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Introduction to plasma physics and controlled fusion. Volume 1, Plasma physics [Hardcover]

Francis F. Chen
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July 4, 2006 0306413329 978-0306413322 2nd
TO THE SECOND EDITION In the nine years since this book was first written, rapid progress has been made scientifically in nuclear fusion, space physics, and nonlinear plasma theory. At the same time, the energy shortage on the one hand and the exploration of Jupiter and Saturn on the other have increased the national awareness of the important applications of plasma physics to energy production and to the understanding of our space environment. In magnetic confinement fusion, this period has seen the attainment 13 of a Lawson number nTE of 2 x 10 cm -3 sec in the Alcator tokamaks at MIT; neutral-beam heating of the PL T tokamak at Princeton to KTi = 6. 5 keV; increase of average ß to 3%-5% in tokamaks at Oak Ridge and General Atomic; and the stabilization of mirror-confined plasmas at Livermore, together with injection of ion current to near field-reversal conditions in the 2XIIß device. Invention of the tandem mirror has given magnetic confinement a new and exciting dimension. New ideas have emerged, such as the compact torus, surface-field devices, and the EßT mirror-torus hybrid, and some old ideas, such as the stellarator and the reversed-field pinch, have been revived. Radiofrequency heat­ ing has become a new star with its promise of dc current drive. Perhaps most importantly, great progress has been made in the understanding of the MHD behavior of toroidal plasmas: tearing modes, magnetic Vll Vlll islands, and disruptions.

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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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  • Hardcover: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd edition (July 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306413329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306413322
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Just Keeps Coming in Handy 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Still the best plasma intro July 16, 2003
By Apchar
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to plasma physics 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome Book 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Text for the Home Library 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Plasma physicists do it with confinement February 10, 2007
By Nesnayu
Format:Hardcover
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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