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Principles of Plasma Physics for Engineers and Scientists Har/Psc Edition

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"I have been teaching Introductory Plasma Physics to senior undergraduates and beginning graduate students for many years, and I find the level of the presentation of material, the order that the topics are presented, and the overall length of the book to be an excellent match for my needs in a textbook." - David Hammer, Cornell University



"The authors have done an excellent job in introducing the vast scope of plasma physics for basic plasma physics courses. The schematic illustrations and flow charts used are especially helpful in understanding the complexities involved in the hierarchal nature of plasmas. Mathematics is kept at just the right level for the intended readers and the descriptions of the physical processes are clear. Although this book is targeted to advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate students, it will be a good addition to the personal library of every plasma physicist."
- Gurudas Ganguli, Naval Research Laboratory



"This new book provides an excellent summary of the basic processes occurring in plasmas together with a comprehensive introduction to the mathematical formulation of fluid (MHD) and kinetic theory. It provides an excellent introduction to the subject suitable for senior undergraduate students or entry-level graduate students."
- Richard M. Thorne, University of California at Los Angeles

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This unified introduction provides the tools and techniques needed to analyze plasmas and connects plasma phenomena to other fields of study. Combining mathematical rigor with qualitative explanations, and linking theory to practice with example problems, this is a perfect textbook for senior undergraduate and graduate students taking one-semester introductory courses.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Har/Psc edition (January 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521193729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521193726
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. fernandez on January 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am currently working on my phD thesis on astrophysics .My thesis is on plasma instabilities around Accretion disks and obviously , a knowledge of plasma physics is crucial.I find this book an excellent source to start getting involved in deep on plasma physics.
In particular , the kinetic theory ( which is usually hard to grasp ) is very easily presented .
Many problems are left at the end of every chapter though , there are no answer for them.
However , the suitable amount of examples illustrated in every chapter , make very accessible the solutions of those problems at the end of every chapter.
before going to Landau or Bittencourt , go to this beautiful book.
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Unlike most other plasma books which get into very specific formulations very fast, this book is very readable. I would say it is like the best chapters of the Francis Chen plasma book, with the added bonus of worked numerical examples. Single particle motion, fluid and kinetic theory are very clearly explained. This book is a good balance between the intuitive explanations of Chen and the from first principles of the more obtuse book (Fundamentals of Plasma Physics) by Bittencourt.
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Plasma physics is not an easy concept to grasp. This book really breaks it down and helps keep the different methods and ideas straight. It also helped that my professor wrote the book but he is great at making difficult material manageable and this book reflects that.
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