A statistical theory of electromagnetic waves in turbulent plasmas

I. Ben-Israel*, T. Piran, Aharon Eviatar, J. Weinstock

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A statistical theory, previously developed for electrostatic waves is extended to the case of electromagnetic waves in the presence of a constant magnetic field. The theory is nonlinear and contains the effects of mode-mode coupling. The extension is not straightforward as assumed previously by many authors and involves calculation of perturbed trajectories in both velocity and configuration space. A diffusion equation is derived for the average particle distribution function, the associated diffusion tensor is calculated and a nonlinear wave dispersion relation is found. All these results contain the usual quasilinear theory as the lowest order approximation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-155
Number of pages31
JournalAstrophysics and Space Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1975


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