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Introduction to Plasma Physics
With Space and Laboratory Applications


  • Date Published: January 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521367301


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  • Emphasizing basic plasma theory, with applications to both space and laboratory plasmas, the topics covered in this text include single-particle motions, kinetic theory, magnetohydrodynamics, small amplitude waves in both cold and hot plasmas, nonlinear phenomena and collisional effects. Applications comprise planetary magnetospheres and radiation belts, the confinement and stability of plasmas in fusion devices, the propagation of discontinuities and shock waves in the solar wind, and the analysis of various types of plasma waves and instabilities that can occur in planetary magnetospheres and laboratory plasma devices.

    • Covers both space and laboratory plasmas
    • Self-contained introduction to the advanced mathematical methods used in analysis of plasmas
    • Detailed step-by-step derivation of all relevant equations
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    "Well produced, with essential references and advice for supplemental reading, the book is illustrated with line drawings and has a fairly complete index. Besides being a course resource, the book forms a useful reference for working plasma physicists and can be recommended to both types of user. Highly recommended." CHOICE

    "...engaging text, clear and accessible to advanced undergraduates...This text has perhaps the best introduction to ideal MHD waves." - American Journal of Physics, Daniel V. Schroeder, Weber State University

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521367301
    • length: 464 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 214 b/w illus. 3 tables 91 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Characteristic parameters of a plasma
    3. Single particle motions
    4. Waves in a cold plasma
    5. Kinetic theory and the moment equations
    6. Magnetohydrodynamics
    7. Discontinuities and shock waves
    8. Electrostatic waves in a hot unmagnetized plasma
    9. Waves in a hot magnetized plasma
    10. Nonlinear effects
    11. Collisional processes.

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  • Authors

    D. A. Gurnett, University of Iowa

    A. Bhattacharjee, Princeton University, New Jersey

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