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Advanced Magnetohydrodynamics
With Applications to Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas


  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521705240


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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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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521705240
    • length: 650 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.27kg
    • contains: 122 b/w illus. 53 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • 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

    Rony Keppens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

    Stefaan Poedts, Centre for Plasma Astrophysics

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