Accession Number:

ADA058961

Title:

A Method for Treating the Sheath Size in the Langmuir Mott-Smith Equations.

Descriptive Note:

Environmental research papers,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE GEOPHYSICS LAB HANSCOM AFB MASS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1978-06-02

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

An argument is presented which justifies the simultaneous use of both the Langmuir Mott-Smith orbit limited, and the diode space charge limited equations for current collection by electrostatic probes. From these two equations the sheath size can be eliminated and the current to a probe obtained for a large range of values of probe potential and Debye length. Numerical solutions are presented for both the spherical and cylindrical cases. Asymptotic properties are considered. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE