The incomplete plasma dispersion function is a generalization of the plasma dispersion function in which the defining integral spans a semi-infinite, rather than infinite, domain. It is useful for describing the linear dielectric response and wave dispersion in non-Maxwellian plasmas when the distribution functions can be approximated as Maxwellian over finite, or semi-infinite, intervals in velocity phase-space. A ubiquitous example is the depleted Maxwellian electron distribution found near boundary sheaths or double layers, where the passing interval can be modeled as Maxwellian with a lower temperature than the trapped interval. The depleted Maxwellian is used as an example to demonstrate the utility of using the incomplete plasma dispersion function for calculating modifications to wave dispersion relations.
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Research Article| January 25 2013
The incomplete plasma dispersion function: Properties and application to waves in bounded plasmas
S. D. Baalrud; The incomplete plasma dispersion function: Properties and application to waves in bounded plasmas. Phys. Plasmas 1 January 2013; 20 (1): 012118. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4789387
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