Plasma Formulary for Physics, Astronomy and Technology. 2nd Edition

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  • 232 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This expanded collection of fundamental formulae, references, definitions and data in plasma physics is vital to anyone with an interest in plasmas or ionized gases, whether in physics, astronomy or engineering.

Ranging over plasma waves, flows, beams, jets, instabilities, drifts, kinetic theory and fundamental data (including atomic and molecular data, and tokamak parameters), this handbook is an indispensable reference work for active plasma scientists, astrophysicists, industrialists and engineers, in experimental and theoretical applications. This text is unique in treating astrophysical plasmas, fusion plasmas, industrial plasmas and low temperature plasmas as aspects of the same discipline, offering key information in both cgs and SI units.

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1 Basic Physical Data

1.1 Basic Physical Units

1.2 Maxwell′s Electromagnetic Equations

1.3 Special Relativity

1.4 Physical Constants

1.5 Dimensional Analysis

1.6 Ionization Energies of Gas–Phase Molecules

1.7 Characteristic Parameters for Typical Plasmas

2 Basic Plasma Parameters

2.1 Notation

2.2 Natural Timescales

2.3 Natural Scalelengths

2.4 Natural Speeds

2.5 Miscellaneous Parameters

2.6 Non–Dimensional Parameters

3 Discharge Plasmas and Elementary Processes

3.1 Notation

3.2 Plasma Sheath

3.3 Double–Layer

3.4 Diffusion Parameters

3.5 Ionization

3.6 Ionization Equilibrium

4 Radiation

4.1 Notation

4.2 Radiation from a Moving Point Charge

4.3 Cyclotron and Synchrotron Radiation

4.4 Bremsstrahlung

4.5 Radiation Scattering

5 Kinetic Theory

5.1 Notation

5.2 Fundamentals

5.3 Boltzmann Equation

5.4 Maxwellian Distribution

5.5 Vlasov Description

5.6 Collisional Modelling

6 Plasma Transport

6.1 Notation

6.2 Basic Definitions

6.3 Binary Collisions

6.4 Particle Dynamics

6.5 Transport Coefficients

7 Plasma Waves

7.1 Notation

7.2 Waves in Cold Plasmas

7.3 Fluid Plasmas

7.4 Waves in Hot Plasmas

8 Flows

8.1 Notation

8.2 Fundamental Results

8.3 Hydromagnetic Flows

8.4 Solar Wind

8.5 Neutral Gas/Magnetized Plasma Flows

8.6 Beams

8.7 Hydromagnetic Shocks

8.8 Ion–Acoustic Shock

9 Equilibria and Instabilities

9.1 Notation

9.2 General Considerations

9.3 Fluid Equilibria

9.4 Fluid Instabilities

9.5 Kinetic Instabilities

10 Mathematics

10.1 Vector Algebra

10.2 Vector Calculus

10.3 Integral Theorems

10.4 Matrices

10.5 Eigenfunctions of the Curl Operator

10.6 Wave Scattering

10.7 Plasma Dispersion Function
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"... very useful and a handy reference ..." IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine

"The present formulary is vital to anyone interested in plasmas, wheter in physics, astrophysics or engineering. It gives a quick reference to both the traditional and the latest formulae and findings." Astronomische Nachrichten
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