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Electrostatic damping on the motion of a charged particle in a plasma

Tam, Christopher K. W. (1966) Electrostatic damping on the motion of a charged particle in a plasma. Physics of Fluids, 9 (3). pp. 493-498. ISSN 1070-6631.

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The electrohydrodynamic phenomena associated with the motion of a charged particle in a plasma are investigated. It is shown that the type of disturbance produced in the plasma depends significantly on the speed of the particle, i.e., whether it is subsonic, transonic, or supersonic. In the subsonic case, the electrohydrodynamic drag experienced by the particle is caused by an unsymmetric wake formed by the screening electrons. In the supersonic case, electron screening is confined to the Mach cone. Ahead of the Mach cone, the plasma behaves as if it were an incompressible fluid. The electrohydrodynamic drag in this case has a logarithmic nature.

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Additional Information:© 1966 American Institute of Physics. Received 2 August 1965; final manuscript received 26 November 1965. Online Publication Date: 9 December 2004. The author is grateful to Professor W. D. Rannie for his encouragement and to Professor R. Gould for his valuable comments in the course of this work.
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Official Citation:Electrostatic Damping on the Motion of a Charged Particle in a Plasma Christopher K. W. Tam Phys. Fluids 9, 493 (1966); doi:10.1063/1.1761703 (6 pages)
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