Marsden, Jerrold E. and Ratiu, T. and Schmid, R. and Spencer, R. G. and Weinstein, Alan J. (1983) Hamiltonian systems with symmetry, coadjoint orbits and plasma physics. Atti della Accademia delle scienze di Torino, 117 (1). pp. 289340. ISSN 00014419. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20100922080914569

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The symplectic and Poisson structures on reduced phase spaces are reviewed, including the symplectic structure on coadjoint orbits of a Lie group and the LiePoisson structure on the dual of a Lie algebra. These results are applied to plasma physics. We show in three steps how the MaxwellVlasov equations for a collisionless plasma can be written in Hamiltonian form relative to a certain Poisson bracket. First, the PoissonVlasov equations are shown to be in Hamiltonian form relative to the LiePoisson bracket on the dual of the (nite dimensional) Lie algebra of innitesimal canonical transformations. Then we write Maxwell's equations in Hamiltonian form using the canonical symplectic structure on the phase space of the electromagnetic elds, regarded as a gauge theory. In the last step we couple these two systems via the reduction procedure for interacting systems. We also show that two other standard models in plasma physics, ideal MHD and two uid electrodynamics, can be written in Hamiltonian form using similar group theoretic techniques.
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Additional Information:  © 1983, AMS. We thank Darryl Holm, Allan Kaufman, Boris Kuperschmidt, and Shlomo Sternberg for many helpful discussions and comments. Lecture delivered by R. Schmid. Research partially supported by the Miller Institute and DOE Contract DEATO382ER12097, and the Miller Institute. Research partially supported by NSF grant MCS8101642.  
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