Macro-kinetic description of parametric instabilities

J. Huang, S. P. Kuo

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A moment expansion procedure is applied to the perturbed distribution function in the nonlinear coupling term in the kinetic analysis of parametric instabilities. Since the proposed theory incorporates fluid variables into the kinetic framework, it is termed macro-kinetic theory (MKT). This macro-kinetic formulation is, in principal, exact if all the moments in the expansion are taken into account. Moreover, the fluid description for parametric coupling can be retrieved from the kinetic framework. Therefore, the macro-kinetic coupling terms contain fluid insights as well as the kinetic information, while greatly simplify the kinetic analysis of parametric instabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272
Number of pages1
JournalIEEE International Conference on Plasma Science
StatePublished - 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Jun 3 1996Jun 5 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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