Derivations, calculations and problems related to plasma physics
17-39 Dielectric Tensor - Cold plasma 08-06-16
I derive the dielectric tensor for wave propagation in a cold fluid-model magnetized plasma. This somewhat tedious calculation is a “right of passage” problem for beginning students of plasma physics since the various ways waves propagate in a magnetized plasma can be deduced from this tensor. In another notebook, I will present the analogous derivation for a warm plasma using kinetic theory \[LongDash] a more formidable calculation.
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17-46 Electrostatic response - warm magnetized plasma 12-12-17
I derive the electrostatic response for a warm magnetized plasma. This is a classical calculation in plasma physics that involves the solution of a PDE by the method of characteristics, several integrations, special functions, and numerous algebraic manipulations. I demonstrate that the contemporary capabilities of Mathematica can facilitate such calculations.