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Descriptions of Fluids and Plasmas

  • R. Paul Drake
Part of the Shock Wave and High Pressure Phenomena book series (SHOCKWAVE)

Abstract

Not long ago, one could say that 99% of the known universe is plasma. The recent discovery of dark matter and dark energy imply that this may no longer be true, but it will remain the case that 99% of the readily observed universe is plasma. The interstellar medium, stars, and more exotic compact objects are all composed of or surrounded by ionized matter. Without understanding something about plasmas, one cannot hope to understand the universe.

Keywords

Shock Wave Acoustic Wave Euler Equation Lorentz Force Debye Length 
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Copyright information

© Springer 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Paul Drake
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  1. 1.Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space SciencesUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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