Plasma Physics and Fusion Plasma Electrodynamics

Paperback | November 5, 2016

byAbraham Bers

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Plasma is a ubiquitous state of matter at high temperatures. The electrodynamics of plasmas encompasses a large number of applications, from understanding plasmas in space and the stars, to their use in processing semiconductors, and their role in controlled energy generation by nuclearfusion. This book covers collective and single particle dynamics of plasmas for fully ionized as well as partially ionized plasmas. Many aspects of plasma physics in current fusion energy generation research are addressed both in magnetic and inertial confinement plasmas. Linear and nonlineardynamics in hydrodynamic and kinetic descriptions are offered, making both simple and complex aspects of the subject available in nearly every chapter. The approach of dividing the basic aspects of plasma physics as "linear, hydrodynamic descriptions" to be covered first because they are "easier",and postponing the "nonlinear and kinetic descriptions" for later because they are "difficult" is abandoned in this book. For teaching purposes, every chapter has a preamble which explains which aspects of the chapter are appropriate for an introductory graduate course, including a suggested number of lectures, and which should be postponed for a more advanced course. In addition, each chapter contains a large numberof problems/exercises to choose from for assigned homework. An extensive set of mathematical appendices is included for easy reference.

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Plasma is a ubiquitous state of matter at high temperatures. The electrodynamics of plasmas encompasses a large number of applications, from understanding plasmas in space and the stars, to their use in processing semiconductors, and their role in controlled energy generation by nuclearfusion. This book covers collective and single par...

The late Abraham Bers was Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:2528 pagesPublished:November 5, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199295786

ISBN - 13:9780199295784

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Table of Contents

1. Ionized gases and plasmas-Historical overview, basic concepts, and applications2. Collective dynamics in plasmas - I. Hydrodynamics and transport3. Collective dynamics in plasmas-II. Some basic fluid modes4. Collective dynamics in plasmas-III. Colllisionless kinetic effects5. Collisions and collisional transport-I. Particle collisions6. Collisions and collisional transport-II. Fully-ionized plasmas - unmagnetized7. Collisions and collisional transport-III. Weakly-ionized plasmas -- unmagnetized8. Charged particle motions in a magnetic field-Elements of magnetic confinement and transport9. Magnetohydrodynamics10. Drift-free cold plasma -- unmagnetized-Linear and nonlinear electrodynamics11. Drift-free cold plasma -- magnetized-I. Linearized electrodynamics12. Drift-free cold plasma -- magnetized-II. Linear modes; principal waves13. Drift-free cold plasma -- magnetized-III. Waves in arbitrary directions; nonlinear coupling14. Dynamics with thermal pressures-I. Unmagnetized plasma15. Dynamics with thermal pressures-II. Magnetized plasma16. E-beam waves, instabilities and devices17. Streaming instabilities in cold plasmas18. Space-time evolution of instabilities-Absolute and convective19. Electrodynamics of linear modes-Conservation relations and perturbation theory20. Linear coupling of modes21. Nonlinear coupling of modes22. Inhomogeneous and bounded plasmas and beams23. Micro, kinetic and fluid descriptions-Hierarchy of plasma descriptions24. Vlasov-Landau-van Kampen/Case kinetic descriptions-in one-d ES and in 3-D -- unmagnetized plasma25. Kinetic theory of instabilities-in one-d and unmagnetized plasmas26. Kinetic waves and instabilities in magnetized plasmas27. Kinetic descriptions in inhomogeneous plasmas-Drift waves and instabilities28. Quasilinear theory and weak turbulence29. Nonlinear dynamics and chaos in plasmas30. Kinetic theory of collisions and transport-I. Fully ionized plasmas31. Kinetic theory of collisions and transport-II.Weakly-ionized plasmas32. Radiation and fluctuations in plasmas33. Mathematical Appendices