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The Physics of Plasmas

The Physics of Plasmas

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  • Date Published: February 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. Various aspects of plasma physics are discussed, beginning with particle orbit theory, and including fluid equations, a variety of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) models, wave equations and kinetic theory. The relationships between these distinct approaches are discussed. In this way, the reader gains a firm grounding in the fundamentals, leading to an understanding of some of the more specialized topics. Throughout the text, there is an emphasis on the physical interpretation of plasma phenomena; Exercises are included.

    • 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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    • Date Published: February 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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