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Introduction to Plasma Physics

1st Edition

By R.J Goldston, P.H Rutherford

CRC Press

510 pages

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Introduction to Plasma Physics is the standard text for an introductory lecture course on plasma physics. The text’s six sections lead readers systematically and comprehensively through the fundamentals of modern plasma physics. Sections on single-particle motion, plasmas as fluids, and collisional processes in plasmas lay the groundwork for a thorough understanding of the subject. The authors take care to place the material in its historical context for a rich understanding of the ideas presented. They also emphasize the importance of medical imaging in radiotherapy, providing a logical link to more advanced works in the area. The text includes problems, tables, and illustrations as well as a thorough index and a complete list of references.


“This is one of the present standard textbooks on fundamentals of modern plasma physics. The book contains exercises to control the newly obtained knowledge. A list of books for further reading and an index of scientific keywords are given at the end of the work. Two disks with computer programs in Macintosh and MS Windows format on area-preserving maps and Hamiltonian chaos are added. The book is of interest for both graduate and advanced undergraduate students in physics, especially plasma physics and astrophysics and related engineering.”

—Claudia-Veronika Meister (Potsdam)

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction

Introduction to Plasmas

Particle Drifts in Uniform Field.

Particle Drifts in Non-Uniform Magnetic Fields

Particle Drifts in Time-Dependent Fields


Fluid Equations for a Plasma

Relation between Fluid Equations and Guiding-Center Drifts

Single-Fluid Magnetohydrodynamics

Magnetohydrodynamic Equilibrium

Fully and Partially Ionized Plasmas

Collisions in Fully Ionized Plasmas

Diffusion in Plasmas

The Fokker-Planck Equation for Coulomb Collisions

Collisions of Fast Ions in a Plasma

Basic Concepts of Small-Amplitude Waves in Anisotropic Dispersive Media

Waves in an Unmagnetized Plasma

High-Frequency Waves in a Magnetized Plasma

Low-Frequency Waves in a Magnetized Plasma

The Rayleigh-Taylor and Flute Instabilities

The Resistive Tearing Instability

Drift Waves and Instabilities

The Vlasov Equation

Kinetic Effects on Plasma Waves: Vlasov’s Treatment

Kinetic Effects on Plasma Waves: Landau’s Treatment

Velocity-Space Instabilities and Nonlinear Theory

The Drift-Kinetic Equation and Kinetic Drift Waves


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SCIENCE / Physics