For the first time in a single book, Non-Linear Instabilities in Plasmas and Hydrodynamics presents the underlying physics of fast secondary instabilities. This exceptionally well-written, introductory book discusses the basic ideas of the physics of secondary or induced, nonlinear instabilities in wave-sustaining media. The authors, world-renowned experts in the field, have brought together the results of papers scattered throughout the literature to explain subjects as diverse as fluctuation chaos, wave-turbulent instabilities, vortex dynamos, beam-plasma interactions, plasma confinement, and the origins of typhoons in the Earth's atmosphere and magnetic fields in galaxies. Paving the way for new and exciting research in the future, this broad, interdisciplinary book enables a wide range of physicists to apply the concepts discussed to obtain new results in plasma physics, space physics, hydrodynamics, and geophysics.
Table of Contents
Direct Nonlinear Instabilities
Induced Instabilities, the Symmetry, and the Evolution of Non-Equilibrium Systems
External Noise and Stability of Plasmas
Non-Standard Evolution of Turbulent Media
The Helical Mechanism of Large-Scale Structure Generation in Continuous Media
The Importance and Prospects of Further Research into Nonlinear Instabilities in Helicoidal Media
"The present book is of large interest for theoreticians working in the fields of plasma kinetics and magnetohydrodynamics and their applications to astrophysics and geophysics. It should not be missing in any astrophysical and geophysical library."