© 2011

Extreme States of Matter

on Earth and in the Cosmos


Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Vladimir E. Fortov
    Pages 1-6
  3. Vladimir E. Fortov
    Pages 25-74
  4. Vladimir E. Fortov
    Pages 75-96
  5. Vladimir E. Fortov
    Pages 97-142
  6. Vladimir E. Fortov
    Pages 185-330
  7. Vladimir E. Fortov
    Pages 331-332
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 333-333

About this book


With its many beautiful colour pictures, this book gives fascinating insights into the unusual forms and behaviour of matter under extremely high pressures and temperatures. These extreme states are generated, among other things, by strong shock, detonation and electric explosion waves, dense laser beams,electron and ion beams, hypersonic entry of spacecraft into dense atmospheres of planets, and in many other situations characterized by extremely high pressures and temperatures.

Written by one of the world's foremost experts on the topic, this book will inform and fascinate all scientists dealing with materials properties and physics, and also serve as an excellent introduction to plasma-, shock-wave and high-energy-density physics for students and newcomers seeking an overview.



Extreme states High-energy densities Laser-matter interaction Plasma physics Space science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Joint Institute for High Temperatures, High Energy Density Research CenterRussian Academy of SciencesMoskvaRussian Federation

About the authors

Vladimir Fortov is one of Russia's leading physicists, a senior member of the Academy of Sciences, and a world expert on the topic of matter under extreme conditions. He has carried out many pioneering experiments, among others experimentally confirming the "plasma phase transitions" long predicted by eminent scientists such as Eugene Wigner, Lev Landau and Klaus von Klitzing. He was also in charge of experiments carried out aboard the MIR and ISS space stations.



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