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Physics of Partially Ionized Plasmas


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  • Date Published: May 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107117396

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  • Plasma is one of the four fundamental states of matter; the other three being solid, liquid and gas. Several components, such as molecular clouds, diffuse interstellar gas, the solar atmosphere, the Earth's ionosphere and laboratory plasmas, including fusion plasmas, constitute the partially ionized plasmas. This book discusses different aspects of partially ionized plasmas including multi-fluid description, equilibrium and types of waves. The discussion goes on to cover the reionization phase of the universe, along with a brief description of high discharge plasmas, tokomak plasmas and laser plasmas. Various elastic and inelastic collisions amongst the three particle species are also presented. In addition, the author demonstrates the novelty of partially ionized plasmas using many examples; for instance, in partially ionized plasma the magnetic induction is subjected to the ambipolar diffusion and the Hall effect, as well as the usual resistive dissipation. Also included is an observation of kinematic dynamo in partially ionized plasmas.

    • Presents a pedagogical account of the physics of partially ionized plasmas starting from the first principles
    • Enough algebraic details are provided to make the mathematical developments clear
    • A large number of problems are included at the end of each chapter
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    'Professor Krishan is to be congratulated for such a mathematically detailed presentation of her material, which allows the reader to follow the developments step by step. Make no mistake, this is a challenging book, but it is also an extremely rewarding one for anyone who wants to acquire a thorough grounding in the theory of partially ionized plasmas.' Terry Robinson, The Observatory

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107117396
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 262 x 179 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Partially ionized plasmas here and everywhere
    2. Multifluid description of partially ionized plasmas
    3. Equilibrium of partially ionized plasmas
    4. Waves in partially ionized plasmas
    5. Advanced topics in partially ionized plasmas
    6. Research problems in partially ionized plasmas
    Supplementary matter

  • Author

    Vinod Krishan, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, India
    Vinod Krishan received her PhD from the University of Tennessee. She was Senior Professor at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, and held visiting positions at the Indian Institute of Science, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, the National Institute for Space Research, Brazil, the University of Tokyo and the Raman Research Institute, India. She has more than 35 years of teaching and research experience and has published more than 100 research papers in national and international journals. She has taught courses on plasma astrophysics, quantum mechanics and statistical physics at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her major research interests have been in the areas of space and astrophysical plasmas.

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