Charge distribution over dust particles configured with size distribution in a complex plasma

Regular Article

DOI: 10.1140/epjd/e2016-60452-y

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Misra, S. & Mishra, S. Eur. Phys. J. D (2016) 70: 43. doi:10.1140/epjd/e2016-60452-y


A theoretical kinetic model describing the distribution of charge on the dust particles configured with generalized Kappa size distribution in a complex plasma has been developed. The formulation is based on the manifestation of uniform potential theory with an analytical solution of the master differential equation for the probability density function of dust charge; the number and energy balance of the plasma constituents are utilized in writing the kinetic equations. A parametric study to determine the steady state plasma parameters and the charge distribution corresponding to a size distribution of dust grains in the complex plasma has been made; the numerical results are presented graphically. The charge distribution is seen sensitive to the population of small grains in the particle size distribution and thus in contrast to symmetrical distribution of charge around a mean value for uniform sized grains, the charge distribution in the present case peaks around lower charge.

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Plasma Physics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre of Energy Studies, Indian Institute of TechnologyNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Institute for Plasma Research (IPR)GandhinagarIndia
  3. 3.ELI-ALPSSzegedHungary

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