Contribution of electron-atom collisions to the plasma conductivity of noble gases

S. Rosmej, H. Reinholz, G. Röpke

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    We present an approach which allows the consistent treatment of bound states in the context of dc conductivity in dense partially ionized noble gas plasmas. Besides electron-ion and electron-electron collisions, further collision mechanisms owing to neutral constituents are taken into account. Especially at low temperatures of 104to105 K, electron-atom collisions give a substantial contribution to the relevant correlation functions. We suggest an optical potential for the description of the electron-atom scattering which is applicable for all noble gases. The electron-atom momentum-transfer cross section is in agreement with experimental scattering data. In addition, the influence of the medium is analyzed, the optical potential is advanced including screening effects. The position of the Ramsauer minimum is influenced by the plasma. Alternative approaches for the electron-atom potential are discussed. Good agreement of calculated conductivity with experimental data for noble gas plasmas is obtained.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number063208
    JournalPhysics Review E
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2017

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