For the last thirty years, international summer schools in plasma physics have been held at Culham Laboratory, site of the Joint European Torus fusion project. This book has been developed from lectures given at these schools, and provides a wide-ranging introduction to the subject. The first few chapters deal with the fundamentals of plasma physics. In subsequent chapters, the applications and properties of man-made and naturally occurring plasmas are discussed. In addition, there are chapters devoted to general phenomena such as turbulence and chaos. The computational techniques employed in modelling plasma behaviour are also described. Since no prior knowledge of plasma physics is assumed, this book will act as an ideal introduction to the subject for final year undergraduates and beginning graduate students in physics, astronomy, mathematics and engineering.
'The book is well presented with a high standard of illustrations. It should be a very valuable textbook for succeeding generations of plasma physicists.' Journal of Modern Optics ' ... the editor has succeeded in putting together a very useful book. Most chapters are clearly written and well illustrated. I recommend this book to any student and researcher interested in understanding the basics of plasma physics and its various applications.' The Journal of Fluid Mechanics