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In this paper, a self-consistent model is developed of the propagation of an electromagnetic wave into a plasma region, based on the solution of the Maxwell-Boltzmann system of equations. The system is resolved using a finite-difference time-domain approach that gives as results the behavior of both the particle velocity distribution function and the electromagnetic fields. The method is applied to a simple situation in which a wave impinges on a plasma region, but can easily be extended to more complicated configurations.
Date of Publication: Aug. 2008