Finite element based hydrodynamic sheath model

Subrata Roy, B. P. Pandey

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In the present work, a finite element discretized one-dimensional formulation of plasma-sheath dynamics, using multi-fluid equations for a partially ionized plasma, is given. Based on the experimental data for multiple ionization of xenon gas, a third order polynomial has been used as a fit to describe ionization processes. Such a polynomial has been used to self-consistently calculate the rate of ionization in the plasma dynamic equations. The electron and ion number densities decrease in the plasma-sheath region as expected. The neutral number density decreases in the bulk plasma region and increases in the sheath region pointing to the dominant role of recombination near the wall. The ion velocity, sheath potential and electron temperature profiles exhibit the expected behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication33rd Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference
Place of PublicationReston, VA
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781624101144
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference 2002 - Maui, HI, United States
Duration: 20 May 200223 May 2002


Other33rd Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference 2002
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMaui, HI


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