Non-equilibrium phase transitions in complex plasma

TitleNon-equilibrium phase transitions in complex plasma
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsK.R Sutterlin, A. Wysocki, C. Rath, A.V Ivlev, H.M Thomas, S. Khrapak, S. Zhdanov, M. Rubin-Zuzic, W.J Goedheer, V.E Fortov, A.M Lipaev, V.I Molotkov, O.F Petrov, G.E Morfill, H. Lowen
JournalPlasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
Volume52
Number12
Pagination11
Date PublishedDec
Type of ArticleProceedings Paper
ISBN Number0741-3335
Accession NumberISI:000284406600044
KeywordsCHARGE, CRYSTAL, DRAG FORCE, DUSTY PLASMAS, FLOWING PLASMA, ION COLLECTION, PARTICLES, SPHERE
Abstract

Complex plasma being the 'plasma state of soft matter' is especially suitable for investigations of non-equilibrium phase transitions. Non-equilibrium phase transitions can manifest in dissipative structures or self-organization. Two specific examples are lane formation and phase separation. Using the permanent microgravity laboratory PK-3 Plus, operating onboard the International Space Station, we performed unique experiments with binary mixtures of complex plasmas that showed both lane formation and phase separation. These observations have been augmented by comprehensive numerical and theoretical studies. In this paper we present an overview of our most important results. In addition we put our results in context with research of complex plasmas, binary systems and non-equilibrium phase transitions. Necessary and promising future complex plasma experiments on phase separation and lane formation are briefly discussed.

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Division

Fusion Physics

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Alternate TitlePlasma Phys. Control. Fusion

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