Simulation of Velocity Evolution of a Cold Collision-less Non-Magnetised Plasma by Particle-in-Cell Method
This work presents simple numerical simulation algorithm to analyse the velocity evolution of high density non-magnetized glow discharge (cold) collision-less plasma using Particle-in-Cell (PIC) method. In the place of millions of physical electrons and background ions, fewer particles called super particles are used for simulation to capture the plasma properties such as particle velocity, particle energy and electrical field of the plasma system. The plasma system which is of interest in this work is weakly coupled plasma having quasi-neutrality nature. Simulation results showed symmetric velocity distribution about zero with slight left skewness, indicating static system. The order of directional velocity of individual particle seems to agree with the input electron temperature of the considered plasma system. The particle and field energy evolution were observed having fluctuations about zero which indicates that the system is equilibrating. This work marks the preliminary work to study the transport of plasma species in plasma column of gliding arc discharge.
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