Development of swarm transport theory in radio-frequency electric and crossed electric and magnetic fields

White, R.D., Ness, K.F., and Robson, R.E. (2002) Development of swarm transport theory in radio-frequency electric and crossed electric and magnetic fields. Applied Surface Science, 192 (1-4). pp. 26-49.

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Abstract

The advancements associated with modern day technology demands incorporation of the best physical understanding and the most accurate modelling of charged particle motion in gases. In recent times there have been major advances in the fundamental swarm transport theory, and this is the subject of the present paper. We start from 1986, when “multi-term” solutions of Boltzmann’s equation for static electric fields had been developed to a sophisticated level, and proceed through to the present day, where the theory is motivated far more by application to industrial processes, which involve both electric and magnetic fields , either static or time varying. We present a unified time-dependent multi-term solution of Boltzmann’s equation, emphasising the common methods and techniques underlying the treatment of all these situations, whether they be for electron or ion swarms. New and significant numerical results are presented to highlight the rich and diverse range of phenomena which are observed.

Item ID: 874
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-5584
Keywords: Boltzmann equation, electron swarms, ion swarms, plasma discharge modelling
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Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0202 Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle and Plasma Physics > 020201 Atomic and Molecular Physics @ 51%
02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0202 Atomic, Molecular, Nuclear, Particle and Plasma Physics > 020204 Plasma Physics; Fusion Plasmas; Electrical Discharges @ 49%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences @ 100%
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