Title: A Monte Carlo simulation for electron scattering and collision for electron transport in low-temperature plasmas

Authors: Rawaa A. Abdul-Nabi

Addresses: Department of Electrical Power Engineering, AL-Musaib Technical College, AL-Furat Al-Awsat Technical University, Babylon-Najaf Street, Najaf 54003, Iraq

Abstract: Owing to the lack of equilibrium between electrons and neutral species and ions and the electrons themselves, the electron velocity distribution function in partially ionised plasmas deviates substantially from a Maxwellian value. Electrons are also out of thermal equilibrium with one another and with neutral species and ions. Low-temperature non-equilibrium plasma technology is now widely used. The employment of plasma modelling considerably improves their understanding, progress, or optimisation. To successfully portray plasma characteristics as a function of external influences, electron and ion collisions and transmissions with neutral substances must be well described. We provide free MATLAB code for modelling electron transport in a uniform electric field in any gas combination. The program gives a coefficient, reaction rate, or electron energy division function for steady-state electron transmission. The program is compatible with electron cross-sectional files generated using the Monte Carlo method. The program uses well-known Monte Carlo methods and works with open-access electron scattering cross-sections. The LXCat Plasma Data Share Project aims to exchange plasma data.

Keywords: electrons; electron scattering; Monte Carlo simulation; gas; collision; LXCat; Plasma Data Share Project.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGEI.2023.133806

International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 2023 Vol.45 No.6, pp.586 - 601

Received: 02 Dec 2021
Accepted: 27 Sep 2022

Published online: 03 Oct 2023 *

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