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Basics of Plasma Astrophysics

  • Claudio Chiuderi
  • Marco Velli

Part of the UNITEXT for Physics book series (UNITEXTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
    Pages 1-16
  3. Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
    Pages 17-35
  4. Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
    Pages 37-48
  5. Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
    Pages 49-69
  6. Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
    Pages 71-97
  7. Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
    Pages 99-148
  8. Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
    Pages 149-179
  9. Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
    Pages 181-202
  10. Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
    Pages 203-227
  11. Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
    Pages 229-245
  12. Claudio Chiuderi, Marco Velli
    Pages 247-273
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 275-279

About this book

Introduction

This book is an introduction to contemporary plasma physics that discusses the most relevant recent advances in the field and covers a careful choice of applications to various branches of astrophysics and space science. The purpose of the book is to allow the student to master the basic concepts of plasma physics and to bring him or her up to date in a number of relevant areas of current research. Topics covered include orbit theory, kinetic theory, fluid models, magnetohydrodynamics, MHD turbulence, instabilities, discontinuities, and magnetic reconnection. Some prior knowledge of classical physics is required, in particular fluid mechanics, statistical physics, and electrodynamics. The mathematical developments are self-contained and explicitly detailed in the text. A number of exercises are provided at the end of each chapter, together with suggestions and solutions.

Keywords

Astrophysical Plasmas Fluid Models MHD Turbulence Orbit Theory Plasma Physics Textbook Plasma Physics Undergraduate Text

Authors and affiliations

  • Claudio Chiuderi
    • 1
  • Marco Velli
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of FirenzeFirenzeItaly
  2. 2.Earth Planetary and Space SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-88-470-5280-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Italia 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-88-470-5279-6
  • Online ISBN 978-88-470-5280-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-7882
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-7890
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