By Topic

An overview of atomic and molecular processes in critical velocity ionization

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

3 Author(s)
Lai, S.T. ; Hanscom Air Force Base, Bedford, MA, USA ; Murad, Edmond ; McNeil, W.J.

The authors present an overview of the time development of some atomic and molecular processes in critical ionization velocity (CIV). In the preonset stage, metastable states play an important role: they provide an energy pooling mechanism allowing low-energy electrons to participate in the ionization process; they may explain the low energy threshold was well as the fast time scale in the onset of CIV. For a sustaining CIV to occur, Townsend's criterion has to be satisfied. The kinetic energies of the neutrals are transformed to plasma wave energies via beam-plasma instabilities, and the plasma waves that heat the electron result in a tail formation. Excitation of neutrals with subsequent radiation is an important energy loss mechanism. Finite size also limits the instability growth rate. In the propagation of CIV, ion-molecule reactions and molecular dissociative recombination are important

Published in:

Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 2 )