Electron screening and kinetic-energy oscillations in a strongly coupled plasma.

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  • We study equilibration of strongly coupled ions in an ultracold neutral plasma produced by photoionizing laser-cooled and trapped atoms. By varying the electron temperature, we show that electron screening modifies the equilibrium ion temperature. Even with few electrons in a Debye sphere, the screening is well described by a model using a Yukawa ion-ion potential. We also observe damped oscillations of the ion kinetic energy that are a unique feature of equilibration of a strongly coupled plasma.
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  • Chen YC; Simien CE; Laha S; Gupta P; Martinez YN; Mickelson PG; Nagel SB; Killian TC
  • Start Page

  • 265003
  • Volume

  • 93
  • Issue

  • 26 Pt 1