Electron transport in strongly ionized plasmas

F.J.F. Odenhoven, van, P.P.J.M. Schram

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Abstract

The kinetic theory of the electrons in a strongly ionized, collision dominated plasma is reconsidered. By means of a perturbation expansion combined with a multiple time scales formalism, the kinetic equation for the electron distribution function is solved. The usual integro- differential operator is transformed into a pure differential operator. In a fully ionized plasma this operator reduces to a surprisingly simple form when compared to the original one of Spitzer et al. This greatly simplifies the numerical calculation of the transport coefficients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-102
JournalPhysica A: Statistical and Theoretical Physics
Volume133
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1985

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