Periodic structures in the Franck-Hertz experiment with neon: Boltzmann equation and Monte-Carlo analysis

White, R.D., Robson, R.E., Nicoletopoulos, P., and Dujko, S. (2012) Periodic structures in the Franck-Hertz experiment with neon: Boltzmann equation and Monte-Carlo analysis. European Physical Journal D Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics, 66 (5). 117. pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

The Franck-Hertz experiment with neon gas is modelled as an idealised steady-state Townsend experiment and analysed theoretically using (a) multi-term solution of Boltzmann equation and (b) Monte-Carlo simulation. Theoretical electron periodic electron structures, together with the 'window' of reduced fields in which they occur, are compared with experiment, and it is explained why it is necessary to account for all competing scattering processes in order to explain the observed experimental 'wavelength'. The study highlights the fundamental flaws in trying to explain the observations in terms of a single, assumed dominant electronic excitation process, as is the case in text books and the myriad of misleading web sites.

Item ID: 23071
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1434-6079
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2012 05:54
FoR Codes: 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0202 Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle and Plasma Physics > 020201 Atomic and Molecular Physics @ 80%
02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0202 Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle and Plasma Physics > 020204 Plasma Physics; Fusion Plasmas; Electrical Discharges @ 20%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences @ 100%
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