COMPUTER SIMULATION OF PLASMA DIODES.
Final rept. (Part 3), 1 Jun 63-31 Dec 66,
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR ELECTRON PHYSICS LAB
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The multistream plasma diode was simulated on a digital computer using a particle dynamics approach to evaluate the effects of collisions, finite emitter temperatures, d-c electric fields and static magnetic fields on the development of r-f currents in the diode. The nonlinear coupling of the streams is considered and specific computer results are presented and discussed for a variety of diode operating conditions. Elastic collisions between the drifting charge carriers and neutral gas molecules act as a dissipative mechanism which inhibits the energy transfer between streams. For large velocity separations the streams are essentially uncoupled and behave ballistically. Author
- Electric Power Production and Distribution
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics