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Principles of Plasma Physics for Engineers and Scientists


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1. Introduction; 2. Single particle motion; 3. Kinetic theory of plasmas; 4. Moments of the Boltzmann equation; 5. Multiple fluid theory of plasmas; 6. Single fluid theory of plasmas: magnetohydrodynamics; 7. Collisions and plasma conductivity; 8. Plasma diffusion; 9. Introduction to waves in plasmas; 10. Waves in cold magnetized plasmas; 11. Effects of collisions, ions and finite temperature on waves in magnetized plasmas; 12. Waves in hot plasmas; 13. Plasma sheath and the Langmuir probe; Appendix A. Derivation of second moment of the Boltzmann equation; Appendix B. Useful vector identities.

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Senior undergraduate/graduate introductory course text which combines mathematical rigor and qualitative explanations.

About the Author

Umran Inan is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he has led pioneering research in plasma physics and electromagnetics for over 30 years. As a committed teacher, he has authored two previous books that have become standard textbooks for electromagnetics courses, as well as receiving numerous awards including the Tau Beta Pi Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and Outstanding Service Award from the Electrical Engineering Department for Excellence in Teaching. He is a fellow of both the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Marek Golkowski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado, Denver, which he joined after completing his Ph.D. at Stanford University. He has won several awards including the Young Scientists Award by the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy, and the Outstanding Student Paper Award from the American Geophysical Union. His current research focuses on electromagnetics and biological applications of plasmas.


'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, Los Angeles

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