Europhys. Lett.
Volume 68, Number 5, December 2004
Page(s) 645 - 651
Section Physics of gases, plasmas and electric discharges
Published online 03 November 2004
Europhys. Lett., 68 (5), pp. 645-651 (2004)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2004-10259-5

Interaction of the non-planar dust ion-acoustic solitary waves

Ju-Kui Xue

Physics and Electronics Engineering College Northwest Normal University - Lanzhou, PO Box 730070, PRC

received 30 June 2004; accepted in final form 8 October 2004
published online 3 November 2004

With the consideration of the non-thermal electrons distribution, the head-on collision between two cylindrical/spherical dust ion-acoustic solitary waves (DIASW) in un-magnetized dusty plasmas is investigated. By using the extended Poincaré-Lighthill-Kuo (PLK) perturbation method, the non-planar geometry modified analytical phase shifts following the head-on collision are derived. The effects of the ion temperature, the dust number density, and the non-thermal electrons on the phase shift are studied. It is shown that the properties of the head-on collision of DIASW in different geometry are very different. It is also important to note that the phase shifts induced by the collision of compressive and rarefactive DIASW are also different.

52.25.Vy - Impurities in plasmas.
52.35.Fp - Electrostatic waves and oscillations (e.g., ion-acoustic waves).

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