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Elements of Plasma Kinetic Theory

  • J. A. Bittencourt
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Abstract

A plasma is a system containing a very large number of interacting charged particles, so that for its analysis it is appropriate and convenient to use a statistical approach. In this chapter we present the basic elements of kinetic theory, introducing the concepts of phase space and distribution function,which are necessary for a statistical description.

Keywords

Phase Space Boltzmann Equation Volume Element Velocity Space Representative Point 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Bittencourt
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute for Space Research (INPE)São José dos Campos, SPBrazil

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