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Solution of electron equations of motion

We can solve the electron equations of motion, (295) and (296), as a set of $2N$ coupled first-order ODEs using the RK4 methods discussed in Sect. 3. However, in order to evaluate the right-hand sides of these equations we need to know the electric field $E(x)$ at each time-step. We can achieve this by solving Poisson's equation, (298), every time-step. However, in order to determine the source term for this equation we need to calculate the electron number density $n(x)$, which is, of course, a function of the instantaneous electron locations.

Richard Fitzpatrick 2006-03-29