On the Hamilton-Jacobi variational formulation of the Vlasov equation
November 7, 2011 - 6:00am
The Vlasov-Poisson and Vlasov-Maxwell equations possess various variational formulations or action principles. I will discuss a particular variational principle that is based on a Hamiltonian-Jacobi formulation of Vlasov theory, a formulation that is not widely known. I will show how this formulation can be reduced for describing the Vlasov-Poisson system. The resulting system is of Hamilton-Jacobi form, but with nonlinear global coupling to the Poisson equation. A description of phase (function)space geometry and relation to Hamilton-Jacobi PDE methods and weak KAM will be given.
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