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Anyone taken a Plasma Physics class?

  1. Jun 12, 2005 #1
    Has anyone taken a an undergraduate course in plasma physics? If so, what text did you use and how did you like it? I need a text for plasma physics because:

    1) I'm taking the course next semester and the professor doesn't use a textbook and he's also apparently a horrible teacher, so I'm buying a book anyway.
    2) I need a good plasma text to learn/refer from for my job this summer.

    I've been having a hard time finding any sort of information about this, and I'm posting here because no one ever looks at the Science Book Reviews section where I originally posted. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks!
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  3. Sep 9, 2005 #2
    It's probably too late, but I'll chime in.

    Introduction to Plasma Physics by FF Chen is a good introduction.

    Principles of Plasma Discharges and Materials Processing by Lieberman and Lichtenberg is also a good book.

    Principles of Plasma Physics by Krall and Trivelpiece is a decent beginner book, better for a bit more advanced stuff.

    If you're interested in diagnostics, look at Principle of Plasma Diagnostics by Hutchinson or Plasma Diagnostic Techniques by Huddlestone.
  4. Sep 9, 2005 #3
    Suggestions by Geoff are very good indeed, assuming you are interresting in plasma physics for nuclear fusion.

    Note that plasma physics is a very broad discipline.

    Additional references I like much are:

    -Principles of plasma electrodynamics, Alexandrov & al, Springer
    deal with waves in plasma

    - Theory of tokamak plasmas, RB White, North Holland

    - Plasma physics for nuclear fusion, K Miyamoto, MIT press

    - Transport processes in plasmas, R Balescu, North Holland

    - Basic plasma physics, Rosenbluth et al, North Holland

    I could could be more precise if you could explain your plan with a little more details.

  5. Sep 9, 2005 #4
    The only one of the above books that is really fusion oriented is Krall and Trivelpiece and a little bit of Chen. The rest are pretty broad, though mostly geared towards laboratory plasmas. Though fusion is what I'm working in (on a Tokamak).
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