BASIC EQUATIONS OF THE RELATIVISTIC TEST PARTICLE PROBLEM.
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YALE UNIV NEW HAVEN CONN OBSERVATORY
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From a completely covariant formulation, the general equations that describe density and velocity distribution as well as the electromagnetic field induced by a charged particle in the surrounding fluid are derived. Linearization is introduced as usual, but the possibility of an external magnetic field is excluded. It is shown that it is of little importance whether the test particle is relativistic or not, as long as the ensembles mean thermal speed is small compared with the speed of light. Author