Waves in Hot Isotropic Plasmas

  • J. A. Bittencourt


We consider in this chapter the propagation of small-amplitude waves in unbounded hot plasmas that are close to equilibrium conditions, from the kinetic theory point of view. The problem will be examined using the Vlasov equation, and only electron motion will be considered. The ions, in view of their greater inertia, are assumed to stay immobile. A major point of this chapter will be to emphasize those effects that arise when the Vlasov equation is used and that were missing when the problem was treated using the cold and warm plasma models (Chapters 16 and 17).


Dispersion Relation Phase Velocity Plasma Wave Cold Plasma Vlasov Equation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Bittencourt
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  1. 1.National Institute for Space Research (INPE)São José dos Campos, SPBrazil

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