Maxwellian distribution


ECSS-E-ST-10-04C Rev.1


plasma distribution functions described in terms of scalar velocity, v, by the Maxwellian distribution below: where n is the density k is the Boltzmann constant T is the temperature.


  • NOTE The complete distribution is therefore described by a pair of numbers for density and temperature. This distribution is valid in thermal equilibrium. Even non-equilibrium distributions can often be usefully described by a combination of two Maxwellians.
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