Plasma Physics Reports

, Volume 35, Issue 8, pp 647–650 | Cite as

Photoelectric charging of dust grains

  • A. M. Ignatov
Dusty Plasma


Photoemission from the surface of a dust grain in vacuum is considered. It is shown that the cutoff in the energy spectrum of emitted electrons leads to the formation of a steady-state electron cloud. The equation describing the distribution of the electric potential in the vicinity of a dust grain is solved numerically. The dust grain charge is found as a function of the grain size.

PACS numbers

52.27.Lw 92.60.Mt 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Ignatov
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  1. 1.Prokhorov Institute of General PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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