Accession Number : AD0697368

Title :   ELECTRON DISTRIBUTION FUNCTION IN A NONEQUIPARTITION PLASMA,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CALIF INST FOR PLASMA RESEARCH

Personal Author(s) : Viegas,J. R.

Report Date : MAR 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 103

Abstract : Solutions to the kinetic equation of a steady, homogeneous plasma of arbitrary degree of ionization subjected to strong electric fields are developed. Nonelastic as well as elastic encounters are included in the analysis. Expressions for the current density, electrical conductivity and electron temperature of the plasma are also presented. Numerical results are illustrated for the case when the nonelastic effects are neglected. Calculations are presented showing the transition of the isotropic part f(0) of the distribution function from a gas-temperature Maxwellian at near equilibrium conditions to an electron-temperature Maxwellian under nonequipartition conditions. It was found that whenever the electron-electron to electron-neutral collision-frequency ratio was much greater than the electron-to-heavy-particle mass ratio, f(0) is Maxwellian. When f(0) is Maxwellian, the Chapman-Enskog and Spitzer-Harm conductivity expressions developed for the case of weak electric fields are shown to be applicable for strong electric fields providing that in these expressions the electron temperature replaces the gas temperature. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PLASMA MEDIUM, ELECTRON DENSITY), (*ELECTRON DENSITY, DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS), ELECTRIC FIELDS, TEMPERATURE, ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY, KINETIC THEORY, THESES

Subject Categories : Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE