Kip S. Thorne, Roger D. Blandford
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A groundbreaking textbook on twenty-first-century plasma physics and its applications
Kip Thorne and Roger Blandford’s monumental Modern Classical Physics is now available in five stand-alone volumes that make ideal textbooks for individual graduate or advanced undergraduate courses on statistical physics; optics; elasticity and fluid dynamics; plasma physics; and relativity and cosmology. Each volume teaches the fundamental concepts, emphasizes modern, real-world applications, and gives students a physical and intuitive understanding of the subject.
Plasma Physics provides an essential introduction to the subject. A gas that is significantly ionized, usually by heating or photons, a plasma is composed of electrons and ions and sometimes has an embedded or confining magnetic field. Plasmas play a major role in many contemporary applications, phenomena, and fields, including attempts to achieve controlled thermonuclear fusion using magnetic or inertial confinement; in explanations of radio wave propagation in the ionosphere and the behavior of the solar corona and wind; and in astrophysics, where plasmas are responsible for emission throughout the electromagnetic spectrum, including from black holes, highly magnetized neutron stars, and ultrarelativistic outflows. The book also can serve as supplementary reading for many other courses, including in astrophysics, geophysics, and controlled fusion.
- Includes many exercise problems
- Features color figures, suggestions for further reading, extensive cross-references, and a detailed index
- Optional “Track 2” sections make this an ideal book for a one-quarter or one-semester course
- An online illustration package is available to professors
The five volumes, which are available individually as paperbacks and ebooks, are Statistical Physics; Optics; Elasticity and Fluid Dynamics; Plasma Physics; and Relativity and Cosmology.
Electrical resistivity and conductivity, Ion acoustic wave, Plasmon, Instability, Wave packet, Conservation law, Magnetohydrodynamics, Particle beam, Two-stream instability, Soliton, Magnetic energy, Fusion power, Wave equation, Debye length, Maxwell–Boltzmann statistics, Fokker–Planck equation, Interstellar medium, Boson, Approximation, Scattering, Kink instability, Wavenumber, Planck constant, Amplitude, Acceleration, Graviton, Plane wave, Classical mechanics, Fermi–Dirac statistics, Group velocity, Pitch angle (particle motion), Magnetic field, Eikonal approximation, Vlasov equation, Creation and annihilation operators, Geometrical optics, Magnetosphere, Distribution function, Ionization, Dispersion relation, Electromagnetic radiation, Energy density, Electron degeneracy pressure, Magnetic Reynolds number, Perturbation theory (quantum mechanics), Nonlinear system, Cyclotron, Angular frequency, Phase space, Z-pinch, Relativistic plasma, Landau damping, Equations of motion, Thermonuclear fusion, Rutherford scattering, Kinetic theory of gases, Tokamak, Resonance, Vorticity, Phase velocity, Physicist, Raman scattering, Wavelength, Ionosphere, Radiation pressure, Bose–Einstein statistics, Plasma (physics), Dissipation, Virial theorem, Quantum mechanics, Quantity, Classical electromagnetism, Circular polarization, Magnetosonic wave, Fermion, Electron density, Mean free path, Density of states, Current density, Temperature, Magnetic mirror point, Collision frequency, Refractive index, Adiabatic invariant, Coulomb barrier, Penning trap, Gravitational wave, Coulomb collision, Number density, Cosmic ray, Action (physics), Fermat's principle, Classical physics, Faraday effect, Wave vector, Plasma oscillation, Shock wave, Maxwell–Boltzmann distribution, Second, Photon