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International Journal of Spectroscopy
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 671073, 42 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/671073
Review Article

Physical Models of Plasma Microfield

Hydrogen Energy & Plasma Technology Institute, Russian Research Center “Kurchatov Institute,” Kurchatov Square 1, Moscow 123182, Russia

Received 22 April 2009; Accepted 15 July 2009

Academic Editor: Elisabeth Dalimier

Copyright © 2010 A. V. Demura. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The present review is devoted to the current status of microfield notion that was so successful and profitable for experimental and theoretical studies of plasma in gas discharges and thermonuclear modeling installations for many decades. The physical aspects and ideas of the main generally used microfield models are described and analyzed in detail. The review highlights the remaining vague and unclear questions in the subject.