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Plasma Physics and Fusion Plasma Electrodynamics

Plasma Physics and Fusion Plasma Electrodynamics

ISBN 9780198812623
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Publisher Oxford University Press
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Overview
Plasma is a ubiquitous state of matter at high temperatures. The electrodynamics of plasmas encompasses a large number of applications, from understanding plasmas in space and the stars, to their use in processing semiconductors, and their role in controlled energy generation by nuclear fusion. This book covers collective and single particle dynamics of plasmas, for fully ionized as well as partially ionized plasmas. Many aspects of plasma physics in current fusion energy generation research are addressed - both in magnetic and inertial confinement plasmas. Linear and nonlinear dynamics in hydrodynamic and kinetic descriptions are exposed so that the student and professional are faced with the simple and complex aspects of the subject in nearly every chapter. Dividing the basic aspects of plasma physics as 'linear, hydrodynamic descriptions' to be covered first because they are 'easier', and postponing the 'nonlinear and kinetic descriptions' for later because they are 'difficult' is abandoned in this book.
Overview
Plasma is a ubiquitous state of matter at high temperatures. The electrodynamics of plasmas encompasses a large number of applications, from understanding plasmas in space and the stars, to their use in processing semiconductors, and their role in controlled energy generation by nuclear fusion. This book covers collective and single particle dynamics of plasmas, for fully ionized as well as partially ionized plasmas. Many aspects of plasma physics in current fusion energy generation research are addressed - both in magnetic and inertial confinement plasmas. Linear and nonlinear dynamics in hydrodynamic and kinetic descriptions are exposed so that the student and professional are faced with the simple and complex aspects of the subject in nearly every chapter. Dividing the basic aspects of plasma physics as 'linear, hydrodynamic descriptions' to be covered first because they are 'easier', and postponing the 'nonlinear and kinetic descriptions' for later because they are 'difficult' is abandoned in this book.

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