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Title:An Application of the Lie Group Theory of Continuous Point Transformations to the Vlasov-Maxwell Equations (Plasma Physics)
Author(s):Haill, Thomas Arthur
Department / Program:Nuclear Engineering
Discipline:Nuclear Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Engineering, Nuclear
Abstract:The concept of invariance of partial differential equations under Lie groups of continuous point transformations is employed to study the Vlasov-Maxwell equations of plasma physics. These equations are first expressed in arbitrary orthogonal, curvilinear coordinates. Their invariance properties are studied in Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical geometries. One-to-one mappings between the admitted groups of point transformations in the different geometries are demonstrated.
The invariance properties of the electrostatic Vlasov-Maxwell equations in one-dimensional Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical geometries are also studied. Group invariants are used to reduce these equations to similarity form with one less independent variable. An attempt is made to solve the reduced Vlasov-Maxwell equations for a particular self-similar solution.
Finally, relationships are demonstrated between the groups of point transformations admitted by the Vlasov-Maxwell equations and the groups of point transformations admitted by the moment equations derivable from the Vlasov-Maxwell equations.
Issue Date:1985
Description:187 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8511613
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1985

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