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Physics of Dusty Plasmas

An Introduction

  • Offers a concise and self-contained primer on the subject matter

  • Considers both astrophysical and industrial applications

  • Requires only a first course in plasma physics as prerequisite


Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 962)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. André Melzer
    Pages 1-5
  3. André Melzer
    Pages 7-30
  4. André Melzer
    Pages 31-57
  5. André Melzer
    Pages 59-80
  6. André Melzer
    Pages 101-113
  7. André Melzer
    Pages 115-137
  8. André Melzer
    Pages 139-159
  9. André Melzer
    Pages 161-170
  10. André Melzer
    Pages 171-197
  11. André Melzer
    Pages 213-224
  12. André Melzer
    Pages 225-226
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 227-235

About this book


Colloidal plasmas - a still emerging field of plasma physics - enable the study of basic plasma properties on a microscopic kinetic level and allow the visualization of collective plasma phenomena, like oscillations and waves. Moreover, a vast number of novel phenomena are found in these systems, ranging from Coulomb crystallization to new types of forces and waves. 

Last but not least, they shed a new light on various traditional aspects of plasma physics such as shielding or the mechanism of acoustic waves in plasmas, thus providing new insight into the basic foundations of plasma physics.These course-based and self-contained lecture notes provide a general introduction to this active and growing field to students and nonspecialists, requiring only basic prior knowledge in plasma physics.



Coulomb crystallization Complex plasmas Dust particle interaction Dust-acoustic waves Collective plasma phenomena Astrophysical dusty plasmas

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für PhysikUniversität GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany

About the authors

Andre Melzer obtained his PhD in plasma physics from Kiel university in 1997 and habilitated in 2002. Since 2003, he leads a group on colloidal (dusty) plasmas at the University Greifswald. His work mainly involves experimental investigations of dusty plasmas in the laboratory and under the microgravity conditions of parabolic flights. Also the study of dust systems under strong magnetic fields and the development of novel diagnostics for dusty plasmas have been in the focus of his work. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles in international journals and several book chapters.


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