Description 
1 online resource 
Summary 
"This complete introduction to the use of modern ray tracing techniques in plasma physics describes the powerful mathematical methods generally applicable to vector wave equations in nonuniform media, and clearly demonstrates the application of these methods to simplify and solve important problems in plasma wave theory. Key analytical concepts are carefully introduced as needed, encouraging the development of a visual intuition for the underlying methodology, with more advanced mathematical concepts succinctly explained in the appendices, and supporting MATLAB and RAYCON code available online. Covering variational principles, covariant formulations, caustics, tunnelling, mode conversion, weak dissipation, wave emission from coherent sources, incoherent wave fields, and collective wave absorption and emission, all within an accessible framework using standard plasma physics notation, this is an invaluable resource for graduate students and researchers in plasma physics" Provided by publisher. 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes. 
Contents 
Introduction  Some preliminaries  Eikonal approximation  Visualization and wave field construction  Phase space theory of caustics  Mode conversion and tunneling  Gyroresonant wave conversion  Appendix A: Cold plasma models for the plasma dielectric tensor  Appendix B: Review of variational principles  Appendix C: Potpourri of other useful mathematical ideas  Appendix D: HeisenbergWeyl group and the theory of operator symbols  Appendix E: Canonical transformations and metaplectic transforms  Appendix F: Normal forms  Appendix G: General solutions for multidimensional conversion  Glossary of mathematical symbols. 
Local Note 
eBooks on EBSCOhost EBSCO eBook Subscription Academic Collection  North America 
Subject 
Plasma waves.


Ray tracing algorithms.


Phase space (Statistical physics)

Genre/Form 
Electronic books.

Added Author 
Brizard, Alain Jean.

Other Form: 
Print version: Tracy, E.R. (Eugene Raymond), 1956 Ray tracing and beyond 9780521768061 (DLC) 2013028341 (OCoLC)853664439 
ISBN 
9781139870603 (electronic bk.) 

1139870602 (electronic bk.) 

9780511667565 (electronic bk.) 

0511667566 (electronic bk.) 

9781139864886 

1139864882 

9780521768061 

0521768063 
