Potential around a dust grain placed in the plasma sheath

D. Tskhakaya, P.K. Shukla, B. Eliasson

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We present a theory for potential distributions around a charged dust grain in a plasma with flowing ions. For this purpose, we account for absorption of ions by the grain surface and derive a kinetic ion density response for ion flow speed lying between the electron and ion thermal speeds. Poisson's equation is then solved to obtain the potential distribution close and far from the dust grain. It is found that at distances smaller than half the Debye radius, the potential remains spherically symmetric, while at large distances the potential becomes asymmetric.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-408
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters A
Issue number6
Early online date25 Sep 2004
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2004


  • dust grain
  • potential
  • plasma sheath
  • kinetic theory


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