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Quantum Plasmadynamics

Magnetized Plasmas

Series: Lecture Notes in Physics, Vol. 854

Melrose, Donald

2013, XIV, 490 p. 41 illus.

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  • Presents an authoritative and comprehensive formulation of plasma kinetic theory, including all relativistic and quantum effects, plus the response of the vacuum
  • Suitable both as a graduate level text and a reference source for researchers
  • Features the treatment of the collective response of an electron gas based on exact solutions of Dirac's equation in the presence of a magnetic field of arbitrary strength

The covariant (4-tensor) theory for relativistic quantum plasmas presented in the first volume is generalized to magnetized plasma in this second volume. The first four chapters are concerned with classical theory, including covariant forms of cold-plasma, MHD and kinetic theory and the theory of gyromagnetic emission. The response 4-tensor for an arbitrary distribution is evaluated, using both the forward-scattering and Vlasov methods, applied to a relativistic thermal distribution and used to discuss wave dispersion in relativistic magnetized plasmas.  In the second half of the book, solutions of Dirac's equation for a magnetized electron are used to develop a magnetized version of QED. This form of QED is applied to gyromagnetic processes, the response of the magnetized vacuum and the response of a magnetized electron gas. The theory has a potentially wide range of applications, such as super-strong magnetic fields in pulsars, high-powered lasers and spin-dependence in a laboratory electron gas.

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Keywords » donald melrose - quantum plasmadynamics

Related subjects » Astrophysics and Astroparticles - Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics - Quantum Physics

Table of contents 

Preface.- Chapter 1: Covariant Fluid Models for Magnetized Plasmas.- Chapter 2: Response Tensors for Magnetized Plasmas.- Chapter 3: Waves in Magnetized Plasmas.- Chapter 4: Gyromagnetic Processes.- Chapter 5: Magnetized Dirac Electron.- Chapter 6: Quantum Theory of Gyromagnetic Processes.- Chapter 7: Second Order Gyromagnetic Processes.- Chapter 8: Magnetized Vacuum.- Chapter 9: Response of Magnetized Electron Gas.- Appendix A: Special Functions.- Index.

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