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Plasma Waves and RF heating

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:56 am
by Andrew Seltzman
Last semester I took a special problems cource with another student focusing on the interactions of electromagnetic waves with plasmas. Here is our final report. ... _final.pdf

Andrew Seltzman

Re: Plasma Waves and RF heating

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:20 pm
by Carl Willis
Hi Andrew,

Looks like a good paper. I read the "background" portion (i and ii) and I think it's concise, straightforward, and probably of utility to folks here as a crash course in plasma waves. A notation glossary would be a useful addition (maybe not to your prof, but for public consumption).


Re: Plasma Waves and RF heating

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:07 am
by DaveC
Andrew -

Thanks for posting your paper. That's a substantial piece of work, and I haven't gotten too far into it, as yet.

One of the challenges with the mathematical representation of something as complex as a plasma, with high speed particles of different masses, and so on... is what are the appropriate boundary conditions, and how does one apply them?

Despite these difficulties, the generalized theory presents an overview that enables one to get his head around the basic behavior and what governs it.

Dave Cooper