Plasmas as Fluids

  • Francis F. Chen


In a plasma the situation is much more complicated than that in the last chapter; the E and B fields are not prescribed but are determined by the positions and motions of the charges themselves. One must solve a self-consistent problem; that is, find a set of particle trajectories and field patterns such that the particles will generate the fields as they move along their orbits and the fields will cause the particles to move in those exact orbits. And this must be done in a time-varying situation!


Fluid Element Fluid Equation Pressure Gradient Force Vacuum Equation Fluid Theory 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis F. Chen
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  1. 1.Electrical Engineering Department School of Engineering and Applied ScienceUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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