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  1. Dust-Plasma Sheath in an Oblique Magnetic Field

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    Foroutan, G.; Mehdipour, H.

    2008-09-07

    Using numerical simulations of the multi fluid equations the structure of the magnetized sheath near a plasma boundary is studied in the presence of charged dust particles. The dependence of the electron, ion, and dust densities as well as the electrostatic potential, dust charge, and ion normal velocity, on the magnetic field strength and the edge dust number density is investigated.

  2. Effect of electron reflection on magnetized plasma sheath in an oblique magnetic field

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    Wang, Ting-Ting; Ma, J. X. Wei, Zi-An

    2015-09-15

    Magnetized plasma sheaths in an oblique magnetic field were extensively investigated by conventionally assuming Boltzmann relation for electron density. This article presents the study of the magnetized sheath without using the Boltzmann relation but by considering the electron reflection along the magnetic field lines caused by the negative sheath potential. A generalized Bohm criterion is analytically derived, and sheath profiles are numerically obtained, which are compared with the results of the conventional model. The results show that the ion Mach number at the sheath edge normal to the wall has a strong dependence on the wall potential, which differs significantly from the conventional model in which the Mach number is independent of the wall potential. The floating wall potential is lower in the present model than that in the conventional model. Furthermore, the sheath profiles are appreciably narrower in the present model when the wall bias is low, but approach the result of the conventional model when the wall bias is high. The sheath thickness decreases with the increase of ion-to-electron temperature ratio and magnetic field strength but has a complex relationship with the angle of the magnetic field.

  3. Surface rippling by oblique ion incidence during plasma etching of silicon: Experimental demonstration using sheath control plates

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    Nakazaki, Nobuya; Matsumoto, Haruka; Eriguchi, Koji; Ono, Kouichi

    2015-09-01

    In the microfabrication of 3D transistors (e.g. Fin-FET), the sidewall roughness, such as LER and LWR caused by off-normal or oblique ion incidence during plasma etching, is a critical issue to be resolved, which in turn requires a better understanding of the effects of ion incidence angle θi on surface roughening. This paper presents surface roughening and rippling by oblique ion incidence during inductively coupled plasma etching of Si in Cl2, using the experimental setup as in our previous study. The oblique ion incidence was achieved by sheath control plates, which were placed on and electrically connected to the wafer stage. The plates had slits to vary the sheath structure thereon and to extract ions from plasma to samples on the bottom and/or side of the slits. The results indicated that at θi ~ 40° or oblique incidence; ripple structures were formed on surfaces perpendicularly to the direction of ion incidence, on the other hand, at θi ~ 80° or grazing incidence, small ripples or slit like grooves were formed on surfaces parallel to the direction of ion incidence, as predicted in our previous numerical investigations.

  4. Research on the FDTD method of scattering effects of obliquely incident electromagnetic waves in time-varying plasma sheath on collision and plasma frequencies

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    Chen, Wei; Guo, Li-xin; Li, Jiang-ting

    2017-04-01

    This study analyzes the scattering characteristics of obliquely incident electromagnetic (EM) waves in a time-varying plasma sheath. The finite-difference time-domain algorithm is applied. According to the empirical formula of the collision frequency in a plasma sheath, the plasma frequency, temperature, and pressure are assumed to vary with time in the form of exponential rise. Some scattering problems of EM waves are discussed by calculating the radar cross section (RCS) of the time-varying plasma. The laws of the RCS varying with time are summarized at the L and S wave bands.

  5. Communication through plasma sheaths

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    Korotkevich, A. O.; Newell, A. C.; Zakharov, V. E.

    2007-10-15

    We wish to transmit messages to and from a hypersonic vehicle around which a plasma sheath has formed. For long distance transmission, the signal carrying these messages must be necessarily low frequency, typically 2 GHz, to which the plasma sheath is opaque. The idea is to use the plasma properties to make the plasma sheath appear transparent.

  6. Radio frequency sheaths in an oblique magnetic field

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    Myra, J. R.; D'Ippolito, D. A.

    2015-06-15

    The physics of radio-frequency (rf) sheaths near a conducting surface is studied for plasmas immersed in a magnetic field that makes an oblique angle θ with the surface. A set of one-dimensional equations is developed that describes the dynamics of the time-dependent magnetic presheath and non-neutral Debye sheath. The model employs Maxwell-Boltzmann electrons, and the magnetization and mobility of the ions is determined by the magnetic field strength, and wave frequency, respectively. The angle θ, assumed to be large enough to insure an electron-poor sheath, is otherwise arbitrary. Concentrating on the ion-cyclotron range of frequencies, the equations are solved numerically to obtain the rectified (dc) voltage, the rf voltage across the sheath, and the rf current flowing through the sheath. As an application of this model, the sheath voltage-current relation is used to obtain the rf sheath impedance, which in turn gives an rf sheath boundary condition for the electric field at the sheath-plasma interface that can be used in rf wave codes. In general, the impedance has both resistive and capacitive contributions, and generalizes previous sheath boundary condition models. The resistive part contributes to parasitic power dissipation at the wall.

  7. Radio frequency sheaths in an oblique magnetic field

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    Myra, James R.; D'Ippolito, Daniel A.

    2015-06-01

    The physics of radio-frequency (rf) sheaths near a conducting surface is studied for plasmas immersed in a magnetic field that makes an oblique angle θ with the surface. A set of one-dimensional equations is developed that describe the dynamics of the time-dependent magnetic presheath and non-neutral Debye sheath. The model employs Maxwell-Boltzmann electrons, and the magnetization and mobility of the ions is determined by the magnetic field strength, and wave frequency, respectively. The angle, θ assumed to be large enough to insure an electron-poor sheath, is otherwise arbitrary. Concentrating on the ion-cyclotron range of frequencies, the equations are solved numerically to obtain the rectified (dc) voltage, the rf voltage across the sheath and the rf current flowing through the sheath. As an application of this model, the sheath voltage-current relation is used to obtain the rf sheath impedance, which in turn gives an rf sheath boundary condition for the electric field at the sheath-plasma interface that can be used in rf wave codes. In general the impedance has both resistive and capacitive contributions, and generalizes previous sheath boundary condition models. The resistive part contributes to parasitic power dissipation at the wall.

  8. Radio frequency sheaths in an oblique magnetic field

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    Myra, James R.; D'Ippolito, Daniel A.

    2015-06-01

    The physics of radio-frequency (rf) sheaths near a conducting surface is studied for plasmas immersed in a magnetic field that makes an oblique angle θ with the surface. A set of one-dimensional equations is developed that describe the dynamics of the time-dependent magnetic presheath and non-neutral Debye sheath. The model employs Maxwell-Boltzmann electrons, and the magnetization and mobility of the ions is determined by the magnetic field strength, and wave frequency, respectively. The angle, θ assumed to be large enough to insure an electron-poor sheath, is otherwise arbitrary. Concentrating on the ion-cyclotron range of frequencies, the equations are solved numericallymore » to obtain the rectified (dc) voltage, the rf voltage across the sheath and the rf current flowing through the sheath. As an application of this model, the sheath voltage-current relation is used to obtain the rf sheath impedance, which in turn gives an rf sheath boundary condition for the electric field at the sheath-plasma interface that can be used in rf wave codes. In general the impedance has both resistive and capacitive contributions, and generalizes previous sheath boundary condition models. The resistive part contributes to parasitic power dissipation at the wall.« less

  9. Dust particle dynamics in magnetized plasma sheath

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    Davoudabadi, M.; Mashayek, F.

    2005-07-15

    In this paper, the structure of a plasma sheath in the presence of an oblique magnetic field is investigated, and dynamics of a dust particle embedded in the sheath is elaborated. To simulate the sheath, a weakly collisional two-fluid model is implemented. For various magnitudes and directions of the magnetic field and chamber pressures, different plasma parameters including the electron and ion densities, ion flow velocity, and electric potential are calculated. A complete set of forces acting on the dust particle originating from the electric field in the sheath, the static magnetic field, gravity, and ion and neutral drags is taken into account. Through the trapping potential energy, the particle stable and unstable equilibria are studied while the particle is stationary inside the sheath. Other features such as the possibility of the dust levitation and trapping in the sheath, and the effect of the Lorentz force on the charged dust particle motion are also examined. An interesting feature is captured for the variation of the particle charge as a function of the magnetic field magnitude.

  10. The plasma drag and dust motion inside the magnetized sheath

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    Pandey, B. P.; Vladimirov, S. V.; Samarian, A.

    2011-05-15

    The motion of micron size dust inside the sheath in the presence of an oblique magnetic field is investigated by self-consistently calculating the charge and various forces acting on the dust. It is shown that the dust trajectory inside the sheath, which is like an Archimedean spiral swinging back and forth between the wall and the plasma-sheath boundary, depends only indirectly on the orientation of the magnetic field. When the Lorentz force is smaller than the collisional momentum exchange, the dust dynamics is insensitive to the obliqueness of the magnetic field. Only when the magnetic field is strong enough, the sheath structure and, thus, the dust dynamics are significantly affected by the field orientation. Balance between the plasma drag, sheath electrostatic field, and gravity plays an important role in determining how far the dust can travel inside the sheath. The dust equilibrium point shifts closer to the wall in the presence of gravity and plasma drag. However, in the absence of plasma drag, dust can sneak back into the plasma if acted only by gravity. The implication of our results to the usability of dust as a sheath probe is discussed.

  11. Sheath energy transmission in a collisional plasma with collisionless sheath

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    Tang, Xian-Zhu Guo, Zehua

    2015-10-15

    Sheath energy transmission governs the plasma energy exhaust onto a material surface. The ion channel is dominated by convection, but the electron channel has a significant thermal conduction component, which is dominated by the Knudsen layer effect in the presence of an absorbing wall. First-principle kinetic simulations reveal a robustly supersonic sheath entry flow. The ion sheath energy transmission and the sheath potential are accurately predicted by a sheath model of truncated bi-Maxwellian electron distribution. The electron energy transmission is further enhanced by a parallel heat flux of the perpendicular degrees of freedom.

  12. Wafer scale oblique angle plasma etching

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    Burckel, David Bruce; Jarecki, Jr., Robert L.; Finnegan, Patrick Sean

    2017-05-23

    Wafer scale oblique angle etching of a semiconductor substrate is performed in a conventional plasma etch chamber by using a fixture that supports a multiple number of separate Faraday cages. Each cage is formed to include an angled grid surface and is positioned such that it will be positioned over a separate one of the die locations on the wafer surface when the fixture is placed over the wafer. The presence of the Faraday cages influences the local electric field surrounding each wafer die, re-shaping the local field to be disposed in alignment with the angled grid surface. The re-shaped plasma causes the reactive ions to follow a linear trajectory through the plasma sheath and angled grid surface, ultimately impinging the wafer surface at an angle. The selected geometry of the Faraday cage angled grid surface thus determines the angle at with the reactive ions will impinge the wafer.

  13. Generalized sheath criterion for arbitrary degenerate plasmas

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    Akbari-Moghanjoughi, M.

    2017-01-01

    In this research, we study the generalized sheath criterion for plasmas with an arbitrary degree of electron degeneracy and temperature, ranging from the classical dilute regime to the fully degenerate quantum plasmas. The latter may be relevant to warm dense matter and/or laboratory high energy density matter or even astrophysical stellar plasmas. The hydrostatic one dimensional model is used to establish the generalized Bohm's criterion for sheath entrance ion speed limits, and the small amplitude theory of the sheath problem, which accurately describes the sheath parameters for lower ion acoustic Mach numbers, is developed. Our results indicate that the sheath characteristic parameters such as electrostatic potential and density profiles, as well as the wall potential and the sheath length, are significantly affected by plasma parameters such as the ion and electron temperature and number densities in the plasma region. In particular, there are fundamental differences between sheath structures of the dilute classical plasmas and those of dense quantum ones.

  14. Structure of the magnetized sheath of a dusty plasma

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    Mehdipour, H.; Denysenko, I.; Ostrikov, K.

    2010-12-15

    A three-component fluid model for a dusty plasma-sheath in an oblique magnetic field is presented. The study is carried out for the conditions when the thermophoretic force associated with the electron temperature gradient is one of the most important forces affecting dust grains in the sheath. It is shown that the sheath properties (the sheath size, the electron, ion and dust particle densities and velocities, the electric field potential, and the forces affecting the dust particles) are functions of the neutral gas pressure and ion temperature, the dust size, the dust material density, and the electron temperature gradient. Effects of plasma-dust collisions on the sheath structure are studied. It is shown that an increase in the forces pushing dust particles to the wall is accompanied by a decrease in the sheath width. The results of this work are particularly relevant to low-temperature plasma-enabled technologies, where effective control of nano- and microsized particles near solid or liquid surfaces is required.

  15. Computed tomography in the evaluation of Brown syndrome of the superior oblique tendon sheath

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    Mafee, M.F.; Folk, E.R.; Langer, B.G.; Miller, M.T.; Lagouros, P.; Mittleman, D.

    1985-03-01

    Computed tomographic (CT) findings in 4 patients with superior oblique tendon sheath syndrome (congenital or acquired Brown syndrome) are described. When the inferior oblique muscle moves the eye upward, the superior oblique muscle normally relaxes, while its tendon lengthens and slides freely through the trochlea. In Brown syndrome this process is somehow restricted, which is most apparent during attempts at elevation when the eye is adducted, resulting in an apparent inferior oblique palsy (pseudopalsy). CT is a valuable tool in understanding the pathophysiology and management of acquired Brown syndrome, showing thickening and inflammatory changes of the reflected portion of the superior oblique tendon.

  16. Evolutionary sheath structure in magnetized collisionless plasma with electron inertia

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    Gohain, M.; Karmakar, P. K.

    2017-06-01

    A classical hydrodynamic model is methodologically formulated to see the equilibrium properties of a planar plasma sheath in two-component magnetized bounded plasma. It incorporates the weak but finite electron inertia instead of asymptotically inertialess electrons. The effects of the externally applied oblique (relative to the bulk plasma flow) magnetic field are judiciously accented. It is, for the sake of simplicity, assumed that the relevant physical parameters (plasma density, electrostatic potential, and flow velocity) vary only in a direction normal to the confining wall boundary. It is noticed for the first time that the derived Bohm condition for sheath formation is modified conjointly by the electron inertia, magnetic field, and field orientation. It is manifested that the electron inertia in the presence of plasma gyrokinetic effects slightly enhances the ion Mach threshold value (typically, M i0 ≥ 1.139) toward the sheath entrance. This flow super-criticality is in contrast with the heuristic formalism ( M i0 ≥ 1) for the zero-inertia electrons. A numerical illustrative scheme on the parametric sheath features on diverse nontrivial apposite arguments is constructed alongside ameliorative scope.

  17. How to Patch Active Plasma and Collisionless Sheath: Practical Guide

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    Kaganovich, Igor D.

    2002-08-22

    Most plasmas have a very thin sheath compared with the plasma dimension. This necessitates separate calculations of the plasma and sheath. The Bohm criterion provides the boundary condition for calculation of plasma profiles. To calculate sheath properties, a value of electric field at the plasma-sheath interface has to be specified in addition to the Bohm criterion. The value of the boundary electric field and robust procedure to approximately patch plasma and collisionless sheath with a very good accuracy are reported.

  18. Sheath formation criterion in magnetized electronegative plasmas with thermal ions

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    Hatami, M. M.; Shokri, B.

    2013-03-15

    Taking into account the effect of collisions and positive ion temperatures, the sheath formation criterion is investigated in a weakly magnetized electronegative plasma consisting of electrons, negative and positive ions by using the hydrodynamics equations. It is assumed that the electron and negative ion density distributions are the Boltzmann distribution with two different temperatures. Also, it is assumed that the velocity of positive ions at the sheath edge is not normal to the wall (oblique entrance). Our results show that a sheath region will be formed when the initial velocity of positive ions or the ion Mach number M lies in a specific interval with particular upper and lower limits. Also, it is shown that the presence of the magnetic field affects both of these limits. Moreover, as an practical application, the density distribution of charged particles in the sheath region is studied for an allowable value of M, and it is seen that monotonically reduction of the positive ion density distribution leading to the sheath formation occurs only when M lies between two above mentioned limits.

  19. Sheath Physics and Boundary Conditions for Edge Plasmas

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    Cohen, R H; Ryutov, D D

    2003-09-03

    The boundary conditions of mass, momentum, energy, and charge appropriate for fluid formulations of edge plasmas are surveyed. We re-visit the classic problem of 1-dimensional flow, and note that the ''Bohm sheath criterion'' is requirement of connectivity of the interior plasma with the external world, not the result of termination of the plasma by a wall. We show that the nature of the interior plasma solution is intrinsically different for ion sources that inject above and below the electron sound speed. We survey the appropriate conditions to apply, and resultant fluxes, for a magnetic field obliquely incident on a wall, including the presence of drifts and radial transport. We discuss the consequences of toroidal asymmetries in wall properties, as well as experimental tests of such effects. Finally, we discuss boundary-condition modifications in the case of rapidly varying plasma conditions.

  20. Dynamics of magnetized plasma sheaths around a trench

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    Hatami, M. M.

    2016-08-15

    Considering a magnetized plasma sheath, the temporal evolution of the ion properties (the incident ion flux, the ion impact angle, and the incident ion dose) around a rectangular trench is studied numerically. Our results show that the ion flux along the bottom surface greatly reduces in the presence of magnetic field and its uniformity improves, but the magnetic field does not considerably affect the ion flux along the sidewall. In addition, the thickness of the plasma sheath increases by increasing the magnetic field while its conformality to the target surface reduces faster. Moreover, it is shown that any increase in the magnitude (inclination angle) of the magnetic field causes a decrease (an increase) in the angle of incidence of ions on the bottom and sidewall surfaces. Furthermore, in the presence of magnetic field, the ions strike nearly normal to the surface of the bottom while they become less oblique along the sidewall surface. In addition, contrary to the corners of the trench, it is found that the magnetic field greatly affects the incident ion dose at the center of the trench surfaces. Also, it is shown that the incident ion dose along the sidewall is the highest near the center of the sidewall in both magnetized and magnetic-free cases. However, uniformity of the incident ion dose along the sidewall is better than that along the bottom in both magnetized and unmagnetized plasma sheath.

  1. How to Patch Active Plasma and Collisionless Sheath: Pragmatical Guide

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    Shneider, Mikhail N.; Kaganovich, Igor D.

    2002-11-01

    Most plasmas have very thin sheath compared with plasma dimension. This necessitates separate calculation of plasma and sheath. Bohm criterion provides boundary condition for calculation of plasma profiles. To calculate sheath properties a value of electric field at the plasma-sheath interface has to be specified in addition to Bohm criterion. The value of the boundary electric field and robust procedure to approximately patch plasma and collisionless sheath with a very good accuracy is reported. Additional information on the subject will be posted in http://www.pppl.gov/pub/report/2002/ http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/ Work supported by the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory through a University Research Support Program.

  2. Revisiting the plasma sheath—dust in plasma sheath

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    Das, G. C.; Deka, R.; Bora, M. P.

    2016-04-01

    In this work, we have considered the formation of warm plasma sheath in the vicinity of a wall in a plasma with considerable presence of dust particles. As an example, we have used the parameters relevant in case of plasma sheath formed around surfaces of various solid bodies in space, though the results obtained in this work can be applied to any other physical situation such as laboratory plasma. In the ion-acoustic time scale, we neglect the dust dynamics. The dust particles affect the sheath dynamics by affecting the Poisson equation which determines the plasma potential in the sheath region. It is important to note that our calculations are valid only when the amount of dust particles is not sufficient so as to affect the plasma dynamics in the dust-acoustic time scale, but enough to affect the plasma sheath. We have assumed the current to a dust particle to be balanced throughout the analysis. This makes the grain potential dependent on plasma potential, which is then incorporated into the Poisson equation. The resultant numerical model becomes an initial value problem, which is described by a 1-D integro-differential equation, which is then solved self-consistently by incorporating the change in plasma potential caused by inclusion of the dust potential in the Poisson equation.

  3. Revisiting the plasma sheath—dust in plasma sheath

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    Das, G. C.; Deka, R.; Bora, M. P.

    2016-04-15

    In this work, we have considered the formation of warm plasma sheath in the vicinity of a wall in a plasma with considerable presence of dust particles. As an example, we have used the parameters relevant in case of plasma sheath formed around surfaces of various solid bodies in space, though the results obtained in this work can be applied to any other physical situation such as laboratory plasma. In the ion-acoustic time scale, we neglect the dust dynamics. The dust particles affect the sheath dynamics by affecting the Poisson equation which determines the plasma potential in the sheath region. It is important to note that our calculations are valid only when the amount of dust particles is not sufficient so as to affect the plasma dynamics in the dust-acoustic time scale, but enough to affect the plasma sheath. We have assumed the current to a dust particle to be balanced throughout the analysis. This makes the grain potential dependent on plasma potential, which is then incorporated into the Poisson equation. The resultant numerical model becomes an initial value problem, which is described by a 1-D integro-differential equation, which is then solved self-consistently by incorporating the change in plasma potential caused by inclusion of the dust potential in the Poisson equation.

  4. Simulations of plasma sheaths using continuum kinetic models

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    Srinivasan, Bhuvana; Hakim, Ammar

    2015-11-01

    Understanding plasma sheath physics is important for the performance of devices such as Hall thrusters due to the effect of energetic particles on electrode erosion. Plasma sheath physics is studied using kinetic and multi-fluid models with relevance to secondary electron emissions and plasma-surface interactions. Continuum kinetic models are developed to directly solve the Vlasov-Poisson equation using the discontinuous Galerkin method for each of the ion and electron species. A steady-state sheath is simulated by including a simple model for a neutral fluid. Multi-fluid simulations for the plasma sheath are also performed using the discontinuous Galerkin method to solve a complete set of fluid equations for each of the ion and electron species. The kinetic plasma sheath is compared to a multi-fluid plasma sheath. Supported by Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

  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. How to Patch Active Plasma and Collisionless Sheath: Pragmatical Guide

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    Kaganovich, Igor D.

    2002-10-01

    Most plasmas have very thin sheath compared with plasma dimension. This necessitates separate calculation of plasma and sheath. Bohm criterion provides boundary condition for calculation of plasma profiles. To calculate sheath properties a value of electric field at the plasma-sheath interface has to be specified in addition to Bohm criterion. The value of the boundary electric field and robust procedure to approximately patch plasma and collisionless sheath with a very good accuracy is reported. Additional information on the subject is posted on the web http://www.pppl.gov/pub/report/2002/ http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0208041. Work supported by the Department of Energy via the University Research Support Program of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

  7. Fluid model of the sheath in front of a floating electrode immersed in a magnetized plasma with oblique magnetic field: Some comments on ion source terms and ion temperature effects

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    Gyergyek, T.; Kovačič, J.

    2015-04-15

    A one-dimensional fluid model of the magnetized plasma-wall transition region in front of a floating electrode immersed in a magnetized plasma with oblique magnetic field is presented. The Boltzmann relation is assumed for the electrons, while the positive ions obey the ion continuity and momentum exchange equation. The ions are assumed to be isothermal. By comparison with a two-fluid model, it is shown that assuming the Boltzmann relation for the electrons implies that there is no creation or annihilation of the electrons. Consequently, there should not be any creation and annihilation of the positive ions either. The models that assume the Boltzmann relation for the electrons and a non-zero ion source term at the same time are therefore inconsistent, but such models have nevertheless been used extensively by many authors. So, in this work, an extensive comparison of the results obtained using the zero source term on one hand and three different non-zero source terms on the other hand is made. Four different ion source terms are considered in total: the zero source term and three different non-zero ion source terms. When the zero source term is used, the model becomes very sensitive to the boundary conditions, and in some cases, the solutions exhibit large amplitude oscillations. If any of the three non-zero ion source terms is used, those problems are eliminated, but also the consistency of the model is broken. The model equations are solved numerically in the entire magnetized plasma-wall transition region. For zero ion temperature, the model can be solved even if a very small ion velocity is selected as a boundary condition. For finite ion temperature, the system of equations becomes stiff, unless the ion velocity at the boundary is increased slightly above the ion thermal velocity. A simple method how to find a solution with a very small ion velocity at the boundary also for finite ion temperature in the entire magnetized plasma-wall transition region is

  8. Application of the physics of plasma sheaths to the modeling of RF plasma reactors

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    Metze, A.; Ernie, D. W.; Oskam, H. J.

    1986-11-01

    An equivalent circuit model is presented for a planar RF plasma reactor. The physical properties of the plasma sheath adjacent to the electrodes are incorporated in the model. The sheath capacitances and the conduction currents through the sheaths are time varying and have a highly nonlinear dependence on the potentials across the plasma sheaths. The model shows that the waveforms of the voltage differences across the sheaths are highly nonsinusoidal and agree with reported measurements.

  9. Electrical characterization of a capacitive rf plasma sheath

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    Gahan, D.; Hopkins, M. B.

    2007-01-01

    The authors report on an experimental system designed to investigate and characterize capacitive radio frequency (rf) sheaths. An electrode mounted in an inductive plasma reactor and driven with separate rf and direct current (dc) power sources is used. The advantage of this design is that the electrode sheath is decoupled from the plasma parameters. This allows detailed investigation of the sheath with different bias conditions without perturbing the bulk plasma parameters. Power coupled to ions and electrons through the sheath, at low pressure, is investigated and a method to determine the electron conduction current to the electrode, using the external dc bias, is presented.

  10. 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.

  11. Anode sheath contributions in plasma thrusters

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    Biblarz, Oscar; Riggs, John F.

    1993-06-01

    Contributions of the anode to MPD plasma thruster performance are considered. High energy losses at the electrode, surface erosion, and sheath/ionization effects must be controlled in designs of practical interest. Current constriction or spotting at the electrode, resulting in localized surface damage and considerable throat erosion, is shown to be related to the rise in T(e) above the gas temperature T(0). An elementary 1D description of a collisional sheath which highlights the role of T(e) is presented. For a large temperature nonequilibrium the 1D approach fails to give reasonable answers and a multidimensional description is necessary. Thus, current constriction at the electrode surface may be precipitated by the elevation of T(e). Thermionic arc breakdown is proposed as an explanation for the observed breakdown voltages below the ionization potentials. A review of transpiration cooling as a means of recouping anode power is included. Active anode cooling via transpiration cooling would result in (1) quenching T(e), (2) adding 'hot' propellant to exhaust, and (3) reducing the local electron Hall parameter. However, significant technical problems remain.

  12. Electron Sheaths and Non-ambipolar Diffusion in Laboratory Plasma

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    Baalrud, Scott; Hershkowitz, Noah

    2006-10-01

    Electron sheaths were first predicted by Langmuir in 1929 when he stated that, ``with a large area, A, an anode sheath is a positive ion sheath, but that as A decreases, a point is reached where the positive ion sheath disappears and it is replaced by an electron sheath.''. We show that electron sheath formation near a positive anode depends on the anode area, Aa, as well as the area available for ion loss, Ai. When Aa/Ai< (me/mi)^1/2, the electron sheath potential monotonically decreases from the anode to the bulk plasma. When the anode is larger than this, a potential dip forms in the electron sheath to reduce the electron current lost to the anode. This potential dip is necessary to preserve global current balance and when it is present, total non-ambipolar diffusion can occur where all electrons are lost from the plasma through an electron sheath and all positive ions are lost elsewhere. Additional measurements were carried out to identify the transition from positive (ion) to negative (electron) sheaths. Data were taken in low-pressure argon plasma generated by hot filaments and confined in a multidipole chamber. I. Langmuir, Physical Review. 33, 954 (1929).

  13. A Coupled Plasma-Sheath Model for High Density Sources

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    Bose, Deepak; Govindan, T. R.; Meyyappan, M.

    2000-01-01

    High density, low pressure plasmas are used for etching and deposition in microelectronics fabrication processes. The process characteristics are strongly determined by the ion energy distribution (IED) and the ion flux arriving at the substrate that are responsible for desorption of etch products and neutral dissociation at the surface. The ion flux and energy are determined by a self- consistent modeling of the bulk plasma, where the ions and the neutral radicals are produced, and the sheath, where the ions are accelerated. Due to their widely different time scales, it is a formidable task to self-consistently resolve non-collisional sheath in a high density bulk plasma model. In this work, we first describe a coupled plasma-sheath model that attempts to resolve the non-collisional sheath in a reactor scale model. Second, we propose a semianalytical radio frequency (RF) sheath model to improve ion dynamics.

  14. Simulation study of the magnetized sheath of a dusty plasma

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    Foroutan, G.; Mehdipour, H.; Zahed, H.

    2009-10-15

    Numerical solutions of stationary multifluid equations are used to study the formation and properties of the magnetized sheath near the boundary of a dusty plasma. The impacts of the strength of the magnetic field, the dust and plasma number densities, and the electron temperature on the sheath structure and spatial distributions of various quantities are investigated. It is shown that for a given angle of incidence of the magnetic field, there is a threshold magnetic field intensity above which some kind of large regular inhomogeneities develop on the spatial profile of the dust particles. The sheath thickness, the electron and ion number densities, and the absolute dust charge are strongly affected by the variation in the dust number density. The sheath demonstrates a nonlinear dependence on the electron temperature; as the electron temperature rises, the sheath first is broadened and the absolute wall potential decreases but then at higher temperatures the sheath becomes narrower and the absolute wall potential increases.

  15. Abdominal wall injuries: rectus abdominis strains, oblique strains, rectus sheath hematoma.

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    Johnson, Rob

    2006-04-01

    Abdominal wall injuries are reported to be less common than actually perceived by sports medicine practitioners. National Collegiate Athletic Association injury statistics for 2004-2005 cite a high of 0.71 abdominal muscle injuries per 1000 player-hours in wrestling competition to a low of 0.01 injuries per 1000 player-hours in autumn football practices. British professional soccer clubs reported an incidence of "torso" injuries of up to 7% of all injuries over the course of several seasons. Injury definition is most likely the explanation for this discrepancy. The abdominal wall muscles (rectus abdominis, external and internal obliques, and transverse abdominis) are injured by direct blows to the abdomen or by sudden or repetitive trunk movement, either rotation or flexion/extension. With the exception of the rare rectus sheath hematoma that does not self-tamponade, the treatment for these problems is nonoperative with symptoms guiding rehabilitation and return to play decisions.

  16. Anode Sheath Switching in a Carbon Nanotube Arc Plasma

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    Abe Fetterman, Yevgeny Raitses, and Michael Keidar

    2008-04-08

    The anode ablation rate is investigated as a function of anode diameter for a carbon nanotube arc plasma. It is found that anomalously high ablation occurs for small anode diameters. This result is explained by the formation of a positive anode sheath. The increased ablation rate due to this positive anode sheath could imply greater production rate for carbon nanotubes.

  17. Kinetic Effects on Plasma Blob Dynamics with Plasma Sheath

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    Hasegawa, Hiroki; Ishiguro, Seiji

    2015-11-01

    Kinetic effects on plasma blob dynamics with plasma sheath have been studied with a three dimensional electrostatic plasma particle simulation code. In the particle simulation, an external magnetic field B is pointing into the z direction (corresponding to the toroidal direction). The strength of ambient magnetic field increases in the positive x direction (corresponding to the counter radial direction), i.e., ∂B / ∂x > 0 . A coherent structure is initially set as a column along the external magnetic field. In our previous study, we investigated kinetic effects on plasma blob dynamics in the system where the periodic boundary condition is applied in the z direction and found that the symmetry breaking in a blob profile occurs by the kinetic effect. In this study, we have applied the particle absorbing boundaries to the ends in the z direction and studied such kinetic effects with the plasma sheath. In the simulation, not only the symmetry breaking shown in the previous study but also other properties which were not found in the periodic boundary case have been observed. Supported by NIFS Collaboration Research programs (NIFS13KNSS038, NIFS15KNSS058, and NIFS14KNXN279) and a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (KAKENHI 23740411).

  18. A Coupled Plasma and Sheath Model for High Density Reactors

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    Deepak, Bose; Govindan, T. R.; Meyyappan, M.; Arnold, Jim (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    We present a coupled plasma and collisionless; sheath model for the simulation of high density plasma processing reactors. Due to inefficiencies in numerical schemes and the resulting computational burden, a coupled multidimensional plasma and sheath simulation has not been possible model for gas mixtures and high density reactors of practical interest. In this work we demonstrate that with a fully implicit algorithm and a refined computational mesh, a self-consistent plasma and sheath simulation is feasible. We discuss the details of the model equations, the importance of ion inertia, and the resulting sheath profiles for argon and chlorine plasmas. We find that at low operating pressures (10-30 mTorr), the charge separation occurs only within a 0.5 mm layer near the surface in a 300 mm inductively coupled plasma etch reactor. A unified model eliminates the use of off-line or loosely coupled sheath models with simplifying assumptions which generally lead to uncertainties in ion flux and sheath electrical properties.

  19. Valid flow combinations for stable sheath in a magnetized multiple ion species plasma

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    Sharma, Devendra; Kaw, Predhiman K.

    2012-11-15

    Theoretical study is done of the entry criterion for the plasma flow into the electrostatic boundary layer, or sheath, forming in a magnetized multiple ion species plasma. Finding valid entry velocity combinations in a magnetized set up requires a magnetized equivalent of the generalized Bohm criterion. A magnetized generalized entry criterion is obtained with the scale length distribution in a region of validity for the stable solutions. The analysis finds that the valid entry flow velocity combinations with distinct values of individual ion species can correspond to a unique system phase velocity. Magnetization effects govern the region of validity whose boundaries collapse to the unmagnetized sheath criterion in the limit of normal incidence, independent of the strength of the magnetic field. Considerably smaller entry velocities, in comparison to the unmagnetized system sound velocity, are recovered for the species in appropriate regime of magnetization in the cases of oblique incidences.

  20. Radio-frequency sheath-plasma interactions with magnetic field tangency points along the sheath surface

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    Kohno, H.; Myra, J. R.; D'Ippolito, D. A.

    2013-08-15

    Computer simulations of radio-frequency (RF) waves propagating across a two-dimensional (2D) magnetic field into a conducting boundary are described. The boundary condition for the RF fields at the metal surface leads to the formation of an RF sheath, which has previously been studied in one-dimensional models. In this 2D study, it is found that rapid variation of conditions along the sheath surface promote coupling of the incident RF branch (either fast or slow wave) to a short-scale-length sheath-plasma wave (SPW). The SPW propagates along the sheath surface in a particular direction dictated by the orientation of the magnetic field with respect to the surface, and the wave energy in the SPW accumulates near places where the background magnetic field is tangent to the surface.

  1. An analytic expression for the sheath criterion in magnetized plasmas with multi-charged ion species

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    Hatami, M. M.

    2015-04-15

    The generalized Bohm criterion in magnetized multi-component plasmas consisting of multi-charged positive and negative ion species and electrons is analytically investigated by using the hydrodynamic model. It is assumed that the electrons and negative ion density distributions are the Boltzmann distribution with different temperatures and the positive ions enter into the sheath region obliquely. Our results show that the positive and negative ion temperatures, the orientation of the applied magnetic field and the charge number of positive and negative ions strongly affect the Bohm criterion in these multi-component plasmas. To determine the validity of our derived generalized Bohm criterion, it reduced to some familiar physical condition and it is shown that monotonically reduction of the positive ion density distribution leading to the sheath formation occurs only when entrance velocity of ion into the sheath satisfies the obtained Bohm criterion. Also, as a practical application of the obtained Bohm criterion, effects of the ionic temperature and concentration as well as magnetic field on the behavior of the charged particle density distributions and so the sheath thickness of a magnetized plasma consisting of electrons and singly charged positive and negative ion species are studied numerically.

  2. Micro-Particles as Electrostatic Probes for Plasma Sheath Diagnostic

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    Wolter, Matthias; Haass, Moritz; Ockenga, Taalke; Kersten, Holger; Blazec, Joseph; Basner, Ralf

    2008-09-07

    An interesting aspect in the research of complex (dusty) plasmas is the experimental study of the interaction of micro-particles of different sizes with the surrounding plasma for diagnostic purpose. In the plasma micro-disperse particles are negatively charged and confined in the sheath. The particles are trapped by an equilibrium of gravity, electric field force and ion drag force. From the behavior, local electric fields can be determined, e.g. particles are used as electrostatic probes. In combination with additional measurements of the plasma parameters with Langmuir probes and thermal probes as well as by comparison with an analytical sheath model, the structure of the sheath can be described. In the present work we focus on the behavior of micro-particles of different sizes and several plasma parameters e.g. the gas pressure and the rf-power.

  3. Wave rectification in plasma sheaths surrounding electric field antennas

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    Boehm, M. H.; Carlson, C. W.; Mcfadden, J. P.; Clemmons, J. H.; Ergun, R. E.; Mozer, F. S.

    1994-01-01

    Combined measurements of Langmuir or broadband whistler wave intensity and lower-frequency electric field waveforms, all at 10-microsecond time resolution, were made on several recent sounding rockets in the auroral ionosphere. It is found that Langmuir and whistler waves are partically rectified in the plasma sheaths surrounding the payload and the spheres used as antennas. This sheath rectification occurs whenever the high frequency (HF) potential across the sheath becomes of the same order as the electron temperature or higher, for wave frequencies near or above the ion plasma frequency. This rectification can introduce false low-frequency waves into measurements of electric field spectra when strong high-frequency waves are present. Second harmonic signals are also generated, although at much lower levels. The effect occurs in many different plasma conditions, primarily producing false waves at frequencies that are low enough for the antenna coupling to the plasma to be resistive.

  4. Formation of pre-sheath boundary layers in electronegative plasmas

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    Vitello, P., LLNL

    1998-05-01

    In electronegative plasmas Coulomb scattering between positive and negative ions can lead to the formation of a pre-sheath boundary layer containing the bulk of the negative ions. The negative ion boundary layer forms when momentum transfer from positive to negative ions dominates the negative ion acceleration from the electric field. This condition is met in Inductively Coupled Plasma reactors that operate at low pressure and high plasma density. Simulations of the GEC reactor for Chlorine and Oxygen chemistries using the INDUCT95 2D model are presented showing the pre-sheath boundary layer structure as a function of applied power and neutral pressure.

  5. Laser Diagnostic Method for Plasma Sheath Potential Mapping

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    Walsh, Sean P.

    Electric propulsion systems are gaining popularity in the aerospace field as a viable option for long term positioning and thrusting applications. In particular, Hall thrusters have shown promise as the primary propulsion engine for space probes during interplanetary journeys. However, the interaction between propellant xenon ions and the ceramic channel wall continues to remain a complex issue. The most significant source of power loss in Hall thrusters is due to electron and ion currents through the sheath to the channel wall. A sheath is a region of high electric field that separates a plasma from a wall or surface in contact. Plasma electrons with enough energy to penetrate the sheath may result emission of a secondary electron from the wall. With significant secondary electron emission (SEE), the sheath voltage is reduced and so too is the electron retarding electric field. Therefore, a lower sheath voltage further increases the particle loss to the wall of a Hall thruster and leads to plasma cooling and lower efficiency. To further understand sheath dynamics, laser-induced fluorescence is employed to provide a non-invasive, in situ, and spatially resolved technique for measuring xenon ion velocity. By scanning the laser wavelength over an electronic transition of singly ionized xenon and collecting the resulting fluorescence, one can determine the ion velocity from the Doppler shifted absorption. Knowing the velocity at multiple points in the sheath, it can be converted to a relative electric potential profile which can reveal a lot about the plasma-wall interaction and the severity of SEE. The challenge of adequately measuring sheath potential profiles is optimizing the experiment to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio. A strong signal with low noise, enables high resolution measurements and increases the depth of measurement in the sheath, where the signal strength is lowest. Many improvements were made to reduce the background luminosity, increase the

  6. 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.

  7. Effect of secondary electron emission on the plasma sheath

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    Langendorf, S. Walker, M.

    2015-03-15

    In this experiment, plasma sheath potential profiles are measured over boron nitride walls in argon plasma and the effect of secondary electron emission is observed. Results are compared to a kinetic model. Plasmas are generated with a number density of 3 × 10{sup 12} m{sup −3} at a pressure of 10{sup −4} Torr-Ar, with a 1%–16% fraction of energetic primary electrons. The sheath potential profile at the surface of each sample is measured with emissive probes. The electron number densities and temperatures are measured in the bulk plasma with a planar Langmuir probe. The plasma is non-Maxwellian, with isotropic and directed energetic electron populations from 50 to 200 eV and hot and cold Maxwellian populations from 3.6 to 6.4 eV and 0.3 to 1.3 eV, respectively. Plasma Debye lengths range from 4 to 7 mm and the ion-neutral mean free path is 0.8 m. Sheath thicknesses range from 20 to 50 mm, with the smaller thickness occurring near the critical secondary electron emission yield of the wall material. Measured floating potentials are within 16% of model predictions. Measured sheath potential profiles agree with model predictions within 5 V (∼1 T{sub e}), and in four out of six cases deviate less than the measurement uncertainty of 1 V.

  8. High-frequency instability of the sheath-plasma resonance

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    Stenzel, R. L.

    1989-01-01

    Coherent high frequency oscillations near the electron plasma frequency (omega approx. less than omega sub p) are generated by electrodes with positive dc bias immersed in a uniform Maxwellian afterglow plasma. The instability occurs at the sheath-plasma resonance and is driven by a negative RF sheath resistance associated with the electron inertia in the diode-like electron-rich sheath. With increasing dc bias, i.e., electron transit time, the instability exhibits a hard threshold, downward frequency pulling, line broadening and copious harmonics. The fundamental instability is a bounded oscillation due to wave evanescence, but the harmonics are radiated as electromagnetic waves from the electrodes acting like antennas. Wavelength and polarization measurements confirm the emission process. Electromagnetic waves are excited by electrodes of various geometries (planes, cylinders, spheres) which excludes other radiation mechanisms such as orbitrons or beam-plasma instabilities. The line broadening mechanism was identified as a frequency modulation via the electron transit time by dynamic ions. Ion oscillations at the sheath edge give rise to burst-like RF emissions. These laboratory observations of a new instability are important for antennas in space plasmas, generation of coherent beams with diodes, and plasma diagnostics.

  9. Plasma-sheath effects on the Debye screening problem

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    Sarmah, D.; Tessarotto, M.; Salimullah, M.

    2006-03-15

    The classical Debye-Hueckel screening effect of the electrostatic field generated by isolated charged particles immersed in a plasma is reviewed. The validity of the underlying mathematical model, and particularly of the weak-field approximation, is analyzed. It is shown that the presence of the plasma sheath around test particles and the resulting effect of charge screening are essential for the description of plasmas that are strongly coupled.

  10. Role of the ion plasma frequency in RF sheaths

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    Waelbroeck, F. L.; Hazeltine, R. D.; Xiang, N.

    1999-11-01

    Semiconductor etching relies on rf biasing of the substrate to produce a suitable distribution of energetic ions. The properties of the resulting oscillating sheath depend on two parameters: the ratio of the bias amplitude to the electron temperature, and the ratio of the ion plasma frequency to the rf frequency. In industrial applications, V_rf>> T_e, and nonlinear effects are important. For such large bias the dynamics of the oscillating sheath can be divided into three regimes according to the ratio of the rf frequency to the plasma frequency at the entrance of the sheath and that at the surface of the substrate. Liebermann has given an analytic solution in the high frequency regime. With the increase in plasma density, however, the ion plasma frequency often exceeds the standard rf frequency of 13.56 KHz. We present an analytic solution for the sheath dynamics in the opposite, low-frequency regime. We compare the two regimes, giving particular attention to the distribution of ion energy at the substrate.

  11. Investigation of plasma-sheath resonances in low pressure discharges

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    Naggary, Schabnam; Kemaneci, Efe; Brinkmann, Ralf Peter; Megahed, Mustafa

    2016-09-01

    Plasma sheath resonances (PSR) arise from a periodic exchange between the kinetic electron energy in the plasma bulk and the electric field energy in the sheath and can easily be excited by the sheath-generated harmonics of the applied RF. In this contribution, we employ a series of models to obtain a well-defined description of these phenomena. In the first part, we use a global model to study the influence of the nonlinear charge-voltage characteristics on the electron dynamics. However, the global model is restricted to the assumption of spatially constant potential at each driven and grounded electrode and thus delivers only the fundamental mode of the current. In order to remedy the deficiency, we introduce a spatially resolved model for arbitrary reactor geometries with no assumptions on the homogeneity of the plasma. An exact evaluation of the analytical solution is realized on the assumption of a cylinderical plasma reactor geometry with uniform conductance. Furthermore, the spatially resolved model is capable of being utilized for a more realistic CCP reactor geometry and non homogeneous plasma provided the conductance distribution is known. For this purpose, we use the CFD-ACE+ tool. The results show that the proposed multi-mode model provides a significant improvement. The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support by the ESI Group and the SFB- TR 87.

  12. Sheath overlap during very large scale plasma source ion implantation

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    Cluggish, B. P.; Munson, C. P.

    1998-12-01

    Measurements of plasma source ion implantation have been performed on a large target of complex geometry. The target consists of 1000 aluminum, automotive piston surrogates mounted on four racks; total surface area is over 16 m2. The four racks are positioned parallel to each other, 0.25 m apart, in an 8 m3 vacuum chamber. The racks of pistons are immersed in a capacitive radio frequency plasma, with an argon gas pressure of 20-65 mPa. Langmuir probe measurements indicate that the plasma density profile is highly nonuniform, due to particle losses to the racks of pistons. The plasma ions are implanted into the pistons by pulse biasing the workpiece to negative voltages as low as -18 kV for up to 20 μs. During the voltage pulse, the high-voltage sheaths from adjacent racks of pistons converge towards each other. At plasma densities less than 109 cm-3 the sheaths are observed to overlap. Measurements of the sheath overlap time are compared with standard analytic theory and with simulations run with a two-dimensional particle-in-cell code.

  13. Effect of total emitted electron velocity distribution function on the plasma sheath near a floating wall

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    Qing, Shaowei; Hu, Zhou

    2017-08-01

    Electrons emitted from a solid surface can noticeably affect characteristics of plasma sheath surrounding that surface by modifying current balance at wall, charge separation in sheath region and Bohm criterion at sheath edge. We establish a static sheath model with kinetic electrons and cold ions to emphasize the effect of different total emitted electron velocity distribution functions (EEVDFs) on classic sheath solution and its structure transition. Four total EEVDFs with same average energy are considered separately. It is found that total EEVDFs influence the sheath solution and the threshold of total electron emission coefficient (EEC) for classic sheath dramatically, and can cause no solution for critical space-charge limited (SCL) sheath. These results indicate that, as EEC increases from zero gradually, the sheath will not transit from classic sheath to SCL sheath structure for some special total EEVDFs.

  14. Plasma-wall interaction in an electrostatic sheath of plasma containing a monoenergetic electron beam

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    Ou, Jing Zhao, Xiaoyun; Gan, Chunyun

    2016-04-15

    The plasma-wall interaction in the presence of a monoenergetic electron beam has been studied by taking into account the self-consistency among plasma transport in a collisionless electrostatic sheath, deposited energy flux at the wall and material thermal response for carbon and tungsten as wall materials. The variations of the potential drop across the sheath, ion velocity at the sheath edge, and surface temperature of material as a function of electron beam flux are explored in the presence of the electron emission. It is found that when electron beam does not dominate the sheath, potential drop across the sheath depends strongly on the material properties due to the impact of electron emission while the surface temperature of material shows monotonic variation. In the case of carbon wall, the electron beam may dominate the sheath at a certain electron beam concentration or energy. Under this circumstance, both the potential drop across the sheath and surface temperature of material demonstrate the sharp increasing transition. The development of local hot spot on the plasma facing material is caused by the enhanced ion energy flux instead of the electron beam energy flux. If the electron emission is not taken into account, as a smaller electron beam flux, both the potential drop across the sheath and surface temperature of material display the significant change and then it may be easier to develop for the local hot spot on the plasma facing material.

  15. Unified Model of the rf Plasma Sheath, Part II

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    Riley, Merle

    1996-10-01

    By developing an approximation to the first integral of the Poisson equation, one can obtain solutions for the current-voltage characteristics of an rf plasma sheath that are valid over the whole range of inertial response of the ions to an imposed rf voltage or current. (M.E.Riley, 1995 GEC, abstract QA5, published in Bull. Am. Phys. Soc., 40, 1587 (1995).) The theory has been shown to adequately reproduce current-voltage characteristics of two extreme cases (M.A. Lieberman, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 16, 638 (1988). A. Metze, D.W. Ernie, and H.J.Oskam, J.Appl.Phys., 60, 3081 (1986).) of ion response. In this work I show the effect of different conventions for connecting the sheath model to the bulk plasma. Modifications of the Mach number and a finite electric field at the Bohm point are natural choices. The differences are examined for a sheath in a high density Ar plasma and are found to be insignificant. A theoretical argument favors the electric field modification. *Work performed at Sandia National Labs and supported by US DoE under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  16. Nonextensivity effect on radio-wave transmission in plasma sheath

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    Mousavi, A.; Esfandiari-Kalejahi, A.; Akbari-Moghanjoughi, M.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, new theoretical findings on the application of magnetic field in effective transmission of electromagnetic (EM) waves through a plasma sheath around a hypersonic vehicle are reported. The results are obtained by assuming the plasma sheath to consist of nonextensive electrons and thermal ions. The expressions for the electric field and effective collision frequency are derived analytically in the framework of nonextensive statistics. Examination of the reflection, transmission, and absorption coefficients regarding the strength of the ambient magnetic field shows the significance of q-nonextensive parameter effect on these entities. For small values of the magnetic field, the transmission coefficient increases to unity only in the range of - 1 < q < 1 . It is also found that the EM wave transmission through the nonextensive plasma sheath can take place using lower magnetic field strengths in the presence of superthermal electrons compared with that of Maxwellian ones. It is observed that superthermal electrons, with nonextensive parameter, q < 1, play a dominant role in overcoming the radio blackout for hypersonic flights.

  17. Structure of the bipolar plasma sheath generated by SPEAR I

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    Katz, I.; Jongeward, G.A.; Davis, V.A.; Mandell, M.J.; Kuharski, R.A.; Lilley, J.R. Jr. ); Raitt, W.J. ); Cooke, D.L. ); Torbert, R.B.; Larson, G.; Rau, D. )

    1989-02-01

    The Space Power Experiment Aboard Rockets I (SPEAR I) biased two 10-cm radius spheres as high as 46,000 V positive with respect to an aluminum rocket body. The experiment measured the steady state current to the spheres and the floating potential of the rocket body. Three-dimensional calculations performed using NASCAP/LEO and POLAR 2.0 show that both ion-collecting and electron-collecting sheaths were formed. The rocket body potential with respect to the ionospheric plasma adjusted to achieve a balance between the electron current collected by the spheres and the secondary electron-enhanced ion current to the rocket body. This current balance was obtained with a large ion-collecting sheath that enveloped most of the electron-collecting sheath and reduced the area for collection of ionospheric electrons. The calculated current is in agreement with the flight measurement of a steady state current of less than 1/10 A. The calculations show that the rocket body was driven thousands of volts negative with respect to the ionospheric plasma. The calculated rocket potential is within the uncertainty of that inferred from ion spectrometer data. The current flowed through the space plasma. There was almost no direct charge transport between the spheres and the rocket body.

  18. Dust Particles Alignments and Transitions in a Plasma Sheath

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    Stokes, J. D. E.; Samarian, A. A.; Vladimirov, S. V.

    2008-09-07

    The alignments and transitions of two dust particles in a plasma sheath have been investigated. It is shown that the Hamiltonian description of a non-Hamiltonian system can be used to predict qualitative features of possible equilibria in a variety of confinement potentials and can provide useful plasma diagnostics. The results compare favorably with simulation and are used to create new experimental hypotheses. In particular, the symmetry breaking transition of the particles as they leave the horizontal plane admits a Hamiltonian description which is used to elucidate the wake parameter.

  19. Microparticles deep in the plasma sheath: Coulomb 'explosion'

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    Antonova, T.; Du, C.-R.; Ivlev, A. V.; Hou, L.-J.; Thomas, H. M.; Morfill, G. E.; Annaratone, B. M.

    2012-09-15

    A cloud of microparticles was trapped deep in the sheath of a radio-frequency (rf) discharge, very close to the lower (grounded) electrode of the plasma chamber. This was achieved by employing a specifically designed rf-driven segment integrated in the lower electrode, which provided an additional confinement compressing the cloud to a very high density. After switching the rf-driven segment off, the cloud 'exploded' due to mutual interparticle repulsion. By combining a simple theoretical model with different numerical simulation methods, some basic properties of complex plasmas in this highly non-equilibrium regime were determined.

  20. Measurement of effective sheath width around cutoff probe in low-pressure plasmas

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    Kim, D. W.; Oh, W. Y.; You, S. J. Kim, J. H.; Chang, H. Y.

    2014-05-15

    Previous studies indicated that the measurement results of microwave probes can be improved by applying the adequate sheath width to their measurement models, and consequently the sheath width around the microwave probe tips has become very important information for microwave probe diagnostics. In this paper, we propose a method for measuring the argon plasma sheath width around the cutoff probe tips by applying the circuit model to the cutoff probe phase spectrum. The measured sheath width of the cutoff probe was found to be in good agreement with the floated sheath width calculated from the Child-Langmuir sheath law. The physical reasons for a discrepancy between the two measurements are also discussed.

  1. A time-dependent model of pulse-driven radio frequency capacitively coupled collisional plasma sheath

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    Rahman, M. T.; Hossain, M. Mofazzal

    2017-01-01

    The time-dependent model of ion motion is used to propose an analytical model for dual frequency (DF) capacitively coupled plasma (CCP) sheath driven by a pulsed source and a radio-frequency source. In this model, the sheath is considered to be collisional. In this model, the time dependent terms of ion fluid equations are ignored, but the electric field, ion motion and ion density remain time dependent. Electron profile is assumed to be step-like. Analytical expressions for electron sheath width and sheath potential have been developed. The calculated sheath width and potential are compared with the dual radio frequency driven time dependent models of capacitively coupled plasma sheath. From the temporal evaluation of sheath motion and potential, it has been found that pulse driven sheath has higher sheath potential and sheath width than that of conventional radio frequency driven DF CCP. Moreover, it is also found that ion energy spread can be reduced using pulsed power. From the temporal investigation of sheath motion and potential, it has been found that the duty cycle of the pulse power significantly affects sheath width and sheath potential.

  2. The modeling and simulation of plasma sheath effect on GNSS system

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    Song, Zhongguo; Liu, Jiangfan; Du, Yongxing; Xi, Xiaoli

    2015-11-01

    Plasma sheath can potentially degrade global navigation satellite system (GNSS) through signal attenuation as well as phase noise when a hypersonic vehicle reenters the Earth's atmosphere. Modeling and simulation method of GNSS system disturbed by plasma sheath is introduced in this paper by means of electromagnetic wave propagation theory combined with the satellite signal simulation technique. The transmission function of the plasma sheath with stratified model is derived utilizing scattering matrix method. The effects of the plasma sheath on GPS signal reception and positioning performance are examined. Experimental results are presented and discussed, partly supporting the validity of the analytical method proposed.

  3. Oblique ion acoustic shock waves in a magnetized plasma

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    Shahmansouri, M.; Mamun, A. A.

    2013-08-15

    Ion acoustic (IA) shock waves are studied in a magnetized plasma consisting of a cold viscous ion fluid and Maxwellian electrons. The Korteweg–de Vries–Burgers equation is derived by using the reductive perturbation method. It is shown that the combined effects of external magnetic field and obliqueness significantly modify the basic properties (viz., amplitude, width, speed, etc.) of the IA shock waves. It is observed that the ion-viscosity is a source of dissipation, and is responsible for the formation of IA shock structures. The implications of our results in some space and laboratory plasma situations are discussed.

  4. Electron inertia effects on the planar plasma sheath problem

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    Duarte, V. N.; Clemente, R. A.

    2011-04-15

    The steady one-dimensional planar plasma sheath problem, originally considered by Tonks and Langmuir, is revisited. Assuming continuously generated free-falling ions and isothermal electrons and taking into account electron inertia, it is possible to describe the problem in terms of three coupled integro-differential equations that can be numerically integrated. The inclusion of electron inertia in the model allows us to obtain the value of the plasma floating potential as resulting from an electron density discontinuity at the walls, where the electrons attain sound velocity and the electric potential is continuous. Results from numerical computation are presented in terms of plots for densities, electric potential, and particles velocities. Comparison with results from literature, corresponding to electron Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution (neglecting electron inertia), is also shown.

  5. Precession of cylindrical dust particles in the plasma sheath

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    Banu, N.; Ticoş, C. M.

    2015-10-15

    The vertical precession of cylindrical dust particles levitated in the sheath of an rf plasma is experimentally investigated. Typically, the dust particles have two equilibrium positions depending on the orientation of their longitudinal axis: horizontal and vertical. A transition between these two states is induced by rapidly increasing the neutral gas pressure in the plasma chamber. During this transition, the cylindrical dust particles make an angle with the horizontal and rotate about their center of mass. The rotation speed increases as the dust rods aligned with the vertical axis. All dust particles will eventually end up in the vertical state while spinning fast about their longitudinal axis. Dust-dust interaction and the attracting ion wakes are possible mechanisms for inducing the observed dust precession.

  6. Obliquely Propagating Waves in Bi-Kappa Plasmas

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    Gaelzer, R.; Ziebell, L. F.; Meneses, A. R.

    2016-12-01

    The effects of kappa velocity distribution functions (VDFs) have been the subjectof intense research. Such functions have beenfound to provide a better fitting to the VDFs measured by spacecraftin the solar wind. An anisotropic VDF contains free energy that can excite wavesin the plasma. The induced turbulence also determines the observed shape of the VDF.The general treatment for waves excited by (bi-)Maxwellian plasmas is well-established.However, for kappa distributions (isotropic or anisotropic), the majority of the studieswere restricted to the limiting cases of purely parallel or perpendicular propagation.Contributions to the general case of obliquely-propagating waves have been scarcely reported.The absence of a general treatment prevents a complete analysis of the wave-particle interactionin kappa plasmas, since some instabilities can operate both in the parallel and oblique directions.A series of papers published by the authors begin to remedy this situation. In a first work [1],we have obtained the dielectric tensor and dispersion relations for quasi-perpendicular dispersive Alfvén waves resulting from a kappa VDF. This approach was later generalized by [2],where the formalism was extended to the general case of electrostatic/electromagnetic waves propagatingin an isotropic kappa plasma in any frequency range and for arbitrary angles.In the present work [3], we generalize even further the formalism by the derivation of thegeneral dielectric tensor of an anisotropic bi-kappa plasma. We present the state-of-the-art of theformalism and show how it enables a systematic study of waves and instabilities propagating inarbitrary directions and frequencies in a bi-kappa plasma.[1] R. Gaelzer, L. F. Ziebell, J. Geophys. Res. 119, 9334 (2014), doi: 10.1002/2014JA020667.[2] R. Gaelzer, L. F. Ziebell, Phys. Plasmas 23, 022110 (2016), doi: 10.1063/1.4941260.[3] R. Gaelzer et al., Phys. Plasmas 23, 062108 (2016), doi: 10.1063/1.4953430.

  7. 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.

  8. Analysis of Particle Detectors in Plasma Sheaths on Sounding Rockets and in Laboratory Plasmas

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    Fisher, Lisa; Lynch, Kristina

    2013-10-01

    The influence of plasma sheaths on particle measurements is a well-known problem. Improvements in computational speed and memory have made the use of particle-in-cell codes, attainable on a laptop. These codes can calculate complex sheath structures and include most of the relevant physics. We will discuss how the use of one such code, SPIS, has been integrated into our data processing for the MICA sounding rocket. This inclusion of sheath physics has allowed us to describe the current-voltage signature of an ion retarding potential analyzer, called the PIP, to measure the ambient ionospheric temperature, as well as to examine the possibility of ion upflow. These results will be compared with the other instrumentation on MICA, which use traditional thin-sheath approximations. This comparison will emphasize the strengths and weaknesses of these other data analysis methods and call attention to the need to include sheath physics when measuring very low energy populations. Additionally, these instruments have also been tested in the Dartmouth College plasma facility. This provides another set of plasma conditions for testing and extrapolating our method to a future low-orbit mission.

  9. Ion temperature and gas pressure effects on the magnetized sheath dynamics during plasma immersion ion implantation

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    Khoram, M.; Ghomi, H. Navab Safa, N.

    2016-03-15

    Here, a collisional magnetized plasma with finite ion temperature is considered to examine the effects of the ion temperature and gas pressure on the plasma-sheath dynamics. We use the two-fluid model of plasma-sheath where the nonlinear equations of a dynamic sheath are solved using a full implicit scheme of finite difference method along with some convenient initial and boundary conditions at the plasma center and target. It is found that the ion temperature only has a significant effect on the characteristics of low voltage sheath, while the gas pressure (collision rate) seriously affects the dynamic characteristics of the low and high voltage plasma-sheath. One can see, increasing the ion temperature in low voltage plasma-sheath causes to increase the temporal curve of the ion dose and the ion impact energy on the target, reduces the temporal curve of the sheath width, and has no any effect on the temporal curve of the ion incident angle on the target. However, rising the gas pressure in low and high voltage plasma-sheath reduces all of these temporal curves.

  10. Properties of the plasma sheath edge above a rectangular depression in DONUT

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    Steinberger, Thomas E.; Sheridan, T. E.

    2013-11-01

    Plasma is a gas consisting of positively and negatively charged particles, such as electrons and positive ions. The electric field inside a plasma is very small since plasma is a conductor. When plasma is in contact with a material boundary (i.e., a ``wall'') a boundary layer called the plasma sheath forms. The electric field inside the sheath is large and points away from the wall. The sheath electric field reduces the loss of highly mobile electrons, while accelerating ions out of the plasma, so that in steady state the electron and ion loss rates balance. The shape of the sheath edge is determined by the shape of the wall and the width of the sheath. We report experimental measurements of sheath conformation to a rectangular depression in a flat horizontal electrode (i.e., ``the wall'') in the Dusty Ohio Northern University experimenT (DONUT) for various aspect ratios. Clusters of two microscopic dust particles float above the depression at the sheath edge. The horizontal shape of the sheath edge is determined from the horizontal center-of-mass frequencies for the dust particles. The vertical electric field is found from the force balance on the dust particles, and the local charge density is measured using the vertical center-of-mass frequency.

  11. Sputtering, Plasma Chemistry, and RF Sheath Effects in Low-Temperature and Fusion Plasma Modeling

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    Jenkins, Thomas G.; Kruger, Scott E.; McGugan, James M.; Pankin, Alexei Y.; Roark, Christine M.; Smithe, David N.; Stoltz, Peter H.

    2016-09-01

    A new sheath boundary condition has been implemented in VSim, a plasma modeling code which makes use of both PIC/MCC and fluid FDTD representations. It enables physics effects associated with DC and RF sheath formation - local sheath potential evolution, heat/particle fluxes, and sputtering effects on complex plasma-facing components - to be included in macroscopic-scale plasma simulations that need not resolve sheath scale lengths. We model these effects in typical ICRF antenna operation scenarios on the Alcator C-Mod fusion device, and present comparisons of our simulation results with experimental data together with detailed 3D animations of antenna operation. Complex low-temperature plasma chemistry modeling in VSim is facilitated by MUNCHKIN, a standalone python/C++/SQL code that identifies possible reaction paths for a given set of input species, solves 1D rate equations for the ensuing system's chemical evolution, and generates VSim input blocks with appropriate cross-sections/reaction rates. These features, as well as principal path analysis (to reduce the number of simulated chemical reactions while retaining accuracy) and reaction rate calculations from user-specified distribution functions, will also be demonstrated. Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's SBIR program, Award DE-SC0009501.

  12. The 10 sheath-accelerated electrons and ions. [atmospheric models of plasma sheaths and ionospheric electron density

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    Shawhan, S. D.

    1975-01-01

    A model is presented that suggests that plasma sheaths form between the ionospheric plasma moving with Io and the ambient plasma corotating with Jupiter. Potentials across these sheaths could be as high as 580 kV which is the motional emf across Io's ionosphere. Electrons and ions can be accelerated across these sheaths. The sheaths may exist at the top of the Io ionosphere with characteristic thicknesses of 1/4 kilometers. The model is consistent with the Pioneer observations of 0.15 MeV electrons at the inner edge of Io's L-shell and the enhanced number density of low-energy protons at the outer edge. Ion sputtering of the Io surface is discussed and may explain the presence of atomic hydrogen and sodium in the vicinity of Io. Also these accelerated particles may be important to the formation of the Io ionosphere. High electron flux which may lead to decametric radio emissions, Jovian atmospheric heating and optical and X-ray emissions is also discussed.

  13. Numerical Model of the Plasma Sheath Generated by the Plasma Source Instrument Aboard the Polar Satellite

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    Singh, N.; Leung, W. C.; Moore, T. E.; Craven, P. D.

    2001-01-01

    The plasma sheath generated by the operation of the Plasma Source Instrument (PSI) aboard the Polar satellite is studied by using a three-dimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) code. When the satellite passes through the region of low-density plasma, the satellite charges to positive potentials as high as 40-50 V, owing to the photoelectron emission. In such a case, ambient core ions cannot accurately be measured or detected. The goal of the onboard PSI is to reduce the floating potential of the satellite to a sufficiently low value so that the ions in the polar wind become detectable. When the PSI is operated, ion-rich xenon plasma is ejected from the satellite, such that the floating potential of the satellite is reduced and is maintained at approximately 2 V. Accordingly, in our three-dimensional PIC simulation we considered that the potential of the satellite is 2 V as a fixed bias. Considering the relatively high density of the xenon plasma in the sheath (10-10(exp 3)/cc), the ambient plasma of low density (<1/cc) is neglected. In the simulations the electric fields and plasma dynamics are calculated self-consistently. We found that an 'apple'-shape positive potential sheath forms surrounding the satellite. In the region near the PSI emission a high positive potential hill develops. Near the Thermal Ion Dynamics Experiment detector away from the PSI, the potentials are sufficiently low for the ambient polar wind ions to reach it. In the simulations it takes only about a couple of tens of electron gyroperiods for the sheath to reach a quasi steady state. This time is approximately the time taken by the heavy Xe(+) ions to expand up to about one average Larmor radius of electrons from the satellite surface. After this time the expansion of the sheath in directions transverse to the ambient magnetic field slows down because the electrons are magnetized. Using the quasi steady sheath, we performed trajectory calculations to characterize the detector response to a

  14. Numerical Model of the Plasma Sheath Generated by the Plasma Source Instrument Aboard the Polar Satellite

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    Singh, N.; Leung, W. C.; Moore, T. E.; Craven, P. D.

    2001-01-01

    The plasma sheath generated by the operation of the Plasma Source Instrument (PSI) aboard the Polar satellite is studied by using a three-dimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) code. When the satellite passes through the region of low-density plasma, the satellite charges to positive potentials as high as 40-50 V, owing to the photoelectron emission. In such a case, ambient core ions cannot accurately be measured or detected. The goal of the onboard PSI is to reduce the floating potential of the satellite to a sufficiently low value so that the ions in the polar wind become detectable. When the PSI is operated, ion-rich xenon plasma is ejected from the satellite, such that the floating potential of the satellite is reduced and is maintained at approximately 2 V. Accordingly, in our three-dimensional PIC simulation we considered that the potential of the satellite is 2 V as a fixed bias. Considering the relatively high density of the xenon plasma in the sheath (10-10(exp 3)/cc), the ambient plasma of low density (<1/cc) is neglected. In the simulations the electric fields and plasma dynamics are calculated self-consistently. We found that an 'apple'-shape positive potential sheath forms surrounding the satellite. In the region near the PSI emission a high positive potential hill develops. Near the Thermal Ion Dynamics Experiment detector away from the PSI, the potentials are sufficiently low for the ambient polar wind ions to reach it. In the simulations it takes only about a couple of tens of electron gyroperiods for the sheath to reach a quasi steady state. This time is approximately the time taken by the heavy Xe(+) ions to expand up to about one average Larmor radius of electrons from the satellite surface. After this time the expansion of the sheath in directions transverse to the ambient magnetic field slows down because the electrons are magnetized. Using the quasi steady sheath, we performed trajectory calculations to characterize the detector response to a

  15. Up- and downstream sheaths in an ion-beam-plasma system

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    Wei, Zi-an; Ma, J. X.

    2016-02-15

    Ion sheaths formed in the up- and downstream sides of a negatively biased metal plate/mesh in an ion-beam-background-plasma system were experimentally investigated in a double plasma device. Measured potential profiles near the plate exhibit asymmetric structure, showing thicker sheath in the downstream side. The presence of the ion beam causes the shrink of the sheaths on both sides. The sheath thickness decreases with the increase of beam energy and density. Furthermore, the sheaths near the mesh are substantially thinner than that near the plate because of the partial transmission of the mesh to the ions. In addition, the increase of neutral gas pressure leads to the reduction of the beam energy and density, resulting in the increase of the sheath thickness.

  16. A finite element procedure for radio-frequency sheath–plasma interactions based on a sheath impedance model

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    Kohno, H.; Myra, J. R.

    2017-07-24

    A finite element code that solves self-consistent radio-frequency (RF) sheath-plasma interaction problems is improved by incorporating a generalized sheath boundary condition in the macroscopic solution scheme. This sheath boundary condition makes use of a complex sheath impedance including both the sheath capacitance and resistance, which enables evaluation of not only the RF voltage across the sheath but also the power dissipation in the sheath. The newly developed finite element procedure is applied to cases where the background magnetic field is perpendicular to the sheath surface in one- and two-dimensional domains filled by uniform low- and high-density plasmas. The numerical resultsmore » are compared with those obtained by employing the previous capacitive sheath model at a typical frequency for ion cyclotron heating used in fusion experiments. It is shown that for sheaths on the order of 100 V in a high-density plasma, localized RF power deposition can reach a level which causes material damage. It is also shown that the sheath-plasma wave resonances predicted by the capacitive sheath model do not occur when parameters are such that the generalized sheath impedance model substantially modifies the capacitive character of the sheath. Here, possible explanations for the difference in the maximum RF sheath voltage depending on the plasma density are also discussed.« less

  17. Obliquely Propagating Electromagnetic Waves in Magnetized Kappa Plasmas

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    Gaelzer, R.

    2015-12-01

    The effects of velocity distribution functions (VDFs) that exhibit a power-law dependence on the high-energy tail have been the subjectof intense research by the space plasma community. Such functions, known as kappa or superthermal distributions, have beenfound to provide a better fitting to the VDF measured by spacecraft in the solar wind. One of the problems that is being addressed on this new light is the temperature anisotropy of solar wind protons and electrons. An anisotropic kappa VDF contains a large amount of free energy that can excite waves in the solar wind. Conversely, the wave-particle interaction is important to determine the shape of theobserved particle distributions.In the literature, the general treatment for waves excited by (bi-)Maxwellian plasmas is well-established. However, for kappa distributions, either isotropic or anisotropic, the wave characteristics have been studied mostly for the limiting cases of purely parallel or perpendicular propagation. Contributions for the general case of obliquely-propagating electromagnetic waves have been scarcely reported so far. The absence of a general treatment prevents a complete analysis of the wave-particle interaction in kappa plasmas, since some instabilities, such as the firehose, can operate simultaneously both in the parallel and oblique directions.In a recent work [1], we have obtained expressions for the dielectric tensor and dispersion relations for the low-frequency, quasi-perpendicular dispersive Alfvén waves resulting from a kappa VDF. In the present work, we generalize the formalism introduced by [1] for the general case of electrostatic and/or electromagnetic waves propagating in a kappa plasma in any frequency range and for arbitrary angles.We employ an isotropic distribution, but the methods used here can be easily applied to more general anisotropic distributions,such as the bi-kappa or product-bi-kappa. [1] R. Gaelzer and L. F. Ziebell, Journal of Geophysical Research 119, 9334

  18. Obliquely propagating electromagnetic waves in magnetized kappa plasmas

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    Gaelzer, R.; Ziebell, L. F.

    2016-02-01

    Velocity distribution functions (VDFs) that exhibit a power-law dependence on the high-energy tail have been the subject of intense research by the plasma physics community. Such functions, known as kappa or superthermal distributions, have been found to provide a better fitting to the VDFs measured by spacecraft in the solar wind. One of the problems that is being addressed on this new light is the temperature anisotropy of solar wind protons and electrons. In the literature, the general treatment for waves excited by (bi-)Maxwellian plasmas is well-established. However, for kappa distributions, the wave characteristics have been studied mostly for the limiting cases of purely parallel or perpendicular propagation, relative to the ambient magnetic field. Contributions to the general case of obliquely propagating electromagnetic waves have been scarcely reported so far. The absence of a general treatment prevents a complete analysis of the wave-particle interaction in kappa plasmas, since some instabilities can operate simultaneously both in the parallel and oblique directions. In a recent work, Gaelzer and Ziebell [J. Geophys. Res. 119, 9334 (2014)] obtained expressions for the dielectric tensor and dispersion relations for the low-frequency, quasi-perpendicular dispersive Alfvén waves resulting from a kappa VDF. In the present work, the formalism is generalized for the general case of electrostatic and/or electromagnetic waves propagating in a kappa plasma in any frequency range and for arbitrary angles. An isotropic distribution is considered, but the methods used here can be easily applied to more general anisotropic distributions such as the bi-kappa or product-bi-kappa.

  19. Numerical Model of the Plasma Sheath Generated by the Plasma Source Instrument Aboard the Polar Satellite

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    Leung, Wing C.; Singh, Nagendra; Moore, Thomas E.; Craven, Paul D.

    2000-01-01

    The plasma sheath generated by the operation of the Plasma Source Instrument (PSI) aboard the POLAR satellite is studied by using a 3-dimensional Particle-In-Cell (PIC) code. When the satellite passes through the region of low density plasma, the satellite charges to positive potentials as high as 4050Volts due to the photoelectrons emission. In such a case, ambient core ions cannot accurately be measured or detected. The goal of the onboard PSI is to reduce the floating potential of the satellite to a sufficiently low value so that the ions in the polar wind become detectable. When the PSI is operated, an ion-rich Xenon plasma is ejected from the satellite, such that the floating potential of the satellite is reduced and is maintained at about 2Volts. Accordingly, in our 3-dimensional PIC simulation, we considered that the potential of the satellite is 2Volts as a fixed bias. Considering the relatively high density of the Xenon plasma in the sheath (approx. 10 - 10(exp 3)/cc), the ambient plasma of low density (less than 1/cc) is neglected. In the simulations, the electric fields and plasma dynamics are calculated self-consistently. We found that an "Apple" shape positive potential sheath forms surrounding the satellite. In the region near the PSI emission, a high positive potential hill develops. Near the Thermal Ion Detection Experiment (TIDE) detector away from the PSI, the potentials are sufficiently low for the ambient polar wind ions to reach it. In the simulations, it takes about a hundred electron gyroperiods for the sheath to reach a quasi-steady state. This time is approximately the time taken by the heavy Xe(+) ions to expand up to about one average Larmor radius of electrons from the satellite surface. Using the steady state sheath, we performed trajectory calculations to characterize the detector response to a highly supersonic polar wind flow. The detected ions' velocity distribution shows significant deviations from a shifted Maxwellian in the

  20. The spatiotemporal oscillation characteristics of the dielectric wall sheath in stationary plasma thrusters

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    Zhang Fengkui; Yu Daren; Ding Yongjie; Li Hong

    2011-03-14

    A two-dimensional particle in cell model is used to simulate the sheath oscillation in stationary plasma thrusters. The embedded secondary electron emission (SEE) submodel is based on that of Morozov but improved by considering the electron elastic reflection effect. The simulation results show that when the SEE coefficient is smaller than one due to the relative low electron temperature, one-dimensional static sheath can be found; as the electron temperature increase, the SEE coefficient approaches to one and temporal oscillation sheath appears; when the electron temperature increases so high that the SEE coefficient is beyond one, the sheath oscillates not only in time but also in space.

  1. Sheath and presheath in ion-ion plasmas via particle-in-cell simulation

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    Meige, A.; Leray, G.; Raimbault, J.-L.; Chabert, P.

    2008-02-11

    A full particle-in-cell simulation is developed to investigate electron-free plasmas constituted of positive and negative ions under the influence of a dc bias voltage. It is shown that high-voltage sheaths following the classical Child-law sheaths form within a few microseconds (which corresponds to the ion transit time) after the dc voltage is applied. It is also shown that there exists the equivalent of a Bohm criterion where a presheath accelerates the ions collected at one of the electrodes up to the sound speed before they enter the sheath. From an applied perspective, this leads to smaller sheaths than one would expect.

  2. Three dimensional space charge model for large high voltage satellites. [plasma sheath

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    Cooks, D.; Parker, L. W.; Mccoy, J. E.

    1980-01-01

    High power solar arrays for satellite power systems with dimensions of kilometers, and with tens of kilovolts distributed over their surface face many plasma interaction problems that must be properly anticipated. In most cases, the effects cannot be adequately modeled without detailed knowledge of the plasma sheath structure and space charge effects. Two computer programs were developed to provide fully self consistent plasma sheath models in three dimensions as a result of efforts to model the experimental plasma sheath studies at NASA/JSC. Preliminary results indicate that for the conditions considered, the Child-Langmuir diode theory can provide a useful estimate of the plasma sheath thickness. The limitations of this conclusion are discussed. Some of the models presented exhibit the strong ion focusing observed in the JSC experiments.

  3. Discontinuous model with semi analytical sheath interface for radio frequency plasma

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    Miyashita, Masaru

    2016-09-01

    Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. provide many products utilizing plasma. In this study, we focus on the Radio Frequency (RF) plasma source by interior antenna. The plasma source is expected to be high density and low metal contamination. However, the sputtering the antenna cover by high energy ion from sheath voltage still have been problematic. We have developed the new model which can calculate sheath voltage wave form in the RF plasma source for realistic calculation time. This model is discontinuous that electronic fluid equation in plasma connect to usual passion equation in antenna cover and chamber with semi analytical sheath interface. We estimate the sputtering distribution based on calculated sheath voltage waveform by this model, sputtering yield and ion energy distribution function (IEDF) model. The estimated sputtering distribution reproduce the tendency of experimental results.

  4. A Self-Consistent Plasma-Sheath Model for the Inductively Coupled Plasma Reactor

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    Bose, Deepak; Govindam, T. R.; Meyyappan, M.

    2000-01-01

    Accurate determination of ion flux on a wafer requires a self-consistent, multidimensional modeling of plasma reactor that adequately resolves the sheath region adjoining the wafer. This level of modeling is difficult to achieve since non-collisional sheath lengths are usually 3-4 orders of magnitude smaller than the reactor scale. Also, the drift-diffusion equations used for ion transport becomes invalid in the sheath since the ion frictional force is no longer in equilibrium with drift and diffusion forces. The alternative is to use a full momentum equation for each ionic species. In this work we will present results from a self-consistent reactor scale-sheath scale model for 2D inductively coupled plasmas. The goal of this study is to improve the modeling capabilities and assess the importance of additional physics in determining important reactor performance features, such as the ion flux uniformity, coil frequency and configuration effects, etc. Effect of numerical dissipation on the solution quality will also be discussed.

  5. Dynamics of the plasma current sheath in plasma focus discharges in different gases

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    Vinogradov, V. P.; Krauz, V. I.; Mokeev, A. N.; Myalton, V. V.; Kharrasov, A. M.

    2016-12-15

    The shape of the plasma current sheath (PCS) in the final stage of its radial compression, the dynamics of pinching, and the subsequent pinch decay in plasma focus (PF) discharges in different gases are studied using an improved multichannel system of electron-optical plasma photography and a newly elaborated synchronization system. The PCS structure in discharges in heavy gases (Ne, Ar) is found to differ significantly from that in discharges in hydrogen and deuterium. The influence of a heavy gas (Xe) additive to hydrogen and deuterium on the structure and compression dynamics of the PCS is investigated.

  6. Dynamics of the plasma current sheath in plasma focus discharges in different gases

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    Vinogradov, V. P.; Krauz, V. I.; Mokeev, A. N.; Myalton, V. V.; Kharrasov, A. M.

    2016-12-01

    The shape of the plasma current sheath (PCS) in the final stage of its radial compression, the dynamics of pinching, and the subsequent pinch decay in plasma focus (PF) discharges in different gases are studied using an improved multichannel system of electron-optical plasma photography and a newly elaborated synchronization system. The PCS structure in discharges in heavy gases (Ne, Ar) is found to differ significantly from that in discharges in hydrogen and deuterium. The influence of a heavy gas (Xe) additive to hydrogen and deuterium on the structure and compression dynamics of the PCS is investigated.

  7. Oblique solitary waves in a five component plasma

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    Sijo, S.; Manesh, M.; Sreekala, G.; Venugopal, C.; Neethu, T. W.; Renuka, G.

    2015-12-15

    We investigate the influence of a second electron component on oblique dust ion acoustic solitary waves in a five component plasma consisting of positively and negatively charged dust, hydrogen ions, and hotter and colder electrons. Of these, the heavier dust and colder photo-electrons are of cometary origin while the other two are of solar origin; electron components are described by kappa distributions. The K-dV equation is derived, and different attributes of the soliton such as amplitude and width are plotted for parameters relevant to comet Halley. We find that the second electron component has a profound influence on the solitary wave, decreasing both its amplitude and width. The normalized hydrogen density strongly influences the solitary wave by decreasing its width; the amplitude of the solitary wave, however, increases with increasing solar electron temperatures.

  8. Oblique solitary waves in a five component plasma

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    Sijo, S.; Manesh, M.; Sreekala, G.; Neethu, T. W.; Renuka, G.; Venugopal, C.

    2015-12-01

    We investigate the influence of a second electron component on oblique dust ion acoustic solitary waves in a five component plasma consisting of positively and negatively charged dust, hydrogen ions, and hotter and colder electrons. Of these, the heavier dust and colder photo-electrons are of cometary origin while the other two are of solar origin; electron components are described by kappa distributions. The K-dV equation is derived, and different attributes of the soliton such as amplitude and width are plotted for parameters relevant to comet Halley. We find that the second electron component has a profound influence on the solitary wave, decreasing both its amplitude and width. The normalized hydrogen density strongly influences the solitary wave by decreasing its width; the amplitude of the solitary wave, however, increases with increasing solar electron temperatures.

  9. Analytic model of near-field radio-frequency sheaths. I. Tenuous plasma limit

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    D'Ippolito, D. A.; Myra, J. R.

    2009-02-01

    An analytic model is derived for electromagnetic radio-frequency (rf) wave propagation in a waveguide filled by a tenuous plasma with a slightly tilted equilibrium magnetic field B, i.e., by=By/B≪1. The calculation includes the self-consistent coupling between the rf fields and the sheaths at the sheath-plasma interface and can be used to describe antenna sheath formation in the ion cyclotron range of frequencies. The sheaths are treated as thin vacuum regions separating the plasma and metal wall. It is shown that (i) the launched fast wave is coupled parasitically to the slow wave by the magnetic field structure when by≠0 and by the sheath boundary condition, (ii) the sheath voltage Vsh is dependent on the wave parity (the "antenna phasing"), and (iii) integrating the vacuum rf fields, Vvac=-∫dzE∥(vac), gives an overestimate of the sheath voltage. An expression for the self-consistent Vsh including plasma effects and satisfying the Child-Langmuir law is obtained.

  10. Sheath structure in plasmas with nonextensively distributed electrons and thermal ions

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    Hatami, M. M.

    2015-02-15

    Sheath region of an electropositive plasma consisting of q-nonextensive electrons and singly charged positive ions with finite temperature is modeled. Using Sagdeev's pseudo potential technique to derive the modified sheath formation criterion, it is shown that the velocity of ions at the sheath edge is directly proportional to the ion temperatures and inversely proportional to the degree of nonextensivity of electrons (q-parameter). Using the modified Bohm criterion, effect of degree of nonextensivity of electrons and temperature of positive ions on the characteristics of the sheath region are investigated numerically. It is shown that an increase in the ion temperature gives rise to an increase in the electrostatic potential and the velocity of ions in the sheath regardless of the value of q. Furthermore, it is seen that the sheath width and the density distribution of the charged particles decrease by increasing the temperature of positive ions. In addition, it is found that the positive ion temperature is less effective on the sheath structure for higher values of the q-parameter. Finally, the results obtained for a thermal plasma with nonextensively distributed electrons are compared with the results of a cold plasma with nonextensive electrons and an extensive (Maxwellian) plasma with thermal ions.

  11. Bit error rate performance of free-space optical link under effect of plasma sheath turbulence

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    Li, Jiangting; Yang, Shaofei; Guo, Lixin; Cheng, Mingjian; Gong, Teng

    2017-08-01

    Based on the power spectrum of the refractive-index fluctuation in the plasma sheath turbulence, the expressions for wave structure functions and scintillation index of optical wave propagating in a turbulent plasma sheath are derived. The effect of the turbulence microstructure on the propagation characteristics of optical waves are simulated and analyzed. Finally, the bit error performance of a free-space optical (FSO) link is investigated under the effect of plasma sheath turbulence. The results indicate that the spherical waves have a better communication performance in the FSO link. In addition, a greater variance of the refractive index fluctuation causes a more severe fluctuation in electron density, temperature, and collision frequency inside the plasma sheath. However, when the outer scale is close to the thickness of the plasma sheath, the turbulence eddies have almost no influence on the wave propagation. Therefore, the bit error rate (BER) obviously increases with the increase in variance of the refractive index fluctuation and the decrease in the outer scale. These results are fundamental for evaluating the performance of the FSO link under the effect of plasma sheath turbulence.

  12. Temporally resolved ion velocity distribution measurements in a radio-frequency plasma sheath

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    Jacobs, B.; Gekelman, W.; Pribyl, P.; Barnes, M.

    2011-05-15

    The ion velocity distribution function (IVDF) above and within a radio-frequency (RF) biased plasma sheath is studied experimentally with a pulsed laser-induced fluorescence diagnostic in an industrial plasma etch tool. Temporally resolved measurements taken at eight different phases of the 2.2 MHz bias waveform show that the ion dynamics vary dramatically throughout the RF cycle (the ratio of the average ion transit time through the sheath to the RF period is {tau}{sub ion}/{tau}{sub RF} = 0.3). The position of the presheath/sheath edge is constant throughout the RF cycle and the time-averaged ion flux is conserved within the sheath region. The characteristic bimodal structure of the time-averaged ion distributions found in previous experiments is observed to arise from the time-dependent ion dynamics, in accord with existing theory. The large temporal variation of the IVDF has implications for the plasma chemistry and etching quality.

  13. Current Sheath Dynamics and its Evolution Studies in Sahand Filippov Type Plasma Focus

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    Mohammadi, M. A.; Sobhanian, S.; Ghomeishi, M.; Ghareshabani, E.; Moslehi-fard, M.; Lee, S.; Rawat, R. S.

    2009-12-01

    One of the most important factors for optimizing the plasma focus device operation is the dynamics of the plasma. In this paper, we investigated the profile and dynamics of the current sheath by measuring the velocity and distribution of current sheath in Sahand as a Filippov type plasma focus device. For this purpose, the discharge is produced in pure neon gas with capacitor bank stored energies in the range of 14-50 kJ. The current sheath is monitored using two sets of magnetic probes, one with four and other with three equi-distant probe coils. These probes, installed in both radial and axial directions near the edge of the interior electrode (anode), are used for monitoring the distributions and dynamics of the current sheath. The maximum current sheath velocities at radial and axial phase are 4 ± 0.13 and 3.51 ± 0.22 (cm/μs) respectively for 0.25 Torr. The decreasing of CS velocities in going move away from anode surface is one of the our results in this paper. In this paper we conclude that the current sheath velocity at radial phase in Sahand is greater than axial phase. The effect of the neon working gas pressure and working voltage on the current sheath dynamics and its spatial evolution is investigated and presented.

  14. Effect of q-nonextensive distribution of electrons on the sheath in dusty plasma

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    Driouch, Ismael; Chatei, Hassan

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, a sheath model has been developed to investigate the characteristics of a magnetised dusty plasma sheath in the presence of a q-nonextensive distribution of electrons. For this, we have established a one-dimensional fluid model. The electrons are considered following the q-nonextensive distribution (i.e. the deflection of the electrons for their Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution); however the ions and dust grains are described by fluid equations. According to multi-fluid equations and some dimensionless variables, the dimensionless equations are obtained and solved numerically. The effect of the nonextensivity q-parameter on the plasma sheath parameters is examined. A significant change is observed in the quantities characterising the sheath when the electrons evolve far away from their thermodynamic equilibrium Maxwellian ( q = 1) assumption.

  15. Simulation study of the photoemission effects in an electrostatic plasma sheath containing charged nanoparticles

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    Jalilpour, P.; Foroutan, G.

    2017-06-01

    Numerical simulations of the multi-fluid equations are utilized to investigate the effects of a directed photon flux on the structure of an electrostatic plasma sheath in the presence of nano-sized dust grains. The results revealed that the sheath width decreases with an increase in the photon flux as well as the photoelectric efficiency, and that the effect is prominent at high plasma number densities. With the increase in the incident flux, the absolute dust charge decreases immediately until it changes sign and becomes positive at moderate fluxes and then increases quite slowly. The ion drag is also reduced by the photoemission, while the electric force is enhanced. The net effect is an enhancement of the total force on the dust grains towards the sheath edge, leading to a significantly reduced dust speed and consequently an increased dust number density throughout the sheath.

  16. A different way of looking at the Plasma-Sheath Boundary Region

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    Franklin, Raoul

    2003-10-01

    The plasma-sheath boundary region has been the subject of study for eighty years, but there are aspects that are still not well understood. At low pressures it is clear that the structure is - plasma-transition layer-thin electron sheath -(thick)ion sheath, and at high pressures it is plasma-collisional sheath, without the need to introduce further structure. As the plasma becomes collisional, there is a question as to how long it is appropriate to speak in terms of the Bohm criterion. Furthermore if the sheath is many ion mean free paths long, the ions may be brought back into collisional equilibrium with the electric field, even though their speed exceeds the ion sound speed of the plasma from which they derive. We examine computationally this intermediate pressure region in terms of how to describe the ion motion, showing how the two limits go over from the one to the other. Most practical gas discharge plasmas are in such a transitional pressure region.

  17. Evolution of a dust void in a radio-frequency plasma sheath.

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    Dahiya, R P; Paeva, G V; Stoffels, W W; Stoffels, E; Kroesen, G M W; Avinash, K; Bhattacharjee, A

    2002-09-16

    The onset and growth of a dust void are investigated in a radio-frequency (rf) sheath of a capacitively coupled argon plasma. A circularly symmetric void emerges and grows with increasing rf power and pressure in the central region of the dust cloud levitating in the sheath. Experimental measurements of the void diameter are compared with the predictions of a simple phenomenological theory, based on a balance of forces on dust grains.

  18. Unified model of the rf plasma sheath: Part 2, Asymptotic connection formulae

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    Riley, M.E.

    1996-08-01

    A previously-developed approximation to the first integral of the Poisson equation enables one to obtain solutions for the voltage- current characteristics of a radio-frequency (rf) plasma sheath that are valid over the whole range of inertial response of the ions to an imposed rf voltage or current-specified conditions. The theory reproduced the time-dependent voltage-current characteristics of the two extreme cases corresponding to the Lieberman rf sheath theory and the Metze-Ernie-Oskam theory. In this paper the sheath model is connected to the plasma bulk description, and a prescription is given for the ion relaxation time constant, which determines the time-dependent ion impact energy on the electrode surface. It appears that this connected model should be applicable to those high density, low pressure plasmas in which the Debye length is a small fraction of the ion mean free path, which itself is a small fraction of the plasma dimension.

  19. Some studies on transient behaviours of sheath formation in dusty plasma with the effect of adiabatically heated electrons and ions

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    Das, G. C.

    2017-09-01

    Based on quasipotential analysis, a plasma sheath is studied through the derivation of the Sagdeev potential equation in dusty plasma coexisting with adiabatically heated electrons and ions. Salient features as to the existence of sheaths are shown by solving the Sagdeev potential equation through the Runge-Kutta method, with appropriate consideration of adiabatically heated electrons and ions in the dynamical system. It has been shown that adiabatic heating of plasma sets a limit to the critical dust speed depending on the densities and Mach number, and it is believed that its role is very important to the sheath. One present problem is the contraction of the sheath region whereby dust grains levitated into the sheath lead to a crystallization similar to the formation of nebulons and are compressed to a larger chunk of the dust cloud by shrinking of the sheath. Our overall observations advance knowledge of sheath formation and are expected to be of interest in astroplasmas.

  20. The Effect of Polarization on the Stability of Current Sheaths in Space Plasma

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    Lyahov, Vladimir; Neshchadim, Vladimir

    2013-04-01

    The procedure of study of the stability of current sheath taking into account the effect of plasma polarization is proposed. The kinetic equation with self-consistent electromagnetic field for perturbation of distribution function is solved. On the basis of this solution the tensor of dielectric permeability of nonelectroneutral sharply-irregular current sheath plasma is calculated and the dispersion equation to study the possible instability modes of this sheath is obtained. Instability of the current sheath of magnetospheric tail with respect to the tearing-perturbations as well as influence of the effect of plasma polarization on the development of tearing instability is investigated. As a result of application of the offered procedure the existence of low-frequency tearing-like modes which essentially differ from the formerly known tiring-perturbations is revealed even for the case of an electroneutral current sheath. The increment of growth of those modes is positive within very wide interval of wave lengths and attains much bigger quantities than it was supposed earlier for the tearing-instability. Due to this polarization effect, the area of existence of those low-frequency tearing-like modes is displaced from the area of strong stationary electric field more close to the magnitoneutral (and electroneutral) plane at the center of symmetry of the current sheath. The problem of structural stability of the nonelectroneutral current sheath is explored. The equilibrium model represents a system of four connected non-linear first-order differential equations and hence it should manifest the property of structural instability - sensitivity to infinitesimal changes of the parameters and initial conditions. The solution for such current sheath is realized only in some areas of 7-dimensional space of model parameters. The phase volume of those areas is small in comparison with the entire phase volume in the interval on which the parameters are defined. The above is

  1. Numerical study of an electrostatic plasma sheath containing two species of charged dust particles

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    Foroutan, G.; Akhoundi, A.

    2012-10-01

    A multi-fluid model is used to study the dynamics of a dusty plasma sheath consists of electrons, ions, and two species of charged dust particles, i.e., nano-size and micron-size particles. It is found that, when the sheath is dominated by the nano-size dust grains, spatially periodic fluctuations are developed in the profiles of the sheath potential, and the number density and velocity of the plasma and dust particles. Due to inertial effects, the fluctuations in the parameters of the micron-size grains are much lower than those of the other parameters. The competition between the electric and ion drag forces plays the primary role in development of the fluctuations. The spatial period of the fluctuations is approximately a few Debye lengths and their amplitude depends on the plasma and dust parameters. The fluctuations are reduced by the increase in the radius, mass density, and Mach number of the nano-size particles, as well as the density and Mach number of the ions. But, they are enhanced by the increase in the plasma number density and the electron temperature. The sheath thickness demonstrates a non-monotonic behavior against variation of the nanoparticle parameters, i.e., it first decreases quickly, shows a minimum, and then increases. However, the sheath width always decreases with the plasma number density and ion Mach number, while grows linearly with the electron temperature.

  2. Investigation of compression of puffing neon by deuterium current and plasma sheath in plasma focus discharge

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    Kubes, P.; Cikhardt, J.; Cikhardtova, B.; Rezac, K.; Klir, D.; Kravarik, J.; Kortanek, J.; Paduch, M.; Zielinska, E.

    2015-06-15

    This paper presents the results of the research of the influence of compressed neon, injected by the gas-puff nozzle in front of the anode axis by the deuterium current and plasma sheath on the evolution of the pinch, and neutron production at the current of 2 MA. The intense soft X-ray emission shows the presence of neon in the central region of the pinch. During the implosion and stopping of the plasma sheath, the deuterium plasma penetrates into the internal neon layer. The total neutron yield of 10{sup 10}–10{sup 11} has a similar level as in the pure deuterium shots. The neutron and hard X-ray pulses from fusion D-D reaction are as well emitted both in the phase of the stopping implosion and during the evolution of instabilities at the transformation of plasmoidal structures and constrictions composed in this configuration from both gases. The fast deuterons can be accelerated at the decay of magnetic field of the current filaments in these structures.

  3. Quantitative modeling of ICRF antennas with integrated time domain RF sheath and plasma physics

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    Smithe, David N.; D'Ippolito, Daniel A.; Myra, James R.

    2014-02-01

    Significant efforts have been made to quantitatively benchmark the sheath sub-grid model used in our time-domain simulations of plasma-immersed antenna near fields, which includes highly detailed three-dimensional geometry, the presence of the slow wave, and the non-linear evolution of the sheath potential. We present both our quantitative benchmarking strategy, and results for the ITER antenna configuration, including detailed maps of electric field, and sheath potential along the entire antenna structure. Our method is based upon a time-domain linear plasma model [1], using the finite-difference electromagnetic Vorpal/Vsim software [2]. This model has been augmented with a non-linear rf-sheath sub-grid model [3], which provides a self-consistent boundary condition for plasma current where it exists in proximity to metallic surfaces. Very early, this algorithm was designed and demonstrated to work on very complicated three-dimensional geometry, derived from CAD or other complex description of actual hardware, including ITER antennas. Initial work with the simulation model has also provided a confirmation of the existence of propagating slow waves [4] in the low density edge region, which can significantly impact the strength of the rf-sheath potential, which is thought to contribute to impurity generation. Our sheath algorithm is based upon per-point lumped-circuit parameters for which we have estimates and general understanding, but which allow for some tuning and fitting. We are now engaged in a careful benchmarking of the algorithm against known analytic models and existing computational techniques [5] to insure that the predictions of rf-sheath voltage are quantitatively consistent and believable, especially where slow waves share in the field with the fast wave. Currently in progress, an addition to the plasma force response accounting for the sheath potential, should enable the modeling of sheath plasma waves, a predicted additional root to the dispersion

  4. Quantitative modeling of ICRF antennas with integrated time domain RF sheath and plasma physics

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    Smithe, David N.; D'Ippolito, Daniel A.; Myra, James R.

    2014-02-12

    Significant efforts have been made to quantitatively benchmark the sheath sub-grid model used in our time-domain simulations of plasma-immersed antenna near fields, which includes highly detailed three-dimensional geometry, the presence of the slow wave, and the non-linear evolution of the sheath potential. We present both our quantitative benchmarking strategy, and results for the ITER antenna configuration, including detailed maps of electric field, and sheath potential along the entire antenna structure. Our method is based upon a time-domain linear plasma model, using the finite-difference electromagnetic Vorpal/Vsim software. This model has been augmented with a non-linear rf-sheath sub-grid model, which provides a self-consistent boundary condition for plasma current where it exists in proximity to metallic surfaces. Very early, this algorithm was designed and demonstrated to work on very complicated three-dimensional geometry, derived from CAD or other complex description of actual hardware, including ITER antennas. Initial work with the simulation model has also provided a confirmation of the existence of propagating slow waves in the low density edge region, which can significantly impact the strength of the rf-sheath potential, which is thought to contribute to impurity generation. Our sheath algorithm is based upon per-point lumped-circuit parameters for which we have estimates and general understanding, but which allow for some tuning and fitting. We are now engaged in a careful benchmarking of the algorithm against known analytic models and existing computational techniques to insure that the predictions of rf-sheath voltage are quantitatively consistent and believable, especially where slow waves share in the field with the fast wave. Currently in progress, an addition to the plasma force response accounting for the sheath potential, should enable the modeling of sheath plasma waves, a predicted additional root to the dispersion, existing at the

  5. Fine structure of modal focusing effect in a three dimensional plasma-sheath-lens formed by disk electrodes

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    Stamate, Eugen; Yamaguchi, Masahito

    2015-08-31

    Modal and discrete focusing effects associated with three-dimensional plasma-sheath-lenses show promising potential for applications in ion beam extraction, mass spectrometry, plasma diagnostics and for basic studies of plasma sheath. The ion focusing properties can be adjusted by controlling the geometrical structure of the plasma-sheath-lens and plasma parameters. The positive and negative ion kinetics within the plasma-sheath-lens are investigated both experimentally and theoretically and a modal focusing ring is identified on the surface of disk electrodes. The focusing ring is very sensitive to the sheath thickness and can be used to monitor very small changes in plasma parameters. Three dimensional simulations are found to be in very good agreement with experiments.

  6. Simulation of the plasma sheath dynamics in a spherical plasma focus

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    Ay, Yasar; Abd Al-Halim, Mohamed A.; Bourham, Mohamed A.

    2015-09-01

    A two concentric electrodes spherical plasma focus device is simulated using a snow plow model, depending on the momentum, circuit and shock wave equations. In the spherical plasma focus, the magnetic pressure for constant discharge current is higher at the system antipodal point as compared to that at the equator. The simulation phases include a run down phase with expansion from the first antipodal to the equator, then a compression from the equator point to the second antipodal point, and finally a reflection of the shock wave on the axis. The results show that the spherical plasma focus model is in good agreement with published experimental results of the plasma parameters such as the discharge current and current derivative. Plasma parameters and the effect of the variation in the gas pressure and discharge voltage were obtained for hydrogen, deuterium and tritium. The energy deposited into the plasma sheath and the power deposited into the plasma focus tube are calculated. The basic calculation of the current fraction is also included in this study.

  7. Modeling of Sheath Ion-Molecule Reactions in Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition of Carbon Nanotubes

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    Hash, David B.; Govindan, T. R.; Meyyappan, M.

    2004-01-01

    In many plasma simulations, ion-molecule reactions are modeled using ion energy independent reaction rate coefficients that are taken from low temperature selected-ion flow tube experiments. Only exothermic or nearly thermoneutral reactions are considered. This is appropriate for plasma applications such as high-density plasma sources in which sheaths are collisionless and ion temperatures 111 the bulk p!asma do not deviate significantly from the gas temperature. However, for applications at high pressure and large sheath voltages, this assumption does not hold as the sheaths are collisional and ions gain significant energy in the sheaths from Joule heating. Ion temperatures and thus reaction rates vary significantly across the discharge, and endothermic reactions become important in the sheaths. One such application is plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition of carbon nanotubes in which dc discharges are struck at pressures between 1-20 Torr with applied voltages in the range of 500-700 V. The present work investigates The importance of the inclusion of ion energy dependent ion-molecule reaction rates and the role of collision induced dissociation in generating radicals from the feedstock used in carbon nanotube growth.

  8. Sheath effects observed on a 10 meter high voltage panel in simulated low earth orbit plasma

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    Mccox, J. E.; Konradi, A.

    1979-01-01

    A large (1m x 10m) flat surface of conductive material was biased to high voltage (+ or - 3000 V) to simulate the behavior of a large solar array in low earth orbit. The model array was operated in a plasma environment of 1,000 to 1,000,000/cu cm, with sufficient free space around it for the resulting plasma sheaths to develop unimpeded for 5-10 meters into the surrounding plasma. Measurements of the resulting sheath thickness were obtained. The observed thickness varied approximately as V to the 3/4 power and N to the 1/2 power. This effect appears to limit total current leakage from the test array until sheath dimensions exceed about 1 meter. Total leakage current was also measured with the array.

  9. A matching approach to communicate through the plasma sheath surrounding a hypersonic vehicle

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    Gao, Xiaotian; Jiang, Binhao

    2015-06-21

    In order to overcome the communication blackout problem suffered by hypersonic vehicles, a matching approach has been proposed for the first time in this paper. It utilizes a double-positive (DPS) material layer surrounding a hypersonic vehicle antenna to match with the plasma sheath enclosing the vehicle. Analytical analysis and numerical results indicate a resonance between the matched layer and the plasma sheath will be formed to mitigate the blackout problem in some conditions. The calculated results present a perfect radiated performance of the antenna, when the match is exactly built between these two layers. The effects of the parameters of the plasma sheath have been researched by numerical methods. Based on these results, the proposed approach is easier to realize and more flexible to the varying radiated conditions in hypersonic flight comparing with other methods.

  10. Sheath effects observed on a 10 meter high voltage panel in simulated low earth orbit plasma

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    Mccox, J. E.; Konradi, A.

    1979-01-01

    A large (1m x 10m) flat surface of conductive material was biased to high voltage (+ or - 3000 V) to simulate the behavior of a large solar array in low earth orbit. The model array was operated in a plasma environment of 1,000 to 1,000,000/cu cm, with sufficient free space around it for the resulting plasma sheaths to develop unimpeded for 5-10 meters into the surrounding plasma. Measurements of the resulting sheath thickness were obtained. The observed thickness varied approximately as V to the 3/4 power and N to the 1/2 power. This effect appears to limit total current leakage from the test array until sheath dimensions exceed about 1 meter. Total leakage current was also measured with the array.

  11. A matching approach to communicate through the plasma sheath surrounding a hypersonic vehicle

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    Gao, Xiaotian; Jiang, Binhao

    2015-06-01

    In order to overcome the communication blackout problem suffered by hypersonic vehicles, a matching approach has been proposed for the first time in this paper. It utilizes a double-positive (DPS) material layer surrounding a hypersonic vehicle antenna to match with the plasma sheath enclosing the vehicle. Analytical analysis and numerical results indicate a resonance between the matched layer and the plasma sheath will be formed to mitigate the blackout problem in some conditions. The calculated results present a perfect radiated performance of the antenna, when the match is exactly built between these two layers. The effects of the parameters of the plasma sheath have been researched by numerical methods. Based on these results, the proposed approach is easier to realize and more flexible to the varying radiated conditions in hypersonic flight comparing with other methods.

  12. The magnetized sheath of a dusty plasma with nanosize dust grains

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    Mehdipour, H.; Foroutan, G.

    2010-08-15

    The magnetized sheath of a dusty plasma is investigated via numerical simulations of stationary multifluid equations by taking into account the electric, magnetic, gravitational, ion drag, neutral drag, and thermophoretic forces. Dependence of the sheath properties on the characteristics of the magnetic field and plasma parameters is explored. The sheath dynamics is mainly governed by the electric and ion drag forces and the effect of gravitation is negligible. The sheath demonstrates a nonmonotonic behavior against variations of the magnetic intensity and its angle of incidence. The sheath thickness and the maximum of dust density distribution decrease with increasing the ion to electron density ratio at the sheath edge, but increase with growing electron temperature and the positive temperature gradient of the neutrals. The effects of ion drag are similar to those of the gravitational force as both of them accelerate the dust to the wall. By a suitable configuration of the temperature gradient in the neutral gas, thermophoretic force can be utilized to deposit the building units of nanostructures on a substrate or remove any unwanted contaminant from its neighborhood.

  13. PIC Simulation of RF Plasma Sheath Formation and Initial Validation of Optical Diagnostics using HPC Resources

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    Icenhour, Casey; Exum, Ashe; Martin, Elijah; Green, David; Smithe, David; Shannon, Steven

    2014-10-01

    The coupling of experiment and simulation to elucidate near field physics above ICRF antennae presents challenges on both the experimental and computational side. In order to analyze this region, a new optical diagnostic utilizing active and passive spectroscopy is used to determine the structure of the electric fields within the sheath region. Parallel and perpendicular magnetic fields with respect to the sheath electric field have been presented. This work focuses on the validation of these measurements utilizing the Particle-in-Cell (PIC) simulation method in conjunction with High Performance Computing (HPC) resources on the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Plasma parameters of interest include electron density, electron temperature, plasma potentials, and RF plasma sheath voltages and thicknesses. The plasma is modeled utilizing the VSim plasma simulation tool, developed by the Tech-X Corporation. The implementation used here is a two-dimensional electromagnetic model of the experimental setup. The overall goal of this study is to develop models for complex RF plasma systems and to help outline the physics of RF sheath formation and subsequent power loss on ICRF antennas in systems such as ITER. This work is carried out with the support of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Tech-X Corporation.

  14. Effect of the q-nonextensive electron velocity distribution on a magnetized plasma sheath

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    Safa, N. Navab Ghomi, H.; Niknam, A. R.

    2014-08-15

    In this work, a sheath model has been developed to investigate the effect of the q-nonextensive electron velocity distribution on the different characteristics of a magnetized plasma. By using Segdeev potential method, a modified Bohm criterion for a magnetized plasma with the nonextensive electron velocity distribution is derived. The sheath model is then used to analyze numerically the sheath structure under different q, the parameter quantifying the nonextensivity degree of the system. The results show that as the q-parameter decreases, the floating potential becomes more negative. The sheath length increases at the lower values of the q-parameter due to the increase in the electron population at the high-energy tail of the distribution function. As q-parameter decreases, the effective temperature of the electrons increases which results in a more extended plasma sheath. The ion velocity and density profiles for the different nonextensivity degrees of the system reflect the gyro-motion of the ions in the presence of the magnetic field. Furthermore, the results coincide with those given by the Maxwellian electron distribution function, when q tends to 1.

  15. Effect of sheath gas in atmospheric-pressure plasma jet for potato sprouting suppression

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    Nishiyama, S.; Monma, M.; Sasaki, K.

    2016-09-01

    Recently, low-temperature atmospheric-pressure plasma jets (APPJs) attract much interest for medical and agricultural applications. We try to apply APPJs for the suppression of potato sprouting in the long-term storage. In this study, we investigated the effect of sheath gas in APPJ on the suppression efficiency of the potato sprouting. Our APPJ was composed of an insulated thin wire electrode, a glass tube, a grounded electrode which was wound on the glass tube, and a sheath gas nozzle which was attached at the end of the glass tube. The wire electrode was connected to a rectangular-waveform power supply at a frequency of 3 kHz and a voltage of +/- 7 kV. Helium was fed through the glass tube, while we tested dry nitrogen, humid nitrogen, and oxygen as the sheath gas. Eyes of potatoes were irradiated by APPJ for 60 seconds. The sprouting probability was evaluated at two weeks after the plasma irradiation. The sprouting probability was 28% when we employed no sheath gases, whereas an improved probability of 10% was obtained when we applied dry nitrogen as the sheath gas. Optical emission spectroscopy was carried out to diagnose the plasma jet. It was suggested that reactive species originated from nitrogen worked for the efficient suppression of the potato sprouting.

  16. Comprehensive Study of Plasma-Wall Sheath Transport Phenomena

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    2012-09-10

    plasma ionizes and accelerates across this region, a sharp potential drop near the exit plane of the thruster occurs and the ions’, within the plasma ...density plasma . This cell will enable the investigation of highly collisionless plasma - wall interactions occurring over ~10 cm distances. Fabrication ...well as a negatively biased stainless steel which is used as the plasma boundary in TAL thrusters . Operation at increased discharge current and plasma

  17. Measurements of the asymmetric, dynamic sheath around a pulse biased sphere immersed in flowing metal plasma

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    Anders, Andre; Wu, Hongchen; Anders, Andre

    2008-06-13

    A long-probe technique was utilized to record the expansion and retreat of the dynamic sheath around a spherical substrate immersed in pulsed cathode arc metal plasma. Positively biased, long cylindrical probes were placed on the side and downstream of a negatively pulsed biased stainless steel sphere of 1" (25.4 mm) diameter. The amplitude and width of the negative high voltage pulses (HVP) were 2 kV, 5 kV, 10 kV, and 2 mu s, 4 mu s, 10 mu s, respectively. The variation of the probe (electron) current during the HVP is a direct measure for the sheath expansion and retreat. Maximum sheath sizes were determined for the different parameters of the HVP. The expected rarefaction zone behind the biased sphere (wake) due to the fast plasma flow was clearly established and quantified.

  18. Study of Current Sheath Velocity and Its Distribution Using Tridimensional Magnetic Probe in Sahand Plasma Focus

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    A. Mohammadi, M.; Hedyeh, S.

    2015-05-01

    The current sheath velocity in 0.25 Torr gas pressure of Filippov type plasma focus is studied experimentally. By using two tridimensional magnetic probes on top of the anode surface, the current sheath velocity is measured for argon, oxygen and nitrogen. Additionally, the effect of charging voltage on the current sheath velocity is studied in both axial and radial phases. We found that, the maximum current sheath velocities at both radial and axial phases are respectively 4.33 ± 0.28 (cm/μs) and 3.92 ± 0.75 (cm/μs) with argon as the working gas at 17 kV. Also, the minimum values of current sheath velocity are 1.48 ± 0.15 (cm/μs) at the radial phase and 1.14 ± 0.09 (cm/μs) at the axial phase with oxygen at 12 kV. The current sheath velocity at the radial phase is higher than that at the axial phase for all gases and voltages. In this study, variation of the full width half maximum (FWHM) of magnetic probe signals with voltage is investigated for different gases at radial and axial phases.

  19. Oblique collision of dust acoustic solitons in a strongly coupled dusty plasma

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    Boruah, A.; Sharma, S. K. Bailung, H.; Nakamura, Y.

    2015-09-15

    The oblique collision between two equal amplitude dust acoustic solitons is observed in a strongly coupled dusty plasma. The solitons are subjected to oblique interaction at different colliding angles. We observe a resonance structure during oblique collision at a critical colliding angle which is described by the idea of three wave resonance interaction modeled by Kadomtsev-Petviashvili equation. After collision, the solitons preserve their identity. The amplitude of the resultant wave formed during interaction is measured for different collision angles as well as for different colliding soliton amplitudes. At resonance, the maximum amplitude of the new soliton formed is nearly 3.7 times the initial soliton amplitude.

  20. Fluid simulation of an electrostatic plasma sheath with two species of positive ions and charged nanoparticles

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    Foroutan, G.

    2010-12-15

    One-dimensional fluid simulations are used to study the dynamics of an electrostatic plasma sheath containing nanosized dust grains and two species of positive ions, i.e., He{sup +} and Ar{sup +}. The impacts of the concentration of each species, the velocity at the sheath edge of the ions, and the bias voltage of the substrate, on the spatial distribution of the velocity and number density of the plasma particles, and the incident fluxes of the ions on the substrate, are investigated. The numerical results show that the sheath thickness increases with increasing {sigma}, the density ratio of He{sup +} ions to Ar{sup +} ions at the sheath edge. For nanosized dust particles considered in this work, the dominant forces are the ion drag and the electric force and the effects of the neutral drag and gravity are negligible. Due to enhancement of the ion drag force and the electric force, the dust velocity increases and, consequently, the dust number density decreases as the concentration at the sheath edge of Ar{sup +} ions is increased. For the same velocity and number density at the sheath edge, the number density of Ar{sup +} ions near the wall is larger than that of He{sup +} ions, but their incident fluxes are the same. The maximum in the dust number density increases with the velocity of Ar{sup +} ions at the sheath edge, but it weakly changes with the Mach number of He{sup +} ions, except for large values of {sigma}. The position of the maximum dust number density initially decreases very quickly with increasing the velocity at the sheath edge of the ions from small values, but then at larger values it changes quite slowly. The differences in the sheath parameters for different values of {sigma} disappear at some values of the velocity at the sheath edge of the ions and dust particles. The incident flux of the ions are independent of the bias voltage of the substrate, but their kinetic energy is equal to the bias potential.

  1. Scaling of the plasma sheath in a magnetic field parallel to the wall

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    Krasheninnikova, Natalia S.; Tang Xianzhu; Roytershteyn, Vadim S.

    2010-05-15

    Motivated by the magnetized target fusion [R. E. Siemon et al., Comments Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 18, 363 (1999)] experiment, a systematic investigation of the scaling of a one-dimensional plasma sheath with a magnetic field parallel to the wall was carried out using analytical theory and the particle-in-cell code VPIC [K. J. Bowers et al., Phys. Plasmas 15, 055703 (2008)]. Starting with a uniform Maxwellian distribution in three-dimensional velocity space, plasma consisting of collisionless electrons, and ions of the same temperature interacts with a perfectly absorbing wall. A much larger ion Larmor radius causes the wall to be charged positively, creating an electric field that tends to repel the ions and attract the electrons, which is the opposite of the conventional Bohm sheath [D. Bohm, Characteristics of Electrical Discharges in Magnetic Fields (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1949)]. This manifests in the form of gyro-orbit modification by this spatially varying electric field, the degree of which is found to intricately depend on the relation between three parameters: electron and ion thermal Larmor radii and plasma Debye length: rho{sub the}, rho{sub thi}, and lambda{sub D}. Furthermore, the study of the sheath width scaling through the analysis of the full width at half max of electric field, x{sub Eh}, elucidates three distinct types of behavior of x{sub Eh}, corresponding to three different regimes: rho{sub thi}sheath width, the scaling of the wall potential phi{sub Wall}, as well as the role of the ion mass and charge Z are investigated. The results of this analytical and computational approach can also be useful in studying the plasma sheath in the conventional magnetic confinement devices, in particular at the first wall of tokamaks.

  2. Excitation of the lower oblique resonance by an artificial plasma jet in the ionosphere

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    Thiel, J.; Storey, L. R. O.; Bauer, O. H.; Jones, D.

    1984-04-01

    Aboard the Porcupine rockets, bursts of noise were detected in the electron whistler range during the operation of a xenon plasma gun on a package ejected from the main payload. These observations can be interpreted in terms of excitation of the lower oblique resonance by instabilities associated with the motion of the xenon ion beam through the ionospheric plasma.

  3. A dynamic analysis of the magnetized plasma sheath in a collisionless scenario with ion sources

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    Adhikari, S.; Moulick, R.; Goswami, K. S.

    2017-08-01

    The influence of the forces that control the ion dynamics inside a magnetized plasma sheath under collisionless conditions is analyzed. Considering the ionization, the effects of the variation of field strength and the inclination angle on the force fields inside the sheath are studied. The pitch length and pitch angle for the particle velocity fields are also calculated and have been found to vary widely with the inclination angle and the strength of the magnetic field. The role of the Lorentz force and energy acquired by the ions while moving towards the wall is highlighted. A comparison between two different ion sources has also been foregrounded.

  4. Measurement of electric field and gradient in the plasma sheath using clusters of floating microspheres

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    Sheridan, T. E.; Katschke, M. R.; Wells, K. D.

    2007-02-15

    A method for measuring the time-averaged vertical electric field and its gradient in the plasma sheath using clusters with n=2 or 3 floating microspheres of known mass is described. The particle charge q is found by determining the ratio of the breathing frequency to the center-of-mass frequency for horizontal (in-plane) oscillations. The electric field at the position of the particles is then calculated using the measured charge-to-mass ratio, and the electric-field gradient is determined from the vertical resonance frequency. The Debye length is also found. Experimental results are in agreement with a simple sheath model.

  5. Sheath expansion and plasma dynamics in the presence of electrode evaporation: Application to a vacuum circuit breaker

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    Sarrailh, P.; Garrigues, L.; Hagelaar, G. J. M.; Boeuf, J. P.; Sandolache, G.; Rowe, S.

    2009-09-01

    During the postarc dielectric recovery phase in a vacuum circuit breaker, a cathode sheath forms and expels the plasma from the electrode gap. The success or failure of current breaking depends on how efficiently the plasma is expelled from the electrode gap. The sheath expansion in the postarc phase can be compared to sheath expansion in plasma immersion ion implantation except that collisions between charged particles and atoms generated by electrode evaporation may become important in a vacuum circuit breaker. In this paper, we show that electrode evaporation plays a significant role in the dynamics of the sheath expansion in this context not only because charged particle transport is no longer collisionless but also because the neutral flow due to evaporation and temperature gradients may push the plasma toward one of the electrodes. Using a hybrid model of the nonequilibrium postarc plasma and cathode sheath coupled with a direct simulation Monte Carlo method to describe collisions between heavy species, we present a parametric study of the sheath and plasma dynamics and of the time needed for the sheath to expel the plasma from the gap for different values of plasma density and electrode temperatures at the beginning of the postarc phase. This work constitutes a preliminary step toward understanding and quantifying the risk of current breaking failure of a vacuum arc.

  6. Effects Of Secondary Electron Emission On The Plasma Sheath Of A Copper Wall

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    Lopez, Adrian; Foster, John

    2016-09-01

    Secondary electron emissions (SEE) from surfaces immersed in plasma such as that found in Hall thruster channels has the potential to affect not only the sheath potential distribution and overall sheath voltage, but also influence the near plasma properties. Such changes can influence engine performance and lifetime. In order to better understand how SEE can bring about changes in the bulk plasma, Langmuir probe-derived electron energy distribution measurements are made outside the sheath of a target under electron beam irradiation. Rather than numerically differentiating the I-V characteristic, an AC superimposed signal is used to obtain the electron energy distribution function (EEDF). This approach allows for better resolution of the distribution function, in particular, the distribution tail. In this manner, numerical noise and artificial structure that arises due to numerical differentiation can be avoided. EEDF changes are correlated with observed changes in the sheath potential of a copper substrate irradiated with a monoenergetic electron beam. Work supported by US Air Force grant FA9550-09-1-0695.

  7. Investigation on oblique shock wave control by arc discharge plasma in supersonic airflow

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    Wang, Jian; Li, Yinghong; Xing, Fei

    2009-10-01

    Wedge oblique shock wave control by arc discharge plasma in supersonic airflow was investigated theoretically, experimentally, and numerically in this paper. Using thermal choking model, the change in oblique shock wave was deduced, which refer that the start point of shock wave shifts upstream, the shock wave angle decreases, and its intensity weakens. Then the theoretical results were validated experimentally in a Mach 2.2 wind tunnel. On the test conditions of arc discharge power of ˜1 kW and arc plasma temperature of ˜3000 K, schlieren photography and gas pressure measurements indicated that the start point of shock wave shifted upstream of ˜4 mm, the shock wave angle decreased 8.6%, and its intensity weakened 8.8%. The deduced theoretical results match the test results qualitatively, so thermal mechanism and thermal choking model are rational to explain the problem of oblique shock wave control by arc discharge plasma. Finally, numerical simulation was developed. Based on thermal mechanism, the arc discharge plasma was simplified as a thermal source term that added to the Navier-Stokes equations. The simulation results of the change in oblique shock wave were consistent with the test results, so the thermal mechanism indeed dominates the oblique shock wave control process.

  8. Investigation on oblique shock wave control by arc discharge plasma in supersonic airflow

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    Wang Jian; Li Yinghong; Xing Fei

    2009-10-01

    Wedge oblique shock wave control by arc discharge plasma in supersonic airflow was investigated theoretically, experimentally, and numerically in this paper. Using thermal choking model, the change in oblique shock wave was deduced, which refer that the start point of shock wave shifts upstream, the shock wave angle decreases, and its intensity weakens. Then the theoretical results were validated experimentally in a Mach 2.2 wind tunnel. On the test conditions of arc discharge power of approx1 kW and arc plasma temperature of approx3000 K, schlieren photography and gas pressure measurements indicated that the start point of shock wave shifted upstream of approx4 mm, the shock wave angle decreased 8.6%, and its intensity weakened 8.8%. The deduced theoretical results match the test results qualitatively, so thermal mechanism and thermal choking model are rational to explain the problem of oblique shock wave control by arc discharge plasma. Finally, numerical simulation was developed. Based on thermal mechanism, the arc discharge plasma was simplified as a thermal source term that added to the Navier-Stokes equations. The simulation results of the change in oblique shock wave were consistent with the test results, so the thermal mechanism indeed dominates the oblique shock wave control process.

  9. Determination of the levitation limits of dust particles within the sheath in complex plasma experiments

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    Douglass, Angela; Land, Victor; Qiao Ke; Matthews, Lorin; Hyde, Truell

    2012-01-15

    Experiments are performed in which dust particles are levitated at varying heights above the powered electrode in a radio frequency plasma discharge by changing the discharge power. The trajectories of particles dropped from the top of the discharge chamber are used to reconstruct the vertical electric force acting on the particles. The resulting data, together with the results from a self-consistent fluid model, are used to determine the lower levitation limit for dust particles in the discharge and the approximate height above the lower electrode where quasineutrality is attained, locating the sheath edge. These results are then compared with current sheath models. It is also shown that particles levitated within a few electron Debye lengths of the sheath edge are located outside the linearly increasing portion of the electric field.

  10. Electromagnetic particle in cell modeling of the plasma focus: Current sheath formation and lift off

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    Seng, Y. S.; Lee, P.; Rawat, R. S.

    2014-02-15

    The shaping and formation of the current sheath takes place in the breakdown phase of a plasma focus device and critically controls the device performance. Electrostatic particle in cell codes, with magnetic effects ignored, have been used to model the breakdown phase. This Letter reports the successful development and implementation of an electromagnetic particle in cell (EMPIC) code, including magnetic effects self-consistently, to simulate the breakdown phase; from the ionization, localization and gliding discharge along the insulator to the time instant of current sheath lift off. The magnetic field was found to be appreciable from the time the current sheath came into contact with the anode with increased local current, initiating the voltage breakdown of the device as a result.

  11. Confinement and structure of electrostatically coupled dust clouds in a direct current plasma-sheath

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    Nunomura, S.; Ohno, N.; Takamura, S.

    1998-10-01

    Mechanisms for the confinement and the internal structure of an electrostatically coupled dust cloud formed in a dc glow discharge have been investigated from a comparative viewpoint between experimental observations and a simple model. Two kinds of dust clouds with different internal structures are clearly observed, depending on the dispersion of the size distribution of dust particles. The dust cloud can be trapped only in the plasma-sheath boundary area, corresponding to the potential minimum region determined by gravitational and electrostatic forces in the cathode sheath. No dust particles were found deep inside of the sheath, which is consistent with the analysis because the dust particles may be charged positively due to an extreme reduction of the electron density. The internal structure of the electrostatically coupled dust cloud was found to be arranged so that the total potential energy, including the repulsive Coulomb interaction among negative dust particles, may become minimal.

  12. Time-varying impedance of the sheath on a probe in an RF plasma

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    Chen, Francis F.

    2006-11-01

    Langmuir probes used in radiofrequency (rf) discharges usually include compensation elements that minimize the effect of high frequency oscillations in plasma potential. The design of these elements requires knowledge of the capacitance of the sheath on the probe tip, a quantity which varies nonlinearly during the rf cycle. Sheath capacitance has been studied previously for capacitively coupled discharges, where the rf is applied to the electrodes. Here the problem is treated from the standpoint of a small probe in a fluctuating discharge. This work differs from existing literature in that (a) no step model is used and the Debye sheath is treated exactly, (b) the treatment is simple and analytic, (c) the time-variation of the capacitance is explicitly shown, (d) the results are applied to probe design and (e) cylindrical geometry is considered. The rf frequency is assumed low enough that electron transit times can be ignored. We find that when the rf excursions bring the sheath from the Child-Langmuir region into the Debye sheath or electron saturation region, its capacitance has a strongly non-linear behaviour.

  13. Sheath structure in plasma with two species of positive ions and secondary electrons

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    Xiao-Yun, Zhao; Nong, Xiang; Jing, Ou; De-Hui, Li; Bin-Bin, Lin

    2016-02-01

    The properties of a collisionless plasma sheath are investigated by using a fluid model in which two species of positive ions and secondary electrons are taken into account. It is shown that the positive ion speeds at the sheath edge increase with secondary electron emission (SEE) coefficient, and the sheath structure is affected by the interplay between the two species of positive ions and secondary electrons. The critical SEE coefficients and the sheath widths depend strongly on the positive ion charge number, mass and concentration in the cases with and without SEE. In addition, ion kinetic energy flux to the wall and the impact of positive ion species on secondary electron density at the sheath edge are also discussed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11475220 and 11405208), the Program of Fusion Reactor Physics and Digital Tokamak with the CAS “One-Three-Five” Strategic Planning, the National ITER Program of China (Grant No. 2015GB101003), and the Higher Education Natural Science Research Project of Anhui Province, China (Grant No. 2015KJ009).

  14. The effect of intermediate frequency on sheath dynamics in collisionless current driven triple frequency capacitive plasmas

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    Sharma, S.; Mishra, S. K.; Kaw, P. K.; Turner, M. M.

    2017-01-01

    The Capacitively Coupled Plasma discharge featuring operation in current driven triple frequency configuration has analytically been investigated, and the outcome is verified by utilising the 1D3V particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation code. In this analysis, the role of middle frequency component of the applied signal has precisely been explored. The discharge parameters are seen to be sensitive to the ratio of the chosen middle frequency to lower and higher frequencies for fixed amplitudes of the three frequency components. On the basis of analysis and PIC simulation results, the middle frequency component is demonstrated to act as additional control over sheath potential, electron sheath heating, and ion energy distribution function (iedf) of the plasma discharge. For the electron sheath heating, effect of the middle frequency is seen to be pronounced as it approaches to the lower frequency component. On the other hand, for the iedf, the control is more sensitive as the middle frequency approaches towards the higher frequency. The PIC estimate for the electron sheath heating is found to be in reasonably good agreement with the analytical prediction based on the Kaganovich formulation.

  15. Velocity boundary conditions for positive ions entering radio-frequency sheaths in electronegative plasmas

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    Sobolewski, Mark A.; Wang, Yicheng; Goyette, Amanda

    2017-08-01

    Under certain conditions in radio-frequency (rf) plasmas, the amplitude of the low-energy peak in ion energy distributions (IEDs) measured at an electrode depends sensitively on the velocity at which ions approach the sheath. By measuring IEDs, incident ion velocities can be determined. Here, IEDs were measured in inductively coupled plasmas in 1.3 Pa of CF4, at rf sheath voltages up to 100 V at 1 MHz, obtained by biasing a counterelectrode. From measured IEDs and sheath voltages, we determined the incident velocities of all significant positive ions: CF3+, CF2+, CF+, and F+. At higher bias voltages, we detected essentially the same velocity for all four ions, suggesting that some collisional process keeps different ions at the same velocity as they emerge from the presheath. For all four ions, measured velocities were significantly lower than the Bohm velocity uB and the electropositive ion sound speed cs, because of negative ion effects. From the measured velocities, an upper bound for negative ion temperature is obtained. The velocities determined here do not agree with boundary conditions that have been previously proposed, because the latter neglect either the reduction in ion sound speed due to negative ions or the acceleration that occurs as ions pass from the point where quasineutrality is violated to the point where electron density becomes negligible. Both of these effects are treated to fair approximation, for collisionless sheaths, by setting the initial velocity to twice the ion sound speed modified by negative ions.

  16. Collaborative Research: Understanding Ion Losses to Plasma Boundaries Sheaths and Presheaths

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    Hershkowitz, Noah

    2015-10-01

    Sheaths are common to all bounded steady-state plasmas. This includes laboratory, industrial, fusion, and in some cases even space plasmas. They form in general to balance particle loss and maintain quasi-neutrality in plasmas. Electrons are lighter than the ions by 2000 times or more (depending on the gas), and in most plasmas ion temperatures are rarely higher than the electron temperature and generally much lower. Thus in most cases, negative potential sheaths occur to confine electrons and allow ions to be freely lost. We have investigated how a plasma locally response to a positive bias on a small electrode, and have established area criteria which plasma reacts differently to the positive bias – first a pure electron sheath, and a global non-ambipolar regime where all electrons are lost to the electrode, and a double layer structure identified as a virtual cathode forms to limiting electron loss and maintain quasi-neutrality, and finally a anode spot regime where a secondary discharge occurs in front of the electrode, turning it into the major loss area of the entire plasma. Electrode area and plasma parameters criteria for these regimes were established, and the effect of the virtual cathode on the electrode’s I-V characteristics was investigated. We have also developed a global non-ambipolar electron source to replace hollow cathodes in a number of plasma applications. This eliminates the lifetime limitation and maintenance cost of hollow cathodes as they easily wear out easily and cannot be replaced in space applications.

  17. Observations on the dynamics of the plasma sheath axial acceleration phase on a Plasma Focus Discharge of hundreds of Joules

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    Avaria, Gonzalo; Clausse, Alejandro; Cuadrado, Osvaldo; Villalba, Nelson; Moreno, Jose; Pavez, Cristian; Soto, Leopoldo

    2016-10-01

    The plasma sheath evolution in the axial acceleration phase of plasma focus discharges is of interest for fundamental studies of the ionization and electron density evolution at the early stages of plasma formation, in order to improve the understanding of its influence in pinch development characteristics. We present spatial and temporal resolved measurements performed with a 0.5 m imaging spectrometer that captures the emission of the interelectrode region in the PF-400J (176-539 J, 880 nF, 20-35 kV, quarter period 300 ns) Plasma Focus Discharge. Spectral images of the plasma sheath at different times of the current pulse evolution were acquired with an ICCD integrating over a 3 ns window. The sheath speed was determined to be approximately 43.6 km/s for discharges in Hydrogen at 9 mbar. Comparison of these measurements with numerical calculations, based on a lumped parameter model, show excellent correspondence. Electron density calculations at different stages of the plasma evolution are also presented. Work supported by FONDECYT Iniciación 11121587 and CONICYT-PIA Anillo ACT 1115.

  18. Self-consistent multicomponent plasma sheath theory for the extraction of H- ions (invited)

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    Becker, Reinard

    2004-05-01

    A self-consistent one-dimensional plasma sheath theory is presented to provide the basis for a correct numerical simulation of the extraction of volume produced H- ions. The plasma may consist not only of electrons and H- ions, but may also contain other positive ions such as protons, molecular ions and those of heavier elements, like cesium or tantalum. For the transition from the classical plasma sheath with a falling potential to the extraction region for H- ions with an increasing potential there exists the problem of a saddle point with adverse optical properties. This is eliminated by requiring sufficient space charge of H- ions near the extraction electrode. The formation of a virtual cathode in the extraction region by reflected positive ions is also taken into account. The integration of the Poisson equation in the extraction region establishes a criterion to avoid the creation of a nonphysical periodical sequence of potential maximums and minima. This criterion is an antithesis to the Bohm sheath criterion and has a corresponding interpretation: a virtual cathode in the extraction region can only be avoided, if the space charge of positive ions rapidly decreases. The acceptable range of parameters is thus reduced considerably. The resulting axial potential function is then used to derive the shape of the plasma wall electrode in the vicinity of the ion beam edge in order to obtain an aberration free beam boundary, this information being equivalent to the Pierce angle in the case of solid electron or ion emitters.

  19. Investigation of the sheath formation in a dusty plasma containing energetic electrons and nano-size dust grains

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    Foroutan, G.; Akhoundi, A.

    2012-10-15

    Numerical simulations of the stationary multi-fluid equations are used to study the structure of a dusty plasma sheath in the presence of a beam of energetic electrons. It is found that even a small number of energetic electrons can strongly modify the sheath parameters, specially the sheath thickness. Depending on the magnitude of the beam flux, two different regimes of sheath thickness can be recognized; At small beam fluxes, the sheath is in the regime of thin sheath and its thickness grows linearly with the beam flux. As the beam flux increases, at a certain beam energy or beam number density, the sheath demonstrates a sharp transition to the regime of thick sheath where the width is almost three times larger. The beam parameters corresponding to the transition between the two regimes depend on the parameters of the background plasma. The beam transition energy increases with the electron temperature and dust number density while decreases with the dust radius. On the other hand, the beam transition number density is a non-monotonic function of the background plasma number density. The localization of dust particles above the substrate is intensified by the increase in the beam number density.

  20. Shear flow instability in a partially-ionized plasma sheath around a fast-moving vehicle

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    Sotnikov, V. I.; Mudaliar, S.; Genoni, T. C.; Rose, D. V.; Oliver, B. V.; Mehlhorn, T. A.

    2011-06-15

    The stability of ion acoustic waves in a sheared-flow, partially-ionized compressible plasma sheath around a fast-moving vehicle in the upper atmosphere, is described and evaluated for different flow profiles. In a compressible plasma with shear flow, instability occurs for any velocity profile, not just for profiles with an inflection point. A second-order differential equation for the electrostatic potential of excited ion acoustic waves in the presence of electron and ion collisions with neutrals is derived and solved numerically using a shooting method with boundary conditions appropriate for a finite thickness sheath in contact with the vehicle. We consider three different velocity flow profiles and find that in all cases that neutral collisions can completely suppress the instability.

  1. Modal focusing effect of positive and negative ions by a three-dimensional plasma-sheath lens.

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    Stamate, E; Sugai, H

    2005-04-01

    A complex focusing effect of positive and negative ions caused by the sheath forming to biased electrodes that interface insulators has been found by solving in three dimensions the potential distribution and ion kinetics within the sheath. Thus, intrinsically correlated with the sheath shape, certain electrical charges are focused on the surface, forming well defined patterns named modal lines and modal spots. Their superposition to the previously reported discrete focusing leads to a total flux that represents a "fingerprint" of the entire sheath on the electrode surface. The ion flux pattern is developed experimentally on the surface of square and octagonal electrodes exposed to Ar/SF(6) and CF4 plasmas. Present results are of high potential importance for fundamental studies concerning sheath formation and charge kinetics and also in a wide range of plasma applications.

  2. Generation of dust projectiles passing over an obstacle in the plasma sheath

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    Ticos, Catalin M.; Stoica, Daniel S.; Delzanno, Gian Luca

    2012-08-15

    Dust projectiles were produced in a radio-frequency plasma by increasing 6-fold the radio-frequency power put into the discharge. The initial static dust particles were observed to gain speed while moving away from the confining region and escaped from the inter-electrode space on a ballistic-like trajectory. Single-grain dynamics simulations indicated that the dust particles were accelerated by changes induced in the sheath electric field profile.

  3. Comprehensive Study of Plasma-Wall Sheath Transport Phenomena

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    2016-10-26

    resolving the electron motion along the walls, and self- consistently calculating electron transport and velocity distribution evolution . Collisions are...borosil. The work shows that the evolution of the M26 surface is governed by the complex microstructure of the material. 15. SUBJECT TERMS Plasma 16...as a result of the angle-dependence of the sputtering yield of fused silica. Unlike fused silica, the work shows that the evolution of the M26

  4. Scattering and polarization conversion of electromagnetic waves obliquely incident on a magnetized plasma layer

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    Cho, Suwon

    2017-07-01

    This paper addresses the scattering of electromagnetic waves obliquely incident on a magnetized plasma layer. It is shown that the polarizations of the waves can be converted when they are obliquely incident on a magnetized plasma layer. The scattering coefficients of the incident and converted waves are computed based on the analytic solutions of a uniform magnetized plasma slab. The total transmittance and reflectance are similar to those of the normal incidence, but the individual scattering coefficients of the incident and converted waves vary, depending on the dispersion characteristics of the ordinary and extraordinary modes in the plasma. The contributions of the converted wave increase with the wave number parallel to the magnetic field but decrease as the frequency increases above the upper hybrid resonance, regardless of the parallel wave number.

  5. Plasmas fluxes to surfaces for an oblique magnetic field

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    Pitcher, C.S. ); Stangeby, P.C.; Elder, J.D. ); Bell, M.G.; Kilpatrick, S.J.; Manos, D.M.; Medley, S.S.; Owens, D.K.; Ramsey, A.T.; Ulrickson, M. . Plasma Physics Lab.)

    1992-07-01

    The poloidal and toroidal spatial distributions of D{sub {alpha}}, He I and C II emission have been obtained in the vicinity of the TFTR bumper limiter and are compared with models of ion flow to the surface. The distributions are found not to agree with a model (the Cosine'' model) which determines the incident flux density using only the parallel fluxes in the scrape-off layer and the projected area of the surface perpendicular to the field lines. In particular, the Cosine model is not able to explain the significant fluxes observed at locations on the surface which are oblique to the magnetic field. It is further shown that these fluxes cannot be explained by the finite Larmor radius of impinging ions. Finally, it is demonstrated, with the use of Monte Carlo codes, that the distributions can be explained by including both parallel and cross-field transport onto the limiter surface.

  6. Plasmas fluxes to surfaces for an oblique magnetic field

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    Pitcher, C.S.; Stangeby, P.C.; Elder, J.D.; Bell, M.G.; Kilpatrick, S.J.; Manos, D.M.; Medley, S.S.; Owens, D.K.; Ramsey, A.T.; Ulrickson, M.

    1992-07-01

    The poloidal and toroidal spatial distributions of D{sub {alpha}}, He I and C II emission have been obtained in the vicinity of the TFTR bumper limiter and are compared with models of ion flow to the surface. The distributions are found not to agree with a model (the ``Cosine`` model) which determines the incident flux density using only the parallel fluxes in the scrape-off layer and the projected area of the surface perpendicular to the field lines. In particular, the Cosine model is not able to explain the significant fluxes observed at locations on the surface which are oblique to the magnetic field. It is further shown that these fluxes cannot be explained by the finite Larmor radius of impinging ions. Finally, it is demonstrated, with the use of Monte Carlo codes, that the distributions can be explained by including both parallel and cross-field transport onto the limiter surface.

  7. Experimental Characterization of the Stagnation Layer between Two Obliquely Merging Supersonic Plasma Jets

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    Merritt, E. C.; Moser, A. L.; Hsu, S. C.; Loverich, J.; Gilmore, M.

    2013-08-01

    We present spatially resolved measurements characterizing the stagnation layer between two obliquely merging supersonic plasma jets. Intrajet collisionality is very high, but the interjet ion-ion mean free path is of the order of the stagnation layer thickness of a few centimeters. Fast-framing camera images show a double-peaked emission profile transverse to the stagnation layer, with the central emission dip consistent with a density dip in the interferometer data. We demonstrate that our observations are consistent with collisional oblique shocks.

  8. Experimental characterization of the stagnation layer between two obliquely merging supersonic plasma jets.

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    Merritt, E C; Moser, A L; Hsu, S C; Loverich, J; Gilmore, M

    2013-08-23

    We present spatially resolved measurements characterizing the stagnation layer between two obliquely merging supersonic plasma jets. Intrajet collisionality is very high, but the interjet ion-ion mean free path is of the order of the stagnation layer thickness of a few centimeters. Fast-framing camera images show a double-peaked emission profile transverse to the stagnation layer, with the central emission dip consistent with a density dip in the interferometer data. We demonstrate that our observations are consistent with collisional oblique shocks.

  9. Potential application of X-ray communication through a plasma sheath encountered during spacecraft reentry into earth's atmosphere

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    Li, Huan; Tang, Xiaobin; Hang, Shuang; Liu, Yunpeng; Chen, Da

    2017-03-01

    Rapid progress in exploiting X-ray science has fueled its potential application in communication networks as a carrier wave for transmitting information through a plasma sheath during spacecraft reentry into earth's atmosphere. In this study, we addressed the physical transmission process of X-rays in the reentry plasma sheath and near-earth space theoretically. The interactions between the X-rays and reentry plasma sheath were investigated through the theoretical Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin method, and the Monte Carlo simulation was employed to explore the transmission properties of X-rays in the near-earth space. The simulation results indicated that X-ray transmission was not influenced by the reentry plasma sheath compared with regular RF signals, and adopting various X-ray energies according to different spacecraft reentry altitudes is imperative when using X-ray uplink communication especially in the near-earth space. Additionally, the performance of the X-ray communication system was evaluated by applying the additive white Gaussian noise, Rayleigh fading channel, and plasma sheath channel. The Doppler shift, as a result of spacecraft velocity changes, was also calculated through the Matlab Simulink simulation, and various plasma sheath environments have no significant influence on X-ray communication owing to its exceedingly high carrier frequency.

  10. Obliquely propagating cnoidal waves in a magnetized dusty plasma with variable dust charge

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    Yadav, L. L.; Sayal, V. K.

    2009-11-15

    We have studied obliquely propagating dust-acoustic nonlinear periodic waves, namely, dust-acoustic cnoidal waves, in a magnetized dusty plasma consisting of electrons, ions, and dust grains with variable dust charge. Using reductive perturbation method and appropriate boundary conditions for nonlinear periodic waves, we have derived Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation for the plasma. It is found that the contribution to the dispersion due to the deviation from plasma approximation is dominant for small angles of obliqueness, while for large angles of obliqueness, the dispersion due to magnetic force becomes important. The cnoidal wave solution of the KdV equation is obtained. It is found that the frequency of the cnoidal wave depends on its amplitude. The effects of the magnetic field, the angle of obliqueness, the density of electrons, the dust-charge variation and the ion-temperature on the characteristics of the dust-acoustic cnoidal wave are also discussed. It is found that in the limiting case the cnoidal wave solution reduces to dust-acoustic soliton solution.

  11. High voltage plasma sheath analysis related to TSS-1

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    Sheldon, John W.

    1991-10-01

    On the first mission of the Tethered Satellite System (TSS-1), a 1.8 m diameter spherical satellite will be deployed a distance of 20 km above the space shuttle Orbiter on an insulated conducting tether. The satellite will be held at electric potentials up to 5000 volts positive with respect to the ambient plasma. Due to the passage of the conducting tether through the Earth's magnetic field, an emf will be created, driving electrons down the tether to the orbiter, out through an electron gun into the ionosphere and back into the positive biased satellite. Instrumentation on the satellite will measure electron flow to the surface at several locations, but these detectors have a limited range of acceptance angle. The problem addressed herein is the determination of the electron current distribution over the satellite surface and the angle of incidence of the incoming electrons relative to the surface normal.

  12. High voltage plasma sheath analysis related to TSS-1

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    Sheldon, John W.

    1991-01-01

    On the first mission of the Tethered Satellite System (TSS-1), a 1.8 m diameter spherical satellite will be deployed a distance of 20 km above the space shuttle Orbiter on an insulated conducting tether. The satellite will be held at electric potentials up to 5000 volts positive with respect to the ambient plasma. Due to the passage of the conducting tether through the Earth's magnetic field, an emf will be created, driving electrons down the tether to the orbiter, out through an electron gun into the ionosphere and back into the positive biased satellite. Instrumentation on the satellite will measure electron flow to the surface at several locations, but these detectors have a limited range of acceptance angle. The problem addressed herein is the determination of the electron current distribution over the satellite surface and the angle of incidence of the incoming electrons relative to the surface normal.

  13. Nonlinear surface plasma wave induced target normal sheath acceleration of protons

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    Liu, C. S.; Tripathi, V. K. Shao, Xi; Liu, T. C.

    2015-02-15

    The mode structure of a large amplitude surface plasma wave (SPW) over a vacuum–plasma interface, including relativistic and ponderomotive nonlinearities, is deduced. It is shown that the SPW excited by a p-polarized laser on a rippled thin foil target can have larger amplitude than the transmitted laser amplitude and cause stronger target normal sheath acceleration of protons as reported in a recent experiment. Substantial enhancement in proton number also occurs due to the larger surface area covered by the SPW.

  14. Investigation Of The Dust Particles Trapping In Electrostatic Sheaths Of Plasma Discharge

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    Tahraoui; Zaham, B.; Annou, R.; Bougdira, J.; Hugon, R.

    2008-09-23

    In this work, a 1D steady state model to study the dynamics along with trapping of dust grains in a plasma sheath over the lower electrode in a plasma reactor, is proposed. Electron and negative ions density distributions are taken Boltzmannian whereas positive ions are described by a cold fluid model. Numerous forces acting on dust grains are taken into account, viz, electric force, gravity force, ion drag force, neutral drag force, etc. It is found that trapping is grain size dependent, and it affects only negatively charged grains. The trapping position is determined and the physical parameters controlling the later are discussed.

  15. Revealing an intermediate region between the collisional radiofrequency plasma bulk and its sheath

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    Beckers, J.; Trienekens, D. J. M.; Kroesen, G. M. W.

    2015-03-01

    Experimental evidence of the existence of an intermediate region between a capacitively coupled plasma and the collisional space-charge region at its borders is presented. This proof is generated by monitoring—in an airplane carrying out parabolic flights—the trajectory of plasma-confined microparticles. Based on only primary data and without the need for a sophisticated model, our analysis concludes a sharply marked transition from the sheath region into another region with a significantly lower—yet nonzero—space-charge density, i.e., a region which is often called the presheath.

  16. Revealing an intermediate region between the collisional radiofrequency plasma bulk and its sheath.

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    Beckers, J; Trienekens, D J M; Kroesen, G M W

    2015-03-01

    Experimental evidence of the existence of an intermediate region between a capacitively coupled plasma and the collisional space-charge region at its borders is presented. This proof is generated by monitoring-in an airplane carrying out parabolic flights-the trajectory of plasma-confined microparticles. Based on only primary data and without the need for a sophisticated model, our analysis concludes a sharply marked transition from the sheath region into another region with a significantly lower-yet nonzero-space-charge density, i.e., a region which is often called the presheath.

  17. Propagation and oblique collision of ion-acoustic solitary waves in a magnetized dusty electronegative plasma

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    El-Labany, S. K.; Behery, E. E.; El-Shamy, E. F.

    2013-12-15

    The propagation and oblique collision of ion-acoustic (IA) solitary waves in a magnetized dusty electronegative plasma consisting of cold mobile positive ions, Boltzmann negative ions, Boltzmann electrons, and stationary positive/negative dust particles are studied. The extended Poincaré-Lighthill-Kuo perturbation method is employed to derive the Korteweg-de Vries equations and the corresponding expressions for the phase shifts after collision between two IA solitary waves. It turns out that the angle of collision, the temperature and density of negative ions, and the dust density of opposite polarity have reasonable effects on the phase shift. Clearly, the numerical results demonstrated that the IA solitary waves are delayed after the oblique collision. The current finding of this work is applicable in many plasma environments having negative ion species, such as D- and F-regions of the Earth's ionosphere and some laboratory plasma experiments.

  18. The effect of a dust size distribution on electrostatic sheaths in unmagnetized dusty plasmas

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    Benlemdjaldi, D.; Tahraoui, A.; Hugon, R.; Bougdira, J.

    2013-04-15

    In this work, the structure of plasma sheaths in presence of dust particles with different sizes is investigated numerically in a multifluid framework, where the dust size distribution is modeled by Gauss' law. For this, we have established a 1D, stationary, unmagnetized, and weakly collisional electronegative dusty plasma sheath model. The electrons and negative ions are considered in a local thermodynamic equilibrium, therefore, described by a Boltzmann distribution. On the other hand, positive ions and dust grains are described by fluid equations. The charging process is described by the orbit motion limited model. It is shown that taking into account dust grains with different sizes reduces considerably the sheath thickness. The behavior of dust surface potential is not affected, but the dust charge number is reduced, as well as the electrostatic force. It results in a decrease of layered structure. The presence of negative ions makes the structure of the electrostatic potential more oscillatory. The other physical parameters are also analyzed and discussed.

  19. Thermographic determination of the sheath heat transmission coefficient in a high density plasma

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    van den Berg, M. A.; Bystrov, K.; Pasquet, R.; Zielinski, J. J.; De Temmerman, G.

    2013-07-01

    Experiments were performed in the Pilot-PSI linear plasma device, to determine the sheath heat transmission coefficients in a high recycling regime under various conditions of density (1-20 × 1020 m-3) and plasma composition (H2, Ar, N2) relevant for the ITER divertor plasma. The 2D surface temperature profile on a tungsten surface was measured with high spatial (0.33 mm) and temporal (200 Hz) resolution using an infrared camera. The target heat flux is calculated using a 2D axis-symmetric Ansys model, the heat transfer is determined from target calorimetry. The plasma parameters are measured with a high resolution Thomson scattering system located 17 mm away from the target surface. Radial profiles of the sheath heat transmission factors can thus be determined. Preliminary results show that γ varies between 4 and 40 depending on the plasma conditions and composition. The value derived from the heat flux calculated with Ansys is significantly lower than theory predicts.

  20. Telemetry Channel Capacity Assessment for Reentry Vehicles in Plasma Sheath Environment

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    Shi, Lei; Zhao, Lei; Yao, Bo; Li, Xiaoping

    2015-12-01

    Channel capacity is the prerequisite and basis for the design of a communication system. To assess the impact of a harsh plasma environment on the communication system of reentry vehicles, Shannon's information theory is used to evaluate the channel capacity through the estimation results of the signal-to-noise ratio obtained by the communication link budget method. First, the attenuation caused by the plasma sheath is calculated with a stratified medium finite-difference time-domain method for typical S, C and Ka telemetry frequencies in a typical reentry plasma environment. Thereafter, typical telemetry transceiver parameters are considered to estimate the channel capacity. Results show that the S-band channel capacity is almost zero at the altitude of 30-40 km and the plasma attenuation at the C-band is slightly better. However, the blackout phenomenon remains obvious. The Ka-band signal can penetrate the plasma sheath layer with the smallest attenuation, thus significantly increasing the capacity of the channel and it may thus adequately meet telemetry needs. supported by the National Program on Key Basic Research Project of China (No. 2014CB340205) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61301173 and 61473228)

  1. Dust particle charge and screening in the collisional RF plasma sheath

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    Beckers, Job; Trienekens, Dirk; Kroesen, Gerrit

    2012-10-01

    Once immersed in plasma, a dust particle gathers a highly negative charge due to the net collection of free electrons. In most plasma's on earth and with particle sizes is in the micrometer range, the gravitational force is dominant and consequently the particle ends up within the plasma sheath region where it is confined due to balancing gravitational and electrical forces. In the plasma sheath region, the Orbital Motion Limited theory predicts charge values that significantly deviate from reality. This is due electron depletion and due the large directed drift velocity of ions, complexifying the prediction of the particle's charge dramatically. We have developed a novel method to measure the charge of a microparticle (10 μm in diameter and confined in a flat potential well above an RF powered electrode) by studying the horizontal interaction with another particle (equally in size) when the angle of the flat part of the potential well is varied with respect to the earth's horizontal plane. Measured particle charges are within the error bars of earlier measurements of the charge of the same particles and comparable plasma conditions during experiments under hyper-gravity conditions in a centrifuge.

  2. Understanding the evolution and propagation of coronal mass ejections and associated plasma sheaths in interplanetary space

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    Hess, Phillip

    A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is an eruption of magnetized plasma from the Coronaof the Sun. Understanding the physical process of CMEs is a fundamental challenge in solarphysics, and is also of increasing importance for our technological society. CMEs are knownthe main driver of space weather that has adverse effects on satellites, power grids, com-munication and navigation systems and astronauts. Understanding and predicting CMEs is still in the early stage of research. In this dissertation, improved observational methods and advanced theoretical analysis are used to study CMEs. Unlike many studies in the past that treat CMEs as a single object, this study divides aCME into two separate components: the ejecta from the corona and the sheath region thatis the ambient plasma compressed by the shock/wave running ahead of the ejecta; bothstructures are geo-effective but evolve differently. Stereoscopic observations from multiplespacecraft, including STEREO and SOHO, are combined to provide a three-dimensionalgeometric reconstruction of the structures studied. True distances and velocities of CMEs are accurately determined, free of projection effects, and with continuous tracking from the low corona to 1 AU.To understand the kinematic evolution of CMEs, an advanced drag-based model (DBM) is proposed, with several improvements to the original DBM model. The new model varies the drag parameter with distance; the variation is constrained by thenecessary conservation of physical parameters. Second, the deviation of CME-nose from the Sun-Earth-line is taken into account. Third, the geometric correction of the shape of the ejecta front is considered, based on the assumption that the true front is a flattened croissant-shaped flux rope front. These improvements of the DBM model provide a framework for using measurement data to make accurate prediction of the arrival times of CME ejecta and sheaths. Using a set of seven events to test the model, it is found that the evolution

  3. Oblique Interaction of Ion-Acoustic Solitary Waves in e-p-i Plasmas

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    Maji, Tapas Kumar; Ghorui, Malay Kumar; Saha, Asit; Chatterjee, Prasanta

    2017-06-01

    In this study, we investigate the oblique collision of two ion-acoustic waves (IAWs) in a three-species plasma composed of electrons, positrons, and ions. We use the extended Poincare-Lighthill-Kuo (PLK) method to derive the two-sided Korteweg-de-Vries (KdV) equations and Hirota's method for soliton solutions. The effects of the ratio ( δ) of electron temperature to positron temperature and the ratio ( p) of the number density of positrons to that of electrons on the phase shift are studied. It is observed that the phase shift is significantly influenced by the parameters mentioned above. It is also observed that for some time interval during oblique collision, one practically motionless composite structure is formed, i.e., when two ion-acoustic waves with the same amplitude interact obliquely, a new non-linear wave is formed during their collision, which means that ahead of the colliding ion-acoustic solitary waves, both the amplitude and width are greater that those of the colliding solitary waves. As a result, the nonlinear wave formed after collision is a new one and is delayed. The oblique collision of solitary waves in a two-dimensional geometry is more realistic in high-energy astrophysical pair plasmas such as the magnetosphere of neutron stars and black holes.

  4. Influence of residual plasma drift velocity on the post-arc sheath expansion of vacuum circuit breakers

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    Mo, Yongpeng; Shi, Zongqian; Jia, Shenli; Wang, Lijun; Bai, Zhibin

    2016-05-15

    The residual plasma in the inter-contact region of a vacuum circuit breaker moves towards the post-arc cathode at current zero, because the residual plasma mainly comes from the cathode spots during the arc burning process. In the most previous theoretical researches on the post-arc sheath expansion process of vacuum circuit breakers, only the thermal motion of residual plasma was taken into consideration. Alternately, the residual plasma was even assumed to be static at the moment of current zero in some simplified models. However, the influence of residual plasma drift velocity at current zero on the post-arc sheath expansion process was rarely investigated. In this paper, this effect is investigated by a one-dimensional particle-in-cell model. Simulation results indicate that the sheath expands slower with higher residual plasma drift velocity in the initial sheath expansion stage. However, with the increase of residual plasma drift velocity, the overall plasma density in the inter-contact region decreases faster, and the sheath expansion velocity increases earlier. Consequently, as a whole, it needs shorter time to expel the residual plasma from the inter-contact region. Furthermore, if the residual plasma drift velocity is high enough, the sheath expansion process ceases before it develops to the post-arc anode. Besides, the influence of the collisions between charges and neutrals is investigated as well in terms of the density of metal vapor. It shows that the residual plasma drift velocity takes remarkable effect only if the density of the metal vapor is relatively low, which corresponds to the circumstance of low-current interruptions.

  5. Influence of residual plasma drift velocity on the post-arc sheath expansion of vacuum circuit breakers

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    Mo, Yongpeng; Shi, Zongqian; Bai, Zhibin; Jia, Shenli; Wang, Lijun

    2016-05-01

    The residual plasma in the inter-contact region of a vacuum circuit breaker moves towards the post-arc cathode at current zero, because the residual plasma mainly comes from the cathode spots during the arc burning process. In the most previous theoretical researches on the post-arc sheath expansion process of vacuum circuit breakers, only the thermal motion of residual plasma was taken into consideration. Alternately, the residual plasma was even assumed to be static at the moment of current zero in some simplified models. However, the influence of residual plasma drift velocity at current zero on the post-arc sheath expansion process was rarely investigated. In this paper, this effect is investigated by a one-dimensional particle-in-cell model. Simulation results indicate that the sheath expands slower with higher residual plasma drift velocity in the initial sheath expansion stage. However, with the increase of residual plasma drift velocity, the overall plasma density in the inter-contact region decreases faster, and the sheath expansion velocity increases earlier. Consequently, as a whole, it needs shorter time to expel the residual plasma from the inter-contact region. Furthermore, if the residual plasma drift velocity is high enough, the sheath expansion process ceases before it develops to the post-arc anode. Besides, the influence of the collisions between charges and neutrals is investigated as well in terms of the density of metal vapor. It shows that the residual plasma drift velocity takes remarkable effect only if the density of the metal vapor is relatively low, which corresponds to the circumstance of low-current interruptions.

  6. Plasma sheath: An equivalent nonlinear mirror between electron density and transmitted electromagnetic signal

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    Yao, Bo; Li, Xiaoping; Shi, Lei; Liu, Yanming; Lei, Fan; Zhu, Congying

    2017-10-01

    An experiment on the propagation of electromagnetic (EM) signals in continuous time-varying plasma is designed to establish the nonlinear mirror between electron density and transmission coefficient. The nonlinearity is confirmed from the theoretical and experimental results. The amplitude and phase can be considered nonlinear functions of electron density when the complex interaction between plasma and EM waves is ignored. Results show that amplitude and phase distributions are asymmetrical when electron density follows symmetric distribution. The skewness of amplitude is positive, whereas the skewness of phase is negative. The nonlinear degree is closely related to the ratio of plasma frequency to the incident wave frequency and the range of electron density. The conclusions are crucial to the modeling of plasma sheath channels and understanding the blackout problem.

  7. On the ion acoustic obliquely propagation in magnetized inhomogeneous plasmas

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    Mowafy, A. E.; El-Shewy, E. K.; Abdelwahed, H. G.

    2017-02-01

    Inhomogeneous multi-component magnetized plasmas containing inertial ions, nonthermal electrons, and Boltzmannian positrons have been investigated theoretically. Variable coefficients Zakharov Kuznetsov (VZK) equation has been derived in a small amplitude limit. It is found that the propagation directions, positron parameters and magnetic field affected the properties of propagation of positive-negative solitary waves.

  8. Analytical solutions and particle simulations of cross-field plasma sheaths

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    Gerver, M.J. . Plasma Fusion Center); Parker, S.E.; Theilhaber, K. . Electronics Research Lab.)

    1989-08-30

    Particles simulations have been made of an infinite plasma slab, bounded by absorbing conducting walls, with a magnetic field parallel to the walls. The simulations have been either 1-D, or 2-D, with the magnetic field normal to the simulation plane. Initially, the plasma has a uniform density between the walls, and there is a uniform source of ions and electrons to replace particles lost to the walls. In the 1-D case, there is no diffusion of the particle guiding centers, and the plasma remains uniform in density and potential over most of the slab, with sheaths about a Debye length wide where the potential rises to the wall potential. In the 2-D case, the density profile becomes parabolic, going almost to zero at the walls, and there is a quasineutral presheath in the bulk of the plasma, in addition to sheaths near the walls. Analytic expressions are found for the density and potential profiles in both cases, including, in the 2-D case, the magnetic presheath due to finite ion Larmor radius, and the effects of the guiding center diffusion rate being either much less than or much grater than the energy diffusion rate. These analytic expressions are shown to agree with the simulations. A 1-D simulation with Monte Carlo guiding center diffusion included gives results that are good agreement with the much more expensive 2-D simulation. 17 refs., 10 figs.

  9. Online platform for simulations of ion energy distribution functions behind a plasma boundary sheath

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    Wollny, Alexander; Shihab, Mohammed; Brinkmann, Ralf Peter

    2012-10-01

    Plasma processes, particularly plasma etching and plasma deposition are crucial for a large variety of industrial manufacturing purposes. For these processes the knowledge of the ion energy distribution function plays a key role. Measurements of the ion energy and ion angular distribution functions (IEDF, IADF) are at least challenging and often impossible in industrial processes. An alternative to measurements of the IEDF are simulations. With this contribution we present a self-consistent model available online for everyone. The simulation of ion energy and ion angular distribution functions involves the well known plasma boundary sheath model by Brinkmann [1-4], which is controlled via a web interface (http://sheath.tet.rub.de). After a successful simulation run all results are evaluable within the browser and ready for download for further analysis.[4pt] [1] R.P. Brinkmann, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 44, 042002 (2011)[0pt] [2] R.P. Brinkmann, J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 42, 194009 (2009)[0pt] [3] R.P. Brinkmann, J. App. Phys. 102, 093303 (2007)[0pt] [4] M. Kratzer et al., J. Appl. Phys. 90, 2169 (2001)

  10. Numerical solutions of sheath structures in front of an electron-emitting electrode immersed in a low-density plasma

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    Din, Alif

    2013-09-15

    The exact theoretical expressions involved in the formation of sheath in front of an electron emitting electrode immersed in a low-density plasma have been derived. The potential profile in the sheath region has been calculated for subcritical, critical, and supercritical emissions. The potential profiles of critical and supercritical emissions reveals that we must take into account a small, instead of zero, electric field at the sheath edge to satisfy the boundary conditions used to integrate the Poisson's equation. The I-V curves for critical emission shows that only high values of plasma-electron to emitted-electron temperature ratio can meet the floating potential of the emissive electrode. A one-dimensional fluid like model is assumed for ions, while the electron species are treated as kinetic. The distribution of emitted-electron from the electrode is assumed to be half Maxwellian. The plasma-electron enters the sheath region at sheath edge with half Maxwellian velocity distribution, while the reflected ones have cut-off velocity distribution due to the absorption of super thermal electrons by the electrode. The effect of varying emitted-electron current on the sheath structure has been studied with the help of a parameter G (the ratio of emitted-electron to plasma-electron densities)

  11. Computational study of sheath structure in oxygen containing plasmas at medium pressures

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    Hrach, Rudolf; Novak, Stanislav; Ibehej, Tomas; Hrachova, Vera

    2016-09-01

    Plasma mixtures containing active species are used in many plasma-assisted material treatment technologies. The analysis of such systems is rather difficult, as both physical and chemical processes affect plasma properties. A combination of experimental and computational approaches is the best suited, especially at higher pressures and/or in chemically active plasmas. The first part of our study of argon-oxygen mixtures was based on experimental results obtained in the positive column of DC glow discharge. The plasma was analysed by the macroscopic kinetic approach which is based on the set of chemical reactions in the discharge. The result of this model is a time evolution of the number densities of each species. In the second part of contribution the detailed analysis of processes taking place during the interaction of oxygen containing plasma with immersed substrates was performed, the results of the first model being the input parameters. The used method was the particle simulation technique applied to multicomponent plasma. The sheath structure and fluxes of charged particles to substrates were analysed in the dependence on plasma pressure, plasma composition and surface geometry.

  12. Bounds imposed on the sheath velocity of a dense plasma focus by conservation laws and ionization stability condition

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    Auluck, S. K. H. E-mail: skauluck@barc.gov.in

    2014-09-15

    Experimental data compiled over five decades of dense plasma focus research are consistent with the snowplow model of sheath propagation, based on the hypothetical balance between magnetic pressure driving the plasma into neutral gas ahead and “wind pressure” resisting its motion. The resulting sheath velocity, or the numerically proportional “drive parameter,” is known to be approximately constant for devices optimized for neutron production over 8 decades of capacitor bank energy. This paper shows that the validity of the snowplow hypothesis, with some correction, as well as the non-dependence of sheath velocity on device parameters, have their roots in local conservation laws for mass, momentum, and energy coupled with the ionization stability condition. Both upper and lower bounds on sheath velocity are shown to be related to material constants of the working gas and independent of the device geometry and capacitor bank impedance.

  13. Bounds imposed on the sheath velocity of a dense plasma focus by conservation laws and ionization stability condition

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    Auluck, S. K. H.

    2014-09-01

    Experimental data compiled over five decades of dense plasma focus research are consistent with the snowplow model of sheath propagation, based on the hypothetical balance between magnetic pressure driving the plasma into neutral gas ahead and "wind pressure" resisting its motion. The resulting sheath velocity, or the numerically proportional "drive parameter," is known to be approximately constant for devices optimized for neutron production over 8 decades of capacitor bank energy. This paper shows that the validity of the snowplow hypothesis, with some correction, as well as the non-dependence of sheath velocity on device parameters, have their roots in local conservation laws for mass, momentum, and energy coupled with the ionization stability condition. Both upper and lower bounds on sheath velocity are shown to be related to material constants of the working gas and independent of the device geometry and capacitor bank impedance.

  14. Plasma-Sheath Instability in Hall Thrusters Due to Periodic Modulation of the Energy of Secondary Electrons in Cyclotron Motion

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    Sydorenko, D.; Smolyakov, A.; Kaganovich, I.; Raitses, Y.

    2008-04-23

    Particle-in-cell simulation of Hall thruster plasmas reveals a plasma-sheath instability manifesting itself as a rearrangement of the plasma sheath near the thruster channel walls accompanied by a sudden change of many discharge parameters. The instability develops when the sheath current as a function of the sheath voltage is in the negative conductivity regime. The major part of the sheath current is produced by beams of secondary electrons counter-streaming between the walls. The negative conductivity is the result of nonlinear dependence of beam-induced secondary electron emission on the plasma potential. The intensity of such emission is defined by the beam energy. The energy of the beam in crossed axial electric and radial magnetic fields is a quasi-periodical function of the phase of cyclotron rotation, which depends on the radial profile of the potential and the thruster channel width. There is a discrete set of stability intervals determined by the final phase of the cyclotron rotation of secondary electrons. As a result, a small variation of the thruster channel width may result in abrupt changes of plasma parameters if the plasma state jumps from one stability interval to another.

  15. Oblique shock waves in a two electron temperature superthermally magnetized plasma

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

    2015-11-01

    A study is presented for the oblique propagation of low-frequency ion acoustic ( IA) shock waves in a magnetized plasma consisting of cold ions and two temperature superthermally distributed electrons. A nonlinear Korteweg de-Vries-Burger ( KdV-Burger) equation is obtained by using the reductive perturbation method (RPM) which governs the dynamics of the IA shock wave. Using the solution of KdV-Burger equation, the characteristics of the IA shock wave have been studied for various plasma parameters. The combined effects of the cold to hot electron temperature ratio (σ), the density ratio of hot electrons to ions (f), the superthermality of cold and hot electrons (κc, κh), the strength of the magnetic field (ω_{ci}), and the obliqueness (θ), significantly influence the profile of the shock wave. The findings in the present study could be important for the electrostatic wave structures in the Saturn's magnetosphere, where two temperature electrons exist with a kappa distribution.

  16. Plasma sheath model in the presence of field-induced electron emission

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    Dahal, Jiba; Ayyaswamy, Venkattraman

    2016-10-01

    Microplasmas have become an active area of research during the last two decades with several applications including nanomaterial synthesis, electronics, lighting, biomedicine, and metamaterials for controlling electromagnetic waves. The advances in micro/nanofabrication and the further miniaturization of plasma devices have contributed to the increasing role of new physical mechanisms that were previously neglected. Electric field-induced emission of electrons is one such mechanism that is gaining significance particularly with the discovery of novel electrodes that demonstrate excellent field emission properties. These field emitted electrons and their interaction with microdischarges has shown to affect both pre-breakdown and post-breakdown regimes of operation. The current work focuses on the development of self-consistent sheath model that includes the effects of field-induced electron emission. Sheath models presented earlier accounts for other emission mechanisms such as thermionic and secondary electron emission, the strong influence of electric field on electron emission is shown to lead to unique interplay. The results obtained from the sheath model for various parameters including current-voltage characteristics, and ion/electron number density are validated with PIC-MCC results.

  17. A model of plasma current through a hole of Rogowski probe including sheath effects

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    Furui, H. Ejiri, A.; Takase, Y.; Sonehara, M.; Tsujii, N.; Yamaguchi, T.; Shinya, T.; Togashi, H.; Homma, H.; Nakamura, K.; Takeuchi, T.; Yajima, S.; Yoshida, Y.; Toida, K.; Takahashi, W.; Yamazaki, H.; Nagashima, Y.

    2016-04-15

    In TST-2 Ohmic discharges, local current is measured using a Rogowski probe by changing the angle between the local magnetic field and the direction of the hole of the Rogowski probe. The angular dependence shows a peak when the direction of the hole is almost parallel to the local magnetic field. The obtained width of the peak was broader than that of the theoretical curve expected from the probe geometry. In order to explain this disagreement, we consider the effect of sheath in the vicinity of the Rogowski probe. A sheath model was constructed and electron orbits were numerically calculated. From the calculation, it was found that the electron orbit is affected by E × B drift due to the sheath electric field. Such orbit causes the broadening of the peak in the angular dependence and the dependence agrees with the experimental results. The dependence of the broadening on various plasma parameters was studied numerically and explained qualitatively by a simplified analytical model.

  18. Effects of plasma aerodynamic actuation on oblique shock wave in a cold supersonic flow

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    Wang, Jian; Li, Yinghong; Cheng, Bangqin; Su, Changbing; Song, Huimin; Wu, Yun

    2009-08-01

    Wedge oblique shock wave control using an arc discharge plasma aerodynamic actuator was investigated both experimentally and theoretically. Schlieren photography measurements in a small-scale short-duration supersonic wind tunnel indicated that the shock wave angle decreased and its start point shifted upstream with the plasma aerodynamic actuation. Also the shock wave intensity weakened, as shown by the decrease in the gas static pressure ratio of flow downstream and upstream of the shock wave. Moreover, the shock wave control effect was intensified when a static magnetic field was applied. Under test conditions of Mach 2.2, magnetic control and input voltage 3 kV, the start point of the shock wave shifted 4 mm upstream, while its angle and intensity decreased 8.6% and 8.8%, respectively. A thermal choking model was proposed to deduce the change laws of oblique shock wave control by surface arc discharge. The theoretical result was consistent with the experimental result, which demonstrated that the thermal choking model can effectively forecast the effect of plasma actuation on an oblique shock wave in a cold supersonic flow.

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

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    Auluck, S. K. H.

    2009-12-01

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

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

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    Auluck, S. K. H.

    2009-12-15

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

  1. Dusty plasma sheath-like structure in the region of lunar terminator

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    Popel, S. I.; Zelenyi, L. M.; Atamaniuk, B.

    2015-12-15

    The main properties of the dusty plasma layer near the surface over the illuminated and dark parts of the Moon are described. They are used to realize dusty plasma behaviour and to determine electric fields over the terminator region. Possibility of the existence of a dusty plasma sheath-like structure in the region of lunar terminator is shown. The electric fields excited in the terminator region are demonstrated to be on the order of 300 V/m. These electric fields can result in rise of dust particles of the size of 2–3 μm up to an altitude of about 30 cm over the lunar surface that explains the effect of “horizon glow” observed at the terminator by Surveyor lunar lander.

  2. The polarized Debye sheath effect on Kadomtsev-Petviashvili electrostatic structures in strongly coupled dusty plasma

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    Shahmansouri, M.; Alinejad, H.

    2015-04-15

    We give a theoretical investigation on the dynamics of nonlinear electrostatic waves in a strongly coupled dusty plasma with strong electrostatic interaction between dust grains in the presence of the polarization force (i.e., the force due to the polarized Debye sheath). Adopting a reductive perturbation method, we derived a three-dimensional Kadomtsev-Petviashvili equation that describes the evolution of weakly nonlinear electrostatic localized waves. The energy integral equation is used to study the existence domains of the localized structures. The analysis provides the localized structure existence region, in terms of the effects of strong interaction between the dust particles and polarization force.

  3. Two-plasmon decay instability in inhomogeneous plasmas at oblique laser incidence

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    Wen, H.; Maximov, A. V.; Short, R. W.; Myatt, J. F.; Yan, R.; Ren, C.

    2016-09-01

    The two-plasmon decay (TPD) instability has been studied in the region near the quarter-critical density in the plasmas of the laser-driven inertial confinement fusion for a wide range of laser angles of incidence. The TPD equations for the oblique laser incidence in the inhomogeneous plasmas have been analyzed theoretically. The range of wave vectors for the instability growth has been identified. The theoretical growth rates and thresholds have been compared with the results of the fluid-type simulations, and a good agreement has been found.

  4. Laser-induced fluorescence measurements of argon and xenon ion velocities near the sheath boundary in 3 ion species plasmas

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    Yip, Chi-Shung; Hershkowitz, Noah; Severn, Greg; Baalrud, Scott D.

    2016-05-15

    The Bohm sheath criterion is studied with laser-induced fluorescence in three ion species plasmas using two tunable diode lasers. Krypton is added to a low pressure unmagnetized DC hot filament discharge in a mixture of argon and xenon gas confined by surface multi-dipole magnetic fields. The argon and xenon ion velocity distribution functions are measured at the sheath-presheath boundary near a negatively biased boundary plate. The potential structures of the plasma sheath and presheath are measured by an emissive probe. Results are compared with previous experiments with Ar–Xe plasmas, where the two ion species were observed to reach the sheath edge at nearly the same speed. This speed was the ion sound speed of the system, which is consistent with the generalized Bohm criterion. In such two ion species plasmas, instability enhanced collisional friction was demonstrated [Hershkowitz et al., Phys. Plasmas 18(5), 057102 (2011).] to exist which accounted for the observed results. When three ion species are present, it is demonstrated under most circumstances the ions do not fall out of the plasma at their individual Bohm velocities. It is also shown that under most circumstances the ions do not fall out of the plasma at the system sound speed. These observations are also consistent with the presence of the instabilities.

  5. Modeling of and experiments on dust particle levitation in the sheath of a radio frequency plasma reactor

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    Setyawan, Heru; Shimada, Manabu; Hayashi, Yutaka; Okuyama, Kikuo; Winardi, Sugeng

    2005-02-15

    The equilibrium and trapping of dust particles in a plasma sheath are investigated, both experimentally and theoretically. A self-consistent sheath model including input power as one of the model parameters is proposed, to predict the equilibrium position of particle trap. The electron temperature and density are estimated from the observed current and power (I-P) characteristics using the sheath model developed. Direct comparisons are made between the measured equilibrium position and the predicted equilibrium position. The equilibrium position moves closer to the electrode with increasing rf power and particle size. The position is apparently related to the sheath thickness, which decreases with increasing rf power. The model can correctly predict the experimentally observed trend in the equilibrium position of particle trap. It is found that the particle charge becomes positive when the particle gets closer to the electrode, due to the dominant influence of ion currents to the particle surface.

  6. Plasma effects on fast pair beams. III. Oblique electrostatic growth rates for perpendicular Maxwellian pair beams

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    Supsar, Markus; Schlickeiser, Reinhard E-mail: rsch@tp4.rub.de

    2014-03-10

    The distant universe is opaque to γ radiation from blazars due to gamma-gamma attenuation with extragalactic background light. This process produces electron-positron pair beams that interact with the intergalactic medium and are unstable to linear instabilities, particularly the electrostatic and Weibel instabilities. The electrostatic instability grows faster and so determines the dissipation of the free energy of the beam. Here, we generalize the calculation of the electrostatic growth rate to a beam plasma system with a Maxwellian perpendicular momentum spread and allow for oblique propagation directions. We show that the growth rate for the oblique electrostatic mode has a maximum value that is even higher than for a cold beam or for one with a constant perpendicular momentum spread.

  7. Experimental studies of ion flow near the sheath edge in multiple ion species plasma including argon, xenon and neon

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    Severn, Greg; Yip, Chi-Shung; Hershkowitz, Noah; Baalrud, Scott D.

    2017-05-01

    The Bohm sheath criterion was studied with laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) in three ion species plasmas using two tunable diode lasers. It was found in the first LIF studies of three ion species plasma (Yip et al 2016 Phys. Plasmas 23 050703) in which krypton was added to a mixture of argon and xenon plasma confined in a multidipole, dc hot filament discharge, that the addition of krypton served to turn off instability enhanced collisional friction (IEF) found in two ion species plasma (Yip et al 2010 Phys. Plasmas). In this study, neon, a less massive atomic gas than argon was added. Argon and xenon ion velocity distribution functions (IVDFs) were measured at the sheath-presheath boundary near a negatively biased boundary plate, and the Ne+ density was systematically increased. We found in both cases that once the added ion density significantly exceeded the density of the other two ions, IVDF measurements consistent with the absence of the instability were obtained, and the measured ion sheath edge speeds tended toward their individual Bohm velocities. For all other relative concentrations, the ions reached the sheath edge neither at their Bohm speeds nor the ion sound speed of the system, consistent, qualitatively, with the action of the IEF.

  8. First experimental studies of ion flow in 3 ion species plasmas at the presheath-sheath transition

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    Severn, Greg

    2016-09-01

    The Bohm sheath criterion is studied with laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) in three ion species plasmas using two tunable diode lasers. KrI or HeI is added to a low pressure unmagnetized dc hot filament discharge in a mixture of argon and xenon gas confined by surface multi-dipole magnetic fields. The argon and xenon ion velocity distribution functions are measured at the sheath-presheath boundary near a negatively biased boundary plate. The potential structures of the plasma sheath and presheath are measured by an emissive probe. Results are compared with previous experiments with Ar-Xe plasmas, where the two ion species were observed to reach the sheath edge at nearly the same speed. This speed was the ion sound speed of the system, which is consistent with the generalized Bohm criterion. In such two ion species plasmas instability enhanced collisional friction (IEF) was demonstrated to exist which accounted for the observed results. When three ion species are present, it is demonstrated under most circumstances the ions do not fall out of the plasma at their individual Bohm velocities. It is also shown that under most circumstances the ions do not fall out of the plasma at the system sound speed. Results are consistent with the presence of instabilities. Author gratefully acknowledges collaborators Dr. Noah Hershkowtiz, Dr. Chi-Shung Yip, Dept. of Engineering Physics, Univ. Wisconsin-Madison, and Dr. Scott Baalrud, Dept. Physics, Univ. Iowa. Thanks to US DOE, grant DE-SC00014226.

  9. Experimental Characterization of the Stagnation Layer between Two Obliquely Merging Supersonic Plasma Jets

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    Merritt, Elizabeth C.

    2013-10-01

    Experiments on the oblique merging of two supersonic argon plasma jets have been conducted at LANL in order to assess the use of such jets to form imploding spherical plasma liners for high energy density physics applications. The plasma jets are formed and launched by pulsed-power-driven railguns and have initial jet parameters of n ~ 2 ×1016 cm-3, Te ~ 1 . 4 eV, ionization fraction ~ 0 . 96 , velocity ~ 30 km/s, diameter = 5 cm, and length ~ 20 cm. We have experimentally identified density increases that are consistent with shock formation, and a few-cm thick stagnation layer structure observed both in CCD camera images and interferometer density profiles. Although the jets are each individually collisional, the mean free path between counter-streaming ions is on the same order as the stagnation layer thickness, placing the jet merging in a semi-collisional regime. It was not known a priori whether the observations corresponded to hydrodynamic oblique shocks and whether two-fluid or kinetic effects played a role. Through careful analysis of the stagnation layer density and emission profiles, and comparisons between the data and both analytic hydrodynamic shock theory and multi-fluid plasma simulations, we demonstrate that our observations are consistent with collisional shocks. Work performed in collaboration with colleagues from LANL, Univ. of New Mexico, HyperV Technologies, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville, Voss Scientific, Prism Computational Sciences, and Tech-X; supported by DOE-OFES.

  10. Impact of Plasma Sheath on Rocket-based E-region Ion Measurements

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    Imtiaz, N.; Burchill, J. K.; Marchand, R.

    2013-12-01

    We model the particle velocity distribution functions around the entrance window of the Suprathermal Ion Imager (SII) to assess the impact of electrostatic sheath on ion measurements in the E-region ionosphere. The SII sensor is an electrostatic analyzer that measures two dimensional slices of the distribution of the kinetic energies and arrival-angles of low energy ions. The study is concerned with the interpretation of data obtained from the sensor SII that was affixed to a 1-m NASA rocket 36.234 as part of the Joule II mission to investigate Joule heating in the E-region ionosphere. The rocket flew into quiet auroral conditions above Northern Alaska on 19 January 2007. The payload was spin-stabilitized with a period of 1.6 s, giving an apparent rotation of the ion flow velocity in the frame of reference of the SII. We numerically investigate the ram velocity effect on the ions velocity distributions in the vicinity of SII aperture at an altitudes of approximately 150km. The electrostatic sheath potential profiles surrounding the sensor and payload are calculated numerically with the PIC code PTetra. It is observed that the direction of the ion flow velocity vector modifies the plasma sheath potential profile. This in turn impacts the velocity distributions of molecular oxygen and Nitric oxideions at the aperture of the particle sensor. The velocity distribution functions are calculated by using test-particle modeling. These particle distribution functions are then used to inject the particles in the particle sensor, and to calculate the fluxes on the sensor microchannel plate (MCP).

  11. Physics-based parametrization of the surface impedance for radio frequency sheaths

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    Myra, J. R.

    2017-07-07

    The properties of sheaths near conducting surfaces are studied for the case where both magnetized plasma and intense radio frequency (rf) waves coexist. The work is motivated primarily by the need to understand, predict and control ion cyclotron range of frequency (ICRF) interactions with tokamak scrape-off layer plasmas, and is expected to be useful in modeling rf sheath interactions in global ICRF codes. Here, employing a previously developed model for oblique angle magnetized rf sheaths [J. R. Myra and D. A. D’Ippolito, Phys. Plasmas 22, 062507 (2015)], an investigation of the four-dimensional parameter space governing these sheath is carried out.more » By combining numerical and analytical results, a parametrization of the surface impedance and voltage rectification for rf sheaths in the entire four-dimensional space is obtained.« less

  12. Physics-based parametrization of the surface impedance for radio frequency sheaths

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    Myra, J. R.

    2017-07-01

    The properties of sheaths near conducting surfaces are studied for the case where both magnetized plasma and intense radio frequency (rf) waves coexist. The work is motivated primarily by the need to understand, predict, and control ion cyclotron range of frequency (ICRF) interactions with tokamak scrape-off layer plasmas and is expected to be useful in modeling rf sheath interactions in global ICRF codes. Employing a previously developed model for oblique angle magnetized rf sheaths [J. R. Myra and D. A. D'Ippolito, Phys. Plasmas 22, 062507 (2015)], an investigation of the four-dimensional parameter space governing these sheath is carried out. By combining numerical and analytical results, a parametrization of the surface impedance and voltage rectification for rf sheaths in the entire four-dimensional space is obtained.

  13. Formation of collisional sheath in electronegative plasma with two species of positive ions

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    Moulick, R. Goswami, K. S.

    2015-03-15

    Sheath formation is investigated for electronegative plasma in presence of two species of positive ions in collisional environment. The gas under consideration is a mixture of oxygen and argon. Argon is the considered as having fixed volume and impact of collision is studied with increasing pressure of oxygen. Fluid equations are solved for three species namely, the two positive ions and a negative ion. Electrons are considered to follow Boltzmann distribution. Collision is modeled by constant mean free path model and has been used as a parameter. It has been found that collision enhances the sheath formation. The negative ion core is nearly unaffected by the presence of collision and is governed by the electric potential. The negative flux field is, however, affected by the presence of collision and shows a steady behavior in front of the wall. The two positive ions are heavily affected by the presence of collision and the modeling is such that their equilibrium densities can be estimated by solving simultaneous cubic equations.

  14. Spin effect on parametric decay of oblique Langmuir wave in degenerate magneto-plasmas

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    Shahid, M.; Murtaza, G.

    2013-08-15

    The electron spin −1/2 effects on the parametric decay instability of oblique Langmuir wave into low-frequency electromagnetic shear Alfven wave and Left-Handed Circularly Polarized wave (LHCP) has been investigated in detail, in an electron-ion quantum plasma immersed in the uniform external magnetic field. Incorporating the quantum effects due to electron spin, Fermi pressure and Bohm potential term, the quantum magneto-hydrodynamic (QMHD) model has been used to investigate the linear and nonlinear response of the plasma species for three-wave coupling interaction in a quantum magneto-plasmas. Nonlinear dispersion relations and growth rate of the problem have been derived analytically. It has been shown that the spin of electrons has considerable effect on the growth rate of parametric instability problem even when the external magnetic field B{sub 0} is below the quantum critical magnetic field strength B{sub Q}=4.4138×10{sup 13}G.

  15. Effects of external magnetic field on oblique propagation of ion acoustic cnoidal wave in nonextensive plasma

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    Farhad Kiyaei, Forough; Dorranian, Davoud

    2017-01-01

    Effects of the obliqueness and the strength of external magnetic field on the ion acoustic (IA) cnoidal wave in a nonextensive plasma are investigated. The reductive perturbation method is employed to derive the corresponding KdV equation for the IA wave. Sagdeev potential is extracted, and the condition of generation of IA waves in the form of cnoidal waves or solitons is discussed in detail. In this work, the domain of allowable values of nonextensivity parameter q for generation of the IA cnoidal wave in the plasma medium is considered. The results show that only the compressive IA wave may generate and propagate in the plasma medium. Increasing the strength of external magnetic field will increase the frequency of the wave and decrease its amplitude, while increasing the angle of propagation will decrease the frequency of the wave and increase its amplitude.

  16. Oblique propagation of ion-acoustic solitary waves in a magnetized electron-positron-ion plasma

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    Ferdousi, M.; Sultana, S.; Mamun, A. A.

    2015-03-15

    The properties of obliquely propagating ion-acoustic solitary waves in the presence of ambient magnetic field have been investigated theoretically in an electron-positron-ion nonthermal plasma. The plasma nonthermality is introduced via the q-nonextensive distribution of electrons and positrons. The Korteweg-de Vries (K-dV) and modified K-dV (mK-dV) equations are derived by adopting reductive perturbation method. The solution of K-dV and modified K-dV equation, which describes the solitary wave characteristics in the long wavelength limit, is obtained by steady state approach. It is seen that the electron and positron nonextensivity and external magnetic field (obliqueness) have significant effects on the characteristics of solitary waves. A critical value of nonextensivity is found for which solitary structures transit from positive to negative potential. The findings of this investigation may be used in understanding the wave propagation in laboratory and space plasmas where static external magnetic field is present.

  17. Obliquely propagating electrostatic waves in a magnetized plasma for different types of anisotropic kappa distribution

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    Bashir, M. F.; Yoon, P. H.; Murtaza, G.; Aqeel, D.; Javed, S.; Zahra, M.

    2015-12-01

    By using the kinetic theory, the dispersion relation of obliquely propagating electrostatic waves are discussed for three types of kappa distribution function: 1) loss-cone-bi-kappa-Maxwellian distribution, 2) current carrying Bi-kappa-Maxwellian distribution and 3) product-bi-kappa distribution. The effects of kappa-index, loss-cone index, streaming velocity and the temperature anisotropy on the Harris instability is highlighted for their possible application to explain the banded emissions observed in the terrestrial magnetosphere and in the magnetospheres of other planets, e.g., Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and in Io's plasma torus.

  18. Experimental evidence for collisional shock formation via two obliquely merging supersonic plasma jets

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    Merritt, Elizabeth C. Adams, Colin S.; Moser, Auna L.; Hsu, Scott C. Dunn, John P.; Miguel Holgado, A.; Gilmore, Mark A.

    2014-05-15

    We report spatially resolved measurements of the oblique merging of two supersonic laboratory plasma jets. The jets are formed and launched by pulsed-power-driven railguns using injected argon, and have electron density ∼10{sup 14} cm{sup −3}, electron temperature ≈1.4 eV, ionization fraction near unity, and velocity ≈40 km/s just prior to merging. The jet merging produces a few-cm-thick stagnation layer, as observed in both fast-framing camera images and multi-chord interferometer data, consistent with collisional shock formation [E. C. Merritt et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 085003 (2013)].

  19. Dusty plasma sheath-like structure in the lunar terminator region

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    Popel, Sergey; Zelenyi, Lev; Atamaniuk, Barbara

    2016-07-01

    The main properties of the dusty plasma layer near the surface over the illuminated and dark parts of the Moon are described. They are used to realize dusty plasma behaviour and to determine electric fields over the terminator region. Possibility of the existence of a dusty plasma sheath-like structure [1] in the region of lunar terminator is shown. The electric fields excited in the terminator region are demonstrated to be on the order of 300 V/m. These electric fields can result in rise of dust particles of the size of a few micrometers up to an altitude of about 30 cm over the lunar surface that explains the effect of ``horizon glow" observed at the terminator by Surveyor lunar lander. This work was supported in part by the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (under Fundamental Research Program No. 7, ``Experimental and Theoretical Study of the Solar System Objects and Stellar Planet Systems. Transient Explosion Processes in Astrophysics" and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Project No. 15-02-05627-a). [1] S. I. Popel, L. M. Zelenyi, and B. Atamaniuk, Phys. Plasmas 22, 123701 (2015); doi: 10.1063/1.4937368.

  20. Experimental test of Baalrud's model for ion velocity at the sheath edge for a two ion species plasma

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

    2009-11-01

    Recent experiments have shown that ions in plasmas containing two ion species reach a common velocity at the sheath-presheath boundary [1]. A new theory [2] suggests that collisional friction between the two ion species enhanced by two stream instability affects the drift velocity of each ion species near the sheath edge and finds that the difference in ion velocities at the sheath-presheath boundary is given by √12α (v^2th1+ αv^2th2), where α= n1M1/(n2M2). We report the first experimental test of this model. We measure ion velocity distribution functions (ivdfs) near sheath edge in Argon/Xenon and Argon/Helium plasmas as a function of the concentration ratios. We show that for sufficiently great relative Xenon concentration, ions do not reach a common speed at the sheath edge. The relative concentration of the two ion species, which determines α, is inferred from Ion Acoustic Wave phase velocity measurements, the ivdfs are determined by Laser Induced Florescence. [1] Lee, D; Hershkowitz, N; Severn, GD. Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 041505 (2007) [2] S.D. Baalrud, J.D. Callen, and C.C. Hegna, GEC 2009

  1. Temporal Evolution of the Plasma Sheath Surrounding Solar Cells in Low Earth Orbit

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    Willis, Emily M.; Pour, Maria Z. A.

    2017-01-01

    High voltage solar array interactions with the space environment can have a significant impact on array performance and spacecraft charging. Over the past 10 years, data from the International Space Station has allowed for detailed observations of these interactions over long periods of time. Some of the surprising observations have been floating potential transients, which were not expected and are not reproduced by existing models. In order to understand the underlying processes producing these transients, the temporal evolution of the plasma sheath surrounding the solar cells in low Earth orbit is being investigated. This study includes lumped element modeling and particle-in-cell simulation methods. This presentation will focus on recent results from the on-going investigations.

  2. Development of a formalism for computing transits of Earth-directed CMEs, plasma sheaths, and shocks. Towards a forecasting tool

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    Corona-Romero, P.; Gonzalez-Esparza, J. A.

    2016-11-01

    Interplanetary Coronal mass ejections (ICMEs) (super-magnetosonically) faster than the ambient solar wind are preceded by shock waves. Earth-directed shock waves, plasma sheaths and ICMEs are precursors of the major geomagnetic storms. The plasma sheath between the shock and the ICME leading edge plays a very important role to determine the geoeffectiveness of the events. There are multiple efforts (empirical, analytical and numerical) to forecast ICME-shock transit times and arrival speeds to 1 AU. We present a formalism (combining analytical and empirical solutions) to compute trajectories of fast halo Earth directed ICMEs, plasma sheaths, and shocks. This formalism combines the 'piston-shock' semi-empirical model (Corona-Romero et al., 2013), and the MHD polytropic jump relations (Petrinec and Russell, 1997) to approximate the 1 AU plasma sheath and ICME properties. Nine Earth directed ICME-shock cases, including the ;Bastille; and ;Halloween; events were analyzed. The model obtained compares well with in situ data. Finally, we found a possible empiric relation for the free parameter of our formalism. If this empiric relationship is confirmed, it could turn this formalism into a space weather forecasting tool.

  3. Measurements of railgun generated supersonic plasma jet propagation and two jet oblique merging

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    Merritt, Elizabeth C.

    Imploding spherical plasma liners have been proposed as a possible method for creating high-energy-density (HED) laboratory plasmas and as a standoff driver for magneto-inertial fusion (MIF). The Plasma Liner Experiment (PLX) planned a three-phase experimental program to study the feasibility of using railgun-driven supersonic jets to form imploding spherical plasma liners. The three phases are to investigate single-jet evolution during propagation, to merge 2-5 jets to assess the suitability of merging for liner formation, and to merge 30 jets in spherical symmetry to form a complete liner. We present here details of single-jet propagation and two-jet oblique merging experiments completed on PLX. A key component of this dissertation was the design, implementation, and operation of a novel 8 chord, fiber-coupled interferometer based on a long coherence length (> 100 m) 561 nm diode-pumped solid state laser. This interferometer was a critical diagnostic in both single-jet propagation and two-jet merging studies. The long laser coherence length and fiber-optic design allowed signal and reference path lengths in the interferometer to be mismatched by many meters without signal degradation, greatly simplified interferometer optical layout, and added flexibility in interferometer positioning for both propagation and merging experiments. The interferometer sensitivity to ions, neutral atoms, and electrons required development of a phase shift analysis that incorporated the presence of neutrals, impurities, and multiply ionized species. Interferometry, coupled with spectroscopic ionization fraction estimates, was used to assess time resolved density profile measurements. Survey spectroscopy inferred both Te and ionization fraction f via non-local-thermodynamic-equilibrium (non-LTE) atomic/equation-of-state (EOS) modeling. A fast CCD camera and photo-diode array allowed for assessment of plasma emission for velocity and jet profile measurements. Initial jet parameters were

  4. Stability analysis of the Gravito-Electrostatic Sheath-based solar plasma equilibrium

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    Karmakar, P. K.; Goutam, H. P.; Lal, M.; Dwivedi, C. B.

    2016-08-01

    We present approximate solutions of non-local linear perturbational analysis for discussing the stability properties of the Gravito-Electrostatic Sheath (GES)-based solar plasma equilibrium, which is indeed non-uniform on both the bounded and unbounded scales. The relevant physical variables undergoing perturbations are the self-solar gravity, electrostatic potential and plasma flow along with plasma population density. We methodologically derive linear dispersion relation for the GES fluctuations, and solve it numerically to identify and characterize the existent possible natural normal modes. Three distinct natural normal modes are identified and named as the GES-oscillator mode, GES-wave mode and usual (classical) p-mode. In the solar wind plasma, only the p-mode survives. These modes are found to be linearly unstable in wide-range of the Jeans-normalized wavenumber, k. The local plane-wave approximation marginally limits the validity or reliability of the obtained results in certain radial- and k-domains only. The phase and group velocities, time periods of these fluctuation modes are investigated. It is interesting to note that, the oscillation time periods of these modes are 3-10 min, which match exactly with those of the observed helio-seismic waves and solar surface oscillations. The proposed GES model provides a novel physical view of the waves and oscillations of the Sun from a new perspective of plasma-wall interaction physics. Due to simplified nature of the considered GES equilibrium, it is a neonatal stage to highlight its applicability in the real Sun. The proposed GES model and subsequent fluctuation analysis need further improvements to make it more realistic.

  5. End-boundary sheath potential, electron and ion energy distribution in the low-pressure non-ambipolar electron plasma

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    Chen, Lee; Chen, Zhiying; Funk, Merritt

    2013-12-01

    The end-boundary floating-surface sheath potential, electron and ion energy distribution functions (EEDf, IEDf) in the low-pressure non-ambipolar electron plasma (NEP) are investigated. The NEP is heated by an electron beam extracted from an inductively coupled electron-source plasma (ICP) through a dielectric injector by an accelerator located inside the NEP. This plasma's EEDf has a Maxwellian bulk followed by a broad energy continuum connecting to the most energetic group with energies around the beam energy. The NEP pressure is 1-3 mTorr of N2 and the ICP pressure is 5-15 mTorr of Ar. The accelerator is biased positively from 80 to 600 V and the ICP power range is 200-300 W. The NEP EEDf and IEDf are determined using a retarding field energy analyser. The EEDf and IEDf are measured at various NEP pressures, ICP pressures and powers as a function of accelerator voltage. The accelerator current and sheath potential are also measured. The IEDf reveals mono-energetic ions with adjustable energy and it is proportionally controlled by the sheath potential. The NEP end-boundary floating surface is bombarded by a mono-energetic, space-charge-neutral plasma beam. When the injected energetic electron beam is adequately damped by the NEP, the sheath potential is linearly controlled at almost a 1 : 1 ratio by the accelerator voltage. If the NEP parameters cannot damp the electron beam sufficiently, leaving an excess amount of electron-beam power deposited on the floating surface, the sheath potential will collapse and become unresponsive to the accelerator voltage.

  6. Impact of plasma sheath on rocket-based E-region ion measurements

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    Imtiaz, Nadia; Burchill, Johnathan; Marchand, Richard

    2015-01-01

    We model the particle velocity distribution functions around the entrance window of the Suprathermal Ion Imager (SII). The SII sensor was mounted on a 1 m boom carried by the scientific payload of NASA rocket 36.234 as part of Joule II mission to investigate Joule heating in the E-region ionosphere. The rocket flew above Northern Alaska on 19 January 2007. The payload was spin-stabilized with a period of 1.6 s, giving an apparent rotation of the ion flow velocity in the frame of reference of the payload. The SII sensor is an electrostatic analyzer that measures two dimensional slices of the distribution of the kinetic energies and arrival-angles of low energy ions. The study is concerned with the interpretation of data obtained from the SII sensor. For this purpose, we numerically investigate ram velocity effects on ions velocity distributions in the vicinity of the SII sensor aperture at an altitudes of approximately 150 km. The electrostatic sheath profiles surrounding the SII sensor, boom and payload are calculated numerically with the PIC code PTetra. It is observed that the direction of the ion flow velocity modifies the plasma sheath potential profile. This in turn impacts the velocity distributions of NO+ and ions at the aperture of the particle sensor. The velocity distribution functions at the sensor aperture are calculated by using test-particle modeling. These particle distribution functions are then used to inject particles in the sensor, and calculate the fluxes on the sensor microchannel plate (MCP), from which comparisons with the measurements can be made.

  7. Influence of the radiation of the plasma-focus current sheath on the implosion dynamics of condensed targets

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    Krauz, V. I.; Levashova, M. G.; Karakin, M. A.; Krokhin, O. N.; Lisitsa, V. S.; Mokeev, A. N.; Myalton, V. V.; Nikulin, V. Ya.; Oginov, A. V.; Smirnov, V. P.; Fortov, V. E.

    2008-01-15

    Results are presented from experimental and theoretical studies of the influence of the radiation of the plasma-focus current sheath on the implosion dynamics of condensed targets. Radiative losses from the current sheath of a plasma focus in neon, argon, and hydrogen with a 2% admixture of Xe are calculated with allowance for the line, bremsstrahlung, and recombination radiation. It is shown that the temperature of the neon plasma (10-15 eV) is quite sufficient to evaporate Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} grains of radii 10-20 {mu}m. The use of neon as a working gas makes it possible to alter the cold-start condition in experiments on the implosion of foam liners.

  8. Characterization of the ionization degree evolution of the PF-400J plasma sheath by means of time resolved optical spectroscopy

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    Avaria, G.; Cuadrado, O.; Moreno, J.; Pavez, C.; Soto, L.

    2016-05-01

    Spectral measurements in the visible range of the plasma sheath ionization degree evolution on the plasma focus device PF-400J are presented. The measurements were done with temporal and spatial resolution in a plasma focus device of low stored energy: PF-400J (176-539 J, 880 nF, 20-35 kV, quarter period ∼ 300ns) [1]. An ICCD was attached to a 0.5 m focal length visible spectrometer, which enabled the acquisition of time resolved spectrum with 20 ns integration time throughout the whole current pulse evolution. The spatial resolution was attained using a set of lenses which allowed the focusing of a small volume of the plasma sheath in different positions of the inter-electrode space. Discharges were carried out in mixtures of Hydrogen with gases in different proportions: 5% Neon, 5% Krypton and 2% Nitrogen. Discharges using Neon as an impurity showed no ionization of the gas, just a very low intensity emission of Ne I at times much larger than the maximum current. Nitrogen, on the other hand, showed a high ionization reaching N V (N 4+) at the end of the axial phase, with a distinctive evolution of the ionization degree as the plasma sheath moved towards the end of the electrodes. A mixed result was found when using Krypton, since the ionization degree only reached levels around Kr II/III, even though it has an ionization potential lower than Neon.

  9. Current sheath formation dynamics and structure for different insulator lengths of plasma focus device

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    Seng, Y. S.; Lee, P.; Rawat, R. S.

    2014-11-15

    The breakdown phase of the UNU-ICTP plasma focus (PF) device was successfully simulated using the electromagnetic particle in cell method. A clear uplift of the current sheath (CS) layer was observed near the insulator surface, accompanied with an exponential increase in the plasma density. Both phenomena were found to coincide with the surge in the electric current, which is indicative of voltage breakdown. Simulations performed on the device with different insulator lengths showed an increase in the fast ionization wave velocity with length. The voltage breakdown time was found to scale linearly with the insulator length. Different spatial profiles of the CS electron density, and the associated degree of uniformity, were found to vary with different insulator lengths. The ordering, according to the degree of uniformity, among insulator lengths of 19, 22, and 26 mm agreed with that in terms of soft X-ray radiation yield observed from experiments. This suggests a direct correlation between CS density homogeneity near breakdown and the radiation yield performance. These studies were performed with a linearly increasing voltage time profile as input to the PF device.

  10. Multidimensional Plasma Sheath Modeling Using The Three Fluid Plasma Model in General Geometries

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    Lilly, Robert; Shumlak, Uri

    2012-10-01

    There has been renewed interest in the use of plasma actuators for high speed flow control applications. In the plasma actuator, current is driven through the surrounding weakly ionized plasma to impart control moments on the hypersonic vehicle. This expanded general geometry study employs the three-fluid (electrons, ions,neutrals) plasma model as it allows the capture of electron inertial effects, as well as energy and momentum transfer between the charged and neutral species. Previous investigations have typically assumed an electrostatic electric field. This work includes the full electrodynamics in general geometries. Past work utilizing the research code WARPX (Washington Approximate Riemann Problem) employed cartesian grids. In this work, the problem is expanded to general geometries with the euler fluid equations employing Braginskii closure. In addition, WARPX general geometry grids are generated from Cubit or CAD files. Comparisons are made against AFRL magnetized plasma actuator experiments.

  11. Simulation of the influence high-frequency (2 MHz) capacitive gas discharge and magnetic field on the plasma sheath near a surface in hypersonic gas flow

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    Schweigert, I. V.

    2012-08-15

    The plasma sheath near the surface of a hypersonic aircraft formed under associative ionization behind the shock front shields the transmission and reception of radio signals. Using two-dimensional kinetic particle-in-cell simulations, we consider the change in plasma-sheath parameters near a flat surface in a hypersonic flow under the action of electrical and magnetic fields. The combined action of a high-frequency 2-MHz capacitive discharge, a constant voltage, and a magnetic field on the plasma sheath allows the local electron density to be reduced manyfold.

  12. A mathematical description for the scattering phenomena of plane wave from elliptical plasma antenna located in oblique static magnetic field

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    Safari, Samaneh; Jazi, Bahram

    2017-06-01

    The problem of electromagnetic wave scattering from an elliptical plasma cylinder in the presence of an external oblique magnetic field is investigated. The electromagnetic waves are landed obliquely on the plasma column. Knowing the dielectric permittivity tensor of the plasma column, the electric potential and the electric field inside and outside the plasma column are obtained for the long-wavelength waves. The graphs of the electric field profile and pattern scattering are presented. Also, the dependence of those graphs on the incident angle, the geometrical dimensions of the plasma column and the magnetic field angle are analyzed. The physical justifications based on the theory of Fresnel's transmission coefficients for describing the graphs, have been presented. Moreover, the effective factors on the shift of the resonance frequency are investigated. Finally, to verify the accuracy of the obtained results, some limiting cases are discussed.

  13. Oblique Bernstein Mode Generation Near the Upper-hybrid Frequency in Solar Pre-flare Plasmas

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    Kryshtal, A.; Fedun, V.; Gerasimenko, S.; Voitsekhovska, A.

    2015-11-01

    We study analytically the generation process of the first harmonics of the pure electron weakly oblique Bernstein modes. This mode can appear as a result of the rise and development of a corresponding instability in a solar active region. We assume that this wave mode is modified by the influence of pair Coulomb collisions and a weak large-scale sub-Dreicer electric field in the pre-flare chromosphere near the footpoints of a flare loop. To describe the pre-flare plasma we used the model of the solar atmosphere developed by Fontenla, Avrett, and Loeser ( Astrophys. J. 406, 319, 1993). We show that the generated first harmonic is close to the upper-hybrid frequency. This generation process begins at the very low threshold values of the sub-Dreicer electric field and well before the beginning of the preheating phase of a flare. We investigate the necessary conditions for the existence of non-damped first harmonics of oblique Bernstein waves with small amplitudes in the flare area.

  14. The Study Of Low-Frequency Instabilities Of Current Sheaths Of Space Plasma Within The Quasi-Linear Theory

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    Lyahov, Vladimir; Neshchadim, Vladimir

    2015-04-01

    Investigation of the stability nonelectroneutral current sheets in the linear approximation [1-4] gives information only on the initial stage of development of perturbations when their amplitudes are small. Within the framework of the quasi-linear theory one can give an answer to the question of how long the initial perturbations can grow and how change the equilibrium state of the plasma current sheet under the reverse effect of these perturbations. We derive a system of nonlinear kinetic equation with self-consistent electromagnetic field in order to study the evolution of the distribution function of the background plasma current sheet in the approximation of low-frequency eigenmodes of instabilities. Evolution equation was obtained for the perturbation of the electromagnetic field and the instability growth rate in the current sheet. Algorithms were tested for solutions of the equations obtained. 1. Lyahov V.V., Neshchadim V.M. Kinetic theory of the current sheath. I. On polarization of an equilibrium current sheath// Advances in Space Research. -2012. -Vol. 50. -P. 318-326. 2. Lyahov V.V., Neshchadim V.M. Kinetic theory of the current sheath. II. Effect of polarization on the stability of a current sheath.// Advances in Space Research.-2013. -Vol. 51. -P. 730-741. 3. Lyahov V.V., Neshchadim V.M. The Effect of Polarization on the Stability of Current Sheaths in Space Plasma // EGU General Assembly 2013, held 7-12 April, 2013 in Vienna, Austria, id. EGU2013-1379, 04/2013, Bibliographic Code: 2013EGUGA..15.1379L 4. Lyahov V.V., Neshchadim V.M. About the eguilibrium and stability of nonelectroneutral current sheats // Advances in Space Research.-2014. -Vol. 54. -P. 901-907.

  15. Difference in chemical reactions in bulk plasma and sheath regions during surface modification of graphene oxide film using capacitively coupled NH{sub 3} plasma

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    Lee, Sung-Youp; Kim, Chan; Kim, Hong Tak

    2015-09-14

    Reduced graphene oxide (r-GO) films were obtained from capacitively coupled NH{sub 3} plasma treatment of spin-coated graphene oxide (GO) films at room temperature. Variations were evaluated according to the two plasma treatment regions: the bulk plasma region (R{sub bulk}) and the sheath region (R{sub sheath}). Reduction and nitridation of the GO films began as soon as the NH{sub 3} plasma was exposed to both regions. However, with the increase in treatment time, the reduction and nitridation reactions differed in each region. In the R{sub bulk}, NH{sub 3} plasma ions reacted chemically with oxygen functional groups on the GO films, which was highly effective for reduction and nitridation. While in the R{sub sheath}, physical reactions by ion bombardment were dominant because plasma ions were accelerated by the strong electrical field. The accelerated plasma ions reacted not only with the oxygen functional groups but also with the broken carbon chains, which caused the removal of the GO films by the formation of hydrocarbon gas species. These results showed that reduction and nitridation in the R{sub bulk} using capacitively coupled NH{sub 3} plasma were very effective for modifying the properties of r-GO films for application as transparent conductive films.

  16. Two-plasmon decay instability in inhomogeneous plasmas at oblique laser incidence

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    Wen, H.; Maximov, A. V.; Short, R. W.; ...

    2016-09-30

    The two-plasmon decay (TPD) and stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) instabilities have been studied in the region near the quarter-critical density in the plasmas of the laser-driven inertial confinement fusion for a wide range of laser angles of incidence. The theoretical analysis of the TPD for oblique laser incidence has been carried out. The theoretical growth rates and thresholds have been compared with the results of the fluid-type simulations, and a good agreement has been found. Here, in the modeling including both TPD and SRS, the spectra of the growing perturbations have multiple peaks, and the maximum growth may be influencedmore » by the interplay between TPD and SRS.« less

  17. Two-plasmon decay instability in inhomogeneous plasmas at oblique laser incidence

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    Wen, H.; Maximov, A. V.; Short, R. W.; Myatt, J. F.; Yan, R.; Ren, C.

    2016-09-30

    The two-plasmon decay (TPD) and stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) instabilities have been studied in the region near the quarter-critical density in the plasmas of the laser-driven inertial confinement fusion for a wide range of laser angles of incidence. The theoretical analysis of the TPD for oblique laser incidence has been carried out. The theoretical growth rates and thresholds have been compared with the results of the fluid-type simulations, and a good agreement has been found. Here, in the modeling including both TPD and SRS, the spectra of the growing perturbations have multiple peaks, and the maximum growth may be influenced by the interplay between TPD and SRS.

  18. Two-plasmon decay instability in inhomogeneous plasmas at oblique laser incidence

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    Wen, H.; Maximov, A. V.; Short, R. W.; Myatt, J. F.; Yan, R.; Ren, C.

    2016-09-30

    The two-plasmon decay (TPD) and stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) instabilities have been studied in the region near the quarter-critical density in the plasmas of the laser-driven inertial confinement fusion for a wide range of laser angles of incidence. The theoretical analysis of the TPD for oblique laser incidence has been carried out. The theoretical growth rates and thresholds have been compared with the results of the fluid-type simulations, and a good agreement has been found. Here, in the modeling including both TPD and SRS, the spectra of the growing perturbations have multiple peaks, and the maximum growth may be influenced by the interplay between TPD and SRS.

  19. Obliquely propagating ion-acoustic solitons and supersolitons in four-component auroral plasmas

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    Rufai, O. R.; Bharuthram, R.; Singh, S. V.; Lakhina, G. S.

    2016-02-01

    Arbitrary amplitude nonlinear low frequency electrostatic soliton and supersoliton structures are studied in magnetized four-component auroral plasmas composed of a cold singly charged oxygen-ion fluid, Boltzmann distribution of hot protons and two distinct group of electron species. Using the Sagdeev pseudo-potential technique, the characteristics of obliquely propagating nonlinear structures are investigated analytically and numerically. The model supports the evolution of soliton and supersoliton structures in the auroral acceleration region. Depending on the parametric region, the positive and negative potential solitons coexists at lower Mach numbers, but at higher Mach numbers only negative potential solitons and supersolitons can exist. The presence of hot protons restricted the Mach number of the nonlinear structures to exist only at the subsonic region. The present investigation concurs with the Swedish Viking satellite observations in the auroral region.

  20. Stark spectroscopy at Balmer-α line of atomic hydrogen for measuring sheath electric field in a hydrogen plasma

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    Nishiyama, Shusuke; Nakano, Haruhisa; Goto, Motoshi; Sasaki, Koichi

    2017-06-01

    This paper reports a diode laser based system which is applicable to the measurement of electric field in the sheath region of a hydrogen plasma. The electric field is deduced from the Stark spectrum of the Balmer-α line of atomic hydrogen. Saturation spectroscopy with a Doppler-free spectral resolution is adopted to detect the Stark effects of the low energy states. We have demonstrated a detection limit of 10 V cm-1, which is a sufficient sensitivity for investigating the structures of the sheath electric fields in low-temperature plasmas. We have discussed the detection limit, the measurement ambiguity, the spatial resolution, and the limitation of the developed method.

  1. The effect of helium impurity addition on current sheath speed in argon-operated plasma focus using a tridimensional magnetic probe

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    Panahi, N.; Mohammadi, M. A.; Hedyeh, S.; Rawat, R. S.; Rawat

    2013-10-01

    Using the tridimensional magnetic probe, the current sheath velocity at 0.25 Torr is studied in Sahand, a Filippov-type plasma focus facility. The current sheath velocity in argon-filled plasma focus with different percentages of helium impurity at different operating voltages was studied. The highest average current sheath velocity of 12.26 +/- 1.51 cm μs-1 at the top of the anode in the axial phase was achieved at 17 kV. Minimum average current sheath velocity is 5.24 +/- 1.18 cm μs-1 at 12 kV with 80% argon + 20% helium as a working gas. The full width at half-maximum of peaks of the magnetic probe was found to be inversely related to the current sheath velocity, i.e. smaller at higher voltages for different impurity and decreased with increasing of impurity.

  2. Two solitons oblique collision in anisotropic non-extensive dusty plasma

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    El-Labany, S. K.; El-Taibany, W. F.; Behery, E. E.; Fouda, S. M.

    2017-03-01

    Using an extended Poincaré-Lighthill-Kue method, the oblique collision of two dust acoustic solitons (DASs) in a magnetized non-extensive plasma with the effect of dust pressure anisotropy is studied. The dust fluid is supposed to have an arbitrary charge. A couple of Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equations are derived for the colliding DASs. The phase shift of each soliton is obtained. It is found that the dust pressure anisotropy, the non-extensive parameter for electrons and ions, plays an important role in determining the collision phase shifts. The present results show that, for the negative dust case, the phase shift of the first soliton decreases, while that of the second soliton increases as either the dust pressure ratio increases or the ion non-extensive parameter decreases. On the other hand, for the positive dust case, the phase shift of the first soliton decreases, while the phase shift of the second soliton increases as either the dust pressure ratio or the ion non-extensive parameter increases. The application of the present findings to some dusty plasma phenomena occurring in space and laboratory plasmas is briefly discussed.

  3. Plasma heating and current drive by an obliquely propagating upper-hybrid cyclotron beat wave

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    Amin, M. R.; Cairns, R. A.

    1991-01-01

    Excitation of an obliquely propagating upper-hybrid cyclotron beat wave is considered for plasma heating and current drive in tokamaks. The beat wave is excited by the interaction of two intense free-electron laser (FEL) pulses at their difference frequency. The three-wave nonlinear interaction equations in a magnetized plasma are solved numerically in a steady-state two-dimensional (2-D) geometry for this purpose. The 2-D toroidal inhomogeneity effect and the effect of finite spatial width of the pump microwave pulses are taken into account for the beat wave excitation. To illustrate the principle, the microwave tokamak experiment (MTX) [Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 30, 57 (1988)] is considered. It has been found that the fraction of total input power of the pump microwaves deposited in the cyclotron beat wave is lower than the case of a Langmuir type beat wave considered by Amin and Cairns [Nucl. Fusion 30, 327 (1990)]. However, increasing the input powers of the pump microwaves, a substantial amount of input power can be deposited in the excited beat wave. The beat wave eventually transfers this power to the electrons by cyclotron damping. It has also been found that for the same input parameters, right-hand polarized pumps are more efficient than left-hand polarized pump microwaves for beat wave excitation.

  4. Effect of particles attachment to multi-sized dust grains present in electrostatic sheaths of discharge plasmas

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    Zaham, B.; Tahraoui, A. Chekour, S.; Benlemdjaldi, D.

    2014-12-15

    The loss of electrons and ions due to their attachment to a Gauss-distributed sizes of dust grains present in electrostatic sheaths of discharge plasmas is investigated. A uni-dimensional, unmagnetized, and stationary multi-fluid model is proposed. Forces acting on the dust grain along with its charge are self-consistently calculated, within the limits of the orbit motion limited model. The dynamic analysis of dust grains shows that the contribution of the neutral drag force in the net force acting on the dust grain is negligible, whereas the contribution of the gravity force is found considerable only for micrometer particles. The dust grains trapping is only possible when the electrostatic force is balanced by the ion drag and the gravity forces. This trapping occurs for a limited radius interval of micrometer dust grains, which is around the most probable dust grain radius. The effect of electron temperature and ion density at the sheath edge is also discussed. It is shown that the attachment of particles reduces considerably the sheath thickness and induces dust grain deceleration. The increase of the lower limit as well as the upper limit of the dust radius reduces also the sheath thickness.

  5. Obliquely propagating dust-density waves

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    Piel, A.; Arp, O.; Klindworth, M.; Melzer, A.

    2008-02-01

    Self-excited dust-density waves are experimentally studied in a dusty plasma under microgravity. Two types of waves are observed: a mode inside the dust volume propagating in the direction of the ion flow and another mode propagating obliquely at the boundary between the dusty plasma and the space charge sheath. The dominance of oblique modes can be described in the frame of a fluid model. It is shown that the results fom the fluid model agree remarkably well with a kinetic electrostatic model of Rosenberg [J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 14, 631 (1996)]. In the experiment, the instability is quenched by increasing the gas pressure or decreasing the dust density. The critical pressure and dust density are well described by the models.

  6. Generation of fast protons in moderate-intensity laser-plasma interaction from rear sheath

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    Tan, Zhi-Xin; Huang, Yong-Sheng; Lan, Xiao-Fei; Lu, Jian-Xin; Duan, Xiao-Jiao; Wang, Lei-Jian; Yang, Da-Wei; Guo, Shi-Lun; Wang, Nai-Yan

    2010-05-01

    Forward fast protons are generated by the moderate-intensity laser-foil interaction. Protons with maximum energy 190 keV are measured by using magnetic spectrometer and CR-39 solid state track detectors along the direction normal to the rear surface. The experimental results are also modeled by the particle-in-cell method, investigating the time-varying electron temperature and the rear sheath field. The temporal and spatial structure of the sheath electrical field, revealed in the simulation, suggests that these protons are accelerated by target normal sheath acceleration (TNSA) mechanism.

  7. Extension of the Bissell-Johnson plasma-sheath model for application to fusion-relevant and general plasmas

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    Kos, L.; Jelić, N.; Kuhn, S.; Duhovnik, J.

    2009-09-01

    This article presents an approach to solving a special Fredholm-type integral equation of the first kind with a particular kernel containing a modified Bessel function for applications in plasma physics. From the physical point of view, the problem was defined by Bissell and Johnson (B&J) [Phys. Fluids 30, 779 (1987)] as a task to find the potential profile and the ion velocity distribution function in a plane-parallel discharge with a Maxwellian ion source. The B&J model is a generalization of the well-known Tonks-Langmuir (T&L) [Phys. Rev. 34, 876 (1929)] discharge model characterized by a "cold" ion source. Unlike the T&L model, which can be readily solved analytically, attempts to solve the B&J model with a "warm" ion source have been done only numerically. However, the validity of numerical solutions up to date remains constrained to a rather limited range of a crucial independent parameter of the B&J integral equation, which mathematically is the width of a Gaussian distribution and physically represents the ion temperature. It was solved only for moderately warm ion sources. This paper presents the exact numerical solution of the B&J model, which is valid without any restriction regarding the above-mentioned parameter. It is shown that the ion temperature is very different from the temperature of the ion source. The new results with high-temperature ion sources are not only of particular importance for understanding and describing the plasma-sheath boundary in fusion plasmas, but are of considerable interest for discharge problems in general. The eigenvalue of the problem, found analytically by Harrison and Thompson [Proc. Phys. Soc. 74, 145 (1959)] for the particular case of a cold ion source, is here extended to arbitrary ion-source temperatures.

  8. Plasma parameters and existence conditions of monolayer dust structures in the electrode sheath of an RF discharge

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    Vaulina, O. S.; Vasilieva, E. V.; Timirkhanov, R. A.

    2011-12-15

    The plasma parameters in the electrode sheath of an RF discharge were studied experimentally under the conditions of dust monolayer levitation. A new method is proposed for determining the plasma parameters, such as the average electric field, ion density, and ion velocity. The screening parameter and the dust grain charge are estimated. The criteria of stable levitation of a dust monolayer are considered. The obtained results are compared with the available theoretical and numerical data, as well as with the results obtained using other diagnostic methods.

  9. Oblique ion-acoustic cnoidal waves in two temperature superthermal electrons magnetized plasma

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

    2014-12-15

    A study is presented for the oblique propagation of ion acoustic cnoidal waves in a magnetized plasma consisting of cold ions and two temperature superthermal electrons modelled by kappa-type distributions. Using the reductive perturbation method, the nonlinear Korteweg de-Vries equation is derived, which further gives the solutions with a special type of cnoidal elliptical functions. Both compressive and rarefactive structures are found for these cnoidal waves. Nonlinear periodic cnoidal waves are explained in terms of plasma parameters depicting the Sagdeev potential and the phase curves. It is found that the density ratio of hot electrons to ions μ significantly modifies compressive/refractive wave structures. Furthermore, the combined effects of superthermality of cold and hot electrons κ{sub c},κ{sub h}, cold to hot electron temperature ratio σ, angle of propagation and ion cyclotron frequency ω{sub ci} have been studied in detail to analyze the height and width of compressive/refractive cnoidal waves. The findings in the present study could have important implications in understanding the physics of electrostatic wave structures in the Saturn's magnetosphere where two temperature superthermal electrons are present.

  10. Parameteric studies of nonlinear oblique magnetosonic waves in two-ion-species plasmas

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    Toida, Mieko; Kondo, Yuichi

    2011-06-15

    The study of the effects of ion composition on perpendicular magnetosonic waves in two-ion-species plasmas [M. Toida, H. Higashino, and Y. Ohsawa, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 76, 104052 (2007)] is extended to include oblique waves. First, the conditions necessary for KdV equations for low- and high-frequency modes to be valid are analytically obtained. The upper limit of the amplitude of the low-frequency-mode pulse is expressed as a function of the propagation angle {theta}, density ratio, and cyclotron frequency ratio of the two ion species. Next, with electromagnetic particle simulations, the nonlinear evolution of a long-wavelength low-frequency-mode disturbance is examined for various {theta}s in two plasmas with different ion densities and cyclotron frequency ratios, and the theory for the low-frequency-mode pulse is confirmed. It is also shown that if the pulse amplitude exceeds the theoretical value of the upper limit of the amplitude, then shorter-wavelength low- and high-frequency-mode waves are generated.

  11. Parameteric studies of nonlinear oblique magnetosonic waves in two-ion-species plasmas

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    Toida, Mieko; Kondo, Yuichi

    2011-06-01

    The study of the effects of ion composition on perpendicular magnetosonic waves in two-ion-species plasmas [M. Toida, H. Higashino, and Y. Ohsawa, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 76, 104052 (2007)] is extended to include oblique waves. First, the conditions necessary for KdV equations for low- and high-frequency modes to be valid are analytically obtained. The upper limit of the amplitude of the low-frequency-mode pulse is expressed as a function of the propagation angle θ, density ratio, and cyclotron frequency ratio of the two ion species. Next, with electromagnetic particle simulations, the nonlinear evolution of a long-wavelength low-frequency-mode disturbance is examined for various θs in two plasmas with different ion densities and cyclotron frequency ratios, and the theory for the low-frequency-mode pulse is confirmed. It is also shown that if the pulse amplitude exceeds the theoretical value of the upper limit of the amplitude, then shorter-wavelength low- and high-frequency-mode waves are generated.

  12. Wall current closure effects on plasma and sheath fluctuations in Hall thrusters

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    Frias, Winston Smolyakov, Andrei I.; Kaganovich, Igor D.; Raitses, Yevgeny

    2014-06-15

    The excitation of negative energy, ion sound type modes driven by the E × B drift and the reactive/dissipative response of the wall sheath interface is analyzed for conditions typical in a Hall thruster. Such sheath impedance modes are sensitive to the dielectric properties of the thruster wall material, which therefore may have direct influence (other than via the secondary electron emission) on fluctuations and transport. Our results predict mode frequencies consistent with the frequencies of fluctuations observed experimentally.

  13. PLASMA SPRAYED FUNCTIONALLY GRADED AND LAYERED MoSi2-A1203 COMPOSITES FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE SENSOR SHEATH APPLICATION

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    R. VAIDYA; ET AL

    2001-01-01

    Protective sensor sheaths are required in the glass industry for sensors that are used to measure various properties of the melt. Molten glass presents an extremely corrosive elevated temperature environment, in which only a few types of materials can survive. Molybdenum disilicide (MoSi{sub 2}) has been shown to possess excellent corrosion resistance in molten glass, and is thus a candidate material for advanced sensor sheath applications. Plasma spray-forming techniques were developed to fabricate molybdenum dilicide-alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) laminate and functionally graded composite tubes with mechanical properties suitable for sensor sheath applications. These functionally graded materials (FGMs) were achieved by manipulating the powder hoppers and plasma torch translation via in-house created computer software. Molybdenum disilicide and alumina are thermodynamically stable elevated temperature materials with closely matching thermal expansion coefficients. Proper tailoring of the microstructure of these MoSi{sub 2}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites can result in improved strength, toughness, and thermal shock resistance. This study focuses on the mechanical performance of these composite microstructures.

  14. Pre-sheath density drop induced by ion-neutral friction along plasma blobs and implications for blob velocities

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    Furno, I.; Chabloz, V.; Fasoli, A.; Loizu, J.; Theiler, C.

    2014-01-15

    The pre-sheath density drop along the magnetic field in field-aligned, radially propagating plasma blobs is investigated in the TORPEX toroidal experiment [Fasoli et al., Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 52, 124020 (2010)]. Using Langmuir probes precisely aligned along the magnetic field, we measure the density n{sub se} at a poloidal limiter, where blobs are connected, and the upstream density n{sub 0} at a location half way to the other end of the blobs. The pre-sheath density drop n{sub se}/n{sub 0} is then computed and its dependence upon the neutral background gas pressure is studied. At low neutral gas pressures, the pre-sheath density drop is ≈0.4, close to the value of 0.5 expected in the collisionless case. In qualitative agreement with a simple model, this value decreases with increasing gas pressure. No significant dependence of the density drop upon the radial distance into the limiter shadow is observed. The effect of reduced blob density near the limiter on the blob radial velocity is measured and compared with predictions from a blob speed-versus-size scaling law [Theiler et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 065001 (2009)].

  15. Pre-sheath density drop induced by ion-neutral friction along plasma blobs and implications for blob velocities

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    Furno, I.; Theiler, C.; Chabloz, V.; Fasoli, A.; Loizu, J.

    2014-01-01

    The pre-sheath density drop along the magnetic field in field-aligned, radially propagating plasma blobs is investigated in the TORPEX toroidal experiment [Fasoli et al., Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 52, 124020 (2010)]. Using Langmuir probes precisely aligned along the magnetic field, we measure the density nse at a poloidal limiter, where blobs are connected, and the upstream density n0 at a location half way to the other end of the blobs. The pre-sheath density drop nse/n0 is then computed and its dependence upon the neutral background gas pressure is studied. At low neutral gas pressures, the pre-sheath density drop is ≈0.4, close to the value of 0.5 expected in the collisionless case. In qualitative agreement with a simple model, this value decreases with increasing gas pressure. No significant dependence of the density drop upon the radial distance into the limiter shadow is observed. The effect of reduced blob density near the limiter on the blob radial velocity is measured and compared with predictions from a blob speed-versus-size scaling law [Theiler et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 065001 (2009)].

  16. Two-Dimensional Fluid Simulation of Collisional Plasma Sheath over rf Powered Electrode with Cylindrical Hole

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    Hou, Lujing; Wang, Younian; Z, L. Miskvic

    2004-08-01

    The characteristics of collisional radio-frequency (rf) sheath dynamics over an electrode with a cylindrical hole is simulated by means of a self-consistent model which consists of two-dimensional time-dependent fluid equations coupled with Poisson equation. In addition, an equivalent-circuit model is coupled to the fluid equations in order to self-consistently determine relationship between the instantaneous potential at the rf-biased electrode and the sheath thickness. Two-dimensional profiles of the potential, the ion fluid velocity, and the distributions of the ion and electron densities within the sheath are computed under various discharge conditions, such as the discharge powers and the gas pressures. The results show that the existence of the cylindrical hole on the electrode significantly affects the sheath structure and generates a potential trap in the horizontal direction, which is particularly strong when the sheath thickness is comparable to the depth of the hole. Moreover, it is found that the collisional effects have a significant influence on the sheath characteristics.

  17. Stochastic heating of a single Brownian particle by charge fluctuations in a radio-frequency produced plasma sheath.

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    Schmidt, Christian; Piel, Alexander

    2015-10-01

    The Brownian motion of a single particle in the plasma sheath is studied to separate the effect of stochastic heating by charge fluctuations from heating by collective effects. By measuring the particle velocities in the ballistic regime and by carefully determining the particle mass from the Epstein drag it is shown that for a pressure of 10 Pa, which is typical of many experiments, the proper kinetic temperature of the Brownian particle remains close to the gas temperature and rises only slightly with particle size. This weak effect is confirmed by a detailed model for charging and charge fluctuations in the sheath. A substantial temperature rise is found for decreasing pressure, which approximately shows the expected scaling with p(-2). The system under study is an example for non-equilibrium Brownian motion under the influence of white noise without corresponding dissipation.

  18. Laser-Plasma Interaction in Presence of an Obliquely External Magnetic Field: Application to Laser Fusion without Radioactivity

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    Mobaraki, M.; Jafari, S.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, the nonlinear interaction of ultra-high power laser beam with fusion plasma at relativistic regime in the presence of obliquely external magnetic Geld has been studied. Imposing an external magnetic Geld on plasma can modify the density profile of the plasma so that the thermal conductivity of electrons reduces which is considered to be the decrease of the threshold energy for ignition. To achieve the fusion of Hydrogen-Boron (HB) fuel, the block acceleration model of plasma is employed. Energy production by HB isotopes can be of interest, since its reaction does not generate radioactive tritium. By using the inhibit factor in the block model acceleration of plasma and Maxwell's as well as the momentum transfer equations, the electron density distribution and dielectric permittivity of the plasma medium are obtained. Numerical results indicate that with increasing the intensity of the external magnetic field, the oscillation of the laser magnetic field decreases, while the dielectric permittivity increases. Moreover, the amplitude of the electron density becomes highly peaked and the plasma electrons are strongly bunched with increasing the intensity of external magnetic field. Therefore, the magnetized plasma can act as a positive focusing lens to enhance the fusion process. Besides, we find that with increasing θ-angle (from oblique external magnetic field) between 0 and 90°, the dielectric permittivity increases, while for θ between 90° and 180°, the dielectric permittivity decreases with increasing θ.

  19. Efficient gamma-ray generation by ultra-intense laser pulses obliquely incident on a planar plasma layer

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    Serebryakov, D. A.; Nerush, E. N.

    2016-04-01

    We have carried out numerical simulations of oblique incidence of a laser pulse with an intensity of I = 1.33 × 1023 W cm-2 on a planar plasma layer and found the plasma density and the angle of incidence of p-polarised laser pulses that correspond to the highest gamma-ray generation efficiency and high gamma-ray directivity. The shape of the plasma surface has been determined by simulation and conditions have been considered that lead to an increase in generation efficiency.

  20. Re-entry communication through a plasma sheath using standing wave detection and adaptive data rate control

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    Xie, Kai; Yang, Min; Bai, Bowen; Li, Xiaoping; Zhou, Hui; Guo, Lixin

    2016-01-01

    Radio blackout during the re-entry has puzzled the aerospace industry for decades and has not yet been completely resolved. To achieve a continuous data link in the spacecraft's re-entry period, a simple and practicable communication method is proposed on the basis that (1) the electromagnetic-wave backscatter of the plasma sheath affects the voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) of the antenna, and the backscatter is negatively correlated to transmission components, and (2) the transmission attenuation caused by the plasma sheath reduces the channel capacity. We detect the voltage standing wave ratio changes of the antenna and then adjust the information rate to accommodate the varying channel capacity, thus guaranteeing continuous transmission (for fewer critical data). The experiment was carried out in a plasma generator with an 18-cm-thick and 30-cm-diameter hollow propagation path, and the adaptive communication was implemented using spread spectrum frequency, shift key modulation with a variable spreading factor. The experimental results indicate that, when the over-threshold of VSWR was detected, the bit rate reduced to 250 bps from 4 Mbps automatically and the tolerated plasma density increased by an order of magnitude, which validates the proposed scheme. The proposed method has little additional cost, and the adaptive control does not require a feedback channel. The method is therefore applicable to data transmission in a single direction, such as that of a one-way telemetry system.

  1. Experimental Evidence of Change in Sheath Properties due to Secondary Electron Emission in a Crossed Field Plasma Setup

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    Sawlani, Kapil; Foster, John

    2013-09-01

    The nature of plasma transport across the magnetic field in crossed-field (CF) devices remains largely an unsolved problem. This can be further complicated by the presence of secondary electrons derived from electron impact on walls. The coupling of these electrons to the bulk plasma and their role in CF plasma transport is also not well understood. The emission of secondary electrons from wall surfaces also affects the sheath potential, thus impacting energy transport to the wall. In this work, a benchtop apparatus is used to elucidate the role that secondary electrons play in regards to CF transport and energy flow to the walls. An electron beam is used to generate a secondary electron plume at the surface of an insulating target. The CF device plasma response to these secondary electrons is assessed by measuring changes to the potential distribution in the sheath of the irradiated target and the measured electron energy distribution function. The variation in the discharge voltage at fixed emission current is also determined which yields insight into CF impedance. The effect of the variation of the electron beam's angle of incidence on the CF current is also characterized. An attempt is made to relate phenomena and trends observed in this work with those in Hall thrusters. Work supported by Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).

  2. Oblique propagation of electrostatic waves in a magnetized electron-positron-ion plasma with superthermal electrons

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    Alinejad, H.; Mamun, A. A.

    2011-11-15

    A theoretical investigation is carried out to understand the basic features of linear and nonlinear propagation of ion-acoustic (IA) waves subjected to an external magnetic field in an electron-positron-ion plasma which consists of a cold magnetized ion fluid, Boltzmann distributed positrons, and superthermal electrons. In the linear regime, the propagation of two possible modes (fast and slow) and their evolution are investigated. It is shown that the electron superthermality and the relative fraction of positrons cause both modes to propagate with smaller phase velocities. Also, two special cases of dispersion relation are found, which are related to the direction of the wave propagation. In the nonlinear regime, the Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation describing the propagation of fast and slow IA waves is derived. The latter admits a solitary wave solution with only negative potential in the weak amplitude limit. It is found that the effects of external magnetic field (obliqueness), superthermal electrons, positron concentration, and temperature ratio significantly modify the basic features of solitary waves.

  3. Extremely Nonsinusoidal Emissions from Strong Laser Pulses Obliquely P-Incident on Sharp-Edged Plasmas

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    Tyshetskiy, Y.; Nikolic, L.; Johnston, T. W.; Vidal, F.

    2006-10-01

    Extremely high laser harmonics emissions [1] emerge from the Vulcan petawatt laser's sub-picosecond laser pulses obliquely incident on slab targets with extremely low pre-pulse energy. Similar studies are to be made using the ALLS 200 TW Ti-Saph laser (24 fs at 10 Hz with 10-10 contrast even without plasma mirrors). We discuss our 2-D PIC simulations using the OSIRIS code with a view to (a) understanding the basic mechanism(s) for the production of the harmonics and (b) establishing the effect of density gradients. Typical results resemble those of Naumova et al. [2], including the presence of a very large and asymmetric electromagnetic ``spikes'' which account for the high harmonic content. [1] B. Dromey, M. Zepf, A. Gopal, K. Lancaster, M. S. Wei, K. Krushelnick, M. Tatarakis, N. Vakakis, S. Moustaizis, R. Kodama, M. Tampo, C. Stoeckl, R. Clarke, H. Habara, D. Neely, S. Karsch and P. Norreys, Nature Phys. Lett., 2, 456-459 (2006) [2] N. Naumova, I. Sokolov, J. Nees,1 A. Maksimchuk, V. Yanovsky, and G. Mourou Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 195003 (2004)

  4. Oblique propagation of solitary electrostatic waves in magnetized plasmas with cold ions and nonthermal electrons

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    Verheest, Frank; Hellberg, Manfred A.

    2017-02-01

    Oblique propagation of large amplitude electrostatic waves and solitary structures is investigated in magnetized plasmas, comprising cold fluid ions and Cairns nonthermally distributed electrons, by using a Sagdeev pseudopotential formalism. To perform the analysis, quasineutrality is assumed, so that in normalized variables the electrostatic potential and the occurrence of solitary structures are governed by three parameters: the Mach number M, the typical Cairns parameter β, and the angle ϑ between the directions of propagation and the static magnetic field. Below a critical β, only positive compressive solitons are possible, and their amplitudes increase with increasing β, M, and ϑ. Above the critical β, there is coexistence between negative rarefactive and positive compressive solitons, and the range of negative solitons, at increasing M, ends upon encountering a double layer or a singularity. The double layer amplitudes (in absolute value) increase with β but are independent of ϑ. Roots of the Sagdeev pseudopotential beyond the double layer are not accessible from the undisturbed conditions, because of an intervening singularity where the pseudopotential becomes infinite. Recent claims of finding supersolitons beyond a double layer appear to be based on a misinterpretation of the nature of the singularity.

  5. A different way of looking at the Plasma-Sheath boundary when both the ion mean free path and the Debye length are finite

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    Franklin, Raoul

    2003-10-01

    The plasma-sheath boundary region has been the subject of study for eighty years, but there are aspects that are still not well understood. At low pressures it is clear that the structure is - plasma-transition layer-thin electron sheath-(thick)ion sheath, and at high pressures it is plasma-collisional sheath, without the need to introduce further structure. As the plasma becomes collisional, there is the question as to how long it is appropriate to talk in terms of the Bohm criterion. Furthermore if the total sheath region is many ion mean free paths long, then the ions may be brought back into collisional equilibrium with the electric field, even though their speed exceeds the ion sound speed of the plasma from which they derive. We examine computationally this intermediate pressure region in terms of of how to describe the ion motion, showing how the two limits go over from the one to the other. Most practical plasmas in gas discharges are in such a transitional pressure region.

  6. Oblique propagation of ion acoustic shock waves in weakly and highly relativistic plasmas with nonthermal electrons and positrons

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    Hafez, M. G.; Roy, N. C.; Talukder, M. R.; Hossain Ali, M.

    2016-09-01

    This work investigates the oblique nonlinear propagation of ion acoustic (IA) shock waves for both weakly and highly relativistic plasmas composed of nonthermal electrons and positrons with relativistic thermal ions. The KdVB-like equation, involving dispersive, weakly transverse dispersive, nonlinearity and dissipative coefficients, is derived employing the well known reductive perturbation method. The integration of this equation is carried out by the {tanh} method taking the stable shock formation condition into account. The effects of nonthermal electrons and positrons, nonthermal electrons with isothermal positrons, isothermal electrons with nonthermal positrons, and isothermal electrons and positrons on oblique propagation of IA shock waves in weakly relativistic regime are described. Furthermore, the effects of plasma parameters on oblique propagation of IA shock waves in highly relativistic regime are discussed and compared with weakly relativistic case. It is seen that the plasma parameters within certain limits significantly modify the structures of the IA shock waves in both cases. The results may be useful for better understanding of the interactions of charged particles with extra-galactic jets as well as astrophysical compact objects.

  7. Second harmonic generation by propagation of a p-polarized obliquely incident laser beam in underdense plasma

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    Jha, Pallavi; Agrawal, Ekta

    2014-05-15

    An analytical study of second harmonic generation due to interaction an intense, p-polarized laser beam propagating obliquely in homogeneous underdense plasma, in the mildly relativistic regime, has been presented. The efficiency of the second harmonic radiation as well as its detuning length has been obtained and their variation with the angle of incidence is analyzed. It is shown that, for a given plasma electron density, the second harmonic efficiency increases with the angle of incidence while the detuning length decreases. The second harmonic amplitude vanishes at normal incidence of the laser beam.

  8. Effects of trapped electrons on the oblique propagation of ion acoustic solitary waves in electron-positron-ion plasmas

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    Hafez, M. G.; Roy, N. C.; Talukder, M. R.; Hossain Ali, M.

    2016-08-01

    The characteristics of the nonlinear oblique propagation of ion acoustic solitary waves in unmagnetized plasmas consisting of Boltzmann positrons, trapped electrons and ions are investigated. The modified Kadomtsev-Petviashivili ( m K P ) equation is derived employing the reductive perturbation technique. The parametric effects on phase velocity, Sagdeev potential, amplitude and width of solitons, and electrostatic ion acoustic solitary structures are graphically presented with the relevant physical explanations. This study may be useful for the better understanding of physical phenomena concerned in plasmas in which the effects of trapped electrons control the dynamics of wave.

  9. Numerical solutions of sheath structures around a moderate negative biased electron-emitting cylindrical probe in low-density isotropic plasma

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    Din, Alif

    2017-09-01

    The potential structures around a moderate negative biased electron-emitting cylindrical probe in low-density isotropic plasma are calculated in the collisionless sheath region. The formalisms, equations, and solutions for the entire electron emitting range (i.e., subcritical, critical, and supercritical) from the cylindrical emitter and collector surface are discussed. The plasma-electron and emitted-electron are assumed to have half Maxwellian velocity distributions at their respective sheath entering boundaries with cold plasma ions. Poisson's equation is solved numerically in the sheath region for the subcritical, critical, and supercritical emissions. The I-V characteristics for these three cases are presented in tabular form. The results show that we need very high emitted-electron current to solve Poisson's equation for the critical and spercritical emissions. Thus, the floating potential is far away in these scenarios. Also, the number density of emitted-and plasma-electron are comparable at the sheath edge so we cannot neglect the density of former in comparison with latter at the sheath edge.

  10. On the stability of obliquely propagating dust ion-acoustic solitary waves in hot adiabatic magnetized dusty plasmas

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    Shalaby, M.; EL-Labany, S. K.; EL-Shamy, E. F.; El-Taibany, W. F.; Khaled, M. A.

    2009-12-01

    Obliquely propagating dust ion acoustic solitary waves (DIASWs) are investigated in hot adiabatic magnetized dusty plasmas consisting of hot adiabatic inertial ions, hot adiabatic inertialess electrons, and negatively/positively charged static dust grains. Using a reductive perturbation method, a nonlinear Zakharov-Kuznetsov equation is derived. The effects of the concentration of negatively/positively charged dust particles and ion-neutral collision on the basic characteristics of DIASWs are studied. The three-dimensional stability of these waves is examined by the use of small-k (long wavelength plane wave) perturbation expansion technique. It is shown that the instability criterion and their growth rate depend on external magnetic field, obliqueness, the concentration of charged dust grains, ion-neutral, and ion-dust collisions.

  11. A comparison of parametric decay of oblique Langmuir wave in high and low density magneto-plasmas

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    Shahid, M.; Hussain, A.; Murtaza, G.

    2013-09-15

    The parametric decay instability of an obliquely propagating Langmuir wave into the low-frequency electromagnetic shear Alfven wave and the Left-Handed Circularly Polarized wave has been investigated in an electron-ion plasma, immersed in a uniform external magnetic field. Quantum magneto-hydrodynamic model has been used to find the linear and non-linear response of a high density quantum magneto-plasma. Going to the classical limit (ℏ→0) retrieves the results for low density classical plasma. Nonlinear dispersion relations and growth rates are derived with analytically and numerically. It is observed that growth rate in the high density degenerate magneto-plasma increases exponentially, while in the low density classical case it increases logarithmically.

  12. Determination of dust grain charge and screening lengths in the plasma sheath by means of a controlled cluster rotation

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    Carstensen, Jan; Greiner, Franko; Piel, Alexander

    2010-08-15

    Dusty plasma experiments with flat dust clusters are often performed in the boundary sheath of radio frequency discharges at typical gas pressures of 1-100 Pa. The interaction of the dust grains is usually assumed to be of the Yukawa type, which is determined by the particle charge and the screening length. For the experimental determination of these quantities we present a method that does not require prior knowledge of the plasma parameters. The method is based on the application of centrifugal forces by means of a rotating electrode method (REM). The results are critically compared with an analysis of thermally excited normal modes, which can be studied at pressures below 10 Pa. The REM has a wider range of applicability that can be extended to 100 Pa.

  13. Filamentary structure of plasma produced by compression of puffing deuterium by deuterium or neon plasma sheath on plasma-focus discharge

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    Kubes, P.; Cikhardt, J.; Kortanek, J.; Cikhardtova, B.; Rezac, K.; Klir, D.; Kravarik, J.; Paduch, M.; Zielinska, E.

    2014-12-15

    The present experiments were performed on the PF-1000 plasma focus device at a current of 2 MA with the deuterium injected from the gas-puff placed in the axis of the anode face. The XUV frames showed, in contrast with the interferograms, the fine structure: filaments and spots up to 1 mm diameter. In the deuterium filling, the short filaments are registered mainly in the region of the internal plasmoidal structures and their number correlates with the intensity of neutron production. The longer filamentary structure was recorded close to the anode after the constriction decay. The long curve-like filaments with spots were registered in the big bubble formed after the pinch phase in the head of the umbrella shape of the plasma sheath. Filaments can indicate the filamentary structure of the current in the pinch. Together with the filaments, small compact balls a few mm in diameter were registered by both interferometry and XUV frame pictures. They emerge out of the dense column and their life-time can be greater than hundreds of ns.

  14. A unified analysis of plasma-sheath transition in the Tonks–Langmuir model with warm ion source

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    Tskhakaya, D. D.; Kos, L.; Jelić, N.

    2014-07-15

    The paper presents a comprehensive kinetic theory of the famous Tonks–Langmuir model of a plane symmetric discharge, taking into account the thermal motion of ion source particles. The ion kinetics is governed by the ionization of neutrals at electron impacts. The plasma consisting of Boltzmann distributed electrons and singly charged ions is in contact with the absorbing negative wall. The derivations are performed in the frame of the “asymptotic two-scale” approximation, when the ionization mean-free path L{sub i} is much larger than the electron Debye length λ{sub D}. In the limit (λ{sub D}/L{sub i})→0, the plasma-wall transition (PWT) layer can be split into two sublayers: a quasineutral presheath (PS) (with the scale-length L{sub i}) and the Debye sheath (DS) (with the scale λ{sub D}). Such a subdivision of the PWT layer allows to investigate these sublayers separately and simplify the analysis of the influence of the ion source thermal motion (this has been neglected in the major part of publications up to now). The uniform description of the PWT layer as a single unit is complicated by the singular presheath and sheath structure and by a coupling with the eigenvalue problem originating from the plasma balance in the bounded system. The issue is clarified both analytically and numerically by construction of a matched asymptotic expressions. The equation and the length-scale governing the transition between neighboring PS and DS sublayers are derived. The eigenvalue problem combining the wall potential, the wall location, and the ionization mean-free path is discussed.

  15. Observation of ion-ion counter streaming instability in presheath-sheath region of a mesh grid immersed in low temperature plasma

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    Prasad Kella, Vara; Ghosh, J.; Chattopadhyay, P. K.; Sharma, D.; Saxena, Y. C.

    2017-03-01

    Instabilities in the sheath-presheath region formed in plasma-boundary layers are known to modify the particle flow velocities and their distribution functions, hence influencing the particle transport in this region significantly. In this paper, experimental observations of the ion-ion counter streaming instability excited in the sheath-presheath region of Argon (Ar), Helium (He), and Ar + He plasmas have been reported. These instabilities are excited in the vicinity of a stainless steel mesh grid placed inside the plasma. Floating potential (FP) fluctuations from the grid and from a movable Langmuir probe placed in the sheath-presheath region are measured. The frequency spectra of FP fluctuations in an argon plasma show a dominant broad peak in the range of 10-20 kHz centering around 15 kHz, which is identified as due to the ion-ion counter streaming instability. This frequency peak exists only in the sheath-presheath region and ceases to exist when the mesh grid is covered with a thin metal foil from one side, which restricts the counter streaming of the ions. The measured wave number, k, of the wave matches quite well with the calculated one from the dispersion relation of ion-ion counter streaming instability. The experiments are repeated to study the instability in He and Ar + He (two ion species) plasmas in similar experimental conditions. The neutral pressure threshold for sustenance of this instability has also been observed.

  16. Effects of a monoenergetic electron beam on the sheath formation in a plasma with a q-nonextensive electron velocity distribution

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    Arghand-Hesar, A.; Esfandyari-Kalejahi, A.; Akbari-Moghanjoughi, M.

    2017-06-01

    The characteristics of a plasma sheath consisting of nonextensive electrons and thermal ions in the presence of a monoenergetic electron beam is studied in the framework of a one dimensional hydrodynamic model. Because of the electron beam, bulk electron distribution of plasma is assumed to be non-Maxwellian in general. Using the Sagdeev pseudopotential method, a modified Bohm criterion is obtained. It is shown that the criterion is significantly affected by the nonextensivity degree (q) and the beam parameters. The criterion is reduced to the standard form of the Bohm criterion when (i) the electrons have Maxwellian distribution ( q → 1 ), and (ii) the beam density is taken to be zero. A small amplitude analytical solution is also given for the potential in the sheath region. Moreover, assuming the total current on the electrode surface to be negligible, the floating potential is derived. The set of nonlinear hydrodynamic equations is solved numerically and the effects of many parameters such as nonextensivity, beam density, and velocity on the electric potential of the sheath region, ion density, and sheath thickness are studied. It is shown that the electron beam can control the potential and ion density of the sheath region.

  17. Oblique propagation of low frequency nonlinear waves in an electron depleted magnetized plasma with positive and negative dust

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    Mobarak Hossen, M.; Alam, M. S.; Sultana, S.; Mamun, A. A.

    2016-02-01

    A rigorous theoretical investigation has been carried out to study the properties of obliquely propagating dust-acoustic (DA) waves in an electron depleted magnetized dusty plasma system containing nonextensive q-distributed ions and mobile positively charged, as well as negatively charged dust particles. The reductive perturbation technique is employed to derive the modified Korteweg-de Vries (mK-dV) equation to analyze solitary waves (SWs) and the standard Gardner (SG) equation to analyze SWs and double layers (DLs) solution. The basic features (viz., amplitude, polarity, speed, width, etc.) of the DA mK-dV SWs, SG SWs, and DLs are examined. The comparison between mK-dV SWs and SG SWs is also made. It is seen that the amplitude, polarity, speed, width of such DA SWs, and DLs are significantly modified by the presence of nonextensive ions, external magnetic field, and obliquity angle (the angle between the external magnetic field and wave propagation). The results of our present investigation may be useful for understanding the nonlinear wave propagation in various interstellar space plasma environments where positive and negative dust particles are available.

  18. On the characteristics of obliquely propagating electrostatic structures in non-Maxwellian plasmas in the presence of ion pressure anisotropy

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    Adnan, Muhammad; Qamar, Anisa; Mahmood, Shahzad; Kourakis, Ioannis

    2017-03-01

    The dynamical characteristics of large amplitude ion-acoustic waves are investigated in a magnetized plasma comprising ions presenting space asymmetry in the equation of state and non-Maxwellian electrons. The anisotropic ion pressure is defined using the double adiabatic Chew-Golberger-Low theory. An excess in the superthermal component of the electron population is assumed, in agreement with long-tailed (energetic electron) distribution observations in space plasmas; this is modeled via a kappa-type distribution function. Large electrostatic excitations are assumed to propagate in a direction oblique to the external magnetic field. In the linear (small amplitude) regime, two electrostatic modes are shown to exist. The properties of arbitrary amplitude (nonlinear) obliquely propagating ion-acoustic solitary excitations are thus investigated via a pseudomechanical energy balance analogy, by adopting a Sagdeev potential approach. The combined effect of the ion pressure anisotropy and excess superthermal electrons is shown to alter the parameter region where solitary waves can exist. An excess in the suprathermal particles is thus shown to be associated with solitary waves, which are narrower, faster, and of larger amplitude. Ion pressure anisotropy, on the other hand, affects the amplitude of the solitary waves, which become weaker (in strength), wider (in spatial extension), and thus slower in comparison with the cold ion case.

  19. Simulation study of wave phenomena from the sheath region in single frequency capacitively coupled plasma discharges; field reversals and ion reflection

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    Sharma, S.; Turner, M. M.

    2013-07-15

    Capacitively coupled radio-frequency (RF) discharges have great significance for industrial applications. Collisionless electron heating in such discharges is important, and sometimes is the dominant mechanism. This heating is usually understood to originate in a stochastic interaction between electrons and the electric fields. However, other mechanisms may also be important. There is evidence of wave emission with a frequency near the electron plasma frequency, i.e., ω{sub pe}, from the sheath region in collisionless capacitive RF discharges. This is the result of a progressive breakdown of quasi-neutrality close to the electron sheath edge. These waves are damped in a few centimeters during their propagation from the sheath towards the bulk plasma. The damping occurs because of the Landau damping or some related mechanism. This research work reports that the emission of waves is associated with a field reversal during the expanding phase of the sheath. Trapping of electrons near to this field reversal region is observed. The amplitude of the wave increases with increasing RF current density amplitude J(tilde sign){sub 0} until some maximum is reached, beyond which the wave diminishes and a new regime appears. In this new regime, the density of the bulk plasma suddenly increases because of ion reflection, which occurs due to the presence of strong field reversal near sheath region. Our calculation shows that these waves are electron plasma waves. These phenomena occur under extreme conditions (i.e., higher J(tilde sign){sub 0} than in typical experiments) for sinusoidal current waveforms, but similar effects may occur with non-sinusoidal pulsed waveforms for conditions of experimental interest, because the rate of change of current is a relevant parameter. The effect of electron elastic collisions on plasma waves is also investigated.

  20. Vertical oscillations of dust particles in a strongly magnetized plasma sheath induced by horizontal laser manipulation

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    Puttscher, M.; Melzer, A.; Konopka, U.; LeBlanc, S.; Lynch, B.; Thomas, E.

    2017-01-01

    Experimental studies are presented where dust particles are suspended in the lower sheath region of an argon rf discharge at a strong vertical magnetic field from B =1.5 T up to 2.27 T. There the particles arranged in an ordered pattern imposed by the upper mesh electrode. It is observed that the particles jump to a new equilibrium position, where they exhibit self-excited vertical oscillations when illuminated by a horizontal laser beam. The dust motion is weakly damped during an upward jump and strongly damped during the return to the equilibrium after the laser is switched off. A model based on delayed charging is presented that can describe the observed behavior.

  1. Microparticles in a Collisional Rf Plasma Sheath under Hypergravity Conditions as Probes for the Electric Field Strength and the Particle Charge

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    Beckers, J.; Stoffels, W. W.; Dijk, J. van; Kroesen, G. M. W.; Ockenga, T.; Wolter, M.; Kersten, H.

    2011-03-18

    We used microparticles under hypergravity conditions, induced by a centrifuge, in order to measure nonintrusively and spatially resolved the electric field strength as well as the particle charge in the collisional rf plasma sheath. The measured electric field strengths demonstrate good agreement with the literature, while the particle charge shows decreasing values towards the electrode. We demonstrate that it is indeed possible to measure these important quantities without changing or disturbing the plasma.

  2. Oblique propagation of dust ion-acoustic solitary waves in a magnetized dusty pair-ion plasma

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    Misra, A. P.; Barman, Arnab

    2014-07-01

    We investigate the propagation characteristics of electrostatic waves in a magnetized pair-ion plasma with immobile charged dusts. It is shown that obliquely propagating (OP) low-frequency (in comparison with the negative-ion cyclotron frequency) long-wavelength "slow" and "fast" modes can propagate, respectively, as dust ion-acoustic (DIA) and dust ion-cyclotron (DIC)-like waves. The properties of these modes are studied with the effects of obliqueness of propagation (θ), the static magnetic field, the ratios of the negative to positive ion masses (m), and temperatures (T) as well as the dust to negative-ion number density ratio (δ). Using the standard reductive perturbation technique, we derive a Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation which governs the evolution of small-amplitude OP DIA waves. It is found that the KdV equation admits only rarefactive solitons in plasmas with m well below its critical value mc (≫ 1) which typically depends on T and δ. It is shown that the nonlinear coefficient of the KdV equation vanishes at m = mc, i.e., for plasmas with much heavier negative ions, and the evolution of the DIA waves is then described by a modified KdV (mKdV) equation. The latter is shown to have only compressive soliton solution. The properties of both the KdV and mKdV solitons are studied with the system parameters as above, and possible applications of our results to laboratory and space plasmas are briefly discussed.

  3. Oblique propagation of dust ion-acoustic solitary waves in a magnetized dusty pair-ion plasma

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    Misra, A. P. E-mail: apmisra@gmail.com; Barman, Arnab

    2014-07-15

    We investigate the propagation characteristics of electrostatic waves in a magnetized pair-ion plasma with immobile charged dusts. It is shown that obliquely propagating (OP) low-frequency (in comparison with the negative-ion cyclotron frequency) long-wavelength “slow” and “fast” modes can propagate, respectively, as dust ion-acoustic (DIA) and dust ion-cyclotron (DIC)-like waves. The properties of these modes are studied with the effects of obliqueness of propagation (θ), the static magnetic field, the ratios of the negative to positive ion masses (m), and temperatures (T) as well as the dust to negative-ion number density ratio (δ). Using the standard reductive perturbation technique, we derive a Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation which governs the evolution of small-amplitude OP DIA waves. It is found that the KdV equation admits only rarefactive solitons in plasmas with m well below its critical value m{sub c} (≫ 1) which typically depends on T and δ. It is shown that the nonlinear coefficient of the KdV equation vanishes at m = m{sub c}, i.e., for plasmas with much heavier negative ions, and the evolution of the DIA waves is then described by a modified KdV (mKdV) equation. The latter is shown to have only compressive soliton solution. The properties of both the KdV and mKdV solitons are studied with the system parameters as above, and possible applications of our results to laboratory and space plasmas are briefly discussed.

  4. Laboratory simulation of laser propagation through plasma sheaths containing ablation particles of ZrB2-SiC-C during hypersonic flight.

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    Zang, Qing; Bai, Xiangxing; Ma, Ping; Huang, Jie; Ma, Jing; Yu, Siyuan; Shi, Hongyan; Sun, Xiudong; Liu, Yang; Lu, Yueguang

    2017-02-15

    The optical communication method has potential for solving the blackout problem, which is a big challenge faced in the development of aerospace. Two laser transmission systems were set up to explore the influence of the plasma and the ablation particles on the propagation of the laser. The experimental results indicate that the laser can transmit through the plasma with little attenuation. When there are ablation particles of ZrB2-SiC-C added in the plasma, the intensity of the laser has fluctuations. The work introduced in this Letter can be regarded as basic research of the propagation characters of the laser through plasma sheaths.

  5. Stability of the Halley Cometo-Sheath with Resistivity and Plasma Motion

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    Srivastava, K.

    1993-01-01

    The MHD stability of the cometary inner shealth determined by the balance between the inward Lorentz body force and the outward ion-neutral drag force is investigated by numerically solving the wave equations which include resistivity, plasma motion and plasma pressure with the help of two-point boundary value method.

  6. Dispersive Nature of High Mach Number Collisionless Plasma Shocks: Poynting Flux of Oblique Whistler Waves

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    Sundkvist, David; Krasnoselskikh, V.; Bale, S. D.; Schwartz, S. J.; Soucek, J.; Mozer, F.

    2012-01-01

    Whistler wave trains are observed in the foot region of high Mach number quasiperpendicular shocks. The waves are oblique with respect to the ambient magnetic field as well as the shock normal. The Poynting flux of the waves is directed upstream in the shock normal frame starting from the ramp of the shock. This suggests that the waves are an integral part of the shock structure with the dispersive shock as the source of the waves. These observations lead to the conclusion that the shock ramp structure of supercritical high Mach number shocks is formed as a balance of dispersion and nonlinearity.

  7. Modulational instability of dust acoustic waves in dusty plasmas: Modulation obliqueness, background ion nonthermality, and dust charging effects

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    El-Taibany, W.F.; Kourakis, I.

    2006-06-15

    The oblique modulational instability of dust acoustic (DA) waves in an unmagnetized warm dusty plasma with nonthermal ions, taking into account dust grain charge variation (charging), is investigated. A nonlinear Schroedinger-type equation governing the slow modulation of the wave amplitude is derived. The effects of dust temperature, dust charge variation, ion deviation from Maxwellian equilibrium (nonthermality) and constituent species' concentration on the modulational instability of DA waves are examined. It is found that these parameters modify significantly the oblique modulational instability domain in the k-{theta} plane. Explicit expressions for the instability rate and threshold have been obtained in terms of the dispersion laws of the system. The possibility and conditions for the existence of different types of localized excitations are also discussed. The findings of this investigation may be useful in understanding the stable electrostatic wave packet acceleration mechanisms close to the Moon, and also enhances our knowledge on the occurrence of instability associated to pickup ions around unmagnetized bodies, such as comets, Mars, and Venus.

  8. Progress on Quantitative Modeling of rf Sheaths

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    D'Ippolito, D. A.; Myra, J. R.; Kohno, H.; Wright, J. C.

    2011-12-01

    A new quantitative approach for computing the rf sheath potential is described, which incorporates plasma dielectric effects and the relative geometry of the magnetic field and the material boundaries. The new approach uses a modified boundary condition ("rf sheath BC") that couples the rf waves and the sheaths at the boundary. It treats the sheath as a thin vacuum region and matches the fields across the plasma-vacuum boundary. When combined with the Child-Langmuir Law (relating the sheath width and sheath potential), the model permits a self-consistent determination of the sheath parameters and the rf electric field at the sheath-plasma boundary. Semi-analytic models using this BC predict a number of general features, including a sheath voltage threshold, a dimensionless parameter characterizing rf sheath effects, and the existence of sheath plasma waves with an associated resonance. Since the sheath BC is nonlinear and dependent on geometry, computing the sheath potential numerically is a challenging computational problem. Numerical results will be presented from a new parallel-processing finite-element rf wave code for the tokamak scrape-off layer (called "rfSOL"). The code has verified the physics predicted by analytic theory in 1D, and extended the solutions into model 2D geometries. The numerical calculations confirm the existence of multiple roots and hysteresis effects, and parameter studies have been carried out. Areas for future work will be discussed.

  9. The effect of non-thermal electrons on obliquely propagating electron acoustic waves in a magnetized plasma

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    Singh, Satyavir; Bharuthram, Ramashwar

    2016-07-01

    Small amplitude electron acoustic solitary waves are studied in a magnetized plasma consisting of hot electrons following Cairn's type non-thermal distribution function and fluid cool electrons, cool ions and an electron beam. Using reductive perturbation technique, the Korteweg-de-Vries-Zakharov-Kuznetsov (KdV-ZK) equation is derived to describe the nonlinear evolution of electron acoustic waves. It is observed that the presence of non-thermal electrons plays an important role in determining the existence region of solitary wave structures. Theoretical results of this work is used to model the electrostatic solitary structures observed by Viking satellite. Detailed investigation of physical parameters such as non-thermality of hot electrons, beam electron velocity and temperature, obliquity on the existence regime of solitons will be discussed.

  10. Effect of driving frequency on the electron energy distribution function and electron-sheath interaction in a low pressure capacitively coupled plasma

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    Sharma, S.; Sirse, N.; Kaw, P. K.; Turner, M. M.; Ellingboe, A. R.

    2016-11-01

    By using a self-consistent particle-in-cell simulation, we investigated the effect of driving frequency (27.12-70 MHz) on the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) and electron-sheath interaction in a low pressure (5 mTorr) capacitively coupled Ar discharge for a fixed discharge voltage. We observed a mode transition with driving frequency, changing the shape of EEDF from a strongly bi-Maxwellian at a driving frequency of 27.12 MHz to a convex type distribution at an intermediate frequency, 50 MHz, and finally becomes a weak bi-Maxwellian at a higher driving frequency, i.e., above 50 MHz. The transition is caused by the electric field transients, which is of the order of electron plasma frequency caused by the energetic "beams" of electrons ejected from near the sheath edge. Below the transition frequency, 50 MHz, these high energy electrons redistribute their energy with low energy electrons, thereby increasing the effective electron temperature in the plasma, whereas the plasma density remains nearly constant. Above the transition frequency, high-energy electrons are confined between opposite sheaths, which increase the ionization probability and therefore the plasma density increases drastically.

  11. Spheroidization of silica powders by radio frequency inductively coupled plasma with Ar-H2 and Ar-N2 as the sheath gases at atmospheric pressure

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    Li, Lin; Ni, Guo-hua; Guo, Qi-jia; Lin, Qi-fu; Zhao, Peng; Cheng, Jun-li

    2017-09-01

    Amorphous spherical silica powders were prepared by inductively coupled thermal plasma treatment at a radio frequency of 36.2 MHz. The effects of the added content of hydrogen and nitrogen into argon (serving as the sheath gas), as well as the carrier gas flow rate, on the spheroidization rate of silica powders, were investigated. The prepared silica powders before and after plasma treatment were examined by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and laser granulometric analysis. Results indicated that the average size of the silica particles increased, and the transformation of crystals into the amorphous state occurred after plasma treatment. Discharge image processing was employed to analyze the effect of the plasma temperature field on the spheroidization rate. The spheroidization rate of the silica powder increased with the increase of the hydrogen content in the sheath gas. On the other hand, the spheroidization rate of the silica power first increased and then decreased with the increase of the nitrogen content in the sheath gas. Moreover, the amorphous content increased with the increase of the spheroidization rate of the silica powder.

  12. Rich eight-branch spectrum of the oblique propagating longitudinal waves in partially spin-polarized electron-positron-ion plasmas.

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    Andreev, Pavel A; Iqbal, Z

    2016-03-01

    We consider the separate spin evolution of electrons and positrons in electron-positron and electron-positron-ion plasmas. We consider the oblique propagating longitudinal waves in these systems. Working in a regime of high-density n(0) ∼ 10(27) cm(-3) and high-magnetic-field B(0)=10(10) G, we report the presence of the spin-electron acoustic waves and their dispersion dependencies. In electron-positron plasmas, similarly to the electron-ion plasmas, we find one spin-electron acoustic wave (SEAW) at the propagation parallel or perpendicular to the external field and two spin-electron acoustic waves at the oblique propagation. At the parallel or perpendicular propagation of the longitudinal waves in electron-positron-ion plasmas, we find four branches: the Langmuir wave, the positron-acoustic wave, and a pair of waves having spin nature, they are the SEAW and the wave discovered in this paper, called the spin-electron-positron acoustic wave (SEPAW). At the oblique propagation we find eight longitudinal waves: the Langmuir wave, the Trivelpiece--Gould wave, a pair of positron-acoustic waves, a pair of SEAWs, and a pair of SEPAWs. Thus, for the first time, we report the existence of the second positron-acoustic wave existing at the oblique propagation and the existence of SEPAWs.

  13. Interference patterns in the Spacelab 2 plasma wave data - oblique electrostatic waves generated by the electron beam

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    Feng, Wei; Gurnett, D.A.; Cairns, I.H. )

    1992-11-01

    During the Spacelab 2 mission the University of Iowa's Plasma Diagnostics Package (PDP) explored the plasma environment around the shuttle. Wideband spectrograms of plasma waves were obtained from the PDP at frequencies of 0-30 kHz and at distances up to 400 m from the shuttle. Strong low-frequency (below 10 kHz) electric field noise was observed in the wideband data during two periods in which an electron beam was ejected from the shuttle. This noise shows clear evidence of interference patterns caused by the finite (3.89 m) antenna length. The low-frequency noise was the most dominant type of noise produced by the ejected electron beam. Analysis of antenna interference patterns generated by these waves permits a determination of the wavelength, the direction of propagation, and the location of the source region. The observed waves have a linear dispersion relation very similar to that of ion acoustic waves. The waves are believed to be oblique ion acoustic or high-order ion cyclotron waves generated by a current of ambient electrons returning to the shuttle in response to the ejected electron beam. 31 refs.

  14. Interference patterns in the Spacelab 2 plasma wave data - Oblique electrostatic waves generated by the electron beam

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    Feng, Wei; Gurnett, Donald A.; Cairns, Iver H.

    1992-01-01

    During the Spacelab 2 mission the University of Iowa's Plasma Diagnostics Package (PDP) explored the plasma environment around the shuttle. Wideband spectrograms of plasma waves were obtained from the PDP at frequencies of 0-30 kHz and at distances up to 400 m from the shuttle. Strong low-frequency (below 10 kHz) electric field noise was observed in the wideband data during two periods in which an electron beam was ejected from the shuttle. This noise shows clear evidence of interference patterns caused by the finite (3.89 m) antenna length. The low-frequency noise was the most dominant type of noise produced by the ejected electron beam. Analysis of antenna interference patterns generated by these waves permits a determination of the wavelength, the direction of propagation, and the location of the source region. The observed waves have a linear dispersion relation very similar to that of ion acoustic waves. The waves are believed to be oblique ion acoustic or high-order ion cyclotron waves generated by a current of ambient electrons returning to the shuttle in response to the ejected electron beam.

  15. Hysteresis and mode transitions in plasma sheath collapse due to secondary electron emission

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    Langendorf, Samuel; Walker, Mitchell

    2016-03-01

    In this experiment, hysteresis is observed in the floating potential of wall material samples immersed in a low-temperature plasma as the energy of a prevalent non-thermal electron population is varied from 30-180 eV. It is indicated that the hysteresis is due to secondary electron emission from the wall material surface. Measurements are performed in a filament discharge in argon gas pressure 10 - 4 Torr of order 10 7 cm - 3 plasma number density. The primary ionizing electrons from the discharge filament make up 1%-10% of the overall plasma number density, depending on discharge voltage. Immersed LaB6-coated steel and roughened boron nitride (BN) wall material samples are mounted on the face of a radiative heater, and the wall temperature is controlled from 50-400 °C such that thermionic emission from the LaB6-coated sample is not significant. The energy of the primary plasma electrons from the discharge filament is varied and the floating potentials of the material samples are monitored. The floating potentials are observed to transition to a "collapsed" state as the primary electron energy is increased above 110 and 130 eV for the LaB6 and rough BN, respectively. As primary electron energy is subsequently decreased, the floating potentials do not "un-collapse" until lower energies of 80 and 100 eV, respectively. The hysteresis behavior agrees with a kinetic model. The results may help explain observations of global hysteresis and mode transitions in bounded plasma devices with dielectric walls, significant secondary electron emission, and departures of electron energy distribution function from a thermal Maxwellian.

  16. Scattering of electromagnetic waves from a magnetized plasma column at oblique incidence

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    Ghaffari-Oskooei, Sara S.; Aghamir, Farzin M.

    2015-07-14

    Scattering of electromagnetic waves from a magnetized plasma column is investigated using Maxwell's equations and applying boundary conditions. Backscattering cross section is evaluated by analytic solution of electric fields inside and outside of plasma column. Plots of backscattering cross section versus frequency, for the range up to J band, reveal two main peaks and two sidebands. Effects of plasma density and radius, as main parameters determining the characteristics of plasma column, on backscattering are discussed. Furthermore, the effect of electromagnetic wave incidence angle on backscattering of plasma column is included in the analysis. The influence of wave incidence angle and frequency, as well as, plasma density and radius on scattering pattern, which is an indicator of the distribution of scattered power in different azimuthal angles, is discussed.

  17. ION HEATING IN INHOMOGENEOUS EXPANDING SOLAR WIND PLASMA: THE ROLE OF PARALLEL AND OBLIQUE ION-CYCLOTRON WAVES

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    Ozak, N.; Ofman, L.; Viñas, A.-F.

    2015-01-20

    Remote sensing observations of coronal holes show that heavy ions are hotter than protons and their temperature is anisotropic. In-situ observations of fast solar wind streams provide direct evidence for turbulent Alfvén wave spectrum, left-hand polarized ion-cyclotron waves, and He{sup ++} - proton drift in the solar wind plasma, which can produce temperature anisotropies by resonant absorption and perpendicular heating of the ions. Furthermore, the solar wind is expected to be inhomogeneous on decreasing scales approaching the Sun. We study the heating of solar wind ions in inhomogeneous plasma with a 2.5D hybrid code. We include the expansion of the solar wind in an inhomogeneous plasma background, combined with the effects of a turbulent wave spectrum of Alfvénic fluctuations and initial ion-proton drifts. We study the influence of these effects on the perpendicular ion heating and cooling and on the spectrum of the magnetic fluctuations in the inhomogeneous background wind. We find that inhomogeneities in the plasma lead to enhanced heating compared to the homogenous solar wind, and the generation of significant power of oblique waves in the solar wind plasma. The cooling effect due to the expansion is not significant for super-Alfvénic drifts, and is diminished further when we include an inhomogeneous background density. We reproduce the ion temperature anisotropy seen in observations and previous models, which is present regardless of the perpendicular cooling due to solar wind expansion. We conclude that small scale inhomogeneities in the inner heliosphere can significantly affect resonant wave ion heating.

  18. Ion Heating in Inhomogeneous Expanding Solar Wind Plasma: The Role of Parallel and Oblique Ion-cyclotron Waves

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    Ozak, N.; Ofman, L.; Viñas, A.-F.

    2015-01-01

    Remote sensing observations of coronal holes show that heavy ions are hotter than protons and their temperature is anisotropic. In-situ observations of fast solar wind streams provide direct evidence for turbulent Alfvén wave spectrum, left-hand polarized ion-cyclotron waves, and He++ - proton drift in the solar wind plasma, which can produce temperature anisotropies by resonant absorption and perpendicular heating of the ions. Furthermore, the solar wind is expected to be inhomogeneous on decreasing scales approaching the Sun. We study the heating of solar wind ions in inhomogeneous plasma with a 2.5D hybrid code. We include the expansion of the solar wind in an inhomogeneous plasma background, combined with the effects of a turbulent wave spectrum of Alfvénic fluctuations and initial ion-proton drifts. We study the influence of these effects on the perpendicular ion heating and cooling and on the spectrum of the magnetic fluctuations in the inhomogeneous background wind. We find that inhomogeneities in the plasma lead to enhanced heating compared to the homogenous solar wind, and the generation of significant power of oblique waves in the solar wind plasma. The cooling effect due to the expansion is not significant for super-Alfvénic drifts, and is diminished further when we include an inhomogeneous background density. We reproduce the ion temperature anisotropy seen in observations and previous models, which is present regardless of the perpendicular cooling due to solar wind expansion. We conclude that small scale inhomogeneities in the inner heliosphere can significantly affect resonant wave ion heating.

  19. Extremely Nonsinusoidal Emissions and Fast Electron Phenomena from Strong Laser Pulses Obliquely P-Incident on Sharp-Edged Plasmas

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    Johnston, T. W.; Nikolic, L.; Tyshetskiy, Y.; Vidal, F.

    2007-11-01

    High laser harmonic light [1] emerges when the Vulcan petawatt laser's sub-ps laser pulses are obliquely incident on slab targets with extremely low pre-pulse energy. Similar work is in progress with the ALLS 200 TW Ti-Saph laser at INRS EMT. (Pulses are 24 fs at 10 Hz with 10-10 contrast, even without plasma mirrors). 2-D PIC (OSIRIS code at INRS) results on basic mechanism(s) resemble those of Gibbon [2], Naumova et al. [3] and Thaury et al. [4]. The very large and asymmetric electromagnetic ``spikes'' which account for the high harmonic content are produced by extremely concentrated 2D plasma surface currents. The connection between our 2D PIC results (also those in [3] and 1D PIC results [2,4] using the Gibbon-Bourdier moving 1D formalism[2] is also discussed, as are the fast electrons, including some related quasi-steady magnetic fields. [1] B. Dromey et al Nature Phys. Lett., 2, 456-459 (2006) [2] Paul Gibbon, Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 50 (1996) [3] N. Naumova, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 195003 (2004). [4] C. Thaury, et al., Nature Phys. 3, 424 (2007)

  20. Ion energy-angle distribution functions at the plasma-material interface in oblique magnetic fields

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    Khaziev, Rinat; Curreli, Davide

    2015-04-15

    The ion energy-angle distribution (IEAD) at the wall of a magnetized plasma is of fundamental importance for the determination of the material processes occurring at the plasma-material interface, comprising secondary emissions and material sputtering. Here, we present a numerical characterization of the IEAD at the wall of a weakly collisional magnetized plasma with the magnetic field inclined at an arbitrary angle with respect to the wall. The analysis has been done using two different techniques: (1) a fluid-Monte Carlo method, and (2) particle-in-cell simulations, the former offering a fast but approximate method for the determination of the IEADs, the latter giving a computationally intensive but self-consistent treatment of the plasma behavior from the quasi-neutral region to the material boundary. The two models predict similar IEADs, whose similarities and differences are discussed. Data are presented for magnetic fields inclined at angles from normal to grazing incidence (0°–85°). We show the scaling factors of the average and peak ion energy and trends of the pitch angle at the wall as a function of the magnetic angle, for use in the correlation of fluid plasma models to material models.

  1. Ion energy-angle distribution functions at the plasma-material interface in oblique magnetic fields

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    Khaziev, Rinat; Curreli, Davide

    2015-04-01

    The ion energy-angle distribution (IEAD) at the wall of a magnetized plasma is of fundamental importance for the determination of the material processes occurring at the plasma-material interface, comprising secondary emissions and material sputtering. Here, we present a numerical characterization of the IEAD at the wall of a weakly collisional magnetized plasma with the magnetic field inclined at an arbitrary angle with respect to the wall. The analysis has been done using two different techniques: (1) a fluid-Monte Carlo method, and (2) particle-in-cell simulations, the former offering a fast but approximate method for the determination of the IEADs, the latter giving a computationally intensive but self-consistent treatment of the plasma behavior from the quasi-neutral region to the material boundary. The two models predict similar IEADs, whose similarities and differences are discussed. Data are presented for magnetic fields inclined at angles from normal to grazing incidence (0°-85°). We show the scaling factors of the average and peak ion energy and trends of the pitch angle at the wall as a function of the magnetic angle, for use in the correlation of fluid plasma models to material models.

  2. Solitary fast magnetosonic waves propagating obliquely to the magnetic field in cold collisionless plasma

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    Kichigin, G. N.

    2016-01-15

    Solutions describing solitary fast magnetosonic (FMS) waves (FMS solitons) in cold magnetized plasma are obtained by numerically solving two-fluid hydrodynamic equations. The parameter domain within which steady-state solitary waves can propagate is determined. It is established that the Mach number for rarefaction FMS solitons is always less than unity. The restriction on the propagation velocity leads to the limitation on the amplitudes of the magnetic field components of rarefaction solitons. It is shown that, as the soliton propagates in plasma, the transverse component of its magnetic field rotates and makes a complete turn around the axis along which the soliton propagates.

  3. Oblique discord

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    Xu, Jianwei

    2017-01-01

    Discord and entanglement characterize two kinds of quantum correlations, and discord captures more correlation than entanglement in the sense that even separable states may have nonzero discord. In this paper, we propose a new kind of quantum correlation that we call as oblique discord. A zero-discord state corresponds to an orthonormal basis, while a zero-oblique-discord state corresponds to a basis which is not necessarily orthogonal. Under this definition, the set of zero-discord states is properly contained inside the set of zero-oblique-discord states, and the set of zero-oblique-discord states is properly contained inside the set of separable states. We give a characterization of zero-oblique-discord states via quantum mapping, provide a geometric measure for oblique discord, and raise a conjecture, which if it holds, then we can define an information-theoretic measure for oblique discord. Also, we point out that the definition of oblique discord can be properly extended to some different versions just as the case of quantum discord.

  4. Obliquely propagating waves in the magnetized strongly coupled one-component plasma

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    Kählert, Hanno; Kalman, Gabor J.; Ott, Torben; Bonitz, Michael; Reynolds, Alexi

    2013-05-15

    The quasi-localized charge approximation is used to calculate the wave spectrum of the magnetized three-dimensional strongly coupled one-component plasma at arbitrary angles θ between the wave vector and the magnetic field axis. Three frequency branches are identified whose interplay is strongly determined by β=ω{sub c}/ω{sub p}, the ratio of the cyclotron frequency ω{sub c}, and the plasma frequency ω{sub p}. The frequency dispersion relations for the three principal modes along the magnetic field cross in the case β<1, which strongly affects the transition from parallel to perpendicular wave propagation. For β>1, the frequencies of the different branches are well separated, and the long-wavelength dispersion in the intermediate and upper branch changes sign as θ is varied from 0 to π/2. In addition to the frequencies, we also investigate the waves' polarization properties.

  5. Linear and nonlinear obliquely propagating ion-acoustic waves in magnetized negative ion plasma with non-thermal electrons

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    Mishra, M. K.; Jain, S. K.; Jain

    2013-10-01

    Ion-acoustic solitons in magnetized low-β plasma consisting of warm adiabatic positive and negative ions and non-thermal electrons have been studied. The reductive perturbation method is used to derive the Korteweg-de Vries (KdV) equation for the system, which admits an obliquely propagating soliton solution. It is found that due to the presence of finite ion temperature there exist two modes of propagation, namely fast and slow ion-acoustic modes. In the case of slow-mode if the ratio of temperature to mass of positive ion species is lower (higher) than the negative ion species, then there exist compressive (rarefactive) ion-acoustic solitons. It is also found that in the case of slow mode, on increasing the non-thermal parameter (γ) the amplitude of the compressive (rarefactive) soliton decreases (increases). In fast ion-acoustic mode the nature and characteristics of solitons depend on negative ion concentration. Numerical investigation in case of fast mode reveals that on increasing γ, the amplitude of compressive (rarefactive) soliton increases (decreases). The width of solitons increases with an increase in non-thermal parameters in both the modes for compressive as well as rarefactive solitons. There exists a value of critical negative ion concentration (α c ), at which both compressive and rarefactive ion-acoustic solitons appear as described by modified KdV soliton. The value of α c decreases with increase in γ.

  6. Sheaths: A Comparison of Magnetospheric, ICME, and Heliospheric Sheaths

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    Sibeck, D. G.; Richardson, J. D.; Liu, W.

    2007-01-01

    When a supersonic flow encounters an obstacles, shocks form to divert the flow around the obstacle. The region between the shock and the obstacle is the sheath, where the supersonic flow is compressed, heated, decelerated, and deflected. Supersonic flows, obstacles, and thus sheaths are observed on many scales throughout the Universe. We compare three examples seen in the heliosphere, illustrating the interaction of the solar wind with obstacles of three very different scales lengths. Magnetosheaths form behind planetary bow shocks on scales ranging from tens to 100 planetary radii. ICME sheath form behind shocks driven by solar disturbances on scale lengths of a few to tens of AU. The heliosheath forms behind the termination shock due to the obstacle presented by the interstellar medium on scale lengths of tens to a hundred AU. Despite this range in scales some common features have been observed. Magnetic holes, possibly due to mirror mode waves, have been observed in all three of these sheaths. Plasma depletion layers are observed in planetary and ICME sheaths. Other features observed in some sheaths are wave activity (ion cyclotron, plasma), energetic particles, transmission of Alfven waves/shocks, tangential discontinuities turbulence behind quasi-parallel shocks, standing slow mode waves, and reconnection on the obstacle boundary. We compare these sheath regions, discussing similarities and differences and how these may relate to the scale lengths of these regions.

  7. Maternal filarial infection: association of anti-sheath antibody responses with plasma levels of IFN-γ and IL-10.

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    Achary, K G; Mandal, N N; Mishra, S; Sarangi, S S; Kar, S K; Satapathy, A K; Bal, M S

    2013-04-01

    Maternal filarial infection influences the risk of acquiring infection and development of immunity in children. Here we have analysed the blood samples of 60 mothers (24 infected and 36 uninfected) and their corresponding cord bloods to assess the impact of maternal infection on the anti-sheath antibodies and cytokine production in neonates born from them. About 69·4% of non-infected mothers and their cord bloods showed the presence of anti-sheath antibodies, while only 16·6% of the cord bloods from infected mothers were positive for it. The IL-10 level was significantly high in cord bloods of infected mothers compared with non-infected mothers. At the same time the IL-10 level was also observed to be remarkably high in cord bloods of both infected and non-infected mothers negative for anti-sheath antibody. In contrast, IFN-γ levels were significantly high in cord bloods of non-infected mothers compared with infected mothers and the increment was prominent in cord bloods of both infected and non-infected mothers positive for anti-sheath antibody. The study reveals that the presence or absence of anti-sheath antibodies in association with cytokines skews the filarial specific immunity to either Th1 or Th2 responses in neonates. This may affect the natural history of filarial infection in early childhood.

  8. Role of Parallel and Oblique Ion-Cyclotron Waves in Heating Ions in an Inhomogeneous Expanding Solar Wind Plasma

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    Ofman, L.; Ozak, N. O.; Vinas, A. F.

    2014-12-01

    In-situ observations of fast solar wind streams at distances of 0.29 AU and beyond by Helios and recently by MESSENGER, and at ~1 AU by STEREO, ACE, and Wind spacecraft provide direct evidence for the presence of turbulent Alfvén wave spectrum and of left-hand polarized ion-cyclotron waves as well as He++ - proton drift in the solar wind plasma. The waves and the super-Alfvénic drift can produce temperature anisotropies by resonant absorption and perpendicular heating of the ions. Measurements indicate that proton velocity distributions are generally non-Maxwellian with evidence for beams, while remote sensing observations of coronal holes have shown that heavy ions are hotter than protons with a temperature anisotropy greater than one (Ti,perp> Ti,||). In addition to the anisotropy, it is expected that the solar wind will be inhomogeneous on decreasing scales approaching the Sun. Here we use a 2.5 D hybrid code and extend previous work to study the heating of solar wind ions (H+, He+) in an inhomogeneous plasma background. We explore the effects of an initial ion drift and of a turbulent wave spectrum on the perpendicular ion heating and cooling and on the spectrum of the magnetic fluctuations in the inhomogeneous background solar wind. Using the 2D hybrid model we find that inhomogeneities in the plasma generate significant power of oblique waves in the solar wind plasma, in addition to enhanced heating compared to the homogenous solar wind case. We find that the cooling effect due to the solar wind expansion is only significant when sub-Alfvénic drifts are explored. On the other hand, the cooling is not significant in the presence of a super-Alfvénic drift, and it is even less significant when we include an inhomogeneous background density. We are able to reproduce the ion temperature anisotropy seen in observations and previous models and find that small-scale inhomogeneities in the inner heliosphere can have a significant impact on resonant wave ion

  9. Polarization force-induced changes in the dust sheath formation

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    Mayout, Saliha; Bentabet, Karima; Tribeche, Mouloud

    2015-09-15

    The modifications arising in the dusty plasma sheath structure due to the presence of polarization forces acting on the dust grains are investigated. The corresponding appropriate Bohm criterion for sheath formation is obtained. It is found that the critical Mach number, beyond which the dusty plasma electrostatic sheath sets in, decreases whenever the polarization effects become important. In addition, when the polarization force dominates over the electrical one, the dust plasma sheath cannot set in. This happens whenever the dust grain size exceeds a critical threshold. Moreover, the sheath electrostatic potential-gradient becomes abruptly steep, and the sheath thickness becomes broader as the polarization force effects strengthen.

  10. Effect of driving frequency on the electron-sheath interaction and electron energy distribution function in a low pressure capacitively coupled plasmas

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    Sharma, Sarveshwar; Sirse, Nishant; Kaw, Predhiman; Turner, Miles; Ellingboe, Albert R.; InstitutePlasma Research, Gandhinagar, Gujarat Team; School Of Physical Sciences; Ncpst, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland Collaboration

    2016-09-01

    The effect of driving frequency (27.12-70 MHz) on the electron-sheath interaction and electron energy distribution function (EEDF) is investigated in a low pressure capacitive discharges using a self-consistent particle-in-cell simulation. At a fixed discharge voltage the EEDF evolves from a strongly bi-Maxwellian at low frequency, 27.12 MHz, to a convex type distribution at an intermediate frequency, 50 MHz, and finally becomes a weak biMaxwellian above 50 MHz. The EEDF evolution leads to a two-fold increase in the effective electron temperature up to 50 MHz, whereas the electron density remains constant in this range. After 50MHz, the electron density increases rapidly and the electron temperature decreases. The transition is caused by the transient electric field excited by bursts of high energy electrons interacting strongly with the sheath edge. Above the transition frequency, high energy electrons are confined between two sheaths which increase the ionization probability and thus the plasma density increases.

  11. Numerical and experimental investigations of splat geometric characteristics during oblique impact of plasma spraying

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    Kang, Chang-Wei; Tan, Jiak Kwang; Pan, Lunsheng; Low, Cheng Yee; Jaffar, Ahmed

    2011-10-01

    Splats are obtained on the substrates inclined at different angles (0°, 20°, 40° and 60°) by plasma spraying process and characterized by SEM and WYKO ® optical surface profiler. Numerical model is developed using CFD software FLOW-3D ® to simulate the process of droplet impact, spreading and solidification onto the substrates. Splat characteristics such as spread factor, aspect ratio and fractional factor are defined and compared between simulation and experiment. Fair agreements are obtained. In addition, the impacting behavior including spreading and solidification are analyzed in details from the simulation results. The rates of reduction in droplet kinetic energy during impact, spreading and solidification are also compared between different inclination angles.

  12. Dust in the magnetized sheath

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    Pandey, B. P.; Samarian, A.; Vladimirov, S. V.

    2007-09-15

    In the present work the structure of the magnetized sheath is investigated in the multifluid framework. The ambient magnetic field is assumed parallel to the wall and the effect of the plasma magnetization, plasma ionization, and plasma-neutral collisions on the sheath is examined. It is shown that the width of the non-neutral boundary layer is dependent on the collision frequencies as well as on the plasma magnetization. The size of the sheath layer can decrease with the increase in magnetic field. The increase in the ion-neutral collision can also adversely affect the sheath size. The equilibrium and levitation of the dust particles in a collisional magnetized sheath are shown to depend on the collision frequencies and on the magnetization. Further, the increase in the collision or magnetization invariably leads to the presence of the positively charged grains near the plasma wall suggesting that the grain levitation inside the charged layer is implicitly dependent on the plasma parameters in a nontrivial way.

  13. Oblique propagation of longitudinal waves in magnetized spin-1/2 plasmas: Independent evolution of spin-up and spin-down electrons

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    Andreev, Pavel A. Kuz’menkov, L.S.

    2015-10-15

    We consider quantum plasmas of electrons and motionless ions. We describe separate evolution of spin-up and spin-down electrons. We present corresponding set of quantum hydrodynamic equations. We assume that plasmas are placed in an uniform external magnetic field. We account different occupation of spin-up and spin-down quantum states in equilibrium degenerate plasmas. This effect is included via equations of state for pressure of each species of electrons. We study oblique propagation of longitudinal waves. We show that instead of two well-known waves (the Langmuir wave and the Trivelpiece–Gould wave), plasmas reveal four wave solutions. New solutions exist due to both the separate consideration of spin-up and spin-down electrons and different occupation of spin-up and spin-down quantum states in equilibrium state of degenerate plasmas.

  14. Large-amplitude, circularly polarized, compressive, obliquely propagating electromagnetic proton cyclotron waves throughout the Earth's magnetosheath: low plasma β conditions

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    Remya, B.; Reddy, R. V.; Lakhina, G. S.; Tsurutani, B. T.; Falkowski, B. J.; Echer, E.; Glassmeier, K.-H.

    2014-09-20

    During 1999 August 18, both Cassini and WIND were in the Earth's magnetosheath and detected transverse electromagnetic waves instead of the more typical mirror-mode emissions. The Cassini wave amplitudes were as large as ∼14 nT (peak to peak) in a ∼55 nT ambient magnetic field B {sub 0}. A new method of analysis is applied to study these waves. The general wave characteristics found were as follows. They were left-hand polarized and had frequencies in the spacecraft frame (f {sub scf}) below the proton cyclotron frequency (f{sub p} ). Waves that were either right-hand polarized or had f {sub scf} > f{sub p} are shown to be consistent with Doppler-shifted left-hand waves with frequencies in the plasma frame f{sub pf} < f{sub p} . Thus, almost all waves studied are consistent with their being electromagnetic proton cyclotron waves. Most of the waves (∼55%) were found to be propagating along B {sub 0} (θ{sub kB{sub 0}}<30{sup ∘}), as expected from theory. However, a significant fraction of the waves were found to be propagating oblique to B {sub 0}. These waves were also circularly polarized. This feature and the compressive ([B {sub max} – B {sub min}]/B {sub max}, where B {sub max} and B {sub min} are the maximum and minimum field magnitudes) nature (ranging from 0.27 to 1.0) of the waves are noted but not well understood at this time. The proton cyclotron waves were shown to be quasi-coherent, theoretically allowing for rapid pitch-angle transport of resonant protons. Because Cassini traversed the entire subsolar magnetosheath and WIND was in the dusk-side flank of the magnetosheath, it is surmised that the entire region was filled with these waves. In agreement with past theory, it was the exceptionally low plasma β (0.35) that led to the dominance of the proton cyclotron wave generation during this interval. A high-speed solar wind stream ((V{sub sw} ) = 598 km s{sup –1}) was the source of this low-β plasma.

  15. Effects of obliqueness and strong electrostatic interaction on linear and nonlinear propagation of dust-acoustic waves in a magnetized strongly coupled dusty plasma

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    Shahmansouri, M.; Mamun, A. A.

    2014-03-15

    Linear and nonlinear propagation of dust-acoustic waves in a magnetized strongly coupled dusty plasma is theoretically investigated. The normal mode analysis (reductive perturbation method) is employed to investigate the role of ambient/external magnetic field, obliqueness, and effective electrostatic dust-temperature in modifying the properties of linear (nonlinear) dust-acoustic waves propagating in such a strongly coupled dusty plasma. The effective electrostatic dust-temperature, which arises from strong electrostatic interactions among highly charged dust, is considered as a dynamical variable. The linear dispersion relation (describing the linear propagation characteristics) for the obliquely propagating dust-acoustic waves is derived and analyzed. On the other hand, the Korteweg-de Vries equation describing the nonlinear propagation of the dust-acoustic waves (particularly, propagation of dust-acoustic solitary waves) is derived and solved. It is shown that the combined effects of obliqueness, magnitude of the ambient/external magnetic field, and effective electrostatic dust-temperature significantly modify the basic properties of linear and nonlinear dust-acoustic waves. The results of this work are compared with those observed by some laboratory experiments.

  16. Enhancing Micro-Cathode Arc Thruster (muCAT) Plasma Generation to Analyze Magnetic Field Angle Effects on Sheath Formation in Hall Thrusters

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    Lukas, Joseph Nicholas

    Using a Delta IV or Atlas V launch vehicle to send a payload into Low Earth Orbit can cost between 13,000 and 14,000 per kilogram. With payloads that utilize a propulsion system, maximizing the efficiency of that propulsion system would not only be financially beneficial, but could also increase the range of possible missions and allow for a longer mission lifetime. This dissertation looks into efficiency increases in the Micro-Cathode Arc Thruster (muCAT) and Hall Thruster. The muCAT is an electric propulsion device that ablates solid cathode material, through an electrical arc discharge, to create plasma and ultimately produce thrust. About 90% of the arc discharge current is conducted by electrons, which go toward heating the anode and contribute very little to thrust, with only the remaining 10% going toward thrust in the form of ion current. I will discuss the results of an experiment in which electron heating on a low melting point anode was shown to increase ion current, which theoretically should increase thrust levels at low frequencies. Another feature of the muCAT is the use of an external magnetic solenoid which increases thrust, ion current, and causes uniform cathode erosion. An experiment has shown that efficiency can also be increased by removing the external magnetic field power supply and, instead, utilizing the residual arc current to power the magnetic solenoid. A Hall Thruster is a type of electric propulsion device that accelerates ions across an electric potential between an anode and magnetically trapped electrons. The limiting factor in Hall Thruster operation is the lifetime of the wall material. During operation, a positively charged layer forms over the surface of the walls, known as a plasma sheath, which contributes to wall erosion. Therefore, by reducing or eliminating the sheath layer, Hall Thruster operational lifetime can increase. Computational modeling has shown that large magnetic field angles and large perpendicular electric

  17. Oblique wrinkles

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    Carfagna, M.; Destrade, M.; Gower, A. L.; Grillo, A.

    2017-04-01

    We prove theoretically that when a soft solid is subjected to an extreme deformation, wrinkles can form on its surface at an angle that is oblique to a principal direction of stretch. These oblique wrinkles occur for a strain that is smaller than the one required to obtain wrinkles normal to the direction of greatest compression. We go on to explain why they will probably never be observed in real-world experiments. This article is part of the themed issue 'Patterning through instabilities in complex media: theory and applications.'

  18. Measurement of the sheath capacitance of a planar probe

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    Oh, Se-Jin; Lee, Young-Kwang; Chung, Chin-Wook

    2011-10-15

    The sheath capacitance was measured on a planar probe dc-biased with respect to the plasma potential using the phase sensitive detection method in the region separated from the rf discharge plasmas by an immersed grid. It was observed that the sheath capacitance was negative when the collecting electrode of the probe was positioned downward toward the grid and biased near the plasma potential. This indicates that a double sheath had built up near the probe electrode. This tendency can be explained by the sheath capacitance, which is calculated using Poisson's equation with a non-zero electrical field and an ion velocity condition at the sheath edge.

  19. Effects of electron emission on sheath potential

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    Dow, Ansel; Khrabrov, Alexander; Kaganovich, Igor; Schamis, Hanna

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the potential profile of a sheath under the influence of surface electron emission. The plasma and sheath profiles are simulated using the Large Scale Plasma (LSP) particle-in-cell code. Using one dimensional models we corroborate the analytical relationship between sheath potential and plasma electron and emitted electron temperatures derived earlier. This work was made possible by funding from the Department of Energy for the Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program. This work is supported by the US DOE Contract No. DE-AC02-09CH11466.

  20. Study of a dual frequency capacitively coupled rf discharge in the background of multi-component plasma and its validation by a simple analytical sheath model

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    Bhuyan, Heman; Saikia, Partha; Favre, Mario; Wyndham, Edmundo; Veloso, Felipe

    2016-10-01

    The behavior of a phase-locked dual frequency capacitively coupled rf discharges (2f-CCRF) in the background of multi-component plasma is experimentally studied by rf current-voltage measurements and optical emission spectroscopy (OES). The multi-component plasma is produced by adding hydrogen to the argon CCRF discharge. Variation of experimental parameters, like working pressure, low frequency (LF) and high frequency (HF) rf power indicate significant changes in the electron density and temperature as well as the DC self-bias developed on the power electrode. It is observed that the electron density decreases as the percentage of hydrogen increases in the argon plasma while the electron temperature follows opposite trend. An analytical sheath model for the 2f-CCRF discharge in the background of multi-component plasma is developed and its prediction on the observed variation of DC self-bias is well agreed with the experimental observations. Authors acknowledge Proyecto Puente No P1611 and FONDECYT 3160179.

  1. Collisionless absorption of light waves incident on overdense plasmas with steep density gradients

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    Yang, T.Y.B.; Kruer, W.L.; Langdon, A.B.

    1995-07-31

    Collisionless absorption of laser light incident on overdense plasmas with steep density gradients is studied analytically and numerically. For the normal incidence case, it is shown that both sheath inverse bremsstrahlung and the anomalous skin effect are limiting cases of the same collisionless absorption mechanism. Using particle-in-cell (PIC) plasma simulations, the effects of finite sheath-transit time and finite density gradient are investigated. The analyses are extended to oblique incident cases. For p-polarized obliquely incident light, the results are significantly different from those for the normal incidence case. Most noticeable is the absorption enhancement for the p-polarized light due to the interaction of the electrons with the normal (parallel to the density gradient) component of the laser electric field in the sheath region.

  2. Effects of oblique wave propagation on the nonlinear plasma resonance in the two-dimensional channel of the Dyakonov-Shur detector

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    Rupper, Greg; Rudin, Sergey; Crowne, Frank J.

    2012-12-01

    In the Dyakonov-Shur terahertz detector the conduction channel of a heterostructure High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT) is used as a plasma wave resonator for density oscillations in electron gas. Nonlinearities in the plasma wave propagation lead to a constant source-to-drain voltage, providing the detector output. In this paper, we start with the quasi-classical Boltzmann equation and derive the hydrodynamic model with temperature dependent transport coefficients for a two-dimensional viscous flow. This derivation allows us to obtain the parameters for the hydrodynamic model from the band-structure of the HEMT channel. The treatment here also includes the energy balance equation into the analysis. By numerical solution of the hydrodynamic equations with a non-zero boundary current we evaluate the detector response function and obtain the temperature dependence of the plasma resonance. The present treatment extends the theory of Dyakonov-Shur plasma resonator and detector to account for the temperature dependence of viscosity, the effects of oblique wave propagation on detector response, and effects of boundary current in two-dimensional flow on quality of the plasma resonance. The numerical results are given for a GaN channel. We also investigated a stability of source to drain flow and formation of shock waves.

  3. Characteristics of plasma plume expansion from Al target induced by oblique incidence of 1064 and 355 nm nanosecond Nd : YAG laser

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    Liu, Tianhang; Gao, Xun; Hao, Zuoqiang; Liu, Zehao; Lin, Jingquan

    2013-12-01

    Evolution of a plasma plume from an Al target ablated with a nanosecond 1064 and 355 nm laser respectively under oblique incidence in air is studied using the time-resolved shadowgraph imaging technique. The characteristics of plasma plume expansion with different focusing conditions (focal point on, ahead of and after the target surface) are experimentally investigated. Experimental results show that the evolution of the plasma plume is strongly influenced by air breakdown which occurs prior to the laser beam reaching the target. Without the occurrence of air breakdown, the temporal evolution of the Al plasma plume with both UV and IR ablation laser wavelengths shows the plume expansion with an ellipsoid-shaped plume front travelling mainly against the incoming laser beam due to the formation of a laser-supported detonation wave at the initial stage of laser ablation, and then the shape of the plume front turns into a sphere. Experimental results also show that a higher portion of the laser pulse energy reaches the target surface at UV laser wavelength than that of an IR laser due to the higher penetrating ability of the UV laser wavelength to the plasma.

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

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    Manning, Robert M.

    2009-01-01

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

  5. Benchmarking sheath subgrid boundary conditions for macroscopic-scale simulations

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    Jenkins, T. G.; Smithe, D. N.

    2015-02-01

    The formation of sheaths near metallic or dielectric-coated wall materials in contact with a plasma is ubiquitous, often giving rise to physical phenomena (sputtering, secondary electron emission, etc) which influence plasma properties and dynamics both near and far from the material interface. In this paper, we use first-principles PIC simulations of such interfaces to formulate a subgrid sheath boundary condition which encapsulates fundamental aspects of the sheath behavior at the interface. Such a boundary condition, based on the capacitive behavior of the sheath, is shown to be useful in fluid simulations wherein sheath scale lengths are substantially smaller than scale lengths for other relevant physical processes (e.g. radiofrequency wavelengths), in that it enables kinetic processes associated with the presence of the sheath to be numerically modeled without explicit resolution of spatial and temporal sheath scales such as electron Debye length or plasma frequency.

  6. Comment on "Droplet shaped anode double layer and electron sheath formation in magnetically constricted anode" [Phys. Plasmas 23, 013502 (2016)

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    Gruenwald, J.

    2016-02-01

    This comment aims at clarifying some points in the very recent work of Chauhan et al. who presented an experimental study of a fireball (FB) configuration in a magnetized plasma, similar to R. L. Stenzel et al., Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 21, 015012 (2012).

  7. 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.

  8. Numerical simulation of sheath structure and current-voltage characteristics of a conductor-dielectric disk in a plasma

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    Chaky, R. C.; Nonnast, J. H.; Enoch, J.

    1981-01-01

    A computer program is being developed to simulate the interaction of a plasma with a conducting disk. Two configurations are examined: (1) the conductor is a 'button' in the center of a larger dielectric disk, and (2) the conducting disk is covered by a dielectric disk to the same size with a circular hole in the center of the dielectric, exposing a region of conductor. Results of the electrostatic plasma simulation are presented both with and without secondary electron emission from the dielectric; characteristic curves and voltage profiles are included.

  9. Theory of the electron sheath and presheath

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    Scheiner, Brett; Baalrud, Scott D.; Yee, Benjamin T.; Hopkins, Matthew M.; Barnat, Edward V.

    2015-12-30

    Here, electron sheaths are commonly found near Langmuir probes collecting the electron saturation current. The common assumption is that the probe collects the random flux of electrons incident on the sheath, which tacitly implies that there is no electron presheath and that the flux collected is due to a velocity space truncation of the electron velocity distribution function (EVDF). This work provides a dedicated theory of electron sheaths, which suggests that they are not so simple. Motivated by EVDFs observed in particle-in-cell(PIC) simulations, a 1D model for the electron sheath and presheath is developed. In the model, under low temperature plasma conditions (Te >> Ti), an electron pressure gradient accelerates electrons in the presheath to a flow velocity that exceeds the electron thermal speed at the sheath edge. This pressure gradient generates large flow velocities compared to what would be generated by ballistic motion in response to the electric field. It is found that in many situations, under common plasma conditions, the electron presheath extends much further into the plasma than an analogous ion presheath. PIC simulations reveal that the ion density in the electron presheath is determined by a flow around the electron sheath and that this flow is due to 2D aspects of the sheath geometry. Simulations also indicate the presence of ion acoustic instabilities excited by the differential flow between electrons and ions in the presheath, which result in sheath edge fluctuations. The 1D model and time averaged PIC simulations are compared and it is shown that the model provides a good description of the electron sheath and presheath.

  10. Theory of the electron sheath and presheath

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    Scheiner, Brett; Baalrud, Scott D.; Yee, Benjamin T.; ...

    2015-12-30

    Here, electron sheaths are commonly found near Langmuir probes collecting the electron saturation current. The common assumption is that the probe collects the random flux of electrons incident on the sheath, which tacitly implies that there is no electron presheath and that the flux collected is due to a velocity space truncation of the electron velocity distribution function (EVDF). This work provides a dedicated theory of electron sheaths, which suggests that they are not so simple. Motivated by EVDFs observed in particle-in-cell(PIC) simulations, a 1D model for the electron sheath and presheath is developed. In the model, under low temperaturemore » plasma conditions (Te >> Ti), an electron pressure gradient accelerates electrons in the presheath to a flow velocity that exceeds the electron thermal speed at the sheath edge. This pressure gradient generates large flow velocities compared to what would be generated by ballistic motion in response to the electric field. It is found that in many situations, under common plasma conditions, the electron presheath extends much further into the plasma than an analogous ion presheath. PIC simulations reveal that the ion density in the electron presheath is determined by a flow around the electron sheath and that this flow is due to 2D aspects of the sheath geometry. Simulations also indicate the presence of ion acoustic instabilities excited by the differential flow between electrons and ions in the presheath, which result in sheath edge fluctuations. The 1D model and time averaged PIC simulations are compared and it is shown that the model provides a good description of the electron sheath and presheath.« less

  11. Axial magnetic field and toroidally streaming fast ions in the dense plasma focus are natural consequences of conservation laws in the curved axisymmetric geometry of the current sheath

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    Auluck, S. K. H.

    2014-10-15

    Direct measurement of axial magnetic field in the PF-1000 dense plasma focus (DPF), and its reported correlation with neutron emission, call for a fresh look at previous reports of existence of axial magnetic field component in the DPF from other laboratories, and associated data suggesting toroidal directionality of fast ions participating in fusion reactions, with a view to understand the underlying physics. In this context, recent work dealing with application of the hyperbolic conservation law formalism to the DPF is extended in this paper to a curvilinear coordinate system, which reflects the shape of the DPF current sheath. Locally unidirectional shock propagation in this coordinate system enables construction of a system of 7 one-dimensional hyperbolic conservation law equations with geometric source terms, taking into account all the components of magnetic field and flow velocity. Rankine-Hugoniot jump conditions for this system lead to expressions for the axial magnetic field and three components of fluid velocity having high ion kinetic energy.

  12. Particle-in-cell simulations of sheath formation around biased interconnectors in a low-earth-orbit plasma

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    Thiemann, H.; Schunk, R. W.

    1990-01-01

    The interaction between satellite solar arrays and the LEO plasma is presently studied with particle-in-cell simulations in which an electrical potential was suddenly applied to the solar cell interconnector. The consequent temporal response was followed for the real O(+)-electron mass ratio in the cases of 100- and 250-V solar cells, various solar cell thicknesses, and solar cells with secondary electron emission. Larger applied potentials and thinner solar cells lead to greater initial polarization surface charges, and therefore longer discharging and shielding times. When secondary electron emission from the cover glass is brought to bear, however, the potential structure is nearly planar, allowing constant interaction between plasma electrons and cover glass; a large fraction of the resulting secondary electrons is collected by the interconnector, constituting an order-of-magnitude increase in collected current.

  13. Effect of the reference electrode size on the ionization instability in the plasma sheath of a small positively biased electrode

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    Bliokh, Y. P.; Brodsky, Yu. L.; Chashka, Kh. B.; Felsteiner, J.; Slutsker, Ya. Z.

    2011-06-01

    It is well known that additional ionization in the vicinity of a positively biased electrode immersed into a weakly ionized plasma is responsible for a hysteresis in the electrode current-voltage characteristics and the current self-oscillations rise. Here we show both experimentally and theoretically that under certain conditions these phenomena cannot be correctly interpreted once considered separately from the reference electrode current-voltage characteristics. It is shown that small electrodes can be separated into three groups according to the relation between the electrode and the reference electrode areas. Each group is characterized by its own dependence of the collected current on the bias voltage.

  14. Quantitative modelling of the electrostatic sheath around a photo-electron emitting spacecraft and of the possible influence on magnetospheric plasma instruments

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    Hilgers, A.; Thiebault, B.; Forest, J.; Escoubet, P.; Fehringer, M.; Laakso, H.

    2003-04-01

    It is well known that photo-electrons emitted from sunlit surfaces in space may affect plasma measurements by several processes, e.g., via the resulting (i) surface potential, (ii) space charge effects, or/and (iii) direct propagation to detectors [e.g. Szita et al., 2001; Pedersen et al., 1984]. We have used a fully kinetic particle-in-cell code, PicUp3D [Forest et al., 2001] which is now made available in public domain, for modelling in three dimensions the electrostatic sheath and photo-electron cloud around a conductive volume representative of a spacecraft like Cluster in a typical magnetospheric plasma environment. The model shows several features of key interest for the interpretation of the measurements and for optimizing the design of future instruments. It is found that photo-electrons fill a large volume around the spacecraft where they can dominate over the ambient environment and a significant part of photo-electrons propagates to the antisunward sector. The resulting space charge has been found to generate negative potential barriers under certain conditions. Also long wire booms which are generally used for mounting electrostatic sensors away from the influence of the spacecraft are found to induce significant transport of the spacecraft generated photo-electrons toward the boom mounted detectors. In this presentation the feature of the computer code and the results of the numerical model are reviewed and the implications for plasma instruments are discussed. Forest J., L. Eliasson, A. Hilgers, A New Spacecraft Plasma Simulation Software, PicUp3D/SPIS, ESA Special Publication, SP-476, ISBN No 92-9092-745-3, pp.515-520, ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 2001. Pedersen, A., C. A. Cattel, C.-G. Faelthammar, V. Formisano, P.-A. Lindqvist, F. Mozer, and R. Torbert, Quasistatic electric field measurements with spherical double probes on the GEOS and ISEE satellites, Space Sci. Rev., 37, pp 269-312, 1984. Szita, S., A. N. Fazakerley, P. J. Carter, A. M

  15. Oblique dust density waves

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    Piel, Alexander; Arp, Oliver; Menzel, Kristoffer; Klindworth, Markus

    2007-11-01

    We report on experimental observations of dust density waves in a complex (dusty) plasma under microgravity. The plasma is produced in a radio-frequency parallel-plate discharge (argon, p=15Pa, U=65Vpp). Different sizes of dust particles were used (3.4 μm and 6.4μm diameter). The low-frequency (f 11Hz) dust density waves are naturally unstable modes, which are driven by the ion flow in the plasma. Surprisingly, the wave propagation direction is aligned with the ion flow direction in the bulk plasma but becomes oblique at the boundary of the dust cloud with an inclination of 60^o with respect to the plasma boundary. The experimental results are compared with a kinetic model in the electrostatic approximation [1] and a fluid model [2]. Moreover, the role of dust surface waves is discussed. [1] M. Rosenberg, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 14, 631 (1996) [2] A. Piel et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 205009 (2006)

  16. Characteristics of a Sheath with Secondary Electron Emission in the Double Walls of a Hall Thruster

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    Duan, Ping; Li, Xi; Shen, Hongjuan; Chen, Long; E, Peng

    2012-09-01

    In order to investigate the effects of secondary electrons, which are emitted from the wall, on the performance of a thruster, a one-dimensional fluid model of the plasma sheath in double walls is applied to study the characteristics of a magnetized sheath. The effects of secondary electron emission (SEE) coefficients and trapping coefficients, as well as magnetic field, on the structure of the plasma sheath are investigated. The results show that sheath potential and wall potential rise with the increment of SEE coefficient and trapping coefficient which results in a reduced sheath thickness. In addition, magnetic field strength will influence the sheath potential distributions.

  17. Oblique warped products

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    Bejancu, Aurel

    2007-02-01

    We define the oblique warped products and prove their existence. In addition to the Levi-Civita connection we use both the Schouten Van Kampen and Vrănceanu connections to study the foliation and curvatures of an oblique warped product. As an application to cosmology we introduce the oblique Robertson Walker spacetime and give its basic properties.

  18. Oblique interactions of dust density waves

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    Wang, Zhelchui; Li, Yang - Fang; Hou, Lujing; Jiang, Ke; Wu, De - Jin; Thomas, Hubertus M; Morfill, Gregor E

    2010-01-01

    Self-excited dust density waves (DDWs) are studied in a striped electrode device. In addition to the usual perpendicularly (with respect to the electrode) propagating DDWs, which have been frequently observed in dusty plasma experiments on the ground, a low-frequency oblique mode is also observed. This low-frequency oblique DDW has a frequency much lower than the dust plasma frequency and its spontaneous excitation is observed even with a very low dust density. It is found that the low-frequency oblique mode can exist either separately or together with the usual perpendicular mode. In the latter case, a new mode arises as a result of the interactions between the perpendicular and the oblique modes. The experiments show that these three modes satisfy the wave coupling conditions in both the frequencies and the wave-vectors.

  19. Oblique interactions of dust density waves

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    Li Yangfang; Wang Zhehui; Hou Lujing; Jiang Ke; Thomas, Hubertus M.; Morfill, Gregor E.; Wu Dejin

    2010-06-16

    Self-excited dust density waves (DDWs) are studied in a striped electrode device. In addition to the usual perpendicularly (with respect to the electrode) propagating DDWs, which have been frequently observed in dusty plasma experiments on the ground, a low-frequency oblique mode is also observed. This low-frequency oblique DDW has a frequency much lower than the dust plasma frequency and its spontaneous excitation is observed even with a very low dust density. It is found that the low-frequency oblique mode can exist either separately or together with the usual perpendicular mode. In the latter case, a new mode arises as a result of the interactions between the perpendicular and the oblique modes. The experiments show that these three modes satisfy the wave coupling conditions in both the frequencies and the wave-vectors.

  20. A model for tailored-waveform radiofrequency sheaths

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    Chabert, P.; Turner, M. M.

    2017-06-01

    The sheath physics of radiofrequency plasmas excited by a sinusoidal waveform is reasonably well understood, but the existing models are complicated and are not easily extended to the more complex waveforms recently introduced in applications. Turner and Chabert (2014 Appl. Phys. Lett. 104 164102) proposed a model for collisionless sheaths that can easily be solved for arbitrary waveforms. In this paper we extend this model to the case of collisional sheaths in the intermediate pressure regime. Analytical expressions are derived for the electric field, the electric potential and the density profiles in the sheath region. The collisionless and collisional models are compared for a pulsed-voltage waveform.

  1. Experimental Observation of Sheath-presheath Instabilities

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    Kella, Vara Prasad; Ghosh, Joydeep; Sharma, Devendra; Chattopadhyay, Prabal K.

    2016-10-01

    Instabilities in the Sheath-presheath regime are most important phenomena that can affect the plasma-wall interaction. These instabilities can modify the particle flow velocities and distribution functions in that regime. In this present work, instabilities exists in the sheath-presheath in a low temperature plasma are observed. Experiments are carried in single ion species argon plasma and multi ion species Ar-He plasma. Experiments are carried in a stainless steel chamber with filament discharge plasma. Sheath is produced around a stainless steel grid at center of the chamber. Fluctuations from the grid and cylindrical Langmuir probe are recorded. Langmuir probe is used to get the floating potential fluctuations from presheath and bulk plasma as well. In single ion species argon plasma, there are two instabilities observed namely ion-ion counter streaming instability through mesh grid and ion acoustic instability respectively arises in the presheath. In case of multi-ion Ar-He plasma, two stream instability also explored. The neutral pressure threshold for the sustain of these instabilities also observed.

  2. Report of the Plasma Physics and Environmental Perturbation Laboratory (PPEPL) working groups. Volume 1: Plasma probes, wakes, and sheaths working group

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    1974-01-01

    It is shown in this report that comprehensive in-situ study of all aspects of the entire zone disturbance caused by a body in a flowing plasma resulted in a large number if requirements on the shuttle-PPEPL facility. A large amount of necessary in-situ observation can be obtained by adopting appropriate modes of performing the experiments. Requirements are indicated for worthwhile studies, of some aspects of the problems, which can be carried out effectively while imposing relatively few constraints on the early missions. Considerations for the desired growth and improvement of the PPEPL to facilitate more complete studies in later missions are also discussed. For Vol. 2, see N74-28170; for Vol# 3, see N74-28171.

  3. The Clinical Implications of the Oblique Retinacular Ligament

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    Adkinson, Joshua M.; Johnson, Shepard P.; Chung, Kevin C.

    2014-01-01

    The oblique retinacular ligament originates from the flexor tendon sheath, courses past the proximal interphalangeal joint, and merges with the lateral extensor tendon. There has been disagreement regarding the contribution of the oblique retinacular ligament to coordinated movements between the proximal and distal interphalangeal joints. Landsmeer postulated that it acts as a dynamic tenodesis that tightens with proximal interphalangeal joint extension causing obligatory distal interphalangeal joint extension. Studies have shown, however, that the oblique retinacular ligament is variably present and often attenuated, thus diminishing its presumed role in finger movement. Despite this, the concept of a checkrein linking interphalangeal joint motion heralded the development of effective and reproducible surgical interventions for swan-neck and mallet deformities. This paper examines the controversy regarding the existence of the oblique retinacular ligament, its plausible functionality, and clinical implications in the practice of hand surgery. PMID:24559632

  4. Absence of Debye Sheaths Due to Secondary Electron Emission

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    M.D. Campanell, A. Khrabrov and I. D. Kaganovich

    2012-05-11

    A bounded plasma where the hot electrons impacting the walls produce more than one secondary on average is studied via particle-in-cell simulation. It is found that no classical Debye sheath or space-charge limited sheath exists. Ions are not drawn to the walls and electrons are not repelled. Hence the unconfined plasma electrons travel unobstructed to the walls, causing extreme particle and energy fluxes. Each wall has a positive charge, forming a small potential barrier or "inverse sheath" that pulls some secondaries back to the wall to maintain the zero current condition.

  5. Ion acceleration boosted by recycling of the reflected laser pulse in target-normal-sheath-acceleration

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    Kim, Young-Kuk; Kang, Teyoun; Jung, Moon Youn; Hur, Min Sup

    2017-07-01

    This paper suggests recycling of a reflected laser pulse using a secondary target to boost the maximum ion energy and the beam charge in target normal sheath acceleration (TNSA). In the regular TNSA, energy coupling between the laser pulse and the target is low, as a large fraction of the laser energy is reflected from the target. In our double-target scheme, the secondary target reflects the laser pulse back to the main target, leading to reinforcement of the accelerating sheath field. In two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations, we observed that the maximum ion energy was enhanced by up to 60 percent and the beam charge was increased by a factor of three compared with the regular single-target system. In addition, the tilted angular distribution of the ion beam for oblique irradiation in TNSA became more symmetric owing to the second irradiation. We found that the maximum ion energy and the beam charge are larger for shorter distances between the targets. We also found that the double-target configuration is effective in boosting the ion acceleration even in the presence of pre-plasmas.

  6. Oblique effect in stereopsis?

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    Davis, Elizabeth T.; King, Robert A.; Anoskey, Alana M.

    1992-08-01

    Contrast thresholds are lower for detection of a vertical pattern than for an obliquely-oriented pattern. Is there an analogous oblique effect for the depth threshold of a stereoscopic luminance pattern? If so, why? Are the causes different from those for an oblique effect with monocular vision? To explore these issues, we used stereoscopic blurry bar (D6) luminance patterns with a peak spatial frequency of 2 or 4 cycles/degree (cpd) and either a vertical or an oblique orientation. We obtained psychometric functions for data obtained from a method of constant stimuli procedure, using 100 forced-choice trials for each datum. For each of three observers we estimated stereoacuity with a maximum-likelihood curve-fitting procedure. Subjects showed better stereoacuity for the vertical spatial patterns than for the oblique patterns. Some possible causes are that for oblique patterns (unlike vertical patterns) (1) the total vertical extent of the pattern is shrunk by a factor of sin((theta) ), where (theta) equals 90 degree(s) for vertical; (2) the pattern is 'stretched out' in the horizontal direction by a factor of csc((theta) ); (3) there are vertical as well as horizontal retinal disparities. Perhaps the resulting sparseness of horizontal disparity information or the potential vertical disparities in the oblique patterns reduce stereoacuity. To disentangle these causes, we used several different experimental conditions (e.g., elongation of oblique patterns) run in randomized blocks of trials. We will discuss these results and implications for stereopsis.

  7. Measurement of effective sheath width around the cutoff probe based on electromagnetic simulation

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    Kim, D. W.; Oh, W. Y. E-mail: woh1@kaist.ac.kr; You, S. J. E-mail: woh1@kaist.ac.kr; Kim, J. H.; Chang, H. Y.; Yoon, J.-S.

    2016-05-15

    We inferred the effective sheath width using the cutoff probe and incorporating a full-wave three-dimensional electromagnetic (EM) simulation. The EM simulation reproduced the experimentally obtained plasma-sheath resonance (PSR) on the microwave transmission (S{sub 21}) spectrum well. The PSR frequency has a one-to-one correspondence with the width of the vacuum layer assumed to be the effective sheath in the EM simulation model. The sheath width was estimated by matching the S{sub 21} spectra of the experiment and the EM simulation for different widths of the sheath. We found that the inferred sheath widths quantitatively and qualitatively agree with the sheath width measured by incorporating an equivalent circuit model. These results demonstrate the excellent potential of the cutoff probe for inferring the effective sheath width from its experimental spectrum data.

  8. What is the size of a floating sheath? An answer

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    Voigt, Farina; Naggary, Schabnam; Brinkmann, Ralf Peter

    2016-09-01

    The formation of a non-neutral boundary sheath in front of material surfaces is universal plasma phenomenon. Despite several decades of research, however, not all related issues are fully clarified. In a recent paper, Chabert pointed out that this lack of clarity applies even to the seemingly innocuous question ``What the size of a floating sheath?'' This contribution attempts to provide an answer that is not arbitrary: The size of a floating sheath is defined as the plate separation of an equivalent parallel plate capacitor. The consequences of the definition are explored with the help of a self-consistent sheath model, and a comparison is made with other sheath size definitions. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft within SFB TR 87.

  9. Effect of collisions on photoelectron sheath in a gas

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    Sodha, Mahendra Singh; Mishra, S. K.

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents a study of the effect of the collision of electrons with atoms/molecules on the structure of a photoelectron sheath. Considering the half Fermi-Dirac distribution of photo-emitted electrons, an expression for the electron density in the sheath has been derived in terms of the electric potential and the structure of the sheath has been investigated by incorporating Poisson's equation in the analysis. The method of successive approximations has been used to solve Poisson's equation with the solution for the electric potential in the case of vacuum, obtained earlier [Sodha and Mishra, Phys. Plasmas 21, 093704 (2014)], being used as the zeroth order solution for the present analysis. The inclusion of collisions influences the photoelectron sheath structure significantly; a reduction in the sheath width with increasing collisions is obtained.

  10. Sheath waves observed on OEDIPUS A

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    James, H. G.; Balmain, K. G.; Bantin, C. C.; Hulbert, G. W.

    1995-01-01

    An important novel feature of the tethered sounding rocket experiment OEDIPUS A (Observations of Electric-field Distributions in the Ionospheric Plasma—A Unique Strategy) was its direct excitation and detection of electromagnetic waves on conductors in space plasmas. We present quantitative evidence about sheath waves excited in the ionosphere by a high-frequency transmitter on one end of the 1-km tether and detected by a synchronized receiver on the other end. An important characteristic of sheath waves is their sequence of sharply defined passbands and stop bands in the frequency range 0.1-5 MHz. The lowest passband is between 0.1 MHz and the plasma frequency near 2 MHz, the bandwidth where existing theory predicts sheath waves. Resonance fringes in this band have been scaled to determine the phase and group refractive indices of sheath waves. These agree reasonably well with the theory, considering the approximations therein. Passbands and stop bands observed in the range between 2 and 5 MHz are not expected on the basis of the current theory. In this range, band limits have clear signatures of the interaction of the tether fields with electrostatic cyclotron waves. Finite wire moment method modeling of the payload shows that in the low-frequency passband, RF coupling along the tether is increased by 20 dB over vacuum conditions. Similarly, isolation is greater than vacuum isolation in the stop bands. Because sheath waves at frequencies up to 2 MHz are guided efficiently along conductors in plasma, they are a significant design issue in the electromagnetic compatibility of avionics at frequencies up to HF on large metal space structures.

  11. Obliquity along plate boundaries

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    Philippon, Mélody; Corti, Giacomo

    2016-12-01

    Most of the plate boundaries are activated obliquely with respect to the direction of far field stresses, as roughly only 8% of the plate boundaries total length shows a very low obliquity (ranging from 0 to 10°, sub-orthogonal to the plate displacement). The obliquity along plate boundaries is controlled by (i) lateral rheological variations within the lithosphere and (ii) consistency with the global plate circuit. Indeed, plate tectonics and magmatism drive rheological changes within the lithosphere and consequently influence strain localization. Geodynamical evolution controls large-scale mantle convection and plate formation, consumption, and re-organization, thus triggering plate kinematics variations, and the adjustment and re-orientation of far field stresses. These geological processes may thus result in plate boundaries that are not perpendicular but oblique to the direction of far field stresses. This paper reviews the global patterns of obliquity along plate boundaries. Using GPlate, we provide a statistical analysis of present-day obliquity along plate boundaries. Within this framework, by comparing natural examples and geological models, we discuss deformation patterns and kinematics recorded along oblique plate boundaries.

  12. Evolution of Mercury's Obliquity

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    Yseboodt, M.; Margot, J. L.

    2005-05-01

    Mercury has a near-zero obliquity, i.e. its spin axis is nearly perpendicular to its orbital plane. In order to constrain the size of the planet's core with the framework suggested by Peale (1976), the obliquity must be known precisely. Rambaux and Bois (2004) have suggested that Mercury's obliquity varies on thousand-year timescales due to planetary perturbations, potentially ruining the feasibility of Peale's experiment. We use a Hamiltonian approach (free of energy dissipation) to study the spin-orbit evolution of Mercury subject to planetary perturbations. We can reproduce an obliquity evolution similar to that of Rambaux and Bois (2004) if we introduce the planetary perturbations abruptly, i.e. by a step function. But if we introduce the planetary effects smoothly starting from an equilibrium position corresponding to the Cassini state (where the spin axis, the normal to the invariable plane and the normal to the orbital plane are aligned), the thousand-year oscillations in the obliquity do not appear. We find an equilibrium value for the obliquity of ˜1.6 arcmin for (B-A)/C = 1.2 10-4 and (C-A)/C = 2.4 10-4, which are combinations of the moments of inertia corresponding to the Mariner 10 gravity data. Our results indicate that planetary perturbations do not force short-period oscillations in Mercury's obliquity, even though such oscillations may appear in numerical integrations involving artificial departures from the Cassini state or the sudden onset of perturbations. Peale (2004) has shown that the periods of damping of the free motions (free precession or free libration) are short compared to the age of the solar system, such that oscillations in obliquity are expected to decay. In the absence of excitation processes, Mercury's obliquity will remain constant, suggesting that one of the important conditions for the success of Peale's experiment is realized.

  13. Boundary conditions for electropositive and electronegative radio-frequency sheaths

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    Sobolewski, Mark

    2016-09-01

    Plasma sheaths play a dominant role in determining ion bombardment energies. To optimize plasma processes, sheaths must be understood and carefully controlled, which requires predictive models. One very efficient approach is to only model the sheath, excluding the bulk plasma. This approach, however, requires boundary conditions at the plasma/sheath boundary. Models that use the step approximation for electron density require initial ion velocities. More exact models with Boltzmann electrons (and, for electronegative discharges, negative ions) require the electron temperature (and the temperature and relative density of negative ions). It is often assumed that these boundary conditions have negligible effects on ion energies, but, for certain conditions in radio-frequency sheaths, this is not true. Analytic models as well as numerical simulations show that, at low frequencies (<= 1 MHz) and high bias voltages, the amplitude of the low-energy peak in ion energy distributions (IEDs) at the electrode is very sensitive to the boundary conditions. By measuring IEDs and sheath voltage waveforms, we obtain the most appropriate values of the boundary conditions for electropositive (Ar) as well as electronegative (CF4) discharges and insight into their presheath dynamics.

  14. Oblique Shot of Earth

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    2008-09-05

    This highly oblique image shot over northwestern part of the African continent captures the curvature of the Earth and shows its atmosphere as seen by NASA EarthKAM. You can see clouds and even the occasional thunderhead.

  15. A radio-frequency sheath model for complex waveforms

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    Turner, M. M.; Chabert, P.

    2014-04-21

    Plasma sheaths driven by radio-frequency voltages occur in contexts ranging from plasma processing to magnetically confined fusion experiments. An analytical understanding of such sheaths is therefore important, both intrinsically and as an element in more elaborate theoretical structures. Radio-frequency sheaths are commonly excited by highly anharmonic waveforms, but no analytical model exists for this general case. We present a mathematically simple sheath model that is in good agreement with earlier models for single frequency excitation, yet can be solved for arbitrary excitation waveforms. As examples, we discuss dual-frequency and pulse-like waveforms. The model employs the ansatz that the time-averaged electron density is a constant fraction of the ion density. In the cases we discuss, the error introduced by this approximation is small, and in general it can be quantified through an internal consistency condition of the model. This simple and accurate model is likely to have wide application.

  16. Measurement of sheath thickness at a floating potential

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    Han, Hyung-Sik; Lee, Hyo-Chang; Oh, Se-Jin; Chung, Chin-Wook

    2014-02-15

    In a cylindrical Langmuir probe measurement, ion current is collected from the surface of the sheath surrounded at probe tip, not at the surface of the probe tip. By using this, the sheath thickness can be obtained, if we know some unknown parameters, such as ion current, plasma density, and electron temperature. In this paper, we present a method to measure sheath thickness by using a wave cutoff method and a floating harmonic method. The measured result is in a good agreement with Allen-Boyd-Reynolds theory.

  17. The obliquity of Enceladus

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    Baland, Rose-Marie; Yseboodt, Marie; Van Hoolst, Tim

    2016-04-01

    The extraordinary activity at Enceladus' warm south pole indicates the presence of an internal global or local reservoir of liquid water beneath the surface. While Tyler (Tyler, R.H. [2009]. Geophys. Res. Lett. 36(15), L15205; Tyler, R.H. [2011]. Icarus 211(1), 770-779) has suggested that the geological activity and the large heat flow of Enceladus could result from tidal heating triggered by a large obliquity of at least 0.05-0.1°, theoretical models of the Cassini state predict the obliquity to be two to three orders of magnitude smaller for an entirely solid and rigid Enceladus. We investigate the influence of an internal subsurface ocean and of tidal deformations of the solid layers on the obliquity of Enceladus. Our Cassini state model takes into account the external torque exerted by Saturn on each layer of the satellite and the internal gravitational and pressure torques induced by the presence of the liquid layer. As a new feature, our model also includes additional torques that arise because of the periodic tides experienced by the satellite. We find that the upper limit for the obliquity of a solid Enceladus is 4.5 ×10-4 degrees and is negligibly affected by elastic deformations. The presence of an internal ocean decreases this upper limit by 13.1%, elasticity attenuating this decrease by only 0.5%. For larger satellites, such as Titan, elastic effects could be more significant because of their larger tidal deformations. As a consequence, it appears that it is easier to reconcile the theoretical estimates of Titan's obliquity with the measured obliquity than reported in previous studies wherein the solid layers or the entire satellite were assumed to be rigid. Since the obliquity of Enceladus cannot reach Tyler's requirement, obliquity tides are unlikely to be the source of the large heat flow of Enceladus. More likely, the geological activity at Enceladus' south pole results from eccentricity tides. Even in the most favorable case, the upper limit for

  18. Modeling, Theoretical and Observational Studies of the Lunar Photoelectron Sheath

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    Poppe, Andrew Reinhold

    2011-08-01

    The Moon, lacking an atmosphere and a global magnetic field, is directly exposed to both solar ultraviolet radiation and a variety of ambient plasmas. On the lunar dayside, a photoelectron sheath develops and the surface typically charges positively since the photoemission current is at least an order-of-magnitude greater than any ambient current. This sheath dominates the nearsurface plasma environment and controls the charging, levitation and transport of micron-sized dust grains. In this thesis, we first model the lunar near-surface plasma environment via a one-dimensional particle-in-cell code. The sheath potential, electric field and plasma densities are presented over a wide range of plasma parameters. Additionally, the charging and transport of micron- and submicron sized dust grains is modeled via a test-particle approach in an attempt to explain Apolloera observations of lunar dust dynamics. Secondly, we present a comparison of the particle-in-cell results with theoretical, kinetic derivations of the lunar photoelectron sheath. We extend previous theories to include the presence of a kappa-distribution for the solar wind electrons. Finally, we present a comparison of in-situ measurements of the lunar photoelectron sheet in the terrestrial plasma sheet by the Lunar Prospector Electron Reflectometer with particle-in-cell simulations to confirm the presence of non-monotonic sheath potentials above the Moon. Future work in all three sections, (simulation, theory and observation) is presented as a guide for continuing research.

  19. Studies of RF sheaths and diagnostics on IShTAR

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    Crombé, K.; Devaux, S.; D'Inca, R.; Faudot, E.; Faugel, H.; Fünfgelder, H.; Heuraux, S.; Jacquot, J.; Louche, F.; Moritz, J.; Ochoukov, R.; Tripsky, M.; Van Eester, D.; Wauters, T.; Noterdaeme, J.-M.

    2015-12-01

    IShTAR (Ion cyclotron Sheath Test ARrangement) is a linear magnetised plasma test facility for RF sheaths studies at the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik in Garching. In contrast to a tokamak, a test stand provides more liberty to impose the parameters and gives better access for the instrumentation and antennas. The project will support the development of diagnostic methods for characterising RF sheaths and validate and improve theoretical predictions. The cylindrical vacuum vessel has a diameter of 1 m and is 1.1 m long. The plasma is created by an external cylindrical plasma source equipped with a helical antenna that has been designed to excite the m=1 helicon mode. In inductive mode, plasma densities and electron temperatures have been characterised with a planar Langmuir probe as a function of gas pressure and input RF power. A 2D array of RF compensated Langmuir probes and a spectrometer are planned. A single strap RF antenna has been designed; the plasma-facing surface is aligned to the cylindrical plasma to ease the modelling. The probes will allow direct measurements of plasma density profiles in front of the RF antenna, and thus a detailed study of the density modifications induced by RF sheaths, which influences the coupling. The RF antenna frequency has been chosen to study different plasma wave interactions: the accessible plasma density range includes an evanescent and propagative behaviour of slow or fast waves, and allows the study of the effect of the lower hybrid resonance layer.

  20. Sheath effects on DEMETER ion drift measurements

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    Marchand, Richard; Knutson, Nelson; Berthelier, Jean-Jacques

    2010-08-01

    The "Instrument d'Analyse du Plasma" on DEMETER includes an ion drift meter used to measure the direction of the incoming ram plasma ( Berthelier et al., 2006a, b ). Given the velocity of the satellite, and expected flow velocities of plasma along DEMETER's orbit, it is estimated that at mid latitudes, the direction of incident plasma as measured by IAP should be within approximately 2° of the ram direction. Yet, significantly larger angular deviations are measured routinely. An important assumption made in the interpretation of onboard instruments, such as IAP, is that neither the spacecraft nor the instrument significantly perturb the plasma that is being measured. In view of the large observed angular deviations, this paper examines the possible effect of the electrostatic sheath surrounding IAP. This is done with the 3D PIC simulation code PTetra. The model uses a full 3D particle in cell code with unstructured tetrahedral mesh capable of accurately representing the satellite geometry. The mesh is also adaptive so as to provide a fine spatial resolution in the vicinity of the particle sensor where it is needed, and a coarse resolution in regions where plasma parameters vary over a longer scale length. Calculation results show that while particle deflection associated with the electrostatic sheath near IAP can account for appreciable angular deflections for representative ionospheric plasmas, they are typically smaller than the ones observed. Additionally, the model is unable to reproduce the latitudinal dependence of the observed large deflection angles. It is concluded that sheath effects may cause appreciable distortions on the IAP type of ion flow meter instruments, and on other particle sensors in general. The larger observed deviations and their latitudinal dependence, however, must be attributable to other physical processes not accounted for in the model.

  1. Radio-frequency sheath voltages and slow wave electric field spatial structure

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    Colas, Laurent; Lu, Ling-Feng; Křivská, Alena; Jacquot, Jonathan

    2015-12-01

    We investigate theoretically how sheath radio-frequency (RF) oscillations relate to the spatial structure of the RF parallel electric field emitted by Ion Cyclotron (IC) wave launchers, using a simple model of Slow Wave (SW) evanescence coupled with Direct Current (DC) plasma biasing via sheath boundary conditions in a plasma-filled 2-dimensional (parallel, radial) rectangle. Within a "wide sheaths" asymptotic regime, valid for large-amplitude near RF fields, our model becomes partly linear: the sheath oscillating voltage at open field line boundaries is a linear combination of elementary contributions by every source point of the radiated RF field map. These individual contributions are all the more intense as the SW emission point is toroidally nearer to the sheath walls. A limit formula is given for a source infinitely close to the sheaths. The decay of sheath RF voltages with the sheath/source parallel distance is quantified as a function of two characteristic SW evanescence lengths. Decay lengths are smaller than antenna parallel extensions. The sheath RF voltages at an IC antenna side limiter are therefore mainly sensitive to SW emission near this limiter, as recent observations suggest. Toroidal proximity effects could also explain why sheath oscillations persist with antisymmetric strap toroidal phasing, despite the parallel anti-symmetry of the radiated field map. They could also justify current attempts at reducing the RF fields induced near antenna boxes to attenuate sheath oscillations in their vicinity.

  2. The oblique electron lens.

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    Johnson, C. B.; Hallam, K. L.

    1973-01-01

    An oblique electron lens is described that is especially applicable to image converters and camera tubes employing flat opaque photocathodes. The use of optical lenses, corrector plates, and/or mirrors (often employed in other electron lenses designed for use with opaque photocathodes) are eliminated. The oblique electron lens is well suited to ultraviolet and vacuum ultraviolet image converters, and to image converters employing opaque negative electron affinity photocathodes. It is also possible to use this oblique electron lens for electronography. Measurements on an experimental tube show that a limiting resolution of 50 line pairs/mm is possible, but the intrinsic lens quality is believed to approach that of a conventional electromagnetic lens having uniform and colinear electric and magnetic fields.

  3. Two Types of Magnetohydrodynamic Sheath Jets

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    Kaburaki, Osamu

    2009-06-01

    Recent observations of astrophysical jets emanating from various galactic nuclei strongly suggest that a double-layered structure, or a spine-sheath structure, is likely to be their common feature. We propose that such a sheath jet structure can be formed magnetohydrodynamically within a valley of the magnetic pressures, which is formed between the peaks due to the poloidal and toroidal components, with the centrifugal force acting on the rotating sheath plasma being balanced by the hoop stress of the toroidal field. The poloidal field concentrated near the polar axis is maintained by a converging plasma flow toward the jet region, and the toroidal field is developed outside the jet cone owing to the poloidal current circulating through the jet. Under such situations, the set of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations allows two main types of solutions, at least, in the region far from the footpoint. The first type solution describes the jets of marginally bound nature. This type is realized when the jet temperature decreases like a virial one, and neither the pressure-gradient nor the MHD forces, which are both determined consistently, cannot completely overcome the gravity, even at infinity. The second type is realized under an isothermal situation, and the gravity is cancelled exactly by the pressure-gradient force. Hence, the jets of this type are accelerated purely by the MHD force. It is also suggested that these two types correspond, respectively, to the jets from type I and II radio galaxies in the Fanaroff-Riley classification.

  4. Model and particle-in-cell simulation of ion energy distribution in collisionless sheath

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    Zhou, Zhuwen; Kong, Bo; Luo, Yuee; Chen, Deliang; Wang, Yuansheng

    2015-06-15

    In this paper, we propose a self-consistent theoretical model, which is described by the ion energy distributions (IEDs) in collisionless sheaths, and the analytical results for different combined dc/radio frequency (rf) capacitive coupled plasma discharge cases, including sheath voltage errors analysis, are compared with the results of numerical simulations using a one-dimensional plane-parallel particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation. The IEDs in collisionless sheaths are performed on combination of dc/rf voltage sources electrodes discharge using argon as the process gas. The incident ions on the grounded electrode are separated, according to their different radio frequencies, and dc voltages on a separated electrode, the IEDs, and widths of energy in sheath and the plasma sheath thickness are discussed. The IEDs, the IED widths, and sheath voltages by the theoretical model are investigated and show good agreement with PIC simulations.

  5. Mars Obliquity Cycle Illustration

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    2008-01-01

    The tilt of Mars' spin axis (obliquity) varies cyclically over hundreds of thousands of years, and affects the sunlight falling on the poles. Because the landing site of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is so near the north pole, higher sun and warmer temperatures during high obliquity lead to warmer, more humid surface environments, and perhaps thicker, more liquid-like films of water in soil.

    The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

  6. Photoelectric sheath formation around small spherical objects in space

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

    2015-04-15

    The formation of a photoelectron sheath around positively charged small (∼cm) spherical objects roaming in near earth space due to the solar radiation (with continuous spectrum) and the solar wind plasma has been investigated. The sheath structure has been derived, taking into account anisotropic photoelectron flux with the Poisson equation, spherical geometry of the object, and half Fermi Dirac distribution of photoelectron velocities. Two cases, viz., when the object is illuminated by (i) isotropic or (ii) unidirectional (parallel beam) radiation, have been analyzed. The analysis predicts a spherically symmetric sheath in case of isotropic illumination, while a symmetry in sheath about a θ=π/4 is seen in case of parallel beam illumination; θ is the angle of incidence which is the angle made by the normal to a surface element with the direction of incidence of solar radiation. The radial and angular profiles of the electric potential and electron density in the photoelectron sheath have been evaluated and illustrated graphically; the dependence of the sheath structure on the solar wind plasma parameters, material properties of the spherical object, and its size have been discussed.

  7. Stability of the Tonks–Langmuir discharge pre-sheath

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    Tskhakaya, D. D.; Kos, L.; Tskhakaya, D.

    2016-03-15

    The article formulates the stability problem of the plasma sheath in the Tonks–Langmuir discharge. Using the kinetic description of the ion gas, i.e., the stability of the potential shape in the quasi-neutral pre-sheath regarding the high and low frequency, the perturbations are investigated. The electrons are assumed to be Maxwell–Boltzmann distributed. Regarding high-frequency perturbations, the pre-sheath is shown to be stable. The stability problem regarding low-frequency perturbations can be reduced to an analysis of the “diffusion like” equation, which results in the instability of the potential distribution in the pre-sheath. By means of the Particle in Cell simulations, also the nonlinear stage of low frequency oscillations is investigated. Comparing the figure obtained with the figure for linear stage, one can find obvious similarity in the spatial-temporal behavior of the potential.

  8. Radio-frequency sheath voltages and slow wave electric field spatial structure

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    Colas, Laurent Lu, Ling-Feng; Křivská, Alena; Jacquot, Jonathan

    2015-12-10

    We investigate theoretically how sheath radio-frequency (RF) oscillations relate to the spatial structure of the RF parallel electric field emitted by Ion Cyclotron (IC) wave launchers, using a simple model of Slow Wave (SW) evanescence coupled with Direct Current (DC) plasma biasing via sheath boundary conditions in a plasma-filled 2-dimensional (parallel, radial) rectangle. Within a “wide sheaths” asymptotic regime, valid for large-amplitude near RF fields, our model becomes partly linear: the sheath oscillating voltage at open field line boundaries is a linear combination of elementary contributions by every source point of the radiated RF field map. These individual contributions are all the more intense as the SW emission point is toroidally nearer to the sheath walls. A limit formula is given for a source infinitely close to the sheaths. The decay of sheath RF voltages with the sheath/source parallel distance is quantified as a function of two characteristic SW evanescence lengths. Decay lengths are smaller than antenna parallel extensions. The sheath RF voltages at an IC antenna side limiter are therefore mainly sensitive to SW emission near this limiter, as recent observations suggest. Toroidal proximity effects could also explain why sheath oscillations persist with antisymmetric strap toroidal phasing, despite the parallel anti-symmetry of the radiated field map. They could also justify current attempts at reducing the RF fields induced near antenna boxes to attenuate sheath oscillations in their vicinity.

  9. Experimental Investigations of the Lunar Photoelectron Sheath

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    Dove, A.; Sternovsky, Z.; Wang, X.; Robertson, S. H.; Lapanse, C.; Horanyi, M.; Collette, A.

    2010-12-01

    Solar ultraviolet radiation incident upon the dayside lunar surface produces a photoelectron gas that dominates the near-surface plasma environment, with a typical density of 60 cm-3 and a characteristic scale-length of ~1 m. It has traditionally been difficult to produce a photoelectron gas with sufficient density in a laboratory settings to study its properties. In our initial experiments, the characterization of the photoelectron density above a Zr surface (work function W=4.4 eV) illuminated by Xe excimer lamps (peak emission at a wavelength of 172 nm) indicated that a sheath with a Debye length on the order of 10 cm formed. We characterize the photoelectron population above the surface by utilizing an emissive probe to map the electric potential distribution above the surface, and a Langmuir probe to determine the number density and temperature of the photoelectrons. A grid is placed 7.5 cm above the Zr surface to repel photoelectrons emitted from the chamber walls. Emissive probe measurements show a potential dip of about 2 V extending ~1 cm above the zirconium surface. The size of this potential well is dependent on the number of lamps illuminating the surface, as the density of photoelectrons above the surface increases with greater illumination. The electrons in the sheath have a Maxwellian distribution with an electron temperature around 1 eV (maximum energies are expected to be approximately 2.8 eV). We will use this experimental apparatus to characterize the photoelectron sheath above other surfaces; powders, such as CeO2 have similar work functions, but different photoelectric yields. Lunar soil simulants are expected to have approximately an order of magnitude smaller yield than metallic surfaces, which will act to increase the characteristic length of the photoelectron sheath above the surface. The experiments and accompanying computer simulations are used to guide the development of new instrument concepts for future in situ plasma measurements on

  10. The obliquity of Pluto

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    Dobrovolskis, A. R.; Harris, A. W.

    1983-01-01

    Pluto's obliquity (the angle between its spin axis and orbit normal) varies between 102 and 126 deg over a period of about 3 million years. These oscillations are nearly sinusoidal and quite stable, leading to only modest changes in the insolation regime. Thus, Pluto's rotation has been slightly retrograde ever since its current orbit and rotation rate were established.

  11. Modelling Electrostatic Sheath Effects on Swarm Electric Field Instrument Measurements

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    Marchand, R.; Burchill, J. K.; Knudsen, D. J.

    2010-10-01

    The Electric Field Instrument (EFI) was designed to measure ionospheric ion flow velocities, temperatures and distribution functions at the ram face of the European Space Agency’s Swarm spacecraft. These flow velocities, combined with the known orbital velocity of the satellite and local magnetic field, will be used to infer local electric fields from the relation E=- v× B. EFI is among a class of many particle sensors and flow meters mounted on satellites to monitor in situ plasma conditions. The interpretation of the measurements made with EFI and similar sensors relies on a spacecraft sheath model. A common approach, valid in the relatively cold and dense ionospheric plasma, is to assume a potential drop in a thin sheath through which particle deflection and energisation can be calculated analytically. In such models, sheath effects only depend on the spacecraft floating potential, and on the angle of incidence of particles with respect to the normal to the surface. Corrections to measurements are therefore local as they do not depend on the geometry of nearby objects. In an actual plasma, satellites are surrounded by electrostatic sheaths with a finite thickness. As a result, local corrections to particle distribution functions can only be seen as an approximation. A correct interpretation of measured particle fluxes or particle distribution functions must, at least in principle, account for the extent and shape of the sheath in the vicinity of the measuring instrument. This in turn requires a careful analysis of the interaction of the satellite with the surrounding plasma, while accounting for detailed aspects of the geometry, as well as for several physical effects. In this paper, the validity of the thin sheath model is tested by comparing its predictions with detailed PIC (Particle In Cell) calculations of satellite-plasma interaction. Deviations attributed to sheath finite thickness effects are calculated for EFI measurements, with representative plasma

  12. The dust motion inside the magnetized sheath - The effect of drag forces

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    Pandey, B. P.; Samarian, A.; Vladimirov, S. V.

    2010-08-15

    The isolated charged dust inside the magnetized plasma sheath moves under the influence of the electron and ion drag force and the sheath electrostatic field. The charge on the dust is a function of its radius as well as the value of the ambient sheath potential. It is shown that the charge on the dust determines its trajectory and dust performs the spiraling motion inside the sheath. The location of the turning spiral is determined by the number of negative charge on the dust, which in turn is a function of the dust radius. The back and forth spiraling motion finally causes the dust to move in a small, narrow region of the sheath. For a bigger dust particle, the dust moves closer to the sheath presheath boundary suggesting that the bigger grains, owing to the strong repulsion between the wall and dust, will be unable to travel inside the sheath. Only small, micron-sized grains can travel closer to the wall before repulsion pushes it back toward the plasma-sheath boundary. The temporal behavior of the spiraling dust motion appears like a damped harmonic oscillation, suggesting that the plasma drag force causes dissipation of the electrostatic energy. However, after initial damping, the grain keeps oscillating although with much smaller amplitude. The possible application of the present results to the ongoing sheath experiments is discussed.

  13. 21 CFR 884.5320 - Glans sheath.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... sheath. (a) Identification. A glans sheath device is a sheath which covers only the glans penis or part... the entire shaft of the penis. It is indicated only for the prevention of pregnancy and not for the...

  14. 21 CFR 884.5320 - Glans sheath.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... sheath. (a) Identification. A glans sheath device is a sheath which covers only the glans penis or part... the entire shaft of the penis. It is indicated only for the prevention of pregnancy and not for the...

  15. Continuum kinetic and multi-fluid simulations of classical sheaths

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    Cagas, P.; Hakim, A.; Juno, J.; Srinivasan, B.

    2017-02-01

    The kinetic study of plasma sheaths is critical, among other things, to understand the deposition of heat on walls, the effect of sputtering, and contamination of the plasma with detrimental impurities. The plasma sheath also provides a boundary condition and can often have a significant global impact on the bulk plasma. In this paper, kinetic studies of classical sheaths are performed with the continuum kinetic code, Gkeyll, which directly solves the Vlasov-Maxwell equations. The code uses a novel version of the finite-element discontinuous Galerkin scheme that conserves energy in the continuous-time limit. The fields are computed using Maxwell equations. Ionization and scattering collisions are included; however, surface effects are neglected. The aim of this work is to introduce the continuum kinetic method and compare its results with those obtained from an already established finite-volume multi-fluid model also implemented in Gkeyll. Novel boundary conditions on the fluids allow the sheath to form without specifying wall fluxes, so the fluids and fields adjust self-consistently at the wall. The work presented here demonstrates that the kinetic and fluid results are in agreement for the momentum flux, showing that in certain regimes, a multi-fluid model can be a useful approximation for simulating the plasma boundary. There are differences in the electrostatic potential between the fluid and kinetic results. Further, the direct solutions of the distribution function presented here highlight the non-Maxwellian distribution of electrons in the sheath, emphasizing the need for a kinetic model. The densities, velocities, and the potential show a good agreement between the kinetic and fluid results. However, kinetic physics is highlighted through higher moments such as parallel and perpendicular temperatures which provide significant differences from the fluid results in which the temperature is assumed to be isotropic. Besides decompression cooling, the heat flux

  16. Climates of Oblique Exoplanets

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    Dobrovolskis, A. R.

    2008-12-01

    A previous paper (Dobrovolskis 2007; Icarus 192, 1-23) showed that eccentricity can have profound effects on the climate, habitability, and detectability of extrasolar planets. This complementary study shows that obliquity can have comparable effects. The known exoplanets exhibit a wide range of orbital eccentricities, but those within several million km of their suns are generally in near-circular orbits. This fact is widely attributed to the dissipation of tides in the planets, which is particularly effective for solid/liquid bodies like "Super-Earths". Along with friction between a solid mantle and a liquid core, tides also are expected to despin a planet until it is captured in the synchronous resonance, so that its rotation period is identical to its orbital period. The canonical example of synchronous spin is the way that our Moon always keeps nearly the same hemisphere facing the Earth. Tides also tend to reduce the planet's obliquity (the angle between its spin and orbital angular velocities). However, orbit precession can cause the rotation to become locked in a "Cassini state", where it retains a nearly constant non-zero obliquity. For example, our Moon maintains an obliquity of about 6.7° with respect to its orbit about the Earth. For comparison, stable Cassini states can exist for practically any obliquity up to 180° for planets of binary stars, or in multi-planet systems with high mutual inclinations, such as are produced by scattering or by the Kozai mechanism. This work considers planets in synchronous rotation with circular orbits. For obliquities greater than 90°, the ground track of the sub-solar point wraps around all longitudes on the surface of such a planet. For smaller obliquities, the sub-solar track takes the figure-8 shape of an analemma. This can be visualized as the intersection of the planet's spherical surface with a right circular cylinder, parallel to the spin axis and tangent to the equator from the inside. The excursion of the

  17. Analytical expression for the sheath edge around wedge-shaped cathodes

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    Sheridan, T. E.

    2008-03-01

    The sheath is the boundary layer separating a quasi-neutral plasma from a material electrode. Understanding the sheath is important for numerous applications, including plasma-based ion implantation, plasma etching of semiconductors, plasma assisted electrostatic cleaning, and Langmuir probes. In a 1D planar geometry, the Child-Langmuir (CL) law describes the sheath when the bias on a negative electrode, i.e., a cathode, is much greater than the electron temperature. In this case, the sheath width s is an eigenvalue of the problem. In 2D, the sheath edge is an unknown line (an ``eigen-boundary") which is determined by a set of coupled, nonlinear, partial differential equations. I have found an expression for the sheath edge around a 2D wedge-shaped cathode with included angle θw. In polar coordinates (r,θ), the sheath edge is a solution of r(aθ)=as where s is the planar sheath width far from the corner and θw=2π- π/a, so that a=1/2 gives a knife edge, while a=2/3 gives a square corner. This result is verified by comparison with the numerical solutions of Watterson [P. A. Watterson, J. Phys. D 22, 1300 (1989)].

  18. Anomalous Capacitive Sheath with Deep Radio Frequency Electric Field Penetration

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    Igor D. Kaganovich

    2002-01-18

    A novel nonlinear effect of anomalously deep penetration of an external radio-frequency electric field into a plasma is described. A self-consistent kinetic treatment reveals a transition region between the sheath and the plasma. Because of the electron velocity modulation in the sheath, bunches in the energetic electron density are formed in the transition region adjusted to the sheath. The width of the region is of order V(subscript T)/omega, where V(subscript T) is the electron thermal velocity, and w is frequency of the electric field. The presence of the electric field in the transition region results in a cooling of the energetic electrons and an additional heating of the cold electrons in comparison with the case when the transition region is neglected.

  19. The sheath effect on the floating harmonic method

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    Lee, Jaewon; Kim, Kyung-Hyun; Chung, Chin-Wook

    2015-12-15

    The floating harmonic method biases sinusoidal voltage to a probe sheath, and as its response, harmonic currents can be obtained. These currents can be used to determine the plasma parameters. However, different shapes of probes have different shapes of sheaths that can affect the diagnostic results. However, no research has been done on the sheath effect on the floating harmonic method. Therefore, we investigate the effect of the sheath during floating harmonic diagnostics by comparing cylindrical and planar probes. While the sinusoidal voltages were applied to a probe, because the sheath oscillated, the time variant ion current and their harmonic currents were added to the electron harmonic currents. In the floating harmonic method, the harmonic currents are composed of only the electron harmonic currents. Therefore, the ion harmonic currents affect the diagnostic results. In particular, the electron temperature obtained by the small probe tip was higher than that of the large probe tip. This effect was exacerbated when the ratio of the probe tip radius to the sheath length was smaller.

  20. On Titan's obliquity

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    Boué, Gwenaël; Rambaux, Nicolas; Richard, Andy

    2017-06-01

    The Cassini-Huygens mission brings us many valuable information about Saturn's moon Titan, but some of them seem to be incompatible. Measurements of the gravity field coefficients J2 and C22 suggest that its shape is hydrostatic and observations of its rotation state show that it is likely to be in a Cassini state with an obliquity of 0.32 deg.Titan cannot be fully rigid otherwise its equilibrium obliquity would only be one third of the observed value. This agrees with several hints indicating that it possesses a global underneath ocean surrounded by a thin ice shell. But, thus far three layer models are unable to explain Titan's large obliquity assuming both an hydrostatic shape and the absence of significant resonant amplifications. Nevertheless, these models neglect the rotation of the ocean which might play a significant role in the dynamics of Titan's spin pole.Here we revisit the rotation dynamics of a three layered body with a subsurface ocean using a suitable non-canonical Hamiltonian formalism. The system has 7 degrees of freedom, six of which being equally shared by the rigid interior and the shell, and the last one being due to the rotation of the ocean. We show that this model is able to reconcile the three observations listed above.

  1. Rarefaction solitons initiated by sheath instability

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    Levko, Dmitry

    2015-09-15

    The instability of the cathode sheath initiated by the cold energetic electron beam is studied by the one-dimensional fluid model. Numerical simulations show the generation of travelling rarefaction solitons at the cathode. It is obtained that the parameters of these solitons strongly depend on the parameters of electron beam. The “stretched” variables are derived using the small-amplitude analysis. These variables are used in order to obtain the Korteweg-de Vries equation describing the propagation of the rarefaction solitons through the plasma with cold energetic electron beam.

  2. Sheath-accumulating Propagation of Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejection

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    Takahashi, Takuya; Shibata, Kazunari

    2017-03-01

    Fast interplanetary coronal mass ejections (ICMEs) are the drivers of strong space weather storms such as solar energetic particle events and geomagnetic storms. The connection between the space-weather-impacting solar wind disturbances associated with fast ICMEs at Earth and the characteristics of causative energetic CMEs observed near the Sun is a key question in the study of space weather storms, as well as in the development of practical space weather prediction. Such shock-driving fast ICMEs usually expand at supersonic speeds during the propagation, resulting in the continuous accumulation of shocked sheath plasma ahead. In this paper, we propose a “sheath-accumulating propagation” (SAP) model that describes the coevolution of the interplanetary sheath and decelerating ICME ejecta by taking into account the process of upstream solar wind plasma accumulation within the sheath region. Based on the SAP model, we discuss (1) ICME deceleration characteristics; (2) the fundamental condition for fast ICMEs at Earth; (3) the thickness of interplanetary sheaths; (4) arrival time prediction; and (5) the super-intense geomagnetic storms associated with huge solar flares. We quantitatively show that not only the speed but also the mass of the CME are crucial for discussing the above five points. The similarities and differences between the SAP model, the drag-based model, and the“snow-plow” model proposed by Tappin are also discussed.

  3. Magnetic Field Generation in Core-sheath Jets via the Kinetic Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability

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    Nishikawa, K.-I.; Hardee, P. E.; Duţan, I.; Niemiec, J.; Medvedev, M.; Mizuno, Y.; Meli, A.; Sol, H.; Zhang, B.; Pohl, M.; Hartmann, D. H.

    2014-09-01

    We have investigated magnetic field generation in velocity shears via the kinetic Kelvin-Helmholtz instability (kKHI) using a relativistic plasma jet core and stationary plasma sheath. Our three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations consider plasma jet cores with Lorentz factors of 1.5, 5, and 15 for both electron-proton and electron-positron plasmas. For electron-proton plasmas, we find generation of strong large-scale DC currents and magnetic fields that extend over the entire shear surface and reach thicknesses of a few tens of electron skin depths. For electron-positron plasmas, we find generation of alternating currents and magnetic fields. Jet and sheath plasmas are accelerated across the shear surface in the strong magnetic fields generated by the kKHI. The mixing of jet and sheath plasmas generates a transverse structure similar to that produced by the Weibel instability.

  4. Laminated magnet field coil sheath

    DOEpatents

    Skaritka, J.R.

    1987-05-15

    A method for manufacturing a magnetic cable trim coil in a sheath assembly for use in a cryogenic particle accelerator. A precisely positioned pattern of trim coil turns is bonded to a flexible substrate sheath that is capable of withstanding cryogenic operating conditions. In the method of the invention the flexible substrate sheath, with the trim coil pattern precisely location relative to a bore tube assembly of an accelerator and is then bonded to the bore tube with a tape suitable for cryogenic application. The resultant assembly can be readily handled and installed within an iron magnet yoke assembly of a suitable cryogenic particle accelerator. 1 fig.

  5. Laminated magnet field coil sheath

    DOEpatents

    Skaritka, John R.

    1987-12-01

    a method for manufacturing a magnet cable trim coil in a sheath assembly for use in a cryogenic particle accelerator. A precisely positioned pattern of trim coil turns is bonded to a flexible substrate sheath that is capable of withstanding cryogenic operating conditions. In the method of the invention the flexible sheath, with the trim coil pattern precisely positioned thereon, is accurately positioned at a precise location relative to a bore tube assembly of an accelerator and is then bonded to the bore tube with a tape suitable for cryogenic application. The resultant assembly can be readily handled and installed within an iron magnet yoke assembly of a suitable cryogenic particle accelerator.

  6. Laminated magnet field coil sheath

    DOEpatents

    Skaritka, John R.

    1987-12-01

    a method for manufacturing a magnet cable trim coil in a sheath assembly for use in a cryogenic particle accelerator. A precisely positioned pattern of trim coil turns is bonded to a flexible substrate sheath that is capable of withstanding cryogenic operating conditions. In the method of the invention the flexible sheath, with the trim coil pattern precisely positioned thereon, is accurately positioned at a precise location relative to a bore tube assembly of an accelerator and is then bonded to the bore tube with a tape suitable for cryogenic application. The resultant assembly can be readily handled and installed within an iron magnet yoke assembly of a suitable cryogenic particle accelerator.

  7. Snare sheath versus evolution sheath in transvenous lead extraction.

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    Kong, Jihua; Tian, Yilun; Guo, Fei; Ze, Feng; Duan, Jiangbo; Wang, Long; Li, Xuebin; Guo, Jihong

    2015-01-01

    Lead extraction remains a challenging procedure with significant success. Owing to the increasing use of cardiac implantable electronic devices, there is a growing need for effective techniques management, to avoid the occurrence of device-related complications and lead dysfunction. We made a comparison of Evolution sheath and Needles Eye Snare sheath (abbreviated to Snare sheath) by analyzed the results using two kind of the methods in the Cardiology Center of Peking University People's Hospital. In the retrospective study we evaluated patients who underwent lead extraction from July 2013 to July 2014. Those who underwent lead removal without using evolution or snare were excluded. Primary endpoints included total exposure time, operation time, and complications. Data on clinical characteristics, indications, and outcomes were prospectively collected and analyzed. A total of 76 patients were included in the study (65.8% male; aged 68.1±14.34 years old). Snare and Evolution were used in 59 and 17 patients, respectively. A total of 134 leads were removed with 103 leads (76.87%) extracted using the Snare sheath. Lead age was 10.8±7.0 years. Complete extraction was observed in 67 patients of 124 leads. Evolution sheath was associated with significantly lower complication even after adjustment of the number of leads, type of leads, and lead age, compared to the Snare group (P<0.05). In the Snare sheath group, mortality rate was 1.69% and minor complication rate was 3.39%. When compared to the Snare sheath, lead extraction with the Evolution sheath has less X-ray exposure time and less operation time (P<0.05), while with a higher success rate (P<0.05). Besides, the Evolution group has fewer major and minor complications.

  8. On the upper bound in the Bohm sheath criterion

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    Kotelnikov, I. A. Skovorodin, D. I.

    2016-02-15

    The question is discussed about the existence of an upper bound in the Bohm sheath criterion, according to which the Debye sheath at the interface between plasma and a negatively charged electrode is stable only if the ion flow velocity in plasma exceeds the ion sound velocity. It is stated that, with an exception of some artificial ionization models, the Bohm sheath criterion is satisfied as an equality at the lower bound and the ion flow velocity is equal to the speed of sound. In the one-dimensional theory, a supersonic flow appears in an unrealistic model of a localized ion source the size of which is less than the Debye length; however, supersonic flows seem to be possible in the two- and three-dimensional cases. In the available numerical codes used to simulate charged particle sources with a plasma emitter, the presence of the upper bound in the Bohm sheath criterion is not supposed; however, the correspondence with experimental data is usually achieved if the ion flow velocity in plasma is close to the ion sound velocity.

  9. Verification of high voltage rf capacitive sheath models with particle-in-cell simulations

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    Wang, Ying; Lieberman, Michael; Verboncoeur, John

    2009-10-01

    Collisionless and collisional high voltage rf capacitive sheath models were developed in the late 1980's [1]. Given the external parameters of a single-frequency capacitively coupled discharge, plasma parameters including sheath width, electron and ion temperature, plasma density, power, and ion bombarding energy can be estimated. One-dimensional electrostatic PIC codes XPDP1 [2] and OOPD1 [3] are used to investigate plasma behaviors within rf sheaths and bulk plasma. Electron-neutral collisions only are considered for collisionless sheaths, while ion-neutral collisions are taken into account for collisional sheaths. The collisionless sheath model is verified very well by PIC simulations for the rf current-driven and voltage-driven cases. Results will be reported for collisional sheaths also. [1] M. A. Lieberman, IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 16 (1988) 638; 17 (1989) 338 [2] J. P. Verboncoeur, M. V. Alves, V. Vahedi, and C. K. Birdsall, J. Comp. Phys. 104 (1993) 321 [3] J. P. Verboncoeur, A. B. Langdon and N. T. Gladd, Comp. Phys. Comm. 87 (1995) 199

  10. Studies of RF sheaths and diagnostics on IShTAR

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    Crombé, K.; D’Inca, R.; Faugel, H.; Fünfgelder, H.; Jacquot, J.; Ochoukov, R.; Louche, F.; Tripsky, M.; Van Eester, D.; Wauters, T.

    2015-12-10

    IShTAR (Ion cyclotron Sheath Test ARrangement) is a linear magnetised plasma test facility for RF sheaths studies at the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik in Garching. In contrast to a tokamak, a test stand provides more liberty to impose the parameters and gives better access for the instrumentation and antennas. The project will support the development of diagnostic methods for characterising RF sheaths and validate and improve theoretical predictions. The cylindrical vacuum vessel has a diameter of 1 m and is 1.1 m long. The plasma is created by an external cylindrical plasma source equipped with a helical antenna that has been designed to excite the m=1 helicon mode. In inductive mode, plasma densities and electron temperatures have been characterised with a planar Langmuir probe as a function of gas pressure and input RF power. A 2D array of RF compensated Langmuir probes and a spectrometer are planned. A single strap RF antenna has been designed; the plasma-facing surface is aligned to the cylindrical plasma to ease the modelling. The probes will allow direct measurements of plasma density profiles in front of the RF antenna, and thus a detailed study of the density modifications induced by RF sheaths, which influences the coupling. The RF antenna frequency has been chosen to study different plasma wave interactions: the accessible plasma density range includes an evanescent and propagative behaviour of slow or fast waves, and allows the study of the effect of the lower hybrid resonance layer.

  11. Sheath dynamics and energetic particle distributions on substrates

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    Lieberman, Michael A.

    2009-10-01

    The energy and angular distributions (EAD's) of energetic particles arriving at a substrate determine crucial plasma processing characteristics; thus knowledge and control of the EAD's are vital for nanoelectronics design and fabrication during scale-down to the ultimate 4--6 nm transistor gate lengths over the next 15 years. We review the history and state-of-the-art of measurements, simulations, and analyses of ion, fast neutral, and ballistic electron EAD's. Ion measurements have been made using electrostatic energy analyzers, cylindrical mirror analyzers, and retarding grid analyzers, often now coupled with quadrupole mass spectrometers to compare different ions in the same discharge. The state-of-the-art for capacitive rf sheaths has advanced greatly since the first observation of a bi-modal ion energy distribution (IED) over 50 years ago. More recently, measurement techniques and models have been developed to determine fast neutral distributions. Monte Carlo, and particle-in-cell simulations with Monte Carlo collisions (PIC-MCC) have been used to study IED's since the late 1980's. Recently, PIC-MCC simulations were used to obtain ballistic electron EAD's. Analytical models of the IED for collisionless rf sheaths have emphasized the role of τi/τrf, the ratio of ion transit time across the sheath to rf period, with separate models for the low and high frequency regimes. Various simplifications and bridging models now exist. For collisional rf sheaths, the important role of λi/s, the ratio of ion-neutral mean free path to sheath width, in modifying the collisionless bi-modal IED was demonstrated in the early 1990's. Surface charging effects on insulating substrates are important for low frequency rf discharges or for pulsed transient sheaths; the latter are found during plasma ion implantation processes. Analytical models of the IED for plasma ion implantation have been extended to insulating surfaces and compared with experimental results.

  12. Magnetized sheath near positively biased wall between two permanent magnetic plates

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    Sun, Yan; Wei, Zi-an; Ma, J. X. Jiang, Zheng-qi; Wu, Fei

    2015-06-15

    The characteristics of magnetized electron sheath near a positively biased conducting wall parallel to magnetic field formed between two permanent magnetic plates were experimentally investigated in a double plasma device. The magnetic field strength between the magnetic plates is about 1200 G which is sufficient to magnetize the plasma such that the ion gyroradius is comparable to the electron Debye length. A virtual cathode (or potential dip) structure was found between the electron-rich sheath and bulk plasma. For a given neutral gas pressure, the potential minimum (dip position) remains almost the same for different positive biases on the wall. For a given bias on the wall, however, the electron sheath thickness and the potential drop from the bulk plasma to the dip decrease with the increase of the neutral gas pressure. In addition, the electron sheath and potential dip appear to be wider and deeper in the downstream side of the wall.

  13. MOLYBDENUM DISILICIDE MATERIALS FOR GLASS MELTING SENSOR SHEATHS

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    J. PETROVIC; R. CASTRO; ET AL

    2001-01-01

    Sensors for measuring the properties of molten glass require protective sensor sheaths in order to shield them from the extremely corrosive molten glass environment. MoSi{sub 2} has been shown to possess excellent corrosion resistance in molten glass, making it a candidate material for advanced sensor sheath applications. MoSi{sub 2}-coated Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} tubes, MoSi{sub 2}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} laminate composite tubes, and MoSi{sub 2}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} functionally graded composite tubes have been produced by plasma spray-forming techniques for such applications.

  14. Ion temperature effects on its chaotic behavior in ion-sheath

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    Soleimani-Iraei, M.; Esfandyari-Kalejahi, A.; Sobhanian, S.

    2017-02-01

    Nonlinear dynamical behavior of an ion with finite temperature in a driven plasma ion-sheath has been studied by a numerical solution of fluid equations. Using the concepts of the nonlinear dynamical system theory, the conditions under which the dynamical behavior of the ion becomes chaotic have been investigated. The numerical results have revealed that there is an order-chaos-order transition in the isothermal plasma ion-sheath due to the external oscillating electric field. In the case of an adiabatic ion-sheath, even with a strong external electric field, no chaotic motion has appeared.

  15. Phase-resolved measurements of ion velocity in a radio-frequency sheath.

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    Jacobs, Brett; Gekelman, Walter; Pribyl, Pat; Barnes, Michael

    2010-08-13

    The time-dependent argon-ion velocity distribution function above and within the plasma sheath of an rf-biased substrate has been measured using laser-induced fluorescence in a commercial plasma processing tool. Discharge parameters were such that the 2.2 MHz rf-bias period was on the order of the ion transit time through the sheath (τ{ion}/τ{rf}=0.3). This work embodies the first time-resolved measurement of ion velocity distribution functions within an rf-biased sheath over a large area (30 cm diameter) silicon wafer substrate.

  16. Optic Nerve Sheath Meningiomas.

    PubMed

    Radhakrishnan, Sunita; Lee, Michael S

    2005-01-01

    Optic nerve sheath meningiomas (ONSMs) grow slowly and, if untreated, patients may have stable visual function for up to several years. Treatment of an ONSM may lead to vision loss (radiation retinopathy or optic neuropathy). Therefore, observation is recommended for a patient with ONSM and relatively preserved visual acuity, color vision, pupils, and visual fields. Follow-up every 4 to 6 months initially is recommended extending to annual examinations if visual function and tumor size remain stable for a few years. Neuroimaging can be repeated every 12 months. An undisputed decline in visual function or any intracranial extension warrants treatment of the ONSM. The treatment of choice for a tumor confined to the orbit is stereotactic fractionated radiation. Stereotactic fractionated radiation uses multiple small doses of radiation using tight margins. A reasonable alternative, three-dimensional conformal fractionated radiation uses computed tomography-guided planning but usually requires wider margins. Conventional radiation uses much wider margins and would not be recommended for treatment of ONSM. The radiation can be administered during 5 to 6 weeks in 28 daily fractions of 1.8 to 2 Gy/fraction to a total of 50.4 to 56 Gy. Many patients have improvement or stabilization of their visual function. Gamma knife radiosurgery does not have a role in ONSM because the required dose is toxic to the optic nerve. A tumor that extends intracranially may be treated with fractionated radiation if any vision remains. Surgical excision can be considered for significant intracranial extension but this often leads to complete vision loss in the ipsilateral eye. A blind, disfigured eye also may be treated with en bloc surgical resection of the meningioma.

  17. Proton Acceleration at Oblique Shocks

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    Galinsky, V. L.; Shevchenko, V. I.

    2011-06-01

    Acceleration at the shock waves propagating oblique to the magnetic field is studied using a recently developed theoretical/numerical model. The model assumes that resonant hydromagnetic wave-particle interaction is the most important physical mechanism relevant to motion and acceleration of particles as well as to excitation and damping of waves. The treatment of plasma and waves is self-consistent and time dependent. The model uses conservation laws and resonance conditions to find where waves will be generated or damped, and hence particles will be pitch-angle-scattered. The total distribution is included in the model and neither introduction of separate population of seed particles nor some ad hoc escape rate of accelerated particles is needed. Results of the study show agreement with diffusive shock acceleration models in the prediction of power spectra for accelerated particles in the upstream region. However, they also reveal the presence of spectral break in the high-energy part of the spectra. The role of the second-order Fermi-like acceleration at the initial stage of the acceleration is discussed. The test case used in the paper is based on ISEE-3 data collected for the shock of 1978 November 12.

  18. PROTON ACCELERATION AT OBLIQUE SHOCKS

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    Galinsky, V. L.; Shevchenko, V. I.

    2011-06-20

    Acceleration at the shock waves propagating oblique to the magnetic field is studied using a recently developed theoretical/numerical model. The model assumes that resonant hydromagnetic wave-particle interaction is the most important physical mechanism relevant to motion and acceleration of particles as well as to excitation and damping of waves. The treatment of plasma and waves is self-consistent and time dependent. The model uses conservation laws and resonance conditions to find where waves will be generated or damped, and hence particles will be pitch-angle-scattered. The total distribution is included in the model and neither introduction of separate population of seed particles nor some ad hoc escape rate of accelerated particles is needed. Results of the study show agreement with diffusive shock acceleration models in the prediction of power spectra for accelerated particles in the upstream region. However, they also reveal the presence of spectral break in the high-energy part of the spectra. The role of the second-order Fermi-like acceleration at the initial stage of the acceleration is discussed. The test case used in the paper is based on ISEE-3 data collected for the shock of 1978 November 12.

  19. Recent sheath physics studies on DIII-D

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    Watkins, J. G.; Labombard, B.; Stangeby, P. C.; Lasnier, C. J.; McLean, A. G.; Nygren, R. E.; Boedo, J. A.; Leonard, A. W.; Rudakov, D. L.

    2015-08-01

    A study to examine some current issues in the physics of the plasma sheath has been recently carried out in DIII-D low power Ohmic plasmas using both flush and domed Langmuir probes, divertor Thomson scattering (DTS), an infrared camera (IRTV), and a new calorimeter triple probe assembly mounted on the Divertor Materials Evaluation System (DIMES). The sheath power transmission factor was found to be consistent with the theoretically predicted value of 7 (±2) for low power plasmas. Using this factor, the three heat flux profiles derived from the LP, DTS, and calorimeter diagnostic measurements agree. Comparison of flush and domed Langmuir probes and divertor Thomson scattering indicates that proper interpretation of flush probe data to get target plate density and temperature is feasible and could potentially yield accurate measurements of target plate conditions where the probes are located.

  20. Role of magnetic field tangency points in ICRF sheath interactions

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    Myra, J. R.; D'Ippolito, D. A.; Kohno, H.

    2014-02-12

    ICRF waves can sometimes interact with plasma-facing surfaces in tokamak fusion experiments causing degradation of core heating efficiency, impurity injection and even component damage. While presently available low dimensionality rf sheath models are useful in understanding many features of these interactions, more quantitative modeling will require attention to realistic geometrical details of the boundary plasma and surfaces. In this paper, we explore the situation in which there exists a tangency point of the background magnetic field with a surface. We find that the rf interactions are strongly influenced by the generation and propagation of sheath-plasma waves (SPW) along the surface. It is found that these waves preferentially propagate towards, and accumulate at, a convex tangency point. An analytical theory of SPW propagation is developed to understand these features.

  1. Experimental Studies of Anode Sheath Phenomena in a Hall Thruster Discharge

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    L. Dorf; Y. Raitses; N.J. Fisch

    2004-12-17

    Both electron-repelling and electron-attracting anode sheaths in a Hall thruster were characterized by measuring the plasma potential with biased and emissive probes [L. Dorf, Y. Raitses, V. Semenov, and N.J. Fisch, Appl. Phys. Let. 84 (2004) 1070]. In the present work, two-dimensional structures of the plasma potential, electron temperature, and plasma density in the near-anode region of a Hall thruster with clean and dielectrically coated anodes are identified. Possible mechanisms of anode sheath formation in a Hall thruster are analyzed. The path for current closure to the anode appears to be the determining factor in the anode sheath formation process. The main conclusion of this work is that the anode sheath formation in Hall thrusters differs essentially from that in the other gas discharge devices, like a glow discharge or a hollow anode, because the Hall thruster utilizes long electron residence times to ionize rather than high neutral pressures.

  2. Instability, Collapse and Oscillation of Sheaths Caused by Secondary Electron Emission

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    M.D. Campanell, A.V. Khrabrov and I.D. Kaganovich

    2013-01-03

    The Debye sheath is shown to be unstable under general conditions. For surface materials with sufficient secondary electron emission (SEE) yields, the surface's current-voltage characteristic has an unstable branch when the bulk plasma temperature (Te ) exceeds a critical value, or when there are fast electron populations present. The plasma-surface interaction becomes dynamic where the sheath may undergo spontaneous transitions or oscillations. Using particle-in-cell simulations, we analyze sheath instabilities occurring in a high Te plasma slab bounded by walls with SEE. As the plasma evolves, whenever the sheath enters an unstable state, its amplitude rapidly collapses, allowing a large flux of previously trapped electrons to hit the wall. These hot electrons induce more than one secondary on average, causing a net loss of electrons from the wall. The sheath collapse quenches when the surface charge becomes positive because the attractive field inhibits further electrons from escaping. Sheath instabilities influence the current balance, energy loss, cross-B-field transport and even the bulk plasma properties. Implications for discharges including Hall thrusters are discussed. More generally, the results show that common theories that treat emission as a fixed (time-independent) "coefficient" do not capture the full extent of SEE effects.

  3. Anode Sheath Contributions in Plasma Thrusters

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    1994-03-01

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  4. Assessment Of An Oblique ECE Diagnostic For ITER

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    Gary Taylor and Robert W. Harvey

    2009-07-15

    A systematic disagreement between the electron temperature measured by electron cyclotron emission (TECE) and laser Thomson scattering (TTS), that increases with TECE, is observed in JET and TFTR plasmas, such that TECE ~ 1.2 TTS when TECE ~ 10 keV. The disagreement is consistent with a non-Maxwellian distortion in the bulk electron momentum distribution. ITER is projected to operate with Te(0) ~ 20-40 keV so the disagreement between TECE and TTS could be > 50%, with significant physics implications. The GENRAY ray tracing code predicts that a two-view ECE system, with perpendicular and moderately oblique viewing antennas, would be sufficient to reconstruct a two-temperature bulk distribution. If the electron momentum distribution remains Maxwellian the moderately oblique view could still be used to measure Te(R). A viewing dump will not be required for the oblique view and plasma refraction will be minimal. The oblique view has a similar radial resolution to the perpendicular view, but with some reduction in radial coverage. Oblique viewing angles of up to 20o can be implemented without a major revision to the front end of the existing ITER ECE diagnostic design.

  5. The High Obliquity Paradigm

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    Sanchez, A.; Sanchez Bettucci, L.

    2009-05-01

    Since the seventy decades, George Williams considers the high Earth's obliquity as the cause for major freezing episodes and other geological relationships. Williams (2008) claimed a high obliquity scenario to explain near equatorial latitude until a rapid decrease of 30, without a clear cause, ca. 630Ma. During the Neoproterozic, evidences show extreme cooling in the Earth occurs when the continents are shifted at low latitudes. Geological records show evidences related to early freezing Earth (2.4-2.2Ga). Frozen events have astronomical related explanation, where the albedo was the key-factor of the climate. In addition, some authors link the early Proterozoic global freezing with the star-rate formation since the origin of the Earth, during a starburst 2.4-2.0Ga. Also, through numerical analysis was suggested a correlation between the star-rate formation near the Sun, and the occurrence and duration of glaciations over the Earth evolution. From the geological opinion the orogenic events in the Neoproterozoic are associated with important volcanism related with amalgamation processes, which have effects on vertical motions of the crust that produce major effects on climate. These long-term perturbations generate cooling and sea-level fluctuations. The volcanic activity was especially strong (A-type subduction) in Gondwana and Eurasia at Neoproterozoic. At 630Ma occurred a peak in the igneous activity (e.g. Braziliano-Pan African Orogen when the Marinoan glaciation occurs). Regarding the albedo, the eruption of just one volcanic eruption causes climatic change on a scale from months to years. Large eruptions, associated with orogenic processes produce stratospheric volatiles, which difficult the solar radiation achieves the Earth's surface and, consequently, major volcanic activity could drive a cooling effect. From biological viewpoint, the presence of life, as soil-forming microorganisms about 3Ga, accelerates the trapping processes of CO2 in soils. The

  6. Numerical investigation of fast-wave propagation and radio-frequency sheath interaction with a shaped tokamak wall

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    Kohno, H.; Myra, J. R.; D'Ippolito, D. A.

    2015-07-15

    Interactions between propagating fast waves and radio-frequency (RF) sheaths in the ion cyclotron range of frequencies are numerically investigated based on a cold fluid plasma model coupled with a sheath boundary condition. In this two-dimensional study, the capability of the finite element code rfSOL, which was developed in previous numerical work, is extended to analyze self-consistent RF sheath-plasma interaction problems in a tokamak with a non-circular cross-section. It is found that a large sheath voltage is generated near the edges of the limiter-shaped deformation as a result of the conversion from fast to slow waves on the sheaths. The sheath voltage associated with this conversion is particularly significant in the localized region where the contact angle between the magnetic field line and the conducting wall varies rapidly along the curved sheath surface, which is consistent with the results in previous one-dimensional theoretical work. The dependences of the RF sheaths on various parameters in plasma such as the toroidal wavenumber, edge plasma density, and the degree of the RF wave absorption in the core region are also examined in detail.

  7. Obliquity Tides in Hot Jupiters

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    Peale, S. J.

    Tidal dissipation in HD209458b while it has a very high obliquity has been proposed as a means of inflating the planet to its observed oversize (Winn and Holman, 2005). The high obliquity is maintained by the planet's being trapped into Cassini state 2 at an obliquity near 90° while the planet maintains a rotation rate synchronous with its orbital mean motion. In a Cassini state the spin axis and orbit normal remain coplanar with the normal to the Laplace plane as they precess around the latter, where the orbit has a significant inclination to the Laplace plane. The orbit of HD209458b is inclined to equatorial plane of the star by about 4°. If the stellar equator plane is coincident with the plane of the initially massive nebula, that plane is the Laplace plane on which the orbit is precessing. A planet can evolve to Cassini state 2 by tidal dissipation on a time scale comparable with that of the retardation of the spin rate. The latter time scale can become relatively short as the planet migrates toward the star. While the nebula is there, the orbital precession rate is rapid, Cassini state 2 has a small obliquity, and tidal friction will drive the planet to that state. That evolution may not occur for cases where the obliquity of state 2 is relatively large. As the nebula is dispersed, the orbital precession slows with the result that the Cassini state obliquity increases. The spin follows the Cassini state to high obliquity because the solid angle traced by the spin as it precesses about the Cassini state position is an adiabatic invariant. With no nebula, only the quadrupole moment of the star is left to cause the orbit to precess. At the slow precession rate thus induced, the obliquity of the Cassini state is nearly 90°, which if maintained while the spin remains synchronous with the orbital motion, causes the dissipation inferred by Winn and Holman. Implicit in this scenario is the assumption that the synchronous rotation is somehow maintained. Authors of

  8. Ionospheric heating with oblique HF waves

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    Field, Edward C., Jr.; Bloom, Ron M.

    1990-10-01

    Calculations of ionospheric electron density perturbations and ground-level signal changes produce by intense oblique high frequency (HF) transmitters are presented. This analysis considers radio field focusing at caustics, the consequent joule-heating of the surrounding plasma, heat conduction, diffusion, and recombination processes: these being the effects of a powerful oblique 'modifying' wave. It neglects whatever plasma instabilities might occur. Then effects on a secondary 'test' wave that is propagated along the same path as the first are investigated. Calculations predict ground-level field-strength reductions of several dB in the test wave for modifying waves having ERP in the 85 to 90 dBW range. These field-strength changes are similar in sign, magnitude, and location to ones measured in Soviet experiments. The results are sensitive to the model ionosphere assumed, so future experiments should employ the widest possible range of frequencies and propagation conditions. An effective power of 90 dBW seems to be a sort of threshold that, if exceeded, results in substantial rather than small signal changes. The conclusions are based solely on joule-heating and subsequent defocusing of waves passing through caustic regions.

  9. Sheath-in-Sheath Technique for Exteriorization of Body Floss Wire.

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    Pua, Uei

    2017-05-01

    In this technique, we describe the insertion of a second sheath into the primary sheath containing a guidewire that is meant to be exteriorized. The second sheath serves to open the valve of the primary sheath and creates a water-tight chamber for the guidewire to enter. The second sheath is then removed, exposing the successfully exteriorized guidewire. This technique is an useful adjunct to conventional guidewire exteriorization techniques during body floss procedures. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. The sheath structure around a negatively charged rocket payload

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    Neubert, T.; Gilchrist, B. E.; Banks, P. M.; Mandell, M. J.; Sasaki, S.

    1990-01-01

    The sheath structure around a rocket payload charged up to 460 V negative relative to the ambient ionospheric plasma is investigated experimentally and by computer simulations. The experimental results come from the Charge 2 sounding rocket experiment in which the payload was split into two separate sections (mother and daughter) connected with a conducting, insulated tether. In one of the experimental modes, the voltage between the payloads was increased linearly from 0 to 460 V in 2.5 s. A floating probe array was mounted on the mother with probes located 25, 50, 75, and 100 cm from the rocket surface. The internal impedance of the array was smaller than the probe/plasma impedance, which influenced the potential measurements. The measurements contain signatures, resulting from the outward expansion of the ion sheath with increasing negative mother potential. This conclusion is substantiated by computer simulations of space charge limited flow.

  11. Resonance Cone Interaction With a Self-Consistent Radio-Frequency Sheath

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    Myra, J. R.; D'Ippolito, D. A.

    2008-11-07

    We study the propagation of lower-hybrid-type resonance cones in a tenuous magnetized plasma, and, in particular, their interaction with, and reflection from, the plasma sheath near a conducting wall. The sheath is modeled as a vacuum gap whose width is given by the Child-Langmuir law. The application of interest is when the resonance cones are launched (parasitically) by an ion-cyclotron radio-frequency antenna in a typical rf-heated tokamak fusion experiment. We calculate the fraction of launched voltage in the resonance cones that is transmitted to the sheath, and show that it has a sensitive thresholdlike turn on when a critical parameter reaches order unity. Above threshold, the fractional voltage transmitted to the sheath is order unity, leading to strong and potentially deleterious rf-wall interactions in tokamak rf heating experiments. Below threshold, these interactions can be avoided.

  12. A Semianalytical Ion Current Model for Radio Frequency Driven Collisionless Sheaths

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    Bose, Deepak; Govindan, T. R.; Meyyappan, M.; Arnold, Jim (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    We propose a semianalytical ion dynamics model for a collisionless radio frequency biased sheath. The model uses bulk plasma conditions and electrode boundary condition to predict ion impact energy distribution and electrical properties of the sheath. The proposed model accounts for ion inertia and ion current modulation at bias frequencies that are of the same order of magnitude as the ion plasma frequency. A relaxation equation for ion current oscillations is derived which is coupled with a damped potential equation in order to model ion inertia effects. We find that inclusion of ion current modulation in the sheath model shows marked improvements in the predictions of sheath electrical properties and ion energy distribution function.

  13. 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.

  14. Fully kinetic model of breakdown during sheath expansion after interruption of vacuum arcs

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    Wang, Zhenxing; Wang, Haoran; Zhou, Zhipeng; Tian, Yunbo; Geng, Yingsan; Wang, Jianhua; Liu, Zhiyuan

    2016-08-01

    Research on sheath expansion is critical to the understanding of the dielectric recovery process in a vacuum interrupter after interruption of vacuum arcs. In this paper, we investigated how residual plasma affects breakdown in the sheath expansion period after the current zero. To simulate sheath expansion and breakdown, we developed a fully kinetic particle-in-cell Monte Carlo collision model with one spatial dimension and three velocity dimensions. The model accounted for various collisions, including ionization, excitation, elastic collisions, charge exchange, and momentum exchange, and we added an external circuit to the model to make the calculations self-consistent. The existence of metal vapor slowed the sheath expansion in the gap and caused high electric field formation in front of the cathode surface. The initial residual plasma, which was at sufficiently low density, seemed to have a limited impact on breakdown, and the metal vapor dominated the breakdown in this case. Additionally, the breakdown probability was sensitive to the initial plasma density if the value exceeded a specific threshold, and plasma at sufficiently high density could mean that breakdown would occur more easily. We found that if the simulation does not take the residual plasma into account, it could overestimate the critical value of the metal vapor density, which is always used to describe the boundary of breakdown after interruption of vacuum arcs. We discussed the breakdown mechanism in sheath expansion, and the breakdown is determined by a combination of metal vapor, residual plasma, and the electric field in front of the cathode surface.

  15. Electron collection by multiple objects within a single sheath

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    Davis, V. A.; Mandell, M. J.; Katz, I.

    1988-01-01

    NASCAP/LEO, a computer program for the three-dimensional simulation of high-voltage surfaces with plasma, has been developed as a tool in the design of reliable, high-power spacecraft. NASCAP/LEO computes the potentials using analytic formulations for space charge, and only uses particle tracking to compute the current to the surfaces. Carruth's (1987) experimental results agree with the NASCAP/LEO simulations for the cases of both individual and overlapping sheaths.

  16. Plasma and MHD Control of Oblique Shocks

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    2007-11-02

    series of energy addition pulses is shown in Fig. 1. These are five frames from a ‘movie’ that show the dynamics of the interaction. Fig. 2 shows the...operating in the self-powered mode. 4.1. The model As in Refs. 15, 36, and 37, we consider hypersonic gas flow along a series of compression ramps...opposite to the Faraday electromotive force. This effect was indeed observed in all computed cases. As an example, Fig. 9 shows the current profile

  17. On radiative acceleration in spine-sheath structured blazar jets

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    Chhotray, A.; Nappo, F.; Ghisellini, G.; Salafia, O. S.; Tavecchio, F.; Lazzati, D.

    2017-04-01

    It has been proposed that blazar jets are structured, with a fast spine surrounded by a slower sheath or layer. This structured jet model explains some properties of their emission and morphology. Because of their relative motion, the radiation produced by one component is seen amplified by the other, thus enhancing the inverse Compton emission of both. Radiation is emitted anisotropically in the comoving frames and causes the emitting plasma to recoil. As seen in the observer frame, this corresponds to a deceleration of the fastest component (the spine) and an acceleration of the slower one (the layer). While the deceleration of the spine has already been investigated, here we study for the first time the acceleration of the sheath and find self-consistent velocity profile solutions for both the spine and the sheath while accounting for radiative cooling. We find that the sheath can be accelerated to the velocities required by the observations if its leptons remain energetic in the acceleration region, assumed to be of the order of ˜100 Schwarzschild radii, demanding continuous injection of energetic particles in that region.

  18. Habitable planets with high obliquities

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    Williams, D. M.; Kasting, J. F.

    1997-01-01

    Earth's obliquity would vary chaotically from 0 degrees to 85 degrees were it not for the presence of the Moon (J. Laskar, F. Joutel, and P. Robutel, 1993, Nature 361, 615-617). The Moon itself is thought to be an accident of accretion, formed by a glancing blow from a Mars-sized planetesimal. Hence, planets with similar moons and stable obliquities may be extremely rare. This has lead Laskar and colleagues to suggest that the number of Earth-like planets with high obliquities and temperate, life-supporting climates may be small. To test this proposition, we have used an energy-balance climate model to simulate Earth's climate at obliquities up to 90 degrees. We show that Earth's climate would become regionally severe in such circumstances, with large seasonal cycles and accompanying temperature extremes on middle- and high-latitude continents which might be damaging to many forms of life. The response of other, hypothetical, Earth-like planets to large obliquity fluctuations depends on their land-sea distribution and on their position within the habitable zone (HZ) around their star. Planets with several modest-sized continents or equatorial supercontinents are more climatically stable than those with polar supercontinents. Planets farther out in the HZ are less affected by high obliquities because their atmospheres should accumulate CO2 in response to the carbonate-silicate cycle. Dense, CO2-rich atmospheres transport heat very effectively and therefore limit the magnitude of both seasonal cycles and latitudinal temperature gradients. We conclude that a significant fraction of extrasolar Earth-like planets may still be habitable, even if they are subject to large obliquity fluctuations.

  19. Habitable planets with high obliquities.

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    Williams, D M; Kasting, J F

    1997-01-01

    Earth's obliquity would vary chaotically from 0 degrees to 85 degrees were it not for the presence of the Moon (J. Laskar, F. Joutel, and P. Robutel, 1993, Nature 361, 615-617). The Moon itself is thought to be an accident of accretion, formed by a glancing blow from a Mars-sized planetesimal. Hence, planets with similar moons and stable obliquities may be extremely rare. This has lead Laskar and colleagues to suggest that the number of Earth-like planets with high obliquities and temperate, life-supporting climates may be small. To test this proposition, we have used an energy-balance climate model to simulate Earth's climate at obliquities up to 90 degrees. We show that Earth's climate would become regionally severe in such circumstances, with large seasonal cycles and accompanying temperature extremes on middle- and high-latitude continents which might be damaging to many forms of life. The response of other, hypothetical, Earth-like planets to large obliquity fluctuations depends on their land-sea distribution and on their position within the habitable zone (HZ) around their star. Planets with several modest-sized continents or equatorial supercontinents are more climatically stable than those with polar supercontinents. Planets farther out in the HZ are less affected by high obliquities because their atmospheres should accumulate CO2 in response to the carbonate-silicate cycle. Dense, CO2-rich atmospheres transport heat very effectively and therefore limit the magnitude of both seasonal cycles and latitudinal temperature gradients. We conclude that a significant fraction of extrasolar Earth-like planets may still be habitable, even if they are subject to large obliquity fluctuations.

  20. Habitable planets with high obliquities

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    Williams, D. M.; Kasting, J. F.

    1997-01-01

    Earth's obliquity would vary chaotically from 0 degrees to 85 degrees were it not for the presence of the Moon (J. Laskar, F. Joutel, and P. Robutel, 1993, Nature 361, 615-617). The Moon itself is thought to be an accident of accretion, formed by a glancing blow from a Mars-sized planetesimal. Hence, planets with similar moons and stable obliquities may be extremely rare. This has lead Laskar and colleagues to suggest that the number of Earth-like planets with high obliquities and temperate, life-supporting climates may be small. To test this proposition, we have used an energy-balance climate model to simulate Earth's climate at obliquities up to 90 degrees. We show that Earth's climate would become regionally severe in such circumstances, with large seasonal cycles and accompanying temperature extremes on middle- and high-latitude continents which might be damaging to many forms of life. The response of other, hypothetical, Earth-like planets to large obliquity fluctuations depends on their land-sea distribution and on their position within the habitable zone (HZ) around their star. Planets with several modest-sized continents or equatorial supercontinents are more climatically stable than those with polar supercontinents. Planets farther out in the HZ are less affected by high obliquities because their atmospheres should accumulate CO2 in response to the carbonate-silicate cycle. Dense, CO2-rich atmospheres transport heat very effectively and therefore limit the magnitude of both seasonal cycles and latitudinal temperature gradients. We conclude that a significant fraction of extrasolar Earth-like planets may still be habitable, even if they are subject to large obliquity fluctuations.

  1. Anisotropic emission of neutral atoms: evidence of an anisotropic Rydberg sheath in nanoplasma

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    Rajeev, R.; Madhu Trivikram, T.; Rishad, K. P. M.; Krishnamurthy, M.

    2015-02-01

    Intense laser-produced plasma is a complex amalgam of ions, electrons and atoms both in ground and excited states. Little is known about the spatial composition of the excited states that are an integral part of most gaseous or cluster plasma. In cluster-plasma, Rydberg excitations change the charge composition of the ions through charge transfer reactions and shape the angular distributions. Here, we demonstrate a non-invasive technique that reveals the anisotropic Rydberg excited cluster sheath by measuring anisotropy in fast neutral atoms. The sheath is stronger in the direction of light polarization and the enhanced charge transfer by the excited clusters results in larger neutralization.

  2. 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.

  3. Oblique ionospheric reflections in the MARSIS data set

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    Andrews, D. J.; Duru, F.; Morgan, D. D.; Opgenoorth, H. J.; Witasse, O. G.; Withers, P.

    2012-12-01

    In addition to reflections from the Martian ionosphere along the nadir direction, the Mars Advanced Radar for Sub-surface and Ionospheric Sounding (MARSIS) on board ESA's Mars Express (MEX) orbiter frequently detects 'oblique reflections' from additional targets away from the nadir direction. Such oblique reflections have been attributed to the presence of anomalous horizontal structure within the ionosphere, in which the ionospheric scale height is thought to have increased in regions where Mars' remnant crustal magnetic field has a 'open' or cusp-like configuration, possibly allowing for the heating of the ionosphere by precipitating solar wind plasma. This spatial structuring gives constant-density surfaces which are not parallel to the planet's surface, from which the sounding pulse from the MARSIS instrument can be reflected back towards the spacecraft at what would otherwise be oblique incidence. These oblique reflections form distinctive hyperbolas in time and apparent range, the apices of which are generally above the surrounding ionosphere, strongly suggesting that they have an extended horizontal structure. Here, employing the substantial MARSIS data set, we examine both the spatial distribution and repeatability of detection of these oblique reflections. These results are then related to the highly structured Martian crustal magnetic field, utilising a simplified ray-tracing code.

  4. Oblique ionospheric reflections in the MARSIS data set

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    Andrews, David; Duru, Firdevs; Morgan, David; Opgenoorth, Hermann; Witasse, Olivier; Withers, Paul

    2013-04-01

    In addition to reflections from the Martian ionosphere along the nadir direction, the Mars Advanced Radar for Sub-surface and Ionospheric Sounding (MARSIS) on board ESA's Mars Express (MEX) orbiter frequently detects 'oblique reflections' from additional targets away from the nadir direction. Such oblique reflections have been attributed to the presence of anomalous horizontal structure within the ionosphere, in which the ionospheric scale height is thought to have increased in regions where Mars' remnant crustal magnetic field has a 'open' or cusp-like configuration, possibly allowing for the heating of the ionosphere by precipitating solar wind plasma. This spatial structuring gives constant-density surfaces which are not parallel to the planet's surface, from which the sounding pulse from the MARSIS instrument can be reflected back towards the spacecraft at what would otherwise be oblique incidence. These oblique reflections form distinctive hyperbolas in time and apparent range, the apices of which are generally above the surrounding ionosphere, strongly suggesting that they have an extended horizontal structure. Here, employing the substantial MARSIS data set, we examine both the spatial distribution and repeatability of detection of these oblique reflections. These results are then related to the highly structured Martian crustal magnetic field, utilising a simplified ray-tracing code.

  5. Secular obliquity variations for Ceres

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    Bills, Bruce; Scott, Bryan R.; Nimmo, Francis

    2016-10-01

    We have constructed secular variation models for the orbit and spin poles of the asteroid (1) Ceres, and used them to examine how the obliquity, or angular separation between spin and orbit poles, varies over a time span of several million years. The current obliquity is 4.3 degrees, which means that there are some regions near the poles which do not receive any direct Sunlight. The Dawn mission has provided an improved estimate of the spin pole orientation, and of the low degree gravity field. That allows us to estimate the rate at which the spin pole precesses about the instantaneous orbit pole.The orbit of Ceres is secularly perturbed by the planets, with Jupiter's influence dominating. The current inclination of the orbit plane, relative to the ecliptic, is 10.6 degrees. However, it varies between 7.27 and 11.78 degrees, with dominant periods of 22.1 and 39.6 kyr. The spin pole precession rate parameter has a period of 205 kyr, with current uncertainty of 3%, dominated by uncertainty in the mean moment of inertia of Ceres.The obliquity varies, with a dominant period of 24.5 kyr, with maximum values near 26 degrees, and minimum values somewhat less than the present value. Ceres is currently near to a minimum of its secular obliquity variations.The near-surface thermal environment thus has at least 3 important time scales: diurnal (9.07 hours), annual (4.60 years), and obliquity cycle (24.5 kyr). The annual thermal wave likely only penetrates a few meters, but the much long thermal wave associated with the obliquity cycle has a skin depth larger by a factor of 70 or so, depending upon thermal properties in the subsurface.

  6. Climate at high-obliquity

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    Ferreira, David; Marshall, John; O'Gorman, Paul A.; Seager, Sara

    2014-11-01

    The question of climate at high obliquity is raised in the context of both exoplanet studies (e.g. habitability) and paleoclimates studies (evidence for low-latitude glaciation during the Neoproterozoic and the "Snowball Earth" hypothesis). States of high obliquity, ϕ, are distinctive in that, for ϕ ⩾54° , the poles receive more solar radiation in the annual mean than the equator, opposite to the present day situation. In addition, the seasonal cycle of insolation is extreme, with the poles alternatively "facing" the Sun and sheltering in the dark for months. The novelty of our approach is to consider the role of a dynamical ocean in controlling the surface climate at high obliquity, which in turn requires understanding of the surface winds patterns when temperature gradients are reversed. To address these questions, a coupled ocean-atmosphere-sea ice GCM configured on an Aquaplanet is employed. Except for the absence of topography and modified obliquity, the set-up is Earth-like. Two large obliquities ϕ, 54° and 90°, are compared to today's Earth value, ϕ = 23.5°. Three key results emerge at high obliquity: (1) despite reversed temperature gradients, mid-latitudes surface winds are westerly and trade winds exist at the equator (as for ϕ = 23.5°) although the westerlies are confined to the summer hemisphere, (2) a habitable planet is possible with mid-latitude temperatures in the range 300-280 K and (3) a stable climate state with an ice cap limited to the equatorial region is unlikely. We clarify the dynamics behind these features (notably by an analysis of the potential vorticity structure and conditions for baroclinic instability of the atmosphere). Interestingly, we find that the absence of a stable partially glaciated state is critically linked to the absence of ocean heat transport during winter, a feature ultimately traced back to the high seasonality of baroclinic instability conditions in the atmosphere.

  7. Radiation transport modelling for the interpretation of oblique ECE measurements

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    Denk, Severin S.; Fischer, Rainer; Maj, Omar; Poli, Emanuele; Stober, Jörg K.; Stroth, Ulrich; Vanovac, Branka; Suttrop, Wolfgang; Willensdorfer, Matthias

    2017-07-01

    The electron cyclotron emission (ECE) diagnostic provides routinely electron temperature (Te) measurements. At ASDEX Upgrade an electron cyclotron forward model, solving the radiation transport equation for given Te and electron density profile, is used in the framework of integrated data analysis. With this method Te profiles can be obtained from ECE measurements even for plasmas with low optical depth. However, due to the assumption of straight lines of sight and an absorption coefficient in the quasi-perpendicular approximation this forward model is not suitable for the interpretation of measurements by ECE diagnostics with an oblique line of sight. Since radiation transport modelling is required for the interpretation of oblique ECE diagnostics we present in this paper an extended forward model that supports oblique lines of sight. To account for the refraction of the line of sight, ray tracing in the cold plasma approximation was added to the model. Furthermore, an absorption coefficient valid for arbitrary propagation was implemented. Using the revised model it is shown that for the oblique ECE Imaging diagnostic at ASDEX Upgrade there can be a significant difference between the cold resonance position and the point from which most of the observed radiation originates.

  8. Aluminum Wire Rope Polyethylene Sheathing Failure.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1997-12-01

    of polyethylene taken from sheathed wire rope samples with and without cracking . Sample Melting Point (°C) Heat of Fusion (J/g) Percent...The cracked polyethylene sheathing was made from a higher density PE than the uncracked sheathing. It failed when it was wound onto a cable reel...12, 512 (1979). 6. A. Lustiger, ’ Environmental Stress Cracking : The Phenomenon and its Utility’, Chapter 16 in Failure of Plastics, edited by W

  9. Effect of anisotropy of electron velocity distribution function on dynamic characteristics of sheath in Hall thrusters

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    Zhang Fengkui; Wu Xiande; Ding Yongjie; Li Hong; Yu Daren

    2011-10-15

    In Hall thrusters, the electron velocity distribution function is not only depleted at high energies, but also strongly anisotropic. With these electrons interacting with the channel wall, the sheath will be changed in its dynamic characteristics. In the present letter, a two dimensional particle-in-cell code is used to simulate these effects in a collisionless plasma slab. The simulated results indicate that the sheath changes from steady regime to temporal oscillation regime when the electron velocity distribution function alters from isotropy to anisotropy. Moreover, the temporal oscillation sheath formed by the anisotropic electrons has a much greater oscillating amplitude and a much smaller average potential drop than that formed by the isotropic electrons has. The anisotropic electrons are also found to lower the critical value of electron temperature needed for the appearance of the spatial oscillation sheath.

  10. Ureteral access strategies: pro-access sheath.

    PubMed

    Vanlangendonck, Richard; Landman, Jaime

    2004-02-01

    Routine use of the ureteral access sheath during flexible ureteroscopic procedures provides consistent, reliable, and unencumbered access to the upper tracts. The ureteral access sheath can be reliably and easily deployed if used properly and requires no special training. As such, it can be easily adopted into current urologic practice. Not only does the access sheath facilitate rapid, repeated, and atraumatic access to the upper tracts, but it also avoids back-loading over a superstiff guidewire, which may incur costly damage to the ureteroscope. The access sheath reduces overall costs and decreases operative times. Furthermore, application of a ureteral access sheath reduces the frustration associated with complex and some routine ureteroscopic procedures by optimizing irrigant flow to improve the surgeon's endoscopic vision while minimizing the intrarenal pressures that the kidney must tolerate. There is no evidence that the access sheath results in clinically significant ureteral ischemia, and extensive clinical use of the access sheath for long procedures has not resulted in increased stricture formation. Finally, the ureteral access sheath is useful for other procedures, such as PCNL, by improving visualization and minimizing the requirement for multiple percutaneous access sites. Winston Churchill said it best: "Give us the tools and we will finish the job." Industry has provided urologists with the tools in the form of advanced flexible ureteroscopes, the holmium laser, nitinol baskets, and the ureteral access sheath. Now it is up to urologists to finish the job.

  11. Transient sheath overvoltages in armored power cables

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    Gustavsen, B.; Sletbak, J.

    1996-07-01

    This paper is concerned with methods of limiting the build-up of transient voltages between sheath and armor in long armored power cables. Calculations by a frequency dependent cable model demonstrate that this voltage can be efficiently limited to an acceptable level by introducing sheath-armor bondings at regular intervals, or by using a semiconductive sheath-armor interlayer. The paper investigates the required minimum length between bondings, as well as the required conductivity of the sheath-armor interlayer if the use of bondings is to be avoided.

  12. Gold ink coating of thermocouple sheaths

    DOEpatents

    Ruhl, H. Kenneth

    1992-01-01

    A method is provided for applying a gold ink coating to a thermocouple sheath which includes the steps of electropolishing and oxidizing the surface of the thermocouple sheath, then dipping the sheath into liquid gold ink, and finally heat curing the coating. The gold coating applied in this manner is highly reflective and does not degrade when used for an extended period of time in an environment having a temperature over 1000.degree. F. Depending on the application, a portion of the gold coating covering the tip of the thermocouple sheath is removed by abrasion.

  13. Oblique view of Copernicus crater

    NASA Image and Video Library

    1972-12-13

    AS17-145-22287 (7-19 Dec. 1972) --- An oblique view of the large crater Copernicus on the lunar nearside, as photographed from the Apollo 17 spacecraft in lunar orbit. This view is looking generally southwest toward the crater on the horizon. The coordinates of the center of Copernicus are approximately 20 degrees west longitude and 9.5 degrees north latitude.

  14. Testing obliquity-tuned timescales

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    Zeeden, Christian; Meyers, Stephen R.; Lourens, Lucas J.; Hilgen, Frederik J.

    2016-04-01

    Astrochronology seeks to use rhythmic sedimentary alterations to provide high-resolution age models, and this method now provides a backbone for much of the Cenozoic and Mesozoic time scale. While a range of methods for orbital tuning are available, a common approach is to directly match observed sedimentary alternations to target curves from astronomical computations, followed by evaluation of amplitude modulations (AM) as a means of verification. A quantitative test for precession-eccentricity modulations in astronomically-tuned data has been recently developed, however, a similar test for obliquity is lacking. Here, we introduce an algorithm for obliquity AM assessment, which avoids effects of obliquity frequency modulation that can artificially mimic the expected AM. The approach can be used to test for correlation with the theoretical astronomical solution in a way similar to the precession AM method. Obliquity is an especially dominant component of orbitally-driven climate variability in the early Quaternary; here Quaternary models and climate proxy records are used to evaluate the reliability of the proposed method.

  15. Estimation of the reduction of sputtering for fusion grade materials after disappearance of the Debye sheath

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    Adhikari, S.; Moulick, R.; Goswami, K. S.

    2017-08-01

    The effect of grazing angle on a solid surface (divertor) erosion due to ion sputtering is studied by 1D-3V fluid approach. For an oblique magnetic field, there exists a region in front of the solid surface called Chodura sheath (CS). It is assumed that the CS is additive to the Debye sheath (DS). For a certain value of the grazing angle, it has been observed that the DS vanishes and the entire potential drop occurs across the CS. This new analysis of the event provides some facts of pragmatic importance in improving the solutions of edge impurity codes. Important factors, such as ion energy, impact angle for physical sputtering are highlighted. The dependence of these two parameters on the grazing angle is also investigated in detail.

  16. Fibroma of tendon sheath in planta.

    PubMed

    Lu, Hui; Chen, Qiang; Shen, Hui; Shen, Xiang-Qian; Wu, Shou-Cheng

    2016-01-01

    Fibroma of tendon sheath in planta is comparatively rare, and its differentiate diagnose, tumour features, treatment and complications were lack of retrospective study in clinics. This was a retrospective study of 13 patients (seven women, six men) operated between July 2001 and May 2013 for FTS in planta. The average age at the time of the procedure was 49.8 ± 8.3 years old (range 31-64). The female-to-male ratio was 9:4. Before the surgery, anteroposterior, lateral and oblique position of foot X-rays were performed in all patients. Ultrasonography (n = 11) and magnetic resonance imaging (n = 11) were performed selectively. The tumor located on the metatarsal par (n = 6), the central part of plantar (n = 4), the lateral part (n = 2) and the medial part (n = 1). Eight patients presented with painless mass (62 % of cases), while five patients presented with pain mass (38 % of cases). No patient had bony erosion. This paper studies the different features of FTS and classifies them into two types-superficial type that tumour grows at planter fascia; deep type that breaks through the planter fascia growing around tendon and joint capsule. Eight and five patients were diagnosed as superficial type and deep type respectively. In all cases, the tumor was excised, pathological results was FTS. The mean follow-up period was 3.2 ± 1.1 years (range 2-7) years. Five patients had neurovascular bundle involvement (38 % of cases). Two patients had a recurrence (15 % of cases), they undergone another operation. Four patients had a pain (31 % of cases), two patients had numbness (15 % of cases), and one patient had pain and numbness (8 % of cases). They recovered after conservative treatment. For the FTS that grows in the plantar, we should select differential diagnosis and the corresponding therapy according to the features of two types, also the prognosis is different. IV.

  17. Propagation characteristics of dust-acoustic waves in presence of a floating cylindrical object in the DC discharge plasma

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    Choudhary, Mangilal; Mukherjee, S.; Bandyopadhyay, P.

    2016-08-01

    The experimental observation of the self-excited dust acoustic waves (DAWs) and its propagation characteristics in the absence and presence of a floating cylindrical object is investigated. The experiments are carried out in a direct current (DC) glow discharge dusty plasma in a background of argon gas. Dust particles are found levitated at the interface of plasma and cathode sheath region. The DAWs are spontaneously excited in the dust medium and found to propagate in the direction of ion drift (along the gravity) above a threshold discharge current at low pressure. Excitation of such a low frequency wave is a result of the ion-dust streaming instability in the dust cloud. Characteristics of the propagating dust acoustic wave get modified in the presence of a floating cylindrical object of radius larger than that of the dust Debye length. Instead of propagation in the vertical direction, the DAWs are found to propagate obliquely in the presence of the floating object (kept either vertically or horizontally). In addition, a horizontally aligned floating object forms a wave structure in the cone shaped dust cloud in the sheath region. Such changes in the propagation characteristics of DAWs are explained on the basis of modified potential (or electric field) distribution, which is a consequence of coupling of sheaths formed around the cylindrical object and the cathode.

  18. Propagation characteristics of dust–acoustic waves in presence of a floating cylindrical object in the DC discharge plasma

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    Choudhary, Mangilal; Mukherjee, S.; Bandyopadhyay, P.

    2016-08-15

    The experimental observation of the self–excited dust acoustic waves (DAWs) and its propagation characteristics in the absence and presence of a floating cylindrical object is investigated. The experiments are carried out in a direct current (DC) glow discharge dusty plasma in a background of argon gas. Dust particles are found levitated at the interface of plasma and cathode sheath region. The DAWs are spontaneously excited in the dust medium and found to propagate in the direction of ion drift (along the gravity) above a threshold discharge current at low pressure. Excitation of such a low frequency wave is a result of the ion–dust streaming instability in the dust cloud. Characteristics of the propagating dust acoustic wave get modified in the presence of a floating cylindrical object of radius larger than that of the dust Debye length. Instead of propagation in the vertical direction, the DAWs are found to propagate obliquely in the presence of the floating object (kept either vertically or horizontally). In addition, a horizontally aligned floating object forms a wave structure in the cone shaped dust cloud in the sheath region. Such changes in the propagation characteristics of DAWs are explained on the basis of modified potential (or electric field) distribution, which is a consequence of coupling of sheaths formed around the cylindrical object and the cathode.

  19. Analysis of Plasma Communication Schemes for Hypersonic Vehicles: Final Report

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2009-02-01

    the ReComm scheme for communications through the plasma sheath surrounding a hypersonic vehicle during re-entry. We demonstrate that the time...physical processes of the ReComm scheme for communications through the plasma sheath surrounding a hypersonic vehicle during re-entry. The ReComm scheme...relation is derived to estimate the plasma heating in the sheath due to plasma waves excited by the antenna. Contents I. Introduction 4 II. Electron

  20. ON THE TIDAL DISSIPATION OF OBLIQUITY

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    Rogers, T. M.; Lin, D. N. C. E-mail: lin@ucolick.org

    2013-05-20

    We investigate tidal dissipation of obliquity in hot Jupiters. Assuming an initial random orientation of obliquity and parameters relevant to the observed population, the obliquity of hot Jupiters does not evolve to purely aligned systems. In fact, the obliquity evolves to either prograde, retrograde, or 90 Degree-Sign orbits where the torque due to tidal perturbations vanishes. This distribution is incompatible with observations which show that hot Jupiters around cool stars are generally aligned. This calls into question the viability of tidal dissipation as the mechanism for obliquity alignment of hot Jupiters around cool stars.

  1. Studies of anode sheath phenomena in a Hall-effect thruster discharge

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    Dorf, Leonid

    2005-10-01

    Crossed electric and magnetic fields devices (plasma thrusters, magnetrons, coaxial plasma guns, plasma opening switches, etc.) are routinely used for plasma production and in other applications. Despite these numerous applications, the fundamental anode sheath phenomena in many of these devices have received surprisingly little experimental scrutiny. We chose a Hall-effect thruster (HT) discharge for our study of the anode sheath. It has been typically assumed in most fluid models of an HT that its steady-state operation requires the presence of a negative anode fall (electron-repelling anode sheath). Such anode fall behavior, opposite to that in typical glow discharges or hollow-anode plasma sources, is the result of a relatively high degree of ionization in HTs, achieved by applying a radial magnetic field transverse to the direction of the discharge current. Our data from non-perturbing probe measurements showed for the first time that the anode fall in HTs can be either negative or positive (electron-attracting anode sheath), depending on conditions at the anode surface. The path for current closure to the anode turns out to be quite subtle in HTs. This path determines the mechanism of the anode fall formation. In varying the magnetic field topology in the channel from a more uniform to a cusp-like one, we uncover intriguing results. For cusp configurations, in which the radial magnetic field changes polarity somewhere along the channel, the anode fall is positive, whereas it is negative for a more uniform field. This polarity difference could be attributed to the decreased electron mobility across the magnetic field in the cusp-like configuration. Our theoretical modeling of the anode sheath correlates well with the experimental results in describing how the magnitude of the sheath varies with the discharge voltage and mass flow rate.

  2. Evolution of Piled Up Compressions in Modeled CME Sheaths and the Resulting Sheath Structures

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    Das, I.; Opher, M.; Evans, R. M.; Gombosi, T. I.

    2010-12-01

    We study Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) driven shocks and the resulting post shock structures in the lower corona (~ 2-7 Rsun). Two CMEs are erupted by modified Titov-Demoulin (TD) and Gibson-Low (GL) type flux ropes with Space Weather Modeling Framework. We observe a substantial pile up of density compression and a narrow region of plasma depletion layer (PDL) in the simulations. As the CME/flux rope moves and expands in solar wind medium, it pushes the magnetized material laying ahead of it. Hence, the magnetic field lines draping around the CME front are compressed in the sheath just ahead of the CME. These compressed field lines squeeze out the plasma sideways forming PDL in the region. Solar plasma being pushed and displaced from behind, forms a strong piled up compression (PUC) of density downstream of the PDL. Both CMEs have comparable propagation speeds while GL has larger expansion speed than TD due to its higher initial magnetic pressure. We argue that high CME expansion speed along with high solar wind density in the region are responsible for the large PUC found in the lower corona. In case of GL the PUC is much wider although the density compression ratio for both the cases are comparable. Although these simulations artificially initiate out-of-equilibrium CMEs and drive them in an artificial solar wind solution, we predict that PUCs, in general, will be large in the lower corona. This should affect the ion profiles of the accelerated solar energetic particles.

  3. Ion flow and sheath structure near positively biased electrodes

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    Hood, R.; Scheiner, B.; Baalrud, S. D.; Hopkins, M. M.; Barnat, E. V.; Yee, B. T.; Merlino, R. L.; Skiff, F.

    2016-11-01

    What effect does a dielectric material surrounding a small positively biased electrode have on the ion flow and sheath structure near the electrode? Measurements of the ion velocity distribution function and plasma potential near positively biased electrodes were made using laser-induced fluorescence and an emissive probe. The results were compared with 2D particle-in-cell simulations. Both measurements and simulations showed that when the positive electrode was surrounded by the dielectric material, ions were accelerated toward the electrode to approximately 0.5 times the ion sound speed before being deflected radially by the electron sheath potential barrier of the electrode. The axial potential profile in this case contained a virtual cathode. In comparison, when the dielectric material was removed from around the electrode, both the ion flow and virtual cathode depth near the electrode were dramatically reduced. These measurements suggest that the ion presheath from the dielectric material surrounding the electrode may enclose the electron sheath of the electrode, resulting in a virtual cathode that substantially influences the ion flow profile in the region.

  4. Sheath oscillation characteristics and effect on near-wall conduction in a krypton Hall thruster

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    Zhang, Fengkui Kong, Lingyi; Li, Chenliang; Yang, Haiwei; Li, Wei

    2014-11-15

    Despite its affordability, the krypton Hall-effect thruster in applications always had problems in regard to performance. The reason for this degradation is studied from the perspective of the near-wall conductivity of electrons. Using the particle-in-cell method, the sheath oscillation characteristics and its effect on near-wall conduction are compared in the krypton and xenon Hall-effect thrusters both with wall material composed of BNSiO{sub 2}. Comparing these two thrusters, the sheath in the krypton-plasma thruster will oscillate at low electron temperatures. The near-wall conduction current is only produced by collisions between electrons and wall, thereby causing a deficiency in the channel current. The sheath displays spatial oscillations only at high electron temperature; electrons are then reflected to produce the non-oscillation conduction current needed for the krypton-plasma thruster. However, it is accompanied with intensified oscillations.

  5. Observation of Self-Sustaining Relativistic Ionization Wave Launched by a Sheath Field

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    McCormick, M.; Arefiev, A. V.; Quevedo, H. J.; Bengtson, R. D.; Ditmire, T.

    2014-01-01

    We present experimental evidence supported by simulations of a relativistic ionization wave launched into a surrounding gas by the sheath field of a plasma filament with high energy electrons. Such a filament is created by irradiating a clustering gas jet with a short pulse laser (115 fs) at a peak intensity of 5×1017 W/cm2. We observe an ionization wave propagating radially through the gas for about 2 ps at 0.2-0.5 c after the laser has passed, doubling the initial radius of the filament. The gas is ionized by the sheath field, while the longevity of the wave is explained by a moving field structure that traps the high energy electrons near the boundary, maintaining a strong sheath field despite the significant expansion of the plasma.

  6. Transverse forces on dust particles in a magnetized sheath with crossed electric and magnetic fields

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    Melzer, A.; Puttscher, M.

    2017-05-01

    Recent experimental findings on the transverse forces acting on dust particles in a discharge under moderate magnetic fields [Puttscher and Melzer, Phys. Plasmas (1994-present) 21, 123704 (2014)] are compared to model calculations. Using the sheath model of Pandey et al. [Phys. Plasmas 18, 053703 (2011)], Mehdipour et al. [Phys. Plasmas 17, 123708 (2010)], and Foroutan et al. [Phys. Plasmas 16, 103703 (2009)], first, the plasma parameters of a magnetized sheath are calculated. From that, the horizontal forces on dust particles along or opposite to the E → × B → direction are determined. The experiments show a complex dependence of these forces on gas pressure in the discharge, magnetic field strength, and particle size. From the model, this complex behavior of the dust particles can be recovered with good agreement with the experimental findings.

  7. Double Layers: Potential Formation and Related Nonlinear Phenomena in Plasmas: Proceedings of the 5th Symposium

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    Iizuka, S.

    1998-02-01

    The Table of Contents for the book is as follows: * PREFACE * INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE * LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AT TOHOKU UNIVERSITY * CHAPTER 1: DOUBLE LAYERS, SHEATHS, AND POTENTIAL STRUCTURES * 1.1 Double Layers * On Fluid Models of Stationary, Acoustic Double Layers (Invited) * Particle Simulation of Double Layer (Invited) * Space-Time Dependence of Non-Steady Double Layers * The Role of Low Energy Electrons for the Generation of Anode Double Layers in Glow Discharges * Arbitrary Amplitude Ion-Acoustic Double Layers in a Dusty Plasma * 1.2 Sheaths * Bounded Plasma Edge Physics as Observed from Simulations in 1D and 2D (Invited) * Control of RF Sheath Structure in RF Diode Discharge * Observation of Density Gradients with Fine Structures and Low Frequency Wave Excitation at the Plasma-Sheath Boundary * Double Sheath Associated with an Electron Emission to a Plasma Containing Negative Ions * Sheath Edge and Floating Potential for Multi-Species Plasmas Including Dust Particles * 1.3 Potential Structures and Oscillations * Potential Structure Formed at a Constriction of a DC He Positive Column and its Coupling with Ionization Wave * Potential Structure in a New RF Magnetron Device with a Hollow Electrode * Potential Disruption in a RF Afterglow Electronegative Plasma * Potential Oscillation in a Strongly Asymmetry RF Discharge Containing Negative Ions * Effects of External Potential Control on Coulomb Dust Behavior * Potential Structure of Carbon Arc Discharge for High-Yield Fullerenes Formation * Control of Axial and Radial Potential Profiles in Tandem Mirrors (Invited) * CHAPTER 2: FIELD-ALIGNED ELECTRIC FIELDS AND RELATED PARTICLE ACCELERATIONS * 2.1 Field-Aligned Potential Formation * Formation of Large Potential Difference in a Plasma Flow along Converging Magnetic Field Lines (Invited) * Presheath Formation in front of an Oblique End-Plate in a Magnetized Sheet Plasma * Plasma Potential Formation Due to ECRH in a Magnetic Well * Electrostatic

  8. Effects of neutral gas collisions on the power transmission factor at the divertor sheath

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    Futch, A. H.; Hill, D. N.; Jong, R. A.; Porter, G. D.; Matthews, G. F.; Buchenauer, D.

    1992-03-01

    We show that charge-exchange and other ion-neutral collisions can reduce the power transmission factor of the plasma sheath, thereby lowering the ion impact energy and target plate sputtering. The power transmission factor relates the heat flux reaching the divertor target to the surface: Delta= Q(sub surf)/n(sub e)T(sub e)C(sub s). Experimental data from the D3-D tokamak suggest that Delta could be as low as 2-3 near the region of peak divertor particle flux, instead of the 7-8 expected from usual sheath theory. Several effects combine to allow ion-neutral interactions to be important in the divertor plasma sheath. The shallow angle of incidence of the magnetic field (1-3 degrees in D3-D) leads to the spatial extension of the sheath from approximately (pi)i approximately = 1 mm normal to the plate to several centimeters along the field lines. Ionization reduces the sheath potential, and collisions reduce the ion impact energy.

  9. Rectus sheath abscess after laparoscopic appendicectomy

    PubMed Central

    Golash, Vishwanath

    2007-01-01

    Port site wound infection, abdominal wall hematoma and intraabdominal abscess formation has been reported after laparoscopic appendicectomy. We describe here a rectus sheath abscess which occurred three weeks after the laparoscopic appendicectomy. It was most likely the result of secondary infection of the rectus sheath hematoma due to bleeding into the rectus sheath from damage to the inferior epigastric arteries or a direct tear of the rectus muscle. As far as we are aware this complication has not been reported after laparoscopic appendicectomy. PMID:21124654

  10. Side-welded fast response sheathed thermocouple

    DOEpatents

    Carr, Kenneth R.

    1981-01-01

    A method of fabricating the measuring junction of a grounded-junction sheathed thermocouple to obtain fast time response and good thermal cycling performance is provided. Slots are tooled or machined into the sheath wall at the measuring junction, the thermocouple wires are laser-welded into the slots. A thin metal closure cap is then laser-welded over the end of the sheath. Compared to a conventional grounded-junction thermocouple, the response time is 4-5 times faster and the thermal shock and cycling capabilities are substantially improved.

  11. Side-welded fast response sheathed thermocouple

    DOEpatents

    Carr, K.R.

    A method of fabricating the measuring junction of a grounded-junction sheathed thermocouple to obtain fast time response and good thermal cycling performance is provided. Slots are tooled or machined into the sheath wall at the measuring junction, the thermocouple wires are laser-welded into the slots. A thin metal closure cap is then laser-welded over the end of the sheath. Compared to a conventional grounded-junction thermocouple, the response time is 4 to 5 times faster and the thermal shock and cycling capabilities are substantially improved.

  12. Plasma Interaction with Electron-Emitting Surfaces

    SciTech Connect

    Campanell, Michael

    2014-09-01

    Electron emission from surfaces occurs in many plasma systems. Several types including secondary, thermionic and photon-induced emissions are intense under certain conditions. Understanding the effects of emission on the sheaths that govern plasma-surface interaction is important. This dissertation predicts some emitting sheath phenomena that were not reported in past studies. For example, most previous theoretical models assumed that an emitting sheath potential is always negative and that ions always accelerate into the wall. We show when the emission is intense that the sheath potential can become positive, fundamentally changing how the plasma and wall interact. In this inverse sheath state, ions are repelled, suggesting for instance that (a) no presheath exists in the plasma interior, (b) emitting walls could be used in applications to stop sputtering. Another topic considered is the transit of emitted electrons across the plasma to other surfaces, which is possible in low collisionality plasma systems. When transit occurs, the flux balance is a complex global problem where the sheaths at opposite surfaces are coupled through their exchange of emitted electrons. We also show that secondary emission can trigger a variety of sheath instability phenomena that change the state of the plasma-wall system or cause oscillations preventing steady state. Lastly, we analyze a mechanism where emitted electrons return to the same surface and knock out secondaries, which return and knock out more secondaries, etc., feedback amplifying the emission intensity. The four phenomena will be analyzed theoretically and verified with particle-in-cell simulations: (a) inverse sheath, (b) sheath coupling via transiting electrons, (c) sheath instabilities, (d) returning electron amplification. Consequences of these processes on the sheath potentials, wall heating, loss rate of charge, and cross field transport (near-wall conductivity) are discussed throughout. Possible implications are

  13. Laser-induced fluorescence measurement of the dynamics of a pulsed planar sheath

    SciTech Connect

    Goeckner, M.J.; Malik, S.M. ); Conrad, J.R. ); Breun, R.A. )

    1994-04-01

    Using laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) the ion density near the edge of an expanding plasma sheath has been measured. These measurements utilized a transition of N[sup +][sub 2] [the P12 component of the [ital X] [sup 2][Sigma][sup +][sub [ital g

  14. An investigation of oblique hypervelocity impact

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Schonberg, William P.

    1987-01-01

    This report describes the results of an investigation of phenomena associated with the oblique hypervelocity impact of spherical projectiles on multi-sheet aluminum structures. A model to be employed in the design of meteoroid and space debris protection systems for space structures is developed. The model consists of equations relating crater and perforation damage of a multi-sheet structure to parameters such as projectile size, impact velocity, and trajectory obliquity. The equations are obtained through a regression analysis of oblique hypervelocity impact test data. This data shows that the response of a multi-sheet structure to oblique impact is significantly different from its response to normal hypervelocity impact. It was found that obliquely incident projectiles produce ricochet debris that can severely damage panels or instrumentation located on the exterior of a space structure. Obliquity effects of high-speed impact must, therefore, be considered in the design of any structure exposed to the hazardous meteoroid and space debris environment.

  15. Analysis of oblique hypervelocity impact phenomena

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Schonberg, William P.; Taylor, Roy A.

    1988-01-01

    This paper describes the results of an experimental investigation of phenomena associated with the oblique hypervelocity impact of spherical projectiles on multisheet aluminum structures. A model that can be employed in the design of meteoroid and space debris protection systems for space structures is developed. The model consists of equations that relate crater and perforation damage of a multisheet structure to parameters such as projectile size, impact velocity, and trajectory obliquity. The equations are obtained through a regression analysis of oblique hypervelocity impact test data. This data shows that the response of a multisheet structure to oblique impact is significantly different from its response to normal hypervelocity impact. It was found that obliquely incident projectiles produce ricochet debris that can severely damage panels or instrumentation located on the exterior of a space structure. Obliquity effects of high-speed impact must, therefore, be considered in the design of any structure exposed to a meteoroid or space debris environement.

  16. Analysis of oblique hypervelocity impact phenomena

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Schonberg, William P.; Taylor, Roy A.

    1988-01-01

    This paper describes the results of an experimental investigation of phenomena associated with the oblique hypervelocity impact of spherical projectiles on multisheet aluminum structures. A model that can be employed in the design of meteoroid and space debris protection systems for space structures is developed. The model consists of equations that relate crater and perforation damage of a multisheet structure to parameters such as projectile size, impact velocity, and trajectory obliquity. The equations are obtained through a regression analysis of oblique hypervelocity impact test data. This data shows that the response of a multisheet structure to oblique impact is significantly different from its response to normal hypervelocity impact. It was found that obliquely incident projectiles produce ricochet debris that can severely damage panels or instrumentation located on the exterior of a space structure. Obliquity effects of high-speed impact must, therefore, be considered in the design of any structure exposed to a meteoroid or space debris environement.

  17. Nonlinear Interactions Between Oblique Wind Waves

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-08-01

    NSWCCD-80-TR–2015/026 August 2015 Naval Architecture and Engineering Department Technical Report NONLINEAR INTERACTIONS BETWEEN OBLIQUE WIND ...3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 1-Jan-2013 – 30-May-2015 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Nonlinear Interactions between Oblique Wind Waves 5a. CONTRACT...release; Distribution is unlimited. 13. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES 14. ABSTRACT The nonlinear interaction between two oblique wind waves with the

  18. Non-Linear Effects of Self Generated Alfven Waves in Oblique Shocks and Cosmic Ray Acceleration Efficiency

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    Medina-Tanco, G. A.; Opher, R.

    1990-11-01

    RESUMEN. Se presentan resultados numericos para un modelo hidrodinamico de cuatro componentes (plasma de fondo, particulas energeticas, ondas de Alfven autogeneradas y campo magnetico) para choques oblicuos. ABSTRACT. Numerical results of a four component hydrodynamic model (background plasma, energetic particles, self-generated Alfven waves and magnetic field) for oblique shocks are presented. Keq wo't : COSMIC RAY-GENERAL - PLASMAS - SHOCK WAVES

  19. The chaotic obliquity of Mars

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    Touma, Jihad; Wisdom, Jack

    1993-01-01

    The discovery (by Laskar, 1989, 1990) that the evolution of the solar system is chaotic, made in a numerical integration of the averaged secular approximation of the equations of motions for the planets, was confirmed by Sussman and Wisdom (1992) by direct numerical integration of the whole solar system. This paper presents results of direct integrations of the rotation of Mars in the chaotically evolved planetary system, made using the same model as that used by Sussman and Wisdom. The numerical integration shows that the obliquity of Mars undergoes large chaotic variations, which occur as the system evolves in the chaotic zone associated with a secular spin-orbit resonance.

  20. Document segmentation via oblique cuts

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    Svendsen, Jeremy; Branzan-Albu, Alexandra

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a novel solution for the layout segmentation of graphical elements in Business Intelligence documents. We propose a generalization of the recursive X-Y cut algorithm, which allows for cutting along arbitrary oblique directions. An intermediate processing step consisting of line and solid region removal is also necessary due to presence of decorative elements. The output of the proposed segmentation is a hierarchical structure which allows for the identification of primitives in pie and bar charts. The algorithm was tested on a database composed of charts from business documents. Results are very promising.

  1. Obliquity Variations of Extrasolar Terrestrial Planets

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    Lissauer, Jack J.; Chambers, John E.

    2004-01-01

    A planet's obliquity, which is the angle between its orbital angular momentum and its rotational angular momentum, is an important factor in determining its climate and habitability. For small obliquities, as well as obliquities close to 180 degrees, the planet receives more radiant energy from its star at equatorial latitudes than near its poles, whereas the poles are heated the most for obliquities near 90 degrees. Jacques Laskar has analyzed possible obliquity variations of the planets in our Solar System. His study also considers the same planets with different rotational periods, and the Earth without the Moon. He finds, using frequency map analysis, that the obliquity of the Earth is stabilized by the Moon, and can vary by at most a few degrees. In contrast, the obliquity of Mars can range from 0 to 60 degrees, and a hypothetical moonless Earth's axial tilt could be close to 0 degrees or as large as 85 degrees. Numerical integrations by Laskar and others have shown that Mars' obliquity indeed varies over most of its permitted range on time scales of tens of millions of years. In contrast, our analysis shows that the obliquity of a moonless Earth appears to be confined to the range of approximately 12 - 38 degrees over time scales of 100 million years. Results of ongoing longer integrations will be presented, and their implications discussed.

  2. Rectus sheath hematoma: three case reports

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    Kapan, Selin; Turhan, Ahmet N; Alis, Halil; Kalayci, Mustafa U; Hatipoglu, Sinan; Yigitbas, Hakan; Aygun, Ersan

    2008-01-01

    Introduction Rectus sheath hematoma is an uncommon cause of acute abdominal pain. It is an accumulation of blood in the sheath of the rectus abdominis, secondary to rupture of an epigastric vessel or muscle tear. It could occur spontaneously or after trauma. They are usually located infraumblically and often misdiagnosed as acute abdomen, inflammatory diseases or tumours of the abdomen. Case presentation We reported three cases of rectus sheath hematoma presenting with a mass in the abdomen and diagnosed by computerized tomography. The patients recovered uneventfully after bed rest, intravenous fluid replacement, blood transfusion and analgesic treatment. Conclusion Rectus sheath hematoma is a rarely seen pathology often misdiagnosed as acute abdomen that may lead to unnecessary laparotomies. Computerized tomography must be chosen for definitive diagnosis since ultrasonography is subject to error due to misinterpretation of the images. Main therapy is conservative management. PMID:18221529

  3. Intrasellar malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST).

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    Krayenbühl, N; Heppner, F; Yonekawa, Y; Bernays, R L

    2007-02-01

    Intracranial malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST) and intrasellar schwannomas are rare tumors. We describe a case of an intrasellar schwannoma with progression to a MPNST, a finding that, although very rare, extends the differential diagnosis of intrasellar lesions.

  4. Carotid sheath haematoma: a case report.

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    Yadav, Jayanthi; Badkur, D S; Arora, Arneet

    2009-10-01

    Carotid sheath haematoma is a rare finding, sometimes the only injury found in cases of manual strangulation without any associated external or internal injury to the neck. One such rare case is reported in an 8 year old female victim where presence of carotid sheath haematoma not only helped to ascertain the cause of death but also helped in the reconstruction of mechanism of infliction of force on the neck. 2009 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine.

  5. Lipoma arborescens of the biceps tendon sheath.

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    White, Eric A; Omid, Reza; Matcuk, George R; Domzalski, Jerome T; Fedenko, Alexander N; Gottsegen, Christopher J; Forrester, Deborah M; Patel, Dakshesh B

    2013-10-01

    Lipoma arborescens, described as lipomatous infiltration and distention of synovial villi resulting in a frond-like appearance, most frequently affects the suprapatellar recess of the knee. While there have been reports of this entity involving the upper extremity joints, bursa, and tendon sheaths, we present the first reported case of lipoma arborescens isolated to the biceps tendon sheath. We describe imaging and histologic findings with clinical correlation.

  6. Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors.

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    Durbin, Adam D; Ki, Dong Hyuk; He, Shuning; Look, A Thomas

    2016-01-01

    Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST) are tumors derived from Schwann cells or Schwann cell precursors. Although rare overall, the incidence of MPNST has increased with improved clinical management of patients with the neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) tumor predisposition syndrome. Unfortunately, current treatment modalities for MPNST are limited, with no targeted therapies available and poor efficacy of conventional radiation and chemotherapeutic regimens. Many murine and zebrafish models of MPNST have been developed, which have helped to elucidate the genes and pathways that are dysregulated in MPNST tumorigenesis, including the p53, and the RB1, PI3K-Akt-mTOR, RAS-ERK and Wnt signaling pathways. Preclinical results have suggested that new therapies, including mTOR and ERK inhibitors, may synergize with conventional chemotherapy in human tumors. The discovery of new genome editing technologies, like CRISPR-cas9, and their successful application to the zebrafish model will enable rapid progress in the faithful modeling of MPNST molecular pathogenesis. The zebrafish model is especially suited for high throughput screening of new targeted therapeutics as well as drugs approved for other purposes, which may help to bring enhanced treatment modalities into human clinical trials for this devastating disease.

  7. Protective sheath for a continuous measurement thermocouple

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    Phillippi, R.M.

    1991-12-03

    Disclosed is a protective thermocouple sheath of a magnesia graphite refractory material for use in continuous temperature measurements of molten metal in a metallurgical ladle and having a basic slag layer thereon. The sheath includes an elongated torpedo-shaped sheath body formed of a refractory composition and having an interior borehole extending axially therethrough and adapted to receive a thermocouple. The sheath body includes a lower end which is closed about the borehole and forms a narrow, tapered tip. The sheath body also includes a first body portion integral with the tapered tip and having a relatively constant cross section and providing a thin wall around the borehole. The sheath body also includes a second body portion having a relatively constant cross section larger than the cross section of the first body portion and providing a thicker wall around the borehole. The borehole terminates in an open end at the second body portion. The tapered tip is adapted to penetrate the slag layer and the thicker second body portion and its magnesia constituent material are adapted to withstand chemical attack thereon from the slag layer. The graphite constituent improves thermal conductivity of the refractory material and, thus, enhances the thermal responsiveness of the device. 4 figures.

  8. Protective sheath for a continuous measurement thermocouple

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    Phillippi, R. Michael

    1991-01-01

    Disclosed is a protective thermocouple sheath of a magnesia graphite refractory material for use in continuous temperature measurements of molten metal in a metallurgical ladle and having a basic slag layer thereon. The sheath includes an elongated torpedo-shaped sheath body formed of a refractory composition and having an interior borehole extending axially therethrough and adapted to receive a thermocouple. The sheath body includes a lower end which is closed about the borehole and forms a narrow, tapered tip. The sheath body also includes a first body portion integral with the tapered tip and having a relatively constant cross section and providing a thin wall around the borehole. The sheath body also includes a second body portion having a relatively constant cross section larger than the cross section of the first body portion and providing a thicker wall around the borehole. The borehole terminates in an open end at the second body portion. The tapered tip is adapted to penetrate the slag layer and the thicker second body portion and its magnesia constituent material are adapted to withstand chemical attack thereon from the slag layer. The graphite constituent improves thermal conductivity of the refractory material and, thus, enhances the thermal responsiveness of the device.

  9. Protective sheath for a continuous measurement thermocouple

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    Phillippi, R.M.

    1991-12-03

    Disclosed is a protective thermocouple sheath of a magnesia graphite refractory material for use in continuous temperature measurements of molten metal in a metallurgical ladle and having a basic slag layer thereon. The sheath includes an elongated torpedo-shaped sheath body formed of a refractory composition and having an interior borehole extending axially therethrough and adapted to receive a thermocouple. The sheath body includes a lower end which is closed about the borehole and forms a narrow, tapered tip. The sheath body also includes a first body portion integral with the tapered tip and having a relatively constant cross section and providing a thin wall around the borehole. The sheath body also includes a second body portion having a relatively constant cross section larger than the cross section of the first body portion and providing a thicker wall around the borehole. The borehole terminates in an open end at the second body portion. The tapered tip is adapted to penetrate the slag layer and the thicker second body portion and its magnesia constituent material are adapted to withstand chemical attack thereon from the slag layer. The graphite constituent improves thermal conductivity of the refractory material and, thus, enhances the thermal responsiveness of the device. 4 figures.

  10. Simulation of arc-electrode interaction using sheath modelling in SF6 circuit-breakers

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    Maruzewski, P.; Martin, A.; Reggio, M.; Trépanier, J.-Y.

    2002-05-01

    The transition layer, or sheath, located at the interface between the electrode and the electric arc plasma in circuit-breaker arcs is modelled and integrated into software for the simulation of arcs. The sheath model includes the equation of the continuity of electrons, the generalized Ohm's law and the equation of conservation of total energy. The latter equation takes into account Joule heating, the radiation from the arc and phenomena on the surface of the electrode such as thermionic and radiative cooling by thermal emission. The resulting arc model can predict electrode and arc temperatures simultaneously.

  11. Space plasma contactor research, 1987

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    Wilbur, Paul J.

    1988-01-01

    A simple model describing the process of electron collection from a low pressure ambient plasma in the absence of magnetic field and contactor velocity effects is presented. Experimental measurments of the plasma surrounding the contactor are used to demonstrate that a double-sheath generally develops and separates the ambient plasma from a higher density, anode plasma located adjacent to the contactor. Agreement between the predictions of the model and experimental measurements obtained at the electron collection current levels ranging to 1 A suggests the surface area at the ambient plasma boundary of the double-sheath is equal to the electron current being collected divided by the ambient plasma random electron current density; the surface area of the higher density anode plasma boundary of the double-sheath is equal to the ion current being emitted across this boundary divided by the ion current density required to sustain a stable sheath; and the voltage drop across the sheath is determined by the requirement that the ion and electron currents counterflowing across the boundaries be at space-charge limited levels. The efficiency of contactor operation is shown to improve when significant ionization and excitation is induced by electrons that stream from the ambient plasma through the double-sheath and collide with neutral atoms being supplied through the hollow cathode.

  12. Space-charge saturation and current limits in cylindrical drift tubes and planar sheaths

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    Stephens, Kenneth Frank, II

    2000-12-01

    Space-charge effects play a dominant role in many areas of physics. In high-power microwave devices using high-current, relativistic electron beams, it places a limit on the amount of radiation a device can produce. Because the beam's space-charge can actually reflect a portion of the beam, the ability to accurately predict the amount of current a device can carry is needed. This current value is known as the space-charge limited current. Because of the mathematical difficulties, this limit is typically estimated from a one-dimensional theory. This work presents a two-dimensional theory for calculating an upper-bound for the space-charge limited current of relativistic electron beams propagating in grounded coaxial drift tubes. Applicable to annular beams of arbitrary radius and thickness, the theory includes the effect introduced by a finite-length drift tube of circular cross-section. Using Green's second identity, the need to solve Poisson's equation is transferred to solving a Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue problem, which is easily solved by elementary methods. In general, the resulting eigenvalue, which is required to estimate the limiting current, must be numerically determined. However, analytic expressions can be found for frequently encountered limiting cases. Space-charge effects also produce the fundamental collective behavior found in plasmas, especially in plasma sheaths. A plasma sheath is the transition region between a bulk plasma and an adjacent plasma-facing surface. The sheath controls the loss of particles from the plasma in order to maintain neutrality. Using a fully kinetic theory, the problem of a planar sheath with a single-minimum electric potential profile is investigated. Appropriate for single charge-state ions of arbitrary temperature, the theory includes the emission of warm electrons from the surface as well as a net current through the sheath and is compared to particle-in-cell simulations. Approximate expressions are developed for

  13. Electron Emission from Nano and Microstructured Materials for Fusion and Plasma Discharge Applications

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    Patino, Marlene; Raitses, Yevgeny; Wirz, Richard

    2016-10-01

    Secondary electron emission (SEE) from plasma-facing walls can lead to adverse effects (e.g. increased plasma heat flux to the wall) in plasma devices, including plasma processing, confinement fusion, and plasma thrusters. Experimental and computational efforts of engineered materials with nm to mm-sized structures (grooves, pores, fibers) have previously shown a decrease in SEE for primary electrons incident normal and oblique to the material. Here we present SEE measurements from one such engineered material, carbon velvet with μm fibers, and from a plasma-structured material, tungsten fuzz with nm fibers. Results show two trends: (a) significant reduction in SEE at normal incidence for carbon velvet (75% reduction) and tungsten fuzz (40-50% reduction) over smooth graphite and tungsten, respectively, and (b) SEE from tungsten fuzz is nearly independent of incident angle (i.e. not a cosine dependence on incident angle observed for smooth materials). Hence, the reduction in SEE from tungsten fuzz over smooth tungsten is more pronounced (up to 63%) at grazing angles. This is important for many plasma devices since in a negative-going sheath the potential structure leads to relatively high incident angles. This work was supported by DOE contract DE-AC02-09CH11466; AFOSR Grants FA9550-14-1-0053, FA9550-11-1-0282, AF9550-09-1-0695, and FA9550-14-10317; and DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program.

  14. Ion Velocimetry In Magnetized DC Sheaths

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    Young, Christopher; Lucca Fabris, Andrea; Cappelli, Mark

    2013-09-01

    Particle dynamics near the magnetic cusps in cusped field plasma thrusters are still not well understood; characterizing the ion velocity distribution functions in these regions can help thruster designs maximize electron trapping and minimize erosion of the channel wall. To that end, a robust argon ion velocity sensor is developed using a three-level laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) technique. The 3d4F7 / 2 --> 4p4D5/ 2 0 ArII transition at 668.61 nm is pumped with a 25 mW tunable external cavity diode laser, and fluorescence down to the 4s4P3 / 2 state at 442.72 nm is collected with phase-sensitive detection. The Doppler shift in the acquired signal peak, compared to a stationary reference, gives the ion velocity component parallel to the exciting laser. We demonstrate this LIF scheme by obtaining the argon ion velocity profile through a magnetized DC sheath. The LIF measurement is used to validate a new optogalvanic velocimetry technique in which two lasers (chopped at different frequencies) intersect one another at 90° in the measurement volume. Using a lock-in amplifier, changes observed in the DC discharge current at the sum and difference of the two chopping frequencies may be related back to the mean ion velocity at that point. The authors acknowledge support from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). CY acknowledges support from the DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship under contract DE-FC52-08NA28752.

  15. Cathode Sheath Charge Transfer Effects

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    1993-03-01

    Plasma Chemistry Plasma Processing,2, p. 61. 1982. 8. Hess, G. G. and F. W. Lampe: Ionic Reactions in Gaseous Monosilane . Journal of Chemical Physics...Dissociation of Monosilane and Disilane. Journal of Physical Chemistry, 2l, p. 3912, 1969. 118. Ebinghaus, Von H., K. Kraus, W. Mtiller-Duysing and H...Doncaster, A. M. and R. Walsh: Kinetics of the Gas-Phase Reaction Between Iodine and Monosilane and the Bond Dissociation Energy D(H3Si-H). International

  16. PLASMA DEVICE

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    Gow, J.D.; Wilcox, J.M.

    1961-12-26

    A device is designed for producing and confining highenergy plasma from which neutrons are generated in copious quantities. A rotating sheath of electrons is established in a radial electric field and axial magnetic field produced within the device. The electron sheath serves as a strong ionizing medium to gas introdueed thereto and also functions as an extremely effective heating mechanism to the resulting plasma. In addition, improved confinement of the plasma is obtained by ring magnetic mirror fields produced at the ends of the device. Such ring mirror fields are defined by the magnetic field lines at the ends of the device diverging radially outward from the axis of the device and thereafter converging at spatial annular surfaces disposed concentrically thereabout. (AFC)

  17. A perturbative correction for electron-inertia in magnetized sheath structures

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    Gohain, Munmi; Karmakar, Pralay K.

    2016-10-01

    We propose a hydrodynamic model to study the equilibrium properties of planar plasma sheaths in two-component quasi-neutral magnetized plasmas. It includes weak but finite electron-inertia incorporated via a regular perturbation of the electronic fluid dynamics only relative to a new smallness parameter, δ, assessing the weak inertial-to-electromagnetic strengths. The zeroth-order perturbation around δ leads to the usual Boltzmann distribution law, which describes inertialess thermalized electrons. The forthwith next higher-order yields the modified Boltzmann law describing the putative lowest-order electron-inertial correction, which is applied meticulously to derive the local Bohm criterion for sheath formation. It is found to be influenced jointly by electron-inertial corrective effects, magnetic field and field orientation relative to the bulk plasma flow. We establish that the mutualistic action of electron-inertia amid gyro-kinetic effects slightly enhances the ion-flow Mach threshold value (typically, M i0 ⩾ 1.140), against the normal value of unity, confrontationally towards the sheath entrance. A numerical illustrative scheme is methodically constructed to see the parametric dependence of the new sheath properties on diverse problem arguments. The merits and demerits are highlighted in the light of the existing results conjointly with clear indication to future ameliorations.

  18. Are sheath folds late stage flanking structures?

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    Reber, Jacqueline E.; Dabrowski, Marcin; Schmid, Daniel W.

    2010-05-01

    Sheath folds can be described as highly non-cylindrical folds or as cone shaped with a rounded apex. A cross section of a sheath fold perpendicular to its elongation direction shows usually an elliptical shape. Sheath folds can be observed in nature within a wide range of materials and across many orders of size magnitude. A classification scheme has been developed by Alsop and Holdsworth (Journal of Structural Geology, 2006) which divides sheath folds into different categories depending on the ratio of the aspect ratio of the innermost and outermost "ring". Different initial conditions such as rigid objects and precursor folds formed through buckling were suggested as a trigger for the development of sheath folds. However, in nature sheath folds can also be observed where no rigid objects or precursor folds can be seen. In such cases we propose weak objects or zones as possible activators. According to this approach sheath folds represent a late stage of flanking structures. To simulate the weak zone we use an infinitely weak elliptical inclusion embedded in a homogeneous matrix. Planar markers such as bedding or foliation make the sheath geometry visible. To test the impact of the initial shape of the weak zone on the formation of the sheath folds the aspect ratio of the slip ellipse is changed systematically. As the geometry of sheath folds is truly three dimensional we use a 3D analytical model to investigate their formation. The model is based on an adapted internal and external Eshelby solution (Eshelby, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series a-Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 1957 and 1959) for viscous rheologies and elliptical inclusions described in Exner and Dabrowski (Journal of Structural Geology, 2010 (submitted)). The ellipse as well as the matrix has linear viscous, isotropic, incompressible material properties. To analyze the cross-section the calculated folds are cut perpendicular to the simple shear stretching direction while the

  19. Evaluation of the oblique detonation wave ramjet

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    Morrison, R. B.

    1978-01-01

    The potential performance of oblique detonation wave ramjets is analyzed in terms of multishock diffusion, oblique detonation waves, and heat release. Results are presented in terms of thrust coefficients and specific impulses for a range of flight Mach numbers of 6 to 16.

  20. The obliquity of Mars and 'climate friction'

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    Rubincam, David P.

    1993-01-01

    A mathematical theory is presented which explains the increase of the mean obliquity of Mars over geologic time due to the so called 'climate friction' (i.e., the climatic changes associated with obliquity oscillations of Mars). The theory is compared with a 10 m.y. numerical integration of the equations performed for a hypothetically large amount of climate friction for two cases of the obliquity oscillations: (1) a single sinusoid and (2) a sum of three sinusoids. The theory and numerics agree for both cases within about 12 percent on the size of the secular increase in obliquity. One possible mechanism of climate friction investigated is 'postglacial rebound' on Mars. According to this theory, giant polar caps form when the obliquity is low, and slowly squeeze out an equatorial bulge. When the obliquity is high, the caps disappear, but the bulge takes some time to collapse, due to mantle viscosity, causing it to oscillate out of phase with the obliquity oscillations. This causes a secular increase in the average obliquity.

  1. Melt Production in Oblique Impacts

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    Pierazzo, E.; Melosh, H. J.

    2000-05-01

    Hydrocode modeling is a fundamental tool for the study of melt production in planetary impact events. Until recently, however, numerical modeling of impacts for melt production studies has been limited to vertical impacts. We present the first results of the investigation of melt production in oblique impacts. Simulations were carried out using Sandia's three-dimensional hydrocode CTH, coupled to the SESAME equation of state. While keeping other impact parameters constant, the calculations span impact angles (measured from the surface) from 90° (vertical impact) to 15°. The results show that impact angle affects the strength and distribution of the shock wave generated in the impact. As a result, both the isobaric core and the regions of melting in the target appear asymmetric and concentrated in the downrange, shallower portion of the target. The use of a pressure-decay power law (which describes pressure as function of linear distance from the impact point) to reconstruct the region of melting and vaporization is therefore complicated by the asymmetry of the shock wave. As an analog to the pressure decay versus distance from the impact point, we used a "volumetric pressure decay," where the pressure decay is modeled as a function of volume of target material shocked at or above the given shock pressure. We find that the volumetric pressure decay exponent is almost constant for impact angles from 90° to 30°, dropping by about a factor of two for a 15° impact. In the range of shock pressures at which most materials of geologic interest melt or begin to vaporize, we find that the volume of impact melt decreases by at most 20% for impacts from 90° down to 45°. Below 45°, however, the amount of melt in the target decreases rapidly with impact angle. Compared to the vertical case, the reduction in volume of melt is about 50% for impacts at 30° and more than 90% for a 15° impact. These estimates do not include possible melting due to shear heating, which can

  2. Comprehensive kinetic analysis of the plasma-wall transition layer in a strongly tilted magnetic field

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    Tskhakaya, D. D.; Kos, L.

    2014-10-15

    The magnetized plasma-wall transition (MPWT) layer at the presence of the obliquity of the magnetic field to the wall consists of three sub-layers: the Debye sheath (DS), the magnetic pre-sheath (MPS), and the collisional pre-sheath (CPS) with characteristic lengths λ{sub D} (electron Debye length), ρ{sub i} (ion gyro-radius), and ℓ (the smallest relevant collision length), respectively. Tokamak plasmas are usually assumed to have the ordering λ{sub D}≪ρ{sub i}≪ℓ, when the above-mentioned sub-layers can be distinctly distinguished. In the limits of ε{sub Dm}(λ{sub D}/ρ{sub i})→0 and ε{sub mc}(ρ{sub i}/ℓ)→0 (“asymptotic three-scale (A3S) limits”), these sub-layers are precisely defined. Using the smallness of the tilting angle of the magnetic field to the wall, the ion distribution functions are found for three sub-regions in the analytic form. The equations and characteristic length-scales governing the transition (intermediate) regions between the neighboring sub-layers (CPS – MPS and MPS – DS) are derived, allowing to avoid the singularities arising from the ε{sub Dm}→0 and ε{sub mc}→0 approximations. The MPS entrance and the related kinetic form of the Bohm–Chodura condition are successfully defined for the first time. At the DS entrance, the Bohm condition maintains its usual form. The results encourage further study and understanding of physics of the MPWT layers in the modern plasma facilities.

  3. Estimation of sheath potentials in front of ASDEX upgrade ICRF antenna with SSWICH asymptotic code

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    Křivská, A.; Bobkov, V.; Colas, L.; Jacquot, J.; Milanesio, D.; Ochoukov, R.

    2015-12-01

    Multi-megawatt Ion Cyclotron Range of Frequencies (ICRF) heating became problematic in ASDEX Upgrade (AUG) tokamak after coating of ICRF antenna limiters and other plasma facing components by tungsten. Strong impurity influx was indeed produced at levels of injected power markedly lower than in the previous experiments. It is assumed that the impurity production is mainly driven by parallel component of Radio-Frequency (RF) antenna electric near-field E// that is rectified in sheaths. In this contribution we estimate poloidal distribution of sheath Direct Current (DC) potential in front of the ICRF antenna and simulate its relative variations over the parametric scans performed during experiments, trying to reproduce some of the experimental observations. In addition, relative comparison between two types of AUG ICRF antenna configurations, used for experiments in 2014, has been performed. For this purpose we use the Torino Polytechnic Ion Cyclotron Antenna (TOPICA) code and asymptotic version of the Self-consistent Sheaths and Waves for Ion Cyclotron Heating (SSWICH) code. Further, we investigate correlation between amplitudes of the calculated oscillating sheath voltages and the E// fields computed at the lateral side of the antenna box, in relation with a heuristic antenna design strategy at IPP Garching to mitigate RF sheaths.

  4. Anode sheath transition in an anodic arc for synthesis of nanomaterials

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    Nemchinsky, V. A.; Raitses, Y.

    2016-06-01

    The arc discharge with ablating anode or so-called anodic arc is widely used for synthesis of nanomaterials, including carbon nanotubes and fullerens, metal nanoparticles etc. We present the model of this arc, which confirms the existence of the two different modes of the arc operation with two different anode sheath regimes, namely, with negative anode sheath and with positive anode sheath. It was previously suggested that these regimes are associated with two different anode ablating modes—low ablation mode with constant ablation rate and the enhanced ablation mode (Fetterman et al 2008 Carbon 46 1322). The transition of the arc operation from low ablation mode to high ablation mode is determined by the current density at the anode. The model can be used to self-consistently determine the distribution of the electric field, electron density and electron temperature in the near-anode region of the arc discharge. Simulations of the carbon arc predict that for low arc ablating modes, the current is driven mainly by the electron diffusion to the anode. For positive anode sheath, the anode voltage is close to the ionization potential of anode material, while for negative anode sheath, the anode voltage is an order of magnitude smaller. It is also shown that the near-anode plasma, is far from the ionization equilibrium.

  5. The structural sheath protein of aphids is required for phloem feeding.

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    Will, Torsten; Vilcinskas, Andreas

    2015-02-01

    Aphids produce two types of saliva that mediate their interactions with plants. Watery saliva is secreted during cell penetration and ingestion, whereas gel saliva is secreted during stylet movement through the apoplast where it forms a sheath around the stylet to facilitate penetration and seal puncture sites on cell membranes. In order to study the function of the sheath when aphids interact with plants, we used RNA interference (RNAi) to silence the aphid structural sheath protein (SHP) in the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum. The injection of 50 ng of double stranded RNA completely disrupted sheath formation, as confirmed by scanning electron microscopy. Aphid behavior was monitored using the electrical penetration graph technique, revealing that disrupted sheath formation prevented efficient long-term feeding from sieve tubes, with a silencing effect on reproduction but not survival. We propose that sealing the stylet penetration site in the sieve tube plasma membrane is part of a two-step mechanism to suppress sieve-tube occlusion by preventing calcium influx into the sieve tube lumen. The SHP is present in several aphid species and silencing has a similar impact to aphid-resistant plants, suggesting that SHP is an excellent target for RNAi-mediated pest control.

  6. A Coupled MHD and Thermal Model Including Electrostatic Sheath for Magnetoplasmadynamic Thruster Simulation

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    Kawasaki, Akira; Kubota, Kenichi; Funaki, Ikkoh; Okuno, Yoshihiro

    2016-09-01

    Steady-state and self-field magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) thruster, which utilizes high-intensity direct-current (DC) discharge, is one of the prospective candidates of future high-power electric propulsion devices. In order to accurately assess the thrust performance and the electrode temperature, input electric power and wall heat flux must correctly be evaluated where electrostatic sheaths formed in close proximity of the electrodes affect these quantities. Conventional model simulates only plasma flows occurring in MPD thrusters with the absence of electrostatic sheath consideration. Therefore, this study extends the conventional model to a coupled magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) and thermal model by incorporating the phenomena relevant to the electrostatic sheaths. The sheaths are implemented as boundary condition of the MHD model on the walls. This model simulated the operation of the 100-kW-class thruster at discharge current ranging from 6 to 10 kA with argon propellant. The extended model reproduced the discharge voltages and wall heat load which are consistent with past experimental results. In addition, the simulation results indicated that cathode sheath voltages account for approximately 5-7 V subject to approximately 20 V of discharge voltages applied between the electrodes. This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers 26289328 and 15J10821.

  7. Estimation of sheath potentials in front of ASDEX upgrade ICRF antenna with SSWICH asymptotic code

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    Křivská, A.; Colas, L.; Milanesio, D.

    2015-12-10

    Multi-megawatt Ion Cyclotron Range of Frequencies (ICRF) heating became problematic in ASDEX Upgrade (AUG) tokamak after coating of ICRF antenna limiters and other plasma facing components by tungsten. Strong impurity influx was indeed produced at levels of injected power markedly lower than in the previous experiments. It is assumed that the impurity production is mainly driven by parallel component of Radio-Frequency (RF) antenna electric near-field E// that is rectified in sheaths. In this contribution we estimate poloidal distribution of sheath Direct Current (DC) potential in front of the ICRF antenna and simulate its relative variations over the parametric scans performed during experiments, trying to reproduce some of the experimental observations. In addition, relative comparison between two types of AUG ICRF antenna configurations, used for experiments in 2014, has been performed. For this purpose we use the Torino Polytechnic Ion Cyclotron Antenna (TOPICA) code and asymptotic version of the Self-consistent Sheaths and Waves for Ion Cyclotron Heating (SSWICH) code. Further, we investigate correlation between amplitudes of the calculated oscillating sheath voltages and the E// fields computed at the lateral side of the antenna box, in relation with a heuristic antenna design strategy at IPP Garching to mitigate RF sheaths.

  8. Microwave Imaging under Oblique Illumination

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    Meng, Qingyang; Xu, Kuiwen; Shen, Fazhong; Zhang, Bin; Ye, Dexin; Huangfu, Jiangtao; Li, Changzhi; Ran, Lixin

    2016-01-01

    Microwave imaging based on inverse scattering problem has been attracting many interests in the microwave society. Among some major technical challenges, the ill-posed, multi-dimensional inversion algorithm and the complicated measurement setup are critical ones that prevent it from practical applications. In this paper, we experimentally investigate the performance of the subspace-based optimization method (SOM) for two-dimensional objects when it was applied to a setup designed for oblique incidence. Analytical, simulation, and experimental results show that, for 2D objects, neglecting the cross-polarization scattering will not cause a notable loss of information. Our method can be potentially used in practical imaging applications for 2D-like objects, such as human limbs. PMID:27399706

  9. Oblique View of Valles Marineris

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    1996-06-03

    An oblique, color image of central Valles Marineris, Mars showing relief of Ophir and Candor Chasmata; view toward north. The photograph is a composite of Viking high-resolution images in black and white and low-resolution images in color. Ophir Chasma on the north is approximately 300 km across and as deep as 10 km. The connected chasma or valleys of Valles Marineris may have formed from a combination of erosional collapse and structural activity. Tongues of interior layered deposits on the floor of the chasmata can be observed as well as young landslide material along the base of Ophir Chasma's north wall. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00005

  10. Self-consistent one dimension in space and three dimension in velocity kinetic trajectory simulation model of magnetized plasma-wall transition

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    Chalise, Roshan Khanal, Raju

    2015-11-15

    We have developed a self-consistent 1d3v (one dimension in space and three dimension in velocity) Kinetic Trajectory Simulation (KTS) model, which can be used for modeling various situations of interest and yields results of high accuracy. Exact ion trajectories are followed, to calculate along them the ion distribution function, assuming an arbitrary injection ion distribution. The electrons, on the other hand, are assumed to have a cut-off Maxwellian velocity distribution at injection and their density distribution is obtained analytically. Starting from an initial guess, the potential profile is iterated towards the final time-independent self-consistent state. We have used it to study plasma sheath region formed in presence of an oblique magnetic field. Our results agree well with previous works from other models, and hence, we expect our 1d3v KTS model to provide a basis for the studying of all types of magnetized plasmas, yielding more accurate results.

  11. Magnetised bow shocks and oblique shock interactions: HEDLA experiments on the Magpie pulsed-power facility

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    Burdiak, G. C.; Lebedev, S. V.; Chittenden, J. P.; Clayson, T.; Garcia, C.; Hare, J. D.; Niasse, N.; Suttle, L. G.; Suzuki-Vidal, F.; Frank, A.; Ciardi, A.

    2016-10-01

    We present results from magnetised shock experiments performed on the Magpie ( 1 MA, 250 ns) pulsed-power facility. Shocks are formed around cylindrical and oblique planar obstacles positioned in a supersonic, super-Alfvenic plasma flow (MS = 5 , MA = 2.5 , vf = 70 km/s). The plasma flow is produced by an inverse, exploding wire array z-pinch and carries an embedded magnetic field that is well frozen in (ReM = 20). We show how the structure of bow and oblique shocks is dramatically affected by the orientation of the advected magnetic field with respect to the obstacles. More complex obstacle geometries allow us to study the interaction of multiple magnetised oblique shocks. These systems can cause the annihilation of magnetic flux and the generation of shear flow along a slip layer. Work supported by DOE cooperative agreements No. DE-F03- 02NA00057 and No. DE-SC-0001063.

  12. Collisionless “thermalization” in the sheath of an argon discharge

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    Coulette, David Manfredi, Giovanni

    2015-04-15

    We performed kinetic Vlasov simulations of the plasma-wall transition for a low-pressure argon discharge without external magnetic fields, using the same plasma parameters as in the experiments of Claire et al. [Phys. Plasmas 13, 062103 (2006)]. Experimentally, it was found that the ion velocity distribution function is highly asymmetric in the presheath, but, surprisingly, becomes again close to Maxwellian inside the sheath. Here, we show that this “thermalization” can be explained by purely collisionless effects that are akin to the velocity bunching phenomenon observed in charged particles beams. Such collisionless thermalization is also observed in the presheath region close to the sheath entrance, although it is much weaker there and in practice probably swamped by collisional processes (standard or enhanced by instabilities)

  13. Enhanced target normal sheath acceleration based on the laser relativistic self-focusing

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    Zou, D. B.; Zhuo, H. B. Yang, X. H.; Shao, F. Q.; Ma, Y. Y.; Yu, T. P.; Yin, Y.; Ge, Z. Y.; Li, X. H.; Wu, H. C.

    2014-06-15

    The enhanced target normal sheath acceleration of ions in laser target interaction via the laser relativistic self-focusing effect is investigated by theoretical analysis and particle-in-cell simulations. The temperature of the hot electrons in the underdense plasma is greatly increased due to the occurrence of resonant absorption, while the electron-betatron-oscillation frequency is close to its witnessed laser frequency [Pukhov et al., Phys. Plasma 6, 2847 (1999)]. While these hot electrons penetrate through the backside solid target, a stronger sheath electric field at the rear surface of the target is induced, which can accelerate the protons to a higher energy. It is also shown that the optimum length of the underdense plasma is approximately equal to the self-focusing distance.

  14. Attic construction with sheathing-applied insulation

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    Rose, W.B.

    1995-12-31

    Two years of study at a building research laboratory have been applied to cathedralized residential attic construction. Cathedralized attics are rafter-framed or truss-framed attics with flat ceilings in which the insulation is placed against the underside of the roof sheathing rather than on top of the ceiling drywall. The potential benefits of sheathing-applied insulation are considerable and are due to the fact that the attic space becomes part of the conditioned volume. Concern is often expressed that moisture damage may occur in the sheathing. The intent of the current study was to address those concerns. This study allowed an assessment of the performance of cathedralized ceilings, given the following construction variables: (1) ventilation vs. no ventilation, (2) continuous air chute construction vs. stuffed insulation construction, and (3) opens joints in exposed kraft facing vs. taped joints. The results were compared to a concurrent study of the performance of cathedral ceilings with sloped ceiling drywall. The results show that having an air chute that ensures an air gap between the sheathing and the top of the insulation is the critical factor. Ventilation and the taping of joints were minor determinants of the moisture performance of the sheathing. These results are consistent with the results of normal cathedral ceiling construction performance.

  15. Computer modeling of test particle acceleration at oblique shocks

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    Decker, Robert B.

    1988-01-01

    The present evaluation of the basic techniques and illustrative results of charged particle-modeling numerical codes suitable for particle acceleration at oblique, fast-mode collisionless shocks emphasizes the treatment of ions as test particles, calculating particle dynamics through numerical integration along exact phase-space orbits. Attention is given to the acceleration of particles at planar, infinitessimally thin shocks, as well as to plasma simulations in which low-energy ions are injected and accelerated at quasi-perpendicular shocks with internal structure.

  16. Particle-in-cell study of the ion-to-electron sheath transition

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    Scheiner, Brett; Baalrud, Scott D.; Hopkins, Matthew M.; ...

    2016-08-09

    The form of a sheath near a small electrode, with bias changing from below to above the plasma potential, is studied using 2D particle-in-cell simulations. When the electrode is biased within Te/2e below the plasma potential, the electron velocity distribution functions (EVDFs) exhibit a loss-cone type truncation due to fast electrons overcoming the small potential difference between the electrode and plasma. No sheath is present in this regime, and the plasma remains quasineutral up to the electrode. The EVDF truncation leads to a presheath-like density and flow velocity gradients. Once the bias exceeds the plasma potential, an electron sheath ismore » present. In this case, the truncation driven behavior persists, but is accompanied by a shift in the maximum value of the EVDF that is not present in the negative bias cases. In conclusion, the flow moment has significant contributions from both the flow shift of the EVDF maximum, and the loss-cone truncation.« less

  17. Particle-in-cell study of the ion-to-electron sheath transition

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    Scheiner, Brett; Baalrud, Scott D.; Hopkins, Matthew M.; Yee, Benjamin T.; Barnat, Edward V.

    2016-08-09

    The form of a sheath near a small electrode, with bias changing from below to above the plasma potential, is studied using 2D particle-in-cell simulations. When the electrode is biased within Te/2e below the plasma potential, the electron velocity distribution functions (EVDFs) exhibit a loss-cone type truncation due to fast electrons overcoming the small potential difference between the electrode and plasma. No sheath is present in this regime, and the plasma remains quasineutral up to the electrode. The EVDF truncation leads to a presheath-like density and flow velocity gradients. Once the bias exceeds the plasma potential, an electron sheath is present. In this case, the truncation driven behavior persists, but is accompanied by a shift in the maximum value of the EVDF that is not present in the negative bias cases. In conclusion, the flow moment has significant contributions from both the flow shift of the EVDF maximum, and the loss-cone truncation.

  18. Particle-in-cell study of the ion-to-electron sheath transition

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    Scheiner, Brett; Baalrud, Scott D.; Hopkins, Matthew M.; Yee, Benjamin T.; Barnat, Edward V.

    2016-08-09

    The form of a sheath near a small electrode, with bias changing from below to above the plasma potential, is studied using 2D particle-in-cell simulations. When the electrode is biased within Te/2e below the plasma potential, the electron velocity distribution functions (EVDFs) exhibit a loss-cone type truncation due to fast electrons overcoming the small potential difference between the electrode and plasma. No sheath is present in this regime, and the plasma remains quasineutral up to the electrode. The EVDF truncation leads to a presheath-like density and flow velocity gradients. Once the bias exceeds the plasma potential, an electron sheath is present. In this case, the truncation driven behavior persists, but is accompanied by a shift in the maximum value of the EVDF that is not present in the negative bias cases. In conclusion, the flow moment has significant contributions from both the flow shift of the EVDF maximum, and the loss-cone truncation.

  19. Full wave propagation modelling in view to integrated ICRH wave coupling/RF sheaths modelling

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    Jacquot, Jonathan; Bobkov, Volodymyr; Colas, Laurent; Heuraux, Stéphane; Křivská, Alena; Lu, Lingfeng; Noterdaeme, Jean-Marie

    2015-12-01

    RF sheaths rectification can be the reason for operational limits for Ion Cyclotron Range of Frequencies (ICRF) heating systems via impurity production or excessive heat loads. To simulate this process in realistic geometry, the Self-consistent Sheaths and Waves for Ion Cyclotron Heating (SSWICH) code is a minimal set of coupled equations that computes self-consistently wave propagation and DC plasma biasing. The present version of its wave propagation module only deals with the Slow Wave assumed to be the source of RF sheath oscillations. However the ICRF power coupling to the plasma is due to the fast wave (FW). This paper proposes to replace this one wave equation module by a full wave module in either 2D or 3D as a first step towards integrated modelling of RF sheaths and wave coupling. Since the FW is propagative in the main plasma, Perfectly Matched Layers (PMLs) adapted for plasmas were implemented at the inner side of the simulation domain to absorb outgoing waves and tested numerically with tilted B0 in Cartesian geometry, by either rotating the cold magnetized plasma dielectric tensors in 2D or rotating the coordinate vector basis in 3D. The PML was further formulated in cylindrical coordinates to account for for the toroidal curvature of the plasma. Toroidal curvature itself does not seem to change much the coupling. A detailed 3D geometrical description of Tore Supra and ASDEX Upgrade (AUG) antennas was included in the coupling code. The full antenna structure was introduced, since its toroidal symmetry with respect to the septum plane is broken (FS bars, toroidal phasing, non-symmetrical structure). Reliable convergence has been obtained with the density profile up to the leading edge of antenna limiters. Parallel electric field maps have been obtained as an input for the present version of SSWICH.

  20. Deterministic shape control in plasma-aided nanotip assembly

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    Tam, E.; Levchenko, I.; Ostrikov, K.

    2006-08-01

    The possibility of deterministic plasma-assisted reshaping of capped cylindrical seed nanotips by manipulating the plasma parameter-dependent sheath width is shown. Multiscale hybrid gas phase/solid surface numerical experiments reveal that under the wide-sheath conditions the nanotips widen at the base and when the sheath is narrow, they sharpen up. By combining the wide- and narrow-sheath stages in a single process, it turns out possible to synthesize wide-base nanotips with long- and narrow-apex spikes, ideal for electron microemitter applications. This plasma-based approach is generic and can be applied to a larger number of multipurpose nanoassemblies.

  1. The sheath structure around a negatively charged rocket payload

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    Neubert, T.; Gilchrist, B.E.; Banks, P.M.; Williamson, P.R. ); Mandell, M.J.; Katz, I. ); Sasaki, S.; Oyama, K.I. ); Raitt, W.J.; Meyers, N.B. )

    1990-05-01

    The sheath structure around a rocket payload charged up to 460 V negative relative to the ambient ionospheric plasma is investigated experimentally and by computer simulations. In one of the experimental modes, the voltage between the payloads was increased linearly from 0 to 460 V in 2.5 s. In this case the tethered mother/daughter functioned as a double probe, the negative probe (mother) reaching large negative potentials, while the positive probe (daughter) stayed close to the ambient plasma potential. A floating probe array was mounted on the mother with probes located, 25, 50, 75, and 100 cm from the rocket surface. The internal impedance of the array was smaller than the probe/plasma impedance, which influenced the potential measurements. However, the measurements contain signatures, which the authors interpret as resulting from the outward expansion of the ion sheath with increasing negative mother potential. This conclusion is substantiated by NASCAP/LEO computer simulations of space charge limited flow. At high potentials, the observed ion current flowing to the mother increased more strongly with bias potential than found from the simulations. It is suggested that the enhancement of the current is generated by secondary electrons emitted by the ions bombarding the payload skin. The effects of the motion of the mother (540-580 m/s) and of the ambient magnetic field have been assessed by the code. It was estimated that the ion current to the mother was increased by 20% relative to a stationary payload, while the incorporation of a magnetic field had no practical influence on the simulation results.

  2. The ion polytropic coefficient in a collisionless sheath containing hot ions

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    Lin, Binbin; Xiang, Nong Ou, Jing

    2016-08-15

    The fluid approach has been widely used to study plasma sheath dynamics. For a sheath containing hot ions whose temperature is greater than the electron's, how to truncate the fluid hierarchy chain equations while retaining to the fullest extent of the kinetic effects is always a difficult problem. In this paper, a one-dimensional, collisionless sheath containing hot ions is studied via particle-in-cell simulations. By analyzing the ion energy equation and taking the kinetic effects into account, we have shown that the ion polytropic coefficient in the vicinity of the sheath edge is approximately constant so that the state equation with the modified polytropic coefficient can be used to close the hierarchy chain of the ion fluid equations. The value of the polytropic coefficient strongly depends on the hot ion temperature and its concentration in the plasma. The semi-analytical model is given to interpret the simulation results. As an application, the kinetic effects on the ion saturation current density in the probe theory are discussed.

  3. Dural ectasia of the optic nerve sheath

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    Kacem, Hanane Hadj; Hammani, Lehcen; Ajana, Ali; Nassar, Itimad

    2014-01-01

    Optic nerve dural ectasia is a rare cause of optic nerve sheath enlargement due to the accumulation of CSF around the optic nerve with no associated pathology. It diagnosed by MRI studies and can follow benign or sometimes an unfavorable course. We describe the case of a 24-day-old female referred for a visual blurring, which we diagnosed as a dural ectasia of the optic nerve sheath by MRI and confirmed in surgical intervention. We present this case report to illustrate the classic imaging features of the disease. PMID:25374645

  4. Ion flow and sheath structure near positively biased electrodes

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    Hood, Ryan; Scheiner, Brett; Baalrud, Scott; Hopkins, Matthew; Barnat, Ed; Yee, Benjamin; Merlino, Robert; Skiff, Fred

    2016-10-01

    Measurements of the ion velocity distribution function (IVDF) and plasma potential were made near small positively biased electrodes using laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) and an emissive probe. The effect of dielectric around the electrode was tested and compared with a 2D particle-in-cell (PIC) simulation. Both measurements and simulation reveal that if the electrode is embedded within a surrounding dielectric, ions are accelerated toward the electrode to approximately 0.5 times the ion sound speed before being deflected radially by the electron sheath potential barrier. The axial potential profile in this case contains a virtual cathode. In comparison, when the surrounding dielectric is removed, both the ion flow and virtual cathode depth are dramatically reduced. These measurements suggest that the ion presheath from the dielectric may enclose the electron sheath of the electrode resulting in a virtual cathode that substantially influences the local ion flow profile. This research was supported by the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences at the U.S. Department of Energy under contract DE-AC04-94SL85000.

  5. Observation of Ion-neutral Collision Effect on Two-Ion-Stream Instability near Sheath-Presheath Boundary

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    Kim, Nam-Kyun; Song, J.; Roh, H.-J.; Jang, Y.; Ryu, S.; Kim, G.-H.

    2016-09-01

    The ion velocity normal to the sheath-presheath boundary in weakly-collisional Ar/Xe mixture plasmas was measured by using LIF measurement. This investigation would give an answer to the old debate topic in the sheath community, whether each ion enters the sheath with their own Bohm velocity, CB = (Te /Mi) 1 / 2 . In collisionless two-ion-species plasmas, Barrud and Hershkowitz concluded that the two-stream instability limits their velocities to become the common system sound speed, Cs = (n1Te /neM1 +n2Te /neM2) 1 / 2 . This instability is activated when the relative velocity becomes a critical velocity. In practices, the collisionless condition is not achievable. In this study, the ion-neutral collision effect on the instability was investigated with increasing the pressure of the Ar/Xe mixture gas in the range of 0.5 - 2 mTorr. Plasma is generated in a DC multi-dipole source in which n(Ar+) / n(Xe+) is controlled to be 1. Results show that the instability is grown at p <2 mTorr and the ion drift velocities at the sheath edge are close to Cs. At 2 mTorr, the ions reach their individual CB at the sheath edge because the instability is not grown, observing that the characteristic length of the instability is a function of the ion-neutral collisions. The details will be discussed in the conference.

  6. Attenuation of low-frequency electromagnetic wave in the thin sheath enveloping a high-speed vehicle upon re-entry

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    Liu, DongLin; Li, XiaoPing; Liu, YanMing; Xie, Kai; Bai, BoWen

    2017-02-01

    Low-frequency (LF) electromagnetic (EM) waves are suggested as potentially solving "radio blackout" caused by a plasma sheath enveloping a high-speed vehicle on re-entry. However, the traditional plasma absorption theory neglects the fact that the plasma sheath is electrically small compared to LF EM wavelengths. To understand clearly the attenuation of such waves through the plasma sheath, different attenuation mechanisms for the electric field (SE) and magnetic field (SH) were studied using the equivalent circuit approach. Analytical expressions were derived by modeling the plasma sheath as a spherical shell, and numerical simulations were performed to validate the effectiveness of the expressions. SE and SH are calculated for various plasma parameter settings; the EM wave attenuations obtained from plasma absorption theory are used for comparison. Results show that, instead of SE and SH being equal in the plasma absorption theory, SE and SH are no longer the same for electrically small sizes. Whereas |SH| is close to that from plasma absorption theory, |SE| is much higher. Further analysis shows that |SH| is a function of the ratio of electron density (ne) and collision frequency (ve) and increases with increasing ne/ve. Numerical simulations with radio-attenuation-measurement-C-like vehicle's plasma sheath parameters are performed and the results show that the magnetic field attenuation in the front part of the vehicle is much lower than in the rear. So it is suggested to place the magnetic loop antenna in the very front part of the vehicle. Finally, SH at different frequencies are calculated using plasma sheath parameter values simulating the re-entry phase of a radio-attenuation measurement-C vehicle and results show that such a vehicle might overcome radio blackout during the entire re-entry phase if systems operating below 3 MHz and above the L-band are combined with a lower-frequency system working below Earth's ionosphere and a higher-frequency system

  7. 56. POWDER MAGAZINE, VIEW OF INTACT WOOD SHEATHING ON THE ...

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    56. POWDER MAGAZINE, VIEW OF INTACT WOOD SHEATHING ON THE SOUTHWEST REAR VENTILATION PASSAGE. (SHEATHING HELP CONTROL HUMIDITY AND DECREASE DANGER OF MAETAL STRIKING STONE AND SPARKING.) - Fort Monroe, Fortress, Hampton, Hampton, VA

  8. Macroscopic motion of sheath-connected blobs in magnetic fields with arbitrary topology

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    Stepanenko, A. A.; Lee, W.; Krasheninnikov, S. I.

    2017-01-01

    In this study, macroscopic motion of sheath-connected blobs in magnetic fields, having arbitrary topology of the field lines and unfrozen in plasma, is analyzed within the electrostatic limit. Two distinct cases of magnetic configurations, with small and large curvature of the field lines, are considered and the criterion to discern them is deduced. For magnetic configurations with small curvature of the field lines, it is demonstrated that asymmetry of plasma distribution at the blob ends can drive macroscopic motion of a filament due to formation of unequal sheath potentials and establishing the effective Boltzmann potential. For a specific case of magnetic fields with small curvature of the field lines and identical metrics at the sheaths, we show that macroscopic motion of a plasma filament is determined by an effective electrostatic potential, which remains constant in time. For magnetic configurations with large curvature of the field lines, it is shown that motion of sufficiently large blobs is governed by integral distribution of plasma and magnetic field parameters along the field lines leading to blob adjusting its shape and position to the lead of the magnetic field lines in the course of its motion, whereas propagation of small and medium sized blobs can be represented as mutually independent motion of filament transverse cross-sections across the magnetic field lines. The qualitative conclusions on regularities of filament motion are supplied with numerical simulations of blob dynamics in two cases of tokamak-like magnetic fields with sheared and non-sheared field lines.

  9. Oblique orthographic projections and contour plots

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    Giles, G. L.

    1977-01-01

    Oblique orthographic projections allow model to be viewed in any selected orientation specified by Euler-angle transformation. This transformation resolves coordinate system of model to principal plane on which display is to be plotted.

  10. Graduated recession of the superior oblique muscle.

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    Caldeira, J A

    1975-01-01

    Recession of the superior oblique was performed bilaterally in 12 patients with the A phenomenon and unilaterally in four patients with vertical imbalance. The results are discussed. Images PMID:1191613

  11. Obliquity dependence of the tangential YORP

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    Ševeček, P.; Golubov, O.; Scheeres, D. J.; Krugly, Yu. N.

    2016-08-01

    Context. The tangential Yarkovsky-O'Keefe-Radzievskii-Paddack (YORP) effect is a thermophysical effect that can alter the rotation rate of asteroids and is distinct from the so-called normal YORP effect, but to date has only been studied for asteroids with zero obliquity. Aims: We aim to study the tangential YORP force produced by spherical boulders on the surface of an asteroid with an arbitrary obliquity. Methods: A finite element method is used to simulate heat conductivity inside a boulder, to find the recoil force experienced by it. Then an ellipsoidal asteroid uniformly covered by these types of boulders is considered and the torque is numerically integrated over its surface. Results: Tangential YORP is found to operate on non-zero obliquities and decreases by a factor of two for increasing obliquity.

  12. Obliquity Variations of a Rapidly Rotating Venus

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    Quarles, Billy L.; Barnes, Jason W.; Lissauer, Jack J.; Chambers, John E.; Hedman, Matthew M.

    2016-05-01

    Venus clearly differs from Earth in terms of its spin and atmospheric composition, where the former is controlled by solid-body and atmospheric thermal tides. However, this may have been different during earlier stages of planetary evolution, when the Sun was fainter and the Venusian atmosphere was less massive. We investigate how the axial tilt, or obliquity, would have varied during this epoch considering a rapidly rotating Venus. Through numerical simulation of an ensemble of hypothetical Early Venuses, we find the obliquity variation to be simpler than a Moonless Earth (Lissauer et al., 2012). Most low-obliquity Venuses show very low total obliquity variability comparable to that of the real Moon-influenced Earth.

  13. Oblique shear fractures of the lunate.

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    Freeland, Alan E; Ahmad, Nawaiz

    2003-08-01

    Traumatic fractures of the lunate are rare. This article presents two patients who had displaced oblique lunate fractures and distal radius fractures. Both fractures achieved union; however, transient avascular necrosis occurred in the proximal healing of one patient.

  14. Red Shifts with Obliquely Approaching Light Sources.

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    Head, C. E.; Moore-Head, M. E.

    1988-01-01

    Refutes the Doppler effect as the explanation of large red shifts in the spectra of distant galaxies and explains the relativistic effects in which the light sources approach the observer obliquely. Provides several diagrams and graphs. (YP)

  15. Oblique Wing Research Aircraft on ramp

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1976-01-01

    This 1976 photograph of the Oblique Wing Research Aircraft was taken in front of the NASA Flight Research Center hangar, located at Edwards Air Force Base, California. In the photograph the noseboom, pitot-static probe, and angles-of-attack and sideslip flow vanes(covered-up) are attached to the front of the vehicle. The clear nose dome for the television camera, and the shrouded propellor for the 90 horsepower engine are clearly seen. The Oblique Wing Research Aircraft was a small, remotely piloted, research craft designed and flight tested to look at the aerodynamic characteristics of an oblique wing and the control laws necessary to achieve acceptable handling qualities. NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and the NASA Ames Research Center conducted research with this aircraft in the mid-1970s to investigate the feasibility of flying an oblique wing aircraft.

  16. Red Shifts with Obliquely Approaching Light Sources.

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    Head, C. E.; Moore-Head, M. E.

    1988-01-01

    Refutes the Doppler effect as the explanation of large red shifts in the spectra of distant galaxies and explains the relativistic effects in which the light sources approach the observer obliquely. Provides several diagrams and graphs. (YP)

  17. Ionospheric profile inversion using oblique-incidence ionograms

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    Nielson, D. L.; Watt, T. M.

    1972-01-01

    Some of the elementary methods used in deriving true-height profiles from oblique-incidence ionograms are reviewed. The two principal methods presented are oblique-to-vertical transformation and direct inversion of the oblique-incidence ionogram. Limitations in oblique-incidence inversion due to magnetic-field effects, horizontal gradients, and absolute time delay are discussed.

  18. Modal control of an oblique wing aircraft

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    Phillips, James D.

    1989-01-01

    A linear modal control algorithm is applied to the NASA Oblique Wing Research Aircraft (OWRA). The control law is evaluated using a detailed nonlinear flight simulation. It is shown that the modal control law attenuates the coupling and nonlinear aerodynamics of the oblique wing and remains stable during control saturation caused by large command inputs or large external disturbances. The technique controls each natural mode independently allowing single-input/single-output techniques to be applied to multiple-input/multiple-output systems.

  19. Identification of when a Langmuir probe is in the sheath of a spacecraft: The effects of secondary electron emission from the probe

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    Wang, X.; Hsu, H.-W.; Horányi, M.

    2015-04-01

    Langmuir probes on spacecraft have been used for characterizing the ambient plasma parameters in space. When their boom is short compared to the Debye length, the probes remain immersed in the spacecraft sheath, causing the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics to deviate from that of a probe far away from the spacecraft. We present identification of when a Langmuir probe is in a sheath, based on the secondary electron (SE) emission from the probe itself. The I-V characteristics of a spherical probe are investigated in a plasma sheath above a conducting plate. Plasmas with cold and hot electrons (1 eV and 10 eV), as well as monoenergetic electrons (50-100 eV), are created. The derivative (dI/dV) of the probe I-V curves shows that in addition to a "knee" at a potential more positive than the plasma potential, an additional knee appears at a sheath potential at the probe location. This additional knee is created due to the SE emission from the probe and is identified as an indication of the probe being immersed in the sheath. Our experimental results reproduced the aspects of the Cassini Langmuir probe I-V characteristics, suggesting that at times, the probe may have been immersed in the sheath of the spacecraft in Saturn's magnetosphere, and SE emission from the probe itself may have significantly altered its I-V characteristics.

  20. Ionospheric heating with oblique high-frequency waves

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    Field, E.C. Jr.; Bloom, R.M. ); Kossey, P.A. )

    1990-12-01

    This paper presents calculations of ionospheric electron temperature and density perturbations and ground-level signal changes produced by intense oblique high-frequency (HF) radio waves. The analysis takes into account focusing at caustics, the consequent Joule heating of the surrounding plasma, heat conduction, diffusion, and recombination processes, these being the effects of a powerful oblique modifying wave. It neglects whatever plasma instabilities might occur. The authors then seek effects on a secondary test wave that is propagated along the same path as the first. The calculations predict ground-level field strength reductions of several decibels in the test wave for modifying waves having effective radiated power (ERP) in the 85- to 90-dBW range. These field strength changes are similar in sign, magnitude, and location to ones measured in Soviet experiments. The location of the signal change is sensitive to the frequency and the model ionosphere assumed; so future experiments should employ the widest possible range of frequencies and propagation conditions. An ERP of 90 dBW seems to be a sort of threshold that, if exceeded, might result in substantial rather than small signal changes. The conclusions are based solely on Joule heating and subsequent refraction of waves passing through caustic regions.