### Abstract

We have investigated the velocity distribution function of electrons in uniform E×B fields by direct numerical analysis of the Boltzmann equation by using the finite element method. The influence of E×B fields on the distribution has been exhibited under the detailed consideration of collisions between electrons and Ar atoms in terms of the three-dimensional velocity distribution. In particular, the anisotropy of the distribution in the E×B direction is discussed in terms of swarm parameters. The onset behavior of electron trapping has been investigated as a function of B in a collision dominated swarm.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 678-680 |

Number of pages | 3 |

Journal | Applied Physics Letters |

Volume | 62 |

Issue number | 7 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1993 Dec 1 |

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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Shimura, N., & Makabe, T. (1993). Electron velocity distribution function in a gas in E×B fields.

*Applied Physics Letters*,*62*(7), 678-680. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.108837