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By W. D. Jones, H. J. Doucet, J. M. Buzzi (auth.)

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Modern plasma physics, encompassing wave-particle interactions and collec­ tive phenomena attribute of the collision-free nature of sizzling plasmas, was once based in 1946 whilst 1. D. Landau released his research of linear (small­ amplitude) waves in such plasmas. It used to be now not till a few ten to 20 years later, even though, with impetus from the then speedily constructing managed­ fusion box, that enough consciousness used to be dedicated, in either theoretical and experimental examine, to explain the significance and ramifications of Landau's unique paintings. when you consider that then, with advances in laboratory, fusion, house, and astrophysical plasma learn, we have now witnessed vital devel­ opments towards the knowledge of quite a few linear in addition to nonlinear plasma phenomena, together with plasma turbulence. this day, plasma physics stands as a well-developed self-discipline containing a unified physique of robust theoretical and experimental strategies and together with a variety of appli­ cations. As such, it really is now usually brought in college physics and engineering curricula on the senior and first-year-graduate degrees. an important prerequisite for all of recent plasma reports is the lower than­ status oflinear waves in a temporally and spatially dispersive medium equivalent to a plasma, together with the kinetic (Landau) idea description of such waves. instructing adventure has often proven that scholars (seniors and first-year graduates), while first uncovered to the kinetic idea of plasma waves, have problems in facing the necessary sophistication in multidimensional advanced variable (singular) integrals and transforms.

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Properties for Real z. ±(z')] dz. 169) Q:±( -z*) = [Q:±(z)]*. 6. APPENDIX A: FUNCTIONS OF COMPLEX VARIABLES The theory offunctions of complex variables is used extensively in plasma physics. In this appendix we give basically a reference list of definitions and theorems, relative to the theory of functions of complex variables, which are presently in common use in plasma physics. For more general and detailed treatments of the theory of functions of complex variables, we refer the reader to such books as Whittaker and Watson (1902), Roos (1969), and Rudin (1970).

Requiring that Eqs. 17) Taking the divergence of both sides ofEq. 17) and interchanging the order of the time and space operators gives a(v . D) _ eoa(V . E) at - at + V .. J. 18) Now, substituting in Eq. 18) from Eqs. 16) for (V· E) and (V . 19) But Eq. 19) is just the conservation equation for charged particles. Thus, 53 WAVES IN A CONDUCTIVITr-TENSOR-DEFINED MEDIUM Eqs. 14) will be identical if there is no net plasma production or loss in time. A comparison ofEqs. 16) shows that, in order for these two equations to be equal, a must be chosen such that 800E at + a * E = 800(8 * E) at .

7) states that the current at a given position T and at a given time t, is a function of the electric field at this position and time. One may expect, however, because of the charged-particle motion, that the current is not a function of only the local WAVES IN A CONDUCTIVITY-TENSOR-DEFINED MEDIUM 51 electric field. Since j(r,t) also depends on the electric field E(r', t < t), at any other place r' and time t' < t, a more general relation than that given by Eq. 7) may be used: j(r,t) = JdV dt' a(r,r',t,t')E(r',t').

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