Localized excitations of charged dust grains in dusty plasma lattices

Ioannis Kourakis, Padma Kant Shukla, Vassileios Basios

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The nonlinear aspects of charged dust grain motion in a one-dimensional dusty plasma (DP) monolayer are discussed. Both horizontal (longitudinal, acoustic mode) and vertical (transverse, optic mode) displacements are considered, and various types of localized excitations are reviewed, in a continuum approximation. Dust crystals are shown to support nonlinear kink-shaped supersonic longitudinal solitary excitations, as well as modulated envelope (either longitudinal or transverse) localized modes. The possibility for Discrete Breather (DB-) type excitations (Intrinsic Localized Modes, ILMs) to occur is investigated, from first principles. These highly localized excitations owe their existence to lattice discreteness, in combination with the interaction and/or
substrate (sheath) potential nonlinearity. This possibility may open new directions in DP- related research. The relation to previous results on atomic chains as well as to experimental results on strongly-coupled dust layers in gas discharge plasmas is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Vistas in Dusty Plasmas
Subtitle of host publicationFourth International Conference on the Physics of Dusty Plasmas, Orleans, France, 13-17 June 2005
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-0-7354-0287-4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2005
Event4th International Conference on Physics of Dusty Plasmas - Orleans, France
Duration: 01 Jun 200501 Jun 2005

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings


Conference4th International Conference on Physics of Dusty Plasmas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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