Elementary Physics of Complex Plasmas

  • Vadim N. Tsytovich
  • Gregory E. Morfill
  • Sergey V. Vladimirov
  • Hubertus M. Thomas

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 731)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Vadim N. Tsytovich, Gregory E. Morfill, Sergey V. Vladimirov, Hubertus M. Thomas
    Pages 1-45
  3. Vadim N. Tsytovich, Gregory E. Morfill, Sergey V. Vladimirov, Hubertus M. Thomas
    Pages 47-66
  4. Vadim N. Tsytovich, Gregory E. Morfill, Sergey V. Vladimirov, Hubertus M. Thomas
    Pages 67-140
  5. Vadim N. Tsytovich, Gregory E. Morfill, Sergey V. Vladimirov, Hubertus M. Thomas
    Pages 141-195
  6. Vadim N. Tsytovich, Gregory E. Morfill, Sergey V. Vladimirov, Hubertus M. Thomas
    Pages 197-245
  7. Vadim N. Tsytovich, Gregory E. Morfill, Sergey V. Vladimirov, Hubertus M. Thomas
    Pages 247-287
  8. Vadim N. Tsytovich, Gregory E. Morfill, Sergey V. Vladimirov, Hubertus M. Thomas
    Pages 289-331
  9. Vadim N. Tsytovich, Gregory E. Morfill, Sergey V. Vladimirov, Hubertus M. Thomas
    Pages 333-363
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 365-370

About this book

Introduction

Complex plasmas are dusty plasmas in which the density and electric charges of the dust grains are sufficiently high to induce long-range grain-grain interactions, as well as strong absorption of charged-plasma components. Together with the sources replenishing the plasma such systems form a highly dissipative thermodynamically open system that exhibits many features of collective behaviour generally found in complex systems. Most notably among them are self-organized patterns such as plasma crystals, plasma clusters, dust stars and further spectacular new structures. Beyond their intrinsic scientific interest, the study of complex plasmas grows in importance in a great variety of fields, ranging from space-plasma sciences to applied fields such as plasma processing, thin-film deposition and even the production of computer chips by plasma etching, in which strongly interacting clouds of complex plasmas can cause major contamination of the final product.

Intended as first introductory but comprehensive survey of this rapidly emerging field, the present book addresses postgraduate students as well as specialist and nonspecialist researchers with a general background in either plasma physics, space sciences or the physics of complex systems.

Keywords

Complex Plasmas Dusty Plasmas Plasma Plasma Cluster Plasma Crystals Star dusty plasma

Authors and affiliations

  • Vadim N. Tsytovich
    • 1
  • Gregory E. Morfill
    • 2
  • Sergey V. Vladimirov
    • 3
  • Hubertus M. Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.General Physics InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.MPI für Extraterrestrische PhysikGarchingGermany
  3. 3.School of PhysicsUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29003-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-06703-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-29003-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-6361
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