Data needs for modeling low-temperature non-equilibrium plasmas: The LXCat project, history, perspectives and a tutorial

The LXCat Team

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Abstract

Technologies based on non-equilibrium, low-temperature plasmas are ubiquitous in today’s society. Plasma modeling plays an essential role in their understanding, development and optimization. An accurate description of electron and ion collisions with neutrals and their transport is required to correctly describe plasma properties as a function of external parameters. LXCat is an open-access, web-based platform for storing, exchangig and manipulating data needed for modeling the electron and ion components of non-equilibrium, low-temperature plasmas. The data types supported by LXCat are electron- and ion-scattering cross-sections with neutrals (total and differential), interaction potentials, oscillator strengths, and electron- and ion-swarm/transport parameters. Online tools allow users to identify and compare the data through plotting routines, and use the data to generate swarm parameters and reaction rates with the integrated electron Boltzmann solver. In this review, the historical evolution of the project and some perspectives on its future are discussed together with a tutorial review for using data from LXCat.

Original languageEnglish
Article number16
Pages (from-to)1-40
Number of pages40
JournalAtoms
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Boltzmann equation
  • Cross-sections
  • Diffusion
  • Electron collisions
  • Ion collisions
  • Low-temperature non-equilibrium plasmas
  • Mobility
  • Online database
  • Open access
  • Swarm parameters

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