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Nonlinear Magnetohydrodynamics : Cambridge Monographs on Plasma Physics - Dieter Biskamp

Nonlinear Magnetohydrodynamics

Cambridge Monographs on Plasma Physics

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Published: 15th September 1997
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This book provides a self-contained introduction to magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), with emphasis on nonlinear processes. The book outlines the conventional aspects of MHD theory, magnetostatic equilibrium and linear stability theory. It concentrates on nonlinear theory, starting with the evolution and saturation of individual ideal and resistive instabilities, continuing with a detailed analysis of magnetic reconnection and concluding with a study of the most complex nonlinear behavior, that of MHD turbulence. The last chapters describe three important applications of the theory: disruptive processes in tokomaks, MHD effects in the reversed field pinch, and solar flares.

'The book is a valuable addition to the bookshelf of everyone in need of a readable introduction into the nonlinear aspects of MHD and therefore the affordable paperback edition is to be welcomed.' Thomas Neukirch, Solar Physics '... a careful and comprehensive guide to some of the most fascinating of plasma processes. ... These are fairly new and radidly-evolving subjects and it is hard to think of another book that covers them at this level.' Moira Jardine, Observatory '... sets a very high standard; it is likely to become a standard reference on the subject for many years to come.' Journal of Fluid Mechanics '... an admirably clear introduction to the field but should also serve as an authoritative reference work.' M. A. Raadu, Space Science Reviews '... very clearly written, and can be recommended to any graduate-level student with the necessary background in electromagnetism who requires an introduction to current research in this field. I would regard it as one of the most important books to have been published recently in the general area of plasma physics, and I expect it to become a standard reference which is not likely to be superseded for some time.' R. A. Cairns, Contemporary Physics

Preface
Introduction
Basic properties of magnetohydrodynamics
Magnetostatic equilibria
Normal modes and instability
Nonlinear evolution of MHD instabilities
Magnetic reconnection
MHD turbulence
Disruptive processes in tokamak plasmas
Dynamics of the reversed-field pinch
Solar flares
Outlook
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521599184
ISBN-10: 0521599180
Series: Cambridge Monographs on Plasma Physics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 15th September 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.79 x 17.4  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.65