Test Simulations of the Kinetic Model for the Thermal Force based on the Monte Carlo Binary Collision Model

Y. Homma, A. Hatayama

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Abstract

We have developed a numerical model of the thermal force based on the Monte Carlo Binary Collision model, where a distorted Maxwellian velocity distribution is used for a background plasma. Our numerical model can be applied to transport simulation of test ions in a high-collisionality background plasma without magnetic field. In this study, by a series of systematic test simulations, we have confirmed the consistency of our numerical modeling approach with the form of the thermal force analytically derived from the distorted Maxwllian velocity distribution. The test of our model has been done with respect to its dependence on parameters such as: (1) direction of the background temperature gradient, (2) test particle mass, (3) background plasma ion species, and (4) background flow velocity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-511
Number of pages7
JournalContributions to Plasma Physics
Volume52
Issue number5-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun 1

Keywords

  • Distorted maxwellian
  • Monte carlo binary collision model
  • Numerical model
  • Thermal force

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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