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Coulomb explosion of uniformly charged spheroids

By M. Grech, R. Nuter, A. Mikaberidze, P. Di Cintio, L. Gremillet, E. Lefebvre, U. Saalmann, J. M. Rost and S. Skupin

Abstract

A simple, semi-analytical model is proposed for non-relativistic Coulomb explosion of a uniformly charged spheroid. This model allows us to derive the time-dependent particle energy distributions. Simple expressions are also given for the characteristic explosion time and maximum particle energies in the limits of extreme prolate and oblate spheroids as well as for the sphere. Results of particle simulations are found to be in remarkably good agreement with the model.Comment: 11 pages, 10 figure

Topics: Physics - Plasma Physics
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1103/PhysRevE.84.056404
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1105.0409
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