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A kinetic model of radiating electrons

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Article number043101
Journal publication date2013
JournalJournal of Mathematical Physics
Journal number4
Volume54
Number of pages8
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

A kinetic theory is developed to describe radiating electrons whose motion is governed by the Lorentz-Dirac 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 $1$-particle theory may be removed by expanding the latter equation in powers of $\tau := q^2/ 6\pi m$. The radiation-induced 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.