By Topic

Experimental Investigation of Dust Density Waves and Plasma Glow

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

5 Author(s)
Arp, O. ; Inst. fur Exp. und Angewandte Phys., Christian-Albrechts-Univ. zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany ; Caliebe, D. ; Menzel, K.O. ; Piel, A.
more authors

Dust density waves (DDWs) are compressional modes that are often excited by subsonic ion flows in dusty plasmas. Previous experiments relying on imaging of only the dust revealed that they can propagate parallel to the ion flow direction or at an oblique angle. An experiment was performed using microgravity conditions on parabolic flights with video imaging of both the dust and the plasma glow. Glow arises from electron-impact excitation of neutral gas atoms, and it serves as a signature of energetic electrons. Averaging over time, it was found that the presence of dust enhances the glow brightness everywhere in the plasma. Resolving the time variation, a spontaneously excited DDW was observed at 3.9 Hz. It was characterized not only by a compression of the dust number density but also by a modulation of the glow intensity. The correlation between the wave and the glow is analyzed by Fourier methods. We found an unexpected phase relation between the plasma glow and the DDW of 118o. A glow maximum is followed by a dust density maximum.

Published in:

Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 4 )