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Plasma Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion - Francis F. Chen

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  1. Feb 19, 2013 #1


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    Table of Contents - 2nd ed. 1984. Corr. 2nd printing 2006

    Preface to the Second Edition.
    Preface to the First Edition.
    1. Introduction.
    2. Single-Particle Motions.
    3. Plasmas as Fluids.
    4. Waves in Plasmas.
    5. Diffusion and Resistivity.
    6. Equilibrium and Stability.
    7. Kinetic Theory.
    8. Nonlinear Effects.

    Appendix A: Units, Constants, and Formulas, Vector Relations.
    Appendix B: Theory of Waves in a Cold Uniform Plasma.
    Appendix C: Sample Three-Hour Final Exam.
    Appendix D: Answers to Some Problems.- Index.- Index to Problems.


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    Francis F. Chen - http://www.springer.com/?SGWID=0-102-6-1150021-0
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    Re: Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion - Francis F.

    Classic Text! :smile:
  4. Feb 20, 2013 #3


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    Re: Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion - Francis F.

    This is a very good introduction to basic plasma physics, suitable for upper division undergraduates and beginning graduate students. This was one of the optional texts used when i took first semester plasma physics in graduate school, so have spent many hours with it. In my opinion Chen does a good job of explaining the physics, as opposed to some other books that are strong on math/formalism but provide little insight ("statistical plasma physics" by Ichimaru, for example). For our graduate course the prof actually followed no book at all, but the class was math-heavy so the physical insight of Chen was quite welcome by all of the students.

    The only real pre-requisites are intermediate level electrodynamics and intro level mechanics, along with standard mathematics every physics/engineering/math major knows by junior year (vector calculus, basic ODEs, ...). One aspect that many students will like is that solutions to some number of problems (40+ pages worth) are included in an appendix.

  5. Feb 21, 2013 #4
    Re: Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion - Francis F.

    I like the text, another one is Introduction to Plasma Physics by Bittencourt, which tends to call upon the statistical mechanics much more than Chen.
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