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Extreme Physics by Jon Larsen, Jeff Colvin

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9 Radiation energy transport

In Section 2.2 we discussed the nature of collisions between electrons and ions, suggesting that we might view plasma as two separate fluids, an electron fluid and an ion fluid, as the electrons and ions have substantial mass differences. Yet the two fluids are not independent since their constituents undergo collisions and thus exchange momentum and energy. There is, however, a third fluid to be considered, namely radiation. In Chapter 3 we found that we could describe radiation as a propagating electromagnetic wave. Since the radiation, though, undergoes interactions with the electron fluid involving exchanges of momentum and energy, the properties of radiation may also be treated with methods not much different ...

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