Prof. Marshall Slemrod


University of Wisconsin


Thursday, January 29, 2004 - 4:00pm


MSTB 254

This talk outlines recent work by Feldman, Ha, and Slemrod on the dynamics of the sheath boundary layer which occurs in a plasma consisting of ions and electrons. The equations for the motion are derived from the classical Euler- Poisson equations. Of particular interest is that the boundary layer interface moves via motion by mean curvature where the acceleration of the front (not the velocity) is proportional to the mean curvature of the front.