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Can ponderomotive force induce motion in neutral gas?

  1. May 8, 2015 #1
    Ponderomtive force is well known phenomenon, able to accelerate particles of all charges in plasma, but what about neutral gas? If we omit thermodynamics for a while and consider a perfectly non-ionizable gaseous dielectric, would polarisation be enough to induce motion in it?
    Thanks for answers

    PS: Not considering the motion due to heating the gas because of polarisation losses...
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  3. May 13, 2015 #2
    Thanks for the post! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post?
  4. May 14, 2015 #3
    Ok I will try,
    Let us assume two electrodes: one sharp, needle like electrode pointing towards a blunt spherical electrode. They are connected to a high voltage, high frequency AC power source. Now assuming perfectly non-ionizable gas between them. Would the gas start moving ?
    (maybe due to the ponderomotive force - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponderomotive_force - acting on it?)
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