Studies of the Electromagnetic Characteristics of Moving Ionized Gases
Semiannual technical summary rept. no. 2
GENERAL APPLIED SCIENCE LABS INC WESTBURY NY
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Detailed calculations of the distribution function of the electrons are presented, with the basic assumption of a weakly ionized gas where only electron-neutral particle collisions are taken into account. The calculations will be extended to the case of interactions between electrons and ions. The results obtained will be applied first to a one-dimensional problem where a temperature gradient is assumed in the plasma, and the electron diffusion and electric properties of the ionized gas will be computed. The electric field, induced by nonhomogeneous thermodynamic properties, and the electric conductivity of the plasma are evaluated. The analysis is performed for the case of weakly ionized gas in the imperfect Lorentz gas approximation. This analysis was extended to the case of a nonisotropic plasma, which corresponds to an applied magnetic field. The results obtained will be presented in an additional report.
- Electricity and Magnetism