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Ray Tracing and Beyond
Phase Space Methods in Plasma Wave Theory

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  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521768061

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  • This complete introduction to the use of modern ray tracing techniques in plasma physics describes the powerful mathematical methods generally applicable to vector wave equations in non-uniform media, and clearly demonstrates the application of these methods to simplify and solve important problems in plasma wave theory. Key analytical concepts are carefully introduced as needed, encouraging the development of a visual intuition for the underlying methodology, with more advanced mathematical concepts succinctly explained in the appendices, and supporting Matlab and Raycon code available online. Covering variational principles, covariant formulations, caustics, tunnelling, mode conversion, weak dissipation, wave emission from coherent sources, incoherent wave fields, and collective wave absorption and emission, all within an accessible framework using standard plasma physics notation, this is an invaluable resource for graduate students and researchers in plasma physics.

    • Contains over 100 end-of-chapter problems, to allow the reader to explore topics in more depth
    • Emphasises methods and concepts that are generally applicable, including methods for visualizing ray families in higher dimensions
    • Accompanied by open source Matlab and Raycon code
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521768061
    • length: 541 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 177 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.2kg
    • contains: 101 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Some preliminaries
    3. Eikonal approximation
    4. Visualization and wave field construction
    5. Phase space theory of caustics
    6. Mode conversion and tunneling
    7. Gyroresonant wave conversion
    Appendix A. Cold plasma models for the plasma dielectric tensor
    Appendix B. Review of variational principles
    Appendix C. Potpourri of other useful mathematical ideas
    Appendix D. Heisenberg–Weyl group and the theory of operator symbols
    Appendix E. Canonical transformations and metaplectic transforms

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    Ray Tracing and Beyond

    E. R. Tracy, A. J. Brizard, A. S. Richardson, A. N. Kaufman

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  • Authors

    E. R. Tracy, College of William and Mary, Virginia
    E. R. Tracy is the Chancellor Professor of Physics at the College of William and Mary, Virginia.

    A. J. Brizard, Saint Michael's College, Vermont
    A. J. Brizard is a Professor of Physics at Saint Michael's College, Vermont.

    A. S. Richardson, US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)
    A. S. Richardson is a Research Scientist in the Plasma Physics Division of the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).

    A. N. Kaufman, University of California, Berkeley
    A. N. Kaufman is an Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley.

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