Fundamental Aspects of Plasma Chemical Physics: Kinetics

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Describing non-equilibrium "cold" plasmas through a chemical physics approach, this book uses the state-to-state plasma kinetics, which considers each internal state as a new species with its own cross sections. Extended atomic and molecular master equations are coupled with Boltzmann and Monte Carlo methods to solve the electron energy distribution function. Selected examples in different applied fields, such as microelectronics, fusion, and aerospace, are presented and discussed including the self-consistent kinetics in RF parallel plate reactors, the optimization of negative ion sources and the expansion of high enthalpy flows through nozzles of different geometries.

The book will cover the main aspects of the state-to-state kinetic approach for the description of nonequilibrium cold plasmas, illustrating the more recent achievements in the development of kinetic models including the self-consistent coupling of master equations and Boltzmann equation for electron dynamics. To give a complete portrayal, the book will assess fundamental concepts and theoretical formulations, based on a unified methodological approach, and explore the insight in related scientific problems still opened for the research community.


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2 Reactivity and Relaxation of RoVibrationally Excited Molecules
3 Atom Recombination at Surfaces
4 Kinetic and Monte Carlo Approaches to Solve Boltzmann Equation for eedf
5 Superelastic Collisions and Electron Energy Distribution Function
6 CollisionalRadiative Models for Atomic H Plasmas
7 Vibrational Kinetics
8 Particle Models for Low Pressure Plasmas
The Nitrogen Case
10 Negative Ion H for Fusion
11 Non Equilibrium Plasma in High Enthalpy Flows
The CO2 Case Study

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Mario Capitelli, University of Bari,

Gianpiero Colonna, IMIP CNR

Fabrizio Esposito, IMIP CNR

Khaled Hassouni, Institut Galilee-Univeriste Paris

Annarita Laricchiuta, IMIP CNR

Savino Longo, University of Bari