### Abstract

The Maxwell-Boltzmann electron model is a very popular approximation of the electronic behavior in electrostatic plasmas, adopted in all cases where the electron dynamics is governed only by a balance between electric and pressure forces. In such a model, the electron dynamics is reduced to solving for a nonlinear Poisson problem together with an additional expression enforcing charge conservation. In this work we derive an expression of charge conservation which can be conveniently applied to explicit schemes to update the reference Boltzmann density, particularly useful when simulating plasma sheaths. The scheme can be equally applied to both steady-state and transient problems. Two examples are shown, a steady-state plasma sheath, and a radio-frequency magnetic presheath. Our proposed scheme allows to enforce global charge conservation locally in time, and can thus be applied to the simulation of transient phenomena.

Original language | English (US) |
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Article number | 109320 |

Journal | Journal of Computational Physics |

Volume | 409 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - May 15 2020 |

### Keywords

- Hybrid particle-in-cell
- Maxwell Boltzmann charge conservation
- RF sheaths

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Numerical Analysis
- Modeling and Simulation
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Computer Science Applications
- Computational Mathematics
- Applied Mathematics