Plasma Physics: An Introduction to Laboratory, Space, and Fusion Plasmas 2nd ed. 2017 Edition

Ebook Details


Alexander Piel

Year 2017
Pages 463
Publisher Springer
Language en
ISBN 9783319634258
File Size 12.02 MB
File Format PDF
Download Counter 181
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Ebook Description

The enlarged new edition of this textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic processes in plasmas and demonstrates that the same fundamental concepts describe cold gas-discharge plasmas, space plasmas, and hot fusion plasmas. Starting from particle drifts in magnetic fields, the principles of magnetic confinement fusion are explained and compared with laser fusion. Collective processes are discussed in terms of plasma waves and instabilities. The concepts of plasma description by magnetohydrodynamics, kinetic theory, and particle simulation are stepwise introduced. Space charge effects in sheath regions, double layers and plasma diodes are given the necessary attention. The novel fundamental mechanisms of dusty plasmas are explored and integrated into the framework of conventional plasmas. The book concludes with a concise description of modern plasma discharges.