Test particle propagation in magnetostatic turbulence. 2: The local approximation method
Abstract
An approximation method for statistical mechanics is presented and applied to a class of problems which contains a test particle propagation problem. All of the available basic equations used in statistical mechanics are cast in the form of a single equation which is integrodifferential in time and which is then used as the starting point for the construction of the local approximation method. Simplification of the integrodifferential equation is achieved through approximation to the Laplace transform of its kernel. The approximation is valid near the origin in the Laplace space and is based on the assumption of small Laplace variable. No other small parameter is necessary for the construction of this approximation method. The n'th level of approximation is constructed formally, and the first five levels of approximation are calculated explicitly. It is shown that each level of approximation is governed by an inhomogeneous partial differential equation in time with time independent operator coefficients. The order in time of these partial differential equations is found to increase as n does. At n = 0 the most local first order partial differential equation which governs the Markovian limit is regained.
 Publication:

Unknown
 Pub Date:
 November 1976
 Bibcode:
 1976tppm.reptR....K
 Keywords:

 Approximation;
 Laplace Transformation;
 Magnetostatics;
 Mathematical Models;
 Statistical Analysis;
 Laplace Equation;
 Markov Processes;
 Operators (Mathematics);
 Partial Differential Equations;
 Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics