Ion current to a plane probe in a flowing plasma

Ion current to a plane probe in a flowing plasma

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An expression is developed for the ion current to a plane probe in a flowing plasma, for the probe surface parallel to the ion flow, and neglecting ion thermal motion. The application of the result to the measurement of plasma density of a plasma torch is considered.


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      • R.M. Clements , P.R. Smy . Ion current to a spherical probe in a flowing high-pressure plasma under thin-sheath conditions. Proc. IEE , 1721 - 1724

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