Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion

  • Francis F. Chen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  12. Back Matter
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About this book


The third edition of this classic text presents a complete introduction to plasma physics and controlled fusion, written by one of the pioneering scientists in this expanding field.  It offers both a simple and intuitive discussion of the basic concepts of the subject matter and an insight into the challenging problems of current research. This outstanding text offers students 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. 

In a wholly lucid manner the second edition covered charged-particle motions, plasmas as fluids, kinetic theory, and nonlinear effects.  For the third edition, two new chapters have been added to incorporate discussion of more recent advances in the field.  The new chapter 9 on Special Plasmas covers non-neutral plasmas, pure electron plasmas, solid and ultra-cold plasmas, pair-ion plasmas, dusty plasmas, helicon plasmas, atmospheric-pressure plasmas, sheath-bounded plasmas, reconnection and turbulence.  Following this, chapter 10 describes Plasma Applications such as magnetic fusion (pinches, mirrors, FRCs, stellarators, tokamaks, spheromaks), plasma accelerators and FELs, ine

rtial fusion, semiconductor etching, and spacecraft propulsion.

This new revised edition remains an essential text for those new to the field and an invaluable reference source for established researchers.


Controlled Fusion Current Research in Plasma Physics Diffusion and Resistivity Fluid Equations for Plasmas Introduction to Plasma Physics Landau Damping Plasma Applications Plasma Instabilities and Nonlinear Problems Plasma Physics Graduate-level Problems Plasma Physics Textbook Single-particle Motions Special Plasmas Wave Motions

Authors and affiliations

  • Francis F. Chen
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  1. 1.Electrical EngineeringUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-22308-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-22309-4
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