Spin damping correction to electrostatic modes in kinetic plasma theory

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The effect of spin of particles is studied using a semi-classical kinetic theory for a magnetized plasma. No other quantum effects are included. We focus in the simple damping effects for the electrostatic wave modes. Besides Landau damping, we show that spin produces two new different effects of damping or instability which are proportional to ℏ. These corrections depend on the electromagnetic part of the wave that is coupled with the spin vector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4460-4463
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number48
StatePublished - 7 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Electron wave damping
  • Landau damping
  • Spin plasma dynamics


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