Difference between revisions of "Poisson-Boltzmann equation"

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==Short derivation==
 
==Short derivation==
 
The Poisson equation reads
 
The Poisson equation reads
<math>\epsilon_0 \epsilon_r \nabla^2 \phi = \rho_{(free ions)}</math>
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<math>
 +
\epsilon_0 \epsilon_r \nabla^2 \phi = \rho_{(free ions)}
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</math>
 
where the charge distribution is
 
where the charge distribution is
 
<math>\rho_{(free ions)} = e \sum_i z_i c_i</math>
 
<math>\rho_{(free ions)} = e \sum_i z_i c_i</math>

Revision as of 21:13, 20 November 2009

The Poisson-Boltzmann equation describes the ion distribution in an electrolyte solution outside a charged interface. It relates the mean-field potential to the concentration of electrolyte.

Short derivation

The Poisson equation reads <math> \epsilon_0 \epsilon_r \nabla^2 \phi = \rho_{(free ions)} </math> where the charge distribution is <math>\rho_{(free ions)} = e \sum_i z_i c_i</math>