In this chapter, we investigate the stopping power of an ion in a magnetized electron plasma in a model of binary collisions (BCs) between ions and magnetized electrons, in which the two-body interaction is treated up to the second order as a perturbation to the helical motion of the electrons. This improved BC theory is uniformly valid for any strength of the magnetic field and is derived for two-body forces which are treated in Fourier space without specifying the interaction potential. The stopping power is explicitly calculated for a regularized and screened potential which is both of finite range and less singular than the Coulomb interaction at the origin. Closed expressions for the stopping power are derived for monoenergetic electrons, which are then folded with an isotropic Maxwell velocity distribution of the electrons. The accuracy and validity of the present model have been studied by comparisons with the classical trajectory Monte Carlo numerical simulations.
Part of the book: Plasma Science and Technology