valence electrons of metal clusters and suggest kinetic pathways to dynamic symmetry breaking in the asymmetric synthesis of chiral molecules. An estimate of 10{sup {minus}5} kT (thousand times larger than for radiolysis) for the parity violating energy (PVE) could be sufficient to run an entropy driven spin-catalyzed asymmetric synthesis. Expect then, wherever there are metal clusters in interstellar dust or under the sea chiral molecular production. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  11. Weak quantum chaos

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    Kukuljan, Ivan; Grozdanov, Sašo; Prosen, Tomaž

    2017-08-01

    Out-of-time-ordered correlation functions (OTOCs) are presently being extensively debated as quantifiers of dynamical chaos in interacting quantum many-body systems. We argue that in quantum spin and fermionic systems, where all local operators are bounded, an OTOC of local observables is bounded as well and thus its exponential growth is merely transient. As a better measure of quantum chaos in such systems, we propose, and study, the density of the OTOC of extensive sums of local observables, which can exhibit indefinite growth in the thermodynamic limit. We demonstrate this for the kicked quantum Ising model by using large-scale numerical results and an analytic solution in the integrable regime. In a generic case, we observe the growth of the OTOC density to be linear in time. We prove that this density in general, locally interacting, nonintegrable quantum spin and fermionic dynamical systems exhibits growth that is at most polynomial in time—a phenomenon, which we term weak quantum chaos. In the special case of the model being integrable and the observables under consideration quadratic, the OTOC density saturates to a plateau.

  12. Numerical modeling of collisional dynamics of Sr in an optical dipole trap

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    Yan, M.; Chakraborty, R.; Mazurenko, A.; Mickelson, P. G.; de Escobar, Y. N. Martinez; Desalvo, B. J.; Killian, T. C.

    2011-03-01

    We describe a model of inelastic and elastic collisional dynamics of atoms in an optical dipole trap that utilizes numerical evaluation of statistical mechanical quantities and numerical solution of equations for the evolution of number and temperature of trapped atoms. It can be used for traps that possess little spatial symmetry and when the ratio of trap depth to sample temperature is relatively small. We compare simulation results with experiments on Sr88 and Sr84, which have well-characterized collisional properties.

  13. A Hybrid Model for Multiscale Laser Plasma Simulations with Detailed Collisional Physics

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    2016-11-29

    Simulations with Detailed Collisional Physics 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) David Bilyeu...with Detailed Collisional Physics Richard Abrantes1,2, Hai Le1,2, Carl Lederman2, PI: David Bilyeu3 1UCLA 2ERC Inc. 3AFRL/RQRS AFOSR Plasma and...Capture complex physics : excitation/ionization, transport, radiation, etc. • Consistent collision operator across different levels of fidelity. FRC

  14. Collisional evolution - an analytical study for the non steady-state mass distribution.

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    Vieira Martins, R.

    1999-05-01

    To study the collisional evolution of asteroidal groups one can use an analytical solution for the self-similar collision cascades. This solution is suitable to study the steady-state mass distribution of the collisional fragmentation. However, out of the steady-state conditions, this solution is not satisfactory for some values of the collisional parameters. In fact, for some values for the exponent of the mass distribution power law of an asteroidal group and its relation to the exponent of the function which describes "how rocks break" the author arrives at singular points for the equation which describes the collisional evolution. These singularities appear since some approximations are usually made in the laborious evaluation of many integrals that appear in the analytical calculations. They concern the cutoff for the smallest and the largest bodies. These singularities set some restrictions to the study of the analytical solution for the collisional equation. To overcome these singularities the author performed an algebraic computation considering the smallest and the largest bodies and he obtained the analytical expressions for the integrals that describe the collisional evolution without restriction on the parameters. However, the new distribution is more sensitive to the values of the collisional parameters. In particular the steady-state solution for the differential mass distribution has exponents slightly different from 11/6 for the usual parameters in the asteroid belt. The sensitivity of this distribution with respect to the parameters is analyzed for the usual values in the asteroidal groups. With an expression for the mass distribution without singularities, one can evaluate also its time evolution. The author arrives at an analytical expression given by a power series of terms constituted by a small parameter multiplied by the mass to an exponent, which depends on the initial power law distribution. This expression is a formal solution for the

  15. Collisional modification to the exospheric theory of solar wind halo electron pitch angle distributions

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    Lemons, D.S.; Feldman, W.C.

    1983-09-01

    A theoretical model of suprathermal halo or strahl solar wind electrons, including both binary collisions and conservative force fields, is proposed. From this model we derive the collisionally modified electron pitch angle distribution and compare it with relevant measurements made in the solar wind at 1 AU by using the Los Alamos IMP 8 plasma analyzer. Although the collisionally modified distribution is more isotropic than that predicted by simple exospheric theory, it is not isotropic enough to describe the measurements.

  16. Degenerate four-wave mixing and phase conjugation in a collisional plasma

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    Federici, J.F.; Mansfield, D.K.

    1986-06-01

    Although degenerate four-wave mixing (DFWM) has many practical applications in the visible regime, no successful attempt has been made to study or demonstrate DFWM for wavelengths longer than 10..mu..m. Recently, Steel and Lam established plasma as a viable DFWM and phase conjugation (PC) medium for infrared, far-infrared, and microwaves. However, their analysis is incomplete since collisional effects were not included. Using a fluid description, our results demonstrate that when collisional absorption is small and the collisional mean-free path is shorter than the nonlinear density grating scale length, collisional heating generates a thermal force which substantially enhances the phase conjugate reflectivity. When the collisional attenuation length becomes comparable to the length of the plasma, the dominant effect is collisional absorption of the pump waves. Numerical estimates of the phase conjugate reflectivity indicate that for modest power levels, gains greater than or equal to1 are possible in the submillimeter to centimeter wavelength range. This suggests that a plasma is a viable PC medium at those long wavelengths. In addition, doubly DFWM is discussed.

  17. Collision Strengths for Electron Collisional Excitation of S II

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    Tayal, S. S.

    1997-01-01

    Electron collisional excitation strengths for inelastic transitions in S II are calculated using the R-matrix method in a 19-state (3s(sup 2)3p(sup 3)(sup 4)S(sup o), (sup 2)D(sup o), (sup 2)p(sup o), 3s3p(sup 4)(sup 4)P, (sup 2)D, (sup 2)S, 3S(sup 2)3p(sup 2)3d(sup 2)P, (sup 4)F, (sup 4)D, (sup 2)F, (sup 4)P, 3s(sup 2)3p(sup 2)4s(sup 4)P, (sup 2)P, 3s(sup 2)3p(sup 2)4p(sup 2)S(s o), (sup 4)D(sup o), (sup 4)P(sup o), (sup 2)D(sup o), (sup 4)S(sup o), (sup 2)P(sup o)) close-coupling approximation. These target states are represented by extensive configuration-interaction wave functions that give excitation energies and oscillator strengths that are usually in good agreement with the experimental values and the available accurate calculations. The present results for collision strengths are in very good agreement with the recent merged beams energy loss measurement of Liao et al. and agree reasonably well with the 18-state R-matrix calculation of Ramsbottom, Bell, & Stafford, but show significant differences from the 12-state R-matrix calculation of Cai & Pradhan.

  18. Coupling Dynamical And Collisional Evolution Of Dust In Protoplanetary Disks

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    Charnoz, Sebastien

    2010-10-01

    Gaseous circumstellar disks are rich in dust and are thought to be both accretionaly and dynamically active. Unfortunately large bodies that could be embedded in these disks are still difficult to observe and their putative properties are indirectly inferred from the observable small dust content. It is why constraining the size distribution coupled with dust-dynamics is so critical. Unfortunately, coupling effects such as a realistic time-dependant dynamics, fragmentation and coagulation, has been recognized as numerically challenging and almost no attempt really succeeded with a generic approach. In these disks, the dust dynamics is driven by a variety of processes (gravity, gas drag, radiation pressure..) inducing a size-dependant dynamics, and, at the same time collisional evolution changes the local size distributions. These two effects are intimately coupled because the local dynamics and size-distribution determines the local collision rates, that, in-turn, determines the size-distribution and modifies the particle's dynamics. Here we report on a new algorithm that overcomes these difficulties by using a hybrid approach extending the work of Charnoz & Morbidelli (Icarus, 2004, 2007). We will briefly present the method and focus on gaseous protoplanetary disks either laminar or turbulent (the time dependant transport and dust evolution will be shown) . We will show how the taking into account of a 3D dynamics helps to determine disantengle the dust size-distribution in the disk's photosphere and in the midplane and thus may provide observational signatures of accretion. We will show how the coupling of turbulence with fragmentation may significantly affect the dust/ratio for the smallest bodies. Finally, we will show that an accurate description of the time dependant dynamics of larger dusts (those with Stokes numbers >= 1) may provide a possible path to the formation of bodies larger than the accretion barrier, through accretion in a transitory regime.

  19. Collisional and Radiative Processes in High-Pressure Discharge Plasmas

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    Becker, Kurt

    2001-10-01

    High-pressure discharge plasmas (HPDPs) with operating pressures up to and exceeding atmospheric pressure have gained prominence in many areas of application such as EM absorbers and reflectors, remediation of waste streams, deposition and surface modification, surface cleaning and sterilization, and light source development. In particular, HPDPs are widely used as sources for the generation of non-coherent UV and VUV light such as excimer emissions in the spectral range from 50 nm to 300 nm using rare gases or rare gas admixed with other gases as the operating medium. In this talk we will discuss several common types of HPDPs (e.g. microhollow cathode discharge plasmas, dielectric barrier discharge plasmas, capillary dielectrode discharge plasmas) that are commonly used for the generation of non-coherent excimer emissions. The main focus of this talk will be on the elucidation of the underlying microscopic collisional and radiative processes in these plasmas that lead to the photon emission and that determine the efficiency and spectral characteristics of various sources. Processes of particular interest are the generation of intense, monochromatic atomic line emissions in the 90 - 130 nm range, in particular the H Lyman-alpha emission at 121.6 nm, from HPDPs in gas mixtures containing high-pressure He, Ne, or Ar with trace amounts (1which may have great potential in photolithography and related applications. The mechanism for the emission of these intense atomic VUV lines are near-resonant energy transfer processes from the excimer molecule to the diatomic gas (H2, O2, N2). This work was supported by the NSF and by DARPA/ARO and carried out in collaboration with P. Kurunczi, K.H. Schoenbach, M. Laroussi, M. Gupta, and N. Masoud. Helpful discussions with U. Kogelschatz and E. Kunhardt are gratefully acknowledged.

  20. Analysis of Collisional Cross Sections of Rydberg nS and nD States of Ultracold Caesium Atoms

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    Feng, Zhigang; Miao, Jingyuan; Zhao, Kejia; Li, Difei; Yang, Zhijun; Wu, Fan; Wu, Zhaochun; Zhao, Jianming; Jia, Suotang

    2016-05-01

    We present a simple analytical formula derived from an existing theoretical model and a detailed theoretical investigation of effects of the van der Waals interaction and dipole-dipole interaction on collisional cross sections as functions of various parameters. We analyze the main mechanism leading to large collisional cross sections on the basis of our previous experimental results using the present formula and also analyze the effects of some other factors on collisional cross sections.

  1. [Systemic lupus erythematosus and weakness].

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    Vinagre, Filipe; Santos, Maria José; da Silva, José Canas

    2006-01-01

    We report a case of a 13-year old young girl, with Juvenile Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and recent onset of muscle weakness. Investigations lead to the diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis. The most important causes of muscle weakness in lupus patients are discussed.

  2. Intestinal Transport of Weak Electrolytes

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    Jackson, Michael J.; Shiau, Yih-Fu; Bane, Susan; Fox, Margaret

    1974-01-01

    A study has been made of the transmural fluxes of benzoic, phenylacetic, and pentanoic acids, benzylamine, hexylamine, and D-amphetamine across rat jejunum incubated in vitro. The M to S fluxes of the weak acids were greater than their corresponding S to M fluxes, and the S to M fluxes of the weak bases were larger than their M to S fluxes. These patterns of asymmetric movements were observed when the transmural electrical potential difference was clamped at 0 mV, and when the pH values of the mucosal and serosal fluids were identical. The effects of a weak acid on the fluxes of other weak electrolytes were qualitatively similar when the effector weak acid was added to the mucosal fluid, and when it was added to the serosal fluid. But the effects of a weak base on the fluxes of other weak electrolytes were dependent upon its location, and the interactions observed when the effector weak base was added to the mucosal fluid were qualitatively different than those seen when it was added to the serosal fluid. The interactions between weak electrolytes could readily be explained in terms of the function of a system of three compartments in series, in which the pH of the intermediate compartment is greater than that of the bulk phases. But these observations could not be explained in terms of an analogous system involving an intermediate compartment of low pH, or in terms of a carrier mediated system. The transport function of the three-compartment system can be described in the form of an equation, and it is found that a pH difference of less than 0.5 unit may explain our observations on weak electrolyte transport. PMID:4812635

  3. The role of collisional compaction in primitive asteroids and comets

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    Trigo-Rodríguez, J. M.; Blum, J.

    2008-09-01

    During the early stages of solar system formation the consolidation of asteroids and comets took place. We have just learnt from recent space missions that some of these minor bodies have been preserved in a pristine way in several regions of our Solar System. From our experience on primitive meteorites we know that these bodies should contain valuable clues on the origin of the Solar System. Studies of the physical, chemical, and isotopic properties of the components of these minor bodies will provide important clues on their origin. We expect very different collisional histories undergone by these bodies depending on their particular formation, migration, and storage regions [1]. In Fig. 1 appears a schematic representation of the protoplanetary disk in the region of consolidation of the terrestrial planets about 4565 million years ago. Bodies located in the outer part of the main belt would have incorporated significant amounts of ice in their volume, but their migration to and residence times in other regions would have defined their physico-chemical properties. Recent laboratory studies and observational data compiled from comets, meteorites and meteoroids [2] suggest that the porosity of these bodies should have decreased with time depending on the degree of collisions, aqueous alteration and heating. For typical stony targets, the tensile strength and gravity are the main properties that are defining the formation of impact craters and subsequently the degree of impact metamorphism and mineralogy of the shocked materials. However, little is known about the influence of porosity on the impact process although the crushing of pore space is an efficient mechanism for absorbing shock waves, also increasing the postshock temperatures [2]. In this context, a Near-Earth Object (NEO) sample return mission called Marco Polo is being studied within the Cosmic Vision programme. Such kind of mission would be returning to the Earth unaltered material from a NEO, just

  4. Collisional Disruption of Gravity Dominated Bodies: New Data and Scaling

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    Movshovitz, N.; Nimmo, F.; Korycansky, D. G.; Asphaug, E. I.; Owen, M.

    2015-12-01

    We present data from a suite of 169 hydrocode simulations of collisions between planetary bodies with radii from 100 to 1000 km. The data is used to derive a simple scaling law for the threshold for catastrophic disruption, defined as a collision that leads to half the total colliding mass escaping the system post impact. For a target radius 100≤R_T≤1000 km and a mass MTM_T and a projectile radius r_p≤R_T and mass mpm_p we find that a head-on impact with velocity magnitude vv is catastrophic if the kinetic energy of the system in the center of mass frame, K=0.5{M_T}{m_p}/(M_T+m_p)v^2, exceeds K∗R_D=(3.3±0.6)U_R U_R where U_R=(3/5)G{M_T}^2/R_T + (3/5)G{m_p}^2/{r_p}+G{M_T}{m_p}/(M_T+{m_p}) is the gravitational binding energy of the system at the moment of impact; GG is the gravitational constant. Oblique impacts are catastrophic when the fraction of kinetic energy contained in the volume of the projectile intersecting the target at impact exceeds ˜1.9K∗_RD for 30° impacts and ˜3.5K∗_RD for 45deg; impacts. We compare predictions made with this scaling to those made with existing scaling laws in the literature extrapolated from numerical studies on smaller targets. We find significant divergence between predictions where in general our data suggest a lower threshold for disruption except for highly oblique impacts with r_p≪R_T. This result has implications for the efficiency of collisional grinding in the asteroid belt (Morbidelli, A., Bottke, W. F., Nesvorny, D., & Levison, H. F., 2009, Icarus, 204, 558-573), Kuiper belt (Greenstreet, S., Gladman, B., & McKinnon, W. B., 2015, Icarus, 258, 267-288), and early solar system accretion (Chambers, J. E., 2013, Icarus, 224, 43-56).

  5. Collisional Disruption of Ice by High-Velocity Impact

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    Arakawa, Masahiko

    1999-11-01

    High-velocity impact among icy planetesimals is a physical phenomenon important to the planetary evolution process in the outer Solar System. In order to study this phenomenon, impact experiments on water ice were made by using a two-stage light gas gun installed in a cold room (-10°C) to clarify the elementary processes of collisional disruption and to study the reaccumulation and the escape conditions of the impact fragments. Cubic ice targets ranging in size from 15 to 100 mm were impacted by a nylon projectile of 7 mg with an impact velocity ( vi) from 2.3 to 4.7 km/s. The corresponding mass ratio of the projectile to the target ( mp/ Mt) ranged from 10 -3 to 10 -6, which is two orders of magnitude lower than that used in previous studies (Arakawa et al. 1995, Icarus118, 341-354). As a result, we obtained data on elementary processes such as attenuation of the shock wave and fragmentation dynamics. We found that the shock pressure attenuates in the ice target according to the relation of P∝( Lp/ r2, irrespective of the mass ratio between 10 -3 and 10 -5, where Lp is the projectile size and r is a propagation distance. The largest fragment mass ( ml) normalized by the original target mass has a good relationship to a nondimensional impact stress ( PI, NDIS) defined as the ratio of the antipodal pressure to the material strength. This relationship is described as ml/ Mt ∝ PI-1.7 for a wide range of impact conditions (50 m/s< vi<4 km/s and 10 -1< ml/ Mt<10 -6), and shows the utility of NDIS. Using a measured shock wave decay constant of 2, the reaccumulation and the escape conditions of icy bodies in high-velocity collisions were estimated. As a result, it was clarified that a rubble pile could be formed when large icy bodies (radius>20 km) reaccumulated. On the other hand, when smaller icy bodies (radius<2 km) disrupted catastrophically, all fragments escaped and a rubble pile was never formed.

  6. Collisional modelling of the AU Microscopii debris disc

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    Schüppler, Ch.; Löhne, T.; Krivov, A. V.; Ertel, S.; Marshall, J. P.; Wolf, S.; Wyatt, M. C.; Augereau, J.-C.; Metchev, S. A.

    2015-09-01

    AU Microscopii's debris disc is one of the most famous and best-studied debris discs and one of only two resolved debris discs around M stars. We perform in-depth collisional modelling of the AU Mic disc including stellar radiative and corpuscular forces (stellar winds), aiming at a comprehensive understanding of the dust production and the dust and planetesimal dynamics in the system. Our models are compared to a suite of observational data for thermal and scattered light emission, ranging from the ALMA radial surface brightness profile at 1.3 mm to spatially resolved polarisation measurements in the visible. Most of the data are shown to be reproduced with dust production in a belt of planetesimals with an outer edge at around 40 au and subsequent inward transport of dust by stellar winds. A low dynamical excitation of the planetesimals with eccentricities up to 0.03 is preferred. The radial width of the planetesimal belt cannot be constrained tightly. Belts that are 5 au and 17 au wide, as well as a broad 44 au-wide belt, are consistent with observations. All models show surface density profiles that increase with distance from the star up to ≈40 au, as inferred from observations. The best model is achieved by assuming a stellar mass loss rate that exceeds the solar one by a factor of 50. The models reproduce the spectral energy distribution and the shape of the ALMA radial profile well, but deviate from the scattered light observations more strongly. The observations show a bluer disc colour and a lower degree of polarisation for projected distances <40 au than predicted by the models. These deviations may be reduced by taking irregularly shaped dust grains which have scattering properties different from the Mie spheres used in this work. From tests with a handful of selected dust materials, we favour mixtures of silicate, carbon, and ice of moderate porosity. We also address the origin of the unresolved central excess emission detected by ALMA and show that

  7. Influence of collisional rate coefficients on water vapour excitation

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    Daniel, F.; Goicoechea, J. R.; Cernicharo, J.; Dubernet, M.-L.; Faure, A.

    2012-11-01

    Context. Water is a key molecule in many astrophysical studies that deal with star or planet forming regions, evolved stars, and galaxies. Its high dipole moment makes this molecule subthermally populated under the typical conditions of most astrophysical objects. This motivated calculation of various sets of collisional rate coefficients (CRC) for H2O (with He or H2), which are needed to model its rotational excitation and line emission. Aims: The most accurate set of CRC are the quantum rates that involve H2. However, they have been published only recently, and less accurate CRC (quantum with He or quantum classical trajectory (QCT) with H2) were used in many studies before that. This work aims to underline the impact that the new available set of CRC have on interpretations of water vapour observations. Methods: We performed accurate non-local, non-LTE radiative transfer calculations using different sets of CRC to predict the line intensities from transitions that involve the lowest energy levels of H2O (E < 900 K). The results obtained from the different CRC sets were then compared using line intensity ratio statistics. Results: For the whole range of physical conditions considered in this work, we find that the intensities based on the quantum and QCT CRC are in good agreement. However, at relatively low H2 volume density (n(H2) < 107 cm-3) and low water abundance (χ(H2O) < 10-6), which corresponds to physical conditions relevant when describing most molecular clouds, we find differences in the predicted line intensities of up to a factor of ~3 for the bulk of the lines. Most of the recent studies interpreting early Herschel Space Observatory spectra have used the QCT CRC. Our results show that, although the global conclusions from those studies will not be drastically changed, each case has to be considered individually, since depending on the physical conditions, the use of the QCT CRC may lead to a mis-estimate of the water vapour abundance of up to a

  8. Ion acoustic shock wave in collisional equal mass plasma

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    Adak, Ashish; Ghosh, Samiran; Chakrabarti, Nikhil

    2015-10-15

    The effect of ion-ion collision on the dynamics of nonlinear ion acoustic wave in an unmagnetized pair-ion plasma has been investigated. The two-fluid model has been used to describe the dynamics of both positive and negative ions with equal masses. It is well known that in the dynamics of the weakly nonlinear wave, the viscosity mediates wave dissipation in presence of weak nonlinearity and dispersion. This dissipation is responsible for the shock structures in pair-ion plasma. Here, it has been shown that the ion-ion collision in presence of collective phenomena mediated by the plasma current is the source of dissipation that causes the Burgers' term which is responsible for the shock structures in equal mass pair-ion plasma. The dynamics of the weakly nonlinear wave is governed by the Korteweg-de Vries Burgers equation. The analytical and numerical investigations revealed that the ion acoustic wave exhibits both oscillatory and monotonic shock structures depending on the frequency of ion-ion collision parameter. The results have been discussed in the context of the fullerene pair-ion plasma experiments.

  9. Experimental investigations of weak definite and weak indefinite noun phrases.

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    Klein, Natalie M; Gegg-Harrison, Whitney M; Carlson, Greg N; Tanenhaus, Michael K

    2013-08-01

    Definite noun phrases typically refer to entities that are uniquely identifiable in the speaker and addressee's common ground. Some definite noun phrases (e.g., the hospital in Mary had to go the hospital and John did too) seem to violate this uniqueness constraint. We report six experiments that were motivated by the hypothesis that these "weak definite" interpretations arise in "incorporated" constructions. Experiments 1-3 compared nouns that seem to allow for a weak definite interpretation (e.g., hospital, bank, bus, radio) with those that do not (e.g., farm, concert, car, book). Experiments 1 and 2 used an instruction-following task and picture-judgment task, respectively, to demonstrate that a weak definite need not uniquely refer. In Experiment 3 participants imagined scenarios described by sentences such as The Federal Express driver had to go to the hospital/farm. Scenarios following weak definite noun phrases were more likely to include conventional activities associated with the object, whereas following regular nouns, participants were more likely to imagine scenarios that included typical activities associated with the subject; similar effects were observed with weak indefinites. Experiment 4 found that object-related activities were reduced when the same subject and object were used with a verb that does not license weak definite interpretations. In Experiment 5, a science fiction story introduced an artificial lexicon for novel concepts. Novel nouns that shared conceptual properties with English weak definite nouns were more likely to allow weak reference in a judgment task. Experiment 6 demonstrated that familiarity for definite articles and anti-familiarity for indefinite articles applies to the activity associated with the noun, consistent with predictions made by the incorporation analysis. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Experimental investigations of weak definite and weak indefinite noun phrases

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    Klein, Natalie M.; Gegg-Harrison, Whitney M.; Carlson, Greg N.; Tanenhaus, Michael K.

    2013-01-01

    Definite noun phrases typically refer to entities that are uniquely identifiable in the speaker and addressee’s common ground. Some definite noun phrases (e.g. the hospital in Mary had to go the hospital and John did too) seem to violate this uniqueness constraint. We report six experiments that were motivated by the hypothesis that these “weak definite” interpretations arise in “incorporated” constructions. Experiments 1-3 compared nouns that seem to allow for a weak definite interpretation (e.g. hospital, bank, bus, radio) with those that do not (e.g. farm, concert, car, book). Experiments 1 and 2 used an instruction-following task and picture-judgment task, respectively, to demonstrate that a weak definite need not uniquely refer. In Experiment 3 participants imagined scenarios described by sentences such as The Federal Express driver had to go to the hospital/farm. The imagined scenarios following weak definite noun phrases were more likely to include conventional activities associated with the object, whereas following regular nouns, participants were more likely to imagine scenarios that included typical activities associated with the subject; similar effects were observed with weak indefinites. Experiment 4 found that object-related activities were reduced when the same subject and object were used with a verb that does not license weak definite interpretations. In Experiment 5, a science fiction story introduced an artificial lexicon for novel concepts. Novel nouns that shared conceptual properties with English weak definite nouns were more likely to allow weak reference in a judgment task. Experiment 6 demonstrated that familiarity for definite articles and anti- familiarity for indefinite articles applies to the activity associated with the noun, consistent with predictions made by the incorporation analysis. PMID:23685208

  11. Weak-shock reflection factors

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    Reichenbach, H.; Kuhl, A.L.

    1993-09-07

    The purpose of this paper is to compare reflection factors for weak shocks from various surfaces, and to focus attention on some unsolved questions. Three different cases are considered: square-wave planar shock reflection from wedges; square-wave planar shock reflection from cylinders; and spherical blast wave reflection from a planar surface. We restrict ourselves to weak shocks. Shocks with a Mach number of M{sub O} < 1.56 in air or with an overpressure of {Delta}{sub PI} < 25 psi (1.66 bar) under normal ambient conditions are called weak.

  12. Resisting Weakness of the Will

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    Levy, Neil

    2012-01-01

    I develop an account of weakness of the will that is driven by experimental evidence from cognitive and social psychology. I will argue that this account demonstrates that there is no such thing as weakness of the will: no psychological kind corresponds to it. Instead, weakness of the will ought to be understood as depletion of System II resources. Neither the explanatory purposes of psychology nor our practical purposes as agents are well-served by retaining the concept. I therefore suggest that we ought to jettison it, in favour of the vocabulary and concepts of cognitive psychology. PMID:22984298

  13. Multiple weak-link SQUID

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    Kroger, H.

    1980-09-23

    The disclosed SQUID (Superconducting quantum interference device) comprises two superposed superconductive layers with an insulating layer therebetween. A plurality of holes through the insulating layer filled with superconductive material form weak links between the superconductive layers. One or more control lines superposed with respect to the superconductive layers provide magnetic flux through the area between the weak links to control the zero voltage supercurrent flowing through the weak links from one of the superconductive layers to the other thereby providing the switching function for Josephson superconductive circuits.

  14. Nonlinear evolution of an ion acoustic wave in two-species, moderately collisional plasma.

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    Valeo, E. J.; Berger, R. L.

    2004-11-01

    The dispersion properties of ion acoustic waves (IAW) in two-species plasma with disparate ion charges and masses has shown a sensitivity to inter-species collisions in the moderate-collisionality regime where the heavy, highly-charged ions are strongly collisional (fluid-like), but where light-ion Landau damping is competitive with light-heavy collisions.(R. Berger, E. Valeo and S. Brunner, Bull. Am. Phys. Soc., 47), QP1.98 (2002). The nonlinear evolution of a driven IAW is simulated using a low-noise hybrid simulation technique in which the electrons are a massless fluid, the heavy ions are a cold fluid, and the light ions are evolved using the δ f method with an evolving background distribution. The relative importance of several nonlinear effects in determining the mode amplitude, including (collisionally interrupted) trapping and nonlinear frequency shifts, is assessed.

  15. Electron-exchange and quantum screening effects on the collisional entanglement fidelity in degenerate quantum plasmas

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    Hong, Woo-Pyo; Jung, Young-Dae

    2014-06-01

    The influence of electron-exchange and quantum screening on the collisional entanglement fidelity for the elastic electron-ion collision is investigated in degenerate quantum plasmas. The effective Shukla-Eliasson potential and the partial wave method are used to obtain the collisional entanglement fidelity in quantum plasmas as a function of the electron-exchange parameter, Fermi energy, plasmon energy and collision energy. The results show that the quantum screening effect enhances the entanglement fidelity in quantum plasmas. However, it is found that the electron-exchange effect strongly suppresses the collisional entanglement fidelity. Hence, we have found that the influence of the electron-exchange reduces the transmission of quantum information in quantum plasmas. In addition, it is found that, although the entanglement fidelity decreases with an increase of the Fermi energy, it increases with increasing plasmon energy in degenerate quantum plasmas.

  16. Interrelated structures of the transport shock and collisional relaxation layer in a multitemperature, multilevel ionized gas

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    Vinolo, A. R.; Clarke, J. H.

    1972-01-01

    The gas dynamic structures of the transport shock and the downstream collisional relaxation layer are evaluated for partially ionized monatomic gases. Elastic and inelastic collisional nonequilibrium effects are taken into consideration. Three electronic levels are accounted for in the microscopic model of the atom. Nonequilibrium processes with respect to population of levels and species plus temperature are considered. By using an asymptotic technique the shock morphology is found on a continuum flow basis. The asymptotic procedure gives two distinct layers in which the nonequilibrium effects to be considered are different. A transport shock appears as the inner solution to an outer collisional relaxation layer in which the gas reaches local equilibrium. A family of numerical examples is displayed for different flow regimes. Argon and helium models are used in these examples.

  17. Investigation of the Electron-Ion Hybrid Instability in a Collisional Environment

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    Tejero, E. M.; Enloe, L.; Sotnikov, V. I.; Amatucci, B.; Ganguli, G.

    2013-12-01

    The Electron-Ion Hybrid (EIH) instability, a transverse velocity shear-driven instability with frequency near the lower hybrid frequency, was previously predicted theoretically to explain the observation of lower hybrid waves in applications from the plasma sheet boundary layer to laser produced plasmas. The EIH instability has also been observed in the laboratory in scaled magnetospheric plasma conditions and in laser produced plasma expansion experiments across magnetic fields. In the work presented, we have expanded the theoretical framework to highly collisional plasmas for applications to the plasma region surrounding a hypersonic vehicle. In this collisional plasma layer, strongly sheared transverse flows can exist that can give rise to the EIH instability. We wish to study whether the resulting lower hybrid turbulence can impede communication to and from the hypersonic vehicle. Results from theory and a comparison from laboratory experiments on the generation of the EIH instability in a collisional plasma environment will be presented.

  18. A multi-species 13-moment model for moderately collisional plasmas

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    Miller, S. T. Shumlak, U.

    2016-08-15

    Fluid-based models of collisional transport in multi-species plasmas have typically been applied to parameter regimes where a local thermal equilibrium is assumed. While this parameter regime is valid for low temperature and/or high density applications, it begins to fail as plasmas enter the collisionless regime and kinetic effects dominate the physics. A plasma model is presented that lays the foundation for extending the validity of the collisional fluid regime using an anisotropic 13-moment fluid model derived from the Pearson type-IV probability distribution. The model explicitly evolves the pressure tensor and heat flux vector along with the density and flow velocity to capture dynamics usually restricted to kinetic models. Each particle species is modeled individually and collectively coupled through electromagnetic and collisional interactions.

  19. Collisional stochastic ripple diffusion of alpha particles and beam ions on TFTR

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    Redi, M.H.; Zarnstorff, M.C.; White, R.B.; Budny, R.V.; Janos, A.C.; Owens, D.K.; Schivell, J.F.; Scott, S.D.; Zweben, S.J.

    1995-07-01

    Predictions for ripple loss of fast ions from TFTR are investigated with a guiding center code including both collisional and ripple effects. A synergistic enhancement of fast ion diffusion is found for toroidal field ripple with collisions. The total loss is calculated to be roughly twice the sum of ripple and collisional losses calculated separately. Discrepancies between measurements and calculations of plasma beta at low current and large major radius are resolved when both effects are included for neutral beam ions. A 20--30% reduction in alpha particle heating is predicted for q{sub a} = 6--14, R = 2.6 m DT plasmas on TFTR due to first orbit and collisional stochastic ripple diffusion.

  20. Collisional Scaling of the Energy Transfer in Drift-Wave Zonal Flow Turbulence

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    Schmid, B.; Manz, P.; Ramisch, M.; Stroth, U.

    2017-02-01

    The collisionality scaling of density and potential coupling together with zonal flow energy transfer and spectral power is investigated at the stellarator experiment TJ-K. With a poloidal probe array, consisting of 128 Langmuir probes, density and potential fluctuations are measured on four neighboring flux surfaces simultaneously over the complete poloidal circumference. By analyzing Reynolds stress and pseudo-Reynolds stress, it is found that, for increasing collisionality, the coupling between density and potential decreases which hinders the zonal flow drive. Also, as a consequence, the nonlinear energy transfer, as well as the zonal flow contribution to the complete turbulent spectrum, decreases the same way. This is in line with theoretical expectations and is a first experimental verification of the importance of collisionality for large-scale structure formation in magnetically confined toroidal plasmas.

  1. Formation and evolution of vortices in a collisional strongly coupled dusty plasma

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    Jana, Sayanee; Banerjee, Debabrata; Chakrabarti, Nikhil

    2016-07-01

    Formation and evolution of vortices are studied in a collisional strongly coupled dusty plasma in the framework of a Generalized Hydrodynamic model (GH). Here we mainly present the nonlinear dynamical response of this strongly coupled system in presence of dust-neutral collisional drag. It is shown that the interplay between the nonlinear elastic stress and the dust-neutral collisional drag results in the generation of non-propagating monopole vortex for some duration before it starts to propagate like transverse shear wave. It is also found that the interaction between two unshielded monopole vortices having both same (co-rotating) and opposite (counter rotating) rotations result in the formation of two propagating dipole vortices of equal and unequal strength respectively. These results will provide some new understanding on the transport properties in such a strongly coupled system. The numerical simulation is carried out using a de-aliased doubly periodic pseudo-spectral code with Runge-Kutta-Gill time integrator.

  2. Collisional Scaling of the Energy Transfer in Drift-Wave Zonal Flow Turbulence.

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    Schmid, B; Manz, P; Ramisch, M; Stroth, U

    2017-02-03

    The collisionality scaling of density and potential coupling together with zonal flow energy transfer and spectral power is investigated at the stellarator experiment TJ-K. With a poloidal probe array, consisting of 128 Langmuir probes, density and potential fluctuations are measured on four neighboring flux surfaces simultaneously over the complete poloidal circumference. By analyzing Reynolds stress and pseudo-Reynolds stress, it is found that, for increasing collisionality, the coupling between density and potential decreases which hinders the zonal flow drive. Also, as a consequence, the nonlinear energy transfer, as well as the zonal flow contribution to the complete turbulent spectrum, decreases the same way. This is in line with theoretical expectations and is a first experimental verification of the importance of collisionality for large-scale structure formation in magnetically confined toroidal plasmas.

  3. Collisional Delta-f Scheme with Evolving Background for Transport Time Scale Simulations

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    E. Valeo; J. Krommes; S. Brunner

    1999-07-01

    The delta-f approach is extended for simulating the transport time-scale evolution of near-Maxwellian distributions in collisional plasmas. This involves simultaneously advancing weighted marker particles for representing the intrinsically kinetic component delta-f, and fluid equations for the parameters of the shifted Maxwellian background f(subSM). The issue of increasing numerical noise in a collisional delta-f algorithm, due to marker particle weight spreading, is addressed in detail, and a solution to this problem is proposed. To obtain higher resolution in critical regions of phase space, a practical procedure for implementing sources and sinks of marker particles is developed. As a proof of principal, this set of methods are applied for computing electrical Spitzer conductivity as well as collisional absorption in a homogeneous plasma.

  4. Degeneracy and relativistic microreversibility relations for collisional-radiative equilibrium models

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    Faussurier, Gérald; Blancard, Christophe

    2017-06-01

    We present the relativistic expressions of standard nonrelativistic microreversibility relations that can be used in collisional-radiative equilibrium models to calculate the transition rates including the free electron degeneracy for collisional excitation and deexcitation, collisional ionization and three-body recombination, dielectronic capture and autoionization, photoexcitation and photodeexcitation, and radiative recombination and photoionization. Semiempirical expressions or more refined calculations can be used for the cross sections of interest as long as they are calculated by taking into account either nonrelativistic, relativistic, or ultrarelativistic effects for both the bound and free electrons. The bound and the free electrons should be treated on the same footing. This is crucial for the internal consistency of the approach valid at arbitrary degeneracy and relativistic degrees.

  5. Collisional statistics and dynamics of two-dimensional hard-disk systems: From fluid to solid.

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    Taloni, Alessandro; Meroz, Yasmine; Huerta, Adrián

    2015-08-01

    We perform extensive MD simulations of two-dimensional systems of hard disks, focusing on the collisional statistical properties. We analyze the distribution functions of velocity, free flight time, and free path length for packing fractions ranging from the fluid to the solid phase. The behaviors of the mean free flight time and path length between subsequent collisions are found to drastically change in the coexistence phase. We show that single-particle dynamical properties behave analogously in collisional and continuous-time representations, exhibiting apparent crossovers between the fluid and the solid phases. We find that, both in collisional and continuous-time representation, the mean-squared displacement, velocity autocorrelation functions, intermediate scattering functions, and self-part of the van Hove function (propagator) closely reproduce the same behavior exhibited by the corresponding quantities in granular media, colloids, and supercooled liquids close to the glass or jamming transition.

  6. Eigenmodes and growth rates of relativistic current filamentation instability in a collisional plasma.

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    Honda, M

    2004-01-01

    I theoretically found eigenmodes and growth rates of relativistic current filamentation instability in collisional regimes, deriving a generalized dispersion relation from self-consistent beam-Maxwell equations. For symmetrically counterstreaming, fully relativistic electron currents, the collisional coupling between electrons and ions creates the unstable modes of growing oscillation and wave, which stand out for long-wavelength perturbations. In the stronger collisional regime, the growing oscillatory mode tends to be dominant for all wavelengths. In the collisionless limit, those modes vanish, while maintaining another purely growing mode that exactly coincides with a standard relativistic Weibel mode. It is also shown that the effects of electron-electron collisions and thermal spread lower the growth rate of the relativistic Weibel instability. The present mechanisms of filamentation dynamics are essential for transport of homogeneous electron beam produced by the interaction of high power laser pulses with plasma.

  7. Insights on Continental Collisional Processes from GPS Data: Dynamics of the Peri-Adriatic Belts

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    Metois, Marianne; D'Agostino, Nicola; Avallone, Antonio; Chamot-Rooke, Nicolas; Rabaute, Alain; Duni, Llambro; Kuka, Neki; Koci, Rexhep; Georgiev, Ivan

    2015-04-01

    Recent advances in GPS technology and processing strategies make now spatial geodesy a suitable tool to image intra-continental slowly deforming areas such as collisional mountain belts and to get further insights on their kinematics and dynamics. Here, using the peri-Adriatic belts as a test case, we propose a methodology based on accurate GPS velocities to discriminate whether the current day deformation pattern over a mountain belt is controlled at the first order by gravity through gradients of gravitational potential energy. We calculate a new GPS velocity field covering the peri-Adriatic region and the entire Balkan Peninsula, taking advantage of newly available measurements coming from private networks operating since several years in this area. Based on these velocities, we derive the strain rate tensor and an interpolated velocity field using the method of Haines & Holt (1993). Opposite to the commonly accepted hypothesis considering the Balkans as part of the stable Eurasia, we show that the peninsula experiences significant compression across the Dinarides belt and extension toward the Aegean domain South of 44°N. We image a clockwise rotation of the entire peninsula around North Albania, and propose that the lithosphere under the old Scutari-Peck transform zone is weak and acts as a pivot point for this rotation since early Miocene. The Hellenic slab suction and the release of stress in the northern Hellenides subduction zone may favour the southwestward motion of the inner Balkan lithosphere, flowing between the rigid Apulia and Black sea blocks consequently. Because our velocity field is unusually dense in Slovenia and Austria, we picture the Eastern Alps deformation with great details and show that the Austrian Alps are moving eastward together with the Alpine foreland and Bohemian Promontory relative to stable Eurasia. Based on these new GPS data, we investigate the dynamics of the peri-Adriatic mountain belts, in particular of Albania and Eastern

  8. Determination of collisional quenching rate coefficients of metastable nitrogen molecules by air pollutants

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    Suzuki, Susumu; Itoh, Haruo

    2009-10-01

    It has already been investigated on the determination of the collisional quenching rate coefficients of the metastable nitrogen molecules N2(A^3σu^+ ) by some air pollutants [1] in our laboratory. In this report, we present the result on the collisional quenching rate coefficient of N2(A^3σu^+ ) by formaldehyde (CH2O) using a theoretical procedure that takes into account the reflection of metastables at the boundary. As far as we know, this report is the first result of the collisional quenching rate coefficients of N2(A^3σu^+ ) by CH2O. Formaldehyde is a colorless gas with the foul odor, and elements of the adhesive, paints, and preservative, etc. It is widely used for construction materials such as houses, because it is low cost. It is released from paint of construction materials in air, and, in that case, it is known as one of the causative agents of so-called ``Sick building syndrome'' to influence the human body harmfully even if it is a low concentration. The obtained collisional quenching rate coefficient of N2(A^3σu^+ ) by CH2O is (4.7±0.4) x 10-12 cm^3/s. Because the collisional quenching rate coefficient by CH2O is large, it is understood that CH2O receives energy easily from N2(A^3σu^+ ). In addition, we reports on the obtained collisional quenching rate coefficient of N2(A^3σu^+ ) by some air pollutants. [1] S. Suzuki, T.Suzuki and H.Itoh: Proc. of XXVIII ICPIG (Prague, Czech Republic), (2007) 1P01-40.

  9. Quiet Monte Carlo Method for the Simulation of Semi-Collisional Plasmas

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    Albright, Brian J.

    2001-10-01

    The modeling of collisions among particles in a plasma poses a challenge for computer simulation. Traditional simulation 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, the intermediate, semi-collisional regime is more problematic. In semi-collisional plasmas, the collision times are comparable to the dynamical time scales of interest in the system and the collisionality often varies as a function of time or position. Some examples include interpenetrating laser-produced plasmas, tokamak plasmas near edges and divertors, plasmas in the Earth's ionosphere, cometary exospheres, and the interstellar medium. Some PIC plasma simulations have been developed that can, in a limited way, model collisions. These include the early work of Shanny et al. [Phys. Fluids 10, 1281 (1967)], the binary collision model of Takizuka and Abe [J. Comput. Phys. 25 205 (1977)], and the collision field method of Jones et al. [J. Comput. Phys. 117, 194 (1996)]. In this talk, a new approach to particle simulation, called ``quiet direct simulation Monte Carlo'' (QDSMC), will be described that can, in principle, treat plasmas with arbitrary and arbitrarily varying collisionality. The essence of the QDSMC approach is the use of carefully chosen weights for the particles (e.g., Gauss-Hermite, for Maxwellian distributions), which are destroyed each time step after the particle information is deposited onto the grid and then reconstructed at the beginning of the next time step. The method overcomes the usual limitations of particle methods: limited dynamical range and excessive statistical noise. The QDSMC method will be discussed, as will its application as ``proof of principle'' to diffusion, hydrodynamics, and radiation transport. A QDSMC formulation of collisional, kinetic plasma simulation will be outlined, and preliminary results will be presented.

  10. Weak interactions and presupernova evolution

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    Aufderheide, M.B. State Univ. of New York . Dept. of Physics)

    1991-02-19

    The role of weak interactions, particularly electron capture and {beta}{sup {minus}} decay, in presupernova evolution is discussed. The present uncertainty in these rates is examined and the possibility of improving the situation is addressed. 12 refs., 4 figs.

  11. [Acute muscle weakness: differential diagnoses].

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    Antoniuk, Sérgio A

    2013-09-06

    Acute muscle weakness, a common disorder in pediatrics, can occur from impairment of any part of the motor unit, including the upper motor neuron, lower motor neuron, peripheral nerve, neuromuscular junction or muscle. It usually manifests itself as an acute or hyperacute motor disorder of progressive or rapidly progressive course. Acute muscle weakness is a neuromuscular emergency, especially if it affects the respiratory or oropharyngeal musculature. The location of the motor weakness and associated neurological signs and symptoms usually indicate the location of the lesion. The onset, speed and clinical evolution, as well as other data from the patient's history, suggest the pathophysiological differential diagnosis. Successful treatment depends on the immediate and correct differential diagnosis. This paper presents the main differential diagnosis of main neuromuscular diseases that cause acute muscle weakness in children.

  12. Conservation laws for collisional and turbulent transport processes in toroidal plasmas with large mean flows

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    Sugama, H.; Nunami, M.; Nakata, M.; Watanabe, T.-H.

    2017-02-01

    A novel gyrokinetic formulation is presented by including collisional effects into the Lagrangian variational principle to yield the governing equations for background and turbulent electromagnetic fields and gyrocenter distribution functions, which can simultaneously describe classical, neoclassical, and turbulent transport processes in toroidal plasmas with large toroidal flows on the order of the ion thermal velocity. Noether's theorem modified for collisional systems and the collision operator given in terms of Poisson brackets are applied to derivation of the particle, energy, and toroidal momentum balance equations in the conservative forms, which are desirable properties for long-time global transport simulation.

  13. Collisional narrowing by polyatomic buffer gases in an optically pumped CH3F laser

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    Lawandy, N. M.; Koepf, G. A.

    1980-01-01

    The gain linewidth of an optically pumped CH3F molecular laser is observed with the addition of various polyatomic buffer gases. This is interpreted as collisional (Dicke) narrowing. The measurement is the first observation of collisional narrowing by polyatomic buffer gases. It is also the first observation of the effect in a laser oscillator. The effect was observed using a heterodyne mixing technique at the laser emission frequency of 604 GHz. Collision cross sections for SF6-CH3F and CS2-CH3F are obtained.

  14. Nonlinear collisional absorption and induced anisotropy in plasmas heated by an intense laser field

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    Bendib, A.

    2017-07-01

    The inverse bremsstrahlung absorption of a laser wave by electrons in homogeneous plasmas is investigated in the range α=v02/vt2≤2 , where v0 is the electron quiver velocity and vt is the thermal velocity. For α≪1 , previous results are recovered. In the range α≥1 , the interplay of collisional absorption and induced plasma anisotropy led to significant new results regarding the electron distribution function and the laser wave damping rate. By increasing α, the low-energy electron population increases, while the collisional absorption rate is still reduced. The temperature anisotropy induced by electron heating is also estimated.

  15. 3D Fokker-Planck modeling of axisymmetric collisional losses of fusion products in TFTR

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    Goloborod`ko, V.Ya.; Reznik, S.N.; Yavorskij, V.A.; Zweben, S.J.

    1995-10-01

    Results of a 3D (in constants of motion space) Fokker-Planck simulation of collisional losses of fusion products in axisymmetric DT and DD discharges on TFTR are presented. The distributions of escaped ions over poloidal angle, pitch angle, and their energy spectra are obtained. Axisymmetric collisional losses of fusion products are found to be less than (2--5)%. The distribution of confined fusion products is shown to be strongly anisotropic and nonuniform in the radial coordinate mainly for slowed-down fusion products with small longitudinal energy. Comparison of these results of modeling and experimental data is done.

  16. Is collisional breakup an important process within mixed-phase deep convective clouds?

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    Seifert, A.; Khain, A.; Mayer, F.

    2003-04-01

    The microphysics of deep convective clouds determines their precipitation efficiency as well as the dynamical evolution of cloud systems and is therefore of great importance for numerical weather prediction, flood forecasting and regional climate modeling. Of all cloud systems mixed-phase deep convection is maybe the most complex and least understood. One reason is that the numerous microphysical processes taking place are highly nonlinear and strongly coupled with each other as well as with the hydrodynamics of the cloud. Collisional breakup of raindrops is one of these cloud microphysical processes, but is often neglected or not well represented in state-of-the-art cloud resolving models. The importance of collisional breakup is well known for tropical cloud systems, which are dominated by warm phase processes. In addition various studies using so-called rainshaft models showed that collisional breakup can alter the raindrop size distribution below cloud base. But what happens within the clouds and especially within strong convective updrafts? Can collisional breakup lead to a different cloud evolution by changing the drop size distribution? Using the Hebrew University Cloud Model (HUCM), which includes the most detailed spectral microphysics model available today, we performed a sensitivity study to answer these questions. Collisional breakup was therefore recently included in HUCM using Bleck's numerical method, which is standard for simulation of the breakup process. Our breakup scheme itself is mainly based on the parameterization of Low and List (1982, JAS), but includes also additional data for small raindrops by Beard and Ochs (1995, JAS). As a test case a deep convective mixed-phase cloud is simulated with initial conditions based on a sounding from 13 August 1999, Midland/Texas. We present a detailed analysis of the simulated cloud evolution with and without collisional breakup taken into account. The conclusion from our sensitivity study is that

  17. Can inertial electrostatic confinement work beyond the ion-ion collisional time scale?

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    Nevins, W.M.

    1995-01-01

    Inertial electrostatic confinement systems are predicated on a non-equilibrium ion distribution function. Coulomb collisions between ions cause this distribution to relax to a Maxwellian on the ion-ion collisional time-scale. The power required to prevent this relaxation and maintain the IEC configuration for times beyond the ion-ion collisional time scale is shown to be at least an order of magnitude greater than the fusion power produced. It is concluded that IEC systems show little promise as a basis for the development of commercial electric power plants.

  18. Collisional energy losses in relativistic nuclear collisions within an effective quasiparticle model

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    Tarasov, Yu. A.

    2009-10-15

    We investigate the collisional energy losses of the fast gluons and light quarks in quark-gluon plasma produced in central (Au+Au) collisions at at energies currently available at the BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) ({radical}(s{sub NN})=200 GeV). We use the effective quasiparticle model for investigation of physical characteristic of expanding plasma. We take into account the possibility of hot glue production at the first stage. We calculate these energy losses and compare them with radiative energy losses of gluons and quarks in an analogous model. We show that radiative energy losses exceed considerably the collisional energy losses.

  19. Cooling and Infrared Emission due to Molecular Collisional Excitation in Astrophysical Environments

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    Stancil, Phillip

    2011-06-01

    Non-thermal popluations of molecules in a variety of astronomical environments, including photodissociation regions, X-ray dominated regions, and protoplanetary disks, are controlled by collisional excitation and quenching of their rovibrational levels. The important colliders are the dominant neutral species: H, He, and H2. Resulting emission lines are primary cooling transitions and can be observed by current and upcoming IR/submillimeter observatories including Spitzer, Herschel, SOFIA, and ALMA. Modeling these environments, however, requires large-scale computation of collisional excitation processes. The status, needs, and astrophysical applications for important molecular targets will be reviewed including H2, HD, CO, H2O, and NH3.

  20. Collisional narrowing by polyatomic buffer gases in an optically pumped CH3F laser

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    Lawandy, N. M.; Koepf, G. A.

    1980-01-01

    The gain linewidth of an optically pumped CH3F molecular laser is observed with the addition of various polyatomic buffer gases. This is interpreted as collisional (Dicke) narrowing. The measurement is the first observation of collisional narrowing by polyatomic buffer gases. It is also the first observation of the effect in a laser oscillator. The effect was observed using a heterodyne mixing technique at the laser emission frequency of 604 GHz. Collision cross sections for SF6-CH3F and CS2-CH3F are obtained.

  1. Terahertz generation by beating two Langmuir waves in a warm and collisional plasma

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    Zhang, Xiao-Bo; Qiao, Xin; Cheng, Li-Hong; Tang, Rong-An; Zhang, Ai-Xia; Xue, Ju-Kui

    2015-09-15

    Terahertz (THz) radiation generated by beating of two Langmuir waves in a warm and collisional plasma is discussed theoretically. The critical angle between the two Langmuir waves and the critical wave-length (wave vector) of Langmuir waves for generating THz radiation are obtained analytically. Furthermore, the maximum radiation energy is obtained. We find that the critical angle, the critical wave-length, and the generated radiation energy strongly depend on plasma temperature and wave-length of the Langmuir waves. That is, the THz radiation generated by beating of two Langmuir waves in a warm and collisional plasma can be controlled by adjusting the plasma temperature and the Langmuir wave-length.

  2. New regime of low ion collisionality in the neoclassical equilibrium of tokamak plasmas

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    Ramos, J. J.

    2015-07-15

    The neoclassical description of an axisymmetric toroidal plasma equilibrium is formulated for an unconventionally low ordering of the collisionality that suits realistic thermonuclear fusion conditions. This requires a drift-kinetic analysis to the second order of the ion Larmor radius, which yields a new contribution to the leading solution for the non-Maxwellian part of the ion distribution function if the equilibrium geometry is not up-down symmetric. An explicit geometrical factor weighs this second Larmor-radius order, low-collisionality effect that modifies the neoclassical ion parallel flow, and the ion contribution to the bootstrap current.

  3. Revisiting the interplay between ablation, collisional, and radiative processes during ns-laser ablation

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    Autrique, D.; Gornushkin, I.; Alexiades, V.; Chen, Z.; Bogaerts, A.; Rethfeld, B.

    2013-10-01

    A study of ns-laser ablation is presented, which focuses on the transient behavior of the physical processes that act in and above a copper sample. A dimensionless multiphase collisional radiative model describes the interplay between the ablation, collisional, and radiative mechanisms. Calculations are done for a 6 ns-Nd:YAG laser pulse operating at 532 nm and fluences up to 15 J/cm2. Temporal intensity profiles as well as transmissivities are in good agreement with experimental results. It is found that volumetric ablation mechanisms and photo-processes both play an essential role in the onset of ns-laser induced breakdown.

  4. Weak Deeply Virtual Compton Scattering

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    Ales Psaker; Wolodymyr Melnitchouk; Anatoly Radyushkin

    2007-03-01

    We extend the analysis of the deeply virtual Compton scattering process to the weak interaction sector in the generalized Bjorken limit. The virtual Compton scattering amplitudes for the weak neutral and charged currents are calculated at the leading twist within the framework of the nonlocal light-cone expansion via coordinate space QCD string operators. Using a simple model, we estimate cross sections for neutrino scattering off the nucleon, relevant for future high intensity neutrino beam facilities.

  5. Exploring the collisional evolution of the asteroid belt

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    Bottke, W.; Broz, M.; O'Brien, D.; Campo Bagatin, A.; Morbidelli, A.

    2014-07-01

    The asteroid belt is a remnant of planet-formation processes. By modeling its collisional and dynamical history, and linking the results to constraints, we can probe how the planets and small bodies formed and evolved. Some key model constraints are: (i) The wavy shape of the main-belt size distribution (SFD), with inflection points near 100-km, 10--20-km, 1 to a few km, and ˜0.1-km diameter; (ii) The number of asteroid families created by the catastrophic breakup of large asteroid bodies over the last ˜ 4 Gy, with the number of disrupted D > 100 km bodies as small as ˜20 or as large as 60; (iii) the flux of small asteroids derived from the main belt that have struck the Moon over the last 3.5 Ga --- crater SFDs on lunar terrains with known ages suggest the D < 0.1 km projectile population has not varied appreciably over this interval; (iv) Vesta has an intact basaltic crust with two very large basins, but only two, on its surface. Fits to these parameters allow us to predict the shape of the initial main-belt SFD after accretion and the approximate asteroid disruption scaling law, with the latter consistent with numerical hydrocode simulations. Overall, we find that the asteroid belt probably experienced the equivalent of ˜6--10 Gy of comminution over its history. This value may seem strange, considering the solar system is only 4.56 Gy old. One way to interpret it is that the main belt once had more mass that was eliminated by early dynamical processes between 4--4.56 Ga. This would allow for more early grinding, and it would suggest the main belt's wavy-shaped SFD is a ''fossil'' from a more violent early epoch. Simulations suggest that most D > 100 km bodies have been significantly battered, but only a fraction have been catastrophically disrupted. Conversely, most small asteroids today are byproducts of fragmentation events. These results are consistent with growing evidence that most of the prominent meteorite classes were produced by young asteroid

  6. Precision metrology using weak measurements.

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    Zhang, Lijian; Datta, Animesh; Walmsley, Ian A

    2015-05-29

    Weak values and measurements have been proposed as a means to achieve dramatic enhancements in metrology based on the greatly increased range of possible measurement outcomes. Unfortunately, the very large values of measurement outcomes occur with highly suppressed probabilities. This raises three vital questions in weak-measurement-based metrology. Namely, (Q1) Does postselection enhance the measurement precision? (Q2) Does weak measurement offer better precision than strong measurement? (Q3) Is it possible to beat the standard quantum limit or to achieve the Heisenberg limit with weak measurement using only classical resources? We analyze these questions for two prototypical, and generic, measurement protocols and show that while the answers to the first two questions are negative for both protocols, the answer to the last is affirmative for measurements with phase-space interactions, and negative for configuration space interactions. Our results, particularly the ability of weak measurements to perform at par with strong measurements in some cases, are instructive for the design of weak-measurement-based protocols for quantum metrology.

  7. Weak Energy: Form and Function

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    Parks, Allen D.

    The equation of motion for a time-dependent weak value of a quantum mechanical observable contains a complex valued energy factor—the weak energy of evolution. This quantity is defined by the dynamics of the pre-selected and post-selected states which specify the observable's weak value. It is shown that this energy: (i) is manifested as dynamical and geometric phases that govern the evolution of the weak value during the measurement process; (ii) satisfies the Euler-Lagrange equations when expressed in terms of Pancharatnam (P) phase and Fubini-Study (FS) metric distance; (iii) provides for a PFS stationary action principle for quantum state evolution; (iv) time translates correlation amplitudes; (v) generalizes the temporal persistence of state normalization; and (vi) obeys a time-energy uncertainty relation. A similar complex valued quantity—the pointed weak energy of an evolving quantum state—is also defined and several of its properties in PFS coordinates are discussed. It is shown that the imaginary part of the pointed weak energy governs the state's survival probability and its real part is—to within a sign—the Mukunda-Simon geometric phase for arbitrary evolutions or the Aharonov-Anandan (AA) geometric phase for cyclic evolutions. Pointed weak energy gauge transformations and the PFS 1-form are defined and discussed and the relationship between the PFS 1-form and the AA connection 1-form is established. [Editors note: for a video of the talk given by Prof. Parks at the Aharonov-80 conference in 2012 at Chapman University, see http://quantum.chapman.edu/talk-25.

  8. Quantum discord with weak measurements

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    Singh, Uttam Pati, Arun Kumar

    2014-04-15

    Weak measurements cause small change to quantum states, thereby opening up the possibility of new ways of manipulating and controlling quantum systems. We ask, can weak measurements reveal more quantum correlation in a composite quantum state? We prove that the weak measurement induced quantum discord, called as the “super quantum discord”, is always larger than the quantum discord captured by the strong measurement. Moreover, we prove the monotonicity of the super quantum discord as a function of the measurement strength and in the limit of strong projective measurement the super quantum discord becomes the normal quantum discord. We find that unlike the normal discord, for pure entangled states, the super quantum discord can exceed the quantum entanglement. Our results provide new insights on the nature of quantum correlation and suggest that the notion of quantum correlation is not only observer dependent but also depends on how weakly one perturbs the composite system. We illustrate the key results for pure as well as mixed entangled states. -- Highlights: •Introduced the role of weak measurements in quantifying quantum correlation. •We have introduced the notion of the super quantum discord (SQD). •For pure entangled state, we show that the SQD exceeds the entanglement entropy. •This shows that quantum correlation depends not only on observer but also on measurement strength.

  9. The quest to find the plasma edge and discover a collisionally modified Bohm criterion

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    Franklin, R. N.; Franklin

    2013-10-01

    The concepts of `plasma edge' and `collisionally modified Bohm criterion' have occupied attention for many years since the publication of work by Bohm that gave rise to the Bohm criterion. He acknowledged that his description of the plasma-sheath transition was incomplete. We summarize work that shows that neither concept has precision, at the same time giving a critique.

  10. Comments on "a study of the collisional fragmentation problem using the gamma distribution approximation".

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    Nadarajah, Saralees

    2007-04-15

    M. Kostoglou and A.J. Karabelas [J. Colloid Interface Sci. 303 (2006) 419-429] proposed using a gamma distribution approximation to study a collisional fragmentation problem. This approximation involved two types of integrals and the use of continued fraction expansions for their computation. In this Comment, explicit expressions are derived for computing the integrals.

  11. Interrelated structures of the transport shock and collisional relaxation layer in a multitemperature, multilevel ionized gas

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    Vinolo, A. R.; Clarke, J. H.

    1973-01-01

    The gas dynamic structures of the transport shock and the downstream collisional relaxation layer are evaluated for partially ionized monatomic gases. Elastic and inelastic collisional nonequilibrium effects are taken into consideration. In the microscopic model of the atom, three electronic levels are accounted for. By using an asymptotic technique, the shock morphology is found on a continuum flow basis. This procedure gives two distinct layers in which the nonequilibrium effects to be considered are different. A transport shock appears as the inner solution to an outer collisional relaxation layer. The results show four main interesting points: (1) on structuring the transport shock, ionization and excitation rates must be included in the formulation, since the flow is not frozen with respect to the population of the different electronic levels; (2) an electron temperature precursor appears at the beginning of the transport shock; (3) the collisional layer is rationally reduced to quadrature for special initial conditions, which (4) are obtained from new Rankine-Hugoniot relations for the inner shock.

  12. Dusty Plasma Modeling of the Fusion Reactor Sheath Including Collisional-Radiative Effects

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    Dezairi, Aouatif; Samir, Mhamed; Eddahby, Mohamed; Saifaoui, Dennoun; Katsonis, Konstantinos; Berenguer, Chloe

    2008-09-07

    The structure and the behavior of the sheath in Tokamak collisional plasmas has been studied. The sheath is modeled taking into account the presence of the dust{sup 2} and the effects of the charged particle collisions and radiative processes. The latter may allow for optical diagnostics of the plasma.

  13. Optimization of CFETR baseline performance by controlling rotation shear and pedestal collisionality through integrated modeling

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    Jian, Xiang; Chen, Jiale; Chan, Vincent S.; Zhuang, Ge; Li, Guoqiang; Deng, Zhao; Shi, Nan; Xu, Guoliang; Staebler, Gary M.; Guo, Wenfeng

    2017-04-01

    The optimization of a CFETR baseline scenario (Chan et al 2015 Nucl. Fusion 55 023017) with an electron cyclotron (EC) wave and neutral beam (NB) is performed using a multi-dimensional code suite. TGLF and NEO are used to calculate turbulent and neoclassical transport. The evaluation of sources and sinks, as well as the current evolution, are performed using ONETWO, and the equilibrium is updated using EFIT. The pedestal is consistent with the EPED model. Rotation shear is controlled using NB. It has been found that both fusion gain Q and NB power deposited in the edge increase with decreasing NB energy, with NB providing current drive, torque, energy and particle source simultaneously. By using an optimized combination of two NBs, Q can be kept at a high level while the NB edge power is reduced. Pedestal collisionality is controlled to find an optimization path for Q by trading off between the pedestal density and temperature with the pedestal pressure fixed. It has been found that Q increases with pedestal collisionality, while the density peaking factor (DPF) remains almost unchanged. The invariance of DPF can be explained by the change of the dominant type of turbulence from the core to the edge (i.e. trapped electron mode in the core and ion temperature gradient mode at the edge), and collisionality has the opposite effect on particle transport for these two modes. A weaker dependence of DPF on collisionality makes a higher density operation more favorable for fusion gain.

  14. Interrelated structures of the transport shock and collisional relaxation layer in a multitemperature, multilevel ionized gas

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    Vinolo, A. R.; Clarke, J. H.

    1973-01-01

    The gas dynamic structures of the transport shock and the downstream collisional relaxation layer are evaluated for partially ionized monatomic gases. Elastic and inelastic collisional nonequilibrium effects are taken into consideration. In the microscopic model of the atom, three electronic levels are accounted for. By using an asymptotic technique, the shock morphology is found on a continuum flow basis. This procedure gives two distinct layers in which the nonequilibrium effects to be considered are different. A transport shock appears as the inner solution to an outer collisional relaxation layer. The results show four main interesting points: (1) on structuring the transport shock, ionization and excitation rates must be included in the formulation, since the flow is not frozen with respect to the population of the different electronic levels; (2) an electron temperature precursor appears at the beginning of the transport shock; (3) the collisional layer is rationally reduced to quadrature for special initial conditions, which (4) are obtained from new Rankine-Hugoniot relations for the inner shock.

  15. Comparison of continuous and discontinuous collisional bumpers: Dimensionally scaled impact experiments into single wire meshes

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    Hoerz, Friedrich; Cintala, Mark; See, Thomas; Bernhard, Ronald; Cardenas, Frank; Davidson, William; Haynes, Jerry

    1992-01-01

    An experimental inquiry into the utility of discontinuous bumpers was conducted to investigate the collisional outcomes of impacts into single grid-like targets and to compare the results with more traditional bumper designs that employ continuous sheet stock. We performed some 35 experiments using 6.3 and 3.2 mm diameter spherical soda-lime glass projectiles at low velocities (less than 2.5 km/s) and 13 at velocities between 5 and 6 km/s, using 3.2 mm spheres only. The thrust of the experiments related to the characterization of collisional fragments as a function of target thickness or areal shield mass of both bumper designs. The primary product of these experiments was witness plates that record the resulting population of collisional fragments. Substantial interpretive and predictive insights into bumper performance were obtained. All qualitative observations (on the witness plates) and detailed measurements of displaced masses seem simply and consistently related only to bumper mass available for interaction with the impactor. This renders the grid bumper into the superior shield design. These findings present evidence that discontinuous bumpers are a viable concept for collisional shields, possibly superior to continuous geometries.

  16. Monte Carlo analysis of T1 pyrazine collisional vibrational relaxation: Evidence for supercollisions

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    Wu, Fei; Weisman, R. Bruce

    2000-06-01

    The collisional loss of vibrational energy from polyatomic molecules in triplet electronic states has been studied in new detail through a variant of the competitive radiationless decay (CRD) method. Experimental transient absorption kinetics for T1 pyrazine vapor in the presence of helium relaxer reveals the competition between unimolecular radiationless decay and collisional vibrational relaxation. These data have been simulated with Monte Carlo stochastic calculations equivalent to full master equation solutions that model the distribution of donor vibrational energies during relaxation. The simulations included energy-dependent processes of T1→S0 radiationless decay, Tn←T1 optical absorption, and collisional energy loss. The simulation results confirm earlier findings of energy loss tendencies that increase strongly for pyrazine vibrational energies above ˜2000 cm-1. It is also found that the experimental data are not accurately simulated over a range of relaxer pressures if a simple exponential step-size distribution function is used to model collisional energy changes. Improved simulations are obtained by including an additional, low-probability channel representing large energy changes. This second channel would represent "supercollisions," which have not previously been recognized in the vibrational relaxation of triplet state polyatomics.

  17. Multi-Zone Simulations of the Collisional Evolution of Main Belt Asteroids

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    Granata, V.; Marzari, F.; Davis, D. R.; Paolicchi, P.; Vanzani, V.

    2011-03-01

    We have adapted the planet building code, a multizone code, to study the collisional evolution of asteroids in the main belt. In this way the effects of resonances and Yarkowski's drift are statistically included and we can estimate the flux of bodies into NEO orbits.

  18. Collisional transport across the magnetic field in drift-fluid models

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    Madsen, J. Naulin, V.; Nielsen, A. H.; Rasmussen, J. Juul

    2016-03-15

    Drift ordered fluid models are widely applied in studies of low-frequency turbulence in the edge and scrape-off layer regions of magnetically confined plasmas. Here, we show how collisional transport across the magnetic field is self-consistently incorporated into drift-fluid models without altering the drift-fluid energy integral. We demonstrate that the inclusion of collisional transport in drift-fluid models gives rise to diffusion of particle density, momentum, and pressures in drift-fluid turbulence models and, thereby, obviates the customary use of artificial diffusion in turbulence simulations. We further derive a computationally efficient, two-dimensional model, which can be time integrated for several turbulence de-correlation times using only limited computational resources. The model describes interchange turbulence in a two-dimensional plane perpendicular to the magnetic field located at the outboard midplane of a tokamak. The model domain has two regions modeling open and closed field lines. The model employs a computational expedient model for collisional transport. Numerical simulations show good agreement between the full and the simplified model for collisional transport.

  19. Collisional Ion and Electron Scale Gyrokinetic Simulations in the Tokamak Pedestal

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    Belli, E. A.; Candy, J.; Snyder, P. B.

    2016-10-01

    A new gyrokinetic solver, CGYRO, has been developed for precise studies of high collisionality regimes, such as the H-mode pedestal and L-mode edge. Building on GYRO and NEO, CGYRO uses the same velocity-space coordinates as NEO to optimize the accuracy of the collision dynamics and allow for advanced operators beyond the standard Lorentz pitch-angle scattering model. These advanced operators include energy diffusion and finite-FLR collisional effects. The code is optimized for multiscale (coupled electron and ion turbulence scales) simulations, employing a new spatial discretization and array distribution scheme that targets scalability on next-generation (exascale) HPC systems. In this work, CGYRO is used to study the complex spectrum of modes in the pedestal region. The onset of the linear KBM with full collisional effects is assessed to develop an improved KBM/RBM model for EPED. The analysis is extended to high k to explore the role of electron-scale (ETG-range) physics. Comparisons with new analytic collisional theories are made. Inclusion of sonic toroidal rotation (including full centrifugal effects) for studies including heavy wall impurities is also reported. Work supported in part by the US DOE under DE-FC02-06ER54873 and DE-FC02-08ER54963.

  20. Collisional Cross-Sections with T-Wave Ion Mobility Spectrometry without Experimental Calibration

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    Mortensen, Daniel N.; Susa, Anna C.; Williams, Evan R.

    2017-07-01

    A method for relating traveling-wave ion mobility spectrometry (TWIMS) drift times with collisional cross-sections using computational simulations is presented. This method is developed using SIMION modeling of the TWIMS potential wave and equations that describe the velocity of ions in gases induced by electric fields. The accuracy of this method is assessed by comparing the collisional cross-sections of 70 different reference ions obtained using this method with those obtained from static drift tube ion mobility measurements. The cross-sections obtained here with low wave velocities are very similar to those obtained using static drift (average difference = 0.3%) for ions formed from both denaturing and buffered aqueous solutions. In contrast, the cross-sections obtained with high wave velocities are significantly greater, especially for ions formed from buffered aqueous solutions. These higher cross-sections at high wave velocities may result from high-order factors not accounted for in the model presented here or from the protein ions unfolding during TWIMS. Results from this study demonstrate that collisional cross-sections can be obtained from single TWIMS drift time measurements, but that low wave velocities and gentle instrument conditions should be used in order to minimize any uncertainties resulting from high-order effects not accounted for in the present model and from any protein unfolding that might occur. Thus, the method presented here eliminates the need to calibrate TWIMS drift times with collisional cross-sections measured using other ion mobility devices.

  1. Warping the Weak Gravity Conjecture

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    Kooner, Karta; Parameswaran, Susha; Zavala, Ivonne

    2016-08-01

    The Weak Gravity Conjecture, if valid, rules out simple models of Natural Inflation by restricting their axion decay constant to be sub-Planckian. We revisit stringy attempts to realise Natural Inflation, with a single open string axionic inflaton from a probe D-brane in a warped throat. We show that warped geometries can allow the requisite super-Planckian axion decay constant to be achieved, within the supergravity approximation and consistently with the Weak Gravity Conjecture. Preliminary estimates of the brane backreaction suggest that the probe approximation may be under control. However, there is a tension between large axion decay constant and high string scale, where the requisite high string scale is difficult to achieve in all attempts to realise large field inflation using perturbative string theory. We comment on the Generalized Weak Gravity Conjecture in the light of our results.

  2. Weak values in continuous weak measurements of qubits

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    Qin, Lupei; Liang, Pengfei; Li, Xin-Qi

    2015-07-01

    For continuous weak measurements of qubits, we obtain exact expressions for weak values (WVs) from the postselection restricted average of measurement outputs, by using both the quantum-trajectory equation (QTE) and the quantum Bayesian approach. The former is applicable to short-time weak measurement, while the latter can relax the measurement strength to finite. We find that even in the "very" weak limit the result can be essentially different from the one originally proposed by Aharonov, Albert, and Vaidman (AAV), in the sense that our result incorporates nonperturbative correction which could be important when the AAV WV is large. Within the Bayesian framework, we obtain also elegant expressions for finite measurement strength and find that the amplifier's noise in quantum measurement has no effect on the WVs. In particular, we obtain very useful results for homodyne measurement in a circuit-QED system, which allows for measuring the real and imaginary parts of the AAV WV by simply tuning the phase of the local oscillator. This advantage can be exploited as an efficient state-tomography technique.

  3. Weak localization and weak antilocalization in doped germanium epilayers

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    Newton, P. J.; Mansell, R.; Holmes, S. N.; Myronov, M.; Barnes, C. H. W.

    2017-02-01

    The magnetoresistance of 50 nm thick epilayers of doped germanium is measured at a range of temperatures down to 1.6 K. Both n- and p-type devices show quantum corrections to the conductivity in an applied magnetic field, with n-type devices displaying weak localization and p-type devices showing weak antilocalization. From fits to these data using the Hikami-Larkin-Nagaoka model, the phase coherence length of each device is extracted, as well as the spin diffusion length of the p-type device. We obtain phase coherence lengths as large as 325 nm in the highly doped n-type device, presenting possible applications in quantum technologies. The decay of the phase coherence length with temperature is found to obey the same power law of lϕ ∝ Tc, where c = -0.68 ± 0.03, for each device, in spite of the clear differences in the nature of the conduction. In the p-type device, the measured spin diffusion length does not change over the range of temperatures for which weak antilocalization can be observed. The presence of a spin-orbit interaction manifested as weak antilocalization in the p-type epilayer suggests that these structures could be developed for use in spintronic devices such as the spin-FET, where significant spin lifetimes would be important for efficient device operation.

  4. Cosmology and the weak interaction

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    Schramm, David N.

    1989-01-01

    The weak interaction plays a critical role in modern Big Bang cosmology. Two of its most publicized comological connections are emphasized: big bang nucleosynthesis and dark matter. The first of these is connected to the cosmological prediction of neutrine flavors, N(sub nu) is approximately 3 which in now being confirmed. The second is interrelated to the whole problem of galacty and structure formation in the universe. The role of the weak interaction both for dark matter candidates and for the problem of generating seeds to form structure is demonstrated.

  5. Cosmology and the weak interaction

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    Schramm, D.N. ):)

    1989-12-01

    The weak interaction plays a critical role in modern Big Bang cosmology. This review will emphasize two of its most publicized cosmological connections: Big Bang nucleosynthesis and Dark Matter. The first of these is connected to the cosmological prediction of Neutrino Flavours, N{sub {nu}} {approximately} 3 which is now being confirmed at SLC and LEP. The second is interrelated to the whole problem of galaxy and structure formation in the universe. This review will demonstrate the role of the weak interaction both for dark matter candidates and for the problem of generating seeds to form structure. 87 refs., 3 figs., 5 tabs.

  6. From pebbles to dust: experiments to observe low-velocity collisional outcomes

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    Dove, A.; Jorges, J.; Colwell, J. E.

    2015-12-01

    Particle size evolution in planetary ring systems can be driven by collisions at relatively low velocities (<1 m/s) occurring between objects with a range of sizes from very fine dust to decimeter-sized objects. In these complex systems, collisions between centimeter-sized objects may result in particle growth by accretion, rebounding, or erosive processes that result in the production of additional smaller particles. The outcomes of these collisions are dependent on factors such as collisional energy, particle size, and particle morphology. Numerical simulations are limited by a need to understand these collisional parameters over a range of conditions. We present the results of a sequence of laboratory experiments designed to explore collisions over a range of these parameters. We are able to observe low-velocity collisions by conducting experiments in vacuum chambers in our 0.8-sec drop tower apparatus. Initial experiments utilize a variety of impacting spheres, including glass, Teflon, aluminum, stainless steel, and brass. These spheres are either used in their natural state or are "mantled" - coated with a few-mm thick layer of a cohesive powder. A high-speed, high-resolution video camera is used to record the motion of the colliding bodies. These videos are then processed and we track the particles to determine impactor speeds before and after collision and the collisional outcome; in the case of the mantled impactors, we can assess how much of the powder was released in the collision. We also determine how the coefficient of restitution varies as a function of material type, morphology, and impact velocity. Impact velocities range from about 20-60 cm/s, and we observe that mantling of particles significantly reduces their coefficients of restitution. These results will contribute to an empirical model of collisional outcomes that can help refine our understanding of dusty ring system collisional evolution.

  7. Leucogranites of the Teton Range, Wyoming: A record of Archean collisional orogeny

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    Frost, Carol D.; Swapp, Susan M.; Frost, B. Ronald; Finley-Blasi, Lee; Fitz-Gerald, D. Braden

    2016-07-01

    Leucogranitic rocks formed by crustal melting are a prominent feature of collisional orogens of all ages. This study describes leucogranitic gneisses associated with an Archean collisional orogeny preserved in the Teton Range of northwestern Wyoming, USA. These leucogneisses formed at 2.68 Ga, and initial Nd isotopic compositions suggest they are derived from relatively juvenile sources. Two distinct groups of leucogneisses, both trondhjemitic, are identified on the basis of field relations, petrology, and geochemistry. The Webb Canyon gneiss forms large, sheet-like bodies of hornblende biotite trondhjemite and granodiorite. This gneiss is silica-rich (SiO2 = 70-80%), strongly ferroan, comparatively low in alumina, and is characterized by high Zr and Y, low Sr, and high REE contents that define "seagull"-shaped REE patterns. The Bitch Creek gneiss forms small sills, dikes, and plutons of biotite trondhjemite. Silica, Zr, Y, and REE are lower and alumina and Sr are higher than in the Webb Canyon gneiss. These differences reflect different melting conditions: the Webb Canyon gneiss formed by dehydration melting in which amphibole and quartz breaks down, accounting for the low alumina, high FeO, high silica content and observed trace element characteristics. The Bitch Creek gneiss formed by H2O-excess melting in which plagioclase breaks down leaving an amphibole-rich restite, producing magmas higher in alumina and Sr and lower in FeO and HREE. Both melt mechanisms are expected in collisional environments: dehydration melting accompanies gravitational collapse and tectonic extension of dramatically thickened crust, and water-excess melting may occur when collision places a relatively cool, hydrous lower plate beneath a hotter upper plate. The Archean leucogranitic gneisses of the Teton Range are calcic trondhjemites and granodiorites whereas younger collisional leucogranites typically are true granites. The difference in leucogranite composition reflects the

  8. Collisional excitation of NH3 by atomic and molecular hydrogen

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    Bouhafs, N.; Rist, C.; Daniel, F.; Dumouchel, F.; Lique, F.; Wiesenfeld, L.; Faure, A.

    2017-09-01

    We report extensive theoretical calculations on the rotation-inversion excitation of interstellar ammonia (NH3) due to collisions with atomic and molecular hydrogen (both para- and ortho-H2). Close-coupling calculations are performed for total energies in the range 1-2000 cm-1 and rotational cross-sections are obtained for all transitions amongst the lowest 17 and 34 rotation-inversion levels of ortho- and para-NH3, respectively. Rate coefficients are deduced for kinetic temperatures up to 200 K. Propensity rules for the three colliding partners are discussed and we also compare the new results to previous calculations for the spherically symmetrical He and para-H2 projectiles. Significant differences are found between the different sets of calculations. Finally, we test the impact of the new rate coefficients on the calibration of the ammonia thermometer. We find that the calibration curve is only weakly sensitive to the colliding partner and we confirm that the ammonia thermometer is robust.

  9. Calcium-hydrogen interactions for collisional excitation and charge transfer

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    Mitrushchenkov, A.; Guitou, M.; Belyaev, A. K.; Yakovleva, S. A.; Spielfiedel, A.; Feautrier, N.

    2017-01-01

    The accurate highly correlated ab initio calculations for ten low lying covalent +2Σ states of CaH molecule, and one ionic Ca+H- state, are performed using large active space and extended basis set, with special attention to the long-range (6-20 Å) region where a number of avoided crossings between ionic and covalent states occur. These states are further transformed to a diabatic representation using a numerical diabatization scheme based on the minimization of derivative coupling. This results in a smooth diabatic Hamiltonian which can be easily fit to an analytic form. The diagonal elements of the diabatic potentials were then empirically corrected to reproduce experimental dissociation energies. Though the emphasis is on the asymptotic region, the obtained spectroscopic constants are in good agreement with available experimental and theoretical data. The resulting analytical Hamiltonian, after back transformation to adiabatic representation, is used to obtain cross sections for different inelastic processes using both the multichannel and the branching probability current approaches. It is shown that while for most intense transitions both approaches provide very close results, the multichannel approach underestimates the cross sections of weak transitions, as a consequence of the short-range avoided crossings that are accounted for only in the branching probability current method.

  10. Towards adaptive kinetic-fluid simulations of weakly ionized plasmas

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    Kolobov, V. I.; Arslanbekov, R. R.

    2012-02-01

    This paper describes an Adaptive Mesh and Algorithm Refinement (AMAR) methodology for multi-scale simulations of gas flows and the challenges associated with extending this methodology for simulations of weakly ionized plasmas. The AMAR method combines Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) with automatic selection of kinetic or continuum solvers in different parts of computational domains. We first review the discrete velocity method for solving Boltzmann and Wang Chang-Uhlenbeck kinetic equations for rarefied gases. Then, peculiarities of AMR implementation with octree Cartesian mesh are discussed. A Unified Flow Solver (UFS) uses AMAR method with adaptive Cartesian mesh to dynamically introduce kinetic patches for multi-scale simulations of gas flows. We describe fluid plasma models with AMR capabilities and illustrate how physical models affect simulation results for gas discharges, especially in the areas where electron kinetics plays an important role. We introduce Eulerian solvers for plasma kinetic equations and illustrate the concept of adaptive mesh in velocity space. Specifics of electron kinetics in collisional plasmas are described focusing on deterministic methods of solving kinetic equations for electrons under different conditions. We illustrate the appearance of distinct groups of electrons in the cathode region of DC discharges and discuss the physical models appropriate for each group. These kinetic models are currently being incorporated into AMAR methodology for multi-scale plasma simulations.

  11. Theory of weak hypernuclear decay

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    Dubach, J.F.; Feldman, G.B.; Holstein, B.R. |; de la Torre, L.

    1996-07-01

    The weak nomesonic decay of {Lambda}-hypernuclei is studied in the context of a one-meson-exchange model. Predictions are made for the decay rate, the {ital p}/{ital n} stimulation ratio and the asymmetry in polarized hypernuclear decay. Copyright {copyright} 1996 Academic Press, Inc.

  12. On Weak-BCC-Algebras

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    Thomys, Janus; Zhang, Xiaohong

    2013-01-01

    We describe weak-BCC-algebras (also called BZ-algebras) in which the condition (x∗y)∗z = (x∗z)∗y is satisfied only in the case when elements x, y belong to the same branch. We also characterize ideals, nilradicals, and nilpotent elements of such algebras. PMID:24311983

  13. Weak interaction physics at ISOLDE

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    Severijns, N.; Blank, B.

    2017-07-01

    Radioactive nuclei offer unique possibilities to study the structure and symmetries of the weak interaction in nuclear β decay. The large variety of nuclear states available allows selecting the ones that are best suited to study the phenomena of interest with optimal sensitivity, while at the same time minimising the effects of nuclear structure. The ISOLDE facility, offering worldwide the largest variety and intensity of radioactive beams, is one of the best suited laboratories in this respect. Over the last decade or so different aspects of the weak interaction have been studied at ISOLDE, ranging from half-lives, branching ratios and nuclear masses relevant for the determination of the V ud quark-mixing matrix element, over β-asymmetry and β ν correlation measurements searching for possible tensor and/or scalar contributions to the weak interaction, up to a measurement showing the effect of parity violation in the weak interaction in gamma decay. In addition, new projects respectively searching for scalar currents in the β-delayed proton decay of 32Ar, or to determine the V ud quark-mixing matrix element from the β-asymmetry parameter in the mirror decay of 35Ar, have just started.

  14. Cosmology with weak lensing surveys.

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    Munshi, Dipak; Valageas, Patrick

    2005-12-15

    Weak gravitational lensing is responsible for the shearing and magnification of the images of high-redshift sources due to the presence of intervening mass. Since the lensing effects arise from deflections of the light rays due to fluctuations of the gravitational potential, they can be directly related to the underlying density field of the large-scale structures. Weak gravitational surveys are complementary to both galaxy surveys and cosmic microwave background observations as they probe unbiased nonlinear matter power spectra at medium redshift. Ongoing CMBR experiments such as WMAP and a future Planck satellite mission will measure the standard cosmological parameters with unprecedented accuracy. The focus of attention will then shift to understanding the nature of dark matter and vacuum energy: several recent studies suggest that lensing is the best method for constraining the dark energy equation of state. During the next 5 year period, ongoing and future weak lensing surveys such as the Joint Dark Energy Mission (JDEM; e.g. SNAP) or the Large-aperture Synoptic Survey Telescope will play a major role in advancing our understanding of the universe in this direction. In this review article, we describe various aspects of probing the matter power spectrum and the bi-spectrum and other related statistics with weak lensing surveys. This can be used to probe the background dynamics of the universe as well as the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

  15. Anisotropic weak localization of light.

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    Sapienza, Riccardo; Mujumdar, Sushil; Cheung, Cecil; Yodh, A G; Wiersma, Diederik

    2004-01-23

    We have observed angular anisotropy in weak localization of light from highly scattering, orientationally ordered, nematic liquid crystals. This demonstration of angular anisotropy in a multiple-scattering interference phenomenon was facilitated by a light scattering instrument with extraordinary angular resolution. The measured anisotropies were consistent with a simple model of coherent backscattering generalized for propagation-direction dependent mean free paths.

  16. N-{Delta} weak transition

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    Graczyk, Krzysztof M.

    2011-11-23

    A short review of the Rein-Sehgal and isobar models is presented. The attention is focused on the nucleon-{Delta}(1232) weak transition form-factors. The results of the recent re-analyses of the ANL and BNL bubble chamber neutrino-deuteron scattering data are discussed.

  17. Beam splitting on weak illumination.

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    Snyder, A W; Buryak, A V; Mitchell, D J

    1998-01-01

    We demonstrate, in both two and three dimensions, how a self-guided beam in a non-Kerr medium is split into two beams on weak illumination. We also provide an elegant physical explanation that predicts the universal character of the observed phenomenon. Possible applications of our findings to guiding light with light are also discussed.

  18. Experimental evidence of resonant energy collisional transfers between argon 1s and 2p states and ground state H atoms by laser collisional induced fluorescence

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    Carbone, Emile; van Dijk, Jan; Kroesen, Gerrit

    2015-04-01

    In this paper, laser collisional induced fluorescence (LCIF) is used to probe resonant excitation transfers in an argon/hydrogen plasma resulting from heavy particle collisions. Different radiative transitions between the 1s and 2p states (in Paschen's notation) of argon are optically pumped by a nanosecond laser pulse. The spontaneous fluorescence and collisional responses of the argon and hydrogen systems are monitored by optical emission spectroscopy. A surfatron plasma source is used to generate an argon plasma with a few per cent hydrogen addition at pressures between 0.65 and 20 mbar. The electron density is measured independently by means of Thomson scattering. The overall response of the plasma due to optical pumping of argon is briefly discussed and an overview of the known heteronuclear excitation transfers in an argon/hydrogen plasma is given. The propagation of the shortcut in the Ar(1s) to H(n = 2) excitation transfer due to the optical pumping of the Ar(1s) states is seen in the atomic hydrogen LCIF responses. For the first time, we give direct experimental evidence of the existence of an efficient excitation transfer: Additionally, measurements are performed in order to estimate the resonant energy transfer between the resonant argon 1s states and hydrogen atoms: for which no previously measured cross sections could be found in the literature. These are extra quenching channels of argon 1s and 2p states that should be included in collisional-radiative modeling of argon-hydrogen discharges. The high repetition rate of the dye laser allows us to obtain a high sensitivity in the measurements. LCIF is shown to be a powerful tool for unraveling electron and also heavy particle excitation channels in situ in the plasma phase. The technique was previously developed for measuring electron or species densities locally in the plasma, but we show that it can be advantageously used to probe collisional transfers between very short-lived species which exist

  19. Analytic model of a magnetically insulated transmission line with collisional flow electrons

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    Stygar, W. A.; Wagoner, T. C.; Ives, H. C.; Corcoran, P. A.; Cuneo, M. E.; Douglas, J. W.; Gilliland, T. L.; Mazarakis, M. G.; Ramirez, J. J.; Seamen, J. F.; Seidel, D. B.; Spielman, R. B.

    2006-09-01

    We have developed a relativistic-fluid model of the flow-electron plasma in a steady-state one-dimensional magnetically insulated transmission line (MITL). The model assumes that the electrons are collisional and, as a result, drift toward the anode. The model predicts that in the limit of fully developed collisional flow, the relation between the voltage Va, anode current Ia, cathode current Ik, and geometric impedance Z0 of a 1D planar MITL can be expressed as Va=IaZ0h(χ), where h(χ)≡[(χ+1)/4(χ-1)]1/2-ln⁡⌊χ+(χ2-1)1/2⌋/2χ(χ-1) and χ≡Ia/Ik. The relation is valid when Va≳1MV. In the minimally insulated limit, the anode current Ia,min⁡=1.78Va/Z0, the electron-flow current If,min⁡=1.25Va/Z0, and the flow impedance Zf,min⁡=0.588Z0. {The electron-flow current If≡Ia-Ik. Following Mendel and Rosenthal [Phys. Plasmas 2, 1332 (1995)PHPAEN1070-664X10.1063/1.871345], we define the flow impedance Zf as Va/(Ia2-Ik2)1/2.} In the well-insulated limit (i.e., when Ia≫Ia,min⁡), the electron-flow current If=9Va2/8IaZ02 and the flow impedance Zf=2Z0/3. Similar results are obtained for a 1D collisional MITL with coaxial cylindrical electrodes, when the inner conductor is at a negative potential with respect to the outer, and Z0≲40Ω. We compare the predictions of the collisional model to those of several MITL models that assume the flow electrons are collisionless. We find that at given values of Va and Z0, collisions can significantly increase both Ia,min⁡ and If,min⁡ above the values predicted by the collisionless models, and decrease Zf,min⁡. When Ia≫Ia,min⁡, we find that, at given values of Va, Z0, and Ia, collisions can significantly increase If and decrease Zf. Since the steady-state collisional model is valid only when the drift of electrons toward the anode has had sufficient time to establish fully developed collisional flow, and collisionless models assume there is no net electron drift toward the anode, we expect these two types

  20. THE DEBRIS DISK OF VEGA: A STEADY-STATE COLLISIONAL CASCADE, NATURALLY

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    Mueller, S.; Loehne, T.; Krivov, A. V.

    2010-01-10

    The archetypical debris disk around Vega has been observed intensively over the past 25 years. It has been argued that the resulting photometric data and images may be in contradiction with a standard, steady-state collisional scenario of the disk evolution. In particular, the emission in the mid-infrared (mid-IR) appears to be in excess of what is expected from a 'Kuiper belt' at approx100 AU, which is evident in the submillimeter images and inferred from the majority of photometric points. Here we re-address the question of whether or not the Vega disk observations are compatible with a continuous dust production through a collisional cascade. Instead of seeking a size and spatial distribution of dust that provide the best fit to observations, our approach involves physical modeling of the debris disk 'from the sources'. We assume that dust is maintained by a belt of parent planetesimals, and employ our collisional and radiative transfer codes to consistently model the size and radial distribution of the disk material and then thermal emission of dust. In doing so, we vary a broad set of parameters, including the stellar properties, the exact location, extension, and dynamical excitation of the planetesimal belt, chemical composition of solids, and the collisional prescription. We are able to reproduce the spectral energy distribution in the entire wavelength range from the near-IR to millimeter, as well as the mid-IR and submillimeter radial brightness profiles of the Vega disk. Thus, our results suggest that the Vega disk observations are not in contradiction with a steady-state collisional dust production, and we put important constraints on the disk parameters and physical processes that sustain it. The total disk mass in approx<100 km-sized bodies is estimated to be approx10 Earth masses. Provided that collisional cascade has been operating over much of the Vega age of approx350 Myr, the disk must have lost a few Earth masses of solids during that time. We

  1. Collisional evolution - an analytical study for the nonsteady-state mass distribution

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    Martins, R. Vieira

    1999-05-01

    To study the collisional evolution of asteroidal groups we can use an analytical solutionfor the self-similar collision cascades. This solution is suitable to study the steady-state massdistribution of the collisional fragmentation. However, out of the steady-state conditions, thissolution is not satisfactory for some values of the collisional parameters. In fact, for some valuesfor the exponent of the mass distribution power law of an asteroidal group and its relation to theexponent of the function which describes how rocks break we arrive at singular points for theequation which describes the collisional evolution. These singularities appear since someapproximations are usually made in the laborious evaluation of many integrals that appear in theanalytical calculations. They concern the cutoff for the smallest and the largest bodies. Thesesingularities set some restrictions to the study of the analytical solution for the collisionalequation. To overcome these singularities we performed an algebraic computationconsidering the smallest and the largest bodies and we obtained the analytical expressions for theintegrals that describe the collisional evolution without restriction on the parameters. However,the new distribution is more sensitive to the values of the collisional parameters. In particular thesteady-state solution for the differential mass distribution has exponents slightly different from11⧸6 for the usual parameters in the Asteroid Belt. The sensitivity of this distribution with respectto the parameters is analyzed for the usual values in the asteroidal groups. With anexpression for the mass distribution without singularities, we can evaluate also its time evolution.We arrive at an analytical expression given by a power series of terms constituted by a smallparameter multiplied by the mass to an exponent, which depends on the initial power lawdistribution. This expression is a formal solution for the equation which describes the collisionalevolution

  2. Weak values and weak coupling maximizing the output of weak measurements

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    Di Lorenzo, Antonio

    2014-06-15

    In a weak measurement, the average output 〈o〉 of a probe that measures an observable A{sup -hat} of a quantum system undergoing both a preparation in a state ρ{sub i} and a postselection in a state E{sub f} is, to a good approximation, a function of the weak value A{sub w}=Tr[E{sub f}A{sup -hat} ρ{sub i}]/Tr[E{sub f}ρ{sub i}], a complex number. For a fixed coupling λ, when the overlap Tr[E{sub f}ρ{sub i}] is very small, A{sub w} diverges, but 〈o〉 stays finite, often tending to zero for symmetry reasons. This paper answers the questions: what is the weak value that maximizes the output for a fixed coupling? What is the coupling that maximizes the output for a fixed weak value? We derive equations for the optimal values of A{sub w} and λ, and provide the solutions. The results are independent of the dimensionality of the system, and they apply to a probe having a Hilbert space of arbitrary dimension. Using the Schrödinger–Robertson uncertainty relation, we demonstrate that, in an important case, the amplification 〈o〉 cannot exceed the initial uncertainty σ{sub o} in the observable o{sup -hat}, we provide an upper limit for the more general case, and a strategy to obtain 〈o〉≫σ{sub o}. - Highlights: •We have provided a general framework to find the extremal values of a weak measurement. •We have derived the location of the extremal values in terms of preparation and postselection. •We have devised a maximization strategy going beyond the limit of the Schrödinger–Robertson relation.

  3. Weak Coupling in 143Nd

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    Zhou, Xiao-Hong; E, Ideguchi; T, Kishida; M, Ishihara; H, Tsuchida; Y, Gono; T, Morikawa; M, Shibata; H, Watanabe; M, Miyake; T, Tsutsumi; S, Motomura; S, Mitarai

    2000-04-01

    The high-spin states of 143Nd have been studied in the 130Te(18O, 5n)143Nd reaction at a beam energy of 80 MeV using techniques of in-beam γ-ray spectroscopy. Measurements of γ - γ - t coincidences, γ-ray angular distributions, and γ-ray linear polarizations were performed. A level scheme of 143Nd with spin and parity assignments up to 53/2+ is proposed. While a weak coupling model can explain the level structure up to the Jπ=39/2- state, this model can not reproduce the higher-lying states. Additionally, a new low-lying non-yrast level sequence in 143Nd was observed in the present work, which can be well described by the weak coupling of an i13/2 neutron to the 142Nd core nucleus.

  4. Dissecting weak discernibility of quanta

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    Bigaj, Tomasz

    2015-05-01

    In this paper I critically examine latest attempts to formalize quantum-mechanical relations that are supposed to weakly discern elementary particles. I argue that all of them make illegitimate and unavoidable reference to numerical identity, and therefore cannot be used as a means to ground (or derive) quantitative facts of identity/distinctness in the qualitative characteristics of quantum systems. I compare my criticism of weak discernibility with the general circularity objection known from the literature, and I show that my argument is more specific, as it is based on a particular criterion which differentiates between legitimate and illegitimate uses of identity. In the end I suggest that we should reevaluate the role of permutation invariance in expressing the facts of qualitative differences between particles. Taking into account the inevitable symmetrization requirement applied to operators in tensor product spaces, it may be claimed that particles of the same type can be absolutely discerned in some accessible states.

  5. Light weakly interacting massive particles

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    Gelmini, Graciela B.

    2017-08-01

    Light weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs) are dark matter particle candidates with weak scale interaction with the known particles, and mass in the GeV to tens of GeV range. Hints of light WIMPs have appeared in several dark matter searches in the last decade. The unprecedented possible coincidence into tantalizingly close regions of mass and cross section of four separate direct detection experimental hints and a potential indirect detection signal in gamma rays from the galactic center, aroused considerable interest in our field. Even if these hints did not so far result in a discovery, they have had a significant impact in our field. Here we review the evidence for and against light WIMPs as dark matter candidates and discuss future relevant experiments and observations.

  6. Tomography and weak lensing statistics

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    Munshi, Dipak; Coles, Peter; Kilbinger, Martin E-mail: peter.coles@astro.cf.ac.uk

    2014-04-01

    We provide generic predictions for the lower order cumulants of weak lensing maps, and their correlators for tomographic bins as well as in three dimensions (3D). Using small-angle approximation, we derive the corresponding one- and two-point probability distribution function for the tomographic maps from different bins and for 3D convergence maps. The modelling of weak lensing statistics is obtained by adopting a detailed prescription for the underlying density contrast that involves hierarchal ansatz and lognormal distribution. We study the dependence of our results on cosmological parameters and source distributions corresponding to the realistic surveys such as LSST and DES. We briefly outline how photometric redshift information can be incorporated in our results. We also show how topological properties of convergence maps can be quantified using our results.

  7. Weak localization of seismic waves.

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    Larose, E; Margerin, L; Van Tiggelen, B A; Campillo, M

    2004-07-23

    We report the observation of weak localization of seismic waves in a natural environment. It emerges as a doubling of the seismic energy around the source within a spot of the width of a wavelength, which is several tens of meters in our case. The characteristic time for its onset is the scattering mean-free time that quantifies the internal heterogeneity. Copyright 2004 The American Physical Society

  8. Nuclear structure and weak probes

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    Horoi, Mihai

    2017-06-01

    Weak interaction in nuclei represents a well-known venue for testing many of the fundamental symmetries of the Standard Model. Analysis of these processes requires nuclear structure information, including nuclear data, and some theoretical approaches to describe it. Here we make an introduction into basic nuclear structure concepts, using the existing nuclear data and some simple mean-field and shell model approaches. Some applications to beta decays and double beta decays are presented.

  9. Explosive shielding by weak layers

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    Fourney, W.L.; Dick, R.D.; Weaver, T.A.

    1993-02-01

    This paper presents the results of a series of computations which were carried out to determine the effect that a layer of extremely weak rock embedded in an otherwise strong rock matrix would have on the displacements and velocities which result from the detonation of a nearby explosive source. The motivation for the study was the apparently different measurements obtained on the Mission Cyber Nuclear Event when compared to results obtained from other events of equal yield in similar geologic media.

  10. Explosive shielding by weak layers

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    Fourney, W.L.; Dick, R.D.; Weaver, T.A.

    1993-01-01

    This paper presents the results of a series of computations which were carried out to determine the effect that a layer of extremely weak rock embedded in an otherwise strong rock matrix would have on the displacements and velocities which result from the detonation of a nearby explosive source. The motivation for the study was the apparently different measurements obtained on the Mission Cyber Nuclear Event when compared to results obtained from other events of equal yield in similar geologic media.

  11. Post-collisional plate boundary deformation: Implications for Alpine kinematics and architecture of Eastern Alps

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    Neubauer, Franz

    2017-04-01

    The Eastern Alps expose the plate boundary between the combined Europe-derived lower plate continental units and obducted Mesozoic Penninic ocean basin fill and the overlying continental Austroalpine nappe complex in the dome-shaped Tauern window. A structural study in Radstadt Mountains associated with reinterpretation of Ar-Ar geochronology of ductile low-grade metamorphic fabrics and the interpretation of a N-S cross-section of Eastern Alps allow recognize the following major processes: (1) A regular footwall progradation of thrusting from c. 100 Ma to c. 16 Ma is partly contemporaneous with orogen-parallel extension (Late Cretaceous and Miocene) in uppermost units. (2) Latest Eocene and earliest Miocene post-collisional plate boundary folding and shortening formed in the rheologically weak center of the orogen. (3) The interplay of Miocene outward thrust propagation and strike-slip faults is potentially controlled by inherited rift structures in the subducted plate. The Lower Austroalpine nappe complex of the northern Radstadt Mountains in characterized by largely inverted nappes (with mainly Permian to Jurassic successions) including the prominent Quartzphyllite nappe. These nappes are thrusted over Penninic tectonic units of the NE edge of Tauern window during Eocene as dating of ductile fabrics of the Hochfeind nappe suggests (c. 50-54 Ma; Liu et al., 2001, Tectonics 20, 528-547). Successions of the Quartzphyllite nappe show a dominant foliation and a ca. WNW-trending stretching lineation formed during deformation stage D1 during nappe transport towards WNW during Late Cretaceous (40Ar/39Ar white mica: c. 78-80 Ma). Ductile shear zones in overlying basement units and isoclinal km-scaled folds with subhorizontal axial surfaces and local internal thrust splays in in the Quartzphyllite nappe are associated with D1 deformation. D1 fabrics are overprinted by D2 ductile fabrics at the structural base of the Quartzphyllite nappe to the underlying Penninic units. In

  12. Collisional excitation and ionization of hydrogen by return current in solar flares

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    Karlický, M.; Kašparová, J.; Heinzel, P.

    2004-03-01

    First a problem of the transport of electron beams with high energy fluxes into the cold chromosphere during the flare is presented. Then it is shown that the problem might be solved by the return current formed by superthermal (runaway) electrons. In such a case the return current electrons could influence hydrogen excitations and ionizations. Therefore, we computed collisional rates of such a return current and compared them with those of the thermal plasma and of a monoenergetic (10 keV) electron beam with the energy flux FE = 1012 erg cm-2 s-1 penetrating into the flare atmosphere described by the F1 model (Machado et al. \\cite{Machado1980}). We show that in this situation the return current collisional rates can be dominant for some transitions.

  13. Model for collisional fast ion diffusion into Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor loss cone

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    Chang, C.S. |; Zweben, S.J.; Schivell, J.; Budny, R.; Scott, S.

    1994-08-01

    An analytic model is developed to estimate the classical pitch angle scattering loss of energetic fusion product ions into prompt loss orbits in a tokamak geometry. The result is applied to alpha particles produced by deutrium-tritium fusion reactions in a plasma condition relevant to Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR). A poloidal angular distribution of collisional fast ion loss at the first wall is obtained and the numerical result from the TRANSP code is discussed. The present model includes the effect that the prompt loss boundary moves away from the slowing-down path due to reduction in banana thickness, which enables us to understand, for the first time. the dependence of the collisional loss rate on Z{sub eff}.

  14. COLLISIONALLY EXCITED FILAMENTS IN HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE Hα AND Hβ IMAGES OF HH 1/2

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    Raga, A. C.; Castellanos-Ramírez, A.; Reipurth, B.; Chiang, Hsin-Fang; Bally, J.

    2015-01-01

    We present new Hα and Hβ images of the HH 1/2 system, and we find that the Hα/Hβ ratio has high values in ridges along the leading edges of the HH 1 bow shock and of the brighter condensations of HH 2. These ridges have Hα/Hβ = 4 → 6, which is consistent with collisional excitation from the n = 1 to the n = 3 and 4 levels of hydrogen in a gas of temperatures T = 1.5 → 10 × 10{sup 4} K. This is therefore the first direct evidence that the collisional excitation/ionization region of hydrogen just behind Herbig-Haro shock fronts is detected.

  15. Reduction of collisional-radiative models for laser-produced argon plasmas

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    Abrantes, Richard June; Karagozian, Ann; Le, Hai

    2016-10-01

    The formation of a laser-induced plasma involves a variety of physical phenomena stemming from the laser-plasma interaction. A thorough understanding of these processes encourages improvement and innovation for many applications. In this work, we aim to computationally reduce a previously-developed collisional-radiative (CR) model constructed from the LANL database, which includes all of the relevant collisional and radiative processes for all the ionic stages of argon. The laser is coupled to the plasma via multiphoton ionization and inverse Bremsstrahlung, processes important for electron production and heating. The use of the CR model allows us to identify dominant mechanisms responsible for initial breakdown of the gas and thermal equilibriation processes. The results are compared with experimental data from laser-induced breakdown experiments. Research supported by the AFOSR.

  16. Particle pinch and collisionality in gyrokinetic simulations of tokamak plasma turbulence

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    Angioni, C.; Candy, J.; Waltz, R. E.; Fable, E.; Maslov, M.; Weisen, H.; Peeters, A. G.

    2009-06-15

    The generic problem of how, in a turbulent plasma, the experimentally relevant conditions of a particle flux very close to the null are achieved, despite the presence of strong heat fluxes, is addressed. Nonlinear gyrokinetic simulations of plasma turbulence in tokamaks reveal a complex dependence of the particle flux as a function of the turbulent spatial scale and of the velocity space as collisionality is increased. At experimental values of collisionality, the particle flux is found close to the null, in agreement with the experiment, due to the balance between inward and outward contributions at small and large scales, respectively. These simulations provide full theoretical support to the prediction of a peaked density profile in a future nuclear fusion reactor.

  17. Progress in table-top transient collisional excitation x-ray lasers at LLNL

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    Da Silva, L B; Dunn, J; Li, Y; Nilsen, J; Osterheld, A; Shepherd, R; Shlyaptsev, V N

    1999-02-07

    We present progress in experiments for high efficiency Ne-like and Ni-like ion x-ray lasers using the transient collisional excitation scheme. Experimental results have been obtained on the COMET 15 TW table-top laser system at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The plasma formation, ionization and collisional excitation of the x-ray laser have been optimized using two sequential laser pulses of 600 ps and 1 ps duration with an optional pre-pulse. We have observed high gains up to 55 cm{sup {minus}1} in Ne-like and Ni-like ion schemes for various atomic numbers. We report strong output for the 4d - 4p line in lower Z Ni-like ion sequence for Mo to Y, lasing from {approximately}190 {angstrom} to 240 {angstrom}, by pumping with less than 5 J energy on target.

  18. Morphology of collisional nonlinear spectra in H2-Kr and H2-Xe mixtures.

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    Głaz, Waldemar; Bancewicz, Tadeusz; Godet, Jean-Luc; Maroulis, George; Haskopoulos, Anastasios

    2013-03-28

    This article reports new results of theoretical and numerical studies of spectral features of the collision-induced hyper-Rayleigh light scattered in dihydrogen-noble gas (H2-Rg) mixtures. The most massive and polarizable scattering supermolecules with Rg = Kr and Xe have been added to the previously considered systems in order to gain a more complete insight into the evolution of the spectral properties. The symmetry adapted components of the first collisional hyperpolarizabilities are obtained by means of the quantum chemistry numerical routines supplemented with appropriate theoretical methods. Roto-translational spectral lines are calculated on the grounds of the quantum-mechanical as well as semi-classical approach. The role of particular hyperpolarizability components in forming the line shapes is discussed. The intensities of the lines are compared with those obtained for less massive scatterers. Advantages of prospective application of the new scattering systems for experimental detection of the nonlinear collisional effects are indicated.

  19. Collisional-Radiative Recombination of Ar^+ Ions with Electrons in a Flowing Afterglow Plasma.

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    Skrzypkowski, Miroslaw P.; Golde, Michael F.; Johnsen, Rainer

    1998-10-01

    Langmuir probe measurements of electron densities, n_e, in an Ar^+/e^- plasma are quantitatively consistent with the semi-empirical rate coefficient for collisional-radiative recombination given by Stevefelt et al.(J. Stevefelt et al., Phys. Rev A 12, 1246 (1975)) : α_cr=1.55×10-10T-0.63 + 6.0×10-9T-2.18n_e^0.37+3.8×10- 9T-4.5ne over the initial electron density range 5×10^9-5×10^10cm-3 at T=300K. Optical emission spectroscopy data reveal transitions from highly-excited states of Ar to Ar(^3P). We believe that the collisional-radiative recombination of Ar^+ ions is responsible for the presence of Ar metastable atoms in flowing afterglow plasmas.

  20. Generalized collisional radiative model for light elements: C: Data for the B isonuclear sequence

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    Loch, S. D.; Ballance, C. P.; Pindzola, M. S.; Griffin, D. C.; Colgan, J. P.; Badnell, N. R.; O'Mullane, M. G.

    2015-01-01

    A first stage collision database is assembled which contains electron-impact excitation, ionization, and recombination rate coefficients for B, B+, B2+, B3+, and B4+. The first stage database is constructed using the R-matrix with pseudostates, time-dependent close-coupling, and perturbative distorted-wave methods. A second stage collision database is then assembled which contains generalized collisional-radiative ionization, recombination, and power loss rate coefficients as a function of both temperature and density. The second stage database is constructed by solution of the collisional-radiative equations in the quasi-static equilibrium approximation using the first stage database. Both collision database stages reside in electronic form at the IAEA Labeled Atomic Data Interface (ALADDIN) database and the Atomic Data Analysis Structure (ADAS) open database.

  1. Collisional relaxation of bi-Maxwellian plasma temperatures in magnetized plasmas

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    Yoon, Peter H.

    2016-07-01

    In the literature, collisional processes are customarily discussed within the context of the Boltzmann-Balescu-Lenard-Landau type of collision integral, but such an equation is strictly valid for unmagnetized plasmas. For plasmas immersed in the ambient magnetic field, the foundational equation that describes binary collisions must be generalized to include the effects of magnetic field. The present paper makes use of such an equation in order to describe the collisional relaxation of temperatures under the assumption of bi-Maxwellian velocity distribution function. The formalism derived in the present paper may be useful for studying the effects of binary collisions on the isotropization of temperatures in the solar wind plasma, among possible applications.

  2. Collisional relaxation in the inhomogeneous Hamiltonian mean-field model: Diffusion coefficients

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    Benetti, F. P. C.; Marcos, B.

    2017-02-01

    Systems of particles with long-range interactions present two important processes: first, the formation of out-of-equilibrium quasistationary states (QSS) and, second, the collisional relaxation towards Maxwell-Boltzmann equilibrium in a much longer time scale. In this paper, we study the collisional relaxation in the Hamiltonian mean-field model using the appropriate kinetic equations for a system of N particles at order 1 /N : the Landau equation when collective effects are neglected and the Lenard-Balescu equation when they are taken into account. We derive explicit expressions for the diffusion coefficients using both equations for any magnetization, and we obtain analytic expressions for highly clustered configurations. An important conclusion is that in this system collective effects are crucial in order to describe the relaxation dynamics. We compare the diffusion calculated with the kinetic equations with simulations set up to simulate the system with or without collective effects, obtaining a very good agreement between theory and simulations.

  3. The effect of catastrophic collisional fragmentation and diffuse medium accretion on a computational interstellar dust system

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    Liffman, Kurt

    1990-01-01

    The effects of catastrophic collisional fragmentation and diffuse medium accretion on a the interstellar dust system are computed using a Monte Carlo computer model. The Monte Carlo code has as its basis an analytic solution of the bulk chemical evolution of a two-phase interstellar medium, described by Liffman and Clayton (1989). The model is subjected to numerous different interstellar processes as it transfers from one interstellar phase to another. Collisional fragmentation was found to be the dominant physical process that shapes the size spectrum of interstellar dust. It was found that, in the diffuse cloud phase, 90 percent of the refractory material is locked up in the dust grains, primarily due to accretion in the molecular medium. This result is consistent with the observed depletions of silicon. Depletions were found to be affected only slightly by diffuse cloud accretion.

  4. Anti-screening optically allowed and forbidden collisional excitations in nonthermal astrophysical plasmas

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    Hong, Woo-Pyo; Jung, Young-Dae

    2014-08-01

    The influence of nonthermal shielding on the optically allowed and forbidden anti-screening channels for ion-ion collisional excitations is investigated in astrophysical Lorentzian plasmas. The semiclassical trajectory method and effective interaction Hamiltonian are employed to obtain the transition amplitudes, differential cross-sections, and momentum transfer-dependent effective projectile charges for the optically allowed and forbidden excitation channels as functions of the impact parameter, collision energy, Debye radius, and spectral index of nonthermal astrophysical plasmas. It is found that the nonthermal effect suppresses the ion-ion collisional excitation probability in astrophysical Lorentzian plasmas. Additionally, the influence of nonthermal shielding on the optically allowed transition is found to be more significant than that on the optically forbidden transition. The variations of the nonthermal shielding effects on the optically allowed and forbidden anti-screening channels in astrophysical nonthermal plasmas are also discussed.

  5. Collisional relaxation of bi-Maxwellian plasma temperatures in magnetized plasmas

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    Yoon, Peter H.

    2016-07-15

    In the literature, collisional processes are customarily discussed within the context of the Boltzmann-Balescu-Lenard-Landau type of collision integral, but such an equation is strictly valid for unmagnetized plasmas. For plasmas immersed in the ambient magnetic field, the foundational equation that describes binary collisions must be generalized to include the effects of magnetic field. The present paper makes use of such an equation in order to describe the collisional relaxation of temperatures under the assumption of bi-Maxwellian velocity distribution function. The formalism derived in the present paper may be useful for studying the effects of binary collisions on the isotropization of temperatures in the solar wind plasma, among possible applications.

  6. Collisional processes in the O2 B 3Σu- state

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    Sick, Volker; Decker, Michael; Heinze, Johannes; Stricker, Winfried

    1996-02-01

    Collisional processes, which influence quantitative laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) measurements involving the B3Σ u- state of molecular oxygen, were investigated. Since the B state is strongly predissociating, these processes are though to be important only at higher pressure. However, we found that in LIF experiments in methane/air flames in the pressure range between atmospheric pressure and 40 bar collisional quenching and rotational energy transfer (RET) are important even at moderate pressures. Total quenching cross sections of 30(± 10) Å2for ν' = 2 and 100(± 30) Å2for ν = 0 and total RET cross sections of 40(± 16) Å2 were found. An upper limit of 0.7 Å 2 for the cross section for vibrational energy transfer (VET) out of ν' = 2 could be determined.

  7. Collisional dependence of Alfvén mode saturation in tokamaks

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    Zhou, Muni; White, Roscoe

    2016-10-26

    Saturation of Alfvén modes driven unstable by a distribution of high energy particles as a function of collisionality is investigated with a guiding center code, using numerical eigenfunctions produced by linear theory and numerical high energy particle distributions. The most important resonance is found and it is shown that when the resonance domain is bounded, not allowing particles to collisionlessly escape, the saturation amplitude is given by the balance of the resonance mixing time with the time for nearby particles to collisionally diffuse across the resonance width. Finally, saturation amplitudes are in agreement with theoretical predictions as long as themore » mode amplitude is not so large that it produces stochastic loss from the resonance domain.« less

  8. Collisional dependence of Alfvén mode saturation in tokamaks

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    Zhou, Muni; White, Roscoe

    2016-10-26

    Saturation of Alfvén modes driven unstable by a distribution of high energy particles as a function of collisionality is investigated with a guiding center code, using numerical eigenfunctions produced by linear theory and numerical high energy particle distributions. The most important resonance is found and it is shown that when the resonance domain is bounded, not allowing particles to collisionlessly escape, the saturation amplitude is given by the balance of the resonance mixing time with the time for nearby particles to collisionally diffuse across the resonance width. Finally, saturation amplitudes are in agreement with theoretical predictions as long as the mode amplitude is not so large that it produces stochastic loss from the resonance domain.

  9. H-mode power threshold, grad-B drift direction and ion collisionality

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    Power, H. M.; Shaing, K. C.

    2001-10-01

    An explanation on the dependence of the H-mode power threshold on the direction of the grad-B drift in diverted tokamaks is presented in the context of the H-mode theory based on the orbit loss and the subsequent turbulence suppression. Here, B is the magnetic field strength. It is shown using the results of a numerical calculation [ A. V. Chankin and G. M. McCracken, Nucl. Fusion 10, 1459(1993)] that ion collisionality that defines the onset of the orbit loss depends on the direction of the grad-B drift. The connection length is shorter when grad-B drift is toward the X-point than away from it. Judging from the sensitivity of the power threshold on the grad-B drift direction, we conclude that power threshold must be a simple function of ion collisionality among other dimensionless parameters.

  10. Nonextensive statistics and skin depth of transverse wave in collisional plasma

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    Hashemzadeh, M.

    2016-05-15

    Skin depth of transverse wave in a collisional plasma is studied taking into account the nonextensive electron distribution function. Considering the kinetic theory for charge particles and using the Bhatnagar-Gross-Krook collision model, a generalized transverse dielectric permittivity is obtained. The transverse dispersion relation in different frequency ranges is investigated. Obtaining the imaginary part of the wave vector from the dispersion relation, the skin depth for these frequency ranges is also achieved. Profiles of the skin depth show that by increasing the q parameter, the penetration depth decreases. In addition, the skin depth increases by increasing the electron temperature. Finally, it is found that in the high frequency range and high electron temperature, the penetration depth decreases by increasing the collision frequency. In contrast, by increasing the collision frequency in a highly collisional frequency range, the skin depth of transverse wave increases.

  11. Collisional model of energy dissipation in three-dimensional granular impact

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    Bester, Cacey Stevens; Behringer, Robert P.

    2017-03-01

    We study the dynamic process occurring when a granular assembly is displaced by a solid impactor. The momentum transfer from the impactor to the target is shown to occur through sporadic, normal collisions of high force carrying grains at the intruder surface. We therefore describe the stopping force of the impact through a collisional-based model. To verify the model in impact experiments, we determine the forces acting on an intruder decelerating through a dense granular medium by using high-speed imaging of its trajectory. By varying the intruder shape and granular target, intruder-grain interactions are inferred from the consequent path. As a result, we connect the drag to the effect of intruder shape and grain density based on a proposed collisional model.

  12. Collisional Transport in a Low Aspect Ratio Tokamak -- Beyond the Drift Kinetic Formalism

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    D.A. Gates; R.B. White

    2004-01-28

    Calculations of collisional thermal and particle diffusivities in toroidal magnetic plasma confinement devices order the toroidal gyroradius to be small relative to the poloidal gyroradius. This ordering is central to what is usually referred to as neoclassical transport theory. This ordering is incorrect at low aspect ratio, where it can often be the case that the toroidal gyroradius is larger than the poloidal gyroradius. We calculate the correction to the particle and thermal diffusivities at low aspect ratio by comparing the diffusivities as determined by a full orbit code (which we refer to as omni-classical diffusion) with those from a gyroaveraged orbit code (neoclassical diffusion). In typical low aspect ratio devices the omni-classical diffusion can be up to 2.5 times the calculated neoclassical value. We discuss the implications of this work on the analysis of collisional transport in low aspect ratio magnetic confinement experiments.

  13. Collisional dependence of Alfvén mode saturation in tokamaks

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    Zhou, Muni; White, Roscoe

    2016-12-01

    Saturation of Alfvén modes driven unstable by a distribution of high energy particles as a function of collisionality is investigated with a guiding center code, using numerical eigenfunctions produced by linear theory and numerical high energy particle distributions. The most important resonance is found and it is shown that when the resonance domain is bounded, not allowing particles to collisionlessly escape, the saturation amplitude is given by the balance of the resonance mixing time with the time for nearby particles to collisionally diffuse across the resonance width. Saturation amplitudes are in agreement with theoretical predictions as long as the mode amplitude is not so large that it produces stochastic loss from the resonance domain.

  14. Study of electron acceleration through the ? mode in a collisional plasma-filled cylindrical waveguide

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    Abdoli-Arani, A.; Moghaddasi, M.

    2016-07-01

    Acceleration of an externally injected electron inside the collisional plasma-filled cylindrical waveguide during its motion in the fields of the ? mode excited by microwave radiation is studied. The effect of the electron collision frequency with background ions on the deflection angle and energy gain of electron, when it is injected along the direction of the mode propagation is investigated. The fields for the mode, the deflection angle of electron trajectory, due to these fields, and the electron energy gradient are obtained. The results for collisionless and collisional plasma are graphically presented. The numerical results illustrate that the presence of the electron collision term in the dielectric permittivity can reduce the electron's energy gain in the configuration.

  15. Detection and Interpretation of Collisional Transfer and Rotational Anisotropy Fingerprints in Resonant Four-Wave Mixing Spectra.

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    Kouzov, A.; Radi, P.; Maksyutenko, P.; Kozlov, D.

    2013-06-01

    Coherent responses produced by resonant four-wave mixing (RFWM) in a weakly absorbing medium carry valuable information on the intrinsic properties and dynamics of the quantum states involved. Here, two aspects of RFWM applications are highlighted. First, the Two-Color (TC) version of RFWM was found to be a unique spectroscopic tool to directly trace collisional state-to-state transfer in isotropic gaseous media, both in the frequency% and time domains. Second, the RFWM techniques appeared to be very useful for studies of the rotational anisotropy. Here we report new experimental one-color RFWM spectra of the OH radicals produced by laser photolysis of H_{2}O_{2} at 266 nm. Polarization dependence and Doppler line structure of the spectra show clear evidence of the pronounced anisotropy of angular momentum (j) and velocity (% v) distributions as well as on the j-v correlation. The obtained results directly point to the pronounced OH helicity (i.e. j% ∥ v) which yet remained beyound the reach of purely optical means. For all mentioned cases, the line-shape theory is an optimal tool to derive compact expressions for the RFWM signals. The work was supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, the Swiss National Science Foundation (200020_124542/1), and by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, grants 11-02-01296 and 11-03-00448. P. P. Radi, H.-M. Frey, B. Mischler, A. P. Tzannis, P. Beaud, and T. Gerber, Chem. Phys. Lett. 265, 271 (1997). X. Chen and T. B. Settersten, Appl. Opt. 46, 3911 (2007). T. A. W. Wasserman, P. H. Vaccaro, and B. R. Johnson, J. Chem. Phys. 106, 6314 (1997). A.P. Kouzov and P.P. Radi, Phys. Rev. A 63, 010701 (2000).

  16. Comment on 'Ion collection by a sphere in a flowing collisional plasma' [Phys. Plasmas 14, 034502 (2007)

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    Hutchinson, I. H.

    2007-07-15

    It is shown that the numerical solutions presented in a recent paper discussing a highly simplified model of collisional particle collection are unnecessary because simple analytic solutions of the quantities presented are available.

  17. Collisional Dynamics of the B 3Pi(O+) State of Bromine Monochloride.

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    1986-08-01

    Nota tion Symbol Description Units T lifetime s T collisionless lifetime s *Tr radiative lifetime S Tv(Y) collisional lifetime of state v at buffer...of the pump transitions were made using the constants of Barrow et al. 8 9 In contrast to the side fluorescence scans, the superior resolution of...0) (E.1) The master rate equation (30) is such a system of equations. The transformation ximu iexp(kt) yields a system of linear homogeneous algebraic

  18. Collisional parameters of planetesimal belts, precursor of debris discs, perturbed by a nearby giant planet

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    Marzari, F.; Dell'Oro, A.

    2017-04-01

    Planetesimal belts are invoked to explain the prolonged existence of debris discs. Important parameters to model their collisional evolution and to compute the dust production rate are the intrinsic probability of collision Pi and the mean impact velocity Uc. If a planet orbits close to the belt, the values of both these parameters are affected by its secular perturbations yielding a strong correlation between eccentricity e and pericentre longitude ϖ. We adopt a new algorithm to compute both Pi and Uc in the presence of various levels of secular correlation due to different ratios between proper and forced eccentricity. We tested this algorithm in a standard case with a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting inside a putative planetesimal belt finding that it is less collisionally active compared to a self-stirred belt because of the e-ϖ coupling. The eccentricity of the planet is an important parameter in determining the amount of dust production since the erosion rate is 10 times faster when the planet eccentricity increases from 0.1 to 0.6. Also the initial conditions of the belt (either warm or cold) and its average inclination strongly affect Pi and Uc and then its long-term collisional evolution in the presence of the planet. We finally apply our method to the planetesimal belts supposedly refilling the dust discs around HD 38529 and ɛ Eridani. In the most collisionally active configurations, only a small fraction of bodies smaller than 100 km are expected to be fragmented over a time-span of 4 Gyr.

  19. Collisional Histories of Comets and Trojan Asteroids: Insights from Forsterite and Enstatite Impact Studies

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    Lederer. S. M.; Jensen, E. A.; Wooden, D. H.; Lindsay, S. S.; Smith, D. C.; Cintala, M. J.; Nakamura-Messenger, K.; Keller, L. P.

    2012-01-01

    Impacts into forsterite and orthoenstatite at speeds typically encountered by comets demonstrate that shock imparted by collisions is detectable in the infrared signatures of their dust. The spectral signatures can be traced to physical alterations in their crystalline structures, as observed in TEM imaging and modeled using a dipole approximation. These results yield tantalizing insights into the collisional history of our solar system, as well as the history of individual comets and Trojan asteroids.

  20. The electromagnetic interchange mode in a partially ionized collisional plasma. [spread F region

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    Hudson, M. K.; Kennel, C. F.

    1974-01-01

    A collisional electromagnetic dispersion relation is derived from two-fluid theory for the interchange mode coupled to the Alfven, acoustic, drift and entropy modes in a partially ionized plasma. The fundamental electromagnetic nature of the interchange model is noted; coupling to the intermediate Alfven mode is strongly stabilizing for finite k sub z. Both ion viscous and ion-neutral stabilization are included, and it was found that collisions destroy the ion finite Larmor radius cutoff at short perpendicular wavelengths.