A simple approach to treat anisotropic elastic collisions in Monte Carlo calculations of the electron energy distribution function in cold plasmas
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A simplified method allowing one to treat anisotropic electron heavy species elastic scattering in MonteCarlo models of gas discharges with the proper value for collision frequency is proposed The method is applied to an electric discharge in a Ne · Xe/HCl mixture, and the results are compared with the solution of the two-term expansion of the Boltzmann equation under the same conditions. Methods for reduction of computational time in Monte Carlo codes and the use of the Monte Carlo flux method are also discussed.
Key WordsElectron energy distribution function Monte Carlo method Boltzmann equation differential cross sections Monte Carlo flux method XeCl laser
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