Equilibrium properties of a gravitating dusty plasma

B. P. Pandey*, J. Vranjes, P. K. Shukla, S. Poedts

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The equilibrium properties of gravitating dusty plasmas are analyzed. The present analysis indicates that a proper equilibrium of a gravitating system requires the presence of a large scale electric field. It is found that such an electric field, arising from the charge separation plays a decisive role in maintaining the equilibrium. Explicit expressions for plasma particle number densities are presented. The results could resolve the problem of Jeans's swindle in a nonuniform plasma with massive dust grains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-272
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica Scripta
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2002
Externally publishedYes


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