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Abstract
A kinetic theory is developed to describe radiating electrons whose motion is governed by the LorentzDirac equation. This gives rise to a generalized Vlasov equation coupled to an equation for the evolution of the physical submanifold of phase space. The pathological solutions of the 1particle theory may be removed by expanding the latter equation in powers of τ ≔ q 2/6πm. The radiationinduced change in entropy is explored and its physical origin is discussed. As a simple demonstration of the theory, the radiative damping rate of longitudinal plasma waves is calculated.
Original language  English 

Article number  043101 
Number of pages  8 
Journal  Journal of Mathematical Physics 
Volume  54 
Issue number  4 
DOIs  
Publication status  Published  2013 
Keywords
 electrons
 kinetic models
 radiation reaction
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Extreme light infrastructure (ELI)
STFC Science and Technology Facilities Council
1/04/08 → 31/03/11
Project: Research