Use of Computer Experiments to Study the Current Collected by Cylindrical Langmuir Probes


  • A. Tejero-del-Caz Departamento de Física, Universidad de Córdoba, Campus de Rabanales, E-14071, Córdoba
  • J. M. Díaz-Cabrera Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Universidad de Córdoba, Campus de Rabanales, E-14071, Córdoba
  • J. I. Fernández Palop Departamento de Física, Universidad de Córdoba, Campus de Rabanales, E-14071, Córdoba
  • J. Ballesteros Departamento de Física, Universidad de Córdoba, Campus de Rabanales, E-14071, Córdoba



computer experiments, particle-in-cell, sheaths, Langmuir probes


A particle-in-cell simulation has been developed to study the behaviour of ions in the surroundings of a negatively biased cylindrical Langmuir probe. Here, we report our findings on the transition between radial and orbital behaviour observed by means of the aforementioned code. The influence of the ion to electron temperature ratio on the transition for different dimensionless probe radius is discussed. Two different behaviours have been found for small and large probe radii.


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