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Plasma physics

Author: R A Cairns
Publisher: Glasgow : Blackie ; Philadelphia : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Heyden, 1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book provides an advanced introduction to plasma physics and its applications. In addition to basic plasma properties such as particle orbits, fluid equilibrium, stability, and waves, the Dthor  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R A Cairns
ISBN: 0216917794 0216917832 0863440266 9780863440267 0863440274 9780863440274 9780216917798 9780216917835
OCLC Number: 13173848
Description: ix, 193 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction.- 1.1 Nature and occurrence of plasmas.- 1.2 Controlled nuclear fusion.- 1.3 Fluid and kinetic descriptions of a plasma.- 1.4 The Debye length.- 2. Motion of a charged particle.- 2.1 Introduction.- 2.2 Motion in a uniform magnetic field.- 2.3 Guiding centre drifts.- 2.4 Adiabatic invariants: the magnetic moment.- 2.5 The magnetization current.- 2.6 Some applications.- Problems.- 3. Low-frequency phenomena.- 3.1 Introduction.- 3.2 Magnetohydrodynamics.- 3.3 MHD equilibria.- 3.4 Stability of MHD equilibria.- 3.5 MHD waves.- 3.6 Coulomb collisions.- 3.7 The Fokker-Plank equation.- 3.8 Relation between kinetic and fluid theories.- 3.9 Transport coefficients.- Problems.- 4. Waves.- 4.1 Introduction.- 4.2 The two-fluid equations.- 4.3 Waves in a cold plasma.- 4.4 Wave energy density.- 4.5 Waves in an inhomogeneous plasma.- 4.6 Cut-off and resonance.- 4.7 Propagation of electron cyclotron waves in a tokamak.- 4.8 Tunnelling and resonant absorption.- Problems.- 5. Kinetic theory of waves.- 5.1 Introduction.- 5.2 The Vlasov equation.- 5.3 The linearized Vlasov equation and Landau damping.- 5.4 The plasma dispersion function.- 5.5 Ion sound waves.- 5.6 Waves in a magnetized plasma.- 5.7 Bernstein modes.- 5.8 Cyclotron damping.- 5.9 Microinstabilities.- 5.10 Absolute and convective instabilities.- Problems.- 6. Nonlinear effects.- 6.1 Introduction.- 6.2 Quasilinear theory.- 6.3 Wave-wave interactions.- 6.4 Parametric instabilities.- 6.5 The ponderomotive force.- 6.6 Modulation and filamentation.- 6.7 Computational methods-fluid codes.- 6.8 Computational methods-particle codes.- 6.9 Concluding remarks.- Problems.- 7. Diagnostic techniques.- 7.1 Introduction.- 7.2 Probes.- 7.3 Radiation emission.- 7.4 Radiation scattering and interferometry.- 7.5 Particle measurements.- Problems.- 8. Application to fusion and space research.- 8.1 Introduction.- 8.2 Tokamaks and other toroidal devices.- 8.3 Other magnetic confinement systems.- 8.4 Inertial confinement.- 8.5 The Earth's magnetosphere.- 8.6 The physics of the Sun and stars.- 8.7 Pulsars.- 8.8 Cosmic ray acceleration.- 8.9 Plasma physics applied to particle accelerators.- 8.10 Conclusion.- Further reading.
Responsibility: R.A. Cairns.

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