Density models for streamer discharges : beyond cylindrical symmetry and homogeneous media

A. Luque, U. Ebert

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Abstract

Streamer electrical discharges are often investigated with computer simulations of density models (also called reaction-drift-diffusion models). We review these models, detailing their physical foundations, their range of validity and the most relevant numerical algorithms employed in solving them. We focus particularly on schemes of adaptive refinement, used to resolve the multiple length scales in a streamer discharge without a high computational cost. We then report recent results from these models, emphasizing developments that go beyond cylindrically symmetrical streamers propagating in homogeneous media. These include interacting streamers, branching streamers and sprite streamers in inhomogeneous media. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)904-918
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Computational Physics
Volume231
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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