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Vlasov equation for photons and quasi-particles in a plasma

  • Jose Tito MendonçaEmail author
Regular Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical issue: Theory and Applications of the Vlasov Equation

Abstract

We show that, in quite general conditions, a Vlasov equation can be derived for photons in a medium. The same is true for other quasi-particles, such as plasmons, phonons or driftons, associated with other wave modes in a plasma. The range of validity of this equation is discussed. We also discuss the Landau resonance, and its relation with photon acceleration. Exact and approximate expressions for photon and quasi-particle Landau damping are stated. Photon and quasi-particle acceleration and trapping is also discussed. Specific applications to laser-plasma interaction, and to magnetic fusion turbulence, are considered as illustrations of the general approach.

Keywords

Wigner Function Vlasov Equation Photon Distribution Ionization Front Beam Instability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IPFN, Instituto Superior TécnicoLisboaPortugal

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