What is the size of a floating sheath? An answer
Farina Voigt, Schabnam Naggary, Ralf Peter Brinkmann
69th Annual Gaseous Electronics Conference, Bochum, Germany, October 11, 2016.
The formation of a non-neutral boundary sheath in front of material surfaces is universal plasma phenomenon. Despite several decades of research, however, not all related issues are fully clarified. In a recent paper, Chabert pointed out that this lack of clarity applies even to the seemingly innocuous question ``What the size of a floating sheath?'' [Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 23 (2014) 065042] This contribution attempts to provide an answer that is not arbitrary: The size of a floating sheath is defined as the plate separation of an equivalent parallel plate capacitor. The consequences of the definition are explored with the help of a self-consistent sheath model, and a comparison is made with other sheath size definitions.