Electron and ion thermal forces in complex (dusty) plasmas

Sergey A. Khrapak
2013 Physics of Plasmas  
Expressions for the ion and electron thermal forces acting on a charged grain, suspended in a weakly ionized plasma subject to temperature gradients, are derived. The main emphasize is on the conditions pertinent to the investigations of complex (dusty) plasmas in gas discharges. Estimates show that for the electron temperature gradients ∼ O(eV/cm) typically encountered in laboratory gas discharges, the electron thermal force can become an important player among other forces acting on micron-size grains.
doi:10.1063/1.4774407 fatcat:lfaooljiffhenffitxe7ezhcye