Linear Response for Confined Particles

Wrighton, Jeffrey
Dufty, James
Henning, Christian
Bonitz, Michael
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The dynamics of fluctuations is considered for electrons near a positive ion or for charges in a confining trap. The stationary nonuniform equilibrium densities are discussed and contrasted. The linear response function for small perturbations of this nonuniform state is calculated from a linear Markov kinetic theory whose generator for the dynamics is exact in the short time limit. The kinetic equation is solved in terms of an effective mean field single particle dynamics determined by the local density and dynamical screening by a dielectric function for the non-uniform system. The autocorrelation function for the total force on the charges is discussed.
Comment: 4 pages, 1 figure. Results presented at the "International Conference on Strongly Coupled Coulomb Systems", Camerino, Italy, July 2008. Submitted for publication in the conference proceedings (special issue of Journal of Physics A)
Condensed Matter - Statistical Mechanics