Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion: Volume 1: Plasma Physics / Edition 2

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Overview

This complete introduction to plasma physics and controlled fusion by one of the pioneering scientists in this expanding field offers both a simple and intuitive discussion of the basic concepts of this subject and an insight into the challenging problems of current research. In a wholly lucid manner the work covers single-particle motions, fluid equations for plasmas, wave motions, diffusion and resistivity, Landau damping, plasma instabilities and nonlinear problems. For students, this outstanding text offers a painless introduction to this important field; for teachers, a large collection of problems; and for researchers, a concise review of the fundamentals as well as original treatments of a number of topics never before explained so clearly. This revised edition contains new material on kinetic effects, including Bernstein waves and the plasma dispersion function, and on nonlinear wave equations and solitons.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306413322
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 1/31/1984
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 1984. Corr. 2nd printing 2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 678,693
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Prof. Chen is a plasma physicist with a career extending over 48 years and encompassing both experiment and theory. He has devoted about a decade each to the subfields of magnetic fusion, laser fusion, plasma diagnostics, basic plasma physics, and low-temperature plasma physics. Most plasma students are familiar with his textbook Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. His current interest is in plasma processing of semiconductor circuits, especially the radiofrequency sources used to make computer chips, and in the physical processes that permit etching millions of transistors on a single chip. To learn more about this, please visit the site for UCLA's Low Temperature Plasma Technology Laboratory (LTPTL): http://www.ee.ucla.edu/~ltptl/. Though formally retired from teaching, Prof. Chen still maintains an active research group with graduate students and postdocs.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition.- Preface to the First Edition.- Introduction.- Single-Particle Motions.- Plasmas as Fluids.- Waves in Plasmas.- Diffusion and Resistivity.- Equilibrium and Stability.- Kinetic Theory.- Nonlinear Effects.- Appendix A: Units, Constants, and Formulas, Vector Relations.- Appendix B: Theory of Waves in a Cold Uniform Plasma.- Appendix C: Sample Three-Hour Final Exam.- Appendix D: Answers to Some Problems.- Index.- Index to Problems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2003

    still the best plasma intro

    Still the best introductory plasma text out there. Best meaning readable for 1st year grads or undergrads. Emphasis is on problem solving. Lots of examples. Solutions in back make it easier for self learners. Includes explanations & results of experiments (obviously written by an experimentalist.) Only criticism is that some of the conventional lingo is avoided. I wish he'd finish vol 2. It's been 19 years for heavens sake!

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