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Collisional Transport in Magnetized Plasmas


Part of Cambridge Monographs on Plasma Physics

  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521020985

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  • Collisional transport theory is of central importance to modern plasma physics. This book provides a self-contained treatment of the subject, starting from elementary concepts and developing the theory through to the research frontier. Basic tools of kinetic plasma theory, such as the drift kinetic equation and the Coulomb collision operator, are derived, and are then used to calculate classical and neoclassical transport occurring in high-temperature plasmas. Important phenomena such as neo-classical diffusion, bootstrap current, and plasma rotation are carefully explained. Students, theoreticians and experimentalists in both fusion and space plasma physics will benefit from this book, which emerged from a graduate student level course taught at MIT.

    • Comprehensive and systematic introduction to plasma collisional transport theory
    • Includes detailed mathematical development of widely used transport coefficients and transport equations, for the interested theorist as well as the experimental fusion plasma physicist
    • Includes advances in neoclassical theory, and a discussion of experimental verifications of neoclassical theory in existing tokamak experiments
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… invaluable for space-plasma and astrophysical theorists who have a background knowledge of plasma theory and who wish to understand an important strand of laboratory theory that will have vital implications in future for their fields.' Eric Priest, The Observatory

    'It is a very welcome addition, indeed asset, to the subject.' Journal of Plasma Physics

    'It seems that the authors know how to build a bridge between a manual and a research book. This monograph will be useful to advanced graduate students and scientists that are working in plasma physics.' Zentralblatt MATH

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521020985
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 168 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.503kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Kinetic and fluid descriptions of a plasma
    3. The collision operator
    4. Plasma fluid equations
    5. Transport of a cylindrical plasma
    6. Particle motion
    7. Toroidal plasma
    8. Transport in toroidal plasmas
    9. Transport in the Pfirsch–Schlüter regime
    10. Transport in the plateau regime
    11. Transport in the banana regime
    12. The moment approach to neoclassical theory
    13. Advanced topics
    14. Experimental evidence for neoclassical transport.

  • Authors

    Per Helander, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
    PER HELANDER is a research scientist at the Culham Science Centre of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. After obtaining his doctorate from Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, he held a post-doctoral position at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he remains a regular visitor. His scientific interests include most topics of theoretical plasma physics, in particular kinetic theory.

    Dieter J. Sigmar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    DIETER SIGMAR received his doctorate from the Technical University of Vienna where he is now a.o. Professor of Theoretical Physics. He has had a long career in the US Fusion Program, and is now retired from his position as head of the Plasma Theory Group at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, and Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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