Formulation of Plasma Theory

  • Kyoji Nishikawa
  • Masahiro Wakatani
Part of the Springer Series on Atoms+Plasmas book series (SSAOPP, volume 8)


In this chapter, we begin the exposition of the theory of plasmas. We shall restrict ourselves primarily to plasmas consisting of charged particles which can be represented by point charge and point mass. Each particle is assumed to obey the classical nonrelativistic equations of motion and the plasma has no net charge, namely, there are equal number of negative charges (electrons) and positive charges (ions).


Vlasov Equation Pressure Tensor Electron Fluid Vlasov System Collisionless Boltzmann Equation 
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  1. 4.1
    D.R. Nicholson: Introduction to Plasma Theory (John Wiley, New York 1983)Google Scholar
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    H.K. Wimmel: Consistent Guiding Center Drift Theories, Naturforschung 37a, 985 (1982)ADSGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kyoji Nishikawa
    • 1
  • Masahiro Wakatani
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringKinki UniversityTakaya, Higashihiroshima, HiroshimaJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Energy ScienceKyoto UniversityGakasho, Uji, KyotoJapan

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