Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion: Volume 1: Plasma Physics Hardcover – May 31 2006
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From the Back Cover
This complete introduction to plasma physics and controlled fusion by one of the pioneering scientists in this expanding field offers both a simple and intuitive discussion of the basic concepts of this subject and an insight into the challenging problems of current research. In a wholly lucid manner the work covers single-particle motions, fluid equations for plasmas, wave motions, diffusion and resistivity, Landau damping, plasma instabilities and nonlinear problems. For students, this outstanding text offers 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. This revised edition contains new material on kinetic effects, including Bernstein waves and the plasma dispersion function, and on nonlinear wave equations and solitons.
About the Author
Prof. Chen is a plasma physicist with a career extending over 48 years and encompassing both experiment and theory. He has devoted about a decade each to the subfields of magnetic fusion, laser fusion, plasma diagnostics, basic plasma physics, and low-temperature plasma physics. Most plasma students are familiar with his textbook Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. His current interest is in plasma processing of semiconductor circuits, especially the radiofrequency sources used to make computer chips, and in the physical processes that permit etching millions of transistors on a single chip. To learn more about this, please visit the site for UCLA's Low Temperature Plasma Technology Laboratory (LTPTL): http://www.ee.ucla.edu/~ltptl/. Though formally retired from teaching, Prof. Chen still maintains an active research group with graduate students and postdocs.
Top Customer Reviews
So this book was written by one of the acknowledged experimental pioneers in laboratory plasma physics. The first generation did things like ionization energies and plasma breakdown while Chen's generation started to do actual wave propagation in the laboratory in a controlled fashion where they had excellent control over the plasma temperature, density, phase space velocity distribution, gradients, etc. This group of researchers was able to advance and built on prior research.He takes all this hands on experience and knowledge and puts it together to write this book. If anyone is qualified it is F.F.Chen.
The reader - then - is lucky enough to have this book written by Chen a pioneering expert in drift waves and similar plasma processes. Although the book is starting to age a bit is still an excellent introduction and covers all the basic aspects. One should have completed at least the basics of electromagnetic theory before attempting to read or buy the book and I would suggest at least two years or three of undergraduate physics or EE. It is best learned and studied in an environment where you can do actual plasma physics experiments. Absob this book and you will have a broad starting base.
I just bought a new copy and use it as a reference. 5 stars.
Jack in Toronto
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent overview of plasma physics theory. Covers all the bases. From plasma applications to non-linear effects in plasmas. Read morePublished on March 29 2001
I didn't like Chen's style of writing. It could never keep my interest long enough for me to learn anything useful. I always started to get real sleepy every time I picked it up. Read morePublished on March 21 2001 by John Liptac
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