Wave propagation in a cold magnetoplasma

  • C. Altman
  • K. Suchy
Part of the Developments in Electromagnetic Theory and Applications book series (DETA, volume 9)


A plasma permeated by an external magnetic field is a birefringent medium for the propagation of electromagnetic waves. In this sense it is similar to uniaxial crystals, but has some important differences. While the symmetry axes in crystals are represented by polar vectors, the magnetic field b is an axial vector, an expression of which is the gyration of the charges q s in a plasma about the magnetic field lines. Thus a magnetoplasma is called a gyrotropic medium.


Wave Field Transmission Coefficient Dispersion Equation Resistivity Tensor Polarization Ratio 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Altman
    • 1
  • K. Suchy
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsTechnion - Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael
  2. 2.Institute of Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of DüsseldorfGermany

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