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Abstract

Littlejohn's guiding-center mechanics, with the polarization drift included, is rederived from a Lagrangian. The respective collisionless kinetic guiding-center theory is then established. Even though single-guiding-center energy is exactly conserved here in time-independent fields, the total energy of the resulting guiding-center plasma and its self-consistent fields is only approximately conserved (to leading order in epsilon = taug/L). This is unlike in the case without polarization drift, where exact conservation of total energy obtains. Nevertheless, the present formalism seems to be important for the theory of drift waves and anomalous transport.

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Authors: WIMMEL H K MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUER PLASMAPHYSIK, GARCHING BEI MUENCHEN (GERMANY), MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUER PLASMAPHYSIK, GARCHING BEI MUENCHEN (GERMANY)
Bibliographic Reference: AVAILABILITY: MAX-PLANCK-INSTITUT FUER PLASMAPHYSIK, 8046 GARCHING BEI MUENCHEN (GERMANY), MENTIONING REPORT IPP 6/221, 26 P., 1983
Record Number: 1989122008600 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
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