DYNAMIC POTENTIALS IN GYROTROPIC PLASMAS.
Rept. for Mar 67-Mar 69,
AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF LAB OPERATIONS
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Wave equations are derived for the scalar and vector potentials of guided electromagnetic waves propagating in a laterally bounded magnetized plasma along the axis of the static magnetic field. Solutions are given in the Coulomb and the Lorentz gauge. These solutions are used in a critical examination of the conceptual basis of the quasistatic theory because they allow convenient partitioning of the high frequency electric field into a lamellar and a rotational part. In the quasistatic approximation the electric field is considered to be entirely lamellar, i.e., the gradient of a scalar potential that is not consistent with Maxwells equations. To avoid inconsistencies the problem is formulated so that the dynamic scalar potential replaces the quasistatic potential. The rotational part of the electric field is readily obtained as the time derivative of the vector potential. Exact quantitative comparison of the two parts of the electric field is made possible in this way and the relative importance of each part is evaluated for a few typical cases of interest. Author
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics