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Springer Theses

Particle Interactions in High-Temperature Plasmas

Authors: Pike, Oliver James

  • Nominated as an outstanding PhD thesis by Imperial College London
  • An important contribution to plasma physics, both theoretically and in relation to collider design
  • Suggests a feasible scheme for observing the elusive Breit-Wheeler process
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This thesis makes two important contributions to plasma physics. The first is the extension of the seminal theoretical works of Spitzer and Braginskii, which describe the basics of particle interactions in plasma, to relativistic systems. Relativistic plasmas have long been studied in high-energy astrophysics and are becoming increasingly attainable in the laboratory. The second is the design of a new class of photon–photon collider, which is the first capable of detecting the Breit–Wheeler process. Though it offers the simplest way for light to be converted into matter, the process has never been detected in the 80 years since its theoretical prediction. The experimental scheme proposed here exploits the radiation used in inertial confinement fusion experiments and could in principle be implemented in one of several current-generation facilities.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Pike, Oliver James

    Pages 1-16

  • Theoretical Background

    Pike, Oliver James

    Pages 17-33

  • Dynamical Friction in a Relativistic Plasma

    Pike, Oliver James

    Pages 35-50

  • Transport Processes in a Relativistic Plasma

    Pike, Oliver James

    Pages 51-79

  • Numerical Simulations of High-Temperature Plasmas

    Pike, Oliver James

    Pages 81-100

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-63447-0
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63446-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Particle Interactions in High-Temperature Plasmas
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63447-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63447-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63446-3
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 144
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
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