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Advanced Magnetohydrodynamics
With Applications to Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas

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  • Date Published: May 2010
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  • isbn: 9780511718076

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  • Following on from the companion volume Principles of Magnetohydrodynamics, this textbook analyzes the applications of plasma physics to thermonuclear fusion and plasma astrophysics from the single viewpoint of MHD. This approach turns out to be ever more powerful when applied to streaming plasmas (the vast majority of visible matter in the Universe), toroidal plasmas (the most promising approach to fusion energy), and nonlinear dynamics (where it all comes together with modern computational techniques and extreme transonic and relativistic plasma flows). The textbook interweaves theory and explicit calculations of waves and instabilities of streaming plasmas in complex magnetic geometries. It is ideally suited to advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in plasma physics and astrophysics.

    • Examines both the fundamental concepts (MHD spectral theory, numerical MHD, transonic flow) and the modern applications (tokamaks, astrophysical jets)
    • Presents basic theory together with numerical techniques so readers can make the transition from theory to application
    • Provides a unique view on the similarities and differences of nuclear fusion (tokamak) plasmas and solar and space plasmas
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    Reviews & endorsements

    From the companion volume: 'Goedbloed and Poedts have written a unique and outstanding volume on theoretical magnetohydrodynamics … The reader is carefully and clearly guided on a mathematical journey through the essential arguments, which serves as a concise road map across the vast territory of mathematical plasma kinetics … the present volume … is an outstanding contribution to the subject of MHD theory and its applications. Supplemented with … [the companion volume], it might well become the definitive treatise on the subject.' Gene Parker, Journal of Fluid Mechanics

    '… an engaging text … The authors present many examples to good effect, and derive results efficiently and clearly from fundamental relationships. Units (mksA) are, blessedly, explicit. The authors' clarity inspires eagerness to dig into derivations and examples … Goedbloed and Poedts have thoughtfully asterisked those sections that are optional for a first course in MHD …' E. J. Zeta, American Journal of Physics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511718076
    • contains: 122 b/w illus. 53 colour illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part III. Flow and Dissipation:
    12. Waves and instabilities of stationary plasmas
    13. Shear flow and rotation
    14. Resistive plasma dynamics
    15. Computational linear MHD
    Part IV. Toroidal Plasmas:
    16. Static equilibrium of toroidal plasmas
    17. Linear dynamics of static toroidal plasmas
    18. Linear dynamics of stationary toroidal plasmas
    Part V. Nonlinear Dynamics:
    19. Computational nonlinear MHD
    20. Transonic MHD flows and shocks
    21. Ideal MHD in special relativity

  • Authors

    J. P. Goedbloed, FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics
    J. P. (Hans) Goedbloed is an advisor at the FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics and Professor Emeritus of theoretical plasma physics at Utrecht University. He has been a visiting scientist at laboratories in the Soviet Union, the United States, Brazil and Europe. He has taught at Campinas, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, MIT, K. U. Leuven, and regularly at Amsterdam Free University and Utrecht University. For many years he coordinated a large-scale computational effort with the Dutch Science Organization on Fast Changes in Complex Flows involving scientists of different disciplines.

    Rony Keppens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
    Rony Keppens is a Professor at the Centre for Plasma-Astrophysics, K. U. Leuven, affiliated with the FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics 'Rijnhuizen', and a Professor at Utrecht University. He headed numerical plasma dynamics teams at Rijnhuizen and Leuven, and is frequently invited to lecture on computational methods in astrophysics. His career started with research posts at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, and the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics, Freiburg. His expertise ranges from solar physics to high energy astrophysics, includes parallel computing, grid-adaptivity and visualization of large-scale simulations.

    Stefaan Poedts, Centre for Plasma Astrophysics
    Stefaan Poedts is full Professor in the department of mathematics at K. U. Leuven. He graduated in Leuven, was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching, a senior researcher at FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics 'Rijnhuizen', and a research associate at the Centre for Plasma Astrophysics, K. U. Leuven. His research interests include solar astrophysics, space weather, thermonuclear fusion and MHD stability. He teaches both basic math courses and advanced courses on plasma physics of the Sun and numerical simulation, and is currently president of the European Solar Physics Division of the EPS.

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