It is shown that the nonlinear propagation of dust-acoustic waves in a strongly coupled dusty plasma is governed by a modified Korteweg–de-Vries–Burgers (KdV–Burgers) equation. The latter is derived from a set of generalized hydrodynamic equations for strongly correlated dust grains in a liquid-like state, a Boltzmann electron distribution, and a non-isothermal vortex-like ion distribution. The numerical solutions of the modified KdV–Burgers equation are presented in order to provide some salient features of dust-acoustic solitary and shock structures that may exist in laboratory dusty plasmas where the dust grains are in a strongly coupled liquid phase.
- dusty acoustic waves
- solitary waves