Introduction to plasma physics /

Introduction to Plasma Physics presents the latest on plasma physics. Although plasmas are not very present in our immediate environment, there are still universal phenomena that we encounter, i.e., electric shocks and galactic jets. This book presents, in parallel, the basics of plasma theory and a...

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Main Authors: Belmont, Gérard (Author), Rezeau, Laurence (Author), Riconda, Caterina (Author), Zaslavsky, Arnaud (Author)
Format: eBook
Published: London, UK : ISTE Press Ltd, 2019.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • Front Cover; Introduction to Plasma Physics; Copyright Page; Contents; Introduction; 1 What Is Plasma?; 1.1. Under what conditions is matter in the plasma state?; 1.2. Plasma diagnostics: remote or in situ; 1.3. Effects that dominate physics; 1.4. Coupled field/particle system: general case; 1.5. Special case: plasma oscillation; 1.6. Plasma frequency; 1.7. Effects of temperature; 1.8. Some examples of application of plasma physics; 2 Individual Trajectories in an Electromagnetic Field; 2.1. Trajectory of a particle in a uniform and stationary magnetic field; 2.2. Slowly variable fields
  • 2.3. Small disturbances of a periodic motion2.4. Appendices; 3 Kinetic Theory of Plasma; 3.1. Plasma distribution function; 3.2. Kinetic equation; 3.3. Different collision operators; 4 Plasma Fluid Modeling and MHD Limit; 4.1. Definition of fluid quantities; 4.2. Evolution equations of fluid quantities; 4.3. Closure equations; 4.4. Multi-fluid description of plasma; 4.5. MHD (magneto-hydrodynamic) description; 4.6. Appendices; 5 Waves in Plasmas in the Fluid Approximation; 5.1. Waves in plasmas: modes of propagation; 5.2. Calculation of the propagation eigenmodes: classical method
  • 5.3. Fluid treatment of the plasma wave5.4. Example of "electron" instability: two-stream instability; 5.5. Other "electronic" propagation modes; 5.6. Two-fluid system: low-frequency propagation modes; 5.7. MHD propagation modes; 5.8. Excitation of waves in plasma; 5.9. Annexes; 6 Kinetic Effects: Landau Damping; 6.1. Kinetic treatment of waves in plasmas; 6.2. Example of Langmuir mode; 6.3. Kinetic calculation of the Langmuir mode: eigenmodes of theVlasov/Gauss system; 6.4. Role of resonant particles; 6.5. Other methods of calculating eigenmodes
  • 6.6. Other damped kinetic modes and other resonances6.7. Damping and reversibility; 6.8. Appendices; 7 Shockwaves and Discontinuities; 7.1. Some examples of shocks and discontinuities; 7.2. Existence of discontinuities; 7.3. Establishment of jump equations; 7.4. Different types of discontinuities that can exist in plasma; 7.5. Magnetospheric boundaries; References; Index; Back Cover