Kinetic Equations and Particle Collisions

  • George V. KhazanovEmail author
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 372)


The inner magnetospheric plasma is a unique composition of different plasma particles and waves. It covers a huge plasma energy range, with spatial and time variations of many orders of magnitude. In such a situation, the kinetic approach is the key element, and must be the starting point of a proper theoretical description of these inner magnetospheric plasma phenomena. The highly nonequilibrium inner magnetosphere particle and energy flows are characterized by large temperature differences between the interacting components and the flow conditions changing from collision-dominated to collisionless regimes. That is why the questions of how to handle the different kinds of kinetic equations, and the kinetic description of the particle collisions are very important. Therefore, it is instructive to trace the derivations of the different kinetic collision terms in order to understand the strengths and limitations of different approaches.


Neutral Particle Inelastic Collision Particle Collision Electron Distribution Function Collision Term 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Heliophysics Science Div. (HSD)NASAGreenbeltUSA

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