Interaction of Small Particles with Electric and Electromagnetic Fields

  • Boris M. Smirnov
Part of the Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (GTCP)


A small particle consists of many atoms, which provide its strong interaction with external fields. In electric fields, a dipole moment is induced on a small particle, and its value is proportional to the particle’s volume, or to the number of atoms that constitute the particle. Because a small particle consists of a large number of atoms, an induced electric dipole moment of the particle may not be small even at low electric fields. This determines the particle’s behavior in a plasma and the interaction between small particles located in external fields. Below we evaluate the electric parameters of small particles under various conditions.


Absorption Cross Section Plasma Electron Metallic Particle Electron Attachment Cylindrical Particle 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Boris M. Smirnov
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  1. 1.Institute of High TemperaturesRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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