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Self-similar variables and the problem of nonlocal electron heat conductivity

Description: Self-similar solutions of the collisional electron kinetic equation are obtained for the plasmas with one (1D) and three (3D) dimensional plasma parameter inhomogeneities and arbitrary Z{sub eff}. For the plasma parameter profiles characterized by the ratio of the mean free path of thermal electrons with respect to electron-electron collisions, {gamma}{sub T}, to the scale length of electron temperature variation, L, one obtains a criterion for determining the effect that tail particles with motion of the non-diffusive type have on the electron heat conductivity. For these conditions it is shown that the use of a {open_quotes}symmetrized{close_quotes} kinetic equation for the investigation of the strong nonlocal effect of suprathermal electrons on the electron heat conductivity is only possible at sufficiently high Z{sub eff} (Z{sub eff} {ge} (L/{gamma}{sub T}){sup 1/2}). In the case of 3D inhomogeneous plasma (spherical symmetry), the effect of the tail electrons on the heat transport is less pronounced since they are spread across the radius r.
Date: October 1, 1993
Creator: Krasheninnikov, S.I. & Bakunin, O.G.
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