Analytical solutions for the energy distribution of charged particles in a weak electric field
Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia and Dipartimento di Energetica,
Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24 - 10129 Torino, Italy
Published online: 15 July 1999
The paper deals with the stationary distribution of charged particles moving in a material medium, having scattering and absorption properties, in which a uniform electric field is present. The purpose of the work is finding analytical solutions in simplified but physically significant situations and comparing different approximations based on a spherical-harmonics expansion of the velocity distribution.
PACS: 52.25.Dg – Plasma kinetic equations / 51.10.+y – Kinetic and transport theory of gases / 05.20.Dd – Kinetic theory
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 1999