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Introduction to Plasma Physics: With Space and Laboratory Applications [Paperback]

D. A. Gurnett , A. Bhattacharjee
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January 31, 2005 0521367301 978-0521367301
Emphasizing basic plasma theory, with applications to both space and laboratory plasmas, the topics covered in this text include single-particle motions, kinetic theory, magnetohydrodynamics, small amplitude waves in both cold and hot plasmas, nonlinear phenomena and collisional effects. Applications comprise planetary magnetospheres and radiation belts, the confinement and stability of plasmas in fusion devices, the propagation of discontinuities and shock waves in the solar wind, and the analysis of various types of plasma waves and instabilities that can occur in planetary magnetospheres and laboratory plasma devices.

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"Well produced, with essential references and advice for supplemental reading, the book is illustrated with line drawings and has a fairly complete index. Besides being a course resource, the book forms a useful reference for working plasma physicists and can be recommended to both types of user. Highly recommended." CHOICE

"...engaging text, clear and accessible to advanced undergraduates...This text has perhaps the best introduction to ideal MHD waves." - American Journal of Physics, Daniel V. Schroeder, Weber State University

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Emphasizing basic plasma theory, with applications to both space and laboratory plasmas, the topics covered in this text include single-particle motions, kinetic theory, magnetohydrodynamics, small amplitude waves in both cold and hot plasmas, nonlinear phenomena and collisional effects. Applications include planetary magnetospheres and radiation belts, the confinement and stability of plasmas in fusion devices, the propagation of discontinuities and shock waves in the solar wind, and the analysis of various types of plasma waves and instabilities that can occur in planetary magnetospheres and laboratory plasmas devices.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521367301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521367301
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good text but homework problems too easy January 17, 2008
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The text was nicely written and describes a lot of phenomena but the homework problems were way too easy and most of the time did not even require the knowledge presented in the chapters. For example, many of the problems were of the form "plug this into the quadratic equation" or "add these two equations and simplify". Without problems that present a test of knowledge it was hard for me to solidify my reading or to know whether I really understood it. That criticism aside, the author was able to present a lot of information in an understandable form without getting needlessly bogged down in details.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Chen is the standard for a reason October 5, 2010
By Brian
Format:Paperback
The standard book for introductory plasma physics is "Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion" by Francis Chen. Unfortunately, the semester I took the course, the professor chose to use this text. It lacks any worked-through examples and has no answers to any of the problems so you have little assurance that you are understanding the concepts. Furthermore, the authors have a bad habit of stating, "It is easily shown that ..." and then never showing the derivations, nor providing information on where such derivations may be found. The result is a collection of random equations with a binding and pretty cover. I consistently find myself turning to alternate texts to clarify the material presented in this text. If you are forced to use this book, make certain you have access to a copy of Chen's book and start reading there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well above the mean June 4, 2014
Format:Paperback
A Plasma Physics book clear and easy to follow.
Applications are a important part of any subject and Plasma Physics is no exception.
Just lots of theory, rigorous mathematical derivations and long list of references do not make
a book a good one,
If you need a well-balanced book, this is for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but Chen is better June 2, 2014
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Gurnett rarely ties together the chapters, so it's easy to get lost without imposing an external structure such as Chen or an instructor. I much preferred Chen's descriptions, but this book did have a better derivation on the more complicated plasma waves.
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