The Framework of Plasma Physics


Richard D. Hazeltine; Francois L. Waelbroeck

First Edition • January 23, 2004 • 342 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813342139 • $65.00 USD$64.99 CAN

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Plasma physics is a necessary part of our understanding of stellar and galactic structure. It determines the magnetospheric environment of the earth and other planets; it forms the research frontier in such areas as nuclear fusion, advanced accelerators, and high power lasers; and its applications to various industrial processes (such as computer chip manufacture) are rapidly increasing. It is thus a subject with a long list of scientific and technological applications. This book provides the scientific background for understanding such applications, but it emphasizes something else: the intrinsic scientific interest of the plasma state. It attempts to develop an understanding of this state, and of plasma behavior, as thoroughly and systematically as possible. The book was written with the graduate student in mind, but most of the material would also fit into an upper-level undergraduate course.


Richard D. Hazeltine is Professor of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin. He is co-author, with J.D. Meiss of Plasma Confinement, Frontiers in Physics Volume 86.

François L. Waelbroeck, Research Scientist at the Institute for Fusion Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, is a leading theorist in plasma physics and fusion research.

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