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EPJ D Colloquium: Non-equilibrium in low-temperature plasmas

The wide range of applications that have been found for cold plasmas stems from the fact that they are physical systems out of thermodynamic equilibrium. This property enhances their reactivity at low gas temperature, and allows macroscopic effects to be obtained with only moderate energy consumption.

In this EPJ D review, the basic concepts of ionised gases in a non-equilibrium state are treated by showing how and why the non-equilibrium functions of the degrees of freedom are formed in a variety of natural and man-made plasmas, with particular emphasis on the progress that has been made in the last decade. A modern perspective of the molecular basis of non-equilibrium and of a state-to-state kinetic approach is adopted. Computational and diagnostic techniques that have been used to investigate the non-equilibrium conditions are also surveyed.

Francesco Taccogna and Giorgio Dilecce (2016),
Non-equilibrium in low-temperature plasmas
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European Physical Journal D, DOI: 10.1140/epjd/e2016-70474-0

Editors-in-Chief
G. Dissertori, J. Monroe, K. Skenderis and D. Zeppenfeld

Deputy Editors-in-Chief
D. J. Schwarz

We sincerely thank the referee for his/her invaluable comments during the review process. We certainly consider EPJC for future submissions.

Phung Van Dong

ISSN: 1434-6052 (Electronic Edition)

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