Introduction to Plasma Physics presents the latest on plasma physics. Although plasmas are not very present in our immediate environment, there are still universal phenomena that we encounter, i.e., electric shocks and galactic jets. This book presents, in parallel, the basics of plasma theory and a number of applications to laboratory plasmas or natural plasmas. It provides a fresh look at concepts already addressed in other disciplines, such as pressure and temperature. In addition, the information provided helps us understand the links between fluid theories, such as MHD and the kinetic theory of these media, especially in wave propagation.
- Presents the different phenomena that make up plasma physics
- Explains the basics of plasma theory
- Helps readers comprehend the various concepts related to plasmas
2. Individual Trajectories in an Electromagnetic Field
3. Kinetic Theory of Plasma
4. Plasma Fluid Modeling and MHD Limit
5. Waves in Plasmas in the Fluid Approximation
6. Kinetic Effects: Landau Dumping
7. Shockwaves and Discontinuities
Gérard Belmont is Emeritus Researcher at CNRS, France. His main research interest is in space plasmas and their different descriptions, kinetic and fluid, of non-collision plasmas.
Laurence Rezeau is Professor of Astrophysics at Sorbonne University, France. Her main research interest is in the interactions between solar wind and the Earth.
Caterina Riconda is Professor of Physics at Sorbonne University, France. Her main research interest is in the theory and simulations of laser-plasma interaction.
Arnaud Zaslavsky is Maître de Conferences in Physics at Sorbonne University, France. His main research interest is in astrophysical plasmas.