# GENERAL THEORY OF PLASMA

## Abstract

A discussion of the dynamics of ionized gases following the macroscopic method of the kinetic theory of gases is presented. Molecular chaos is assumed, and only binary encounters between the particles are considered. A method of successive approximation for the Boltzmann equation for the velocity distribution function was formulated for the case when a characteristic length L is large compared to the mean free path l. Equations for a plasma and for calculation of the collision terms are given. The existence of a time of relaxation is explained by the effects of collision between oppositely charged particles. Expressions are presented for the calculation of electrical neutrality, colision interval and mean free path, electric currents, eletrical and thermal conductivities at rest, and diffusion. Vonticity theorems are considered. Equations governing electrostatic, electromagnetic, and hydromagnetic waves in a plasma are presented. (C.J.G.)

- Authors:

- Publication Date:

- Research Org.:
- Queen Mary Coll., London

- Sponsoring Org.:
- USDOE

- OSTI Identifier:
- 4184950

- NSA Number:
- NSA-14-010127

- Resource Type:
- Journal Article

- Journal Name:
- Nuovo Cimento (Italy) Divided into Nuovo Cimento A and Nuovo Cimento B

- Additional Journal Information:
- Journal Volume: Vol: (10) 13, Suppl. No. 1; Other Information: Orig. Receipt Date: 31-DEC-60

- Country of Publication:
- Country unknown/Code not available

- Language:
- English

- Subject:
- PHYSICS; BOLTZMANN EQUATION; CHARGED PARTICLES; CURRENTS; DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS; DIFFUSION; DISTRIBUTION; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; GASES; INTERACTIONS; IONIZATION; MEAN FREE PATH; MECHANICS; OSCILLATIONS; PLASMA; PLASMA WAVES; RELAXATION; STATISTICS; THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY; THERMODYNAMICS; TURBULENCE; VELOCITY

### Citation Formats

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Ferraro, V.
```*GENERAL THEORY OF PLASMA*. Country unknown/Code not available: N. p., 1959.
Web. doi:10.1007/BF02732621.

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Ferraro, V.
```*GENERAL THEORY OF PLASMA*. Country unknown/Code not available. doi:10.1007/BF02732621.

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Ferraro, V. Thu .
"GENERAL THEORY OF PLASMA". Country unknown/Code not available. doi:10.1007/BF02732621.
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title = {GENERAL THEORY OF PLASMA},

author = {Ferraro, V},

abstractNote = {A discussion of the dynamics of ionized gases following the macroscopic method of the kinetic theory of gases is presented. Molecular chaos is assumed, and only binary encounters between the particles are considered. A method of successive approximation for the Boltzmann equation for the velocity distribution function was formulated for the case when a characteristic length L is large compared to the mean free path l. Equations for a plasma and for calculation of the collision terms are given. The existence of a time of relaxation is explained by the effects of collision between oppositely charged particles. Expressions are presented for the calculation of electrical neutrality, colision interval and mean free path, electric currents, eletrical and thermal conductivities at rest, and diffusion. Vonticity theorems are considered. Equations governing electrostatic, electromagnetic, and hydromagnetic waves in a plasma are presented. (C.J.G.)},

doi = {10.1007/BF02732621},

journal = {Nuovo Cimento (Italy) Divided into Nuovo Cimento A and Nuovo Cimento B},

number = ,

volume = Vol: (10) 13, Suppl. No. 1,

place = {Country unknown/Code not available},

year = {1959},

month = {1}

}