Diffraction of dust acoustic waves by a circular cylinder

Kim, S.-H.; Heinrich, J. R.; Merlino, R. L.
September 2008
Physics of Plasmas;Sep2008, Vol. 15 Issue 9, p090701
Academic Journal
The diffraction of dust acoustic (DA) waves around a long dielectric rod is observed using video imaging methods. The DA waves are spontaneously excited in a dusty plasma produced in a direct current glow discharge plasma. The rod acquires a negative charge that produces a coaxial dust void around it. The diameter of the void is the effective size of the “obstacle” encountered by the waves. The wavelength of the DA waves is approximately the size of the void. The observations are considered in relation to the classical problem of the diffraction of sound waves from a circular cylinder, a problem first analyzed by Lord Rayleigh [Theory of Sound, 2nd ed. (MacMillan, London, 1896)].


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