TITLE

Wave kinetics of relativistic quantum plasmas

AUTHOR(S)
Mendonça, J. T.
PUB. DATE
June 2011
SOURCE
Physics of Plasmas;Jun2011, Vol. 18 Issue 6, p062101
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A quantum kinetic equation, valid for relativistic unmagnetized plasmas, is derived here. This equation describes the evolution of a quantum quasi-distribution, which is the Wigner function for relativistic spinless charged particles in a plasma, and it is exactly equivalent to a Klein-Gordon equation. Our quantum kinetic equation reduces to the Vlasov equation in the classical limit, where the Wigner function is replaced by a classical distribution function. An approximate form of the quantum kinetic equation is also derived, which includes first order quantum corrections. This is applied to electron plasma waves, for which a new dispersion relation is obtained. It is shown that quantum recoil effects contribute to the electron Landau damping with a third order derivative term. The case of high frequency electromagnetic waves is also considered. Its dispersion relation is shown to be insensitive to quantum recoil effects for equilibrium plasma distributions.
ACCESSION #
62010285

 

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