Kinetics of Complex Plasmas in Space

  • Mahendra Singh Sodha
Part of the Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics book series (SSAOPP, volume 81)


A variety of environments in space comprise of slightly to highly ionized plasma with a suspension of fine (nanometer to micrometer) dust. In this chapter such plasmas have been referred to as complex plasmas, regardless of the relative magnitudes of Debye radius and intergrain distance; the only criterion is that the dust carries a charge and significantly affects the properties of the plasma. Electron emission from the dust particles (usually photoelectric, caused by ultraviolet light) and electron/ion accretion lead to the charging of the dust particles. The physics and dynamics of the plasma are significantly affected by the presence of charged dust and the change in physical properties, caused by the dust. In this section, some typical environments, comprising of complex plasmas in space have been mentioned; in this context the author has benefitted much from a keynote talk by Mendis [32].


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