Wave propagation in a cold magnetoplasma
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.
KeywordsWave Field Transmission Coefficient Dispersion Equation Resistivity Tensor Polarization Ratio
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