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Two-dimensional numerical simulation of streamers using a particle-in-cell method

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3 Author(s)
Soria, C. ; Dept. de Electron. y Electromagn., Facultad de Fisica, Sevilla, Spain ; Pontiga, F. ; Castellanos, A.

A 2-D particle-in-cell method has been implemented and applied to the numerical simulation of streamer initiation and propagation in atmospheric pressure nitrogen. The streamer is triggered by introducing a relatively high density plasma at the midpoint between two parallel electrodes. Immediately, a cathode and an anode-directed streamer develop. The evolution of the electron and ion densities is described by means of fully 2-D transport equations (3-D with cylindrical geometry) coupled with Poisson's equation

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Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena, 2000 Annual Report Conference on  (Volume:2 )

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