Long-range correlations in dusty plasmas

V. N. Tsytovich, U. de Angelis, R. Bingham, D. Resendes

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The correlations in dusty plasmas in the gaseous state is considered. It is shown that the long-ranged correlations of dust particles, contrary to usual matter, start to form in a weakly correlated state, leading finally to the formation of dust crystals and dust liquids with not strong but intermediate strength correlations. The physical mechanism leading to long-ranged correlations is the dust attraction due to shadow effects of the plasma particle fluxes. An analytic theory for the long-ranged dust density correlation function is developed and the numerical results for a broad range of dust densities and plasma temperatures are presented. The long-ranged correlations induced by dust for electron densities, ion densities, and dust charges are also investigated, and the results for electron density correlations are presented in a way that permits measurement of the long-ranged correlation function in laser and radio-wave scattering experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3882-3894
Number of pages13
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • density
  • electron
  • fluxes
  • ion
  • matter
  • particles
  • plasma
  • scattering
  • temperature
  • dust
  • formation
  • plasmas


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