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Plasma Physics for Astrophysics : Princeton Series in Astrophysics (Paperback) - Russell M. Kulsrud

Plasma Physics for Astrophysics

Princeton Series in Astrophysics (Paperback)

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Published: 18th December 2004
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In this book, a distinguished expert introduces plasma physics from the ground up, presenting it as a comprehensible field that can be grasped largely on the basis of physical intuition and qualitative reasoning, similar to other fields of physics. Plasmas are ionized gases that can be found in a hydrogen bomb explosion, the confinement chamber of an experimental fusion reactor, the solar corona, the aurora borealis, the interstellar medium, and the immediate vicinity of a gravitational black hole. Not surprisingly, plasma physics appears to consist of numerous topics arising independently from astrophysics, fusion physics, and other practical applications, and hence it remains a field poorly understood even by many astrophysicists. But, in fact, most of these topics can be approached from the same perspective, with a simple, physical intuition.

Selecting simple examples and presenting them in a simultaneously intuitive and rigorous manner, Russell Kulsrud guides readers through a careful derivation of the results and allows them to think through the physics for themselves. Thus, they are better prepared for complex cases and more general results. The first eleven chapters present topics by their importance to plasma physics while the last three chapters emphasize the field's astrophysical applications, applying the results accrued earlier. Throughout, many problems illustrate the field's applications. Based on a course the author taught for many years, "Plasma Physics for Astrophysics" is intended for graduate students as well as for working astrophysicists.

"Any graduate student or researcher interested in plasma physics, in either the laboratory or in astrophysics, should consider adding this book to their library."--D.B. Melrose, Australian Physics "Plasma Physics for Astrophysics will have a life beyond the classroom as a reliable friend and trusted consultant on the shelf and in the hands of the practicing astrophysicist."--Physics Today

Foreword
Introductionp. 1
Particle motionsp. 14
Magnetohydrodynamicsp. 40
Conservation relationsp. 71
MHD wavesp. 103
Nonlinear steepening and shocksp. 128
The energy principle and instabilitiesp. 151
Collisions and the Braginski equationsp. 197
Collisionless plasmasp. 245
Collisionless plasmas : thermal effectsp. 269
Nonlinear phenomenap. 300
Cosmic raysp. 343
Astrophysical dynamosp. 386
Magnetic reconnectionp. 420
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ISBN: 9780691120737
ISBN-10: 0691120730
Series: Princeton Series in Astrophysics (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 18th December 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.7  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68