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The Physics of Plasmas

The Physics of Plasmas

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  • Date Published: January 2003
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521459129

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  • The Physics of Plasmas provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject, illustrating the basic theory with examples drawn from fusion, space and astrophysical plasmas. A particular strength of the book is its discussion of the various models used to describe plasma physics and the relationships between them. These include particle orbit theory, fluid equations, ideal and resistive magnetohydrodynamics, wave equations and kinetic theory. The reader will gain a firm grounding in the fundamentals, and develop this into an understanding of some of the more specialised topics. Throughout the text, there is an emphasis on the physical interpretation of plasma phenomena. Exercises are provided throughout. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students of physics, applied mathematics, astronomy and engineering will find a clear but rigorous explanation of the fundamental properties of plasmas with minimal mathematical formality. This book will also appeal to research physicists, nuclear and electrical engineers.

    • A broad based and comprehensive treatment of plasma physics
    • Provides a firm grounding in the basic theory and develops this to cover a selection of topics at the forefront of contemporary physics
    • Emphasises the physical interpretation of plasma phenomena
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    'The book provides a comprehensive and refreshing view of plasmas concentrating on the physical interpretation of plasma phenomena.' CERN Courier

    'This book is so well-structured and excellently written that it is a joy to read. It is highly recommended and it should become a classic just like its predecessor.' Journal of Plasma Physics

    'This is a mature and coherent text.' American Journal of Physics

    'Advanced undergraduate and graduate students of physics, applied mathematics, astronomy and engineering will find a clear but rigorous explanation of the fundamental properties of plasmas with minimal mathematical formality. This book will also appeal to research physicists, nuclear and electrical engineers.' Zentralblatt MATH

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    • Date Published: January 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521459129
    • length: 548 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 186 b/w illus. 15 tables 160 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Particle orbit theory
    3. Macroscopic equations
    4. Ideal magnetohydrodynamics
    5. Resistive magnetohydrodynamics
    6. Waves in unbounded homogeneous plasmas
    7. Collisionless kinetic theory
    8. Collisional kinetic theory
    9. Plasma radiation
    10. Non-linear plasma physics
    11. Aspects of inhomogeneous plasmas
    12. The classical theory of plasmas
    Appendices
    References
    Index.

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    The Physics of Plasmas

    T. J. M. Boyd, J. J. Sanderson

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    T. J. M. Boyd, University of Essex
    Before retiring in 2001, T. J. M. Boyd was Professor of Physics at the University of Essex. He has taught plasma physics to graduates and undergraduates all over the world.

    J. J. Sanderson, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Jeff Sanderson is Professor Emeritus at the University of St Andrews, and has taught plasma physics for over 30 years in Europe and the USA.

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