Relativistic kinetic theory of magnetoplasmas

Alexei Beklemishev, Piero Nicolini, Massimo Tessarotto

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Recently, an increasing interest in astrophysical as well as laboratory plasmas has been manifested in reference to the existence of relativistic flows, related in turn to the production of intense electric fields in magnetized systems. Such phenomena require their description in the framework of a consistent relativistic kinetic theory, rather than on relativistic MHD equations, subject to specific closure conditions. The purpose of this work is to apply the relativistic single-particle guiding-center theory developed by Beklemishev and Tessarotto, including the nonlinear treatment of small-wavelength EM perturbations which may naturally arise in such systems. As a result, a closed set of relativistic gyrokinetic equations, consisting of the collisionless relativistic kinetic equation, expressed in hybrid gyrokinetic variables, and the averaged Maxwell's equations, is derived for an arbitrary four-dimensional coordinate system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRAREFIED GAS DYNAMICS
Subtitle of host publication24th International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics, RGD24
Number of pages6
StatePublished - May 16 2005
Event24th International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics, RGD24 - Bari, Italy
Duration: Jul 10 2004Jul 16 2004

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Conference24th International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics, RGD24

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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