Synopses & Reviews
Plasma Physics is 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 plasma described in 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. A basic knowledge of mathematics and physics is preferable to fully appreciate this text. This book provides the ideal introduction to this complex and fascinating field of research, balancing theoretical aspects with practical and preparing the graduate student for further study.
Review
'\"...can be recommended as the basis of a solid graduate course in physics, applied physics or astrophysics.\" Roger Blandford, Times Higher Education Supplement\"This textbook can only bring pleasure to those that have taught courses in plasma physics...the real pleasure in reading the main line of development comes from the numerous concise insights that are provided along the way...a workable teachable text for any graduate class and a handy reference for the experienced researcher.\" Eugene N. Parker, Foundations of Physics'
Review
"...can be recommended as the basis of a solid graduate course in physics, applied physics or astrophysics." Roger Blandford, Times Higher Education Supplement
Synopsis
This book provides the ideal introduction to this complex and fascinating field of research, balancing the theoretical and practical and preparing the student for further study.
Synopsis
An introduction to this complex field of research, this text balances the theoretical and practical, preparing the student for further study.
Synopsis
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. This book provides the ideal introduction to this complex and fascinating field of research, balancing the theoretical and practical and preparing the student for further study.
Synopsis
This wide ranging study of the "fourth" state of matter provides an ideal introduction to the complex field of research of plasma physics. The text is geared toward preparing the student for further study and a basic knowledge of mathematics and physics is recommended.
Description
Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-328) and indexes.
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.