Department of Mathematics, University of Waikato
The diffusive transport of energetic, non-relativistic electrons in a hydrogenic plasma is described by the Fokker-Planck equation. Extracting information about the system from the Fokker-Planck equation can be difficult.
In this talk I outline the advantages of expressing the Fokker-Planck equation as a system of stochastic equations. I derive moment equations using stochastic methods and compare them to simulations. I discuss what the results mean for hard X-ray emission from solar loop- top sources and explore the validity of taking a diffusion approximation.
**Following Lyndon and Craig's talks there will be drinks and nibbles in the Tearoom**