This introductory course leads into the fascinating field of dusty plasmas. Dusty plasmas consist of particles in the nanometer to micrometer size range in a gaseous plasma environment of electrons, ions and neutrals. Dusty plasmas allow to study plasma phenomena on the kinetic level of individual particles. The specific, fascinating phenomena of dusty plasmas, like charging, forces, strong-coupling effects, magnetic field effects and wave dynamics are discussed. Moreover, diagnostic approaches for the investigation of these systems are presented. This book also describes dusty plasmas in industrial applications and astrophysical situations. The study of dusty plasmas allows to view from a different angle on various aspects of general plasma physics thereby providing new insights into accepted plasma physics concepts.
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