Principles of Plasma Diagnostics / Edition 2

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This book provides a systematic introduction to the physics of plasma diagnostics measurements. It develops from first principles the concepts needed to plan, execute and interpret plasma measurements, making it a suitable book for graduate students and professionals with little plasma physics background. The book will also be a valuable reference for seasoned plasma physicists, both experimental and theoretical, as well as those with an interest in space and astrophysical applications. This second edition is thoroughly revised and updated, with new sections and chapters covering recent developments in the field.
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"This book is an important contribution and should be on the shelves of most plasma physicists...the self contained nature of the chapters and of the referenced source material will make it useful as well to scientists trying to understand the principles behind particular measurements." Science

" unusual combination of clarity, physical insight, and mathematical rigor...a pleasure to read, a must for the plasma physicist, and an invaluable addition to any astrophysicist's library." Observatory

"Of the many texts on plasma diagnostics, none are as comprehensive and yet managable as this excellent book by Ian Hutchinson...I highly recommend it, both as a graduate classroom text, and as a reference text for specialists in all branches of plasma physics." La Physique au Canada

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521675741
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 996,450
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
1 Plasma diagnostics 1
1.1 Introduction 1
1.2 Plasma properties 2
1.3 Categories of diagnostics 6
2 Magnetic diagnostics 11
2.1 Magnetic field measurements 11
2.2 Magnetohydrodynamic equilibrium 20
2.3 Internal magnetic probe measurements 37
2.4 Fluctuations 45
3 Plasma particle flux 55
3.1 Preliminaries 55
3.2 Probes in collisionless plasmas without magnetic fields 60
3.3 The effects of a magnetic field 72
3.4 Applications 89
4 Refractive-index measurements 104
4.1 Electromagnetic waves in plasma 104
4.2 Measurement of electron density 112
4.3 Magnetic field measurement 133
4.4 Abel inversion 141
4.5 Reflectometry 144
5 Electromagnetic emission by free electrons 155
5.1 Radiation from an accelerated charge 155
5.2 Cyclotron radiation 158
5.3 Radiation from electron-ion encounters 186
6 Electromagnetic radiation from bound electrons 217
6.1 Radiative transitions: the Einstein coefficients 218
6.2 Types of equilibria 221
6.3 Rate coefficients for collisional processes 229
6.4 Line broadening 245
6.5 Applications 253
6.6 Active diagnostics 263
7 Scattering of electromagnetic radiation 273
7.1 Relativistic electron motion in electromagnetic fields 274
7.2 Incoherent Thomson scattering 276
7.3 Coherent scattering 293
7.4 Scattering when a magnetic field is present 308
8 Neutral atom diagnostics 322
8.1 Neutral particle analysis 322
8.2 Active probing with neutral particles 336
8.3 Charge-exchange spectroscopy 344
8.4 Emission from beam atoms 354
8.5 Other neutral particle diagnostics 363
9 Fast ions and fusion products 369
9.1 Neutron diagnostics 369
9.2 Charged particle diagnostics 380
App. 1 Fourier analysis 395
App. 2 Errors, fluctuations, and statistics 402
App. 3 Survey of radiation technology 407
App. 4 Definitions and identities of fundamental parameters 414
App. 5 Atomic rates for beam diagnostics 415
Glossary 420
References 426
Index 434
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