Brazilian Journal of Physics

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 349–363

An Introduction to Quantum Plasmas

General and Applied Physics

DOI: 10.1007/s13538-011-0043-0

Cite this article as:
Haas, F. Braz J Phys (2011) 41: 349. doi:10.1007/s13538-011-0043-0


Shielding effects in non-degenerate and degenerate plasmas are compared. A detailed derivation of the Wigner-Poisson system is provided for electrostatic quantum plasmas in which relativistic, spin, and collisional effects are not essential. A detailed derivation of a quantum hydrodynamic model starting from the Wigner-Poisson system is presented. The route for this derivation considers the eikonal decomposition of the one-body wavefunctions of the quantum statistical mixture. The merits and limitations of the resulting quantum hydrodynamic model are discussed.


Quantum plasmas Fermion systems Electron gas Quantum transport Plasma kinetic equations 

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© Sociedade Brasileira de Física 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de FísicaUniversidade Federal do ParanáParanáBrazil

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