Numerical simulation of the spatiotemporal evolution of a nanoparticle-plasma system

S. J. Warthesen, S. L. Girshick

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A one-dimensional nanodusty plasma was modeled by self-consistently coupling a plasma model with nanoparticle growth, charging, and transport models. As nanoparticles grow from subnanometer to tens of nm in diameter, the numerical results predict a rich spatiotemporal structure, including four distinct temporal phases: a charge-limited phase, a charge accumulation phase, an early ion drag phase, and a sheath interaction phase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-310
Number of pages19
JournalPlasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2007

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgments This research was partially supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under grant DE-FG02-00ER54583, and by the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.


  • Low-pressure plasma
  • Nanoparticle dynamics
  • Nanoparticle growth and charging
  • Numerical simulation


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