The radiative self-force and charged fluids

David Burton, Anthony Carr, Jonathan Gratus, Adam Noble

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We develop a new fluid model of a warm plasma that includes the radiative self-force on each plasma electron. Our approach is a natural generalization of established methods for generating fluid models without radiation reaction. The equilibrium of a magnetized plasma is analysed, and it is shown that the thermal motion is confined to the magnetic field lines. A dispersion relation is deduced for electric waves in a magnetized plasma, and it is shown to agree with our recently established relativistic kinetic theory derived from the Lorentz-Abraham-Dirac equation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of SPIE
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2013
EventSPIE 8779, Harnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves III - Prague, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Apr 2013 → …


  • dispersion
  • radiation
  • plasmas
  • magnetism
  • electrons

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