Basics of Plasma Astrophysics
Download Basics of Plasma Astrophysics By Claudio Chiuderi and Marco Velli Book. 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.
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Basics of Plasma Astrophysics | |
Language | English |
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PDF Pages | 282 |
Author | Claudio Chiuderi and Marco Velli |
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Table Of Content:
- An Introduction to Plasma Physics
1.1 Saha’s Equation
1.2 The Debye Length
1.3 Fundamental Plasma Parameters
1.4 The Classical Description of Plasmas - Particle Orbit Theory
2.1 Motion in a Uniform, Static Magnetic Field
2.2 Motion in Orthogonal Electric and Magnetic Fields
2.3 Motion in Slowly Variable Magnetic Fields
2.3.1 Charged Particle Orbits in the Presence of a Magnetic
Fields with a Weak Gradient
2.3.2 Magnetic Moment Conservation
2.3.3 Magnetic Mirrors and Magnetic Bottles - Kinetic Theory of Plasmas: An Outline
3.1 The Distribution Function
3.2 The Moments of the Distribution Function
3.3 Vlasov Equation and Jeans’ Theorem - Fluid Models
4.1 The Case of Neutral Gases
4.2 The Plasma Case: Two-Fluid Models
4.3 The One-Fluid Model - Magnetohydrodynamics
5.1 MHD Equations
5.1.1 Magnetic Pressure
5.1.2 The Conservative Form of MHD Equations
5.2 The Time Evolution of Magnetic Fields
5.2.1 Rm 1: Magnetic Diffusion
5.2.2 Rm 1: Alfvén’s Theorem
5.3 Equilibrium States of Ideal Plasmas
5.3.1 Force-Free Equilibria
5.3.2 Equilibria in the Presence of Magnetic Forces
5.4 Perturbed Equilibrium States - Instabilities
6.1 Linear Stability of Ideal MHD Equilibria
6.2 Instabilities in the Presence of Gravity
6.2.1 Rayleigh-Taylor Instability
6.2.2 Kruskal-Shafranov Instability: B0 6¼ 0
6.2.3 Parker Instability
6.2.4 Instabilities in the Presence of Plasma Flows:
Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability
6.3 Instabilities in Cylindrical Geometry
6.3.1 Instability of a Plasma Column
6.3.2 The Confinement of Solar Coronal Loops 8
6.3.3 The Magnetorotational Instability (MRI) - Waves
7.1 The Fourier Representation
7.1.1 Phase Velocity and Group Velocity
7.2 Waves in the Ideal MHD Regime
7.2.1 Magnetic Waves
7.2.2 Magnetosonic Waves
7.3 Fluid Waves Beyond the MHD Regime
7.3.1 Intermediate Frequencies:
7.4 Waves in Kinetic Regimes: The Case of Landau Damping - Shocks
8.1 The Jump Conditions
8.1.1 Contact Discontinuities
8.1.2 Rotational Discontinuities
8.2 MHD Shocks
8.2.1 Perpendicular Shocks
8.2.2 Parallel Shocks
8.2.3 Oblique Shocks
8.3 Shock Thickness
8.4 Collisionless Shocks - Magnetic Reconnection
9.1 Driven Reconnection
9.1.1 The Sweet-Parker Model
9.1.2 An Outline of the Petscheck Model
9.2 Spontaneous Reconnection
9.2.1 Tearing Mode Instability
9.2.2 The Plasmoid Instability of Thin Current Sheets - MHD Turbulence
10.1 Homogeneous and Isotropic Hydrodynamical Turbulence
10.2 Magnetohydrodynamic Turbulence
10.3 Turbulence and Coronal Heating - Build-Up of Magnetic Fields
11.1 The Dynamo Problem
11.2 The Anti-Dynamo Theorems
11.3 Phenomenological Theory of Astrophysical Dynamos
11.3.1 The Generation of Toroidal Fields from Poloidal Ones
11.3.2 The Generation of Poloidal Fields from Toroidal Ones
11.4 Mean-field Electrodynamics
11.4.1 Simple Solutions of the Dynamo Equations
11.5 The Creation of Magnetic Fields
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