Fundamentals of Plasma Physics

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1986-06-01
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science Ltd

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"The book is intended primarily for advanced undergraduate and first year graduate students meeting the subject of plasma physics for the first time and is suitable for those who have taken classical mechanics, electrodynamics and mathematics beyond sophomore level." "It is a valuable compendium for any student of plasma physics at the level of research student or research worker and it is also of interest to researchers in other related fields, such as space physics and applied electromagnetism."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

General Properties of Plasmas
Definition of a Plasma
Plasma as the Fourth State of Matter
Plasma Production
Particle Interactions and Collective Effects
Some Basic Plasma Phenomena
Criteria for the De.nition of a Plasma
Macroscopic Neutrality
Debye Shielding
The Plasma Frequency
The Occurrence of Plasmas in Nature
The Sun and its Atmosphere
The Solar Wind
The Magnetosphere and the Van Allen Radiation Belts
The Ionosphere
Plasmas Beyond the Solar System
Applications of Plasma Physics
Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion
The Magnetohydrodynamic Generator
Plasma Propulsion
Other Plasma Devices
Theoretical Description of Plasma Phenomena
General Considerations on a Self-Consistent Formulation
Theoretical Approaches Problems
Energy Conservation
Uniform Electrostatic Field
Uniform Magnetostatic Field
Formal Solution of the Equation of Motion
Solution in Cartesian Coordinates
Magnetic Moment
Magnetization Current
Uniform Electrostatic and Magnetostatic Fields
Formal Solution of the Equation of Motion
Solution in Cartesian Coordinates
Drift Due to an External Force Problems
Spatial Variation of the Magnetic Field
Divergence Terms
Gradient and Curvature Terms
Shear Terms
Equation of Motion in the First Order Approximation
Average Force Over One Gyration Period
Parallel Force
Perpendicular Force
Total Average Force
Gradient Drift
Parallel Acceleration of the Guiding Center
Invariance of the Orbital Magnetic Moment and of the Magnetic Flux
Magnetic Mirror Effect
The Longitudinal Adiabatic Invariant
Curvature Drift
Combined Gradient-Curvature Drift Problems
Slowly Time-Varying Electric Field
Equation of Motion and Polarization Drift
Plasma Dielectric Constant
Electric Field with Arbitrary Time Variation
Solution of the Equation of Motion
Physical Interpretation
Mobility Dyad
Plasma Conductivity Dyad
Cyclotron Resonance
Time-Varying Magnetic Field and Space-Varying Electric Field
Equation of Motion and Adiabatic Invariants
Magnetic Heating of a Plasma
Summary of Guiding Center Drifts and Current Densities
Guiding Center Drifts
Current Densities Problems
Phase Space
Single-Particle Phase Space
Many-Particle Phase Space
Volume Elements
Distribution Function
Number Density and Average Velocity
The Boltzmann Equation
Colisionless Boltzmann Equation
Jacobian of the Transformation in Phase Space
E.ects of Particle Interactions
Relaxation Model for the Collision Term
The Vlasov Equation Problems
Average Value of a Physical Quantity
Average Velocity and Peculiar Velocity
Particle Current Density
Momentum Flow Dyad or Tensor
Pressure Dyad or Tensor
Concept of Pressure
Force per Unit Area
Force per Unit Volume
Scalar Pressure and Absolute Temperature
Heat Flow Vector
Heat Flow Triad
Total Energy Flux Triad
Higher Moments of the Distribution Function Problems
The Equilibrium State Distribution Function
The General Principle of Detailed Balance and Binary Collisions
Summation Invariants
Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution Function
Determination of the Constant Coe.cients
Local Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution Function
The Most Probable Distribution
Mixture of Various Particle Species
Properties of the Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution Function
Distribution of a Velocity Component
Distribution of Speeds
Mean Values Related to the Molecular Speeds
Distribution of Thermal Kinetic Energy
Random Particle Flux
Kinetic Pressure and Heat Flux
Equilibrium in the Presence of an External Force
Degree of Ionization in Equilibrium - The Saha Equation Problems
Moments of the Boltzmann Equation
General Transport Equation 3
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