Classical Transport Properties of Plasmas

  • C. T. Dum
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 305)


Classical transport theory is discussed, with special emphasis on recent developments necessitated by the particular properties of Coulomb collisions. These properties are contrasted with scattering by neutral particles and by plasma turbulence. The rapid decrease of the scattering cross section with energy usually requires extensions of the Chapman-Enskog method. A method applicable to isotropization by Coulomb collisions, or any other (turbulence) scattering mechanism, is outlined. The structure of transport relations is exhibited for this more general case. The potential and the problems associated with various truncation schemes for an expansion of the distribution function or its moments is discussed. Recent methods for dealing with the breakdown of collision dominated transport are illustrated for electron heat flux.


Heat Flux Solar Wind Kinetic Equation Moment Equation Transport Theory 
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  • C. T. Dum
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  1. 1.Max-Planck Institut für Physik und Astrophysik Institut für extraterrestrische PhysikGarchingFederal Republic of Germany

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