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Introduction to plasma physics and controlled fusion. Volume 1, Plasma physics Hardcover – May 31, 2006

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  • Hardcover: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd edition (May 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306413329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306413322
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

This complete introduction to plasma physics and controlled fusion by one of the pioneering scientists in this expanding field offers both a simple and intuitive discussion of the basic concepts of this subject and an insight into the challenging problems of current research. In a wholly lucid manner the work covers single-particle motions, fluid equations for plasmas, wave motions, diffusion and resistivity, Landau damping, plasma instabilities and nonlinear problems. For students, this outstanding text offers a painless introduction to this important field; for teachers, a large collection of problems; and for researchers, a concise review of the fundamentals as well as original treatments of a number of topics never before explained so clearly. This revised edition contains new material on kinetic effects, including Bernstein waves and the plasma dispersion function, and on nonlinear wave equations and solitons.

About the Author

Prof. Chen is a plasma physicist with a career extending over 48 years and encompassing both experiment and theory. He has devoted about a decade each to the subfields of magnetic fusion, laser fusion, plasma diagnostics, basic plasma physics, and low-temperature plasma physics. Most plasma students are familiar with his textbook Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. His current interest is in plasma processing of semiconductor circuits, especially the radiofrequency sources used to make computer chips, and in the physical processes that permit etching millions of transistors on a single chip. To learn more about this, please visit the site for UCLA's Low Temperature Plasma Technology Laboratory (LTPTL): http://www.ee.ucla.edu/~ltptl/. Though formally retired from teaching, Prof. Chen still maintains an active research group with graduate students and postdocs.


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A must have text is studying plasm science.
Abraham
A very accessible text on a somewhat esoteric, but important branch of physics.
Bryan Wingert
This is a great book for introductory level plasma physics for undergraduates.
J. A. Boedo

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By B. Jantz on October 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I first bought this text for an undergraduate course in plasmas, and I liked it then -- Chen's first few chapters will get you through the basics without any undue suffering (you'll hurt because the subject can be difficult, not because the text is unclear.) After spending a few months on my shelf, it reappeared for some research I was doing that required me to get comfortable with a few different types of plasma waves. Now Chen has come back into my life -- I'm taking a graduate course in kinetic theory of plasmas, and I find myself opening up this book on a daily basis to figure something out. This textbook has served me well, and if you're doing work (coursework or research) in the plasmas field, it will likely serve you well, too. The first four or five chapters are written so that a senior-level physics undergrad can understand them, so you get a nice conceptual grasp of the subject (as well as good reference material on more advanced topics.)

One point: I wouldn't recommend buying this as a "teach yourself plasma physics on a desert island" kind of book. If you can find someone who knows the subject, though, Chen will help you to learn a lot after they've explained a few basic points.

Basic subjects covered are:

Orbit theory (single particle motion, adiabatic invariants)

Fluid approximation

Plasma waves (O, X, R, L, acoustic, and many others)

Diffusion and resistivity

Equilibrium/stability issues

Kinetic theory

Assorted non-linear effects
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Apchar on July 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
19 years later this is still the best introduction to plasma physics. Obviously written by an experimentalist. Well grounded. Emphasis on problem solving. Lots of examples. Intuitive explanations before the math. Explanations of experiments and even experimental results. Solutions in the back make it well suited for self-learners. A 3rd edition would be nice with maybe a little intro to computational methods. A vol 2 would be even nicer.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Geoff St.Germaine on August 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a great introduction to plasma physics. I have used this book for both undergraduate and graduate work and it lends itself well to either. Starts out basic enough for 3rd and 4th year undergrads to work with and also has enough detailed information for more advanced graduate studies. I have to recommend this as the best introduction to this field out there.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Boedo on January 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for introductory level plasma physics for undergraduates. Deals with everything from particle drifts to kinetic effects in an easy to understand physical approach. There is also a nice review of waves in plasmas.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "vgolubic" on March 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Excellent overview of plasma physics theory. Covers all the bases. From plasma applications to non-linear effects in plasmas. There is also a great introduction to Kinetic Theory and controlled fusion physics.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helen on February 10, 2007
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I took an intro to plasma physics class using this book at the undergraduate level - and this book was perfect. It has a good blend of experimental evidence, theory, and math. The derivations are really good, you can follow along in the margins. The pictures are clear and beautiful, the page layout easy on the eyes. This is not a graduate text, but aimed at the advanced undergrad level. You should already know calculus, complex analysis, EM, and linear algebra before learning this material.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chen-wei Yang on January 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The texts of this book are not long,but are very clear in physics concepts and are simplied:

1.All important math steps to prove the physics are mentioned(not released to the reader) in simplied way so that readers can know clearly both the math steps and physics meanings without being buffered by complecated math steps.

2.The author mentioned clearly the physics meaning of any equation.

I am a bachalor of physics,such kind of textbook(clear and simple and friendly) I had had only two:textbook named "Introduction to Electrodynamic" and "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" written by famous author,Mr. Grify.

As a result,I think it is a very good textbook,at least for students who start to learn plamsa physics.
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