Physics of Intense Beams in Plasmas is a comprehensive description of the interaction between extremely intense particle beams and plasmas. The emphasis is on experimental beam-plasma physics, but the necessary theory is also explained-much of which is innovative and original. Central to the book is the discussion of beam instabilities, emphasizing their hydrodynamic nature.
"… a clear and concise description of the many instabilities which exist in a beam in free propagation which casts new light on these phenomena … written in a very clear style … highly interesting to read … has a good bibliography … I strongly recommend this book as a good purchase for anybody working in the area of beam transport."
-Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion
"… a beautifully organized and written book … a valuable resource-a real physicist's book. … Nezlin's book is written for experimentalists … just the right amount of detail … sufficient physical insight … to understand and design experiments. … no one else … could have produced such a knowledgeable treatise. If any researcher wants to do experiments with beams in plasmas, this book would be the ideal start."
-Professor F.F. Chen, UCLA
Introduction and general overview. Aperiodic beam instabilities (theory). Oscillatory beam instabilities (theory). Beam instabilities as a result of active coupling between waves of different signs of energy. Electron, ion and plasma beams in laboratory plasma. Experimental data on instabilities and limiting currents of electron, ion and plasma beams. Mechanisms of current limitations (disruption) in beams. Acceleration and heating of plasma ions in a regime close to the limiting beam current. Instability of intense ion beam with neutralized space charge in magnetic field. Electric double layers in electron, ion and plasma beams and the mechanism of Aurora Borealis. Langmuir solitons in electron (plasma) beams. Novel methods of generation and amplification of electromagnetic waves by relativistic electron beams. Index.