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Foundations of High-Energy-Density Physics
Physical Processes of Matter at Extreme Conditions

  • Author: Jon Larsen, Cascade Applied Sciences Inc., Colorado
  • Date Published: March 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107124110


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  • High-energy-density physics explores the dynamics of matter at extreme conditions. This encompasses temperatures and densities far greater than we experience on Earth. It applies to normal stars, exploding stars, active galaxies, and planetary interiors. High-energy-density matter is found on Earth in the explosion of nuclear weapons and in laboratories with high-powered lasers or pulsed-power machines. The physics explored in this book is the basis for large-scale simulation codes needed to interpret experimental results whether from astrophysical observations or laboratory-scale experiments. The key elements of high-energy-density physics covered are gas dynamics, ionization, thermal energy transport, and radiation transfer, intense electromagnetic waves, and their dynamical coupling. Implicit in this is a fundamental understanding of hydrodynamics, plasma physics, atomic physics, quantum mechanics, and electromagnetic theory. Beginning with a summary of the topics and exploring the major ones in depth, this book is a valuable resource for research scientists and graduate students in physics and astrophysics.

    • Brings together the wide range of physics principles found in high-energy-density physics
    • Expands the documentation supporting radiation hydrodynamics simulation codes
    • A modern technical resource for both students and experienced researchers
    • A complete source for learning about the different branches of physics, from basic concepts to in-depth explanations
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107124110
    • length: 756 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 183 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.66kg
    • contains: 186 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Characteristics of high-energy-density matter
    3. Fundamental microphysics of ionized gases
    4. Ionization
    5. Entropy and the equation of state
    6. Hydrodynamics
    7. Thermal energy transport
    8. Radiation and radiative transfer
    9. Transition rates and optical coefficients
    10. Radiation hydrodynamics
    11. Magnetohydrodynamics
    12. Electromagnetic wave-matter interactions

  • Author

    Jon Larsen, Cascade Applied Sciences Inc., Colorado
    Jon Larsen is the founder and President of Cascade Applied Science, Inc., the company that developed a suite of simulation codes for the high-energy-density physics (HEDP) research community. He is an expert in radiation hydrodynamic simulations and is particularly well known for a code known as HYADES, which is widely used by individuals and by the National Laboratories.

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