Numerical solution of the quantum Lenard-Balescu equation for a non-degenerate one-component plasma

Christian R. Scullard, Andrew P. Belt, Susan C. Fennell, Marija R. Janković, Nathan Ng, Susana Serna, Frank R. Graziani

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© 2016 Author(s). We present a numerical solution of the quantum Lenard-Balescu equation using a spectral method, namely an expansion in Laguerre polynomials. This method exactly conserves both particles and kinetic energy and facilitates the integration over the dielectric function. To demonstrate the method, we solve the equilibration problem for a spatially homogeneous one-component plasma with various initial conditions. Unlike the more usual Landau/Fokker-Planck system, this method requires no input Coulomb logarithm; the logarithmic terms in the collision integral arise naturally from the equation along with the non-logarithmic order-unity terms. The spectral method can also be used to solve the Landau equation and a quantum version of the Landau equation in which the integration over the wavenumber requires only a lower cutoff. We solve these problems as well and compare them with the full Lenard-Balescu solution in the weak-coupling limit. Finally, we discuss the possible generalization of this method to include spatial inhomogeneity and velocity anisotropy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number092119
JournalPhysics of Plasmas
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016


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