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In this brief communication we present a new integral transform, so far unknown, which is applicable, for instance, to studying the kinetic theory of natural eigenmodes or transport excited in plasmas with bounded distribution functions such as in Q machines/plasma diodes or in the scrap-off layer of Tokamak fusion plasmas. The results are valid for functions of
function spaces—Lebesgue spaces, which are defined using a natural generalization of the
*p*-norm for finite-dimensional vector spaces, where
is the real set,
σs
is the
σ-algebra of Lebesgue measurable sets, and the
*μ* Lebesgue measure.
, so that
. Note that, using a simpler notation, more natural/known to engineers, f could be considered any piecewise continuous function, that is:
Here
is a Euclidian space with the usual norm (inner product:
) given by:
[1].

The mathematics that has hatched the novel operator presented in this paper is connected to the integral equation that arises from the technique to obtain eigenmodes of bounded plasmas, with the caveat of one-dimensional geometry and no particles collision, that is collisionless plasma, however coupled to an external electric circuit via the electrodes, a model which is very useful to describe the external control of plasma dynamics. In order to get the mathematics and hence the operator under consideration, an integral-equation method was developed for solving a general linearized perturbation problem for an one-di- mensional, uniform and collisionless plasma with thin sheaths, bounded by two planar electrodes [

The method allows for very general equilibrium, boundary, and external circuit conditions. Using Laplace’s transformation in both time and space, it is set up to handle the complete linearized initial-value problem and also yields the solution to the eigenmode problem as a by-product, using the Nyquist technique in this case which is a very useful method to access the zeros of a complex function

Genesis of the AK Transform

Here, to obtain the AK transform, it is sufficient to use the results of the special case of longitudinal oscillations in the negatively biased single-ended Q machine.

As already mentioned, the mathematical operator under consideration, takes shape just when we combine the Laplace-transformed integral-equation system for the perturbed plasma system variables―electric field, electric current, distribution functions.

After combining the basic equations, the Laplace component of the perturbed electric-field solution of the posed problem can be written as

with

where

where

We can write the operator

In order to proceed, we work a bit further the concept of L? space, which will be useful to where we intend to move:

The space

We consider here, however, a much simpler way to start with our conjecture. Let us then assume that f is a piecewise continuous function Euclidian space

Therefore, we finally define our novel transform, namely the AK transform, as below, where here we have replaced, as mentioned above, the electric field with an arbitrary function

where

In this way, we can write the operator AK as

where the integral operator

Here

We can also write

We can show that AK is invertible, it is linear, it is injective, and it is limited.

The inversion can be shown as below:

in a way that

Applying now AK to Equation (1) from the left-handside we have

Thus,

where,

Applying now

and,

We then have a system of two equations for

This implies that, from (1’),

and from (2’),

Therefore,

Thus,

In conclusion,

and so

Therefore,

In fact,

But,

Thus,

So, indeed,

Now consider,

But,

and

Thus,

We have then,

Therefore, we have completed the two ways inversion.

The AK’s transform can be extended to square integrable functions, that is:

Moving further, we will show that:

Moving further, we will show some fundamental properties of AK.

In fact, consider

Thus,

Since AK is linear, we have only to show that

Indeed,

Thus,

if we assume

If we use now the inequality

Thus, we are forced to conclude that

if

Here we can also show that if

Also,

We show here that AK is limited (i.e. continuous).

Indeed,

and so it is limited.

In short, a new integral operator AK has been created which is useful to studying kinetic theory for bounded plasmas, a subject of paramount importance for nuclear fusion applications (mainly to study plasma wall interactions), as well as all types of technological plasma applications.

From the mathematical point of view, much can still be done in studying this operator to fully understand its mathematical structure and applicability to solving problems involving, for instance, differential, integral, and integrodifferential equations.

ASA would like to thank the California State University (CSU Chico)―Depart- ment of Mathematics and Statistics (in special to Prof. Dr. Rick Ford) to host part of this research work.ASA would like to also thank CNEN for research support and Orlando Goncalves (DPD-CNEN) for useful discussions to improve the final manuscript.

de Assis, A.S., Kuhn, S. and Limaco, J. (2017) The AK Transform. Applied Mathematics, 8, 145-153. https://doi.org/10.4236/am.2017.82012