The Kinetic Equation

  • Gennady StupakovEmail author
  • Gregory Penn
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


In the preceding chapters we focused our attention on the motion of a single particle. In this chapter, we will introduce the concept of the distribution function and describe the formalism of the kinetic equation for treating large ensembles of particles in a beam. While this chapter focuses on deterministic Hamiltonian motion, kinetic equations in general can also include stochastic motion and damping.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SLAC National Accelerator LaboratoryStanford UniversityMenlo ParkUSA
  2. 2.Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA

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