Lecture Notes in Physics

A Primer on Complex Systems

With applications to astrophysical and laboratory plasmas

Authors: Sánchez, Raúl, Newman, David

  • Reveals the importance of "complexity" as a framework to understand the dynamics of many plasma systems, from the Sun to tokamak fusion plasmas
  • Introduces many practical techniques to detect and quantify complexity features
  • Enriched with many problems, case studies, appendices and over a hundred graphs and plots
  • No previous knowledge of complex systems, plasma physics or plasma turbulence required
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About this book

The purpose of this book is to illustrate the fundamental concepts of complexity and complex behavior and the best methods to characterize this behavior by means of their applications to some current research topics from within the fields of fusion, earth and solar plasmas. In this sense, it is a departure from the many books already available that discuss general features of complexity. 
The book is divided in two parts. In the first part the most important properties and features of complex systems are introduced, discussed and illustrated. The second part discusses several instances of possible complex phenomena in magnetized plasmas and some of the analysis tools that were introduced in the first part are used to characterize the dynamics in these systems. A list of problems is proposed at the end of each chapter.
This book is intended for graduate and post-graduate students with a solid college background in mathematics and classical physics, who intend to work in the field of plasma physics and, in particular plasma turbulence. It will also be of interest to senior scientists who have so far approached these systems and problems from a different perspective and want a new fresh angle. 

About the authors

Raul Sanchez is a full professor of Physics at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, SPAIN. He served as Vice-chancellor for Undergraduate Studies of this university from 2011 to 2015. Previously, he spent almost a decade at the Fusion Energy Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Tennessee, USA), first as a post-doctoral fellow (1998-99) and later as a senior staff scientist (2005-2011). During his more than twenty five years in research, he has authored more than a hundred refereed publications in the fields of nuclear fusion, plasma physics, turbulence, computational physics and complex systems. He was the recipient of the Spanish “Miguel Catalán” Science Award in 2009 for scientists younger than forty.

David Newman is a full professor of Physics at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, and the Director of the Center for Complex Studies there. He held the prestigious Eugene Wigner Fellowship at the Fusion Energy Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Tennessee, USA), where he was a staff scientist from 1993 to1998. During his more than thirty years in research, he has authored more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of complex systems, turbulence, plasma physics, nuclear fusion and electric power networks. He was the recipient of the US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the US Department of Energy Young Scientist Award in 1997. He was selected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2011.

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-94-024-1229-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover ca. $89.99
price for USA
  • Due: March 13, 2018
  • ISBN 978-94-024-1227-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Primer on Complex Systems
Book Subtitle
With applications to astrophysical and laboratory plasmas
Authors
Series Title
Lecture Notes in Physics
Series Volume
943
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-024-1229-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-024-1227-7
Series ISSN
0075-8450
Edition Number
1
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 159 illustrations in colour
Topics