Plasma Physics is an authoritative and wide-ranging pedagogic study of the "fourth" state of matter. The constituents of the plasma state are influenced by electric and magnetic fields, and in turn also produce electric and magnetic fields. This fact leads to a rich array of properties of plasma described in this text. The author uses examples throughout, many taken from astrophysical phenomena, to explain concepts. In addition, problem sets at the end of each chapter will serve to reinforce key points. A basic knowledge of mathematics and physics is preferable to fully appreciate this text. This book provides the ideal introduction to this complex and fascinating field of research, balancing theoretical aspects with practical and preparing the graduate student for further study.
'There is a good selection of example questions at the end of each chapter. As a result this is an ideal book for anyone attending or giving a lecture course on plasma physics or magneto-hydrodynamics (MHD).' Moira Jardine, The Observatory 'Most students will be grateful for the careful pruning of material that has kept this book to a reasonable size and price, and will find it extremely useful.' Moira Jardine, The Observatory 'Plasma Physics can be recommended as the basis of a solid graduate course in physics, applied physics or astrophysics ... Unlike most introductory texts, this one places a strong emphasis on space plasma physics and is the stronger for it.' Roger Blandford, Times Higher Education Supplement