UNITEXT for Physics

Basics of Plasma Astrophysics

Authors: Chiuderi, Claudio, Velli, Marco

  • Covers a careful selection of applications of plasma physics to various branches of astrophysics and space science
  • Emphasis on basic physical principles rather than specialized jargon
  • Up-to-date discussion of the most relevant recent advances in the field
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About this Textbook

This book is an introduction to contemporary plasma physics that discusses the most relevant recent advances in the field and covers a careful choice of applications to various branches of astrophysics and space science. The purpose of the book is to allow the student to master the basic concepts of plasma physics and to bring him or her up to date in a number of relevant areas of current research. Topics covered include orbit theory, kinetic theory, fluid models, magnetohydrodynamics, MHD turbulence, instabilities, discontinuities, and magnetic reconnection. Some prior knowledge of classical physics is required, in particular fluid mechanics, statistical physics, and electrodynamics. The mathematical developments are self-contained and explicitly detailed in the text. A number of exercises are provided at the end of each chapter, together with suggestions and solutions.

About the authors

Claudio Chiuderi is full professor of Physics at University of Firenze (Italy). Marco Velli is associate professor of Physics at University of Firenze (Italy).

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“A well-presented and well-written book that aims not only to take the reader through the basics of the plasma physics needed to understand astrophysical plasmas but also to give them a taste of some of the topics of current research. It is suitable for both advanced undergraduates as well as introductory post-graduate courses. … can be strongly recommended to students of physics and astrophysics who want to find out about the plasma processes in stars and planetary magnetospheres … .” (Terry Robinson, The Observatory, April, 2016)

“The aim of the authors is to bring the reader from the very basic concepts of plasma physics up to some of the more active research fields. … contains a small number of problems that should help the student to verify the degree of understanding acquired. Solutions are given for all problems. The book is intended for students with a reasonably good background in mathematics and physics at the undergraduate level, who want to orient their future activity in astrophysics.” (Claudia-Veronika Meister, zbMATH 1311.82001, 2015)


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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • An Introduction to Plasma Physics

    Chiuderi, Claudio (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Particle Orbit Theory

    Chiuderi, Claudio (et al.)

    Pages 17-35

  • Kinetic Theory of Plasmas: An Outline

    Chiuderi, Claudio (et al.)

    Pages 37-48

  • Fluid Models

    Chiuderi, Claudio (et al.)

    Pages 49-69

  • Magnetohydrodynamics

    Chiuderi, Claudio (et al.)

    Pages 71-97

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-88-470-5280-2
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-88-470-5279-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $79.99
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  • Due: October 27, 2016
  • ISBN 978-88-470-5870-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Authors
Series Title
UNITEXT for Physics
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Mailand
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Italia
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-88-470-5280-2
DOI
10.1007/978-88-470-5280-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-88-470-5279-6
Softcover ISBN
978-88-470-5870-5
Series ISSN
2198-7882
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 279
Number of Illustrations and Tables
37 b/w illustrations
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