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Binary collision rates of relativistic thermal plasmas. I Theoretical frameworkBinary collision rates for arbitrary scattering cross sections are derived in the case of a beam of particles interacting with a Maxwell-Boltzmann (MB) plasma, or in the case of two MB plasmas interacting at generally different temperatures. The expressions are valid for all beam energies and plasma temperatures, from the nonrelativistic to the extreme relativistic limits. The calculated quantities include the reaction rate, the energy exchange rate, and the average rate of change of the squared transverse momentum component of a monoenergetic particle beam as a result of scatterings with particles of a MB plasma. Results are specialized to elastic scattering processes, two-temperature reaction rates, or the cold plasma limit, reproducing previous work.
Document ID
19850062178
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Authors
Dermer, C. D. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: Astrophysical Journal, Part 1
Volume: 295
ISSN: 0004-637X
Subject Category
PLASMA PHYSICS
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NGR-05-005-004
Distribution Limits
Public
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