Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 38, Number 2, May 2007
|Page(s)||161 - 167|
|Section||Plasma, Discharge and Processes|
|Published online||10 May 2007|
Boltzmann equation and particle-fluid hybrid modelling of a hollow cathode discharge
INP Greifswald, Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2, 17489 Greifswald, Germany
2 Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1525 Budapest, P.O. Box 49, Hungary
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 9 March 2007
Published online: 10 May 2007
A cylindrical hollow cathode discharge is modelled by the solution of the Boltzmann equation and by particle-fluid (hybrid) simulation. While the latter technique provides a self-consistent solution for the problem, the Boltzmann method provides detailed information about the electron kinetics in the discharge over the whole energy range. The results obtained from the two methods are consistent with each other and show a fair agreement with previous experimental data thereby validating the modelling methods used.
PACS: 52.80.-s – Electric discharges / 52.25.Dg – Plasma kinetic equations / 52.65.-y – Plasma simulation
© EDP Sciences, 2007
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