Plasma Physics

  • R. A. Cairns

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages iii-ix
  2. R. A. Cairns
    Pages 1-7
  3. R. A. Cairns
    Pages 8-26
  4. R. A. Cairns
    Pages 27-61
  5. R. A. Cairns
    Pages 62-92
  6. R. A. Cairns
    Pages 93-123
  7. R. A. Cairns
    Pages 124-149
  8. R. A. Cairns
    Pages 150-160
  9. R. A. Cairns
    Pages 161-184
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 185-193

About this book


This book is intended as an introduction to plasma physics at a level suitable for advanced undergraduates or beginning postgraduate students in physics, applied mathematics or astrophysics. The main prerequisite is a knowledge of electromagnetism and of the associated mathematics of vector calculus. SI units are used throughout. There is still a tendency amongst some plasma physics researchers to· cling to C.g.S. units, but it is the author's view that universal adoption of SI units, which have been the internationally agreed standard since 1960, is to be encouraged. After a short introductory chapter, the basic properties of a plasma con­ cerning particle orbits, fluid theory, Coulomb collisions and waves are set out in Chapters 2-5, with illustrations drawn from problems in nuclear fusion research and space physics. The emphasis is on the essential physics involved and (he theoretical and mathematical approach has been kept as simple and intuitive as possible. An attempt has been made to draw attention to areas of current research and to present plasma physics as a developing subject with many areas ofuncertainty, and not as something to be set forth on 'tablets of stone'.


Plasma plasma physics

Authors and affiliations

  • R. A. Cairns
    • 1
  1. 1.University of St AndrewsUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-9657-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9655-3
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