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Physics - Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics | Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion

Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion

Volume 1: Plasma Physics

Chen, Francis F.

2nd ed. 1984, XVII, 421 p.

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This complete introduction to plasma physics and controlled fusion by one of the pioneering scientists in this expanding field offers both a simple and intuitive discussion of the basic concepts of this subject and an insight into the challenging problems of current research. In a wholly lucid manner the work covers single-particle motions, fluid equations for plasmas, wave motions, diffusion and resistivity, Landau damping, plasma instabilities and nonlinear problems. For students, this outstanding text offers a painless introduction to this important field; for teachers, a large collection of problems; and for researchers, a concise review of the fundamentals as well as original treatments of a number of topics never before explained so clearly. This revised edition contains new material on kinetic effects, including Bernstein waves and the plasma dispersion function, and on nonlinear wave equations and solitons.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Diffusion - Plasma - physics - plasma physics - units - wave equation

Related subjects » Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics - Engineering - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Optics & Lasers

Table of contents 

1. Introduction.- 2. Single-Particle Motions.- 3. Plasmas as Fluids.- 4. Waves in Plasmas.- 5. Diffusion and Resistivity.- 6. Equilibrium and Stability.- 7. Kinetic Theory.- 8. Nonlinear Effects.- Appendices.- Appendix A. Units, Constants and Formulas, Vector Relations.- Appendix B. Theory of Waves in a Cold Uniform Plasma.- Appendix C. Sample Three-Hour Final Exam.- Appendix D. Answers to Some Problems.- Index to Problems.

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