2nd Edition

Waves and Oscillations in Plasmas

By Hans L. Pecseli Copyright 2020
    554 Pages 168 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    554 Pages 168 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Waves and Oscillations in Plasmas addresses central issues in modern plasma sciences, within the context of general classical physics. The book is working gradually from an introductory to an advanced level. Addressing central issues in modern plasma sciences, including linear and nonlinear wave phenomena, this second edition has been fully updated and includes the latest developments in relevant fluid models as well as kinetic plasma models, including a detailed discussion of, for instance, collisionless Landau damping, linear as well as non-linear. The book is the result of many years of lecturing plasma sciences in Norway, Denmark, Germany, and also at the Unites States of America.

    Offering a clear separation of linear and nonlinear models, the book can be tailored for students of varying levels of expertise in plasma physics, in addition to areas as diverse as the space sciences, laboratory experiments, plasma processing, and more.


  • Presents a simple physical interpretation of basic problems is presented where possible
  • Supplies a complete summary of classical papers and textbooks placed in the proper context
  • Includes worked examples, exercises, and problems with general applicability
  • Chapter 1 Introduction

    Chapter 2 Basics of Continuum Models

    Chapter 3 Linear Wave Dynamics

    Chapter 4 Weakly Nonlinear Waves

    Chapter 5 Basics of Electromagnetism

    Chapter 6 Plasmas found in Nature 

    Chapter 7 Single Particle Motion

    Chapter 8 Basic Plasma Parameters

    Chapter 9 Experimental Devices

    Chapter 10 Magneto-Hydrodynamics by Brute Force

    Chapter 11 Plasma as a Mixture of Charged Gases

    Chapter 12 Waves in Cold Plasmas

    Chapter 13 Electrostatic Waves in Warm Homogeneous and Isotropic Plasmas

    Chapter 14 Fluid Models for Nonlinear Electrostatic Waves: Isotropic Case

    Chapter 15 Small Amplitude Waves in Anisotropic Warm Plasmas

    Chapter 16 Fluid Models for Nonlinear Electrostatic Waves: Magnetized Case

    Chapter 17 Linear Drift Waves

    Chapter 18 Weakly Nonlinear Electrostatic Drift Waves

    Chapter 19 Kinetic Plasma Theory

    Chapter 20 Kinetic Description of Electron Plasma Waves

    Chapter 21 Kinetic Plasma Sound Waves

    Chapter 22 Nonlinear Kinetic Equilibria

    Chapter 23 Nonlinear Landau Damping

    Chapter 24 Quasi-linear Theory


    Hans Pécseli is professor emeritus at the plasma-space physics department at the University of Oslo, and also adjoined professor at the University of Tromsø, Norway. He has contributed to the literature on plasma physics, meteorology, and lately also marine biology. He is member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, and also fellow of the American Physical Society. With a basic education in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and a PhD from the Risø National Laboratory in Denmark, Professor Pécseli has a background from laboratory experiments in plasma physics, working at the same time also with theoretical problems in this field.