Streamer branching in air: physical model and simulations in fully 3d spatial domain
Paper i proceeding, 2015
Fully coupled self-consistent model of streamer branching is presented. The model incorporates inhomogeneities in gas media representing, e.g., large molecular clusters, micro dust particles, etc., which act as centers for localized space charge build-up. The results of the performed simulations show that charge accumulation at such centers leads to their electrostatic interactions with the streamer head and causes its splitting. Quantitative analysis of the dynamics of charge carriers densities, generated space charges and magnitudes of the electric fields associated with the branching process is presented.