By W. D. Jones, H. J. Doucet, J. M. Buzzi (auth.)

Modern plasma physics, encompassing wave-particle interactions and collec tive phenomena attribute of the collision-free nature of sizzling plasmas, was once based in 1946 whilst 1. D. Landau released his research of linear (small amplitude) waves in such plasmas. It used to be now not until eventually a few ten to 20 years later, even if, with impetus from the then swiftly constructing managed fusion box, that enough recognition used to be dedicated, in either theoretical and experimental study, to clarify the significance and ramifications of Landau's unique paintings. considering then, with advances in laboratory, fusion, area, and astrophysical plasma examine, now we have witnessed very important devel opments towards the certainty of various linear in addition to nonlinear plasma phenomena, together with plasma turbulence. this present day, plasma physics stands as a well-developed self-discipline containing a unified physique of strong theoretical and experimental ideas and together with a variety of appli cations. As such, it truly is now usually brought in college physics and engineering curricula on the senior and first-year-graduate degrees. an important prerequisite for all of contemporary plasma stories is the below status oflinear waves in a temporally and spatially dispersive medium comparable to a plasma, together with the kinetic (Landau) conception description of such waves. instructing event has often proven that scholars (seniors and first-year graduates), whilst first uncovered to the kinetic conception of plasma waves, have problems in facing the necessary sophistication in multidimensional advanced variable (singular) integrals and transforms.

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1. Properties for Complex z. 163) 2Q,°(z). Then, using the fact that Q,± are Fourier-Laplace transforms, we have + Q,-(z) = -. 164) these definitions being valid for Q,+ for Im(z) > 0, and for Q,- for Im(z) < O. 2. Properties for Real z. ±(z')] dz. 169) Q:±( -z*) = [Q:±(z)]*. 6. APPENDIX A: FUNCTIONS OF COMPLEX VARIABLES The theory offunctions of complex variables is used extensively in plasma physics. In this appendix we give basically a reference list of definitions and theorems, relative to the theory of functions of complex variables, which are presently in common use in plasma physics.

The first assumption is that, without any external perturbation, the medium is in an equilibrium state. , that we have an infinite homogeneous equilibrium in space. , are small, so that the response of the medium will be linear. This assumption may allow us to establish a general relationship between the fields and the particle motion. 7) where the conductivity (1 is not a function of E or B. Moreover, we may assume that (1 is a tensor, so that the vectorsj and E are not generally colinear. The relation given by Eq.

73). Our conclusion is that, in contrast to a Fourier transform in time, a Laplace transform in time yields to causal solutions of linear differential equations describing nondissipative systems. 2. Causality and Transient Motion In this section, we will show more precisely how causality is related to the transient motion in a nondissipative system. Let us consider Eq. 64) again, which is the causal solution of the differential equation, Eq. 35). , for the asymptotic behavior of M. 82) then Eq.