MANY-PARTICLE ASPECTS OF THE THEORY OF TURBULENT PLASMA.
FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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The survey is devoted to an investigation of the weakly turbulent state of a rarefied plasma, when one can assume a weakly interacting gas of collective oscillations, quasi-particles, on a background of the average distribution of plasma particles. By describing the behavior of a rarefied plasma with the aid of the kinetic Boltzmann equations for the particle distribution functions and the Maxwellian equations for the self-consistant electrical and magnetic fields and by using the perturbation theory for a small ratio of the energy of interaction of collective oscillations among themselves and the background to their full energy, in this case kinetic equations for the number of quasi-particles are obtained. Representing the collective oscillations in the form of separate quanta permits the expression of a number of properties of their nonlinear interaction in the simplest form. The quasi-linear theory is used to describe the interaction of oscillations with the background. The application of the obtained equations is then illustrated on a series of specific examples. Author
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics