Infrared light extinction by charged dielectric core-coat particles
Institut für Physik, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität
Received in final form: 22 February 2014
Published online: 24 April 2014
We study the effect of surplus electrons on the infrared extinction of dielectric particles with a core-coat structure and propose to use it for an optical measurement of the particle charge in a dusty plasma. The particles consist of an inner core with negative and an outer coat with positive electron affinity. Both the core and the coat give rise to strong transverse optical phonon resonances, leading to anomalous light scattering in the infrared. Due to the radial profile of the electron affinity electrons accumulate in the coat region making the infrared extinction of this type of particles very charge-sensitive, in particular, the extinction due to a resonance arising solely due to the core-coat structure. The maximum of this resonance is in the far-infrared and responds to particle charges realizable in ordinary dusty laboratory plasmas.
Key words: Plasma Physics
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