Effect of energetic electrons on dust charging in hot cathode filament discharge

Kakati, B.; Kausik, S. S.; Saikia, B. K.; Bandyopadhyay, M.
March 2011
Physics of Plasmas;Mar2011, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p033705
Academic Journal
The effect of energetic electrons on dust charging for different types of dust is studied in hydrogen plasma. The hydrogen plasma is produced by hot cathode filament discharge method in a dusty plasma device. A full line cusped magnetic field cage is used to confine the plasma elements. To study the plasma parameters for various discharge conditions, a cylindrical Langmuir probe having 0.15 mm diameter and 10.0 mm length is used. An electronically controlled dust dropper is used to drop the dust particles into the plasma. For different discharge conditions, the dust current is measured using a Faraday cup connected to an electrometer. The effect of secondary emission as well as discharge voltage on charging of dust grains in hydrogen plasma is studied with different dust.


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