The emphasis of this text is on basic plasma theory, with applications to both space and laboratory plasmas. All mathematical concepts beyond those normally covered in an advanced calculus course are fully explained. Topics covered include single-particle motions, kinetic theory, magnetohydrodynamics, small amplitude waves in both cold and hot plasmas, nonlinear phenomena and collisional effects. Applications include planetary magnetospheres and radiation belts, the confinement and stability of plasmas in fusion devices, the propagation of discontinuities and shock waves in the solar wind, and the analysis of various types of plasma waves and instabilities that can occur in planetary magnetospheres and laboratory plasma devices. This book is structured as a text for a one- or two-semester introductory course in plasma physics at the advanced undergraduate or first-year graduate level. It can also serve as a resource book on the basic principles of plasma physics.
Table of Contents
2. Characteristic parameters of a plasma
3. Single particle motions
4. Waves in a cold plasma
5. Kinetic theory and the moment equations
7. Discontinuities and shock waves
8. Electrostatic waves in a hot unmagnetized
9. Waves in a hot magnetized plasma
10. Nonlinear effects
11. Collisional processes.