The broad use of microcomputers now makes it possible for students to solve physical problems that just a few years ago could be considered only from a conceptual point of view. In this chapter we present some numerical methods that the reader may use on a microcomputer with two benefits: (1) By looking at the numerical solution of a particular problem, the reader may reach a better understanding of some of the theoretical subtleties discussed in this book; and (2) the reader will become more familiar with some of the numerical techniques currently used in plasma physics research.


Dispersion Relation Entire Function Closed Path Real Frequency Maxwellian Distribution Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. D. Jones
    • 1
  • H. J. Doucet
    • 2
  • J. M. Buzzi
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Laboratorie de Physique des Milieux IonisésEcole PolytechniquePalaiseauFrance

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