Test particle - plasma interactions

Gibson, Alasdair L. (1973) Test particle - plasma interactions. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis describes investigations into the properties of a two-dimensional plasma carried out by theory and computer simulation. The predictions of previous work concerning the wake generated by a suprathermal test particle in a two-dimensional plasma have been verified within the very noticeable constraints of the computer simulation model. Other work has been done, which has lent itself better to a good description by simulation. Primarily, in the electrostatic case, the slowing of a test particle in a two-dimensional collisionless plasma has been adequately quantitatively demonstrated. In the case of two-dimensional magnetised plasma, expressions for the potential due to a test charge have been derived. It is shown that the nature of the potential distribution round the test particle, and a fortiori, the shielding properties of the plasma have been radically altered by the inclusion of the magnetic field. Whatever tractable means were available have been used to indicate the form of the potential distributions for both stationary and moving test particles.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Pure sciences, two-dimensional plasmas.
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Supervisor's Name: Supervisor, not known
Date of Award: 1973
Depositing User: Theses Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1973-82627
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2022 16:06
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2022 17:00
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.82627
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/82627

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