Electron kinetics in a cooling plasma

Electron kinetics in a cooling plasma

Electron kinetics in a cooling plasma 150 150 Mathew

Electron kinetics in a cooling plasma

The distribution function of suprathermal electrons in a slowly cooling plasma is calculated by an asymptotic expansion in the cooling rate divided by the collision frequency. Since the collision frequency decreases with increasing velocity, a high-energy tail forms in the electron distribution function as the bulk population cools down. Under certain simplifying assumptions ( slow cooling, constant density, Born approximation of cross sections ) , the distribution function evolves to a self-similar state where the tail is inversely proportional to the cube of the velocity. Its practical consequences are discussed briefly.

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17/11/2004