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Author Ferraro, V.
Sponsorship USDOE
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword PHYSICS ♦ BOLTZMANN EQUATION ♦ CHARGED PARTICLES ♦ CURRENTS ♦ DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS ♦ DIFFUSION ♦ DISTRIBUTION ♦ ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY ♦ GASES ♦ INTERACTIONS ♦ IONIZATION ♦ MEAN FREE PATH ♦ MECHANICS ♦ OSCILLATIONS ♦ PLASMA ♦ PLASMA WAVES ♦ RELAXATION ♦ STATISTICS ♦ THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY ♦ THERMODYNAMICS ♦ TURBULENCE ♦ VELOCITY
Abstract A discussion of the dynamics of ionized gases following the macroscopic method of the kinetic theory of gases is presented. Molecular chaos is assumed, and only binary encounters between the particles are considered. A method of successive approximation for the Boltzmann equation for the velocity distribution function was formulated for the case when a characteristic length L is large compared to the mean free path l. Equations for a plasma and for calculation of the collision terms are given. The existence of a time of relaxation is explained by the effects of collision between oppositely charged particles. Expressions are presented for the calculation of electrical neutrality, colision interval and mean free path, electric currents, eletrical and thermal conductivities at rest, and diffusion. Vonticity theorems are considered. Equations governing electrostatic, electromagnetic, and hydromagnetic waves in a plasma are presented. (C.J.G.)
ISSN 00296341
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1959-01-01
Publisher Department Queen Mary Coll., London
Journal Nuovo Cimento
Volume Number 13
Issue Number Suppl 1
Organization Queen Mary Coll., London


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