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Plasma Physics via Computer Simulation

1st Edition

By C.K. Birdsall, A.B Langdon

CRC Press

504 pages | 208 B/W Illus.

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Divided into three main parts, the book guides the reader to an understanding of the basic concepts in this fascinating field of research. Part 1 introduces you to the fundamental concepts of simulation. It examines one-dimensional electrostatic codes and electromagnetic codes, and describes the numerical methods and analysis. Part 2 explores the mathematics and physics behind the algorithms used in Part 1. In Part 3, the authors address some of the more complicated simulations in two and three dimensions. The book introduces projects to encourage practical work Readers can download plasma modeling and simulation software — the ES1 program — with implementations for PCs and Unix systems along with the original FORTRAN source code. Now available in paperback, Plasma Physics via Computer Simulation is an ideal complement to plasma physics courses and for self-study.

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Table of Contents

PART 1: PRIMER

Why attempting to do plasma physics via computer simulation using particles makes good sense

Overall view of a one dimensional electrostatic program

A one dimensional electrostatic program ES1

Introduction to the numerical methods used

Projects for ES1

A 1d electromagnetic program EM1

Projects for EM1

PART 2: THEORY

Effects of the spatial grid

Effects of the finitw time ste

Energy-conserving simulation models

Multipole models

Kinetic theory for fluctuations and noise; collisions

Kinetic properties: theory, experience and heuristic estimates

PART 3: PRACTICE

Electrostatic programs in two and three dimensions

Electromagnetic programs in two and three dimensions

Particle loading, injection; boudary conditions and external circuit

PART 4: APPENDICES

About the Series

Series in Plasma Physics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MAT004000
MATHEMATICS / Arithmetic
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics