Self Consistent Modeling of Free Electron Kinetics

  • S. Longo
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 482)


We show the fundamentals of non-equilibrium modeling of the electron kinetics in rarefied molecular gases, under the action of both the self-consistent electric field and the vibrational kinetics of molecules. In these conditions the electron energy distribution function is far from the local equilibrium one, and furthermore it cannot be calculated separately from the vibrational manifold. As an example it is illustrated a self-consistent one dimensional model for an electric discharge in nitrogen, realized by coupling a Particle-in-Cell electron/ion dynamics including Monte Carlo scattering on molecules and a simplified vibrational kinetics of nitrogen.


Boltzmann Equation Master Equation Cold Plasma Electron Energy Distribution Function Electron Dynamic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Longo
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Chimica dell’Università di Bari and Centro di Studio per la Chimica dei Plasmi del CNRBariItaly

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