The Boltzmann Equation in Gas Discharges with Some Application to SF6
ROYAL SIGNALS AND RADAR ESTABLISHMENT MALVERN (UNITED KINGDOM)
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We describe the behaviour of the electrons in a gas discharge by using the Boltzmann equation and Fermi golden rule ideas. The resulting equations are applied to Sulphur Hexafluroide and electron energy distribution functions are calculated. The distributions are shown to be in close agreement with those of a Monte-Carlo simulation. The ideas developed here should be easily extended to solve anisotropic scattering problems and may also make use of the pseudopotentials which are now becoming available in the literature. Keywords Gas discharge lasers, Hot electrons, Uniform steady state, Electron equations, Great Britain.
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