Accession Number : AD0692744

Title :   INVESTIGATION OF THE DYNAMICS OF IONIZED MEDIA (PLASMAS), PARTS I AND II,

Corporate Author : P E C RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC LOUISVILLE COLO

Personal Author(s) : Brittin,Wesley E. ; Chappell,Willard R.

Report Date : APR 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 76

Abstract : A statistical mechanical theory of fields is developed. Since a field has an infinite number of degrees of freedom, it is natural and convenient to use functional methods for its description. The most general statistical mechanical state for a field is represented by a distribution functional which satisfies a functional differential equation analogous to the Liouville equation. The functional Fourier transform (characteristic functional) is introduced and its properties are studied. Multitime functionals and various reduced distribution functions are also discussed. The formalism is applied to the free electromagnetic fields as well as to a system of charged particles (plasma) interacting via the electromagnetic field. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PLASMAS(PHYSICS), FIELD THEORY), (*FIELD THEORY, *STATISTICAL MECHANICS), FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS, DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, DISTRIBUTION FUNCTIONS, ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS, INTERACTIONS

Subject Categories : Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE