The research herein examined the results of numerical simulations of the positive column of a glow discharge in argon dusty plasma using COMSOL Multiphysics software under conditions similar to the project known as PK-4. Various scenarios dealing with formations of spatial distributions of densities and fluxes for charged particles were studied, and evaluations of the influence of dust particles on the discharge were obtained in a wide range of dust densities. Two extreme cases were distinguished: weak dust influence when the densities, fluxes and electric field profiles are not perturbed, and strong dust influence when all three density profiles (electrons, ions and charged dust) in the dust cloud are similar (parallel) to each other, resulting in all created charges in the dust cloud being lost inside the cloud. In such a case, the ambipolar field and the transport of charged particles are decreased in the dust cloud, and any ambipolar flux is almost absent within the cloud.
Tian, R., Yuan, C., Bogdanov, D. V. B., Bogdanov, E. A., Kudryavtsev, A. A., & Zhou, Z. (2019). Influence of Dust Particles on Spatial Distributions of Particles and Fluxes in Positive Column of Glow Discharge. Plasma Science and Technology, 21(11), . https://doi.org/10.1088/2058-6272/ab3275