Linearized Theories of Ionization Waves
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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A model for ionization waves in a D.C. gas discharge is developed in a straightforward manner based on the linearized first three moment equations for positive ions and electrons and Poissons equation. Slab symmetry is imposed. The predictions obtained by applying this model to discharge conditions for which ionization waves have been observed are in good qualitative agreement with both the results of experiment and the predictions of other theories. The effects of including small perturbations in ion temperature and electron neutral momentum transfer collision frequency and energy transfer collision frequency are also discussed.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics