Whistler-mode Waves in a Hot Plasma

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 11, 1993 - Science - 259 pages
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The book provides an extensive theoretical treatment of whistler-mode propagation, instabilities and damping in a collisionless plasma. This book fills a gap between oversimplified analytical studies of these waves, based on the cold plasma approximation, and studies based on numerical methods. Although the book is primarily addressed to space plasma physicists and radio physicists, it will also prove useful to laboratory plasma physicists. Mathematical methods described in the book can be applied in a straightforward way to the analysis of other types of plasma waves. Problems included in this book, along with their solutions, allow it to be used as a textbook for postgraduate students.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Basic equations
5
2 Propagation in a cold plasma
36
3 Parallel propagation weakly relativistic approximation
61
4 Parallel propagation nonrelativistic approximation
76
5 Quasilongitudinal approximation
94
6 Quasielectrostatic approximation
121
7 Growth and damping of the waves
144
8 Nonlinear effects
185
9 Applications to the Earths magnetosphere
210
References
236
Solutions to the problems
250
Index
258
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