Articles | Volume 15, issue 4
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 15, 551–555, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-15-551-2008
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 15, 551–555, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-15-551-2008

  14 Jul 2008

14 Jul 2008

Dust-acoustic solitary structures in plasmas with nonthermal electrons and positive dust

F. Verheest1,2 and S. R. Pillay2 F. Verheest and S. R. Pillay
  • 1Sterrenkundig Observatorium, Universiteit Gent, Krijgslaan 281, B–9000 Gent, Belgium
  • 2School of Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X54001, Durban 4000, South Africa

Abstract. Large dust-acoustic solitons and kinks in dusty plasmas with positive cold dust, nonthermally distributed electrons and Boltzmann ions have been studied in a systematic way, to delimit their compositional parameter space. The existence domain of positive solitons is limited by infinite dust compression, of negative ones by the occurrence of potential kinks, provided the electrons are sufficiently nonthermal and there is sufficient positive charge on the dust. There is a parameter range where both negative and positive solitary structures coexist.