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A Plasma Formulary for Physics, Technology and Astrophysics

ISBN: 978-3-527-63503-0
220 pages
February 2011
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Plasma physics has matured rapidly as a discipline, and now touches on many different research areas, including manufacturing processes. This collection of fundamental formulae and definitions in plasma physics is vital to anyone with an interest in plasmas or ionized gases, whether in physics, astronomy or engineering.
Both theorists and experimentalists will find this book useful, as it incorporates the latest results and findings.
The text treats astrophysical plasmas, fusion plasmas, industrial plasmas and low temperature plasmas as aspects of the same discipline - a unique approach made possible by the abbreviated nature of a formulary.
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BASIC PHYSICAL DATA
Basic Physical Units ? Maxwell's Electromagnetic Equations ? Special Relativity ? Physical Constants ? Dimensional Analysis ? Ionization Energies of Gas-Phase Molecules ? Characteristic Parameters for Typical Plasmas
BASIC PLASMA PARAMETERS
Notation ? Natural Timescales ? Natural Scalelengths ? Natural Speeds ? Miscellaneous Parameters ? Non-Dimensional Parameters
DISCHARGE PLASMAS AND ELEMENTARY PROCESSES
Notation ? Plasma Sheath ? Double-Layer ? Diffusion Parameters ? Ionization Equilibrium
RADIATION
Notation ? Radiation from a Moving Point Charge ? Cyclotron and Synchrotron Radiation ? Bremsstrahlung ? Radiation Scattering
KINETIC THEORY
Notation ? Fundamentals ? Boltzmann Equation ? Maxwellian Distribution ? Vlasov Description ? Collisional Modelling ? Driven Systems
PLASMA TRANSPORT
Notation ? Basic Definitions ? Binary Collisions ? Particle Dynamics ? Transport Coefficients
PLASMA WAVES
Notation ? Waves in Cold Plasmas ? Fluid Plasmas ? Waves in Hot Plasmas
FLOWS
Notation ? Fundamental Results ? Hydromagnetic Flows ? Solar Wind ? Neutral Gas/Magnetized Plasma Flows ? Beams ? Hydromagnetic Shocks ? Ion-Acoustic Shock
EQUILIBRIA AND INSTABILITIES
Notation ? General Considerations ? Fluid Equilibria ? Fluid Instabilities ? Kinetic Instabilities
MATHEMATICS
Vector Algebra ? Vector Calculus ? Integral Theorems ? Matrices ? Eigenfunctions of the Curl Operator ? Wave Scattering ? Plasma Dispersion Function
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"... ein sehr nützliches und handliches Referenzwerk ..." IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine
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