On the induced charge density distribution in streaming plasmas

  • Zh. A. Moldabekov
  • P. Ludwig
  • J.-P. Joost
  • M. Bonitz


Motivated by experiments on the generation of streaming plasmas in high energy density facilities,industrial setups, and fundamental dusty plasma research, the plasma polarization around a test charge instreaming plasmas is considered in this work. The induced charge density distribution of the plasmaconstituents is discussed for the subsonic, sonic, and supersonic regime taking into account the non-Maxwellian distribution of the flowing ions. It is shown that the plasma polarization (the plasmawakefield) in the vicinity of the test charge shows different scaling in the subsonic and supersonicregimes, where Mach number is defined as the ratio of the ion streaming velocity and the ion soundspeed. In contrast to the wake potential, the density decays strongly monotonically in the plasma wakeand does not exhibit an oscillatory pattern or trailing maxima. Therefore, the picture of an ion focusingeffect creating a separated ion region downstream was not confirmed.
How to Cite
MOLDABEKOV, Zh. A. et al. On the induced charge density distribution in streaming plasmas. Physical Sciences and Technology, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, p. 10-15, jan. 2019. ISSN 2409-6121. Available at: <https://phst.kaznu.kz/index.php/journal/article/view/152>. Date accessed: 26 june 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.26577/phst-2018-2-152.
Plasma Physics and Related Technology