Plasma Physics for Astrophysics / Edition 1

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Overview

"Russell Kulsrud has written an outstanding text that should raise the appreciation of plasma astrophysics within the general astronomy community at a time when the influence of plasma processes on what we observe is recognized to be of paramount importance."—Roger D. Blandford, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford University

"Perhaps the most important feature of this book is its pedagogical approach: its emphasis of physical understanding over detailed mathematics. Simple estimates and examples are given instead of rigorous derivations (rigorous results are then quoted). The writing is colloquial and accessible. This is an excellent approach, and it helps demystify a complex subject. Indeed, it is an approach that is lacking in many existing texts in the field."—Eliot Quataert, University of California, Berkeley

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Editorial Reviews

Australian Physics - D.B. Melrose
Any graduate student or researcher interested in plasma physics, in either the laboratory or in astrophysics, should consider adding this book to their library.
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"Any graduate student or researcher interested in plasma physics, in either the laboratory or in astrophysics, should consider adding this book to their library."—D.B. Melrose, Australian Physics

"Plasma Physics for Astrophysics will have a life beyond the classroom as a reliable friend and trusted consultant on the shelf and in the hands of the practicing astrophysicist."—
Physics Today

Australian Physics
Any graduate student or researcher interested in plasma physics, in either the laboratory or in astrophysics, should consider adding this book to their library.
— D.B. Melrose
Physics Today
Plasma Physics for Astrophysics will have a life beyond the classroom as a reliable friend and trusted consultant on the shelf and in the hands of the practicing astrophysicist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691120737
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Princeton Series in Astrophysics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 1.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell M. Kulsrud is Professor Emeritus of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. A former head of the theory division at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, he has published nearly 150 research papers. His many honors include the James Clerk Maxwell Prize in Plasma Physics, awarded by the American Physical Society in 1993.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Particle motions 14
Ch. 3 Magnetohydrodynamics 40
Ch. 4 Conservation relations 71
Ch. 5 MHD waves 103
Ch. 6 Nonlinear steepening and shocks 128
Ch. 7 The energy principle and instabilities 151
Ch. 8 Collisions and the Braginski equations 197
Ch. 9 Collisionless plasmas 245
Ch. 10 Collisionless plasmas : thermal effects 269
Ch. 11 Nonlinear phenomena 300
Ch. 12 Cosmic rays 343
Ch. 13 Astrophysical dynamos 386
Ch. 14 Magnetic reconnection 420
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