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Collisionless Plasmas in Astrophysics

Gérard Belmont, Roland Grappin, Fabrice Mottez, Filippo Pantellini, Guy Pelletier

ISBN: 978-3-527-65624-0 September 2013 422 Pages



Collisionless Plasmas in Astrophysics examines the unique properties of media without collisions in plasma physics. Experts in this field, the authors present the first book to concentrate on collisionless conditions in plasmas, whether close or not to thermal equilibrium. Filling a void in scientific literature, Collisionless Plasmas in Astrophysics explains the possibilities of modeling such plasmas, using a fluid or a kinetic framework. It also addresses common misconceptions that even professionals may possess, on phenomena such as "collisionless (Landau) damping". Abundant illustrations are given in both space physics and astrophysics.
Plasma descriptions and plasma models
The magnetized plasmas
Waves in plasmas
Non linear effects, shocks and turbulence
Flow and particle acceleration processes
Transport and acceleration of cosmic rays
The kinetic-fluid duality