Debye shielding and particle correlations in strongly coupled dusty plasmas

Niels Otani, A. Bhattacharjee

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A particle-in-cell simulation method is shown effective in modeling strongly coupled plasmas, exhibiting good energy conservation properties and good resolution of the dust-particle interaction. For coupling parameters of order unity, the simulation dust particles exhibit Debye shielding on the spatial scale of the dust Debye length. When initialized with a large coupling parameter, the dust particles do not organize themselves into a crystalline structure as expected, but instead are scattered by the presence of substantial electrostatic wave activity. Liquid-like or crystal-like correlations among the dust particles occur only when annealing is imposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1468-1471
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 24 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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