Third-order transport coefficient tensor of electron swarms in noble gases

Ilija Simonović, Danko Bošnjaković, Zoran Petrovic, Ronald White, Saša Dujko

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Abstract

In this work we extend a multi term solution of the Boltzmann equation for electrons in neutral gases to consider the third-order transport coefficient tensor. Calculations of the third-order transport coefficients have been carried out for electrons in noble gases, including helium (He), neon (Ne), argon
(Ar), krypton (Kr) and xenon (Xe) as a function of the reduced electric field, E=n0 (where E is the electric field while n0 is the gas number density). Three fundamental issues are considered: (i) the correlation between the longitudinal component of the third-order transport tensor and the longitudinal component
of the diffusion tensor, (ii) the influence of the third-order transport coefficients on the spatial profile of electron swarm, and (iii) the errors associated with the two term approximation for calculating the thirdorder transport coefficients for electron swarms in noble gases. It is found that a very strong correlation
exists between the longitudinal components of the third-order transport coefficient tensor and diffusion tensor for the higher values of E=n0. The effects of the third-order transport coefficients on the spatial profile of electron swarms are the most pronounced for noble gases with the Ramsauer-Townsend minimum in the cross sections for elastic scattering. The largest errors of two term approximation are observed in the off-diagonal elements of the third-order transport coefficient tensor in Ar, Kr and Xe for the higher values of E=n0.
Original languageEnglish
Article number63 (2020)
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Physical Journal D: EPJ D - Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics
Volume74
Issue number4
Early online date1 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • transport theory
  • skewness
  • symmetry
  • third order diffusion

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    Simonović, I., Bošnjaković, D., Petrovic, Z., White, R., & Dujko, S. (2020). Third-order transport coefficient tensor of electron swarms in noble gases. European Physical Journal D: EPJ D - Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics, 74(4), [63 (2020)]. https://doi.org/10.1140/epjd/e2020-100574-y