Plasma Physics

Plasma Physics : An Introduction to the Theory of Astrophysical, Geophysical and Laboratory Plasmas

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Plasma Physics presents an authoritative and wide-ranging pedagogic study of the 'fourth' state of matter. The constituents of the plasma state are influenced by electric and magnetic fields, and in turn also produce electric and magnetic fields. This fact leads to a rich array of properties of the plasma state. A basic knowledge of mathematics and physics is preferable to appreciate fully this text. The author uses examples throughout, many taken from astrophysical phenomena, to explain concepts. In addition, problem sets at the end of each chapter will serve to reinforce key points.
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  • Online resource
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 74 b/w illus. 1 table
  • 1139170597
  • 9781139170598

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'There is a good selection of example questions at the end of each chapter. As a result this is an ideal book for anyone attending or giving a lecture course on plasma physics or magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD).' Moira Jardine, The Observatory 'Most students will be grateful for the careful pruning of material that has kept this book to a reasonable size and price, and will find it extremely useful.' Moira Jardine, The Observatory 'Plasma Physics can be recommended as the basis of a solid graduate course in physics, applied physics or astrophysics ... Unlike most introductory texts, this one places a strong emphasis on space plasma physics and is the stronger for it.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
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Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Basic concepts; 3. Orbit theory - uniform fields; 4. Adiabatic invariants; 5. Orbit theory; 6. Electromagnetic waves in a cold electron plasma; 7. Electromagnetic waves in an electron-ion plasma; 8. Two-stream instability; 9. Electrostatic oscillations in a plasma of non-zero temperature; 10. Collision theory; 11. MHD equations; 12. Magnetohydrodynamics; 13. Force-free magnetic configurations; 14. Waves in MHD systems; 15. Magnetohydrodynamic stability; 16. Variational principle for MHD systems; 17. Resistive instabilities; 18. Stochastic processes; 19. Interaction of particles and waves.
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