The Kinetic Theory of a Dilute Ionized Plasma

  • Authors
  • Leopoldo S. García-Colín
  • Leonardo Dagdug
Part of the Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics book series (SSAOPP, volume 53)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Vector Transport Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Leopoldo S. García-Colín, Leonardo Dagdug
      Pages 5-11
    3. Leopoldo S. García-Colín, Leonardo Dagdug
      Pages 13-23
    4. Leopoldo S. García-Colín, Leonardo Dagdug
      Pages 25-39
    5. Leopoldo S. García-Colín, Leonardo Dagdug
      Pages 41-49
    6. Leopoldo S. García-Colín, Leonardo Dagdug
      Pages 51-59
    7. Leopoldo S. García-Colín, Leonardo Dagdug
      Pages 61-71
    8. Leopoldo S. García-Colín, Leonardo Dagdug
      Pages 73-79
  3. Tensorial Transport Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Leopoldo S. García-Colín, Leonardo Dagdug
      Pages 83-105
    3. Leopoldo S. García-Colín, Leonardo Dagdug
      Pages 107-123
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 125-166

About this book

Introduction

This book results from recent studies aimed at answering questions raised by astrophycists who use values of transport coefficients that are old and often unsatisfactory. The few books dealing with the rigorous kinetic theory of a ionized plasma are based on the so called Landau (Fokker-Planck) equation and they seldom relate the microscopic results with their macroscopic counterpart provided by classical non-equilibrium thermodynamics. In this book both issues are thoroughly covered. Starting from the full Boltzmann equation for inert dilute plasmas and using the Hilbert-Chapman-Enskog method to solve the first two approximations in Knudsen´s parameter, we construct all the transport properties of the system within the framework of linear irreversible thermodynamics. This includes a systematic study of all possible cross effects (which, except for a few cases, were never treated in the literature) as well as the famous H-theorem. The equations of magneto-hydrodynamics for dilute plasmas, including the rather surprising results obtained for the viscomagnetic effects, may be now fully assessed. This book will be of immediate interest to the plasma physics community, as well as to astrophysicists. It is also likely to make an impact in the field of cold plasmas, involving laser cooled Rydberg atoms.

Keywords

Irreversible Thermodynamics Kinetic Theory Plasma Plasma Physics Transport Theory cold plasmas collision magnetohydrodynamics viscomagnetism

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9330-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-9329-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-9330-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1615-5653