On the Kinetic Theory of Diffusion of a Plasma Column across a Magnetic Field
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The kinetic theory of Prigogine and Balescu, which was previously developed for a homogeneous plasma in a magnetic field, is now applied to the problem of diffusion of a plasma column across a magnetic field. The problem of deriving a kinetic equation is reduced to that of solving a two dimensional Fredholm-type integral equation with a complicated kernel. No restriction is made concerning the amplitude or length scale of the inhomogeneity across the magnetic field. The results are preliminary in nature, and suggestions are made for further refinements. Some comparisons with previously existing results are given.
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics