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Title Discontinuous distributions in thermal plasmas
Abstract We develop a new method for describing the dynamics of 3-dimensional thermal plasmas. Using a piecewise constant 1-particle distribution, we reduce the Vlasov equation to a generalized Lorentz force equation for a family of vector fields encoding the discontinuity. By applying this equation to longitudinal electrostatic plasma oscillations, and coupling it to Maxwell?s equations, we obtain a limit on the magnitude of the electric field in relativistic thermal plasma oscillations. We derive an upper bound on the limit and discuss its applicability in a background magnetic field.
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Keywords Physics
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Paper In Conference Proceedings In Geometry, Continua and Microstructures 2008 (GCM8), Catania, Sicily, 09-10 (2008): 1-13. doi:10.1393/ncc/i2009-10332-9 2008